Kargil town is midway between Srinagar and Leh and is the second largest urban centre of Ladakh.
A quiet town now, in the past it served as an important trade and transit centre for the Central-Asian merchants due to its location from Srinagar, Leh and Skardo, all well known trading outposts on the old trade route network.
Being located at the foot of the Himalayas, Kargil serves as an important base for undertaking adventure tourism and trips to the exotic Zanskar Valley and other Himalayan regions. Trekking, mountaineering, camping and river rafting can all be done in the vicinity and it is also easy to get to the Wakha - Mulbek valley, with is 9 metre sculpture of Maitreya. Also worth a visit is Suru Valley with its picturesque views of the Himalayas.
The town and its suburban villages lie nestled along the valley system formed by the confluence of the Suru River and its tributary, the Wakha-chhu. The land along the narrow valley floor and the hillsides are neatly terraced and intensively cultivated to grow barely, wheat, peas and several other cereals, besides a variety of vegetables. Thick plantations of poplars and willows, besides rich orchards of apricot, apple and mulberry, adorn the area to form a rich oasis against the backdrop of the undulating mountains. Kargil area is famous for its fine apricots. In May the countryside surrounding the town gets awash with the white apricot blossoms, while in August the ripening fruits lend an orange hue to the landscape.
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