After remaining closed for over 4 months, Srinagar Leh highway was finally declared open for vehicular traffic today. As per DSP Traffic Ganderbal, Liyaqat Qadri, only light-motor vehicles are currently allowed to move on the highway ahead of Sonamarg as of now. Authorities will decide about the movement of heavy vehicles on the highway later.
The highway usually gets open towards Late April however Owing to the heavy snowfall this year around Zojila, the opening was delayed by couple of weeks. Snow was as deep as 30 ft at several stretches around Zoji La Pass.
Only one side traffic iss currently being allowed at Zoji La Pass due to security reasons.
Sharing a few pics of the road sent by a local friend who traveled from Srinagar to Kargil yesterday. Click on the thumbnail to view images in full size.
Please note that if you are planning a trip in next few days, you should keep a few days as buffer. There is a high chance that the road may get closed temporarily due to an avalanche or landslide in which case you will have no other choice but to wait for authorities to clear the road. To be on a safer side, give it 2-3 weeks before you plan to travel to Leh via Srinagar.