Drass, which is often called as “The Gateway to Ladakh” is a town in Kargil district of Ladakh Region. Drass located at a height of 10990 ft above sea level. The mountains in Drass area ranges from 16000 feet to 21000 feet of height above sea level.
Drass also known as the ‘Second Coldest Inhabited Region” in the world. Area of Drass valley starts after crossing Zozila Pass, which is at 11574 feet height. Drass is 63 KM from Kargil and 141 KM from Srinagar. Drass is the place from where th 3 days trek for Suru Valley starts. The population of Drass comprises people of Balti Tribes and Dardic (also called as Shinas).
After, 1999 Kargil war, places and mountain peaks like Drass sector, to lo-ling, tiger hill, Mushko Valley achieved an epic status. Other than these while on a trek from Zozila to Suru Valley, you can see various famous points such as India Gate and Treaty road. Some of the places of interest are as follows:
Drass War Memorial : Kargil War Memorial or Drass War memorial is situated 5 KM away from Drass and on National Highway 1D. This is made by Indian Army in the foot of Tololing Hill. This is the memorial which is made in the memory of the army soldiers martyred in the conflict between India and Pakistan in 1999. Later on this is named as Kargil War. In this memorial, this has huge epitaph with the names of army soldiers and officers who died in that war. On 26th July of every year, Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated.
Draupadi Kund – 18 km from Drass. This is the place where Queen Draupdi took her final bath before dying in the Himalyan Ranges.
Manman Top – Manman Top, which is 10KM from Drass. This is the top from where one can see the entire Drass valley and LOC
Sando Top or Sando Base – This is 8 Km awa from Drass, from there a Pakistani posts are easily visible. In front of Sando Top, Tiger hill is located.
Mushku Valley – 8KM from Drass, Popular for various wild flowers in the Ladakh Region.
Some more places are Gomchan Valley, Dongchik, Ningoor Masjid, Bhimbet Stone, Minamarg, Matayen, Laser La, Chorkiat Forest, Tiasbu Astana, Gurez Valley, Brigade War Gallery.
Drass called as The Gateway to Ladakh. Located in the district Kargil of Jammu & Kashmir state of India. Drass valley starts from the base of Zoji La Pass. In Kargil War in 1999, this region was highly impacted with the shelling by infiltrators, when Pakistani troops entered in the Ladakh region.
Summer season, from May to August is the good time when one can visit Drass. Also this is the time when roads get opened to reach Drass.
Public Transports available which ply between Kargil and Srinagar passes through Drass Sector on a daily basis. These are J&K SRTC services. Other options are either by hiring a taxi, coming by own vehicle and on some Srinagar to Leh bike trip.
Bit less options but one can stay in the tourist complex in Drass which provides clean guest room and suits. Some private semi deluxe hotels also available with good modern facilities and accommodation.