Jammu: With an aim to give boost to the tourism sector of the state, the second edition of Mughal Road car rally has been organised by Jammu and Kashmir government in joint collaboration with Himalayan Motor Sports Association and J&K Bank, official sources said on Monday.

The car rally was flagged off from Srinagar on Sunday by Jammu & Kashmir Minister of Tourism Nawang Rigzin Jora and Minster of State for Tourism Nasir Aslam Wani, they said.

The Mughal Road Car Rally, in which 140 drivers and navigators participated, took the route from Srinagar to Dubjan in south Kashmir's Shopian district to Peer Ki Gali, Bufliaz in Jammu division's Rajouri district to reach Jammu on the first day of the rally.

After a night halt, the rally was flagged off from here on Monday and travelling through Bani Baderwah, Kishtwar, Simthan Pass, Anantnag, the rally will conclude on Tuesday evening in Srinagar, the officials said.

Divisional Commissioner, Jammu Division, Pawan Kotwal flagged off the car rally from Hari Niwas palace area here on Monday morning.

"The entire belt along the Mughal road is very beautiful. It is untapped and virgin. Car rally is aimed to bring the area on international tourist map," Kotwal said.

He further said that Mughal car rally will give boost to tourism in Rajouri and Poonch border districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

The route linking Kashmir with Poonch and Rajouri districts of the Jammu division has several rest houses, huts and many other historical monuments constructed by Mughal emperors.

Mughal road was the only natural passage available centuries ago, when Mughals emperors and their ministers would visit Kashmir.

(Agencies)