The Enchanting Closure of Kashmir’s Mughal Road Under a Blanket of Snow

November 13, 2023 – Kashmir’s Mughal Road, an 84-kilometer historic artery meandering over the Pir Panjal Pass, has once again embraced a pristine blanket of snow, leading to a temporary closure. At an altitude of 3500 meters, this crucial route connecting Shopian with Rajouri and Poonch is periodically shuttered due to the challenges posed by the region’s unpredictable weather.

The recent closure, prompted by snowfall in “Pir Ki Gali” and surrounding areas, highlights the delicate equilibrium between humanity and nature in this breathtaking landscape. Beyond its historical importance, the Mughal Road serves as an alternative to the Jammu-Srinagar Highway, now temporarily inaccessible due to the fresh layer of snow.

Mohammad Nawaz, Deputy SP Traffic for Rajouri-Poonch range, emphasized the swift decision to halt vehicular movement at 6 PM, prioritizing the safety of travelers amidst slippery conditions caused by heavy snowfall. The closure is a precautionary measure until snow is cleared and conditions improve.


Residents and potential travelers are urged to respect traffic advisories, refraining from venturing onto the Mughal Road until official clearance is received. This proactive approach ensures the safety of all, allowing authorities time to address winter weather challenges.

While the closure may disrupt travel plans, the silver lining is a canvas for nature’s artistry. With the Meteorological Department reporting rain in north Kashmir and Gulmarg’s ski resort welcoming the first snowfall, the Mughal Road transforms into a picturesque winter wonderland, adding ethereal charm to the region despite temporary inconvenience.

Looking ahead, the Meteorological Department anticipates generally cloudy conditions with light to moderate rain. However, a respite is expected, with dry weather afterward, providing an opportunity for travelers to resume their exploration of this iconic passage through the snow-draped beauty of Kashmir’s landscapes.