• Kargil is one of the two Districts of Ladakh region and is the second largest town of Ladakh and is situated roughly at equal distance(200KM) from Srinagar, Leh , Padum Zanskar and Skardo Baltistan. Kargil has always been an important trade centre in the past. Traders from China, Central Asia and different parts of India used to trade in Tea, Wool, Carpets, Silk and precious stones in olden days and Kargil was known as a historical meeting point.
  • Kargil regained its importance when the area was thrown open for Tourists in the year 1974 with other parts of Ladakh and considerable number of tourists, trekkers and mountaineers  started visiting Kargil.
  • The District again came in lime light during the Indo- Pak conflict in 1999 as it remained in the headlines of National and International media and some sites such as Tiger Hill, Tololing, Mushku valley and Batalik have become very popular since then.
  • Besides historical importance unique landscape and number of Heritage sites, Budha Statues, Forts Palaces, ancient Rock carvings   (Petroglyphs), Mosques, Monasteries, Pilgrim places , war memorials  are found all over the District.
  • Kargil has also been bestowed with great potential of Adventure Tourism and winter sports such as Mountaineering (as Kargil is the seat of world famous Nun-Kun peaks) Trekking, River Rafting, Snow skiing,
  • Tourist Office Kargil was Established in 1975 a year after the area was thrown open for Tourists and at the initial stage emphasis was laid on developing basic infrastructures at few touristically important places of the District such as Drass, Kargil, Mulbek, Panikhar, Rangdum and Padum Zanskar and presently  the Department is having Accommodation Units with Catering Facilities at  almost all important Tourist Spots of the District, apart from this sufficient accommodation is also available in private hotels / guest houses / home stays .
  • The State Government’s Tourism Department and LAHDC Kargil and District administration is striving hard to promote tourism in the District and a number of Foreign and Domestic Tourists , trekkers & mountaineers are visiting Kargil every year.

Last Ten Years  Tourist Arrival to Kargil District
Year Domestic Foreign Total
2008 13543 3648 17191
2009 16968 3179 20147
2010 25772 2984 28756
2011 54397 2692 57089
2012 57603 3155 60758
2013 46614 1634 48248
2014 47174 2204 49378
2015 59790 2393 62183
2016 62168 1760 63928
2017 97312 4612 1,01,924
June 2018 40780 2160 42,940
Year Expeditions
2012 11 Teams
2013 11 Teams
2014 16 Teams
2015 20 Teams
2016 17 Teams
2017 18 Teams
June, 2018 05 Teams