It is often called “The Gateway to Ladakh”. It is at a height of 10,800 feet (3,300 m)[2] Dras lies in the center of the valley of the same name (Dras valley). Dras is 140 km from Srinagar and 63 km from Sonmarg. Kargil town is further 56 km after Dras on the national highway NH 1 from Srinagar towards Leh.