(Image source from: Charming Valley - Drass)
Drass, a charming valley bustling on riverbanks, starts from the base of the Zoji La pass. It is often referred to as ‘The Gateway to Ladakh’ and is situated in the Kargil District of Jammu and Kashmir.
For centuries its inhabitants are known to have negotiated this formidable pass even during the most risky period in the late autumn or early spring, when the whole sector remains snow-bound and is subject to frequent snow storms, to transport trader's merchandise across and to help stranded travellers to traverse it.
During the three-month long armed conflict between Indian and Pakistani troops, the physical landmarks of war such as Drass sector, Mushko valley, to lo-ling and tiger hill attained an epic status.
Staying: The tourist complex in Drass provides well furnished guest rooms and suites. There are some private deluxe hotels which provide good accommodation with modern facilities.
To Reach: The buses plying between Srinagar and Kargil passes through the Drass sector. The local buses leave for Kargil in the morning and Drass sector in the afternoon. The capital of Kashmir, Srinagar is connected to Kargil/Drass sector via National Highway 1.