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TOP DESTINATION FOR VACATIONS OF 2020

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TOP DESTINATION FOR VACATIONS OF 2020

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TOP DESTINATION FOR VACATIONS OF 2020

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TOP DESTINATION FOR VACATIONS OF 2020

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Neelum Valley

Neelum District, consisting mainly of a valley situated to the North & North East of Muzaffarabad city,  is the northernmost district of Azad Kashmir administered by Pakistan.   Neelum is one of the most beautiful valleys of Azaad Kashmir, and it hosts several brooks, freshwater streams, forests, lush green mountains, and a river with same name.  It runs parallel to the Kaghan Valley and is separated from it by snow covered peaks, some over 4000 meters above sea level.

This area which is dominated by “Sarwaali Peak” rising at 6326 meters above sea level and is  the high mountain in Azad Kashmir. Moreover, like Kaghan Valley, Neelum Valley is also famous for fishing and angling activities in Neelum River and Jagran Nullah which are stocked with trout fish in abundance. A fair weather road opens the valley to tourists up to Kel which is about 165 kilometers from Muzaffarabad city. Public transport ply daily on this route and good quality tourists hotels are also available at major tourist points alone the entire valley.

Noseri Dam

It is better to travel on  jeep in Neelum Valley hired from Muzaffarabad.   Local drivers are well conversant with the road conditions comparing to a new comer.   The Newly established “Neelum Jhelum Power Project” Dam is situated about 36 Kilometer from Muzaffarabad city.  The purpose of the dam is to diverting the water of River Neelum through long tunnel into River Jhelum for Power Generation. It is a tourist spot and attracts the tourist during the travelling along the Neelum Valley Road.  This point is used for taking some rest, before embarking upon next phase of travelling.

Ratti Gali Lake

The famous and fascinating Rati Gali lake is an alpine glacial lake which is situated about 18 kilometer from Dawarian at an altitude of 3,700 metres abo ve sea level.  The lake is fed by the surrounding glacier waters of the mountains.   A 18 kilometers long dirt Jeep track from Dawarian on left side of the Neelum Valley road is available to travel to this lake.   However, at least 3 hours jeep journey and 1-2 hour walk on foot can take a tourist to the breathtaking Ratti Gali Lake.  Best days to visit Ratti Gali Lahore are from May to October.  The place is perfect for camping, fishing or just spending time with nature in most serene environments.

Karen 

Situated at the bank of crystal clear Neelum River, the town of Karen is about 9 kilometers from Authmuqam and 93 kilometers or 4 hours drive from Muzaffarabad.  It is a scenic place with captivating surroundings.  It mainly consists of a small bazaar and   a Tourist Lodge of Tourism Department situated on the bank of winding river Neelum.  However other side of river is the area that belong to Indian Occupied Kashmir.   In addition to Tourist lodge, the government have built a number of hotel which have been given to private sector on lease to accommodate visiting tourists.  Karen is one of most popular and famous tourist destinations in the valley with dozens of good quality guest houses and transport facilities run by locals.

Sharada

Sharada is   a breath-taking green spot at an altitude of 1981 meters which is approximately 150 kilometres from Muzaffarabad and 280 kilometers from Islamabad.   It is about 10 kilometres from the Line of Control, which divides the Pakistani and Indian-controlled areas of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir which is still disputed.  Sharada is an ancient town and is revered by Hindu Pundits of Kashmir Valley as well as Budhists .   Sharada Peeth  is a Hindu temple and ancient centre of learning dedicated to the Hindu goddess of learning, “Sharada”.   Moreover, a ruins or a Buddhist Monastery and fort were also discover in same area.   It has a captivating landscape with numerous springs and hill sides 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 it to Kaghan Valley.   Facilities of a small bazaar, Post office, health center. The AJK Tourism Department has established here a “Tourist Village” consisting of Tourist Rest Houses, Youth Hostels, Cafeteria and Games room to facilitate the tourists.   

Kel

The town of Kel is located about 19 Kilometers  from Sharda. It is a small town at the height of 2097 meters which serves as another tourist spot 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 “Sarwaali Peak” 6326 meters about sea level and “Sarwaali Glacier” (about 25 Kms long) which are respectively said to be the highest peak and biggest glacier of Azad Kashmir. All kind of public transport ply daily on this route, however, it is advisable to hire a jeep from Sharda or Kel for a trip into the Shoather and Gurez Valleys. Horses and Ponies can also be hired locally for travel to the Shoather Valley.  Facilities like hospital, bazaar, and various tourist motel are available at Kel.

A panoramic and break-taking green village called Arang Kel is situated 9 kilometer from Kel on a  hiking track. Due to its scenic beauty a cable car is also offered pick and drop service for crossing of river and shortening of distance from Kel to Arang Kel and mostly used by tourist.     Arang Kel is knwon for its natural beauty and adventure tourism.  A number of guest houses have been set up by local to cater the need of tourist with food.

Tao Butt

Tao Butt is located at 4 hours journey from Kel on the track running along River Neelum. .  A white floating gold Gagai Nullah and emerald River Neelum also meet at Tao butt. Tao But is ultimate tourist destination of tourists with calm, greenery meadows, neat and clean atmosphere.  The area is surrounded by snow capped mountains. It has diverse fauna and wildlife including the Himalayan Brown Bear and the Snow Leopard. The valley is also situated very close to the Burzil pass which leads into Astore district of the Gilgit-Baltistan region. Due to heavy snowfall in winter, the valley remains cut-off for the 5 months of the year. Though it is a far flung place but still dozens of guest houses are available with basic necessities of life for the visitors. 

Neelum Valley is ideal for mountain tourism.   It’s excellent scenic beauty, panoramic view, towering hills on both sides of the gushing   Neelum River, flourishing green forests, streams, high altitude lakes and attractive surroundings make the valley a dream come true for nature lovers and tourists alike.