District Mirpur is located at the extreme South of the State and is linked with Pakistan and the districts of Azad Kashmir through several routes. District Mirpur comprises party plain and party hilly areas. Its hot climate and other geographical conditions closely resemble to those of Jhelum and Gujrat, the adjoining districts of Pakistan. The people of this area are basically agriculturists. During the last four decades a large number of people from this district have gone aboard, especially to United Kingdom. Today they are the major foreign exchange earning resource for Pakistan. As it adjoins the industrial cities of Pakistan,
About Jhellum Valley
This is an ideal valley for both the domestic and international tourists. The curling river Jhelum passes through from East to West between the high green mountains of this valley and joins the river Neelum at Domel near Muzaffarabad city. A 59 Km long metalled road runs along the river Jhelum from Muzaffarabad to Chokothi, which is located adjacent to line of control (Loc). Buses & wagons ply on this route regularly.
Due to the devastating earthquake of October 8th 2005, like other areas of AJK, the areas in Jhelum Valley
Historical tourist lodge Barsalla is located at a distance of 100 kilometer from Islamabad and 40 kilometers from Muree. On the way to Muzaffarabad via Muree Kohala, it is only 3 kilo meters for from Kohala Bridge that is entry point in AJK.The historical importance of this lodge which was built in Dograa’s rule, is that, in 1944 Quaid-e-Azam, founder of Pakistan stayed here when he was returning from Seri Nager.
Leepa is a small village about 60 kilometers from Naily and 38 kilometers from Reshian, at an altitude of 1921 meters. Its lush green rice fields in summer and typical wooden Kashmiri Houses present a wonderful view to the people visiting the area. Walnut, Apple,
19 kilometers journey from Sharda, upstream takes one to Kel. It is a small valley at the height of 2097 meters. This is another picturesque place in the Neelum Valley. The Shounter Nullah joins river Neelum at this place and leads to Gilgit Agency over the Shounter Pass (4,420 meter). Kel is also a base camp of mountaineering activities up to “Sarawaali Peak” 6326 meters above sea level and “Sarawaali Glacier” (about 25kms long) which are said to be the highest peak and biggest glacier of Azad Kashmir.
Buses ply daily on this route. It is advisable
About 5 kilometers ahead of Kundal Shahi, Salkhala is another secluded spot of tourist interest located across river Neelum. Here a trout hatchery has been established by AJK Fisheries Department. A Tourist Rest House and 3 huts are available here for accommodation.
Athmaqam is 10 kilometers from Kundal Shahi. It is located at a height of 1371 meters ASL. Being the districts headquarter of