Neelum Valley (وادیِ نیلم) is also knows as blue gem of Pakistan. Neelum Valley is one of the most visited areas among northern areas of Pakistan.Neelum is the district of Azad Kashmir situated almost 90km away from its Capital. Neelum is almost 180km away from Islamabad and it takes 7 hours of drive to reach there by road. There is no airport facility for tourists. Book your tour packages to Neelum Valley on discounted rates through AJKTOURS.
Route to Neelum Valley:
From Islamabad one will have to travel Muzaffarabad via Murree-Expressway and Kohala. Then Via Neelum Road, can reach to Kutton the first village of Neelum Valley.
Places to Visit in Neelum Valley
Neelum Valley is very rich when it comes to sight seeing. Waterfalls, River side accommodations, Lush Green areas, Snow covered peaks, Thick Jungles and Lakes are main attractions for tourists in Neelum Valley. Some of them are mentioned in detail below.
Patikka is almost 17km away from Muzaffarabad to Neelum Valley. It takes only 20 mins of drive from Muzaffarabad. Main attractions are Mini Zoo, Trout Fish Form and Morcopollo Hotel and Restaurant on river side. No proper hotel to stay is available there.
Dhani Waterfall is one of the tallest waterfall in Neelum Valley. Almost 33km away (45 mins of drive) from Muzaffarabad. Tuck shop is also available for tourists over there. No accommodation to stay is available there.
Neelum Jhelum Project:
Neelum Jhelum Dam is situated in Nousery , almost 40km (50 mins of drive) from Muzaffarabad. One can see the mega infrastructure of the DAM from road side. Hotel stay is not available there.
Chillina cross point is almost 50km (1 hour of drive) from Muzaffarabad. One can see Indian Occupied Kashmir, Indian Army, Indian Flags, Check posts and local life of IOK villagers across the river from road side. This is the main and unique attraction of the area. Not hotels is available there.
Kutton waterfall also known as Kundan Shahi Waterfall is almost 85km (2.5 hours of drive) from Muzaffarabad. It is heaviest waterfall of the valley and local people call it Niagara Falls of Pakistan. To see it in its best blossom, one should visit in peak summer. Jagran Resort is the best accommodation/Hotel in Neelum Valley. However State Continental hotels is also good enough to stay.
Keran is on a distance of 90km (3 hours of drive) from Muzaffarabad. One of the most rushy area of Neelum Valley. You can see IOK across the river. Mostly hotels offers river view rooms there, so tourists prefers to have first night stay at Keran during their trip to Neelum Valley. Best hotel in Keran is Pine Park Lodges and PTDC Resorts. There are more than 50 hotels available there.
Upper Neelum is situated just 2km away (uphill) from Keran. People do hiking towards Upper Neelum from Keran just for their fun and excursion purpose. However you can take your car to Upper Neelum in just 10 mins of time. One can have bird’s eye view of Keran Valley from Upper Neelum. Green Village Resort and PTDC/Tourism Department Huts are best available places to stay in Upper Neelum.
Dawarian is almost 10km away from Keran, and from where you can get your jeep on rent towards Ratti Galli Lake. Some of the hotels are also available for the facilitation of tourists but are not in that much good condition.
Ratti Galli Lake:
Ratti Galli is 23km away from Dawarian and it takes 3 hours of Safari jeeps ride to reach there from Dawarian. Camps are available for night stay, but only in summer. Ratti Galli remains open from May to September.
Sharda is 40km away from Keran (3 hours of drive). Night life of Sharda is famous as compared to all other destinations. One can enjoy boating and jet ski there. Surgan, Maidaan, Kishan Ghatti, Sharda Temple (Sharda University- Sharda Peth) are places to visit in Sharda.
There are so many hotels in Sharda, that every one can find hotel according to their budget. Best hotel to stay in Sharda is Neelum Star Hotel and Benazir Palace Hotel.
Kel is 20km away from Sharda and it takes 1.5 hours through jeep there. It is considered as base camp to visit Taobat, Arrang Kel and Chitta Katha Lake. There are also many hotels for night stay but accommodation standard is very low, so one has to compromise when it comes to basic amenities. Oreintal View, Green Valley View and PTDC/Tourism Guest house are better options for night stay there.
It takes 1.5 hours of hiking from Kel to Arrang Kel as there is no road towards the village.
The most fascinating spot of Neelum Valley. Tourists name is “Heaven on Earth”. There is local Cable Car service is also avialable, but not reliable.
Though it reduces the travel (hiking) time to just 30 mins. Musk Deer Resort is better option to stay there.
Taobat is the last village of Neelum Valley. It is 40km away from Kel and takes 3.5 hours on Jeep. Though you reach there after a very hectic and bumpy track, but it is worth taking all the tiredness and adventure.
Its lush green meadows, thick woods and crystal clear water streams do a magical spell on visitors. There are couple of guest houses in Taobat, but one is recommended to stay back in Sharda or Kel.
Rent a Car in Neelum Valley:
You can park your own car in Keran or Sharda and hire a Jeep onwards. Jeeps Fleet: Sharda to Kel: Jeep Rent: 5000PKR Sharda to Taobat: Jeep Rent: 9000PKR Kel to Taobat: 8000PKR Cable Car Rent: 100PKR
Places to visit in Neelum Valley:
All the places mentioned above are worth visiting specially Taobat, Arrang Kel, Sharda and Keran.
Places to Stay (Hotels) in Neelum Valley.
There are more than 200 hotels across Neelum Valley. You can book them through us on discounted rates and neutral reviews. Neelum Valley hotels are not that much good as compared to Naran and Kaghan.Neelum Valley hotels are enlisted here. In off seasons hotels are being booked on low prices almost in 3500 per night and in peak season average room rent is 5000.
Best time to visit Neelum Valley:
Neelum Valley remains open through out the year but most suitable time to visit Neelum Valley is in between April and October.
How to plan your tour to Neelum Valley:
You can book our Neelum Valley Tour Packages. We offer special discounts on tour packages to Neelum Valley from Karachi. One can plan a 3 Days tour, 4 Days, 5 Days, 6 Days or even 7 days tour to Neelum Valley.
Distance to Neelum Valley from Islamabad
Distance from Islamabad to Neelum Valley (Keran) is almost 210km (7 hours of drive).
Neelum Valley is a most beautiful place on earth. It is famous for its panoramic views, charming weather, beautiful landscapes, freshwater streams, and lush green mountains cover with forests and a hok for many animals.
Looking into the geographical details of this beauty piece, it covered an area of 3,621 km² with population of 191,251. Located approximately above 400 meters above sea level makes it an ideal place for tourists to visit. This place has dipped with some amazing beauty and attraction for tourists to explore. This valley is easily approachable from kaghan and Noori Top. Besides these many minor passes are also present.
What makes Neelum valley a must place to visit? The amazing highlighted spots, small villages, lakes and mountain passes are the reason for tourists to visit. This valley is surrounded by fascinating and snow-capped mountains. The tourists can enjoy trekking, hiking and paragliding from the adjusted mountains which comes with fast flowing Neelum river.
Neelum valley has a lot of beautiful attractive sights which can challenge an adventous tourist to plan a journey towards It.
Taobutt, a hidden gem of azad Kashmir is located at 49 kilometers from Kel. Probably the last hill station of the Neelum valley. It has incredible natural landscape and natural beauty but not explored yet. Being inhabited by simple and innocent people, the beauty of this village is enhanced by the hospitability of these local people.
Tourists can also visit adjusted areas of Taobutt, like Janawai, and Sardari. They are also extremely beautiful locations with heavy snow views at winter. Often there are no signs of path due to land sliding and flooded water streams. In summer it is a worth place for tourist to visit.
Arang kel is a lush green village located with an altitude of 8,379 feet. It is difficult to reach there because of landslides and road blockage especially during winters. But anyone who want to see the heaven on earth, must visit this place. Its beautiful landscape gives an astounding look and provides a peaceful ambiance to visitors.
Ratti Gali Lake
Ratti Gali lake is located at an elevation of 12,130 feet and fed by the glaciers water that comes from the surrounding mountains. It takes approximate 3 hours to reach the lake from twin cities. On a way to Ratti Gali lake, tourists explore two beautiful lakes. The summer is the perfect season to enjoy the pleasant weather and astonishing serenity. Further, tourists can enjoy different activities like camping, fishing, cooking, hiking and trekking.
Chitta Katha Lake
Chitta Katha, a highest lake with 13,500 feet, is located at the Shounter valley. This valley is easily accessible from kel with a distance of 155 kilometers from Muzaffarabad. It remains frozen in most of the year and only accessible in 2-3 months of the summer season. A person can reach this lake by trekking from upper domail of Shounter valley.
The word chitta means white while Katha means stream. It is surrounded by the combination of many villages with huge glaciers, that’s the reason of its milky white reflection.
Keran village is another tourist resort located at 93 KMs (3 hours) drive from from Muzaffarabad. It has some of the picturesque scenery, lush green fields, fruits trees which attract the tourists from all over the world. Another attraction is the bridge that connects both Pakistan and Indian borders. The management of AJK Tourism Department is working to convert Keran valley into a hub of tourist resorts.
Sharda is located at a distance of 136 KMs from Muzaffarabad and is lying between Karen and Kel. It is the most enchanting village of azad Kashmir. This place is more famous for its prominent institution known as Sharda University and a Hindu goddess Sharada Perth. Tourists can enjoy 3-4 feet snowfall in winters, Jet skiing, camping in riverside and much more.
Patikka is at a drive of 17KM from Muzaffarabad. It is a first destination spot and gateway to Neelum valley. This area is popular for its fish hatchery and for a mini zoo. A rest house for tourist is being constructed there by AJK tourism department.
Kutton is located 85 KMs from Muzaffarabad. This area is mostly covered with snowfall and there are beautiful waterfalls and streams. Tourists can enjoy fishing, trekking and hiking. The tourism department is working to smooth its unpaved road.
Neelum Valley peaks
Neelum valley has a dense and thick forest covered with an elevation of 4000-7500 feet. On either side, the elevation reaches up to 17000 feet.
Neelum Valley Lakes
Neelum valley has beautiful lakes where tourists can enjoy base camp and fishing. The Shounter has seven more lakes like chitta Katha, Lunda sar lake, Parrian sar, Baboon lake, Sar wali base camp lake and spoon lake.
How is the weather of Neelum Valley?
The Neelum valley is accessible in all the twelve months. If you want to explore areas ahead of Neelum valley like Sharda, kel or Taobutt then the best time is to visit between April and October. The temperate of these areas can drop into negative in winter season. The only suitable time to enjoy pleasant weather, hiking or other activities is between July to September. It is recommended to bring warm clothes and other accessories that can save tourists from cold.
Hotels in Neelum Valley
There are many top and affordable Neelum valley hotels available for tourists. They have all the basic and general facilities; the tourists look for. The Neelum hotel, Paradise lodge, Keran, Keran resort, State continental Sharda, Sharda highland hotel and Neelum hotel kel are the some of the best options for tourists.
Roads to Neelum Valley
The road condition from Islamabad to Neelum valley is smooth. But in winter, the road onward to Keran is extremely bad and sometimes blocked during to heavy snowfalls.
Best time to Visit Neelum Valley
The best time to visit Neelum Valley is April to October. You will get a chance to enjoy pleasant and calm weather without any problem of land sliding or snow.
How to reach Neelum Valley
From Islamabad, there is distance of 234.9 km. it takes approximate 7 hours to reached there. Tourists can avail their own private vehicle or public transport. The Islamabad to Neelum valley bus service is highly recommended. To travel further from Neelum valley, one has to hire a jeep.
Is it Safe to visit Neelum Valley?
The road to Neelum valley is safe to reach during summers while in winter the road to Keran, Sharda, kel and Taobutt is dangerous and block during to land sliding and heavy snowfalls. People are very friendly and caring.
Attractions for Foreigners in Neelum Valley
Foreigner tourists can enjoy the beauty of lakes and rivers. The adjusted areas of Neelum valley are extreme beautiful with varieties of lush green meadows, pleasant weathers and hiking options.
Distances (Travel Time) to Neelum Valley
Islamabad to Muzaffarabad: 3h 30 min (136 km)
Muzaffarabad to Keran: 3h 30min (56.1 km)
Keran to Sharda: 2h (25.5 km)
Sharda to Kel: 1h (21.0 km)
Kel to Taobutt: 1h (40.5 km)
Tour Packages Neelum Valley
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