Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Department and state government are working hard to develop new tourist circuit around Old Mughal Road. In same endeavor, they keep organizing various events around old Mughal Road which is almost complete and only few stretches are under progress. This Photo Journey shares some of the landscapes shot around Old Mughal Road in Kashmir.
Mughal road brings the Poonch and Rajouri district closer to Srinagar in Kashmir valley. The distance between Srinagar and Poonch is reduced from 580+ kilometeres to 125 kilometers. Mughal Road 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). Mughal road passes through Buffliaz, Poshana, Chattapani, Peer Ki Gali, Aliabad, Zaznar, Dubjan, Heerpora and Shopian.
Whole stretch of Mughal Road from Jammu to Srinagar is very beautiful. Snow capped hills all around with various white water streams flowing through them and chilled wind to keep you fresh always. We started our Road journey from Jammu and destination for the day was Srinagar.
Due to extreme whether of Jammu in summers and winters it is also known as the City of Rocks. Jammu has lots of Major tourist attractions, which includes Patnitop, Mansar Lake,Surinsar Lake, Jhajar Kotli, Baag-E-Bahu (Bahu Fort), Peer Kho, Jammu Tawi and many more...
Mughal Road mainly passes through Beharamagala, Chandimarh, Dograin, Chatapani, Peer-ki-Gali, Dubjian, Shopian and Srinagar. There is a iron bridge after after Rajouri twon from where this Mughal Road starts. Whole Mughal Road is very side and amazingly beautiful which can't be expressed in photographs. Most of the photographs shared here are shot from moving car... At some spots we stopped and clicked few ones, although it was extremely difficult to resist from stopping the car after interval of every 5 minutes.
Every turn on Mughal Road was coming with pleasant surprises. After Rajaouri, elevation level started increasing continuously till Peer-Ki-Gali. On the way, many times we were welcomed by clouds... Looking through these deep valleys was an amazing experience which is not possible to simulate through these photographs. One has to go to the place for experiencing the real nature and wish that place remains the same even when tourists start visiting it frequently.
Here is a view of another deep valley, which can be seen from Peer ki Gali. Peer Ki Gali is one of the most beautiful places on Mughal Road with lush green hills all around with shining white snow on the tops. Water Streams and Waterfalls flowing all around. It was very normal to see these clouds all around the Mughal Road. Kashmir is generally very beautiful and many folks visit places like Srinagar, Pehalgaon, Gulmarg etc, but Mughal Road is going to become another big tourist destination. There are few patches under progress and hope to complete soon.
After high hills of Peer Ki Gali, we start driving down towards the valley which passes through Shopian. Shopian region is again very beautiful & dressed with colorful apple orchards. Houses around Shopian were amazing - mainly two storied buildings with slanting roofs & some of them plastered with mud paste. Wood is heavily used in Kashmiri houses...
Mughal road was historically used by Mughal emperors to travel and conquer Kashmir during the sixteenth century. Old Mughal Road 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.
Mughal Road is the road between Bafliaz, which is 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. Mughal Road passes over Pir Panjal Mountain range, at altitude of 11500 feets that is higher than Banihal pass..
Here is a photograph of Paddy fields in Rajouri District of Jammu & Kashmir state in India. Rice of this region is quite popular in different parts of the country. Most of the agricultural land was occupied by green paddy.
I find all Kashmiri names interesting - Pulwama, Pampore, Kulgam, Bijbehara, Anantnag etc...
Wheat is the main staple food with significant proportion of people associated with rice. Jammu is nationally and internationally famous for its Rajma Chawal which is Red Kidney Beans and Rice. But after the migration of Kashmiri Pandits in 1987, Rice is also getting famous around the area. basmati Rice of Jammu is exported to many foreign countries and is known for its distinct taste and smell.
After wonderful drive through Mughal Road, we reached Srinagar Golf Course which is near to Nageen Lake of the town, Above photograph shows Golf Club building and opposite to it was Golf Course.
Kashmir, which is also known as heaven on earth, offers a unique opportunity to play golf in wonderful surroundings, where the wind whispers through enormous trees of chinar and stately pine. There are various popular places in Kashmir to Golf & Gulmarg one is one of the most popular in the country.
In the verdant golf courses at Srinagar and Gulmarg, it's easy to play for longer hours than you can in the plains because of the lower temperatures – Srinagar’s highest temperature seldom goes above 35°C. During the summers, while the plains are boiling, Srinagar's temperate climate allows the golfer to play longer hours without getting tired. During winters, the courses in Srinagar are closed only when snowbound. Above Golf Course is very well placed inside the town.
Again a photograph of Srinagar Golf Course with green hills in the background and dense clouds roaming all around..
Kashmir has been rightly called paradise for Nature lovers & Travellers with a network of rivers and streams as well as high altitude lakes all abounding in trout both brown and rainbow.Trout fishing in Kashmir is one of the most popular activity and quite known in various parts of the world. Department of Fisheries, which controls angling in the valley,works hard to ensure that there is no depletion of stock by indiscriminate fishing which means that you can revel in angling in ideal conditions. Various tourists and localities can be seen around Dal Lake doing fishing.