Basically this journey started from Delhi to Shrinagar with Nitin in his Gypsy, but this Photo Journey shares some of the photographs clicked on Mughal Road which connects Jammu with Shrinagar through Rajouri. Let's check out some of the photographs from beautiful hills of Jammu&Kashmir...
Top photograph was clicked in famous lake of Shrinagar - Dal Lake. This lady was coming to Dal-lake market from her house, which was around the corner of dal-lake. It was amazing to see people riding their own boats/shikara in Dal lake to reach markets or other important places. We shall be sharing a detailed Photo Journey on Dal Lake.
Here is a photograph of shopkeeper at Pir-ki-Gali. He had a very small shop in the middle of a high hill. It was windy and chilly outside, so he was sitting inside the shop which was closed from all sides with a small hole open for entry. He was not a resident of this place. It seems many families come to higher hills with their cattle during summers and he was the one to serve their basic needs. There were few other houses made up of stones, but spaced out in wide valleys around these hills.
Horses grazing grass on green hills around Mughal Road. You can see the old Mughal road in the center of this photograph. J&K government is developing this road and it's in good shape, although work in few patches is still on. It can be one of the other main tourist circuits in Jammu & Kashmir.
Goats crossing through snow capped hills of Jammu & Kashmir state of India. This photograph is shot around Sinthan Pass which is connected to Shrinagar through Anantnag. Goats and sheep can be seen in huge number on these hills, during summers. Most of these folks some up from their towns due to abundance of feed on these green hills. They also have temporary shelters where they spend few months and then go back to their main residence during snowfall.
A little girl walking towards the village through lush-green paddy fields @ Jammu and Kashmir, India.
This photograph was shot while we were coming back to Shrinagar from Sinthan Pass... There are very beautiful villages and towns on this way with amazing water-streams all over the place.
There were very good security arrangements on most of the hills around Mughal Road. All happy faces taking all the pain to make us feel secure. This photograph is again clicked around Peer-ki-Gali... We also spent some time with these folks over a cup of tea...
Moghul 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 11500 feet, that is higher than Banihal pass.
Mughal road brings the Poonch and Rajouri district closer to Srinagar in Kashmir valley. The distance between Srinagar and Poonch will be reduced 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, Poshana, Chattapani, Peer Ki Gali, Aliabad, Zaznar, Dubjan, Heerpora and Shopian.
Mughal 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.
The construction of this prestigious project was started in 2005 with a target of completion in March 2007 and an estimated cost of INR 255 crores. Mughal road cuts through Hirpora wildlife sanctuary. Initially, there was opposition to the construction of the road because it would fragment the wildlife and inhibit movement of animals, especially the endangered Markhor goat in the region. Also, opponents claimed the road will get early snowfall in winter and hence will not serve as an alternate route to existing Jammu-Srinagar highway. Finally Supreme Court gave conditional permission for the construction of the road. There is great progress on this road, although some parts of it are under maintenance.
After tiring journey from Delhi to Shrinagar, it was time to go out for Shikara-ride in Dal Lake of Shrinagar. This photograph is shot from a beautiful shikara, while we were relaxing on cushioned bed.