PEER KI GALI
At the distance of only 43Kms from Shopian district head quarter and 44 Kms from Bafliaz, in district Poonch, on Mughal road has offered you another busiest “Tourist Destination” called PEER KI GALI. Thousands of local people of the state from both the regions of Jammu and Kashmir visit this place daily , despite the lack of all basic facilities.
Peer Ki Gali is situated in the middle of Mughal road. It is not only the tourist destination, but a central meeting point for the people of South Kashmir area from Kashmir side and Poonch and Rajouri districts. The locals belonging to South Kashmir area and Poonch Rajouri districts organize joint picnics nowadays at this central tourist spot. One such joint group picnic member Javaid Ahmed Dar of Thanamandi Rajouri told this reporter that they were on joint picnic with their friends from Shopian and Pulwama district. “After enjoying a day long picnic at Peer Ki Gali, which is at equal distance for both of us we will leave for our respective homes in the evening. It was not possible before the construction of Mughal road.”
However, Mudasir of Pulwama expressed his displeasure over the non availability of facilities on this beautiful tourist spot.
This is not only a beautiful and picturesque tourist spot, Peer Ki Gali, is also known for famous shrine located in the area in the name of great Sufi saint Sheikh Ahmed Karim (RA) who had stayed for some time at this place while crossing towards Kashmir valley through Mughal road.
Due to the location of the shrine at this place, thousands of religious tourists also visit this place said a care taker of the shrine, Abdul Sattar Reshi.
It is not only Peer Ki Gali, which has become the attraction of tourists as new destination, the complete 43 Kms stretch of Mughal Road from Shopian to Peer Ki Gali, offers various tourist spots, like Dubijan, Heerpura, Aliaaabad Sarai,and Doongi Marg.
While from Poonch side, Chatta Pani is the latest tourist spot which competes with Sonamarg due to its river, glaciers and meadows. As the area has been declared the rich wild life habitation, the government agencies and other tourist related private agencies are prevented to create any infrastructure there.
However, the department of forest and wildlife is planning to create eco tourism infrastructure along the route. “We have planned to create all required facilities on these tourist spots but this whole of the infrastructure will be eco friendly”, said Minister for forest and environment, Mian Altaf Ahmed, adding that two eco tourism societies have been constituted for the purpose. “One society has been constituted from Shopian side and another from Poonch side. The proposal of required infrastructure has been prepared and work on these projects would be started soon, said Mian Altaf Ahmed.