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Neelum Valley Kel Sharda Kashmir Tour

Day 1: Islamabad – Muzaffabad – Keran (220kms/8hrs)

Pick up from designated point, and drive towards Azad Kashmir via Murree. Azad Kashmir is an independent state with its capital at Muzaffarabad. Crossing the Kohala Bridge we enter the Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Upon entering Muzaffarabad, we visit the ruins of Red Fort. Domel is the other major attraction of the capital city and is the site of the confluence of Jhelum & Neelum Rivers. We drive on into the scenic Neelum Valley towards Keran following the Neelum River upstream. We will stay for night at Keran.

Day 2: Keran – Sharda – Kel (60kms/6hrs)

Keran is situated on the bank of Neelum River and across the river is the Indian village with the same name of Keran. The Neelum River winds across providing a natural border with Indian held territory of Kashmir at various places. We drive onwards to Sharda with its ruins of Buddhist monastery. Sharda was a seat of learning for Hindus and Buddhist. From here we move on to Kel  check in to hotel for night stay.

Day 3: Kel – Arang Kel – Taobat (50km/4hrs + 2hrs hike)

After Breakfast, we hike from Kel to Arang Kel, the hill station above Kel. Access to Arang Kel is via a trek of 2½ hours covering roughly 1,500 foot climb (but every step is worth the effort) or using chair lift operated by the Pak Army. Arang Kel is a lush green village and one of the most beautiful places of Neelum Valley. Jeep ride to Taobat would be the highlight of the program. Taobat is the end point of the Neelum valley and also the place where Neelum River enters Azad Kashmir. Night stay will be at Taobat.

Day 4: Taobat – Keran (110kms/8hrs)

Participants will get some free time to spend at Taobat for sightseeing and we will leave for Keran after early lunch. We will reach Keran in evening and check in to hotel for night stay.

Day 5: Keran – Kutton – Islamabad (220kms/8hrs)

Depart for Islamabad with a brief stopover at Kutton (Jagran Valley) to view the Hydro power project and the mesmerising beauty of Kutton village. We drive on to our designated drop off place in Islamabad.

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Best Tourist Places in Azad Kashmir Valley Must Visit in 2022

1; Neelum Valley:

About 240 kilometers long the 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 4000 meters above sea level. Excellent scenic beauty, panoramic view, towering hills on both sides of the noisy Neelum River, flourishing green forests, streams, high altitude lakes and attractive surroundings make the valley a dream come true

2:Kutton (Jagran Valley):

The bewitching beauty of Kutton, with an altitude of 1530 meters above the sea level permeated in the radius of 10 kilometers, makes Jagran Valley. The area is 16 kilometers from Kundal Shahi and is accessible by road From here 16 Kilometers onward, Thunian, Ghainsi and Jagran are located which are worth seeing spots for nature lovers and adventure seekers. A Jeep track towards Baboon hill top is also accessible from Jagran area which connect Patlian, Rati Gali lake area.

3:Karen Valley:

It is about 09 Kms from Authmaqam, Neelum (Karen) is situated at the right bank of Neelum River at about 1524 meters above sea level. It has captivating scenery. A small bazaar and a Tourist Lodge of Tourism Department situated on the bank of meandering river Neelum across which one can have a glance of other side of Keran in Indian held Kashmir.

4:Upper Neelum Valley:

Upper Neelum (Neelum Village) is located at a distance of about two & half Kms. from Karen with an altitude of 1824 meters above the sea level. This panoramic lush green village, profound in wild fruit and wild life, attracts the tourists from every nook & corner of the country. Another remarkable feature of this spot is that one can view the entire area of occupied Kashmir from here.

5:Rati Gali Lake:

The famous and fascinating Rati Gali lake is situated about 18 kilometer from Dawarian. A Jeep track on left side of the Neelum Valley road is accessible to this lake which can be visited during months of May to October.

6:Sharda Valley:

Located at a distance of 30 kilometers from Dawarian, it is a breath-taking green spot at an altitude of 1981 meters. Shardi and Nardi are the two mountain peaks overlooking the valley, named after legendary princesses Sharda & Narda. 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.
In sharda, one also finds ruins of an old Buddhist Monastery and a fort which are of historical back ground. Facilities of a small bazaar, Post office, health center.

7:Kel Valley :

19 Kilometers journey from Sharda, upstream takes one to Kel. It is a small valley at the height of 2097 meters. This is another pleasing place 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. Coaster and Vans ply daily on this route. It is advisable to hire a jeep fromSharda 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. Banks, College, Hospital, Bazaar, Tourist Motel are available here.

8:Arang Kel:

A panoramic and break-taking greenery village is situated 9 kilometer from Kel followed by hiking track. Due to its scenic beauty a cable car is also offered pick and drop service from Kel to Arang Kel and mostly used by tourist. Arang Kel is renowned for tracking, hiking and adventure tourism. To cater the need of tourist some guest houses are provides accommodations with food.

9:LEEPA VALLEY

This is the most fascinating & loveliest valley in Azad Kashmir. A metal road branches off for Leepa from Naily, 45 kilometers from Muzaffarabad, climbs over the Reshian Gali 3200 meters high and then descends to 1677 meters on the other side into the Leepa Valley. The valley remains open for domestic tourists only from May to November.

10:Gurez Valley:

Tao Butt Gurez / Gurais also pronounced Gorai in local Shina Language is a valley located deep in the high Himalayas, about 38 Kms ahead of Kel  and at an altitude of about 8,000 ft above sea level is a fascination yet unexplored. The valley 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 Gilgat Baltistan. Due to heavy snowfall in winter, the valley remains cut-off for the 5 months of the year. The essential commodities are stocked during the summer season for the consumption during the winter. The valley has much charismatic and panoramic view with traditional wooden home and culture. The area having beautiful places like Janawai, Pholawai, Saonar, Sardari, Halmat, Nikro, Cream abad, and Tao Butt, where dozens of guest houses are available with basic necessities of life for the visitors.  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.

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