Dras 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’.
It is at a height of 3230 m or 10990 ft. The mountain ridges however range from 16000 feet to 21000 feet.
Dras is the coldest place in India, experiencing an altitude-influenced subarctic climate. Winters are cold with average lows around -22 °C (-10 °F), and as low as -45 °C at the height of winter, which lasts from mid-October to mid-May. Summers start in June and go on up till early September, with average temperatures near 15 °C (60 °F) and little precipitation.