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This is from Drass, a small town in the state of Jammu & Kashmir and one of the coldest places in India. According to Wikipedia the average winter temperature is -22 °C, sometimes going down to - 45 °C. In summer the average is a modest 15 °C. The altitude of Drass is 3.280 meters above sea level.

In a place like this hot tea is a necessity at any time.

I passed through Drass on my way by bus from Srinagar in the Kashmir valley to Leh in the region of Ladakh in the early autumn of 1985. It was a two day ride and we stopped for the night in Kargil, another very cold town where I spent the night in a very basic hotel room, trying to get some sleep.

During the "almost war" between India and Pakistan in 1999 the Pakistani army and islamic militias entered Indian territory in Kargil district and shelled Drass among other places.

In 1987 Swedish writer Carina Rydberg made her debut with a novel called Kallare än Kargil (Colder than Kargil). I haven't read it and it probably is of no significance to this photo.

I don't remember why we stopped for a while in Drass. Probably the driver needed a cup of tea.

I have scanned this from a Kodachrome slide. A larger version can be seen here.

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