Dras Overview

Ranked 20 of 106 sightseeing in Ladakh

Dras is a very small village in the district of Kargil, which is often tagged as 'The Gateway to Ladakh'. It came into limelight in 1999, during the incursions by the Pakistani army into the state of Jammu and Kashmir. This place was mainly remembered for the Kargil War of 1999, which was fought between India and Pakistan. Dras is connected with the National Highway 1D and is near the three heights Tiger Hill, the Three Pimples and Tololing that were captured back by the Indian Army.

It is also a base camp for the 3-day long trek to the famous Suru Valley. The winters in the region are very harsh with the minimum temperature dropping to -450 Celsius. In the region, winter lasts between mid-October and mid-May.

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Suriya Juneja

Suriya Juneja4.3/5

9 reviews

Salute to Indian Army

The place is worth a visit to pay homage to our Indian soldiers who lost their lives during Kargil War. I was happy to meet one soldier who is from our City. Every year they organize an event on 26th July to commemorate the victory of Kargil War.

Hitesh Sharma

Hitesh Sharma5.0/5

1 review

Very friendly soldiers

Dedicated to our Indian army work for our safety at the world most difficult zone. We can talk with soldier and there are some old tanks with which we took pictures. Soldiers were very friendly and we took a walk with them.

Vishwajeet Wasu

Vishwajeet Wasu5.0/5

5 reviews

Just a visit

When you travel from Srinagar to Leh, Dras falls in between. This is the place where famous 1999 Kargil War took place. This village comes in Kargil district was occupied by Pak Army & 1000+ Indian soldiers accepted martyrdom to gain the valley back.

Donarun Das

Donarun Das2.9/5

213 reviews

Dras is Amazing!

Supposedly the coldest place in India, it is some 30 km before Kargil. There are a lot of places to stay here to experience the cold. Tiger hill is also visible from Dras (just ask some locals for it). Buses generally stop here for a cup of tea and nice hot samosas.

Rahul Chaudhary

Rahul Chaudhary3.6/5

7 reviews

Nearest form Kargil

Dras is a very beautiful place. It reminds you of the Indo-Pak war of Kargil.
  • Nearest form Kargil
  • Nearest form Kargil

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