Kargil district

district of Ladakh, India
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Kargil is a district in the Indian union territory of Ladakh. Kargil lies near the Line of Control and is surrounded by the Pakistan-administered region of Gilgit–Baltistan to the north, the Kashmir Valley and Jammu divisions to the west, Leh district to the east and Himachal Pradesh to the south. Kargil is divided into 9 blocks which are, Kargil, Drass, Sankoo, Taisuru, Shargole, Shakar-Chiktan, Zanskar, GM Pore/Trespone and Lungnak.[3] It has three Tehsils, namely Kargil, Zanskar and Sankoo. Zanskar and Drass are also sub divisions, and are headed administratively by a Sub Divisional Magistrate.[3]


Map of Kargil district in Ladakh
Map of Kargil district in Ladakh
Coordinates: 34°01′N 76°24′E / 34.017°N 76.400°E / 34.017; 76.400Coordinates: 34°01′N 76°24′E / 34.017°N 76.400°E / 34.017; 76.400
Country India
Union TerritoryLadakh
 • Total14,036 km2 (5,419 sq mi)
2,676 m (8,780 ft)
 • Total140,802
 • Density10/km2 (26/sq mi)
 • SpokenPurik, Hindi/Urdu, Sheena, Balti
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN Code
Vehicle registrationLA 02


With a population of 140,000 Kargil is the only Muslim majority district in Ladakh. Of total population, 85% are Muslim, of which 73% follow Shia Islam. Most of the district's Muslims are found in Kargil town, Drass, Wakha and the lower Suru valley. The remainder 14% are followers of Tibetan Buddhism and Bön, mostly found in Zanskar with small populations in the upper Suru valley (Rangdum) and around Shergol and Mulbekh. Another 1% of the population follow Hinduism and Sikhism.

Much of Kargil population is inhabited by the purig and Balti people of Tibetan origin (converting from Buddhism to Islam in the 16th Century) and have intermingled with the Dard, Mon and other Aryan people. The mainly Muslim Dards inhabit the valley of Drass and speak Shina, a small number of Buddhist Dard, known as Brokpa, inhabit the Dha-Hanu region near the Lamayuru monastery. Some Arghons are also settled in Kargil Town. Of late, immigrants from Kashmir and Hindus Jammu have come to settle in Kargil.



  1. Cite error: The named reference Census of India 2011 - LADAKH was used but no text was provided for refs named (see the help page).
  2. "Census of India 2011 - JAMMU & KASHMIR" (PDF). DIRECTORATE OF CENSUS OPERATIONS JAMMU & KASHMIR. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Kargil District Administration". Official website of District Kargil-Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir. Retrieved 16 July 2016.

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