Banihal Pass

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Banihal Pass
Banihal Pass is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Banihal Pass
Elevation 2,832 m (9,291 ft)
Location India
Range Pir Panjal, Himalayas
Coordinates 33°31′N 75°16′E / 33.517°N 75.267°E / 33.517; 75.267Coordinates: 33°31′N 75°16′E / 33.517°N 75.267°E / 33.517; 75.267

Banihal Pass (Devanagari: बनिहाल दर्रा) is a pass across the Pir Panjal Range at 2,832 m (9,291 ft) maximum elevation. This mountain range separates the Kashmir valley in the Indian state Jammu and Kashmir from the outer Himalaya and plains to the south. Banihal pass remains covered by snow during the winter. In Kashmiri language, "Banihāl" means blizzard.[1]

The road from Jammu to Srinagar transversed Banihal pass until 1956 when Jawahar tunnel was constructed under Banihal pass. The road now passes through the tunnel and the Banihal pass is no longer used for road transport.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Online. "Banihāl Pass.". Archived from the original on 4 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-17.