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Azad Kashmir is an independent region with its own government and administration, but under the supervision and security of Pakistan. The state of Azad Jammu and Kashmir is controlled partly by Pakistan and India, whereas India has an illegal control of the occupied Kashmir. The dispute of Kashmir was discussed a number of times in the United Nations, but India is not willing to release the illegal occupation.
Kashmir is also known as heaven on earth, and it has most of the beautiful places in the world. Azad Kashmir, part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, is also the focal place for tourists.
Bagh is a mountainous and lush green area of Azad Kashmir in the Himalayas and Pir Panjal Range at an average elevation of between 1,500 to 2,500 meters above sea level. It is located at the distance of 88km from Muzaffarabad via Sudhan Gali on Sudhan Gali Road along the Mahl River with number of rivulets. These mountains are covered with coniferous forests. It was part of Poonch district before 1988, when it was given a status of district.
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Bhimber, also known as Baab-e-Kashmir, is situated at the distance of 50 km from Mirpur on the border between Azad Kashmir and Punjab. It was historically on the location on the route that was followed by the Mughals to visit the Kashmir Valley. It was got the status of district in 1996.
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Hattian BalaHill Stations
Hattian Bala was part of the Baramula district before the ceasefire between India and Pakistan. Then it was part of the Muzaffarabad district. In July 2009, it had got status of district. It is located at the distance of 40 km from Muzaffarabad on the bank of the Jhelum River. It is also part of Jhelum valley that is collection of valleys and mountain ranges around the Jhelum River in Azad Kashmir.
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Haveli is a district in Azad Kashmir and is located on an elevation of 8,000 feet at the distance of 141 km from Muzaffarabad. It is accessible via Kohala through Bagh Highway and then following Dhulli Road. It is covered by Indian-Occupied Jammu & Kashmir from its three sides with the Baramulla district.
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Kotli is the most populous district of Azad Kashmir and is situated along the Poonch River at a distance of 136 km from Rawalpindi. From Motorway N5 near Rawat Fort, move on Kallar Syedan-Dadyal Road and finally turn left to join Kotli Road in Mirpur to access Kotli.
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MirpurModern Living Towns
Mirpur, the largest city of Azad Kashmir and also known for its modern bungalows and buildings, is located at a distance of 218 km from Lahore. It is also known as New Mirpur City. Mirpur is mainly an agricultural city, and is famous for millet, maize, and good quality rice of Khari Sharif. Most of its local people migrated to England, so it is also known as Little England.
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Muzaffarabad, located on the confluence of Jhelum River and Neelum River, is the capital of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan. The splendid view of the confluence of the Jhelum and Neelum rivers at Domel attracts a number of visitors to enjoy the riversides. Its name was given due to Sultan Muzaffar Khan, leader of the Bomba tribe, who ruled Kashmir in 1646.
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Neelum ValleyHill Stations
Neelum Valley, a bow-shaped thickly forested region, is the last district of Azad Jammu and Kashmir in Pakistan, located at the distance of 100km 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.
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Rawalakot, known as Pearl Valley, is located in Azad Jammu and Kashmir in the Pir Panjal Range at the elevation of 5,374 feet having a distance of 120 km from Rawalpindi via Kahuta on the Rawalakot Road. It is also accessible from Abbottabad by Sudhan Gali Road, then turns right on the Bagh Highway, and finally move on Rawalakot Road at Arja.
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Sudhanoti is situated at a distance of 150 km from Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir. It is accessible through Rawalakot Road then following Pallandri Road or Pallandri-Hajira Road via Azad Pattan Road. It is the hilliest area around the Jhelum River. It was also served as the capital of the Azad Kashmir from 1947 to 1949.
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