Kargil – The Epitome of Patriotism

Gladstone has said that out of the totality of human life, a small portion constitutes a person’s relations with his country and his feeling concerning it. Patriotism is a virtuous quality inherent to a person that makes him to love his country ardently and to support and defend its interests zealously. It is more than just a sentiment. Patriotism manifests itself in many forms but the determination and sacrifices to save one’s country from enemies exhibit the most exalted form ofpatriotism, for which Kargil stands as a testimony.

After the Operation Vijaya, the war of 1999 with Pakistan, Kargil has become a hot spot for tourists. It is located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in Ladakh region. It is the district headquarters of Kargil district and is located close to Kashmir valley. To its western side lies the most talked about Line of Control (LOC), Gilgit-Baltistan. Tourists feel privileged to pay tribute to the departed souls of the soldiers who laid their lives during the war of 1999.

Nestled in the Himalayas, and accessible on the Srinagar-Leh highway, Kargil was an important stopover on caravan routes. It is situated at a height of 2676 meters in the Suru Valley. Because of it topographical advantage, adventure lovers find Kargil, a must-to-be-visited place they can avail the A to Z facilities for adventure activities such as trekking, camping, canoeing, rafting and mountaineering. Popular trekking routes are Sumdo-Chinmu, Padum to Lamayuru.

May to September is the best period for visiting Kargil because the temperature remains amenable, facilitating sight-seeing and adventuring. During November to February, the temperature in Kargil goes zero and vary between -10 to -14 degree Celsius. Those deeply involved in meditation can pay visit to Phokar Rizong which is bounded by hills and caves and Buddhist monasteries.

Visit to Buddhist monasteries provide and environment of serenity, tranquility and peace that could not be found amidst the noisy atmosphere of the urban regions. While visiting Kargil, visitors can pay a visit to a small village called Shargole where Ge-Lugs Pa Monastery for getting solaces of mind. Sani Monastery is the oldest one built in the 1st century by the Kushan Emperor, Kanishka. During July and August, the popular ‘Face Mask Dance’ is organized that attracts tourists’ attention. Rangdum Monastery is all filled with peace and silence.

Visitors to Kargil can find a good number of endangered wildlife, with the snow leopard at the top of the list. Other includes the Himalayan Brown Bear, Marmots, the Tibetan Wolf, the musk deer and pikas. Bird watchers will be elated to watch a number of endangered birds such as Red-billed Coughs, European Goldfinches, Magpie and Eastern Chiffchaff.

Main attraction of Kargil town is Munshi Aziz Bhat Musuem where tourists can look to the Central Asian Trade and art crafts. Magnificence of Ladakh or Zanskar can be best enjoyed.

When God makes a prophet, He does not unmake the man. Hence, belonging to any particular religion or nationality does not make a man different. Experience this by visiting Kargil.