Neelum District( ضلع نیلم), is the northernmost district of Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. Taking up the larger part of the Neelam Valley, the district has a population of 191,000 (as of 2017). It was badly affected by the 2005 Kashmir earthquake.The Neelum River was known before Partition as Kishan Ganga and was subsequently renamed after the village of Neelam. It flows down from the Gurez Valley in Indian Jammu and Kashmir and roughly follows first a western and then a south-western course until it joins the Jhelum River at Muzaffarabad. The valley is a thickly wooded region with an elevation ranging between 4,000 feet (1,200 m) and 7,500 feet (2,300 m), the mountain peaks on either side reaching 17,000 feet (5,200 m).Neelum Valley is 144 kilometres (89 mi) long.
The Neelum Valley is a Himalayan gorge in the Kashmir region, along which the Neelum River flows. This green and fertile valley is 250 km in length and stretches its way from Muzaffarabad all the way to Athmuqam and beyond to Taobutt. It is one of the most attractive tourists places, like Swat and Chitral, but due to poor road system is yet veiled to the outside world. This area was badly affected by the 2005 earthquake and was cut off from the outside world as the roads and paths were filled with rubble. Now construction of an international standard road is in progress.
Neelum Valley, Pakistan: Beauty Between Glaciers.
Below is a list of some of the most beautiful and major tourist attractions in Neelum Valley.
Must visit these places when you plan to tour Neelum Valley.
- Arang Kel
- Chitta Katha Lake
- Dhani Waterfall
- Ratti Gali Lake
- Patlean lake
Sub-Valleys in the Neelum Valley:
Neelum Valley has sub-valleys within itself.These are.
- Leswa Valley
- Jagran Valley
- Babboon Valley
- Shounter Valley
- Salkhala Valley
- Lawat bala valley
- Chitta Katha Lake
- RattiGali Lake
- Upper Neelum
- Kutton Jagran Valley
- DhaniNoseri Waterfall
- KeranNeelum Valley
Things to do in Neelum Valley:
You can do a lot of things in this picturesque valley such as hiking, climbing, canoing.If you prefer to try something more daring, you can swim into the lakes in the sunny days, but remember that the water is cold even in the summer.Fishing is famous profession and hobby in Neelum Valley. Brown trout and Mahseer are abundance in waters of Kunhar River which flows in the valley. Fishing licenses are issued by the ‘Fisheries Department at Neelum Valley’ or by the ‘Trout Hatchery’.Apart from these gorgeous destinations, you can be sure to have a lot of fun while in Neelum Valley, as well. There are white-water rafting tours, hiking experiences, boating fun, and kayaking. From lush green meadows to beautiful snowy mountains and flowing rivers, Neelum Valley is truly an underrated destination that has more natural beauty than in many other areas of Pakistan.
The Neelum River (Hindi: नीलम नदी, Urdu: دریائے نیلم), is a river in the Kashmir region of India and Pakistan; it starts in the Indian city of Gurais and then merges with the Jhelum River near the Pakistani city of Muzaffarabad.
Variety of fish:
There are different kinds of fish found in abundance in the Neelum River. As the river almost entirely runs across the Line of Control, being the main cause for Kashmir conflict there is a feeling of uncertainty among the inhabitants, many of them have emigrated to safer places, which has left the river banks scarcely populous and kept the river in perfect conditions for growth of fish. The most famous among the different variety of fish found in Neelum River are;
- Brown trout (Salmo trutta)
- Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
- Snow trout (Schizothorax plagiostomus)
In the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, the construction work on the 330 MW Kishanganga Hydroelectric Plant project has started, after being defunct for eighteen years.Recently, the project was awarded to Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) with a timeline of seven years. The 330 MW Kishanganga hydro-electric power project involves damming of Kishanganga or Neelam River and the proposed 37 metre reservoir will submerge some parts of the Gurez valley of Kashmir. The water of Kishen Ganga River will be diverted through a 24 kilometre tunnel dug through the mountains to Bandiporewhere it will join the Wular Lake and then Jhelum River.Similarly, Pakistan is constructing the 969 MW Neelum–Jhelum Hydropower Plant; the country has placed the project in the hands of a Chinese consortium.Pakistan claims that the Indian dam project will violate the Indus Waters Treaty and has pursued formal arbitration proceedings against India over the matter.
Where to stay:
You will find plenty of offers, depends on the budget or the location you pick. We suggest some places and best hotels in Neelum Valley that is quite famous for its spectacular view and scenery This village, surrounded by peaks and forests. Many private 5 star hotels in Neelum Valley ,houses or motels can be found at a reasonable price. Or you can forget all that and sleep a couple of days in a tent, captive in an amazing landscape.
Here we provide a list of Hotels which are the best hotels in Neelum Valley.
- Paradise Hotel Keran Neelum Valley
- Green Village Resort
- keran Highland Resort
- Wadi Resort
- Keran Resort
- Green Village Resort
- Keran (Near Neelam)
- kashmir lodges guest house
- Shardi (Near Neelam)
- Sharda Highland Hotel
- Shangrila Sharda Resort
- Arcadian Peridot, Naran