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MAJOR CITIES AND DESTINATIONS OF AZAD KASHMIR
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| Muzaffarabad | Neelum Valley | Major Cities Map of Punjab |
| Jehlum Valley | Leepa Valley | Poonch & Sudhnoti | Bagh & Kotli | Mirpur & Bhimber |
| Mangla Dam | People & Culture | What To See? | Where To Stay? | What To Buy? |
| How to Get Permits? | General Information |
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AZAD KASHMIR - THE LAND OF HEAVENS BEAUTY
Muzaffarabad

Muzaffarabad:
The capital of the Azad Jammu & Kashmir is situated at the confluence of the Jhelum & Neelum rivers. It is 138 kms from Rawalpindi and about 76 kms from Abbottabad.
The present name of Muzaffarabad has been given to it after the name of Sultan Muzaffar Khan, a chief of Bomba Dynasty (1652). There are two forts, namely, Red & Black Fort, situated on the opposite sides of river Neelum. The Neelum river streams through the town, joins river Jhelum at Domel and plays a dominant role in the micro climate of Muzaffarabad. Places of interest in and around Muzaffarabad are: Pir Channasi, Shaheed Gali and Patika.

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Neelum Valley

Neelum Valley:
About 240 kilometers long picturesque Neelum Valley is situated to the North & North East of Muzaffarabad. Running parallel to the Kaghan Valley, it is separated from it by snow covered peaks, some over 5000 meters above sea level. Excellent scenic beauty, panoramic view, towering hills on both sides of the noisy Neelum river, lush green forests, enchanting streams, high altitude lakes and attractive surroundings make the valley a dream come true. Places of interest in Neelum Valley are; Kundal Shahi, Kutton, Salkhala, Athmaqam, Karen, Dowarian, Sharda & Kel.

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Jehlum Valley

Jehlum Valley:
The curling river flows through from East to West between the high green mountains of this valley and joins the river Neelum at Domel near Muzaffarabad. A 59 Km long metalled road runs along the river Jhelum from Muzaffarabad to Chakothi, close to line of control (LOC). Places of interest in Jehlum Valley include: Garhi Dopatta, Chinari, Chakothi, Chikkar, Loon Bagia, Dungian & Danna.

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Leepa Valley

Leepa Valley:
This is the most fascinating & loveliest valley. A metalled road branches off for Leepa from Naily, 45 kms from Muzaffarabad, climbs over the Reshian Gali (3,200 m) and then descends to 1,677 m on the other side into the Leepa Valley. The valley remains open for domestic tourists from May to November. Places of tourist interest in this valley are: Leepa, Dao Khan, Chananian etc.

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Poonch & Sudhnoti

Poonch & Sudhnoti:
Places of interest in both of these districts are: Rawalakot, Paniola, Banjosa, Chottagala, Koyian, Ghorimar, Tatta Pani, Pullandri, Tararkhal, Aliabad etc.

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Bagh & Kotli

Bagh & Kotli:
District Bagh, is rich in variegated natural beauty. Bagh, Dheerkot, Sudhan gali, Hanse Chowki, Neela Butt, Las Danna, Mahmood Gali, Suddhan Gali, Kahuta, Havaily and Ganga Choti are the main attractions. Kotli is located at a distance of 141 kms from Rawalpindi/ Islamabad via Sehnsa, Holar and Kahuta. It is linked with Mirpur by two metalloid roads, one via Rajdhani (90 kms) and the other via Charhoi. It is also directly linked with Rawalakot via Trarkhal (82 kms). Places of interest are; Teenda, Hajiabad, Khoiratta, Fatehpur, Karela Majhan etc.

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Mirpur & Bhimber

Mirpur & Bhimber:
It is situated at an elevation of 459 m. It is linked with G.T. Road at Dina, a small town about 15 kms short of Jhelum city. The construction of MangIa Dam converted the old Mirpur town into a big artificial lake and affected a population of about 50,000. But it paved the way for existing new Mirpur town situated on the bank of MangIa Lake. The city is well planned and buildings are mostly of modem design. Mirpur has developed into an industrial city very rapidly. Places of interest around Mirpur are; Mangla Dam, Ramkot Fort etc.

Bhimber was mentioned by Mughal Emperor, "Jahangir" in his book "Tuzh-e-Jahangiri". It falls on the route that was followed by the Mughals for their frequent visits to the Kashmir Valley. Bhimber town is located at a distance of 50 kms from Mirpur and 166 kms from Rawalpindi. Places of interest are; Baghsar, Jandi Chontra etc.

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People & Culture

People & Culture:
Azad Jammu & Kashmir is a land of fascinating people, languages & culture. Its population is composed of different races claiming their descent from Semitic, Mongoloid, Aryans, Persians, Turks & Arabs, speaking different languages like Kashmiri, Pahari, Gojri, Punjabi and Pushto. The people of Kashmir are sturdy, simple, truthful, intelligent, ingenious, hardworking, skillful and deeply attached to their land.

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What To See?

What To See?
Azad Jammu & Kashmir is very rich in natural beauty. Its snow-covered peaks, dense forests, winding rivers, turbulent foaming streams, sweet-scented valleys, velvet green plateaus and climate varying from arctic to tropical, all join together to make it an excellent tourist attraction. Valleys like Neelum, Jhelum, Leepa, Rawalakot, Banjosa, Samahni & Baghser unfold delightful scenic beauty and provide a feast of pleasure to a discerning tourist' s eyes.
Azad Kashmir is also blessed with a varied mountainous landscape ranging from low hills to high mountains (2000 to 6000 m) most suitable for adventure soprts like climbing, trekking, mountaineering, summer camping and hiking. Blessed with river & streams, it offers great potential for white water sports, especially rafting, canoeing and kayaking. Azad Kashmir has a varied wildlife including Leopard, Himalayan Bear, Ibex, Grey Goral, Musk Deer, Kashmir Stag, Monal Pheasant, Western Tragopan, Snow Pheasant, Red-led Partridge (Chakor), Black Koklas Pheasant, Peacock, Eagle, Dusk Markhor etc.

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Where To Stay?

Where To Stay?
Azad Kashmir Tourism Department has Tourist Rest Houses at most of the tourist spots which can be booked in advance from their office in Muzaffaranad. (Tel: 058810-32625)

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What To Buy?

What To Buy?
Carpets, Namda Gubba, Patto, silk woolen clothing, woolen shawls, wood carving, Papier Mashie, rugs are popular handicrafts of Azad Kashmir. Other products and fruits are; mushrooms, honey, walnuts, apples, cherry, medicinal herbs & plants, resin, Deodar, Kail, Chir, Fir, Maple and Ash Timbers etc.

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How To Get Permits?

How To Get Permits?
Domestic tourists can visit Azad Jammu & Kashmir without any restriction. However, they are advised to keep their identity with them. Foreign tourists are only allowed to visit following places with permit; Dheerkot, Rawalakot, Chotta gala, Chikkar, Daokhan, Muzaffarabad, Mangia & Sehnsa. Permits are issued by the AJK Home Department at Muzaffarabad.

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General Information

Communication:
Almost all the places in the Northern Areas are linked by telephone with the rest of the country and the outside world. Some of the area codes are; Gilgit (05811), Hunza (05821), Sost (05823), Skardu (05831), Saidu Sharif (0946), Chitral (0943), Besham (0997), Kalam (0946), Bamburet (0943), Khaplu (05832). A number of public call offices (PCOs) are located in the Northern Area. Both the Post Office and the Special Communications Organization maintain networks of telephone and wireless system.

Don'ts:
In the northern areas, please don't photograph military installations, major bridges and airports. Taking photographs of women is also prohibited should be with their prior permision. Please do not travel at night on mountain roads and do not swim in the rivers up north or other fast flowing mountain streams.

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Karachi Elev. 22 m
Multan Elev. 122 m
Lahore Elev. 217 m
Islamabad Elev. 508 m
Murree Hills Elev. 2126 m
Kaghan Valley Elev. 2134 m
Swat Valley Elev. 975 m
Hunza Valley Elev. 2500 m
Kalash Valley Elev. 1670 m
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