About 240 kilometers long picturesque Neelum Valley is situated to the North & North East of Muzaffarabad. Running parallel to the Kaghan Valley, it is separated from it by snow covered peaks, some over 5000 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. Places of interest in Neelum Valley are; Kundal Shahi, Kutton, Salkhala, Athmaqam, Karen, Dowarian, Sharda & Kel.
Neelum Valley a 200KM bow shaped district of Azad kashmir, 20Km away from Capital Muzaffarabad, well knowned for it’s beauty and tourist attractions. Weather of Neelum Valley is very pleasant in summers and freezy in winters. Every years thousands of tourist rush to explore Neelum Valley.
Some of Major Attractions for Tourists to Visit
1.Dhani Noseri Waterfall
Dhani Waterfall is about 30 Kilometers from Muzaffarabad, beautiful waterfall with 15 meters fall. From month of March ot June in every season water flow remains good but in July to onwards water level remain low.
Chilhana/Titwal is border of Azad Kashmir and Indian occupied kashmir. In Chilhana, kashmiri colonies are located which are controlled by Indian administration. Attraction is watching out Indian side of Kashmir.
3.Kutton Jagran Valley
Kutton Jagran Valley is pearl valley with kutton waterfall, jagran stream, HEB resorts. Kutton is the first place where tourist plan to stay at.
4.Keran Neelum Valley
Keran is located 93 kilometers away from Muzaffarabad and well known because of neelum river flowing peacefully. A tourist Motel by AJK Tourism is constructed to facilitate tourists.
Upper Neelum is 2 Kilometers away from Keran, it’s a most scenic place of Neelum Valley which shows the panoramic view of Valley. AJK TOURISM constructed small two bedrooms huts to facilitate tourists.
6.Ratti Gali Lake
Ratti Gali Lake is 18 kilometers from Dowarian, lake is alpine glaciers lake, red flowers and green fields all around. 15 kilometers jeep track constructed by PWD Neelum to facilitate tourist. Camping facility is also available at Ratti Gali Resort.
7.Sharda Neelum Valley
Sharda is tehsil headquater of Neelum District and about 43 kilometers from Keran Neelum Valley.
Kel is about 23 kilometers from sharda , it’s a jeep track and one the best location. Not enough facilities are available in Kel. Arrang Kel the Gold Village of Neelum Valley, if you are on visit to Neelum valley then must visit Arrang kel. 30 minutes walking trek from kel.
9.Chitta Khatta Lake
White waters lake is difficult hiking trek but worth seeing place, not recommend for families but well it’s the best place to visit.
About 200 Kilometers from Muzaffarabad , the last destination of Neelum Valley Toabutt. Guraz Valley covers (Helmet, Sardari, Phulawai, Janawai).
BY Faiza Shah