Kargil in the ancient days was an important trade route to the Asian countries like Tibet, China, Yarkand and Kashmir. Today Kargil is the quiet town located in the middle of the Himalayan region with optimum potentials for adventure. Tourists on their trip to Ladakh go for a tour to Kargil since it is an important base for the adventure tours in the Himalayas.
Since 1975 Kargil has become an important base for tourists looking for adventure in the Himalayas. It is a favorite take off station for those venturing into the beautiful Zanskar Valley. It is a quiet town amidst the hillsides of the lower Suru basin. If you are on your tour to Kargil in the months between May and August you will be amazed to see the valley resplendent with the fragrant white apricot blossoms slowly ripening to orange.
Drass and Wakha are the two tributaries of Suru River. The hillsides are terraced for cultivating barley, wheat, peas, a variety of vegetables and other cereals.
While Kargil may serve as the base station for adventure tourism such as trekking, mountaineering, camping and river rafting, it also is important base for taking trips to Mulbek. A 9 meter high rock sculpture of the Future Buddha is the chief attraction of Mulbek. Interesting walks along the river bank and up the hillside can also be the highlights to your tour to Kargil. The 2 meter winding path that passes through the most picturesque parts of the town and mountain streams leads to the Goma Kargil.
While you stroll to the bazaar you might take a souvenir back home picking up from the ships that line up selling handcrafted items, apricot jam, Pashmina shawls, local carpets and woolen handicrafts.