Neelum Valley. Where breathtaking views, immense mountains, and natural beauty are found everywhere.
Neelum Valley is one of the gorgeous valleys in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. it’s in the North and Northeast of Muzaffarabad, Capital City of Azad Kashmir, and running parallel to Kaghan Valley of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. it’s named after the river Neelum which flows sort of a snake of blue color within the valley. Some people also think that this valley was named after a jewel called Neelum. Neelum Valley is covered in snow-capped lush green mountains which are 4000 meters above sea level. Neelum Valley is consists of 380 large and small villages. The valley has thick forests, lush green mountains, magical streams, and delightful rivers.
You can travel to Neelum Valley Kashmir from two different roads. The easiest and usual road is Neelum Valley road from Muzaffarabad and another is off-road from the Kaghan Valley by crossing Noori Top.
Neelum Valley is full of natural wonders and there are many tourist attractions you can visit in Neelum Valley Azad Kashmir.
Ratti Gali Lake is one of the many beautiful glacial lakes in Neelum Valley, Azad Kashmir. Located at a jaw-dropping elevation of 12,130 feet (3,700 meters) above sea level, it’s accessible via 3 hours off-road jeep ride from Dowarian Village, and one hour hike from the basecamp, the ideal time to visit Ratti Gali Lake is mid-July to September.
Chitta Katha, the milky water lake is located at 4100m above sea level in Shounter Valley, one of the most scenic regions of Neelum Valley. Chitta means ‘White’ in the local language and Katha means ‘Stream’ because of its milky color glacier water. This lake is accessible by a moderate hike of around 8 hours from Shounter.
The most beautiful village located at the far end of the Neelum Valley, Taobat is the last accessible village and considered to be one of the most beautiful villages in Neelum Valley, the scenic drive from Kel is worth visiting this place. Taobat is only accessible by 4×4 jeeps from Kel village.
Known as the most picturesque village in Neelum Valley, Arang Kel is a must-visit place. From Kel a cable lift takes you to the other side of Neelum River from where it’s only 30 min hike to Arang Kel.
Kel village is the basecamp for the tourists, from Kel there are three directions to visit different places in Neelum Valley. One way you can go to beautiful Shounter Valley, the second way you can visit Halmat, Sardari and Taobat Villages and the third way you can visit heavenly Arang Kel village which is closest to Kel.
Sharda is another popular tourist place in Neelum Valley, it’s located 46 km before Kel village and famous for its suspension bridge and Neelum River boating and jet ski activities. The ruins of Sharda University also located in Sharda which was the center of knowledge for the people of China, East, and Central Asia.
Keran is located at LOC (Line of Control) and serves as the first stop for tourists visiting Neelum Valley. You can see the Indian Controlled areas from Keran. Upper Neelum is another best place to visit and it’s only 10 min drive from Keran, from Upper Neelum you get a clear view of Indian Controlled Kashmir.
Kutton is located in the lower areas of Neelum Valley and Jagran waterfall is the prime attraction of this valley.
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