The Mughal Road is a beautiful, but difficult drive through Pir Panjal mountain range, in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The 82.3-km (51-mi) long asphalted road connects Bafliaz, the Poonch district of Jammu, and the town of Shopian (Shupiyan), in the Kashmir Valley. The road winding through the mountains to its highest point the Pir Ki Gali Pass at 3,485 m (11,433 ft) above the sea level, features unbelievable hairpin twists, switchbacks, and stunning panoramic views in every direction. During the winter months, the road is often closed due to heavy snowfalls, so the best time to travel along the Mughal Road is from April to October.
Mughal Road was originally called the Old Imperial Road or Namak Road, which means salt route. In the 16th century, Mughal emperors used it to conquer Kashmir. The modern paved road was built between the 1950s and 1970s. In 2005 it was reconstructed into a broad highway that is safe to ride. Visitors can see many historical Mughal monuments along the way. The road also passes many interesting towns—Bafliaz (Buffliaz), Behramgalla, Chandigarh, Poshana, Chattapani, Peer Ki Gali, Aliabad, Zaznar, Dubjan, Hirpora, and Shopian.
Mughal Road is not very busy, so you won't see much traffic. It's also almost untouched by commerce so visitors can enjoy beautiful vistas and imagine what it looked like during the Mughal emperors times. Security on Mughal Road is rather tight so be prepared to show your documents and car papers. You will need to register your vehicle when traveling on this road.