Azad Kashmir is a beautiful region of Pakistan situated in the Northern part of the country. Kashmir Valley is God’s most precious gift to Pakistan. Azad Kashmir is part of the Kashmir region. And it is the subject of a long-running conflict between Pakistan and India. Azad Kashmir is separated from the Jammu Kashmir by the Line of Control, the border between India and Pakistan. It has a total area of 13,297 square kilometers and a total population of 1.3 crores.
Is there any river across in this valley?
The answer is yes, River Neelam passes through Azad Kashmir valley. Some hotels are also situated at the bank of the river. At night you can hear the sound of water flowing. That sound gives great pleasure. Some people just sit by the river. And put their feet under the cool water. You will feel dark in Kashmir valley in the afternoon because these high mountains will stop sunlight to reach in the valley. River Neelam is also one of the biggest rivers in Pakistan than all other rivers. The speed of this river is too fast because of the height.
Best Route to reach Kashmir Valley:
The traveling routes are open throughout the year. Nowadays public transport facilities have also improved. Daewoo buses are commonly used for traveling.
What could the Best Possible Time be to visit Kashmir Valley?
March till October, Kashmir has the best season for visiting. Therefore, The valley welcomes the people through its magnificent mountains, lush green forests, running streams and meadows.
Best Places of Kashmir Valley for visit:
There are a lot of visiting places in this valley, but some of the best are the following;
Arang Kel is a village, and a perfect tourist spot in the Neelam valley of Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. This village is located on the hilltop above Kel at an altitude of 8,379 feet. This village is accessible by a 2 km trek from Kel. To reach this beautiful place, people usually hick and enter into the Neelam valley from Muzafarabad. Arang Kel is a place that is known for its lakes, waterfalls, and greenery. It is one of the most popular destinations for tourists. There are small and fertile plateaus adding to its beauty. There are several waterfalls in this vicinity that increase the beauty of the valley. Waterfalls are of different lengths and sizes. Moreover, The sound of these waterfalls echo throughout the valley and creates a cracking sound on the rocks.
Neelum Valley is situated to the North of Muzaffarabad. This valley has Excellent scenic beauty, panoramic view, towering hills on both sides of the noisy Neelum river, flourishing green forests, streams, high altitude lakes. Its attractive surroundings make the valley a dream come true. Neelam valley is also ideal for tourism. This valley was badly affected by the 2005 Kashmir earthquake. River Neelam passes through Neelam valley. At night you can hear the sound of water flowing. That sound gives great pleasure. River Neelam is also one of the biggest rivers in Pakistan than all other rivers. The speed of this river is too fast because of the height.
Sharda is a small town in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. This town is located on the banks of the Neelum river at an altitude of 1981m. It is also known as Shardi. There are two mountain peaks overlooking the valley named Shardi and Nardi. It was named after legendary princesses Sharda and Narda. Sharda has a captivating landscape with numerous springs and hillsides covered with thick forest. The main attraction of this place is the boating facility on the river Neelum. There are several waterfalls and lakes in this area that increase the beauty of the valley.
Bandala is a beautiful and green valley in Azad Kashmir. There are a lot of streams flow through the valley, producing cascades, falls and natural swimming pools. These water areas are very popular among the local youth, not only for swimming but also for fishing. In this valley, there are a lot of fruit trees, especially mango trees. Wheat and corn are grown annually here. It is one of the most popular destinations for tourists. There are small and fertile plateaus adding to its beauty. Bandala Valley is a place that is full of greenery.
Gurez is a valley located deep in the high Himalayas. It is about 38 Km ahead of Aurang Kel and at an altitude of about 8,000 ft above sea level is a fascination yet unexplored. This valley is surrounded by snowy mountains. There are a lot of wildlife animals including the Himalayan Brown Bear and the Snow Leopard here. Gurez Valley is also situated very close to the Burzil pass which leads into the Astore of Gilgit Baltistan. This valley mostly cut off due to heavy snowfall in winter. This valley having beautiful places like Janawai, Pholawai, Saonar, Sardari, Halmat, Nikro, Creamabad, and Tao Butt. A lot of guest houses are available with the basic necessities of life for the visitors. Moreover, it is the ultimate tourist destination of tourists with calm, greenery meadows, a neat and clean atmosphere.
There are a lot of lakes in this valley. Some beautiful of major lakes are given below;
Ratti Gali Lake:
Ratti Gali Lake is a beautiful and glacial lake which is located in Neelum Valley Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. This fabulous lake is located at an altitude of 12,130 feet. It is surrounded by snowy mountains. Jeeps take the tourists from Neelam valley to Ratti Gali Lake. There are restaurants and shops located at this lake. People enjoy horse riding there. Ratti Gali Lake is situated in the middle of the mountains. The color of the water is blue and it is crystal clear. This is the beautiful lake than all Pakistan lakes.
Chitta Katha Lake:
Chitta Katha Lake is a crystal clear beautiful lake, which is located in Shounter valley Azad Kashmir Pakistan. This beautiful lake is located at an altitude of 13,500 feet. The color of its water is blue and it is crystal clear. This lake is unique for its beauty. People enjoy horse riding and boating there.
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In the end, I say that I had never seen this type of beauty ever. I think Kashmir is “Heaven on Earth” because this valley is full of lakes, mountains, and waterfalls. Kashmir is God’s most precious gift to Pakistan and its people. This valley is better than abroad hill stations. So, go and visit this natural heaven. This is the best hill station in Pakistan than others.
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