Neelum Valley a 200KM bow shaped district of Azad kashmir, 20Km away from Capital Muzaffarabad, well knowned for it’s beauty and tourist attractions. Weather of Neelum Valley is very pleasant in summers and freezy in winters. Every years thousands of tourist rush to explore Neelum Valley.
Neelum Valley is situated at the North & North-East of Muzaffarabad Azad Kashmir, running parallel to Kaghan Valley. The two valleys are only separated by snow-covered peaks, some over 4000 meters above sea level. Excellent scenic beauty, panoramic views, towering hills on both sides of the noisy Neelum river, lush green forests, enchanting streams and attractive surroundings make the valley a dream come true.
Athmuqam is situated at a height of 1371 meters, it is the sub-divisional headquarters of the area. It is an attractive place known for its variety of fruit. All necessary facilities via bazaars, post offices, banks, hospitals, and telephone exchanges are present.
Keran & Upper Neelum at a distance of about 91 Km (approx 3 hours drive) from Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir & 7 Hours Drive from Islamabad, Keran and Upper Neelum is situated on the right bank of the river Neelum at 1524 meters above sea level with fascinating scenery. The panoramic lush green valley is profound in fruit and wildlife.
Sharda a breath-taking green spot at an altitude of 1981 meters. Shardi and Nardi are two mountain peaks overlooking the valley, reputedly named after legendary princess Sharda. It has a captivating landscape with numerous springs and hill-sides covered with trees. On the right bank, opposite Sharda, the Neelum is joined by the Surgan Nallah along which a track leads to Nurinar Pass and through it to the Kaghan Valley. Ruins of an old Buddhist University can also be found in Sharda. Sharda is very historical place to visit.
Kel a small valley situated at a height of 2097 meters. This is another picturesque place in the Neelum Valley. The Shounter Nallah joins river Neelum at this place and leads to Gilgit Agency (Northern Areas) over the Shandur at 4420 meters.
Arang Kel is situated at the hill top near Kel, about 1500 feet ascend from River Neelam. It is also a village full of beautiful sceneries. Beyond this mountain, the next mountain is a part of Indian occupied Kashmir. It is a piece of utmost beauty, one can find in Kashmir.
Chita Khata Lake is located at an altitude of 3,800 meters. Chitta Katha Lake is only accessible in the months of July and August. Common route followed by the tourists is through kel. There is a road from Kel to Shounter Valley.
There is climbing of 5 to 6 hours to reach the lake. You can also make arrangements of horses for travelling from Utli Domel.
Shounter valley: – lies in Upper Neelum valley. It can be accessed through a jeep track from Kel which only gets opened for a few months of the year. From Shounter valley, one can cross the Shounter Pass to enter into Astore valley at Rattoo. Shounter lake is a small but very beautiful lake in the Shounter Valley. From this point, one can go to Sarveli peak base camp, chitta katta lake or cross the Shounter pass into Astore. Shounter is very beautiful and worthseeing place.
Sardari: A beautiful village comes while going from Kel to Taobut.