Kargil

A quite town now, Kargil once served as important trade and transit centre in the Pan-Asian trade network. Numerous caravans carrying exotic merchandise comprising silk, brocade, carpets, felts, tea, poppy, ivory etc. transited in the town on their way to and from China, Tibet, Yarkand and Kashmir.

A quite town now, Kargil once served as important trade and transit centre in the Pan-Asian trade network.The old bazaar displayed a variety of Central Asian and Tibetan commodities even after the cessation of the Central Asian trade in 1949 till these were exhausted about two decades back. Similarly the ancient trade route passing through the township was lined with several caravanserais. Now, travelers of numerous nationalities have replaced traders of the past and

Kargil

has regained its importance as a centre of travel-related activities.

Kargil

is encircled by the Himalayas, lying in the heart of the region. Due to this strategic location,

Kargil

has an enormous potential for adventure activities. In fact, it is an important start off point for the numerous adventure tours to the Himalayas, along with being the base station to the Zanskar Valley. Suru basin forms another important feature of the landscape of

Kargil

. The Drass and Wakha streams of Suru River meet here, providing enough water for cultivation of barley, wheat, peas and a number of other vegetables and cereals. However, the specialty of

Kargil

is the fine apricots grown here. As the fruit ripens, it changes the hue of the valley from serene white to flaming orange.

A popular attraction of this Place is the archery contest held in the month of May every year. It is quite well known for its delicious dry apricots and the apricot jam. For the shoppers, the town offers < Pashmina shawls, local carpets and woolen handicrafts. Apart from its scintillating landscape,

Kargil

has a number of other attractions to offer to the tourists. One of them is the Buddhist monastery of Mulbek Gompa, situated 45 km from this Place. It is an architectural beauty with magnificent murals and amazing statues.