AJK Tourism

Published in Support of Tourism Deptt Govt of AJK.

MUZAFFARABAD

 Muzaffarabad:
The capital of Azad state of Jammu & Kashmir, is situated at the confluence of the Jhelum & Neelum Rivers. Its elevation is 724 meters (ASL) and at a distance of 138 kilometers from Rawalpindi and about 76 kilometers from Abbottabad. Muzaffarabad has been named after Sultan Muzaffar Khan, the chief of the Bomba Dynasty (in 1652). Cradled by lofty mountains, Muzaffarabad is a blend of varied cultures and languages. Being the capital of the State it has all the necessary facilities of life. In addition, there are two historical forts, the Red & Black Fort, situated on the sides of river Neelum. The Neelum River streams, proudly through the hub of the town, joins river Jhelum at Domel and plays a dominant role in the micro climate of Muzaffarabad. The capital city of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, “Muzaffarabad” also serves as a base camp for the tourist, intending to visit tourist spots and other historical, cultural and traditional aspects of AJK.
Muzaffarabad is not only the hub of political and cultural activities but also has various spots for leisure. Domel, the junction point of Neelum & Jhelum Rivers, presents a magic beauty from here. “Lohaar Gali” situated 9 Kilometers from the city on Abbottabad road, offers a bird eye view of the capital city. At night, the lights of the city present an unforgettable scene from this point. Similarly, Muzaffarabad city can be viewed from Sathra of Tariq Abad by-pass road and Maira Tanolian.

Red fort:
Muzaffarabad Fort, generally known as Red Fort is a witness to the ancient history of this great city. It is said that construction of Fort was initially taken up by chuk rulers to counter the offensives of the intruders. However, Sultan Muzaffar Khan, the founder of Muzaffarabad town finally completed it in 1646. During the Mughal rule in Kashmir, this fort lost its importance, as they were more interested in other parts of their empire. But when Durrani’s took over the rule of this area, it again came in to being lime light and its importance was recovered. Afterwards after the Dogra rule of Maharaja Gulab Singh and Maharaja Ranbir Singh, the fort was reconstructed and extended according to their political and militarial requirements. However towards the end of 1947, the Dogra’s fled away leaving the fort wide open to anybody. Since then it has braved devastating floods, ravages of time, and other hazards to project its inherent glory and historical background.

Barsala

Historical tourist lodge Barsalla is located at a distance of 100 kilometer from Islamabad and 40 kilometers from Muree. On the way to Muzaffarabad it is only 3 kilo meters from Kohala Bridge that is entry point in AJK. This Lodge was firstly built in Dogra rule but historical importance is due to founder of Pakistan Mohammad Ali Jinnah who was stayed here in 1944 when he was returning from Srinagar. That particular chair is still present in this lodge on which Quaid was seated. Dograas rulers used to stay here while traveling between Rawalpindi and Srinagar.  AJK Tourism Department   has repaired it after it was hit by 2005 earth quake and now it has seven rooms for tourists. In summer season cool breeze from river Jhelum gives a pleasant touch. This historical resort is a memorable place for a tourist which is also known as Quaid-e-Azam Memorial Rest House.

Pir Chinasi:
The awe-inspiring locus, with an altitude of 2924 meters above the sea level is located 32 Kilometer, eastward of Muzaffarabad. Due to its tremendous scenic beauty, velvet green plateaus and wonderful climate, it wins admiration of nature lovers. The view of the summit of the neighbouring mountain peaks spell bounds a tourist. Devotees of Saint Shah Hussain Bukhari, take pilgrimage to rejuvenate their heart. The adjacent Pir Asimar, Pawna, Danna and the areas in the bottom of Pirchanasi i.e. Saran, Sud Bun, Mushki, Sakki and Jarran Phirran are also worth seeing and ideal for hiking, trekking and camping activities. A tourist lodge at Saran (with an altitude of 1231 meters ASL)  provides accommodation facilities to the tourists while construction of extra accommodation is in progress.

Shaheed Gali:
The comely beauty of the place attracts a restive mind to prolong his stay. The picturesque Shaheed Gali, situated at the height of about 1640 meters above sea level is at a distance of about 16 kilometers westward from Muzaffarabad. From Shaheed Gali a trek of 4 Kms leads towards a wholesome spot namely “Sri Kot”. A tourist is bound to be fascinated by serenity for the backdrop of area. A Tourist Rest House is available for accommodation at Shaheed Gali.

Pattika:
Located at a distance of 19 Kms from Muzaffarabad and at the height of about 840 meters (ASL), it is a gateway to Neelum Valley and can be the first journey break on the way. A mini zoo and a fish hatchery have turned the place into a site of diversions. Some private hotels are available   according to the local standard.

            

            

            

KOTLI

 DISTRICT KOTLI:
The area now comprising district Kotli was sub-division of Mirpur district up to the year 1975. District Kotli is a hilly area. Rising gradually towards the high mountains of Poonch district. Its climate is more moderate than that of Mirpur due to the sub-mountainous topography.
Kotli the districts headquarter is at the distance of 114 kilometers from Rawalpindi/Islamabad via Sehnsa, Holar and Kahuta with an altitude of 627 meters above the sea level . It is linked with Mirpur by two metalloid roads, one via Rajdahani (90 kilometers) and the other via Charhoi. It is also directly linked with Rawalakaot via Tararkhal (82 kilometers).A PWD Rest house, Tourist Rest House at Sarda and middle standard hotels in the town provide accommodation facilities to the visitors. It is developing in to an industrial city very rapidly. All the basic amenities of life are available in Kotli Town. Bus and wagon transport services are also available. Some private hotels are also available according to the local standard.

Khoiratta:
About 38 kilometers from Kotli ahead, a road leads to Khoiratta. Khoiratta and the nearby area provide remarkable attraction to tourists because of the remains of gardens and fountains of the older times. From four kilometers ahead of Khoiratta is famous shrine of “Mai Totti Sahiba” which is visited y hundreds of people daily. A rest house by tourism department at Khoiratta is available for tourist accommodation.

Teenda:
Teenda is a place of view point with an elevation of 800 meters above the sea level linked with metal road, 06 kilometers from Kotli. One can have a wonderful view of Kotli city and surrounding areas from this place. To make it an attractive tourist spot, AJK Tourism Department has constructed a tourist Rest House here for accommodation.

Hajiabad (Sehnsa):
Hajiabad, located on Holar-Kotli road, is a midway point for the traveler coming from Rawalpindi/Islamabad, a cafeteria for refreshments has been provided by the Tourism Department.

MIRPUR

 DISTRICT MIRPUR:

District Mirpur is located at the extreme South of the State and linked with Pakistan and the districts of Azad Jammu & Kashmir through several routes. District Mirpur comprises partly plain and partly hilly areas. Its hot climate and other geographical conditions closely resemble to those of Jhelum and Gujrat, the adjoining districts of Pakistan. The people of this area are basically agriculturists. During the last four decades a large number of people from this district have gone abroad, especially to United Kingdom. Today they are the major foreign exchange earning source of Pakistan. As it adjoins the industrial cities of Pakistan. The Govt. of AJK has successfully endeavored to develop it as an industrial place and promote private investment for establishing textile, vegetable, ghee, garments, scooters, cosmetics and many other industries.

Mirpur:
Mirpur the districts headquarter is situated at an elevation of 459 meters ASL. It is linked with the main Peshawar-Karachi Grand Trunk road at Deena, a small town about 15 kilometers short of Jhelum city.The construction of Mangla dam converted the old Mirpur town into a big artificial lake and effected the population of about 50,000. But it paved the way for existing new Mirpur town situated on the banks of Mangla Lake. The city is well planned and buildings are mostly of modem design. Mirpur has developed into an industrial city very rapidly. All the basic amenities of life are available here. Colleges, hospitals, banks, shopping centers, hostels, telephone & telegraph units, Forest, PWD, Industries and Tourist rest houses exist in the city. Bus and wagon transport services are also available.

Mangla:
Mangla is a small beautiful modem town. It is situated at a distance of 110 kilometers from Islamabad and 15 kilometers short of Mirpur city. The construction of Mangla reservoir having perimeter of 100 kilometers and presence of Mangla and Ramkot Forts of Mughal period have turned this place into an attractive tourist spot. Mangla has special attraction for the tourists coming on short visits because of its proximity to Jhelum, Lahore and Rawalpindi/Islamabad.

Ramkot Fort:
Picturesquely located on the summit of a hill, Ramkot Fort is built over the site of an old Hindu Shiva temple. Three sides of this hill top are surrounded by River Jhelum (ancient “Vitasta”).during excavations relics of the 5th & 9th century AD has been discovered near one of the temples. In the 16th 17th century AD, the Muslim rulers of Kashmir while safe guarding their boundaries built numerous Forts. Ramkot, sitting atop at the confluence of the river Jhelum & Poonch is one of them. The Sikh Maharaja of Kashmir further fortified Ramkot.

Ramkot Fort is located on the opposite side of the Mirpur town and one has to cross Mangla Lake on boat to reach there. A 10 minutes travel by road from Mirpur leads to Sukhian and nearby army water sports club from where boats are available for access to Ramkot Fort. It takes 45 minutes to reach there.Ramkot fort can also be visited from Mirpur via Dudiyal-Baily Kathaar route (77 km) but from Baily Kathaar onward there is no regular road so it is better to travel from Sukhian by boat.

Khari Shareef:
08 kilometer from Mirpur black top road runs to Khari Shareef, a placer of religious importance. This place is well known due to shrines of Baba Peer-e-Shah Ghazi and Mian Mohammad Baksh (The Author of Famous “Saif-Ul-Malook”) based on mystic poetry. Thousands of devotees visit this sacred place to rejuvenate their adust hearts daily.

 

BHIMBER

 DISTRICT BHIMBER:

Bhimber administratively declared as an independent district in 1996, was a subdivision of district Mirpur. This district is very rich in archaeology and wild life, whereas, its enchanting valleys present panoramic views to the visitors.

Bhimber:
Bhimber, the district headquarter is an old historical town, discussed by Mughal Emperor, “Jahangir” in his book Tuzh-e-Jahangiri”. It falls on the route that was followed by the Mughal Emperors for their frequent visits to the Kashmir valley.
Bhimber town is located at a distance of 50 kilometers from Mirpur and 166 kilometers from Rawalpindi. This town is connected both with Mirpur & Gujrat through all weather black top roads. All basic amenities of life are available in Bhimber.

Samahni:
It is located 17 kms in the North of Bhimber City and 30km in the North-East of Mirpur. The valley is guarded by high mountains on all sides, offers breathtaking and mesmerizing natural scenes to its visitors, waterfalls come down mountain slopes as well as streams and nalas of crystal clear waters. The mountains across the whole valley dressed in jungles of pine trees add an extra touch to the stunning view. The valley holds a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere with pollution free environment from one end to the other.The entire valley of Samahni, is approximately 35 km long and 8 km wide, stretching from Chawlian to Behmla in the West.
The valley’s inhabitants are simple, peace-loving and law abiding. The ideal time to visit the valley is in March & April and then in July, August and September. Since the vegetation and the scenery during these months are at its bes.

Baghsar:
Baghsar, 975 meters in elevation is an ideal tourist resort in the Samahni Valley. The Sar, Local name for lake is nearly half kilometer long sheet of crystal-clear water that soothes the senses of a visitor after traveling 64 kilometers journey from Gujrat via Bhimber.
On the top of hill is a famous Mughal Fort overlooking the lake that adds grandeur to the whole area. This-four storied massive structure of granite is a feat of Mughal engineering that has stood the ravages of time. It has also played important role in the history during the times of Ahmad Shah Abdali, Ranjeet Sing and Gulab Sing. It is said that Emperor Jahangir on his way back from Kashmir fell ill and ultimately expired in this Fort.

Jhandi Chontra:
This scenic spot is situated at a distance of 17 kilometers from Bhimber and 67 Kilometers from Mirpur. Despite its panoramic views, this area is well-known due to the Shrine of Baba Shadi Shaheed nearby Jandi Contra that values the importance of the area. A Tourist Rest House serves the visitors/ tourists by providing accommodation facilities.

NEELUM

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 4000m 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 1371m, 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 (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 1524m above sea level with fascinating scenery. The panoramic lush green valley is profound in fruit and wildlife. There is beautiful and comfortable luxurious motels called Keran Resort. Visit Neelum Valley for Keran Resort / Neelum Valley Hotels.

Sharda – a breath-taking green spot at an altitude of 1981m. 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. Visit Neelum Valley for Kashmir Tours & Travels.

Kel: – a small valley situated at a height of 2097m. 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 4420m.
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. Visit Neelum Valley for Arang Kel.

Chita Khata Lake: 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. It is better to reach the village UTLI DOMEL at night and stay there. You should proceed forward early in the morning. 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.

Halmat: The border village about 49 kilometers ahead of Kel is a fascinating but unexplored sight. The area from Kel to Taobat is called the Halmat. Janawai, Sardari and Halmat are the most beautiful places of this area. The drive itself is slow as the road is a dirt track, crossing streams and waterfalls. It almost takes 3 hours to reach this place from Kel. You can also start seeing some glaciers melting into the Neelum River.

Tao Butt: Tao butt is the last station and end point of Neelum valley. Tao Butt is an example of vegetation generosity of the liberal nature. The spot is donned with all delicacies and niceties. Nature flirts here with fantastic environment. It has a sever season and heavy snow in winter, and winter season continue  about 6 months strarting from October to April end. In summer it is a worth place for tourist to visit. Neelum river emerges from here in the valley and continue its journey till Domail. Taobut is very beautiful and worth seeing place to “Visit Neelum Valley”.

Tao butt has few red roof huts comprise this town which when seen from a high ground remind you of the calendar pictures of Switzerland.

Gurase Valley: in Neelum Valley, Azad Kashmir is the most captivating but remote and backward area of the Neelum valley situated in the north-east of the Muzaffarbad, the capital city of Azad Kashmir. This area is the heart of sustainable tourism in Azad Kashmir because of its lush green natural beauty. Visit Neelum Valley with us.

HATTIAN

DISTRICT HATIAN:
This is an ideal valley both the domestic and international tourists. The curling river Jhelum passes through from east to west between the high green mountains of this valley and joins the river Neelum at domel near Muzaffarabad city.A 59 Kms long metal road runs along the river Jhelum from Muzaffarabad to Chakothi, which is located adjacent to line of control (LOC). Buses & wagons ply on this route regularly  while the route also used for Muzaffarabad Sri nagar trade.

Gharhi Dopatta:
It is 24 kilometers from Muzaffarabad. The town surrounded by mountains is located on both sides of river Jhelum. Educational, medical, telephone, accommodation and shopping facilities are available here. AJK Government has established here an “Extension Services Management Academy (ESMA)”, which provides training facilities of international level. Some private hotels are available   according to the local standard.

Chinari:
At a distance of 51 Kms from Muzaffarabad and surrounded by high hills, it is situated on the left bank of river Jhelum. The entire basic facilities viz. bazaar, hospital, education, post office, banks, telephone and  Some private hotels are available according to the local standard.

Chakothi:
Chakothi, 8 Kms ahead of Chinari, is a border village. Only domestic tourists can visit this area. Some private hotels are available   according to the local standard.

Chikkar:
This beautiful summer station at a distance of 46 Kms from Muzaffarabad is situated on top of the mountain,with an altitude of 1607 meters above the sea level  on the southern side of Muzaffarabad. A road branches off at Dhanni Baqallan, a place about 33 kilometers from Muzaffarabad and leads to Chikkar, which is at an elevation of 1828 meters. The outstanding features of this beautiful place are its healthy climate and picturesque surroundings. Standing over the hill, one can have a fascinating view of the sub-valleys. The construction of a rest house is in progress at Chikar village located 03 Kilometer from Chikar Bazar. Some private hotels are available   according to the local standard.

Zilzaal Lake:
Due to the devastating earthquake of October 8th 2005, like other areas of AJK, the areas in Jhelum Valley also witnessed massive devastation. Four villages namely “Curli”, “Bhat Shir”, “Lodhabad” and “Padder” located in between Chikkar and Bani Hafiz were reported to be completely destroyed when the mountains collided very badly and got converted into heaps of rubble burying about 575 people underneath.
The collapsed mountain peaks and the rubble of the four villages blocked the natural flow of the water which resulted in the creation of a natural Lake stretched over an area of about 3 Kms. This newly born lake was named as “Zilzaal Lake” and now it has gained great deal of popularity among tourists. it is situated with an altitude of 1570 meters ASL   and tourists can be enjoying on boating on this lake. Some private hotels are available   according to the local standard.

Loon Bagla:
10 Kms from Chikkar, situated at an altitude of 2011 meters above sea level, it is another worth seeing hill station in the middle of dense green pine forests and is linked by a fair weather road. The ordinary requirements of life are available in the small bazaar.

Dungian:
It is located about 5 Kms ahead of Loon Bagla. This place is surrounded by Silver Fir forests. Its high altitude of 2071 meters and beautiful landscape has a special attraction for tourists. An experimental station for the proliferation of medicinal herbs has also been established at this place. The beautiful tourist spot Sudhan gali can be visited from this place which is approximately 8 kilometer uphill. Some private hotels are available   according to the local standard.

Danna:
Amidst Muzaffarabad to Kohala, a road bifurcate the highway and leads to Danna, crossing the labyrinthine roads. Danna is known for its healthy climate and alluring scenic beauty with an altitude of 1447 meters above the sea level. A tourist rest house is available for accommodation. From here one can go to Dheerkot, a known hill station in District Bagh. Some private hotels are available   according to the local standard.

LEEPA VALLEY
This is the most fascinating & loveliest valley in Azad Kashmir. A metal road branches off for Leepa from Naily, 45 kilometers from Muzaffarabad, climbs over the Reshian Gali 3200 meters high and then descends to 1677 meters on the other side into the Leepa Valley. The valley remains open for domestic tourists only from May to November. A few places of tourist interest in this valley are:

Leepa:
Leepa is a small village about 60 kilometers from Naily and 38 kilometers from Reshian at an altitude of 1921 meters. Its lush green rice fields in summer and typical wooden Kashmiri houses present a wonderful view to the visitors. Walnut, Apple, Cherry and honey of Leepa valley are very popular and in great demand. Some private hotels are available   according to the local standard.

Dao-khan:
Dao-khan is situated some 75 kilometers from Muzaffarabad. An unpaved but well maintained road branches off from Reshian to Dao-Khan (4 kilometers form Reshian), which is now well recognized due  to its high altitude (2490 meters), calm & peaceful atmosphere, excellent scenic beauty and panoramics. A Forest guest house is available here while the construction of Tourist lodge is also under process.

Chananian:
Chananian, 62 kilometers from Naily & 36 kilometers from Reshian, is situated opposite to Leepa, near the line of control (LOC), at an altitude of 2226 meters. Surrounded by thick Pine forest and Nullah Qazi Naag flowing near by it. Chananian is also a worth seeing place in the area.From Reshian onwards, one has to hire jeeps for journey to Leepa and other places. Some private hotels are available  according to the local standard.

HAVELI

DISTRICT HAVELI:
Haveli (Kahutta) newly formed district remained subdivision of district Bagh before July 15th 2009. It is situated at distance of 162 kilometers from Muzaffarabad, capital of AJ&K and at distance of 250Kilometers from Rawalpindi. Its total area is 598 Sq. Kms. According to census of 1998, its total population is 0.112 million. Annual growth rate is 2.00%. Administratively this district has two subdivisions, Haveli and Khurshid Abad. District Haveli enjoys sixty percent literacy rate. Rich fertile land of Haveli is famous for brave and diligent tribes. Roads are metalled and a 4MW Hydel power project is under way at Chanjel. Overall culture is farming anyhow most of the people are related with teaching profession while a reasonable percentage serving the country adopting the professions of army, police, judiciary, civil bureaucracy and politician as well. Large numbers of people are in foreign that are earning there and increasing the revenue of their own country. Region has sound historical background as it served as a safe route between Poonch and Srinagar during Mughal regime.

This region is well-known for inhabitants who are bold, hard worker and very patriotic. Geographically district Haveli is covered with high mountains and Nalla Bettar flows in the center. It has many picnic points like Bedori Peak (5230 meters high from sea level). Hajji Peer Pass, Hillan valley and Ali Abad are presenting a most eye catcher view for tourists. People from all parts of the country come here in summer and spring seasons. The region is popular for all weather fruits, crops, dry fruits and pure Honey. Forward Kahutta is the districts headquarter where as Plangi, South and East Hallan, Bedi and Qaim Abad are the prominent places. Beautiful mountainous view of Qaim Abad is also famous for living place of spiritual Baba Qaim Din and Bajji Alf Din. It is also known as the house of natural honey and wall nuts. Some private hotels are available   according to the local standard.

Lasdanna :
From Bagh, a 15 kilometers metal road leads to Lasdanna which is a place of captivating scenes and beauty with an elevation of 2650 meters. From Lasdanna, three roads branch off the main road i.e; Mahmood Gali-Palangi, Haji pir-Aliabad and Abbaspur-Hajira respectively. A tourist rest house is available here for accommodation.

Aliabad :

Having a thick cover of pine, Conifer and Deodar forests, Aliabad (6,610 ft) is a small Hill station located at a distance of about 20 km from Forward Kahuta on Kahuta – Haji Pir Road.  The area is lush green and due to thick forest cover, the atmosphere is very pleasant in summer. Some private hotels are available according to the local standard.In Winter Aliabad witness’s heavy snow-fall and the road remains blocked due to snow for most of the time during December to March.

Haji Pir:
Situated at an elevation of 8,631 ft, and at a distance of about 15 Kms from Aliabad, Haji Pir is a historical pass that provides connectivity to Uri in Indian-held Kashmir. A 25 Kms blacktopped road from here leads to Bhedi.
Haji Pir pass provides a wonderful and wide open view of whole Qazi Nag Range in Indian-held Kashmir.  Haji Pir is called so because right on the Pass there is the shrine of Hazrat Haji Pir, a Sufi saint from the Bukhari family. Every visitor to this area stops at this shrine to offer Fateha. Every year an Urs (annual celebration) is also held in his memory, attended by a large number of people from near and far. Some private hotels are available  according to the local standard.

BAGH

DISTRICT  BAGH:
Before getting the status of an independent district, Bagh and Haveli were parts of district Poonch. Both these districts almost resemble to that of District Poonch in their history, culture, customs and traditions. As a whole both these districts are rich in variegated natural beauty, topography, falls into mountainous zone. Bagh, Dheerkot, Sudhan Gali, Hans Chowki, Neela Butt,njm nLas Danna, Mahmood Gali, Kahuta, Haveli and Ganga Choti are the main locations of tourist’s interest in this region.

Bagh:
Bagh the district headquarters of District Bagh is 100 kilometers from Muzaffarabad via Kohallah & 80 kilometers via Sudhan Gali, 205 kilometers from Islamabad and 48 kilometers from Rawlakot.This town is situated on the confluence of two mini Nullahs, Malwani & Mall,with an altitude of 1077 meters ASL which flow all the year round. The people of Bagh are brave, courageous and skilled, especially the artificers in the field of bakery and confectionery. The well recognized “Haji Peer Pass” is about 32 kilometers from Bagh city linked with metal road. Middle standard hotels, PWD and Forest rest houses are available for visitors. Some private hotels are available   according to the local standard.

Dheerkot:
The fascinating and charming place of district Bagh is 25 kilometers from Kohalla, and 132 kilometers from Islamabad. Located at an altitude of 1676 meters, Dheerkot possesses an extremely pleasant and healthy climate. This place is very popular among the visitors as a tourist resort mainly due to easy access, suitable and beautiful landscape. In the heart of the calm & quite Deodar and Kail mixed forests, Posh Forest rest house and three Tourist Huts are available here for guests.

Neela Butt:
From Dheerkot, 06 Kms ahead to south east, this spot is situated at an altitude of 2000 meters. Besides its scientific beauty this place is well-known for its historical background. On august 23, 1947 the Mujahideen-e-Azaadi assembled at this place and started an armed struggle against the Dogra rule. Sufficient accommodation facilities are available here for tourists. The town offers, basic amenities of life to the visitors.

Suddhen Gali:
Suddhen Gali located at a height of 2134 meters, links Chikkar with District Hattian as well as with District Bagh. This scenic spot also serves as a base camp for those interested in hiking/Trekking to the nearby 3045 meters high mountain ” Ganga Choti”..Buses & vans ply daily for Bagh, Chikkar & Muzaffarabad to this place. A tourist rest house & PWD rest house provide reasonable accommodation facilities to the tourists.

POONCH

DISTRICTS POONCH:
From the end of the 17th Century up to 1837 A.D. Poonch was ruled by different Muslim Rajas of Loran. It then fell into the hands of Raja Faiz Talib Khan of Rajori.In 1846 this area was handed over to Maharaja Gulab Singh under the treaty of Amritsar. Maharaja Gulab Singh handed over these and some other areas to his nephews, Jawahar Singh and Moti singh with the condition that they would not make any administrative change without the consent of the Maharaja of Kashmir.

Poonch was converted into jagir by Maharaja Hari Singh in 1935-36 by the deposing Raja of Poonch.The Dogras always found it difficult to establish their rule in Poonch .In 1945, when Pakistan came into being, the people of the area started an armed struggle against the Dogra as well as Indian forces and got the area liberated which now administratively stands divided into four districts namely Poonch, Sudhanoti, Bagh and Haveli.

Rawalakot:
Rawalakot famous as pearl valley is situated in the heart of district Poonch. The altitude of this beautiful valley is 1615 meters. Situated at a distance of 76 kilometers from Kohala and 110 Kms from Rawalpindi, it is linked with Rawalpindi/Islamabad via Azad Pattan and Dhalkot and with Muzaffarabad via Kohallah by black top roads. The construction of Goi Nullah road between Rawalakot and Azad Pattan has reduced the distance and journey time considerably. During summer the place becomes full of green grass and beautiful flowers including many varieties of Roses. Rawalakot offers very pleasant climate during the summer. The city has some good hotels and private guest houses that provide comfortable accommodation. Here the tourism industry is growing with the increasing collaboration of public-private efforts. Its pleasant climate and easy access from other regions makes it a favorite tourist destination. The improvement of transportation and telecommunication sectors has further contributed to its potential for tourism.

Kot Muttay Khan:
It is situated on the main Rawalakot-Mang road near Topa. The site is located at high altitude and allows visitors to enjoy cool and comfortable atmosphere during summer. One can have a nice overview of the adjoining valleys from this point.

Chape-ni-Dahar (Gulshan-e-Shuhda):
The place is located on the outskirts of Raw alakot (4 Kms) with an altitude of 2058 meters above the sea level on the main Rawlakot-Banjosa road. The site offers comfortable climate and tranquil atmosphere during the summer. It also possesses historical/archeological importance as an abandoned old temple exists here. The renovation and preservation of the said temple can increase the interest of the visiting researchers and tourists.

Banjosa:
It is situated 20 kilometers from Rawlakot at an altitude of 1981 meters. Its picturesque beauty and impressive surrounding is compelling and attract tourists to reach here and enjoy the nature. Amidst the captivating beauty of Banjosa, the artificial lake reflects the dense forests standing along the surroundings of the resting calm waters of Banjosa Lake.

The nearby worth-seeing areas of Banjosa are Jandali, Hussain Kot (The native town of the great freedom fighter Captain Hassan Khan) and Devil Gali which cannot be simply bypassed for a pleasure trip. The distance parting these destinations from Banjosa are 3 Kms, 4Kms and 12 Kms respectively. These places portray rich inherent natural beauty encompassing all other while awaiting visitors for a comfortable stay. There are a few private rest houses on the way to Banjosa from Rawlakot. Also Ghorimar is situated 20 Kms from Khaigala awaiting ones arrival to explore the fascinating beauty over-looking the sub-valleys of Rawlakot and Bagh. Accommodation on reasonable rates is available here in Tourism, PWD and Pearl Development Authority’s rest houses.

Koian:
From Rawalakot 15 Kilometers ahead this place is surrounded by dense forests, which make it charming and pleasant. A tourist Lodge has been constructed by AJK Tourism Department for the tourists. The place enables the tourists to have an easy access to Banjosa which is 5 Kms ahead.

Ghori Maar & Toli pir:
Ghori Maar is situated at a distance of 30 Kilometers ahead of Rawalakot. A fair-weather road via Khaigala leads to this place. On reaching Ghori Maar, one can explore the fascinating beauty over-looking the sub valleys of Rawalakot & Bagh. AJK Tourism Department provides accommodation facilities to visitors. The road from Ghori Maar leads to Toli pir a place that offers calm atmosphere with vast green meadows stretching over a big area. The place holds the potential to mesmerize visitors.

SUDHNOTI

Pallandri:
Pallandri is the headquarter of District Sudhanoti. It is at an elevation of 1372 meters and at a distance of 97 kilometers from Rawalpindi via Azad Pattan and is also connected with Rawalakot by 64 kilometers long metalled road. There is PWD Rest House located at the hilltop, giving a wonderful view of the picturesque landscape and green mountains all round. All the basic facilities of life are available here.

Nagaishwar:
Located at an elevation of 2006 meters ASL, Nagaishwar is a remarkable place due to its scenic charm, colorful landscape, healthy climate and calm atmosphere. About 07 Kilometer from Pallandri near Goraah Village on Pallandri Trarkhal road, a road branches off towards Ziarat, Danna and Nagaishwar. The area has got good number of tourist spots; therefore, Tourism Department is developing the tourist resort for accommodation purpose as well as recreational park.

Tararkhal:
With an altitude of 1982 meters, Tararkhal is situated at a distance of 211 Kilometers from Rawalpindi via Kohala and 129 Kilometers via Azad Pattan. It is a nice small station for tourists. Here PWD Rest House provides Spartan accommodation facilities. Essential commodities of daily use are also available from local bazaar.

Aliabad:
Aliabad, situated at an altitude of about 2134 meters, is at a distance of 50 Kilometers from Pullandri and 112 kilometers from Rawalakot. This place is surrounded by thick, mixed forests of Deodar, Blue Pine and Fir. Bus service is available both from Rawalakot to Abbaspur and Rawalpindi to Kahuta. From Kahuta onwards, journey by jeep is advisable.

Hot Springs (Tatta Pani):
Tatta Pani is situated on the right bank of the river Poonch, at a distance of 29 kilometers from Hajira and connected with two fair weather roads via Hajeera-Madhol & Balouch-Pakhonar. It can also be reached from Kotli, the district headquarter of Kotli by covering a distance of 26 kilometers. Tatta Pani is famous for its Sulphur water springs. During winter season a large number of people visit this place to have hot water both for the cure of skin and rheumatic ailments.

AJK Tourism Dept. has constructed a Tourist Lodge and bathrooms for the convenience of the visitors here. Transport services for Tatta Pani are available in good number from all important points of the Poonch, Mirpur & Kotli districts of Azad Kashmir.