Neelum Valley is situated in the North & North-East of Muzaffarabad, the capital city of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Pakistan. The name of the valley is named after the Neelum River, passing through the length of the valley. The best time to visit the valley is June to November as in other months snow falling blocks roads.
From Muzaffarabad to Athmuqam, the road condition is good and public van service can also be used to reach there, however, Keran, Kutton, Dawarrian, Sharda and Kel are accessed by using a personal vehicle or rented vehicle.
Town and Villages to See
Athmuqam –The town is famous for its variety of fruits; especially walnuts and green apples are famous across the country, situated at the height of 1371 m from sea level and 98 km away from the Neelum valley. The town also fulfills the basic needs of life like the main market, post offices, banks, hospitals, and telephone exchanges etc. There are also two hiking tracks, from Rawta leads to Guther and the other toward Dogga top.
Kundālshai– The village is about 76 km away from Muzaffarabad and 10 km from Athmuqam, tourists often take a break here while their journey to Kel, few hotels are also there to accommodate the need of tourists.
Kutton– The tourist resort is also known for Jagran Valley, situated at 5.2 km from Kundālshai and 82 kilometers (51 mi) from Muzaffarabad. The site is famous for a difficult and different lifestyle of local residents. Jagran Hydro Electric Board Resort (Jagran Resort) was built while construction of hydropower electric project and has been utilized to accommodate foreign engineers, later it was opened for general public.
Keran also known for Upper Neelum is situated at the right bank of the Neelum River, located at the height of 1524 m from sea level. The valley is famous for fruits and wildlife.
Sharda is considered the most beautiful green spot of the valley, is famous for the ruins of the famous temple, hindu pilgrimage site Sharada Peeth, the Sharda fort, and Kishan Ghaati. It is situated at the altitude of 1981 m and about 136 kilometers from Muzaffarabad.
Kel village is located at the altitude of 2,097 m and 155 km from Muzaffarabad, the site is considered one of the most difficult places to reach because of frequent landslides during Summers and snow slides on the road during winters, further, wildlife including Brown Bear are seen here and a Leapord was also sighted by army personnel here.
Arang Kel is a hill station located on the top hill of the Kel village, being accessed after a 2 km trek from Kel. There are also beautiful guest houses, available at economical rates but food rates are bit higher because donkeys and horses are used to take food over here.
Taobat village is the last station of Neelum Valley, located at 39 km from Kel and 200 km from Muzaffarabad, it is nearest to the location where Indian Kishanganga becomes Neelum River after entering into Pakistan’s territory.