Drass is a town in the Kargil District of Jammu and Kashmir, India on National Highway 1D (India) NH 1D. It is often called ‘The Gateway to Ladakh’. The town shot into prominence in the summer of 1999 following Pakistani army incursions into Jammu and Kashmir. The Kargil War saw the town being shelled by the Pakistani army and the war ended with the Indian Army recapturing the areas surrounding the town and the Kargil district.

Dras is a town in the Kargil District of Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is often called ‘The Gateway to Ladakh’. It is at a height of 3230 m or 10990 ft. The mountain ridges, however, range from 16000 feet to 21000 feet.

The Dras valley starts from the base of the Zojila pass, the Himalayan gateway to Ladakh. For centuries, its inhabitants have been known to have negotiated this formidable pass even during the riskiest period (in late autumn or early spring, when the whole sector remains snow-bound and is subject to frequent snow storms) to transport trading merchandise and to help stranded travelers traverse the pass. They thereby established a monopoly over porterage during the heyday of the pan-Asian trade. A hardy people enduring with fortitude the harshness of the valley’s winter, the inhabitants of Dras can well be described as the guardians of Ladakh’s gateway.