Situated at an elevation of 3,230 meters and around 60 km from Kargil District of Ladakh region, Drass is one of the most stunning and mystical valleys of Ladakh region. Despite its intense chilly conditions, the region is inhabited by people making it the world’s second coldest inhabited place. But with the onset of spring and summer, the valley transforms itself into a postcard beauty with blooming wild flowers. Along with its picturesque settings, Drass is also known as the base of several short and long trekking expeditions. But there are more to see and explore in Drass other than its challenging and interesting treks. Tiger Hill (one of the highest peaks in the area) and Drass War Memorial (also known as Kargil War Memorial) are the two main attractions in Drass that are worth a visit. Tourists can also enjoy shopping in Drass along with trekking to Suru Valley, Umbala pass, Zojilla Pass and to holy Amarnath Cave.


This shot has been taken on entering the peripherals of Drass. Drass is said to be the coldest place after Siberia with temperature falling to 590 degrees centigrade during peak winter. Drass is a large village with small clusters of huts scattered over a valley. The inhabitants are Dards and Baltis.

Geographically, the region of Drass clearly shows a steep demarcation from the Kargil valley with barren hills covered with snow. Ferocious winds are known to bring snowstorms that can cover entire villages under them. Around 500 A.D., when the Tibetan armies invaded the Ladakh region, the original inhabitants of Drass region called Dards, were converted to Buddhism. However, isolated pockets of their original heritage still remain.

The Dards today are Sunni Muslims while the Baltis are Shias. There are also some other communities who are Buddhists. Drass is situated at 10,144 ft and is difficult to access even under normal circumstances. The Tibetans call Dras “Hembabas.”