The Coldest Place in the Worldimage source-Leh Ladakh XPDrass is nestled in the Kargil district of Jammu and Kashmir. To be precise it is 60 km west of Kargil on the road to Srinagar. Drass is situated between Srinagar and Kargil with a distance of 97 km and 35 km respectively. Drass is known as the Gateway to Ladakh. Drass is located at an elevation of 10,990 feet and spans across a range from 16000 feet to 21000 feet. It is a starting point for a three-day trek to the Suru Valley. The Suru valley is full of natural breathtaking views. Drass is the second coldest inhabited place in the world and often features the best of the snowfall during winters. With temperatures descending down to nearly minus 40 degrees, the valley remains snow-covered even during late autumn or early spring. Drass is popular for long trekking like Suru Valley and Amarnath Cave.
How to Reach DrassBy AirShaikh-ul-Alam Airport, which is located in Srinagar is the nearest airport to Drass. Srinagar is well connected with the other cities of India. In order to reach Drass one has to reach Srinagar by air and then hire a cab or get a State bus transport to reach Drass. By TrainThe nearest railway station to Drass is Jammu-Tawi. The Jammu railway station is located at a distance of 380 km from Drass. In order to reach by train, one has to first take a bus to Srinagar and then take another bus or cab to Drass.By RoadNational Highway 1 connects Srinagar, Kargil, and Leh to Drass. Travelers have options for roadways like to hire a cab, Opt for State Bus transport to reach over the place. An important point to remember: Travelers heading to Ladakh from Srinagar are needed to book their names at the Tourist Registration center in Drass.
Climatic Conditions in DrassDrass is the second coldest inhabited place in the world. Drass is locally called Hembabs ("snow land"). During winters Drass faces heavy rainfall. During winters the temperature goes below 40 Celsius. During spring and summer season, that is for four months the Drass turns into breathtaking valleys with green pastures, hill views, and the beautiful wildflowers.
Accommodation in DrassThe most primary option of accommodation in Drass is the Government tourist lodges. It offers which hosts a varied range of rooms, from suites or deluxe rooms to executive or economic ones. Since the hotel options are not many, so travelers need to be very wise while selecting a hotel. In order to secure rooms of your choice, guests can have prior booking too.
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Local Populations in DrassThe population of Drass comprises mainly of Dards, who are descendants of Dard immigrants from the Gilgit valley and other Dard areas from down the Indus. They speak Shina, which, unlike the Tibetan-originated dialects spoken elsewhere in Ladakh, belongs to the Indo-European linguistic family. Polo is the ancestral sports of Drass.
Prime Attractions in DrassThe Drass valley is well acclaimed as a trekking zone for the Mountaineers. So here is the list of tourist attractions in Drass.Zoji La: The word La means pass. One prime tourist attraction over here is the Zoji La. It is from the base of the Zoji la that the Drass valley starts. This pass is well known as the Himalayan entrance to Ladakh. The locals use the pass for transportation of goods and also help travelers to know their way through the pass. Punga Valley: This lake basin close to the Drass valley, located across the Polokonka pass, is notable for its hot water spring and Borax and Sulphur sediments. Due to its medicinal value every year, thousands of travelers take a bath in the water of hot Punga spring. Patients suffering from rheumatism and various skin ailments clean themselves in the water of this basin in order to cure their diseases. Most of the travelers have positive health results. Ningoor Masjid A highly revered Muslim pilgrimage which attracts devotees to seek the blessings of Allah.Suru Valley and Saliskote Popular trekking destinations offering an enthralling experience to thrill seekers.Manman Top Witness the breathtaking views of the Drass Valley and the Line of Control from Manman Top.Brigade War Gallery - Showcasing the information related to the 1999 war.Laser La A luring hill station with crystal clear water. Laser La glacier is surely the best place to visit.Dras-Gurez Trek Route Start trekking from Drass covering Ladakh to Gurez to Bandipora.Mushkoh Valley The valley bewitches with numerous wildflowers that bloom during the summer months. A white expanse of the surrounding glaciers and a trekking trail leaves one spellbound.Draupadi Kund Associated with a legend of ancient times, the kund belongs to Draupadi, a notable character from Mahabharata.Bhimbet Stone A revered stone for Hindu pilgrims.Dras War Memorial The memorial commemorates the officers and soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the 1999 war between the Indian Army and Pakistani troops.Minamarg Minamarg is a beautiful region to behold.Tiger Hill One of the highest peaks in Kargil.Masjid-E-Jafira A beautiful mosque that can be sighted from anywhere in Drass.Additional Tips while traveling to Drass
- Pay attention if your body starts showing any signs of discomfort.
- Walk at a slower pace, do not rush into things.
- Consume a sufficient amount of water.
- Try to get acclimatized to the cold weather.
- Try to overcome the high altitude sickness.
ConclusionThe beauty of the place and the locals here are stunning beyond words. The experience of being at Drass is much beyond a normal tourist spot trip considering the importance of the location. Enjoy the bliss of Drass along with its scenic locations and historical spots with your friends or family.So this vacation head towards Drass and have an incredible experience of the second coldest inhabited place in the world.
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