district, located on the banks of the Jhelum and the Neelum
rivers, is totally hilly. The district is bounded to Pakistan
in the west and to Kupwara and Baramulla districts of occupied
Kashmir in the east while Northern Areas fall on the northeast
of the district. Total area of the district is 6117 square kilometers.
Total population of the district according to 1998 census stands
at 725,000 andaccording to 1999 projection its population stands
at 741,000. The district comprises three tehsils. Muzaffarabad
city in the district serves as capital of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
district abounds in beautiful and captivating tourist resorts.
Some worth mentioning tourist resorts are:
the awe-inspiring locus, with an altitude of 3110m, is located
32 Km east of Muzaffarabad. The fascinating beauty of the place
wins the admiration of nature lovers. The view of the summit
at the neighbouring mountain peaks spell-bounds the tourists.
The devotees of Saint Pir Chinassi also come in large numbers
to pay homage at the Shrine.
Neelam valley is situated in the north and north east of Muzaffarabad
city. About 200 Km long, the picturesque Neelum Valley is located
on the banks of the Neelum river. The valley is running parallel
to the famous Kaghan Valley. The two valleys are separated by
snow-covered mountain 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 the dream
that comes true.
Situated at a height of 1371m, Athmuqam serves as the sub-divisional
headquarters of the Neelum valley area. Athmuqam is an attractive
place known for its variety of fruit.
Shardi and Nardi are two mountain peaks overlooking the valley
Shadra, a breath-taking green spot at an altitude of 1981m,
reputedly is named after legendary princess Sharda. It has a
captivating landscape with numerous springs and hillsides covered
with trees. On the right bank, opposite to
Sharda, the Neelum is joined by the Surgan Nullah 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.
Kel, a small valley, is situated at a height of 2097m. This
is another picturesque place in the Neelum Valley. The Shounter
Nullah joins river Neelum at this place and leads to Gilgit
Agency (Northern Areas) over the Shandur Pass at 4420m.
The curling Jehlum river passes through from East to West between
the high green mountains joining river Neelum at Domel in Muzaffarabad.
24 Km from Muzaffarabad islocated the small but captivating
town of Ghari Dupata. A further 35 kilometers, lies the famous
town of Chakothi. This place sees a large concentration of troops
because of the promixity of the Cease-Fire-Line and the constant
aggression by Indian forces. Other notable places of interest
in the valley are Chikar, Loonbagla, Lungian and Danna, all
known for their scenic beauty and healthy climate.
the most fascinating valley in Azad Kashmir. A fair-weather
road branches off for Leepa from Naile 45 Kilometers from Muzaffarabad,
climbs over Reshian Gali at 3200m high and then descends into
the Leepa Valley. It attracts everyone who visits this valley.
Dao Khan is well recognized for its natural beauty and renowned
for its calm and peaceful atmosphere. Deep in the heart of the
valley lies Leepa village at 1921m above sea level. Its lush
green fields in summer and typical wooden Kashmiri houses present
a wonderful view. Walnut, apples, cherries and honey of Leepa
are very popular throughout the state.
6117 square kilometers
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