Kargil to be transformed into an International Tourism hotspot
26 January 2021: On the occasion of National Tourism Day, the Union Tourism and Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel announced that the Centre is working to develop international level infrastructure at Kargil in Ladakh. He also said that international level institute for skiing and mountaineering will soon be opened in Kargil, Ladakh. Kargil regained its importance when the area was thrown open for Tourists in the year 1974 with other parts of Ladakh and considerable number of tourists, trekkers and mountaineers started visiting Kargil.
There are a number of Heritage sites, Budha Statues, Forts Palaces, ancient Rock carvings (Petroglyphs), Mosques, Monasteries, Pilgrim places, war memorials Kargil is one of the two Districts of Ladakh region and is the second largest town of Ladakh and is situated roughly at equal distance (200 Kms.) from Srinagar, Leh, Padum Zanskar and Skardo Baltistan. Kargil came in lime light during the Indo- Pak conflict in 1999 as it remained in the headlines of National and International media and some sites such as Tiger Hill, Tololing, Mushku valley and Batalik have become very popular since then.
Kargil has also been bestowed with great potential of Adventure Tourism and winter sports such as Mountaineering (as Kargil is the seat of world famous Nun-Kun peaks) Trekking, River Rafting, Snow skiing, etc.
Tourist Office Kargil was Established in 1975 a year after the area was thrown open for Tourists and at the initial stage emphasis was laid on developing basic infrastructures at few touristically important places of the District such as Drass, Kargil, Mulbek, Panikhar, Rangdum and Padum Zanskar.
The State Government’s Tourism Department and LAHDC Kargil and District administration is striving hard to promote tourism in the District and a number of Foreign and Domestic Tourists, trekkers & mountaineers are visiting Kargil every year. Historically, traders from China, Central Asia and different parts of India used to trade in Tea, Wool, Carpets, Silk and precious stones in olden days.