Srinagar to Kargil: How to Plan a Road Trip - 2021
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Last Updated: 19 Sep 2020
Latest Information on Travelling to SRINAGAR?

Entry is open from all domestic states for all kinds of travel.

  • Installation of Arogya Setu app is mandatory for travel.
  • Lockdown & curfew has been lifted in Srinagar although it still remains in the containment zones
  • No restrictions on inter-state and intra-state travel.
  • Wearing masks and following social distancing is mandatory in public.
  • Shopping malls, markets , etc. have been reopened
  • A COVID-negative test will be done on arrival.
  • Institutional quarantine is mandatory irrespective of the test result being positive or negative for 4 days.
  • This will have to followed by a 14-day home quarantine.
  • An ICMR health form will have to be filled on arrival

The Srinagar airport is functional and receiving flights from Delhi.

Local Transport

Local transport is functional including buses and taxis.

Thrillophilia recommends you follow safety guidelines issued by the government and practice goof personal hygiene to stay extra safe.

No permissions or passes needed to enter Srinagar Updated: 19 Sep 2020

Under the new guidelines of Unlock 4, no e-passes, certificates or permission will be required to enter Srinagar.

Hotels in Srinagar open for travellers Updated: 19 Sep 2020

Hotels, home stays and resorts in Srinagar have been allowed to reopened with appropriate safety measures in place to keep their guets safe.

Lockdown in Srinagar lifted except for containment zones Updated: 19 Sep 2020

Lockdown in srinagar has been lifted under the newly issued guidelines in unlock 4. Although, lockdown still remains at the containment zones.

Srinagar to Kargil

Srinagar to Kargil by road distance is 203 Kms & 4 hours of journey, this guide will help you to know about road conditions, ATMs, petrol pumps on the highway. The stunning Srinagar landscapes attract tourists from all walks of life. Travelling from this place to Kargil seems like a journey from one point to the opposite of almost everything that you have experienced in Srinagar.

Srinagar blooms with all its glory...the red apples, the orchards, the differently shaped trees, the ripe peaches...everything seems to contribute to the charm of Srinagar. On the flip side of the page, there comes Kargil, the second largest town in Ladakh. This place is so very simple yet has an unusual scenic beauty. The beauty here is very paradoxical. Kargil exudes a vibe of peculiar calmness after a war...and we cannot wonder why

While travelling from Srinagar to Kargil, one will come across picturesque landscapes. The views will be simply enchanting and one will be witnessing the stunning Dal Lake. 
The road is dotted with maple trees which makes the journey more beautiful. During your trip to Leh-Ladakh, the most appropriate time to visit Srinagar to Kargil is the summertime.


Best Time to Visit

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Best Time to Visit
It is from April till October that one must visit Kashmir. This time frame fits perfectly with a travelers desire for sightseeing and exploring the best places to visit in Leh Ladakh. From March till October the roads remain open for the travelers to visit Kargil. It is a suggestion to avoid the dreadful monsoons and the ruthless winters as months to visit Kargil.

Summertime makes Kargil toasty and warm during the mornings and cool during the nights. During this time, National Highway 1D remains officially opened. It connects Srinagar and Leh.

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Route Map

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Well, there are no direct buses, flights or buses to cover the Srinagar to Kargil distance. It is either suggested to take a car or a taxi to cover this distance in a fast, convenient and economical way. Kargil is a district of Ladakh, located in Jammu and Kashmir.

There are several tourist attractions in Kargil and they are the Suru Valley, Mulbekh Monastery, Mulbekh Chamba, Sani Monastery, Rangdum Monastery, Shergoi cave monastery and more. Kargil is very well connected to all the Indian states. The nearest railway station is located in Jammu, which is about 540 Kms from the town.

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Places to Visit During to Srinagar to Kargil Trip

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Places to Visit During to Srinagar to Kargil Trip
Along the Srinagar to Kargil route, there are about 24 attractions. Like the Rani Temple, Neelam Cinema, Ziarati Hazrat Youza Asouph, Khanqa-e-Molla, Challi Point, Pir Haji Muhammed Ziarat, Dastgir Sahib, Bhairav Mandir Chattabal, Khushal Sar Lake, Gillisar Lake, Kuker Bagh Lake, Madin Sahib, Thajiwar Glacier, Nilagrad River, Vishansar Lake, Gadsar Lake, Sonamarg, Baltal Valley, Baltal Wildlife Sanctuary, Zoji La Pass, Drass Valley, Kargil War Memorial and Drass War Memorial.

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Medical Facilities

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Medical Facilities

There are several dispensaries along the Srinagar to Kargil route, so if ever there is going to be any medical emergency, it will be met easily. Find the following information on the same:

-Nazir Ahmed Medical Shop - Batamaloo

-Mushtaq Ahmad Shah Medical Shop - Batamaloo

-Mohammad Yaqoob Baba Unani Medical Store - Batamaloo

-Fayaz Ahmad Medical Shop - Khalid Binbo Wali Colony

-Jan Mohammad Medical Shop - Karl Moholla Pandach

-Parvaiz Ah Medical Shop - Toheed Abad

-Apart from these, there are 100 more medical shops that are available here.

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Places to Stay in Srinagar

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Places to Stay in Srinagar

No matter how robust an individual is, one requires to rest and recharge every now and then. So if you are wondering that whether you will be getting the chance to sleep for a while on your way from Srinagar to Kargil, then be assured that there are around 16 hotels nearby.

Some of the most prominent locations are the following:

-Residency Road - Hotel Grand Kashmir, Srinagar

-Ice Feast Lane - Oberoi Guest House, Srinagar

-Fore Shore Road - Sehran Guest House, Srinagar

-Sudrabal, Nagin Lake - Marco Polo Houseboats, Srinagar

-Court Road - Hotel KS Delight, Srinagar

-Dal Gate - Hotel Dal Rim, Srinagar

-Sonwarbagh - Hotel Kadar, Srinagar

-Golden Lake - Athena Group of Houseboats, Srinagar

-Nigeen Lake - Zaffer Houseboats Hotels, Srinagar

Let not much time pass. Pack your bags and get ready to explore some of the most beautiful parts of India, which has stories to tell to those ears which are interested enough to listen and for those eyes which can read in between the lines! Bon Voyage.

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Petrol Pumps on Srinagar - Kargil Highway

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Petrol Pumps on Srinagar - Kargil Highway
There are about 8 petrol pumps that are located on this Srinagar to Kargil route. Bal Garden has around 3 petrol pumps. The other few are located in Kaan Nagar, Vichar Nagar, and  Soura Upper.

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ATMs on Srinagar - Kargil Highway

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ATMs on Srinagar - Kargil Highway

There are around 49 ATMs on the Srinagar to Kargil way. So there is no need to worry if you run out of cash in any situation. Some information about the ATMs are the following:

Hrd, Corporate Headquarters, M A Road. PIN- 190001

Rakina, Akchamal, Block, Kargil. Tehsil District. PIN- 194103

Whether surrounded by hills or fed by an ocean or sea nearby, a road trip in Leh-Ladakh is full of adventure and is a must-have experience once in your lifetime.

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Food Joints between Srinagar and Kargil

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Food Joints between Srinagar and Kargil

Keeping the frequency of tourists under consideration, several eateries have been made available for the tourist refreshment. So, one can suffice the food cravings at Zaika Restaurant, Abdul Qayoom Sheikh Restaurant, Taste N Bite Restaurant and at several more as there are about 35 restaurants there.

Some of the locations having restaurants are the following:

-Wani Complex Batamaloo

-Batamaloo Near Fire Service Headquarters

-Near SMC Karan Nagar

-Gole Market Karan Nagar


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People Also Ask About Srinagar

  1. How far is Kargil from Srinagar?

    The distance between Kargil and Srinagar is 201 kms via NH1. The time it takes to travel between these two places is around 5-6 hours, one way.
  2. How is the road from Kargil to Srinagar?

    The road from Kargil to Srinagar is mostly pleasant with a few uneasy patches around the Zori La pass. The roads are open only during the summers and are repaired and fixed before the path is open to the public for traveling. Moreover, the entire route is laced with picturesque scenery and several attractions along the way that one would definitely enjoy.
  3. Which pass connects Srinagar and Kargil?

    The road route is the only option to get to Kargil from Srinagar and the route has a mix of good and slightly unpleasant conditions. Moreover, for the most part the road is enjoyable with sights of the surrounding landscapes and popular attraction. Also, on the way you get to cross the Zoji La mountain Pass at an altitude of 3528m, from Baltal.
  4. How many days are enough for Kargil from Srinagar?

    The travelling bit from Srinagar to Kargil will take a few hours of a single day. If you would like to stay in Kargil for a while then the whole trip would of course be extended. That said, there are plenty of government and private buses that operate between Kargil and Srinagar.
  5. What is the best month to visit Kargil from Srinagar by road?

    The best month or months to travel to Kargil are from May till September. As this is the summer season in this region, that let's one enjoy the pleasant and cool weather here.

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