Drass, a tourist hub for its high altitude trekking routes and tourist sites,is a Hill Station in the Kargil district of the union territory of Ladakh in India. It is on the NH-1 between Zoji La pass and Kargil town. It is often called “The Gateway to Ladakh”.
Traditionally, Drass is known as Hem-babs means “snow land” with the word “Hem” meaning snow.Drass town is at a height of 10,800 feet and is 140km from Srinagar and 63km from Sonmarg. Kargil town is further 56km after Dras on the national highway NH 1 from Srinagar towards Leh.
Dras is one of the coldest place in India, experiencing an altitude-influenced mediterranean continental climate.Dras has been developedas a tourist destination since 1999, following the Kargil War. This new facet of the local economy initially took the form of visitors specially arriving to see the war zone. Notable places include: Manman Top, Gomchan valley, Dongchik, Ningoor Masjid, Bhimbet Stone, Dras War Memorial, Draupadi Kund,Tololing Waterfall,Tsochak Lake,Gangzla Trek and many more.