Srinagar to Kargil: How to Plan a Road Trip - 2020

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. Traveling 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 traveling 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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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

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Places to Visit
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

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Places to Stay

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 Pump

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Petrol Pump
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

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ATMs

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

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Food Joints

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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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
Deepesh Namboothiri Kashmir Great Lakes Trek 2020
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..
16 March 2017
Excellent
"Srinagar is beautiful more than what we heard. My family also wanted to join the trip but since it was bike trip I could not take them with me. But next season, I will take my whole family also. The entire region was so cold but the natural beauty was really a surprise and one of a kind experience also."
06 March 2017
Excellent
We were a group of ten people, so we had to split after meeting at Manali. Only seven people were allowed in the Tata Sumo. I am a passionate photographer as well. So the whole place looked like a haven for me, my camera was continuously clicking until its battery was drained. I don’t think, anywhere in India, you can experience the toughest roads as you face in Ladakh. An offbeat trip for many of the days.
06 March 2017
Excellent
A complete tour of Ladakh, the land with the utmost beauty was this one. Very clear surroundings, but with cracky roads and high top hills were amazing to see from the jeep. We took a stop at Khardung La Pass, which was stunning, enjoyed the view so much and then we continued. We have come across a lot of monasteries as well where we found Buddhist images and paintings. The whole trip was arranged so well so that we did not have to be worried about anything, be it the food, accommodation and transportation. The driver was excellent and it was obvious that he was doing this job for past some years, that well he knew the route. Excellent package and worth spending every single penny.
31 August 2019
Superb
The most worry free, comfortable and simultaneously adventurous bike trip i had. ladakh was not a vacation it was an experience and it is best experienced with thrillophilia.
17 February 2019
Excellent
"Filled with exhilarating sights, this is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful treks. A very good experience from the trek expedition organizers."
12 August 2017
Superb
Though we are familiar with the beauty of Kashmir from pictures and stories, watching them with the naked eyes was really exciting for me. I am not a regular traveler type but I like traveling. Last time, when I got one long weekend, I took three more days leave and went to Kashmir. Dal Lake, Vishansar Lake and one more lake were there in the package. We trekked to these places and many of the climbs were tough for me. I was feeling the adrenaline rush in me when I was looking from the top of a hill to the valleys down. But I should agree to a fact that, the entire location is a fairy tale kind of place. I was wondered to see the glittering mountain ranges and the utmost beauty prevailing in each village. Dal Lake was the most beautiful attraction in the whole region, I felt. Such an extensive lake with a lot of traditional boats decorated with flowers. That sight was really appreciable from the shores. We stayed in one of the hotels in Leh watching the nearby areas from the windows and the next days, we visited the monasteries located near to Leh. From Srinagar, we went to Sonamarg also. The availability of food was limited during the trekking trip to Sonamarg and the walking along the Sindh River was captivating. The river looked so pretty with many trees on its either side. Vishansar Lake is another bundle of beauty with full of flowers and green meadows around. There are a lot of hilly regions near to it. They make the lake so amazing in the middle. No doubt why people call Kashmir the paradise on Earth. Such beautiful places are not existing in any parts of the world.
12 August 2017
Superb
Kashmir Great Lakes trek was something beyond our expectations. I and my husband were going to visit Leh and other major parts in Kashmir. Two days in between, we have done the Great Lakes trekking as well. It was so amazing and the mountain ranges, rough valleys, tall trees, the villages were all looking so incredible. The blue, green lakes in the centre of the mountains had some extra ordinary charm, I felt. The trekking towards the Great Lakes were through some of the pine forests and along many streams and rivers. Some of the roads were really tough. We went alone, so that we found it difficult to reach the destination easily. But some travelers who were going after the activity helped us take the easiest routes. There was no shops or houses near the lakes but you have to come walking a lot to a stop where you can get some water at least. Hence, you should carry some water with you along with biscuits or energy bars. Camping was also done somewhere near and the night picture was superb. The wind was cold though it was not the time of an extreme climate. Dal Lake was also an amusement for us. We did a shikara ride along the lake and mind blowing it was. Overall, the trip was filled with pure joy. We continued to visit the other places near Kashmir.
"I was a bit nervous to do the bike trip because I have never done a ride on bullet through off roads or such a great height. But the guides and my fellow team members encouraged me and I started the ride. I remember, many times I was hesitating to continue the ride. But only because of the people around me I did not stop the journey in between. If I had stopped the trip in the middle, it would have been a great loss of my life I think. Such a beautiful place is Ladakh. It is surrounded by the tall peaks everywhere. Only a few people we saw on the journey may be the tribals. We tried the native food from one of the villages, I forgot the name of it. It was so different. The Chai they gave us was also different. But the people were so friendly and happy to see us. They were talking about their village and nowadays, a lot of people are coming to see the place and all. 11 days went like 11 hours I felt, may be because we were riding for long distance. It is a must visit place atleast once in your lifetime."

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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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