Drass War Memorial, Kargil

4.9
#1 of 9 in Things to do in Kargil
Commemorating Indian victims of the recent conflict with Pakistan, Drass War Memorial tells a story of an epic mountain battle. Located within the army base at the foothill of Tololing Hill, the memorial includes 527 graves of those who perished. The museum inside the memorial meticulously details the 1999 Kargil War, displaying a model of the battle and a rich gallery of personal weapons. The large courtyard features Mig-21s and a Pack Howitzer, as well as a memorial wall with names of the fallen. Located about 5 km (3 mi) from Dras city center, the site lies on the Srinagar-Leh highway. Make Drass War Memorial a part of your Kargil vacation plans using our Kargil online road trip planner .
Create an itinerary including Drass War Memorial
map
Drass War Memorial Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
370 reviews
Google
4.9
TripAdvisor
  • Must visit to salute our brave heroes. The message that you carry along "Our Flag doesn't fly because the wind moves it; it flies with the last breath of each soldier who dies protecting it." - Kargil...  more »
  • Where we can see indian army bravery must visit .highly recommended for travellers from srinagar to kargil to visit drass memorial  more »
  • A must visit place giving respects to our real hero. One of the toughest battle fought by our Army. A very proud feeling. The Army personal will take you through the documentary about the Kargil war. ...  more »
Google
  • A salute to all the brave soldiers who laid down their lives just for us so that we can stay safe. This memorial really brings tears to our eyes and makes us feel proud of our country and our brave Army which guards its frontiers. This place is testimony to the sacrifice.
  • Kargil/ Drass War Memorial, otherwise also known as Bimbat War Memorial. The Memorial was setup in memory of the brave soldiers who set out to serve the nation’s cause and never returned from the Indo-Pak wars. The Memorial is a poignant reminder of high-scale devastation and loss of life caused by wars. The Pakistan covert operation of infiltrating Indian Border was code named ‘Operation Badr’ under the Command of General Pervez Musharraf whose target was to cut link between Kashmir and Ladakh regions of Jammu and Kashmir State and force India to withdraw from Siachen Glacier thereby forcing India to negotiate territorial rights on Kashmir. Operation Vijay’ was launched by the Indian Army under the command of Army Chief Ved Prakash Malik to combat ‘Operation Badr’ to clear the infiltrators in the Kargil region along the Line of Control. 26th July each year the Victory of ‘Operation Vijay’ is celebrated at the Drass War Memorial. On 26th July 1999, a 60-day War between India and Pakistan had ended and India took back command of the high posts that Pakistani insurgents had occupied. The Kargil War claimed the lives of 527 Indian soldiers. These Jawans belonged to 33 different units which comprised the Army's 8th Mountain Division.
  • No shorts or chappals allowed. So wear long trousers/ knee covering dress and shoes. Avoid taking pics of soldiers without their permission (for security reasons). Museum highlighting stories of martyrs also carries sample weapon & equipment and maps of all battle, do ask soldiers for explanation of maps. There is briefing by soldier at regular intervals that gives insight about Kargil battle, do listen to it. For your tomorrow, we gave our today - India Army Soldiers. #Respect
  • A Must Visit to pay Tribute to the Martyrs. Please ensure to keep some time separate for this place. Just a casual visit is not enough. There is an arrangement of complete guidance for the visitors to know the facts and figures of the different wars with our neighbour country. We feel safer there only because of sacrifices of the brave army men. An appeal: This is a memorial and not a Tourist spot. Please ensure to maintain the sanctity of the place.
  • Must Visit place that one should visit in his Life time. Salute to the Indian Army Soldiers who neutralised the Pakistani forces in such a hard terrain where they have all the advantages. All the details of execution of the Operation Vijay is beautifully presented and maintained.

Plan your trip to Kargil

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Kargil

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Kargil by other users

7 days in Kargil BY A USER FROM MALDIVES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Kargil, Nubra Valley & Leh BY A USER FROM INDIA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 2 days in Kargil BY A USER FROM INDIA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Kargil BY A USER FROM INDIA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in North India BY A USER FROM SOUTH KOREA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 34 days in North India BY A USER FROM SOUTH KOREA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 2 days in Kargil BY A USER FROM INDIA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in Ladakh BY A USER FROM INDIA August, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Ladakh BY A USER FROM INDIA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Ladakh BY A USER FROM INDIA December, outdoors, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in India BY A USER FROM INDIA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in India BY A USER FROM INDIA August, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans