From Spirituality To Adventure, J&K’s Peer Ki Gali Is An Enchanting Gateway Of The Pir Panjal Pass

This mountain pass is a haven for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

by Tejashee Kashyap
From Spirituality To Adventure, J&K’s Peer Ki Gali Is An Enchanting Gateway Of The Pir Panjal Pass

Nestled amidst the breathtaking landscape of the Himalayas lies the Pir Panjal Pass. This mountain pass serves not only as a vital route connecting the Kashmir Valley with the rest of India but also as a haven for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

A Historical Gateway

The Pir Panjal Pass, named after the Pir Panjal mountain range it traverses, forms a significant part of the Inner Himalayas. This majestic range stretches across Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. The road gives a dramatic backdrop of snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, and meandering rivers. As one journeys through this pass, they are treated to panoramic views of towering peaks such as Haramukh, Kolahoi, and Tatakooti. Situated along the Mughal route, between the villages of Poshana and Heer Pur, is the sacred site of Peer ki Gali. It is also known as the Mughal Road’s heart.

The Mughal Road connects Jammu and Kashmir’s town of Bufliaz, located in the Poonch district, with the Shopian district. The 84-kilometre road follows a historic path that was traversed during the Mughal era over the Pir Panjal Pass. Once the Kashmir Valley was conquered, Emperor Akbar fortified the path, creating an ‘Imperial Road’ that connected Lahore and Kashmir. It has been called the ‘Mughal Road’ in modern times.

Steeped in history and mythology, the Pir Panjal Pass has served as a crucial trade route for centuries. The Pir Panjal Pass is not just a gateway for trade and conquest but also a melting pot of cultures, with influences from Central Asia, Persia, and India.

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Natural Beauty Attractions

For travellers seeking adventure and exploration, the Pir Panjal Pass offers a myriad of opportunities to satisfy their wanderlust. Trekking enthusiasts can embark on exhilarating journeys through the surrounding mountains, following ancient trails that wind through alpine meadows, dense forests, and glacial valleys. Popular trekking routes include the trek to the picturesque Lidderwat Valley and the challenging ascent to the summit of Kolahoi Peak. During the winter months, the pass transforms into a paradise for skiing and snowboarding, attracting thrill-seekers from around the world to its powdery slopes.

During the reign of Emperor Jahangir, a Pir named Sheikh Ahmed Karim is known to have resided and practised meditation at the Peer Ki Gali. The Pir’s meditation spot is marked by a shrine in the Peer Ki Gali, where some people think a stone with his handprint is located.

Whether seeking adventure, cultural immersion, or spiritual renewal, the Pir Panjal Pass still holds the timeless allure of the Himalayas.

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