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Drass

Drass, situated at a height of 3230 m, is the second coldest inhabited place in the world. It lies approximately 60 km to the west of Kargil, on the road to Srinagar. A small township located in the heart of the valley bearing the same name, Drass experiences extremely cold weather in winters.

Recurring snowfalls during winters lower the temperature of this township to as low as minus 40 degrees. Zojila pass, the Himalayan Gateway to Ladakh, serves as the starting point of the Drass valley of Kashmir.

Drass is the coldest inhabited place in India[3]. Winters are extremely harsh with average lows around -22oC (-10oF), which can fall as low as -45oC at the height of winter. They last from mid-October to the middle of May. Summers start in June and go on up till early September, with average temperatures near 15oC (60oF) and little precipitation. Annual precipitation is almost entirely concentrated in the months from December to May when Dras gets about 360 mm (14 inches) of snow.

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