Famous Places to Visit in Kargil
Kargil, a place that signifies the name very well which means ‘a place between castles’. Situated at an altitude of 2,704 m. in the lap of Himalayan Mountain Range, Kargil is about 205 km away from the capital city Srinagar. It is the second largest urban area of Ladakh and is endowed with the rustic charm of villages, stunning valleys and calm monasteries. Captivated by its picturesque location and with a few beautiful sightseeing, a large number of tourists visit Kargil every year.
Tucked on the top of a Sugarloaf Mountain at an elevation of 4,031 meters in the Suru Valley, this Monastery belongs to the Gelukpa sect, which is a popular tourist attraction in and around Kargil. It is believed that the Rangdum monastery was built by Gleek Yashy Takpa during the rule of King Tsewang Mangyul of Ladakh in the 18th century and so far is a resident of 30 Tibetan monks.
The destination is known for its two Gompas that belongs to the Drukpa and Gelugpa sect respectively. The Mulbekh Monastery, at an elevation of 3,304 meters, is a remarkable piece of artistry, which maintains a carved nine meters tall statue of Maitreya Buddha. Also, it also includes many prized relics, ancient inscriptions and frescoes that reflect the magnificent works of the 14th century.
Kargil War Memorial
The Kargil War Memorial, also known as the Drass War Memorial, is built to commemorate the brave soldiers who lost their lives in the Indo-Pak wars. Located below the stunning Tololing Ranges and exhibits a gallery that dilates the bloodbath scenes of the Indo-Pakistani War (1947), Second Kashmir War, Indo-Pakistani War (1971), and Indo-Pak War (1999). Further, to pay tribute to the lost lives of the brave Indian soldiers, the Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated on 26th of July every year in this sector.
Blessed by the Suru River, a major tributary of the River Indus, this Valley is one of the fertile places of the Ladakh region. It is cultivated with crops like wheat, millet, barley, dotted with willow and beautiful trees. Further, the spiky snow-topped mountain peaks of the Nun-Kun massif, topping 7,000 meters, at the backdrop, is just worth to shot. The Rangdum Monastery that was built back in 18th-century which belongs to the Gelukpa sect is a nearby attraction in the region of Suru Valley.
Kargil Pensi La Lake
At an elevation of 4,400 meters, Pensi La Lake in Kargil, the headquarters of Zanskar sub-division and often known as a mountain pass that is the gateway to Padum. From Pensi La, one can capture the eye-catching view of the Suru River Valley, the glacial lake and the Drang Drung Glacier.
So, all the trekkers and mountaineers, here you have another destination of Jammu & Kashmir for adventurous retreats and to make the travel memories even better.