This is an apt question now that the whole country is reeling under sweltering heat. While temperatures are shooting through the roof in North, Central and South India, the only redeeming factor for travellers are the hills.
If you have to plan a vacation through the months of May to July, the only states that deserve a chance are the ones in the north-east, Himachal and of course Jammu and Kashmir.
According to a quiz conducted by MyGovtIndia (@mygovindia) on Twitter, the general consensus to the question – What is the coldest place in India – is Dras, in the district of Kargil in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Some even say it’s the Siachen Glacier, located in the eastern Karakoram range in the Himalayas, just northeast of the Line of Control between India and Pakistan.
However, picking Dras as a summer retreat is highly recommended. Situated at 10,990 feet above sea level, the mountain village of Dras first came into limelight in the year 1999, during the Kargil War between Pakistan and India.
While it’s completely frozen in winters – the rivers, lakes and the mountains, the gorgeous valley is in full bloom with resplendent wildflowers in summers. These colourful flowers, the Dras river playfully meandering through sea buckthorn thickets, and lush green meadows is what makes Dras so gleefully appealing in the summer months.
If you don’t want to brave temperatures as low as -45 degree Celsius during winter months, head to this quaint hamlet now for the gorgeous vistas of flower-sprinkled green fields and quaint homes in the upland village. The scenic beauty is awe-inspiring, and is the perfect antidote for anyone wanting to recover from the mundanity of daily grind.
The nearest airport from Dras is the Srinagar International Airport, about 103km away. From the airport, you will have to hire a cab to Dras.