5 Lesser-known Villages In Kargil That You Must Include In Your Kashmir Itinerary

by Sushmita Mahanta
5 Lesser-known Villages In Kargil That You Must Include In Your Kashmir Itinerary

It’s no secret that travelling is all about finding the hidden gems in the world. So, what are your thoughts on exploring the most underrated and lesser-known villages in Kargil? The Kargil district in Ladakh is home to some of the most fairytale hamlets. With high passes, frozen lakes, and green valleys, here are the 5 lesser-known villages in Kargil that totally deserve to be on your bucket list.


Did you know the coldest place in India is one of the lesser-known villages in Kargil? Drass, ‘The Gateway to Ladakh, records a temperature of minus 27.2°C in winters. However, this numbingly frosty valley is quite popular among tourists. Drass village attracts numerous tourists every year. The snow-laden peaks, mesmerizing ridges, and fresh air, make the valley every adventurer’s dream! Zoji La Pass is one of the main tourist attractions of the valley.


Rangdum probably sits on top of the list of the lesser-known villages in Kargil. Located midway between Kargil and Padum, Rangdum is an isolated village in Suru valley. The most attractive spot in this village is the 18th-century Rangdum Monastery. Apart from its spectacularly beautiful landscape, the village also serves as an important trekking base.

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The quaint Sangra village in Sanku, Kargil, is one of the remotest villages in the Union Territory Of Ladakh. Being one of the lesser-known villages in Kargil, Sangra still remains unhindered by modernisation. Kargil is the nearest town to Sangra for all major activities and is approximately 40km away. The pristine beauty of Sangra deserves more appreciation. Travel enthusiasts should definitely add the village to their bucket lists!


Nestled amidst the rugged peaks of Kargil, Hundurman is one of the most beautiful villages in Kargil. Yet, lesser-known to the globe! Surprising right? Well, this quaint hamlet is home to a unique ‘Museum of Memories’ that documents the life of border families. The Unlock Hundurman Museum of Memories is one of the most attractive spots of the village.

Suru Valley

Suru valley is around 40kms from Kargil town. This beautiful hamlet with green land scapes and dense plantations is every traveller’s dream destination. If you haven’t visited Suru in Ladakh, you are missing out on a lot. Also, there is no better thrill than exploring one of the lesser-known villages in Kargil.

Now that you know some of the lesser-known but beautiful villages in Kargil, tell us which one you are planning to visit first!


Feature image courtesy – Twitter/Ladakh Tourism