Srinagar to Kargil: How to Plan a Road Trip - 2021
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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.

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COVID-19 : SRINAGAR is in Orange Zone
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
Flights

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.

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Best Time to Visit

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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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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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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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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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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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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

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Food Joints between Srinagar and Kargil

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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

-Sonamarg

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12 July 2018
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From Recent Expedition -: Srinagar > Leh > Manali !! The feeling was awesome and words are not enough to express my experience of the expedition, but ever since I talked about it, it makes me feel that I’m still travelling, I’m still there. I had been a frequent traveller, but the emotions associated with this tour were different. We enjoyed, we had fun, we went emotional, we met some new friends, we felt proud, we captured every possible feelings and emotions we can during the entire journey.
12 July 2018
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From Recent Expedition -: Srinagar > Leh > Manali !! The feeling was awesome and words are not enough to express my experience of the expedition, but ever since I talked about it, it makes me feel that I’m still travelling, I’m still there. I had been a frequent traveller, but the emotions associated with this tour were different. We enjoyed, we had fun, we went emotional, we met some new friends, we felt proud, we captured every possible feelings and emotions we can during the entire journey. We passed through all the ranges of the Great Himalayas, starting from the Shivalik, Karakoram & Pir Panjal. The memories of “late night road journey from Jammu to Srinagar risking our life while crossing South Kashmir (Known for Terrorist activities), early morning (4 am) shopping at Awantipora, Dal Lake, Shankracharya Temple, Srinagar Market, Lunch @Lal Chowk, Eid Celebrations, Shalimar Garden, Noon & Kahwa Tea, Sonmarg, War Zone (Kargil, Drass &Batalik), Oldest Gompa Lamayuru, Rafting at World’s highest point (Zanskar river), Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, Leh Palace, gruelling terrain & passes(Zoji La (3528 Mtrs), Namki La (3815 Mtrs), Fotu La (4108 Mtrs),World’s highest Motorable road – Khardungla (5359 Mtrs), Nakee La (4739 Mtrs), Tanglang La ( 5328 Mtrs), Bara-lacha (4890 Mtrs) & Chang La (5360 Mtrs)), Crazy bath in Pangong Tso lake (-4 °C), cute Marmot, Yak, Deer & Pashmina Goats at Changthang Wildlife sanctuary, snow-capped Karakoram Ranges, Sand dunes at Nubra Valley, Diskit Monastery, the Gata loops (22 hairpin bends) at 4190 Mtrs elevation on Pang – Sarchu road, Suraj Taal, Whiskey & Brandy Nallah, Picturesque Jispa, Hiking at 4350 Mtrs Himalayan ranges and driving alongside the rivers across the two states” are never gonna fade away !! Thanks to Thrillophilia for making this trip awesome & memorable one.
18 October 2016
Excellent
The Kashmir Great Lakes trek is just amazingly beautiful, gorgeous beyond words. everyday it used to get better and beautiful. the pristine lakes, the endless meadows, the scenery, the view of twin lakes of gangabal and nandkul from 14000 ft zaj pass is all lifelong experience. this is the kashmir that one cant see on normal tourist itinerary and the hardwork is totally worth it . Our local operator has organized it pretty well, the trek lead and 2 guides were friendly, supportive and professional in their conduct. the food was just too good and never expected to have such yummy food on such remote high altitude trek. we were group of 13 n bonded really well. our batch was during the kashmir lock-down period but i'm glad that we didnt cancel it. the long walks were moderately tough so you definitely need prepare a bit for fitness but its totally manageable. the descent was daunting but thats always the case in my experience. we did face issues with accommodation n return transport on last day due to the curfew situation and operator could have done better job in co-ordinating it rather than just leaving us on our fate. that was the only sore point of the whole experience. I highly recommend this trek to anyone who wish to experience the real beauty of Kashmir and why its called jannat on the earth.
05 January 2016
Excellent
kashmir, the haven on earth is my favorite destinations and trekiing there was just like icing on the cake... really enjoyed my trek.. camping was also something I was looking forward to and it turned out to be awesome as well.... planning to go for another trek soon..
01 March 2021
Excellent
A recent tour to Kashmir has been beyond pleasurable. As a solo traveler, I felt extremely safe, right from the moment I put my foot down in Srinagar, and marveled at the breathtaking sights of Sonmarg Valley, on reaching Kashmir. The moment I checked into a houseboat, it felt as if I was slowly ticking every possible thing off my bucket list. I would like to recommend Thrillophilia to anyone that desires to have a fun-filled adventurous holiday.
04 February 2021
Excellent
My family and I envisaged a tour of Kashmir and thankfully that trip was made a reality by Thrillophilia with such finesse, that I don’t think I can ever be associated with any other tour company. Right from arrival in Srinagar to getting transferred to an incredible houseboat in Dal lake, our trip was every bit fascinating. We relished a delicious breakfast in the Panjal Range’s lap and headed off to Gulmarg for a soul-stirring experience. The pre-booked hotel at Pahalgam was a beautiful one and made our night stay a comfortable one. We will cherish the gondola cable ride at Gulmarg, the short day excursions to Anantnag Sulpher Springs, Avantiswami, and Avantishwar Temples. Thanks a ton to Thrillophilia, for making the Kashmir tour, a nice blend of adventure and travel by incorporating a fair share of outdoor activities with oodles of sightseeing. If you fancy visiting heaven on earth but are pressed for time, allow Thrillophilia to make a trip worth your while!
29 January 2021
Excellent
I and my friends always made Kashmir a topic of our coffee table conversations and who would have known that our long-awaited dream would bear fruits this very year. I absolutely adore the fact that Thrillophilia literally turned out to be our hero by arranging everything from airport transfers to a dozen shikhara rides and excursion tours. Four of us had a gala time indulging in nature walks at Gulmarg, and participating in the water sports at Manasbal Lake’s Ganderbal. Thanks, Thrillophilia!
23 February 2021
Excellent
A 6 day trip with my family to Kashmir will always be special to me. And, the fact that I undertook one such tour with Thrillophilia makes it all the more special. I am in total awe of how the cheerful representatives welcomed us at the airport and escorted us all to a luxurious houseboat. We had the most fabulous lunch and relaxed, only to set out for an evening tour to the Nehru Park on a shikara. The trip from Gulmarg to Pahalgam on the fourth day will be the closest to my heart because we were in awe of the nature trail that went through the pine forest along the Lidder River. Sonmarg by every means had my heart with its flowery meadows, pristine lakes and glaciers. And the fact that we could all visit the Khir-Bhiwani and Narayan temples on such a short trip, is beyond commendable. Kudos!
16 March 2021
Excellent
Our trip was an adventurous affair this year as we went to Kashmir for 6 days, from Mumbai. Me and my partner, we both are working professionals and needed a short break and a short trip like this one really did well to charge our batteries. We spent some memorable days in Kashmir in hotels that the team at Thrillophilia pre-booked for us, and loved our houseboat stays besides stunning stopovers at the baghs. Way to go Thrillophilia fam for fulfilling the wishes of busy trippers like us!
01 March 2021
Excellent
There is nothing like embarking on a Kashmir tour from Delhi that involves everything you have ever dreamt of. I and my partner loved being on such a trip that was arranged by Thrillophilia where we never had to bother about making any sort of pre-bookings in resorts or planning for meals. They made proper arrangements in a well-sanitized hygienic hotel. From the pony rides to the short hikes along the dense pine forests and gondola rides or arranging water sports at Ganderbal in Manasbal Lake, Thrillophilia has really given the new normal a new spin.

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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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