Shimla: After the
success of a Jammu and Kashmir motor rally that traverses through
the historic Mughal Road - once a favourite route of emperors
Akbar and Jehangir - for two consecutive years, the Himalayan
Motorsport Association (HMA) has added motrcycles to the rally
The Mughal Rally is open for the bikers too, Shimla-based HMA vice
president Manjeev Bhalla told IANS.
The rally will be flagged off from Srinagar June 30 and would
cover stretches in Jammu and Kashmir.
After traversing through Shopian, Dubjan, Peer Ki Gali, Bufliaz,
Rajouri and Jammu, the rally will return to Srinagar July 1
through Bani Baderwah, Kishtwar, Simthan Pass, Daksum, Kokar Nag
and Anantnag, Bhalla said.
"The rally route is almost similar like the previous year. Some
new stretches have been added. Overall, each participant has to
cover 950 km in just two days," he added.
The rally will also pass through an ancient 84-km Shopian-Bafliaz
stretch of the Mughal Road, connecting Kashmir to Poonch and
Rajouri districts of the Jammu division.
There will be two versions running concurrently - Xtreme and
The Xtreme will be a stage rally and the Enduro, which is for
adventure, will be a TSD (time-speed-distance) one.
Guarav Chiripaul and Jagmeet Gill won the second edition of Mughal
Rally in Xtreme and the Enduro categories respectively.
Last year three ace rallyists - Sunny Sidhu, Harpreet Bawa and
seven-time winner of Himachal Pradesh-Jammu and Kashmir motor
rally Raid-de-Himalaya Suresh Rana - were out of the Mughal Rally
as their vehicles broke down in the last leg.
This year they will again try their luck in the rally along with
national champions Gaurav Gill and Lohit Urs.
The rally route linking Kashmir with Poonch and Rajouri districts
has several rest houses, huts and many other historical monuments
constructed by Mughal emperors.
It's believed that Akbar had marched his troops from Bafliaz in
Poonch district to Shopian in Pulwama district when he conquered
Kashmir in 1586. Jahangir died on this stretch while on his way
back from Lahore.