March 2013

Must Visit spots in Neelum Valley

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Neelum valley is the most visited place in the Azad Kashmir by the tourists.  The trip to Neelum Valley takes at least 3 to 4 nights stay. And there are many spots in Neelum valley to be visited by tourists. There is some basic instruction for tourists before leaving for Neelum Valley.

Best time to visit Neelum Valley: Mid of March  to End of October.
What to wear: Casual clothing + warm uppers,shawls and jackets for nights and early morning.

Cautions: Be careful of sliding areas when it rains.

Hoteling areas: Muzaffarabad, Kutton,Keran, Sharda, Kel.
Reservation Procedure: Atleast one week before you visit Neelum valley, and during peak season confirm your reservation as soon as possible(may be month before your visit).

Spots to be visited:

Tourists with Families:

Muzaffarabad, Peer Chanasi, Kutton,Keran, Upper Neelum, Sharda, Kel, Halmat, Taobat.

Adventurous Tourists:
Ratti Galli Lake, Noori Nar, Chita Katha.

Vehicles:

Any kind of vehicles can reach up to Muzaffarabad, Kutton and Keran. But onwards you will be provided with 4×4.

Communication Medium:
There are only landline PCOs available in Neelum Valley, no cellular communication after 40km after crossing Muzaffarabad.
Local Scom sim has started working in Neelum Valley.

Below are some glimpses of Neelum valley and also map is given.

 

 

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Best time to visit Neelum Valley

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What is the best time to visit Neelum Valley? Its is the most common question asked by the tourists. Every Season has its own charm in Neelum Valley. Does not matter whether its December or June. Neelum Valley remains opened 12 months in a year upto Keran. If you want to explore Neelum Valley till Taobat then best time to visit Neelum Valley is between April and October. For hikking the best time to travel starts from mid of july to mid of September.

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Attractions | Things to to do | Hotels | Places to visit in Kutton: Neelum Valley

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Kutton is just 08km away from Kundal Shahi (main road). Kutton is accessible by unpaved road though any kind of vehicle can reach up to the kutton/jagaran resort. Kutton Resort is a luxurious rest house for tourists. All other hotels/resort/rest houses are not upto standard but kutton resort.

Kutton is 74km away from muzaffarabad. Jagran Nallah is producing 33MV electricity and joins Neelam river at kundal shahi.

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Places to visit and Attractions & Hotels in Bagh Azad Kashmir

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District Bagh Before getting the status of an independent district in 1988, Bagh was a part of District Poonch. This district almost resembles district Poonch in its history, culture, customs and traditions. District Bagh, as a whole is rich in variegated natural beauty. Topographically, this district falls into mountainous zone.

Bagh, Dheerkot, Sudhan gali, Hans Chowki, Neela Butt, Las Danna, Mahmood Gali, Kahuta, Havaily and Ganga Choti.

Bagh:

Bagh, the district headquarters of district Bagh is 100 Km from Muzaffarabad via Kohala & 80 kilometers via Suddhen Gali, 205 Kilometers from “Islamabad and 48 Kilometer from Rawalakot.This town is situated on the confluence of two mini nullahs- Malwani & Mall, which flow all the year round. The people of Bagh are brave, courageous and skilled, especially the field of bakery & confectionery. The well recognized “Haji Peer Pass” is about 32 kilometers from Bagh city linked with metalled road. Middle standard hotles, PWD and forest rest houses available for visitors.

Dheerkot: The fascinating and charming place of District Bagh is 25 kilometers from Kohalla, the gateway of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, and 132 kilometers from Islamabad. Located at an altitude of 1676 meters, Dheerkot possesses an extremely pleasant and healthy climate. This place is very popular among the visitors as a tourist resort mainly due to easy access, suitable altitude and beautiful landscape. In the heart of the calm & quite Deodar, Pine trees and Kail mixed forest, there is a posh Forest rest house, there Tourist Huts and a Log Hut, which are greatly sought after by tourists in the summer. Dheerkot is linked with other parts of Azad Kashmir by black top roads and district transport services are also available.

Neela Butt: From Dheerkot towards southeast 6 km ahead, this spot is situated at an altitude of 2000 meters. Besides its scenic beauty, this place is well-know for its historic background. On August 23,1947 the Mujahideen-e-Azadi assembled at this place and started and armed struggle for accession to Pakistan. Sufficient accommodation facilities are available here for visitors.

LasDanna: From Bagh, a 15 kilometers long mettalled road leads to Las Danna which is a place of captivating scenes and natural beauty. From Lasdanna, three roads branch off the main roadi.e. mahmood gali-Palangi, Haji pir-Aliabad and Abbasspur-Hajira respectively. A tourist rest house is available here for accommodation. Suddhen Gali:. Sudhengali, located at a height of 2143 meters, links Chikkar with Bagh, a town in the Bagh district. This scenic spot also serves as a base camp for those interested in hiking/ rekking to the nearby 3045 meters high mountain “Ganga Choti”. It is also linked with Chikkar. Busses & vans ply daily from Bahg, Chikkar & Muzaffarabad to this place. A tourist rest house & PWD rest house provide reasonable accommodation facilities here.

 

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Tourists spots around Muzaffarabad

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District Muzaffarabad:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:

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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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Tourists Spots in Neelum Valley

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District Neelum:

About 240 kilometers long the picturesque District Neelur Valley is situated to the North & North East of Muzaffarabad (Running parallel to the Kaghan Valley it is separated from it t snow covered peaks, some over 4000 meters above sea level. Excellent scenic beauty, panoramic view, towering hills on both sides of the noisy Neelum river, lush green forests, enchanting streams, high altitude lakes and attractive surroundings make the valley a dream come true.The area is also ideal for mountain tourism. A part of Nang Parbat Massif Falls in this area which is dominated by “Sarwaali Peak” (6326 meters) the highest mountain in Azad Kashmir. Moreover like Kaghan Valley it is famous for fishing and anglin activities in Neelum river and Jagran nullah which are stock with trout fish.

A fair weather road opens the valley to tourists up to Kel, 1f kilometers from Muzaffarabad. Buses ply daily on this route and accommodation facilities are also available in the rest houses places of tourist attraction. Some of the places of tourist interest are:

Kundal Shahi:

It is 74Kms from Muzaffarabad. Here, silvery stream Jagran nullah joins river Neelum, where trout fish is found abundantly.

Kutton (Jagran Valley):

The bewitching beauty of Kutton permeated in the radius of 10 kilometers, makes Jagran Valley. The area is 16 kilometers from Kundal Shahi and is accessible by road. For the convenience of tourists, AJK tourism Department has constructed a rest house here. Whereas, accommodation facilities are also available in adjacent residential complex managed by the Hydro Electric Board. From here 16Kms onward, Thunian, Ghainsi and Jagran are located which are worth seeing spots for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

Salkhala:

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:

Athmaqam is 10 kilometers from Kundal Shahi. It is located at a height of 1371 meters ASL. Being the districts headquarter of Neelum District, it serves as a take-off point for tourists interested in hiking and exploring the inner valley. It is an attractive place known for its variety of fruit. All necessary facilities viz bazaar, post office, banks, hospital, telephone and PWD rest house are available here.

Lower Neelum (Keran):

At a distance of about 9Kms from Athmaqam, Neelum (Karen) is situated on the Right Bank of Neelum River at about 1524 meters above sea level. It has fascinating scenery. A small bazaar and a tourist rest house situated on the bank of meandering river Neelum across which one can have a glance at the Indian held Kashmir.

Upper Neelum:

Upper Neelum (Neelum Village) is located at a distance of about two & a half kms from Keran. This panoramic lush green village, profound in wild fruit and wildlife, attracts the tourists from every nook & corner of the country. Another remarkable feature of this spot is that one can view the entire area of occupied Kashmir from here.

Owing to its tourist attraction AJK Tourism Department has launched a development project to convert both the Upper & Lower Neelum in to a Tourist Resort.

Dawarrian

Dawarrian is situated about 13Kms from Nee/um at an altitude of about 1615 meters. It is surrounded by mountains covered with Conifer trees. A mule track up to Ratti Gali Pass about 3Kms towards west connects the Neelum & Kaghan Valleys there is a Forest Rest House on the top of the hill and a tourist rest house is available for accommodation near main road. Located at a distance of 30 kilometers from Dowarrian, it is a breath- taking green spot at an altitude of 1981 meters. Shardi & Nardi are the two mountain peaks over looking the valley, named after legendary princesses, Sharda & Narda. It has a captivating landscape with numerous springs and hillsides covered with thick forest. Over the right bank, opposite to Sharda, the river Neelum is joined by the Surgan nullah along which a track leads to the Noori Nar Pass and through ti through it to Kaghan Valley.

Sharda

In Sharda, one also finds ruins of an old Buddhist Monastery and a fort which are of historical background. Facilities of a small bazaar.. Post Office, health center and Public Call Office are available in Sharda. The AJK Tourism Department has established here a “Tourist Village” consisting of Tourist Rest Houses, Youth Hostels, Cafeteria and Games room to facilitate tourists.

Kel:

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 to hire a jeep from Athmaqam for a trip in to the Valley. Horses and ponies can also be hired locally for travel to the interior of the Neelum Valley. Banks, College, Hospital, Bazar, PCO and a Tourist Motel are available here.

The border village about 38 km ahead of Kel, is a fascination yet unexplored. Halmat, Tao Butt, Janawai, and Sardari are the most beautiful places around here. A tourist rest house has been constructed at Halmat to provide accommodation facilities to the visitors.

(Note): Some of the tourist places of Neelum Valley are situated in the range of Line of Control (LoC), therefore, sometimes it becomes difficult to visit these areas. So before visiting the valley, the visitors are required to get information from AJKTours.

Places to visit in Pictures.

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Jhelum and Leepa valley

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Jhelum and Leepa 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.

Gharhi Dopatta:

It is 24 kilometers from Muzaffarabad. The town surrounded by mountains is located on both sides of river Jhelum. Educational, medical, telephone, accommodation and shopping facilities are available here. AJK Government has established here an “Extension Services Management Academy (ESMA)”, which provides training facilities of international level.

Chinari:

At a distance of 51 Kms from Muzaffarabad and surrounded by high hills, it is situated on the left bank of river Jhelum. All the basic facilities viz. Bazaar, hospital, education, post office, banks, telephone are available here.

Chakothi:

Chokothi, 8 Kms ahead of Chinari, is a border village. Only domestic tourists can visit this area.

Chikkar:

This beautiful summer station at a distance of 46 Kms from Muzaffarabad is situated on top of the mountain on the southern side of Muzaffarabad. Aroad branches off at Dhanni Baqallan, a place about 33 kilometers from Muzaffarabad and leads to Chikkar, which is at an elevation of 1828 meters. The outstanding features of this beautiful place are its healthy climate and picturesque surroundings. Standing over the hill, one can have a fascinating view of the sub- valleys.

Zilzaal Lake:

Due to the devastating earthquake of October 8th 2005, like other areas of AJK, the areas in Jhelum Valley also witnessed massive devastation. Four villages namely “Curli”, “Bhat Shair”, “Lodhiabad” and “Padder” located in between Chikkar and Bani Hafiz were reported to be completely destroyed when the mountains collided very badly and got converted into heaps of rubble burying about 711 people underneeth.

The collapsed mountain peaks and the rubble of the four villages blocked the natural flow of the water which resulted in the creation of a natural lake stretched over an area of about 3 kms. This newly born lake was named as “Zilzaal Lake” and now it has gained great deal of popularity among tourists.

Loon Bagla:

10 Kms from Chikkar, situated at an altitude of 2011 meters above sea level, it is another worth seeing hill station in the middle of dense green pine forests and is linked by a fair weather road. The ordinary requirements of life are available in the small bazaar.

Dungian:

It is located about 5 Kms ahead of Loon Bagla. This place is surrounded by thick silver Fir forests. Its high altitude of 2071 meters and beautiful landscape has a special attraction for tourists. An experimental station for the proliferation of medicinal Herbs has also been established at this place.

Danna:

Amidst Muzaffarabad to Kohala, a road bifurcates the highway and leads to Danna, crossing the labyrinthine roads. Dann is known for its healthy climate and alluring scenic beauty. A tourist rest house is available for accommodation. From here one can go to Dheerkot, a known hill station in District Bagh.

LEEPA VALLEY:

This is the most fascinating & loveliest valley in Azad Kashmir. A metalled road branches off for Leepa from Naily, 45 kilometers from Muzaffarabad, climbs over the ReshianGali 3200 meters high and then descends to 1677 meters on the other side into the Leepa Valley. It spellbounds everyone who visits this valley. The valley remains open for domestic tourists only from May to November. A few places of tourist interest in this valley are:

LEEPA:

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 Kashmir! Houses present a wonderful view to the people visiting the area. Walnut, Apple, Cherry and honey of Leepa are very popular and in great demand.

DAOKHAN:

Dao – Khan is situated some 75 kilometers from Muzaffarabad An unpaved but well maintained road branches off from Reshiar to Dao- Khan (4 kilometers from Reshian), which is now we recognized due to its high altitude (2490 meters), calm I peaceful atmosphere, excellent scenic beauty and panoramil views. Accommodation facilities through Tourist Rest Housl and Forest Rest House are available. Owing to flow of visitor~ tourists in the summer season, AJK Tourism Dept. also provide tent service for accommodation.

CHANANIAN:

Chananian, 62 kilometers from Naily & 36 kilometers from Reshian, is situated opposite to Leepa, near the Line of Control (LOC), at an altitude of 2226 meters. Surrounded by thick pin forest and nullah Qazi Naag flowing near by it, Chananian is als a worth seeing place in Leepa Valley.

From Reshian onwards, one has to hire jeeps for journey t Leepa and other places.

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