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Dras Weather And Best Time To Visit Dras
Tucked away in a remote part of the country in the northernmost Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir is the solitary town of Dras in the heart of Kargil. It is situated high up at an altitude of 10,760 feet. Boasting of majestic mountain ranges and green pastures with a scattering of homes here and there, Dras is a mystical place. Dras is believed to be the coldest inhabited place in India, with temperature as low as -45°C. The best time to visit Dras is undoubtedly summer, a season when the weather is just a little merciful on the town.
Summer (April to June)
As the coldest place in the country, the best season to visit Dras is during the summer months. The sun shines brightly in the clear blue skies. Summer temperature hovers around 15°C. It allows a magnificent clear view of the surrounding landscape and snow-capped mountain peaks. Most of the adventure activates around Dras are also open in summer, so you can go sightseeing, trekking, hiking, kayaking etc. The locals are also very cheerful and welcoming as they have ample resources in terms of water, foods etc.
Monsoon (July to August)
Monsoon in Dras lasts for about two months, from July to August. The town experiences heavy rainfall accompanied by dangerous landslides and occasional cloudbursts. It is recommended not to visit Dras during this time as it could pose a risk to life. Any way there isn't anything much to do during the gloomy, dark rainy days. The sites are also not as pretty anymore.
Winter (September to March)
September and October can be termed as pre-winter in Dras. It is not too cold yet and a great time to visit and explore the beauty of Dras. It is the ideal time for trekking as the sun shines bright. Come November and winter sets in, lasting till February. This proper winter is extremely harsh. It is tough and unbearable as temperature continues to steadily dip. It often reaches -45°C during peak winter. Heavy snowfall renders most places inaccessible, including trekking routes.