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Kargil

Kargil is a necessary stop over between Central Ladakh, Zangskar and the Kashmir Valley. Kargil lies near the Line of Control facing the Pakistan-administered region of Gilgit–Baltistan to the north, the Kashmir and Jammu divisions to the west, and the Leh district of the Ladakh division to the east. It is now famous due to the Kargil Conflict, when the town and surrounding areas were shelled by Pakistan-based militants. The area around Kargil has pleasant scenery and would make for nice walks.

The region provides good sites for trekking and mountaineering such as the Nun Kun Massif, also you may go for river rafting in the Zanskar region of Kargil district. The beautiful Suru River flows through the district. Kargil is known all over India for its rich apricot orchards: during summer the entire valley changes into a beautiful orange colour. The bird watchers will find this place interesting, black necked magpie, house sparrow, hoopoe, rosefinches, red-billed choughs, eastern chiffchaff, common sandpiper and European goldfinches are a common sight in the summer.

One may also have a look a the Munshi Aziz Bhat Museum for Central Asian Trade and artifacts which is the main attraction for tourists in Kargil town. Of total population, 77% are Muslims, of which 65% follow Shia Islam. Buddhism and Hinduism represent 14.5% and 8% of the local population. Being nestled in the Himalayas, the climate here remains cool. Summers are warm with cool nights, while winters are long and cold with temperatures often dropping to −15 °C.  

Most travellers passing through Kargil are going from Srinagar to Leh, or vice versa, and have their bookings done in advance because finding the rides on the spot can be a little difficult. This highway NH1 Srinagar to Leh remains open only from May to September and remains closed in winters due to heavy snowfall.

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