Located at an altitude of 3,300 meter above the sea level and 60-km west of Kargil on the road to Srinagar, Drass is a beautiful as well as small township lying in the center of the valley of the same name. This town has become popular worldwide for being the second coldest inhabited place in the world by good worth of the intense cold, which descends upon the valley along with repeated snowfalls during winters. In fact, the winter temperature is sometimes known to drop to less than -40; But during summer season the tracts around Drass becomes a pleasant idyllic sight, offering a complete contrast to the savage face worn by it during the winter months. The fields around Drass are cultivated for both cash and cereals crops. It houses a large number of monasteries and a small bazaar. It is connected to other parts of Ladakh by road. If you are a travel enthusiast and love trekking, buy Drass holiday packages on EaseMyTrip.in and enjoy memorable Drass tour.
Mid-March - end June
June - end September
Annual rainfall -250 cm-325 cm
Late November To Mid-February
The Drass War Memorial:
Also known as 'the Kargil War Memorial', is the major tourist attraction in Drass. It is located on the Srinagar-Leh Highway. This structure is erected to commemorate the sacrifice of Indian soldiers who lost their lives during the Indo-Pak war, defending a barren and desolate landscape. This memorial has a very nice gallery that dilates the scenes from the blood battle. Further, the stunning view of the Tololing Range at the backdrop is worth a capture. Kargil Vijay Diwas, which is celebrated on 26 July every year in the Kargil Drass sector, is a tribute to the Kargil War Heroes.
Overlooking the beautiful Drass Valley, the Tiger Hill perched at an elevation of 5,353 meters, making it the highest point in the region. This hill is surrounded by the Tolloling Range and other ridges that range from 5,000 to 6,500 meters. The Tiger Hill is another main tourist attraction in the Drass region that can easily be captured, down from the valley.
The Drass valley begins from the base of the Zoji La pass, 'the Himalayan gateway to Ladakh'. For centuries its inhabitants are believed to have negotiated this formidable pass even during the most risky period in the late autumn or early spring, when the entire sector remains snow-bound and is subject to frequent snow storms, to transport trader's merchandise across and to help stranded travelers to traverse it.
The Puga Valley is popular for its hot water springs. Every year, hundreds of visitors come to this valley for a bath in these springs as it is believed that these springs help people suffering from skin diseases and rheumatism.
Other Activities to Enjoy at Drass:
Drass is a very suitable base for a 3-day long trek to Suru valley across the sub-range separating the two valleys. The trek pass you through some of the most beautiful upland villages and flower sprinkled meadows on both sides of the 4,500 meter high Umbala pass that falls en-route. In addition, the trek to this holy cave of Amarnath in neighboring Kashmir, which starts from Minamarg below Zoji La, takes 3 days and involves crossing of 5, 200 meter high pass.