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Written by Saqlain Majeed at January 6th, 2023
10 Fascinating Places to Visit in Neelum Valley

Neelum Valley, located in Azad Kashmir, is the home to enormous adoring places you must visit once in your lifespan. Neelum Valley is a hub of high-altitude lakes, landscape views, and towering hills. The snow-capped mountains and the lush green forest is the center of attractions for outsiders.

Nevertheless, Neelum Valley is a perfect escapade through Northern Pakistan. There are plenty of places to visit in Neelum Valley; narrowing down to a few would be challenging but adventurous for your vacations.

We’ve compiled a list of 10 must-visit places in Neelum Valley. Therefore, without further do, let’s dive straight into it.

 

 

Dhani waterfall

Dhani waterfall, also known as Dhani Noseri waterfall, is the highest waterfall in the Neelum Valley. Dhani waterfall is among the most intriguing places to visit in Neelum Valley. This mesmerizing place explains the charm of nature through its scenic views. Moreover, its crystal clear water drives tourist attention toward it.

Notably, the final steps to the Dhani Waterfall involve trekking on foot, but on the way to Dhani Waterfall, you will find many refreshments points to fill your breath. The best time to visit Dhani Waterfall is between March to mid-June.

Note: Waterfall usually remains dry in winter, so tourists must visit the place during summer to enjoy the area’s beauty.

Distance From Islamabad

Dhani Waterfall has located 170 km from the Capital at a straight drive of 4hr 15m. This stunning location is 38km from Muzaffarabad District, which takes a 45m ride to reach Dhani Waterfall.

 

Dhani waterfall

Pir Chinasi

Pir Chinasi is among the top-visited tourist destinations in Neelum Valley, Azad Kashmir. It is a shrine of peer Syed Hussain Shah Bukhari and the most peaceful and quiet place where people go for ziyarat.

Moreover, Pir Chinasi is also famous for its scenic and mesmerizing views of Muzaffarabad and rural areas around the hidden city. The area is also popular for paragliding and snow cross jeep rallies.

Distance From Islamabad

From Islamabad, the travel distance to Pir Chinasi is 151Km which means it will take about 4 hours to reach the shrine of Syed Hussain Shah. At a height of 9500 ft from sea level, Pir Chinasi is 30km east of Muzaffarabad.

 

Pir Chinasi

Ratti Gali Lake

Ratti Gali Lake, an alpine glacial lake, is a must-visit place in Neelum Valley. It is also known as the Queen of lakes in Neelum Valley. The scenic views, Red flowers, and lush green fields all over the place draw tourist attention towards it.

You can also enjoy camping at Ratti Gali resort as well. On the road trip to Dowarian, never miss a chance to visit this Icy lake. Ratti Gali Lake is among the top picturesque tourist spots in Neelum Valley.

Distance from Islamabad

The distance between Ratti Gali Lake and Islamabad is 155 km. The road distance between the cities is 237.3 km. Ratti Gali Lake is 24km away from Keran Village. You can reach Ratti Gali by road and by air as well.

Check out our different tours of Ratti Gati Lake to book the best-suited trip for you and your family. Hodophile Adventures provides you with the most comfortable tour within your budget.

 

Ratti Gali Lake

Upper Neelam

Upper Neelum is a small village in the Neelum Valley. It’s a gateway to have a mesmerizing look at the entire region of Indian-occupied Kashmir. In Upper Neelum Valley, you can enjoy the fantastic views of Neelum River, Keran Village, and IOK.

Moreover, due to its location near Keran Valley, it is also known as Upper Keran. There are enormous hotels in the Upper Keran for Overnight stays. You can avail the online booking services of these hotels.

Distance From Islamabad

Upper Neelum has located 136km from the Capital at a drive of about 2hr 36m. To complete this adventurous tour, you need a 4×4 vehicle. Hodophile adventures always book the best transport for tourists’ convenience.

 

Upper Neelam

Keran Valley

Located on the bank of Upper Neelum Valley, there is another enchanting tourist spot called Keran Valley. Keran Valley captivates tourists with its breathtaking views, hiking tracks, and small markets for shopping and entertainment.

Moreover, the Neelam River and Krishna Ganga surround the whole Valley. Keran Valley is also occasionally swamped by bursts of woodland and vegetation. The best time to visit the Keran Valley is between March and August.

Distance From Islamabad

Keran Valley has located 406 Km from the territory of Islamabad, which takes almost 12hr to reach there by road via Hazara Motorway/M-15 and Mansehra – Naran – Jalkhad – Chilas Rd/N-15

 

Keran Valley

Arang Kel

Are you into trekking? Arang is the perfect destination for you in Neelum Valley. Tourists enjoy the 3-hour trek from Kel to Arang Kel, along with the scenic views of Nanga Parbhat. The Food and Cable car facilities in Arang Kel attract mountaineers towards it.

Notably, if you don’t like trekking, don’t worry; chair life will take you from Kel to Arang Kel in about 30 – 40 mins, making your tour more exciting.

Distance From Islamabad:

The road distance of Arang Kel is 386 km from the Capital. This beautiful trekking place is 151km away from Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir.

 

Arang Kel

Kutton Waterfall

Next on the list of best places to visit in Neelum Valley is Kuttan Waterfall. Neelum Valley abounds in the waterfalls of Pakistan; Kutton Waterfall is among the best tourist attractions in Neelum Valley. It is the most relaxing place in the area, with its fresh air and breathtaking scenery.

Moreover, there are tourist resorts near the waterfall to stay and enjoy the astonishing views of the waterfall.

Distance From Islamabad:

The Kutton Waterfall has located 229 km from Islamabad and 98 km from Muzaffarabad, the Capital of Azad Kashmir. Hodophile Adventures always book the best transport to provide you with a luxury tour experience.

 

Kutton Waterfall

Skarda Valley

Skarda Valley, located 45km from keran Valley, is among the top-visited places in Neelum Valley due to primordial Sharda University. Despite the fact that the remains of Sharda University are the center of attractions for outsiders, the entire region is full of natural and sight-worthing places. Tourist loves to walk on the lush green grass of the area.

Moreover, Boating and Jet ski facilities for the Neelum River are available here. The best time to visit the Sharda Valley is between April and October. Notably, the place can be crowdy between these months, so hold you back for that.

Distance From Islamabad:

The road distance between Sharda Valley and Islamabad is about 327 km. Sharda Valley has located 130 km from Muzaffarabad.

 

Skarda Valley

Banjosa Lake

Banjosa Lake is an artificially constructed lake in the Poonch district of Azad Kashmir. Located at 6,499 feet from sea level, Banjosa lake is bound to take your breath away with its unforgettable beauty. Moreover, there are plenty of options available as far as accommodation is concerned.

Tourists love boating and enjoy their meals while sitting next to the lake. Palm trees forest surrounds Banjosa Lake, giving this artificial lake an adoring natural look.

Distance From Islamabad:

The distance of Banjosa Lake from Islamabad is about 144km which takes about 4hr 51min via Tourism Hwy.

 

Banjosa Lake

Taobat

Taobat, also spelled as Tao Butt, is the last station of Neelum Valley and the end point of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Taobat is no doubt a fascination yet unexplored. Often there are no paths available because of heavy land sliding and flooded water streams. Notably, the roads are usually blocked during the winter due to snowfall. So it’s worth visiting Taobat during summer.

Neelum river enters the territory of Azad Kashmir through Taobat. It’s the last place where you can find Neelum Valley’s population.

Distance from Islamabad

The distance between Taobat and Islamabad is 428 km. The mesmerizing location is 267 km away from Muzaffarabad, the Capital of Azad Kashmir.

 

Taobat

FAQs: Best Places to visit in Neelam Valley – Azad Kashmir

Neelum Valley is famous for its high-altitude lakes, landscape views, and towering hills. The lush green forests and snow-capped mountains add alluring charms to the beauty of Neelum Valley.

The best time to visit Neelum valley is Summer, between March and October. The weather in winter is usually harsh due to extreme snowfall in Upper Neelum, Keran Valley, etc., causing the blockage of roads.

The scenic views, mesmerizing hiking, trekking to the highest waterfall, and snow-covered mountains draw tourists’ attention. The green forests and freshwater streams are the centers of attraction for visitors.

During Summer, Neelum valley remains open for tourists. While in winter, due to heavy snowfall, the roads are usually blocked for outsiders. So, you must plan your tour between March and October to be on the safer side.

Conclusion

That’s a complete guide about the places you must include in your Neelum Valley Itinerary. The bustling forest and holistic views of the towering hills in Neelum Valley leave everyone spellbound. The nurturing areas of this stunning Valley draw tourist attention toward it.

Hodophile Adventures provides luxurious tours to Neelum Valley, including personal guides, comfortable transports, the best accommodations, and cuisines throughout the trip within your budget.

 

 

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