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Dras is situated at a distance of 60 km from Kargil on the road towards Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir recently reorganised as a Union Territory of India. It is also known as the “Gateway to Ladakh”. What is interesting to know about this place is the fact that it is situated at a height of around 3230m. Being the second coldest place in the world, it even experienced minus 60-degree Celcius in the year 1995. Also, it came into limelight during the Kargil War in 1999. Dras has spell bounding scenery to keep you engaged and explore more of those beautiful views of Dras Valley.

Moreover, the tiger hill can also be viewed from Dras. What is really interesting is the fact that this town is considered as a popular trekking base where people participate in trekking activities from Minamarg to Amarnath via Zojila Pass. 

History of Dras

Dras was earlier known as Hem-Bas. From 1846-1947, Jammu and Kashmir was a princely state in India where Dras was a part of the Kargil Tehsil of Ladakh Wazarat. After that, the place witnessed the British Era. In 1947-48, Pakistani Gilgit Scout invaded the Kargil area but was unsuccessful to occupy. Again, it came into limelight during the Kargil War in 1999 when Pakistan Army’s invasion led to a full-fledged war with India.  

Places to Visit in Dras

Dras War Memorial. The Dras war memorial was built of pink sandstone. Moreover, this place is also an epitaph which has been dedicated to the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the war of Kargil. 

Matayen. This is a small village which is located at a distance of around 20 km from Dras. What is really interesting to know is the fact that this village is the only village where Kashmiri is spoken in quite a prominent manner. 

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Mushko Valley Trek. This is basically a 3-day trek that Dras hosts. It continues from Mushku valley to Tilail in the Gurez region.

Things to do in Dras

Trek to Saliskote. Saliskote is a phenomenal place to visit and explore. This place covers the Laser la region and is basically a two-day trek from Dras to Saliskot. 

Visit Ningoor Masjid. What is really interesting is that it is believed that one of the walls of this masjid was raised naturally during its construction. And like this, there are some other beliefs that surround this masjid. It is located at a distance of about 7 km and is often frequented by pilgrims. 

Amarnath Trek. It is basically a three-day trek that starts from Minamarg. Minamarg is located at a distance of 30km away from Dras. One can see a great number of devotees visiting this place and taking part in this yatra with a lot of enthusiasm.  

Events and Festivals in & Around Dras

Galdan Namchot. Galdan Namchot festival is celebrated to commemorate the birth as well as the death of a quite famous Buddhist scholar namely Je Tsongkhapa. It is believed and said that he was responsible for the formation of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. This also marks the beginning of the new year celebrations in Ladakh. Read More

Losar Festival. The Losar festival is celebrated on various dates and that is something which depends on the location. What is really interesting is that this festival is celebrated on the very first day of the lunisolar Tibetan calendar. Read More

Best Time to Visit Dras

The summer season is one of the best times to visit Dras. During this time the overall climate is quite suitable for travelling and sightseeing. 

How to Reach Dras 

By Air. The nearest airport to Dras is the Srinagar airport which is situated at a distance of 103 km. From there you will need to get a cab or some other means of transportation to reach your destination. 

By Train. The nearest railway station to Dras is the Jammu railway station. It is situated at a distance of 442 km. From there you can get a cab or some other means of transportation.

By Road. Travelling to Dras via road would be quite a convenient experience for you. Owing to the fact that it is connected with major cities like Jammu and Kashmir, few cities from Himachal Pradesh the whole travelling experience becomes quite easy.

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