Historic Mughal road opens for one way traffic
The 84-Km-long historic Mughal road opened on Sunday for traffic after remaining closed for about four months due to accumulation of more than five feet of snow at several places.
An official spokesman said that Mughal road, connecting Shopian in South Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region opened on Sunday.
He said that the traffic will be allowed strictly from 0900 hrs to 1600 hrs in view of weather conditions and other related issues at higher reaches.
Also traffic will not be allowed during night and vehicles should cross Peer ki Gali before 1700 hrs every day.
However, efforts are on to restore two-way traffic on the road, which is seen as alternative to Srinagar-Jammu national highway.
Mughal Road is the road between Bafliaz, a town in the Poonch district, to Shopian district in the Kashmir valley. The road is 84km long, and situated in the Jammu and Kashmir state of India. It passes over Pir Panjal Mountain range, at altitude of 11,500 ft (3505 m) that is higher than Banihal pass (2832 m).
The road brings the Poonch and Rajouri districts closer to Srinagar in Kashmir valley, and reduces the distance between Srinagar and Poonch from 588km to 126km. It makes for alternate road route to Kashmir valley from rest of India, other than over-crowded Jammu-Srinagar Highway through Jawahar Tunnel (Banihal Tunnel) (National Highway 1A). The road passes through Buffliaz, Behramgalla, Chandimarh,Poshana, Chattapani, Peer Ki Gali, Aliabad, Zaznar, Dubjan, Heerpora and Shopian.
The road was historically used by Moghul emperors to travel and conquer Kashmir during the sixteenth century. It was the route used by Akbar the Great to conquer Kashmir in 1586, and his son Emperor Jahangir died while returning from Kashmir on this road near Rajouri.