July 2010

Places to visit & Things to do in Muzaffarabad

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RED FORT:

The Red fort is a witness to the ancient history of this great city. Muzaffarabad Fort, generally known as Red Fort, traces back a chequered history. It is said that construction of the Fort was .initially taken up by the Chuk rulers to counter the offensives of the intruders. However, Sultan Muzaffarabad Khan, the founder of Muzaffarabad town, finally completed it in 1646. During the

Mughal rule in Kashmir this Fort lost its importance, as they were more interested in other parts of their empire. But when Durrani’s took over the rule of this area, it again came into limelight and its importance was recovered. Afterwards during the Dogra rule of Maharaja Ghulab Singh and Maharaja Ranbir Singh, the Fort was reconstructed and extended according to their political and militarial requirements. However, towards the end of 1947, the Dogra’s fled away leaving the fort wide open to anybody. Since then it has braved devastating floods, ravage: of time, and other hazards to project its inherent glory and Historical background.

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Places to visit in Muzaffarabad

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District Muzaffarabad:.

Muzaffarabad, the Capital of the State of Jammu & Kashmir, is situated at the confluence of the Jhelum & Neelum Rivers. It is at a distance of 138 kilometers from Rawalpindi and about 76 kilometers from Abbottabad. Muzaffarabad has been named after Sultan Muzaffar Khan, a chief of Bomba Dynasty (in 1652). Cradled by lofty mountains, Muzaffarabad is a blend of varied cultures and languages. Being the capital of the state it has all the necessary facilities of life. In addition, there are two historical forts, the Red & Black Fort, situated on the opposite sides of river Neelum. The Neelum river streams, proudly through the hubbub of the town, joins river Jhelum at Domel and plays a dominant role in the micro climate of Muzaffarabad.

The capital city of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, “Muzaffarabad” also serves as a base camp for the tourist intending to visit tourist spots and other historical and cultural & traditional aspects of AJK.

Muzaffarabad is not only the hub of political and cultural activities, but also has various spots for leisure. Domel, the junction point of Neelum & Jhelum Rivers, presents a magic beauty from here. At the right bank of River Jhelum near this site, an established “Food Point” offers the delicacy of the famous “Kashmiri Cuisine” and other varieties of local traditional dishes of Kashmiri origin. “Lohaar Gali” situated 9 kilometers from the city on Abbottabad road, offers a bird eye view of the capital city. At night, the lights of the city present an unforgettable scene from this point.

RED FORT:

The Red fort is a witness to the ancient history of this great city. Muzaffarabad Fort, generally known as Red Fort, traces back a chequered history. It is said that construction of the Fort was .initially taken up by the Chuk rulers to counter the offensives of the intruders. However, Sultan Muzaffarabad Khan, the founder

of Muzaffarabad town, finally completed it in 1646. During the

Mughal rule in Kashmir this Fort lost its importance, as they were more interested in other parts of their empire. But when Durrani’s took over the rule of this area, it again came into limelight and its importance was recovered. Afterwards during the Dogra rule of Maharaja Ghulab Singh and Maharaja Ranbir Singh, the Fort was reconstructed and extended according to their political and militarial requirements. However, towards the end of 1947, the Dogra’s fled away leaving the fort wide open to anybody. Since then it has braved devastating floods, ravage: of time, and other hazards to project its inherent glory and Historical background.

PIR CHANASSI:

The awe-inspiring locus, with an altitude of 2924 meters above the sea level is located eastward of Muzaffarabad. Due to its tremendous scenic beauty, velvet green plateaus and wonderful climate, it wins admiration of nature lovers. The view of the summit of the neighboring mountain peaks spell bounds a tourist. Devotees of Saint Shah Hussein Bukhari, take pilgrimage to rejuvenate their adust heart. The adjacent Pir Asimar, phawna da Danna and the areas in the bottom of Pirchinassi, i.e. Saran, Sud Bun, Mushki, Sakki and Jarran phirran are also worth seeing and ideal for hiking, trekking and camping activities. A Tourist Lodge at Saran provides accommodation facilities to the tourists.

SHAHEED GALl:

 

The comely beauty of the place attracts a restive mind toprolong his stay. The picturesque Shaheed Gali, situated at the height of about 1640 meters above sea level is at a distance of about 16 kilometers westward from Muzaffarabad. From height of about 1640 meters above sea level is at a distance of about 16 kilometers westward from Muzaffarabad. From Shaheed Gali a trek of 4Kms leads towards a wholesome spot namely “Sri Kot”. A tourist is bound to be fascinated by the serenity for the backdrop of the area. A Tourist Rest House is available for accommodation at Shaheed GaiL

PATIKKA:

 

Located at a distance of 19 Km from Muzaffarabad, it is a gateway to Neelum valley and can be the first journey break on the way. A mini zoo and a fish hatchery have turned the place into a site of diversions. AJK Tourism Department has constructed a Tourist Rest House here, which is very popular among tourists.

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Ghori Maar & Toli Pir/Toli Peer

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Ghori Maar , one can explore the fascinating beauty overlooking the sub Valleys of Rawalakot & Bahg. The road from Ghori Maar leads to Tolipir(also knows as Toli Peer)-a place that offers calm atmosphere with vast green meadows stretching over a big area a big area. The place holds the potential to mesmerise visitors.
Tolipeer

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Hotels on Banjosa Lake Rawalakot (Guest Houses Near Banjosa Lake)

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Banjosa Lake

Banjosa Lake Rawalakot

It is situated 20 kilometers from Rawalakot, at an altitude of 1981 meters. Its scenic beauty and impressive surrounding is compelling and attracts tourists to reach here to enjoy the nature. Amidst the captivating beauty of Banjosa, the artificial lake reflects the dense forest standing along the surroundings of the resting calm waters of Banjosa Lake.

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PWD Guest House Banjosa Rawalakot

There are many private and government guest houses on banjosa Lake, we offer booking of private guest houses only. Hotel Night Bridge, Heaven Dreams, Gulf Palace, PWD Guest House Banjosa, Local Government Guest House Banjosa are very popular among tourists.

The nearby worth-seeing areas of Banjosa are Jandali, Hussain kot (the native town of the great freedom fighter captain Hussain Khan) and Devi Gali which can not be simply bypassed for a pleasure trip. The distance parting these destinations from Banjosa are 3 kms, 4kms and 12kms respectively. These places portray rich inherent natural beauty encompassing all others while awaiting visitors for a comfortable stay. There are of a few private rest houses on the way to Banjosa from Rawalakot. Also,Ghorimar is situated 20kms from Khaigala awaiting ones arrival to explore the fascinating beauty over-looking the sub-valley of Rawalakot and Bagh. Weather in Rawalakot and Banjosa Lake is almost same like Murree ideal for summers. And if you want to enjoy the live snowflakes, grab the chance to visit Rawalakot specially when it rains.
Distance from Islamabad to Rawalakot or Banjosa is just 135km and takes 3 hours of drive. Major attraction in Rawalakot are Banjosa Lake, Tolipeer, Devigali and Ghorimaar. All of them can easily be accessed by staying at Banjosa Lake.

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History of Azad Jammu and Kashmir

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On the termination of British rule over the Sub-Continent two independent States, Pakistan and India emerged in August 1947. In view of geographical, religious and historical links the people of Jammu & Kashmir State demanded freedom from the rule of Maharaja Hari Sing and the accession of the State to Pakistan. The Maharaja, ignoring the wishes of the Muslim majority, instead, entered into an unfortunate conspiracy with the Hindu leadership and acceded to India. This sparked the liberation movement of the Muslim population of the State against the Dogra and Indian forces in Kashmir. As a result of this, a part of the State was liberated from the Dogra-cum-fadian domination in October 1947, and named Azad State of Jammu & Kashmir.
Topography

Muzaffarabad, Poonch, Neelum Valley, Bagh, Sudhanoti and Kotli districts fall into mountainous zone while Mirpur and Bhimber districts generally lie in foot-hills.

People and Culture

Azad Jammu & Kashmir is a fascinating land of people, languages & culture. The texture of present population is composed of races claiming their descent from Semitic, Mongoloid, Aryans, Persians, and Turks & Arabs. The people of districts Kotli, Mirpur & Bhimber, are sturdy, simple, truthful and deeply attached to their land. The culture of this area resembles to that of the adjoining area of Punjab. The people of districts Poonch, Bagh & Sudhanoti are adventure loving and there are numerous anecdotes of their matchless valour as well as inspiring sacrifices for freedom. While Muzaffarabad District has its own distinctive culture. The people of the State are intelligent ingenious, hard¬working, dynamic & skillful.

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AZAD JAMMU & KASHMIR AT A GLANCE

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AZAD JAMMU & KASHMIR

HISTORY:

On the termination of British rule over the Sub-Continent two independent States, Pakistan and India emerged in August 1947. In view of geographical, religious and historical links the people of Jammu & Kashmir State demanded freedom from the rule of Maharaja Hari Sing and the accession of the State to Pakistan. The Maharaja, ignoring the wishes of the Muslim majority, instead, entered into an unfortunate conspiracy with the Hindu leadership and acceded to India. This sparked the liberation movement of the Muslim population of the State against the Dogra and Indian forces in Kashmir. As a result of this, a part of the State was liberated from the Dogra-cum-fadian domination in October 1947, and named Azad State of Jammu & Kashmir.

TOPOGRAPHY:

Muzaffarabad, Poonch, Bagh, Sudhanoti and Kotli districts fall into mountainous zone while Mirpur and Bhimber districts generally lie in foot-hills.

PEOPLE & CULTURE:

Azad Jammu & Kashmir is a fascinating land of people, languages & culture. The texture of present population is composed of races claiming their descent from Semitic, Mongoloid, Aryans, Persians, and Turks & Arabs. The people of districts Kotli, Mirpur & Bhimber, are sturdy, simple, truthful and deeply attached to their land. The culture of this area resembles to that of the adjoining area of Punjab. The people of districts Poonch, Bagh & Sudhanoti are adventure loving and there are numerous anecdotes of their matchless valour as well as inspiring sacrifices for freedom. While Muzaffarabad District has its own distinctive culture. The people of the State are intelligent ingenious, hard­working, dynamic & skillful.

TOURIST DESTINATIONS

 

Azad Jammu & Kashmir is very rich in natural beauty. Its snow-covered peaks, dense forests, winding rivers, turbulent foaming streams, Wheat-scented valleys, velvet green plateaus and climate varying from arctic to tropical, all join together to make it an excellent tourist attraction. Valleys like Neelum, Jhelum, Leepa, Rawalakot, Banjosa, Samahni & Baghser unfold delightfull scenic beauty and provide a feast of pleasure to a discerning tourist’s eyes.

 

Azad Kashmir is also blessed with a varied mountainous landscape ranging from low hills to high mountains (2000 to 6000 meters) most suitable for soft to medium adventure tourism. The area provides excellent opportunities for rock climbing, trekking, mountaineering, summer camping and hikes. Moreover, blessed with large number of river & streams, Azad Kashmir offers great potential for white water sports, especially rafting, canoeing and kayaking.

FACTS FOR THE VISITORS:

 

Tourist! Visitors from all parts of the State & Pakistan can visit Azad Jammu & Kashmir without any restriction. However, they are advised to keep their identity with them. Foreign tourists can visit Azad Kashmir except the areas situated within 16 kilometers along the Line of Control (LoC). Before planning their visit foreigners should contact AJK Home Department at Muzaffarabad for issuance of NOC before visiting Azad Kashmir.

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AZAD JAMMU & KASHMIR AT A GLANCE

Total Area:13297 Sq. Kms (5134 Sq. Miles)
District:Area (Sq. kms)%to total areaDensity in 2006 (person/Sq.kms)

 

Growth

Rate

Neelum:362127%422.80%
Muzaffarabad:249619%3072.08%
Bagh:136810%3362.00%
Poonch:8556%5732.24%
Sudhanoti:5694%4601.99%
Kotli:186214%3702.59%
Mirpur:10108%3912.09%
Bhimber:151612%2442.60%

Total Population: (Projected on the basis of 1998 Census)

Source: Population Census Organization– Islamabad.

Total:                    3.600 Million

Neelum:                0.159 Million              

                 Muzaffarabad:     0.770 Million              

                 Bagh:                     0.460 Million  

     Poonch:                 0.490 Million

  Sudhanoti:            0.262 Million  

      Kotli:                    0.690 Million

                 Mirpur:                 0.395 Million

     Bhimber:               0.370 Million

 

ADMINISTRATIVE SETUP:

  • Division: Two
  1. Muzaffarabad
  2. Districts: Ten
  3. Neelum ii. Muzaffarabad

iii.Hattian        iv Rawalakot

  1. Bagh vi. Poonch
  2. Sudhanoti vii. Mirpur

viii. Bhimber.   xi. Kotli

  1. Haveli
  2. Sub Division:
  3. Neelum district :   Athmaqam, sharda
  4. Muzaffarabad :   Muzaffarabad, Ghari Duppata
  5. Hattian           :    Hattian Chikar
  6. Bagh :    Bagh Dhirkot
  7. Ralwalakor :    Hajeera, Rawalakot, AbbasPur, Thorar.
  8. Haveli :    Haveli, khota
  9. Sudnoti :    Pallandri
  10. Kotli :    kotli, Sehensa, Fatehpur, Charhoi.
  11. MirPur : Mirpur, Dadyal.
  12. Bhember : Bhimber, Samahni, Barnala.

 

 

Official Language:  Urdu

Local Languages:    Kashmiri, Urdu, Pahari, Gojri, Punjabi and Pushto

Handicrafts:            Carpet, Namda Gubba, Patto, Silk Woolen Clothing, Woolen Shawls, Wood Carving, Papier Mashie, Rugs. Mushroom, Honey, Walnut, Apple, Cherry, Medicinal herbs & plants, Resin, Deodar, Kail, Chir, Maple and Ash Timbers.

Wildlife: Snow Leopard, Common Leopard, Brown Beal Black Bear, Ibex (Kel), Grey Goral (Mountain Goat), Mus Deer, Kashmir Stag, Monal Pheasant, Western Tragopar Snow Pheasant, Red-led Partridge (Chakor), Black Kokla Pheasant, Peacock, Eagle, Dusk markhor (Wild Goat).

Local Dishes:

Rice, Aab-Gosht, Tabak Maaz, Ristay, Gushtaba, Hareesa, Saag (Vegetable Dish).

Main Entry Points:

Kohala:                        (108 Km from Islamabad)

Bararkot:                     (60 Km from Abbottabad)

Azad Pattan:                (80 Km from Islamabad)

Mangla:                       (116 Km from Islamabad)

Dhalkot:                      (53 Km from Islamabad)

Karote:                        (76 Km from Islamabad)

Bhimber:                     (196 Km from Islamabad)

Main Tourist attractions:

(For Domestic Tourists):

Neelum Valley, Jhelum Valley, Leepa valley, Tatta Rawalakot, Banjosa, Ghori Mar, Lasdanna, Sud~ Gali

(For All Tourists):

Dheerkot, Rawalakot, Chottagala, Chikkar, Daokhan, Muzaffarabad, Mangla & Sehnsa.

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Map of Azad Kashmir