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Dras - An Adventurer's Paradise


Dras, otherwise known as ‘The Gateway to Ladakh’, is situated in the Kargil District of Jammu & Kashmir. This town lies at an elevation of 3280 metres above sea level and has been recognised as the second coldest inhabited region in the world after Siberia. Situated at a distance of approximately 62 km from Kargil, the site where the war between India and Pakistan in the year 1999 took place, Dras is a prominent tourist attraction. Apart from Ladakh, Dras acts as a gateway to other popular hill stations and cities of Jammu & Kashmir.

Tourist Places In And Around Dras

Dras is popular among tourists because of its rugged landscape that enables them to indulge in adventure-based activities. Travellers planning to explore Dras can undertake Trekking at Suru Valley that is located in the vicinity of the town. Moreover, travellers can choose the trek route to Amarnath Cave that would require people to cross a 5200 metre high pass.

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While on a trip to Dras, travellers must not miss the Dras War Memorial that was established to commemorate the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the Kargil War. According to reports, a total of approximately 1200 soldiers from both the sides died in the war. A museum that showcases souvenirs from the War has been built alongside the war memorial. Tourists are also suggested to explore the Dropadi Kund that lies in proximity to the destination.

How To Reach Dras

Travellers interested in exploring Dras can reach the destination via airway, railway, as well as roadway.

Best Time To Visit Dras

The best time to visit Dras is from June to September which is the summer season there.

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How to Reach Dras

  • By Road
    Travellers interested in going to Dras by road can reach the destination either by buses or by taxis. There are, however, no direct buses available till Dras. Instead, regular buses run to Dras from Srinagar. Direct buses to Srinagar are available from cities like New Delhi, Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Ambala, Jalandhar, and Shimla.
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  • By Train
    Srinagar Railway Station is the railhead nearest to Dras and is situated at a distance of 152 km. This railway junction is well connected to all the major junctions across India. Upon reaching Srinagar Railway Station, travellers can board buses or taxi for Dras.
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  • By Air
    Srinagar Airport, otherwise known as Sheikh ul Alam Airport, is the nearest air base from Dras. This airport is located at a distance of 157 km from the destination and is well connected to other major airports in India, namely New Delhi, Mumbai, and Jammu to mention a few. Buses and taxis to Dras are easily available from the airport.
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