Dras is a famous town included in the district of Kargil. It is also referred to as the ‘Gateway to Ladakh’. The place has an elevation of 3230 meters. It is a world renowned trekking site. One can avail a 3 day long base easily here. Beautiful villages and lush meadows can be seen along the trek. Umbala Pass is also present here which has a height of 4500 meters. Visitors can expect harsh weather conditions as the temperature can drop to -40 degrees Celsius. The snow usually spreads by the month of May after which green pastures can be seen spreading across the valley. Brokpa tribes inhabit most part of the valley. They are believed to be the descendants of Dard of Chilas found in Gilgit region. Barley and other cereals are grown in this region. The major tourist attractions are Shingar River, Zojila Pass, Puga Valley and various monasteries.
People must avoid visiting this place during late autumn or early spring as it is frequented by snowstorms. The Zojila Pass holds important position when it comes to trading of goods. Their expertise can be put to use even to this date. They help in the successful crossing of the goods over the snow.
The most significant highlight of Dras is trekking. Both long and short treks are available in the Drass valley. The trek to the Suru Valley is the most exciting one. It is a three day long trek. The cave of Amarnath can also be visited from here. It again involves 3 days.
How to reach Dras
By air: The nearest airport is Srinagar. It is 150 kilometers from Dras. Flights from all over the country come here. You can proceed to the valley via taxis or buses.
Leh airport is an alternative. A 1 hour 15 minutes long flight is available directly from New Delhi Airport.
By rail: Jammu Tawi is the nearest railway station to Dras.
By road: State run buses are available with good connectivity between Srinagar and Leh.