Nestled in the Kargil district of the state of Jammu & Kashmir in northern most part of India, Drass needs no special introduction; the place is infamously known for the 1999 Kargil War that took place between the Indian and Pakistani army troops. Today, the quaint valley sits as a popular tourist destination in the Leh-Ladakh region and invites countless holiday seekers either looking for a peaceful holiday, an adventure packed vacation or a spiritual enlightenment.
Situated at an elevation of 10,990 ft. in the Kargil district of North Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir, Drass is considered to be the second coldest inhabited place on earth. The valley, sitting on the foot of ‘Zoji-La’ pass is often dubbed as ‘Gateway to Ladakh’ and is blessed with a stupendous scenic beauty which can captivate heart and soul of every traveller in just a matter of few seconds. Taking about a bit history of Drass, the place rose to prominence during the infamous Kargil War which took place in the year 1999 between armed troops of India and Pakistan. Since then, the area has been under strict surveillance of the Indian Army and anyone travelling here needs to register himself at the Drass checkpoint with a valid photo identity proof and a copy of passport and visa, in case the person is not of the Indian nationality.
In terms of tourism, Drass has a lot to offer to every kind of traveller; whether one is a soul seeker, a nature lover or a wildlife aficionado, he is sure to have a fulfilling time here and would take back home, uncountable memories to treasure for his lifetime. Owing to sheer wilderness, a wealth of hidden and uncovered winding trails and a soul-captivating scenic beauty, the little town holds a special place in the hearts of ardent trekkers and hikers too, satiating their quest for an unmatched adrenaline rush in just no time; ‘Suru Valley’, ‘Mushko Valley’ and ‘Saliskote’ are three of the most popular trekking destinations in the region and provide for an enthralling yet fun-filled time to all the thrill seekers.Not to explicitly mention, Drass also finds its place on travel itineraries of many Muslim and Hindu spirituality enthusiasts. ‘Ningoor Masjid’, a revered Muslim pilgrimage site located 7 km. off the main Drass village lures uncountable devotees every year who specially travel here to pay their respect to Allah and seek his blessings.
There is no dearth of Hindu religious sites too in Drass; ‘Draupadi Kund’ and ‘Bhimbet Stone’ are two such attractions which have associated with them, many interesting legends from the Puranic times. The most revered Hindu shrine, the holy ‘Amarnath Cave’ also lies in close proximity to Drass and attracts thousands of devotees during the famous Shravani Mela held in July-August every year. To visit Drass, one needs to fly in at the Sheikh-Ul-Alam International Airport located in Srinagar and then board a taxi or a state run bus from there, which ply at regular intervals traversing passengers through curvaceous roads dotted with enchanting mountain scenery. In case one is planning a trip to Drass via rail journey, must get down at the Jammu-Tawi railway station and further carry on with their remaining journey by road excursion on National Highway 1.
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The little town is blessed with only a couple of mid-range budget hotels and B&Bs that provide for a comfortable stay complete with all the basic amenities. If one is not able to find an accommodation in a hotel, the town also has a lodging facility run by the Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Department; with clean & spacious rooms, it surely makes for a good place to spend a night or two. Prior booking and permission from District Commissioner Office is an absolute necessary though.