This very friendly venture is Kargil's focal point for travellers. As well as a funky upstairs cafe, Roots is the place to get inspired for visits to the greater Kargil region. The folks here organise excursions to fascinating Hundarman Broq, night photography walks, rafting trips and treks, and can also arrange trekking gear rental, hired mountain bikes (₹1000 to ₹1200 per day), motorbikes (₹1500 per day) and shared rides.
Roots' runs multi-day packages in spring and autumn for spotting rare Himalayan Brown Bears. They are currently building the Black Sheep B&B just a minute north of the cafe, which should have 15 rooms and three dorms when it opens in 2019.