Neelum Valley (Azad Kashmir)

Neelum Valley, a bow-shaped thickly forested region, is the last district of Azad Jammu and Kashmir in Pakistan, located at the distance of 100 km from Muzzafarabad at an altitude of 5,299 feet. Its name is due to the Neelum River, flowing across the valley. Valley is divided among Pakistan and Indian held Kashmir, the LOC is normally moved along the Neelum River in this valley.

Neelum valley is very beautiful and attractive for number of visitors in all the seasons, it has a number of pictureous views of lakes, rivers, snow-capped mountains, green fields, waterfalls, etc. Road from Authmuqam to Kel, and then from Kel to Taobat is a real adventure of tour and full of beautiful views those must have an impact on life, as the road is adjacent to LOC, so you can see Indian Post and flags on various hills in Indian held Kashmir.

Kutton

Kutton is small tourist point at the distance of 82 km from Muzaffarabad on the bank of Jagran stream. It is a beautiful picnic point and one can enjoy the lovely night there.

Keran

On the bank of Neelum River and just on the LOC, there is a beautiful valley called Keran at the altitude of 5,000 feet. There is a splendid view of the Neelum River at this point and one can enjoy fishing there too. Upper Keran is more beautiful small village at the top, and you can have a clear view of mountain ranges in the Indian held Kashmir there.

Sharda

It is another most beautiful spot in the Neelum Valley at the altitude of 6,499 feet on the foot of Shardan Peak and at the distance of 136 km from Muzaffarabad.

Kel & Aurang kel

Kel is the most attractive location for tourists at the altitude of 6,879 feet. Upper Kel or Aurang Kel is small village at the hilltop at the altitude of 8,379 feet, just two kilometres from Kel and is accessible through Chairlift or trek.

Lakes

There number of lakes in the Neelum valley, those are accessible jeep and hiking trek. The most important of them are Chitta Katha Lake, Shounter Lake, Ratti Gali Lake, and Saral Lake.

Neelum Valley Map

Toursim in Neelum Valley

Arrang Kel Neelum Valley

Arang Kel is a small village near Kel and located on the hilltop at the distance of 2km on the height of 8,379 feet. It is just on the LOC, behind the mountain in front of you. There is no road to the village, so the only way to come here is a chairlift or hiking trek of two hours.

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Chitta Katha Lake

Chitta Katha Lake is situated in the Shounter valley in Sharda, Neelum Valley, Azad Kashmir at an altitude of 13,500 feet on the foot of Mount Hari Parbat. Lake can be accessed from Kel to Domel Bala by Jeep hired from Kel, and then trekking for 5km.

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Gattian Lake

Gattian Lake is located near Kaghan Valley in Neelum Valley, Azad Kasmir, at an altitude of 12,000 feet above sea level. The lake is at the distance of 2 km from Ratti Gali Lake on its backside mountain. It is alphine glacier lake, and the main source of water of this lake is from the glaciers on surrounding mountains.

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Kel

Kel is the most attractive and charming location for tourists at the altitude of 6,879 feet at a distance of 155 km from Muzaffarabad in Neelum Valley. It is the base camp to start your journey toward Taobat, Shounter Valley, Chitta Katha Lake, and Arang Kel.

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Keran

On the bank of Neelum River and just on the LOC, there is a beautiful valley called Keran at the altitude of 5,000 feet. There is a splendid view of the Neelum River at this point and one can enjoy fishing there too. Upper Keran is more beautiful small village at the top, and you can have a clear view of mountain ranges in the Indian held Kashmir there.

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Minimarg

Minimarg is a very attractive village in the Neelum Valley in Azad Kashmir, located on the right bank of the Kishenganga River, also called Neelum River, at an altitude of 2,845 meter. It is located at the distance of 536 km from Islamabad and accessible via Mansehra - Naran - Jalkhan, Chilas, then through the Karakoram Highway, turn left after passing Raikot Bridge on the Astore Valley Road, this road leads toward Minimarg after crossing the Azad Kashmir Border. Access through Neelum Vally is short but more difficult, only trekking and jeep tracks are available to access it.

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Ratti Gali Lake

The Ratti Gali Lake is located in Neelum Valley at an altitude of 12,130 feet, it is also a glacial lake, as it is filled by the surrounding glacier waters.

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Sharda Valley

Sharda is a small hill station in the Neelum Valley and located at a distance of 136 km from Muzaffarabad at an altitude of 1,981 meters. It is one of the most beautiful valleys and is famous for its charming scenic attraction. Sharda Valley is located on the foot of two peaks, Sharda and Nardi. There are historical ruins of Hindu temples dedicated to the goddess Sharda. It remains a center point for Hinduism and Buddhism in the ninth century.

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Shounter Lake

Shounter Lake, a beautiful and attractive glacial lake, is located at an altitude of 10,200 feet in the Shounter Valley in Neelum Valley, Azad Kashmir. The lake is enclosed within the snow-capped mountains, so the main source of its water is the glaciers on those surrounding hills. It can be accessed from Kel, you have to hire a jeep from there to access the lake.

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Taobat

Taobat is located 39km from Kel and a lush green village in Neelum valley at the confluence of the Neelum River and Chhatri Nar. It is the last tourist resort in Azad Kashmir, at this point the Kishenganga River becomes the Neelum River.

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Neelum Valley Gallery

Landsliding in Neelum Valley

Neelum River near Lawat