Drung (sometimes spelt as Drang), not to be confused with Drang Drung, is one of the recently discovered tourist places where development work is still going on. Located just 38 kms from Srinagar city, Drang Drung, on the other hand, is a glacier, a beautiful one at Penzilla Pass, Ladakh. Drung lies on way to the charming Gulmarg, just 3 kms from Tangmarg. The final 3 km stretch is still under construction and the road is yet to have a concrete surface.
Drung looks similar to Pahalgam, with a large stream, although not as much as Lidder, flowing downstream into the city. It is a small place, unlike Pahalgam, and ideal for short duration trips or a day’s picnic.
Gulmarg Development Authority has been working for the development of this tourist place and has taken cognizance of starting eating joint and other leisure facilities. As of now, it is being promoted for trout fishing and rock climbing.
Drung does not have any hotels or restaurants; however travelers can make use of the accommodation in the Tangmarg, which is just 3 kms away.
The place is tucked away in the pine forests, with log bridges to cross over the stream at many points. The best part is that no artificial touches or constructions have altered in any way the beauty of this place.
A small path over the hills takes you to a place where some monuments are located. The monuments are believed to be ruins of the Pandava temples. Only few blocks have survived and the area is not much protected.
A stroll through the woodlands leads you to a small village which survives on the basic necessities. There are beautiful fields along the way, old mud houses, pine trees in the backdrop and the gentle stream. Fruit trees and terrace farms also offer some stunning views.
The visit to Drung can best be enjoyed if you are about to visit Gulmarg and stop by to be caressed by the woodlands and water. The missing ingredient felt by many travelers at Gulmarg is the water and Drung covers for it.
Public transport is available till Tangmarg. From thereon you can either walk the distance, which is a pleasure in itself, or ride a pony. Make sure to carry food and eatables.