Dras is perhaps better known for the majestic Kargil Memorial, which pays tribute to the fallen heroes of Kargil War. But did you know that Dras is one of the coldest inhabited places on earth? In fact it comes second only to Oymyakon in Russia. Located just 60 km from Kargil in Jammu and Kashmir, Dras is a village located along the road that connects Kargil to Sringar. For most part, Dras was just one of the many villages in Kashmir, the kinds that you pass by when you’re driving down a road. However it was in 1999 that the village shot into prominence when the Pakistani army attempted to enter India. In the battle that followed, the Indian Army recaptured Dras and the areas around it. It has been 17 years since that fateful summer and as the two countries stand on the verge of a face-off, here’s a humble reminder of just how beautiful our country is and just why we cannot thank our soldiers enough for staying up all night, so we can sleep in peace. Here are photos from Dras, the coldest inhabited place in the country and the most beautiful sight you’ll ever lay your eyes on. (ALSO READ 15 awesome photos of Srinagar that will inspire you to take a holiday!) Also Read - Exclusive: On Swara Bhasker's Birthday, Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari Talks About Her 'Gutsy' Friend

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Popularly referred to as the gateway to Ladakh, Dras is located on the Srinagar-Kargil Road

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Even though it is the second coldest place on earth — temperatures once dropped to minus 60 degrees C — the village has a population of about 1,000 people.

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The people of Dras belong to a community called Dard and they speak the Shina language.

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One of the popular places to visit in Dras is the Kargil War memorial but in honor of soldiers who protect the border.

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