There is a Museum in Town. Apricots blossom in April is worth seeing.
Kargil 204 Kms from Srinagar is the second largest town of Ladakh. The town is located at the junction where roads from Leh, Srinagar, Skardu and Zanskar meet. The District comprises of a complex of valleys, chief among them are the Suru, Zanskar, Drass, Shakar Chiktan, Wakha and lower Indus.
SITESEEING ARROUND KARGIL
- SOD Valley Historically important villages and the ruins of several forts of the ancient kingdom at Yurbaltak village known as Pasar Khar, Khandoru and Fekhar can be visited in a half day trip combined with visit of other historical sites around.Apati There is a large sculpture of the Maitreya, cut into the mountainside, in relief. This is one of the few sculptures of its kind left in the world.
- Pashkum . 15 Kms on the Leh road is the historical village of Pashkum which has been the seat of the ruler of areas around Kargil.It is also believed to be the the first place to be colonized by the early Mons and Dards.Monuments and ruins of castles on hillocks reminds one of the past glories of the place The Chuli-Khar fort was built by Habib Khan, King of Pashkum (1665-1695). Its ruins can be seen atop a hillock in the Khardung hamlet, There used to be a pologround at the foot off this hillock, by the banks of the river. People have built houses and fields on it. The Broq Khar was built by Kheva Khi Lde (Aldey), Dard chieftain. This ancient fort is now in the shape of remains of ruins.
- Mulbekh Mulbekh is a valley at a distance of 42 Kms form Kargil on Kargil – Leh road (highway). It is a budhist dominant area. The main attraction of Mulbekh is 9 metered 7th century rock sculpture of the ‘Maitreya’ the future Budha and a Monastery with beautiful wall painting and statues. There are couple of Guest Houses/eating places with dormitory accommodation. Among the ancient monuments there are remains of a fort and a Mosque of historical importance. The Mulbekh Khar sits atop the Halo-bark cliff. It was the capital of the local ruler at a time in the past. It was set on fire during Zorawas Singh’s invasion (c.1835). It is now in ruins. A monastery has been built within the precincts of the old fort. Near the cliff is a historic inscription etched at the behest of King Dragspa Bum Lde. The remains of the graves of King Bum Lde. Chhoiz Bum lde and his Muslim queen can still be found.
- Shargole Shargole is a picturesque village about 35 Kmts on the right side of Kargil- Leh road with a mixed population of Budhist and Muslim. The main attraction is a small monastery perched in a cliff. The interior of this small monastery has very beautiful wall paintings.
- Fokar Urgiyan Rzong Fokar Urgiyan Rzong In a side valley of Fokar about 8 Kms further up streams from Shargole is the cave monastery of Urgiyan Rzong, the famous meditation retreat of Guru Padma Sambhava. The hermitage is tucked away behind an amazing natural mountain fortress. Handprints of this great saint and some other natural figures can be seen here. Devotees gather here on the 10th day of 5 month of the Tibetan calendar to mark the birthday of the Guru.
- Fokar The delipedated Chaq Shing Khar is located atop a hillock near Karabma hamlet. It was the capital of a kingdom that included Suru –Karchay, Mulbekh.
- Rgyal Wakha Further upstream of Mulbekh is the picturesque Rgyal village tucked away in vertical cliff of conglomerate formation. From afar the village looks like beehive above the cliff and have breath view of the surroundings. A small village monastery is seated in one of the hanging caves neatly whitewashed.