One of the most beautiful and enchanting tourist destinations in northern India, Kargil is located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in Ladakh region. Immensely famous as the bone of contention between India and Pakistan in the war of year 1999, it is the district headquarters of Kargil District and is situated close to Kashmir valley in the south and Line of Control near Gilgit–Baltistan on the western side.
Being the eastern gateway to the Kashmir Valley, Kargil was a halting station for the visitors during their visit to the valley. For adventure seekers, the place is irrefutably a heaven with various adventurous activities such as mountaineering and trekking on offer. Also, it has always been a place of religious importance. Kargil travel guide is full of historical and pilgrim references. Sani Monastery and Rangdum Monastery are few of the well known centers of religious significance in the city.
The name Kargil is a derivative of the words Khar (meaning “castle”) and rKil (meaning “center”). Thus, Kargil means “a place between castles” as the place is laid between several kingdoms.