Kargil district

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Map of Kagril district in Jammu and Kashmir
Map of Kagril district in Jammu and Kashmir
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
StateJammu and Kashmir
 • Total14,036 km2 (5,419 sq mi)
2,676 m (8,780 ft)
 • Total140,802
 • Density10/km2 (26/sq mi)
 • OfficialUrdu
 • SpokenPurik, Hindi/Urdu, Sheena, Balti
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN Code
Vehicle registrationJK07

Kargil is a district of Ladakh division in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Kargil lies near the Line of Control and is surrounded by the Pakistan-administered region of Gilgit–Baltistan to the north, and the Kashmir Valley and Jammu divisions to the west. Kargil is divided into 9 blocks which are, Kargil, Drass, Sankoo, Taisuru, Shargole, Shakar-Chiktan, Zanskar, GM Pore/Trespone and Lungnak.[2] 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.[2]

According to the 2011 census, it is the least populous district of the 22 districts in Jammu and Kashmir.[3]

Demographics[change | change source]

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 Burig 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.

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References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Census of India 2011 - JAMMU & KASHMIR" (PDF). DIRECTORATE OF CENSUS OPERATIONS JAMMU & KASHMIR. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Kargil District Administration". Official website of District Kargil-Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  3. "District Census 2011". census2011.co.in. Retrieved 16 July 2016.

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