Kargil, Ladakh

Kargil is one of the district of Ladakh, in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is the second largest town in Ladakh after Leh. It is located 60 km and 204 km from Drass and Srinagar to the west respectively

Kargil is one of the district of Ladakh, in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is the second largest town in Ladakh after Leh. It is located 60 km and 204 km from Drass and Srinagar to the west respectively, 234 km from Leh to the east, 240 km from Padum to the southeast and 1,107 km from Delhi to the south. The name Kargil is derived from two words Khar and rkil. Khar means castle and rkil means center thus a place between castles as the place lay between many kingdoms. This region is separated from the rest of the state by high mountains that are crossed through passes at various points. The lowest pass to Ladakh is Zojila which is at 11,500′. It is also known for the Kargil war, an armed conflict between India and Pakistan in the year 1999. Although Leh and Kargil are the only two districts in Ladakh, both the places are culturally distinct.