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. It is located at the distance of 88km from Muzaffarabad via Sudhan Gali on Sudhan Gali Road.
Bhimber, known as Baab-e-Kashmir, is situated at the distance of 50 km from Mirpur on the border between Azad Kashmir and Pakistan. The weather condition of Bhimber is hot and dry but has beautiful scenic views due to the surrounding Kashmir hills. There are different tourist attractions in the city of Bhimber, and those are Baghsar Fort, Baghsar Lake, Jandi Chontra, and Tomb of Baba Shadi Shaheed.
Hattian Bala was part of the Baramula district before the ceasefire between India and Pakistan. 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, mountains and valleys around the Jhelum River in Azad Kashmir.
It is a district in Azad Kashmir and is located at the distance of 141km from Muzaffarabad, capital of Azad Kashmir. It is accessible via Kohala through Bagh Highway and then following Dhulli Road. It is covered by Indian Occupied Kashmir from its three sides. Haji Pir Pass at an elevation of 8,652 feet is an important visiting and adventurous place in the Haveli district. There is also a shrine of Baba Haji Pir, which also attracts tourists from all over Pakistan. Palangi is another beautiful tourist spot in the Haveli District in the snow-covered mountains.
Kotli is the most populous district of Azad Kashmir and is located at a distance of 136km 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.
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. 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.
Muzaffarabad, located on the banks of Jhelum River and Neelum River, is the capital of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan. On its west, there is LOC with Kupwara and Baramulla in Indian Held Kashmir. It has a splendid view of the confluence of the Jhelum and Neelum rivers at Domel, and attracts a number of visitors to enjoy the riversides.
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.
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 120km from Rawalpindi via Kahuta on the Rawalakot Road. It is also accessible from Abbottabad by Sudhan Gali Road, then turns right on Bagh Highway, and finally move on Rawalakot Road at Arja.
Sudhanoti is situated at a distance of 150km from Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir. It is accessible through Rawalakot Road then following Pallandri Road or Pallandri-Hajira Road. It is the hilliest area around the Jhelum River.