Visit to Azad Kashmir

History of Azad Jammu and Kashmir:

 Her two independent states, Pakistan and India, were born in August 1947 after the end of British rule over the subcontinent. Given its geographical, religious, and historical ties, the people of Jammu and Kashmir demanded freedom from the rule of Maharaja Hari Singh and the state’s accession to Pakistan. Instead, the maharajah, ignoring the wishes of the Muslim majority, entered into an unfortunate conspiracy with the Hindu leadership and joined India. This sparked the state’s Muslim liberation movement against Kashmir’s Dogura forces and Indian forces. As a result, part of the state was liberated from Dogura Indian rule in October 1947 and named Azad, Jammu and Kashmir. Visit to Azad Kashmir is the best place.

People and Culture:

 Azad Jammu and Kashmir is a fascinating country full of people, languages ​​and cultures. The current population is made up of races claiming Semitic, Mongoloid, Aryan, Persian, Turkic, and Arab descent. The people of Kotli, Mirpur, and Bhimbel districts are hardy, straightforward, honest, and deeply connected to their motherland. The culture of this region is similar to that of the neighboring Punjab region. The people of Poonch, Bagh, and Sudanoti districts are militant and anecdotes abound about their unparalleled valor and inspiring sacrifices for freedom. Muzaffarabad district, on the other hand, has its own culture. The people are intelligent, resourceful, hardworking, mobile, and skilled.

 Muzaffarabad District:

 Muzaffarabad, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, Azad, is located at the confluence of the Jelam and Neelum rivers. It is 138 km from Rawalpindi and approximately seventy-six km from Abbottabad. The current name Muzaffarabad was derived from the name of the Bomba dynasty chief Sultan Muzaffar his Khan (1652). Surrounded by high mountains, Muzaffarabad is home to a diverse mix of cultures and languages. As the capital of the state, it has all the necessities of life. Moreover, on the opposite bank of the Neelum River are his two historic forts, Red and Black. The Neelam River flows proudly through the hustle and bustle of the city and joins the Jhelum River at Domeru, playing a major role in Muzaffarabad’s microclimate.

Additionally, The capital, Muzaffarabad, is not only the center of political and cultural activities but also serves as a base camp for tourists. There are various recreational opportunities. The Observation Deck of Sasra is a public space and opens up to the viewer a panorama of the entire city. The confluence of the Neelam and Jelam rivers offers a magical beauty. Lohar Gali is located 9 kilometers from Muzaffarabad along Abbottabad Road. The Red Fort testifies to the ancient history of this great city. Buy walnut carvings, cashmere scarves, and other traditional handicrafts at the Muzaffarabad local market.

Muzaffarabad Fort:

Muzaffarabad Fort, commonly known as the Red Fort, has a rich history. It is said that the construction of this fort was originally started by the Chuuk rulers to counter the attacks of the invaders. However, the founder of the city of Muzaffarabad, Sultan He Muzaffarabad Khan, finally completed this fortress in 1646. Under the Mughal rule of Kashmir, the fortress declined in importance as the empire’s interests grew in other parts of the country. However, once Durrani took control of the region, it regained the limelight and attracted attention again. During the Dogra War between Maharaja Krab Singh and Maharaja Ranbir Singh, the fort was rebuilt and expanded according to political and military needs. However, in late 1947, Dogura escaped leaving the fortress open to the public. Since then, it has endured devastating floods, the ravages of time, and other dangers to express its inherent glory and historical context.

 Pir Chinassi (Kashmir)

It is an impressive site at an altitude of 2924 meters, located east of Muzaffarabad. Its vast scenic beauty, velvety green plateaus, and excellent climate arouse the admiration of nature lovers. The view of the peaks of nearby mountains attracts tourists. The followers of Saint Shah Hussain Bukhari make a pilgrimage to cheer Adast’s heart—the neighboring areas of Piru Acimar, Pawana da Danna, and the foothills of Pirucinasi i. e. Sala, Sud Ban, Mushki, Sakki, and Jalan Piran are also worth visiting and are ideal for hiking, trekking, and camping activities. The AJK Tourism Board has also built a tourist lodge in Sarang to provide accommodation for tourists.

Shaheed Ghali (Kashmir)

 The graceful beauty of this place invites restless minds to extend their stay. The picturesque Shahid Gali lies about 10 miles west of Muzaffarabad at an altitude of about 1640 meters. A 4km trek from Shahid Gali brings you to the wellness place ‘Sri Kot’. Tourists will be captivated by the tranquility of the region’s backdrop. Shahid Ghali’s accommodation includes a tourist rest house. Patika: Located 19 km from Muzaffarabad, it is the gateway to the Neelum Valley and the first travel stop on the way. There is also a mini-zoo and a fish hatchery, making it a very diverse place. The AJK Tourism Bureau has built a tourist rest station here, which is very popular with tourists.

Patika (Kashmir)

Located 19 km from Muzaffarabad, it is the gateway to the Neelum Valley and the first travel stop on the way. There is also a mini-zoo and a fish hatchery, making it a very diverse place. The AJK Tourism Bureau has built a tourist rest station here, which is very popular with tourists.

Neelum Valley (Kashmir)

 The scenic Neelum Valley is about 240 km long and lies north and northeast of Muzaffarabad. It runs parallel to the Kagan Valley and is separated from it by snow-capped mountains over 4,000 meters high. Outstanding scenic beauty, panoramic vistas, towering hills on either side of the Neelam River, lush forests, enchanting streams, high-altitude lakes, and enchanting surroundings make this valley a dream come true. The area is also ideal for mountain tourism. Part of the Naga Parbat Massif lies in an area dominated by Alaska’s highest peak, Mount Salwari (6,326m). It is also known for its fishing and fishing activities in the trout-rich Neelam River and Jagran Nullah as well as the Kaghan Valley. A sunny road opens the valley to tourists from Muzaffarabad to Ker, 155 km away. Buses run daily on this route. There are also lodging facilities at rest houses in tourist spots.

 Kuthong (Jaglang Valley):

This enchanting beauty of Catton lies within a 10 km radius and makes up the Jaglan Gorge. This area is 16 km from Kundal Shai and is accessible by road. For the convenience of tourists, the AJK Tourism Board has built a rest house here. You also have the option of staying in the adjacent residential complex managed by the Hydroelectric Commission. A further 16 km from here are Tunian, Gansi, and Jagran which are worth a visit for nature lovers and adventurers.

Asmakam (Kashmir)

Located 16 miles from Kundal Shahi, at an altitude of 1371 m, it is the headquarters of the region’s subdivision and serves as a base for tourists interested in trekking and exploring the inner valleys. It is an attractive place with a wide variety of fruits. Here you will find everything you need: a bazaar, post office, bank, hospital, telephone, and rest area for the disabled.

 Neelam (Karen Kashmir)

 Neelam (Karen) is located about 9 km from Asmakan, on the right bank of the Neelam River, at an altitude of about 1524 m. It has a charming landscape. A small bazaar and rest house for tourists sits on the meandering banks of the Neelam River and offers sweeping views of Indian-ruled Kashmir. The lush panorama valley, teeming with wild fruits and wildlife, attracts tourists from all over the country. Due to its tourist attraction, AJK’s Tourism Board has initiated a project to transform it into a tourist destination.

Sharda (Kashmir)

 Located 30 km from Dwarian, it is a stunning green spot at an altitude of 1981. Shardi and Nardi are her two peaks overlooking the valley said to be named after the legendary princesses Sharda and Narda. It has an enchanting landscape of numerous springs and densely forested hills. On the opposite right bank of the Sharda, the Neelum River flows into Surgan Nura, along which a trail leads to the Noorinar Pass, through which it leads to the Kaghan Valley. Sharda also has the ruins of an old Buddhist monastery and a fortress with a historical background. Sharda has facilities such as a small bazaar, post office, health center, and public telephone office. To support tourists, the AJK Tourism Bureau has established a “tourist village” here, consisting of a tourist rest area, a youth hostel, a cafeteria, and a game room.

Kell (Kashmir)

 19 km drive from Sharda upstream to Ker. A small valley with an altitude of 2097m, it is another scenic spot in the Neelum Valley. The Shonta Nullah River joins the Neelam River at this point and leads to the Gilgit Authority via the Shonta Pass (4420 m). Kell is also the base camp for mountaineering activities up to the 6326m “Sarawari Peak” and the “Sarawari Glacier”, the highest peak and largest glacier in Azad and Kashmir. Buses run daily on this route. For trips to the A Valley, we recommend renting a jeep at Asmakam. Horses and ponies can also be rented locally for trips into the Neelum Valley hinterland. There are banks, universities, hospitals, bazaars, PCOs, and tourist motels here.

 Helmet (Kashmir)

 The border village, about 28 km before Kell, is a fascinating yet unexplored place. Janwai and Sardari are the most beautiful places here. A tourist rest house was built in Halmet to provide accommodation for visitors.

Jhelum Valley (Kashmir)

 This is an ideal canyon for domestic and foreign tourists. The meandering Jhelum River flows from east to west among the high green mountains of this valley and joins the Neelam River at Domeru near the town of Muzaffarabad. There are 59 kilometers of paved road along the Jhelum River from Muzaffarabad to Chocoti, adjacent to the Long of Control (LoC).

 Gary Dopatta

 It is 24 km from Muzaffarabad. Surrounded by mountains, the city lies on both sides of the Jhelum River. Education, medical, telephony, accommodation, and shopping options are available here. The AJK government has established the Extension Services Management Academy (ESMA) here to provide training opportunities at an international level.

Chinari

 Located 51 km from Muzaffarabad, surrounded by high hills, on the left bank of the Jhelum River. All basic facilities i.e. bazaar, hospital, education, east office, and telephone are here.

Chikara

Located 46 km from Muzaffarabad, the beautiful summer station sits on top of a mountain south of Muzaffarabad. About 33 kilometers from Muzaffarabad, the road splits at Danni Bakaran and leads to Cikal at an altitude of 1828 meters. The distinguishing features of these beautiful places are their healthy climate and picturesque surroundings.

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