Neelum Valley & District is located in the northernmost district of Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. As of 2017, the \district has a population of 1,91,000 by taking up the larger part of the Valley. The total area of Neelum district is about 3,621 KM2. It is made up of mainly two Tehsils: Athmuqam & Sharda. Athmuqam is the headquarters of the Neelum district.
The ranging of elevation of the Valley is around 4,000 to 7,500 feet. The mountain peaks on either side reaching up to 17,000 feet high. The Valley is about 144 Kilometers long. The Valley was the part of Muzaffarabad District until 2005.
Neelum Valley Map
There are several languages spoken natively in the Valley, but Hindko is the most preferable and widely spoken language there. Famous for its weather, greenery, and location, there are lots of places to visit as a tourist or traveler in Valley. Some of them are Arang Kel, Chitta Katha Lake, Dhani Waterfall, Jagran, Kel, Sharda, Kutton, and Athmuqam.
The Valley consists of many sub-valleys as well –
- Jagran Valley
- Shounter Valley
- Salkhala Valley
- Patlean Lake
- Surgun Valley
- Leswa Valley
- Babboon Valley
Famous for its weather, greenery, and location, there are lots of places to visit as a tourist or traveler in the Valley –
7 Places to Visit In Neelum Valley
f1. Arang Kel –
Arang Kel is a village and a tourist spot. It is located in the Neelum district of Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. The village Arang Kel is located at the height of approximately of 8,379 feet. Famous for its nature, Arang Kel is 2 Kilometer far from Kel. A chairlift administered by Pakistan Army is used to reach Arang Kel from Kel.
2. Kel –
Kel is located in Valley, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. Famous for its highest mountains, there are dozens of mountains peeks including Sar Wali Peak which is about 20,000 feet high. Kel is also famous for its lakes. There are approximately 200+ lakes in Kel. Most of the tourist and travelers have experienced to see Brown Bears, Tigers, and sometimes Snow Leopards in Kel. Many wild animals also can be seen in Kel.
Hindko, Kashmiri, and Urdu are the most spoken native languages in Kel. Anyone can travel between Kel and Muzaffarabad by a bus service on a daily basis.
3. Dhani Waterfall –
Dhani Waterfall is located in Valley, Muzaffarabad district of Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. Dhani Waterfall is also known as the Dhani Noseri Waterfall. It is very famous for its view, also it is the highest waterfall in the Neelum valley. The total height of the waterfall is approximately 49 feet.
4. Athmuqam –
Athmuqam is a town located in Neelum District, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. It is also known as Athmakam. The town is located about 73 Kilometers far from Muzaffarabad. Having a population of more than 20,000+ it is the headquarters of the Neelum Valley. AJK University is located in Athmuqam with having Computer, Science, English, and Geology Departments. Athmuqam is fully facilitated with hospitals, banks, supermarkets, guest houses, and a post office. There are many hotels in Athmuqam, ranging from hight end to budget, that can you a comfortable experience in Athmuqam.
5. Sharda –
Sharda is a small town located in Neelum district, Neelum Valley, Pakistan. Sharda is also known as Shardi. The most spoken language in Sharda is Urdu. The name Sharda derives from the name of Hindu goddess Maa Saraswati. It is one of the two tehsils of the Neelum District. Located on the banks of the Neelum River. Famous for its nature, views, and sceneries tourists & travelers can also enjoy boating and skiing in the town Sharda.
There are many places to visit in town Sharda such as Sharda Temple, Kishan Ghatti, Surgan, and Maidaan, etc.
6. Chitta Katha Lake –
Chitta Katha Lake is located in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. The lake is located at an elevation of 13,500 feet approximately. To reach Chitta Katha Lake, it is accessible from Kel by 20 Kilometers by Jeep and then 5 Kilometers by hiking trek.
Kel is the base camp of the Katha Chitta Katha Lake.
7. Kutton –
Kutton is a village located in the Valley of Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. It is located about 98 Kilometers from Muzaffarabad. Famous for its views, weather, locations, and resorts. One can visit Kutton by Neelum Road from Muzaffarabad. There are many rest houses and hotels to stay in Kutton Village.
It is located at an elevation of 4,800 feet. Urdu is the most spoken language in Kutton, Pakistan.
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