Drass Market, Ladakh

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    Location: Kargil, ladakh, India, 194102

    Estimated Visiting Time: 1 hour

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    Near Kargil city in the Kargil district of the union territory of Ladakh in India, Ras is a town and hill station. Between Zoja La pass and Kargil city, it is on NH 1. It is often called “The Gateway to Ladakh”, a tourist hub for its high-altitude trekking routes and tourist sites.


    Considered the second coldest inhabited place in the world, the place Drass has a lot to offer in the summers, especially its rustic charm. So, you must Visit Drass in the season of summer to enjoy the place.



    Located in Kargil, the Dras War Memorial is built by the Indian Army in memory of the soldiers who lost their lives during the Kargil war in 1999. Also known as Vijaypath, it is built of pink sandstone and has an epitaph dedicated to the valiant soldiers. The main highlight here is the pink sandstone wall engraved with the names of the soldiers who died fighting for the country.

    Excellent view of Drass Market in Ladakh.


    Also, With the word “Hem” meaning snow, traditionally, Drass is known as Hem-Babs, which means “snow land”. In the season of winter, the average temperature of Drass is -20 degrees Celsius. Following Islam Sunni Islam (60%), the small town has a majority of people, Norzamshima Islam (20%) and Shia Islam (20%). Cultivating primary crops like barley, Many of the inhabitants of Drass farm. Livestock like cattle and ponies are also raised by the locals. Potatoes, barley, beef, and drinks like tea, are the common foods comprising the diet of the people.

    Inside/Outside Views

    The normal life of people in Drass Market in Ladakh.

    Lying in the center of the valley of the same name (Dras valley), it is at a height of 10,800 feet.  From Sonmarg, Drass is at a distance of 63 km and from Srinagar, it is at a distance of 140km. From Srinagar towards Leh, after Drass on the national highway NH 1, Kargil town is further 58 km.

    Opening Hours

    1. Tuesday 9AM–10PM
    2. Wednesday 9AM–10PM
    3. Thursday 9AM–10PM
    4. Friday 9AM–10PM
    5. Saturday 9AM–10PM
    6. Sunday 9AM–10PM
    7. Monday 9AM–10PM

    Entry & Others Fees

    No entry fee is needed.

    How to Reach

    By air: Very well connected with some major airports in India, including New Delhi, the closest airport is Leh Airport. To reach the market from the airport, taxis can be hired.

    By Rail: At a distance of 812 km from Leh, the closest major railway station from Leh is Jammu Tawi. To reach Leh over Srinagar Leh Highway in a 3-day journey with overnight halts at Srinagar and Kargil, taxis can be hired from the railway station.

    From Leh via Manali Leh Highway, Joginder Nagar railway station is just 635 KM but is not a major one.

    By road: The most feasible option is to travel the distance between Drass market and Leh by road. Between November and April, the road remains closed, so during that time, you should avoid going there.

    Within the Ladakh region, the state-run JKSRTC buses ply.

    Tips for Travellers

    You must keep your snacks and water bottle with you. Be polite and don’t do any kind of activities which may disturb other visitors.


    Que-01: Is this place safe to visit?

    Ans: yes, the place is safe to visit.

    Que-02: Is photography allowed in this place?

    Ans: yes, photography is allowed inside the place.

    Que-03: What is the best time to visit the place?

    Ans: you can visit the place any time of the year.

    We wish you all the best for your journey. Happy Travel!!!

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