Drass - an epitome of beauty and courage
Drass is a small town in the Kargil district which is also known as the "Gateway to Ladakh" beginning from the Zojila Pass. It is supposed to be the second coldest place on earth. During summers however this place looks enchanting and is flocked by many trekkers.
Things to in Drass
- Suru Valley Trek
- Trekking to holy caves of Amarnath
- LOC viewing
- Drass War Memorial
Religion and culture
Before the 15th century, Buddhism was the predominant religion but over the years the Sunni Muslim population has grown here and hence the official language is Urdu. The valley is inhabited by the Aryan race of Dard sect.
The people of this region are simple but very courageous and straight forward. They are also known as the guardians of the gateway and with great bravery face the harsh winters. The inhabitants also help the stranded passengers to traverse the pass in adverse weather conditions.
Some Gompas can be seen around which could be small or big also serving as the dwellings of Lamas staying here though very less.
The Patriarchal system is followed here. In the absence of any male in the house the eldest daughter's son inherits the property.
Buddhism evolved in Ladakh long ago and still its impact can be seen in the architecture, Buddhist rock engravings and the way of living.
The nearest airport is Leh and the railway station is Jammu. It can be reached via road through Kargil.