Drass is a small town in J&K (Jammu and Kashmir) located about 60 km from Kargil on the NH-1 (Kargil – Srinagar Highway). At an altitude of 10,597 feet Drass is well-known as the coldest inhabited place in India and the second coldest in the world after Siberia. Winters are bone-chilling with lows of -45℃ but its a pleasant heaven during the summer months of April to August. If travelling from Srinagar you have to travel 140 kms and Travelers can chose among-st multiple transport options.
Summers is ideal to visit Drass and experience over-cast skies with occasional drizzles not lasting more than a few minutes. Drass Valley starts from the base of the Zoji – la pass, also known as the ‘Gateway to Ladakh’.
Drass witnessed a 3 month long conflict between Indian and Pakistani troops alongwith Mushko valley, tolo-ling and tiger hill. You can start treks from the Zoji – la pass and visit attractions such as the Treaty road and India Gate. Dont miss the below for sure
- Dras War Memorial
It was constructed to commemorate the martyrs of Kargil war.
- Brigade War Valley
It offers details and insights into the 1999 Kargil war.
- Draupadi Kund
Named after Draupadi, this is the place where she took her final bath before dying in the Himalayas. It is situated only 18 kilometers from Drass
- Mushko Valley
If you love to see flowers bloom then you must visit Musko Valley which has a variety of wild flowers during the plesant summer season.