Destination: Drass

Situated at an elevation of 10,990 ft. in the Kargil district of North Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir, Drass is considered to be the second coldest inhabited place on earth. The valley, sitting on the foot of ‘Zoji-La’ pass is often dubbed as ‘Gateway to Ladakh’ and is blessed with a stupendous scenic beauty which can captivate heart and soul of every traveller in just a matter of few seconds. Taking about a bit history of Drass, the place rose to prominence during the infamous Kargil War which took place in the year 1999 between armed troops of India and Pakistan. Since then, the area has been under strict surveillance of the Indian Army and anyone travelling here needs to register himself at the Drass checkpoint with a valid photo identity proof and a copy of passport and visa, in case the person is not of the Indian nationality.

In terms of tourism, Drass has a lot to offer to every kind of traveller; whether one is a soul seeker, a nature lover or a wildlife aficionado, he is sure to have a fulfilling time here and would take back home, uncountable memories to treasure for his lifetime. Owing to sheer wilderness, a wealth of hidden and uncovered winding trails and a soul-captivating scenic beauty, the little town holds a special place in the hearts of ardent trekkers and hikers too, satiating their quest for an unmatched adrenaline rush in just no time; ‘Suru Valley’, ‘Mushko Valley’ and ‘Saliskote’ are three of the most popular trekking destinations in the region and provide for an enthralling yet fun-filled time to all the thrill seekers.Not to explicitly mention, Drass also finds its place on travel itineraries of many Muslim and Hindu spirituality enthusiasts. ‘Ningoor Masjid’, a revered Muslim pilgrimage site located 7 km. off the main Drass village lures uncountable devotees every year who specially travel here to pay their respect to Allah and seek his blessings.

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