Places to visit in Mirpur Azad Kashmir

Mirpur Azad Kashmir a place for tourists to visit in winters, Mangla DAM Mirpur attracts thousands of tourist each year for boating, fishing, Ramkot Fort.

Things to do in Mirpur AJK :

  1.  Boating in Mangla DAM

Mangla DAM offers water sports like Jet Skiing, water bikes, boating is considered as first thing to do at Mangla DAM Mirpur. Manila water sport club offers locals and foreign tourists to boat at MANGLA DAM.

boating-at-mangla-dam

boating-at-mangla-dam

 2.  BBQ & Fishing at Mangla DAM 

Hot destination for live B.B.Q and grilled fish in winters is Mirpur. Families and friends first choice to BBQ over DAM at boat because they are offering the best fresh fish and it’s love to taste and sight.

fish Bbq at mangla dam mirpur


fish Bbq at mangla dam mirpur

       3. RAMKOT FORT MIRPUR

Ramkot Fort is accessible by a 15 minute boat ride from Manila water sports club. Ramkot Fort stands on the summit of a hill in Mirpur, Pakistan. It is surrounded on three sides by the Jhelum river. It was likely built no earlier than the late 16th century following the Mughal emperor Akbar’s visit to Kashmir in 1589. At present it stands just inside the boundaries of Jammu and Kashmir in an area controlled by Pakistan. Excavations at the fort have uncovered the remains of a Hindu temple and relics from the 5th through the 9th centuries. However, the chronology of the fort’s construction and even its age remain open questions. Although maintenance of the fort is nominally in the hands of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department very little has been done to preserve this historic site.

ramkot-fort-mirpur

ramkot-fort-mirpur

     4. Night Life of Mirpur

Full moon light and party in Mirpur AJK incredible thing to do, as Mirpur is always remained busiest at night offering delicious food ,cultural and non cultural activities.

mirpur at night

mirpur at night by Jam Saqi

Places to visit in Mirpur Azad Kashmir

  • Boats at Mangla DAM
  • B.b.q and fishing at boat
  • visit to Ramkot fort
  • Night life of Mirpur

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Chikkar The Premier Hidden Tourist Hill station

Chikkar a small hill station on distance of 45 kilometers from Muzaffarabad (Capital of Azad Kashmir). It’s beautiful hill station with good temperature, landscapes, green fields.

  •  Accessibility
  • Accommodation and Guest Houses
  • Town and Villages
  • Lakes

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  • Accessibility

45 kilometers distance of Chikkar village could been covered just only in 55 minutes. Roads are well paved and carpeted. Public transport is also available. Hiking treks are also available.

  • Accommodation and Guest Houses 

Two Guest Houses are available at Chikkar Village

  1. AJK Tourism Guest House 

A beautiful guest house constructed by Department of Tourism in 2016. Guest house had 10 rooms with all of basic facilities available in it.

Chikar Guest house

Photo By Muqi Creations

Facilities :

  • Number of Rooms = 10
  • TV Launch
  • Mini Bar in Rooms
  • Solar powered Electricity Backup
outer look of chikar guest house

photo by muqi creations

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  • Town and Villages 
  1. First town on way to Chikkar is Gari Dupatta, Gari Duppata is small town along Jhelum River.
  2. Second Town is Chattian which is also a small stay at place.
  3. Third town is Dhani
  • Lakes

Zilzal Lake is one of the famous tourist attraction at Chikkar.

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Why Banjosa Lake is good and worst for Tourists?

Banjosa is just on 18 kilometers drive from Rawalakot City, Weather of Banjosa is Moderate in summers and freezing in winters. Thousands of tourists every year rush to visit it. Here are some reasons why Banjosa Lake is good and bad as well?

  1. Lush Greenery on Sides of Banjosa

You will find the greenery everywhere on sides of Banjosa Lake. Tourist used to sit there and enjoy their meals and scenic lake beauty.banjosa_beautiful

2. Weather of Banjosa

Weather of Banjosa is very pleasant, in a hot day you will find the fragranced cool breezes and temperature round about 20 degree Celsius.

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  1. Boating and Children playing Area

Tourists love to ride boat at Banjosa Lake which is the fascination.

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Worst Part of Banjosa Lake?

  1. Bad Road Conditions

8 Kilometers road pathway is in worst condition. Patches are unpaved and the link road of Banjosa Lake is wretched.banjosa_road conditions

2. Destruction

On left side of lake debris highlights the war zone area.banjosa_war_zone

     3. Disposable Wastage

You will find disposable bottles, plates everywhere. No one cares that wastage is destroying the beauty of lake.

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Muzaffarabad the little majestic beauty of Kashmir

I am citizen of Muzaffarabad, the capital city of Kashmir.  I love to travel across Pakistan/Kashmir. I had seen remote villages of AJK but the beauty of Muzaffarabad makes me feel endearing. Last weekend I set my way to capture the mountainous ranges along city of Muzaffarabad covered by clouds, what I found the mighty formations of clouds on top of mountainous ranges, the dewy rain pebbles and soul touching cold breezes. I am sharing my experiences with people who love to travel and want to enjoy the little moments of their life.  Just after 10 minutes drive from Muzaffarabad city you will start viewing below captured scenes.

Muzaffarabad City

View of Muzaffarabad

Clouds forming in that manner where mountains and city hided somewhere beneath it.

muzaffarabad under cloud

After the rain, clouds started disappearing and asked sun to light up crystal clear mountains, city landmarks and rainbows.

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Muzaffarabad was destroyed in 2005 earthquake, it’s 11 years old story but still Muzaffarabad city is under development. You may not found the streets well paved , sanitary system good enough, landmarks and historical places well preserved but the city is still well renowned due to panoramic views.

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Top 10 places to visit in Neelum Valley

List of Places to Visit in Neelum Valley

1)      Kutton Waterfall 2)      Keran 3)      Upper Neelum
4)      Sharda Valley 5)      RattiGali Lake 6)      Baboon Valley
7)      Kel 8)      Arrang Kel 9)      Chitta Katha Lake
10)  Taobutt

1.Kutton Waterfall

Travel Time: 3 hrs from Muzaffarabad ( At the road of Kutton Jagran Resort )

Best time to visit: March to October

Video: Kutton Waterfall

Kutton Waterfall is 2 kilometers from Kundal Shahi Bazaar of Neelum Valley at road Jagran Valley. Easily accessible via car. Kutton Waterfall is the first main place to visit in Neelum Valley.

kutton waterfall2. Keran Valley

Travel Time :  3 hrs from Muzaffarabad on Main Neelum Valley Road

Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year

Video: Keran Valley

Located at Bank of Neelum River, it’s LOC where you can see both Indian held Kashmir and Azad Kashmir. The river flows smoothly at this place.

keran Neelum Valley3. Upper Neelum

Travel Time: 3 hrs 20 minutes

Best Time to Visit: March to October

A small link road connected the main Neelum road to a hilltop with Upper Neelum Village, the landscape of the village is most beautiful.

4. Ratti Gali Lake

Travel Time : 3 hrs from Keran

Best Time to Visit: July to September

Video: Ratti Gali Lake

20 Kilometers jeep trek from Dowarian to Rattigali takes about 2 and half hours, Ratti Gali is an alpine glacier lake and one the best place to visit in Neelum Valley.

Ratti Gali Lake Neelum Valley

Ratti Gali Lake Neelum Valley

5.Baboon Valley

Travel Time: 3 hrs from Keran

Best Time to Visit: July to September

Video: Baboon Valley

You have to take the Jeep from Naqdar which is hardly five minutes drive from Keran. It’s the second-best place to visit in Neelum Valley. Baboon Valley is famous for water streams, waterfalls, lush greener meadows.

Baboon balley

Baboon Valley

6. Sharda Valley

Travel Time: 5 hrs from Muzaffarabad ( Located on Main Neelum Valley road

Best Time to Visit: March to December

Video: Sharda Valley

Sharda Valley is a small town located on the bank of the Neelum River, mainly tourist attractions in Sharda are water sports, hiking to Sharda Peeth, Sharda Bridge, and fishing.

Sharda Village with Neelum River7. Kel

Travel Time: 2 hrs 20 minutes from Sharda

Best Time to Visit: March to December

Kel is a very famous town in Neelum Valley, small huts, waterfalls, and Neelum River are the major tourist attraction. Kel is also the route to Shounter and Chitta Katha Lake. Astore to Kel tunnel is under consideration under CPEC.

neelum valley arrang kel8. Arrang Kel

Travel Time: 45 minutes hike from Kel

Best Time to Visit: March to December

Video: Arrang Kel

Most famous and visited tourist place of Neelum valley is Arrang kel, a small town but big green fields, glaciers, small huts, and hotels serving hot teas. With respect to landscape Arrang kel is the most beautiful destination of Neelum. Arrang Kel is not accessible by road it’s only connected by a chair lift and 30 minutes hike.

Kel Neelum Valley

9. Chitta Katha Lake

Travel Time: 1 day Tour (2 hrs jeep rides then 6 hrs hiking)

Best Time to Visit: July- September

Video: Chitta Katha Lake

Chitta Katha Lake is 2 hrs jeep ride to base and then a hiking trek of 6 hrs, it’s very hard to travel for families only full fit person could conquer this lake.

Chitta Khata Lake10.Toabutt ( Guraiz Valley)

Travel Time: 3 hrs jeep trek from Kel to Taobutt

Best Time to Visit: July- September

Taobutt is the last place of Neelum valley, places to visit during the visit from Kel to Taobutt are Helmet, Sardar, Phulawai, and Janawai. Taobutt is famous for landscape only 3 or 4 hotels are available for stay.

Taobutt Neelum Valley 

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Rent a Car Muzaffarabad

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  • Rent a Jeep
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Ratti Gali Road Conditions 2016

Ratti Gali Trek will be opened in July 2016.

About 18 kilometers patch from Dowarian to Ratti Gali blessed with Incredible beauty. About 14 kilometers jeep trek covered in 4 hours. Roads are very bumpy but due to scenic beauty it’s the worth to visit. Call 03005772942 to book your tour.

We are offering tour packages for RattiGali Lake Call 03005772942 for tours to Ratti Gali.

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NEEL FAIRY MEADOWS KAHUTA AZAD KASHMIR

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Neel Fairy Meadows are found in Forward Kahuta, District Haveli in Azad Kashmir. Forward Kahuta is a beautiful village, located 250 kilometres (155 miles) away from Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. Formerly it was a part of District Bagh but it was the July 2009 when it became a separate District, of the State of Azad Kashmir.

Neel Fairy Meadows is one of the most beautiful places of Kahuta (District Haveli) in Azad Kashmir and its distance from Muzaffarabad (capital of AJK) is about 162 kilometers (100.7 miles). The total area of the District Haveli is 598 Square kilometres (230.89 square miles).

The District has two sub-divisions, Haveli and Khurshid Abad and it is famous for brave and diligent tribes. Farming is the basic source of earning because the land is very fertile and productive which gives a good deal of produce. Somehow most of the people are associated with the white collar jobs. A major segment of the population belongs to expatriates, living in Middle Eastern and European countries and their remittances help the economy to boost. There is a Hydro-electric Power Project, with the production capacity of 4.MW at the Nullah (stream) Battar at Chanjel. The region has a very impressive historical background, mainly because of providing a safer route between Poonch and Srinagar during the Mughal Era.

District Haveli consists of high mountains like Bedori Peak (17,000 feet) above sea level, where Neel Fairy Meadow are in the vicinity and many other beautiful places such as Hajji Peer Pass, Hillan Valley, Ali Abad, Plangi, Khurshid Abad, Kalali,  Sungulla Sharif, Jabbi Syedan, Sheru Dahara and Las Danna.

The most magnificent and panoramic place is Neel Fairy Meadows which are situated in Forward Kahuta, in the foothill of Bedori Mountain Peak. It is the popular tourist spot, which is easily accessible through the metalled road from Islamabad and Muzaffarabad. Tourists and visitors come to enjoy the natural beauty and serenity of the place in the particularly in the summers. This is a majestic valley and its mystic charm grips over the attention of the tourists. It produces nearly all kinds of fruits, crops, dry fruits & nuts and above all pure natural Honey.

Its adjoining areas like Forward Kahuta, Plangi, Hillan, Bedori peak and Qaim Abad are the prominent places to visit. Qaim Abad is a famous for the Shrines of Sufi Saints, Baba Qaim Din and Baji Alaf Din. The other adjoining places of Neel Fairy Meadows are:

  • Haji Pir Pass
  • Ali Abad
  • Sheroo Dahara
  • Las Danna
  • Mehmood Gali

It is a suitable place for the day long visit because it is easily accessible from Islamabad and Muzaffarabad and gives a real retreat for the lovers of nature, trekking and hiking.

Author: Fehmeeda Farid Khan

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