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Neelum

For lavish deodar, pine and fir scenery, quaint villages with smoky chimneys like storybooks, humble and hospitable community, its hard to beat Neelum. It welcomes you with the lush green fields, crystal clear water streams and a lot of fruits in summer. In winters, it has much more to offer such as the soaring snow-capped peaks of mountains, frozen blue lakes, glaciers, and picturesque autumn colors imbue this land with a fairytale beauty.

Routes:

There are two routes to the valley. From Islamabad to Kaghan Valley then from Kaghan it is linked at two points, the Nuri Nari Hali (Pass) and the Ratti Gali and many minor Passes. However it is quite challenging from Dawarian as it takes two days for hiking or riding and night stay at Dharian. The second route is Islamabad-Muzaffarabad-Neelum. From Muzaffarabad it takes 2.5 hours to Neelum valley. This path remains open throughout the year. In case of snow, local highways authorities get it clear as soon as possible so that locals and tourist do not face problem. The road is surrounded by eye catching sceneries where river Neelum also accompanies you on the way. Heading towards Neelum valley, you find gushing streams and whining waterfalls on the way.

Hotels in Neelum Valley

Deep down in the mountain valleys there are world-class resorts, guest houses and hotels with all necessary amenities.iMusafir.pk has largest professional network in Neelum offering accommodation, vehicles and food. Better hotels in the valley are Kutton Jagran Resort, Green Village Resort Upper Neelum, Benazir Palace Sharda and Musk Deer Resort Arrang Kel. There is no up to Standard accommodation available in Taobat and Kel.

Places to visit in Neelum

On a number of places, the local population has built rope crossings on the river. It is a very dangerous device and the very thought of crossing these points is horrible but thrilling. The first proper stop over on the way to Neelum is Patihka. There are restaurants on river side where you can have tasty food with cool breeze and attractive natural view. Next point is Jagran where you can witness one of the mega hydro projects of Pakistan’s history i.e., Jagran hydro project. In Kundal Shahi’s market you can find all basic necessities so you can stock food and other items for rest of your journey. Uphill from Kundal Shahi there is mesmerizing Kutton which is best to visit during April to October. There is hatchery of trout fish in Kutton which is open for the visitors. Another beauty spot in Neelum valley is Keran where you can see Indian Occupied Kashmir on the other side of river bank. This gives you a strange feeling to see people like you on other side but you cannot meet them, you can just wave towards them. Next is Dowarian at a distance of 13 Km from Neelum where is the mule track up to Rattigalli which connects Neelum and Kaghan valley. The most appealing place in Neelum Valley is "Sharda" where you can find remains of Buddism i.e., Sharda University. It is a mesmerizing spot where you find yourself in ancient days and you feel like meditating and relaxing. In Kel there is base camp for mountaineering activities. Horses and jeeps can also be hired from this point to travel further. Further points in Neelum are of great fascination but yet unexplored fully.

Facilities

As far as facilities are concerned, there are small markets available at different locations where you can buy all necessities and traditional handicrafts. ATMs of different banks are also available in Athmaqam. There are many hotel and road side Dhabas offering local cuisines along with Pakistani dishes. iMusafir offers different tour packages to Neelum Valley depending on your budget and duration (3 Days, 4 days, 5 Days, 6 day, 7 days tour packages). Throughout your journey you find ever green forests spread in lush green plateaus with plenty of wildlife. The unscathed and calm beauty of Neelum makes such prints in your memory which lasts forever and you want to refresh them every year by visiting Neelum.