Azad Kashmir

If you are looking for paradise in this world, you will find it in the form of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

Neelum River Keran
Neelum River Keran

It is paradise on earth because it is decorated with diverse animal and plant life, mountains, valleys, lakes, pleasant climate and studded with man-made tourist attractions.

The state of Azad Jammu and Kashmir is spread over 13,297 square kilometres including Mirpur plains, foothills of Himalayas. Mirpur, Muzaffarabad are Poonch, are its three divisions that house 4.3 million people in their ten districts. Muzaffarabad is its capital of this parliamentary democratic country, which is also the junction of two beautiful rivers. Azad Kashmir can be reached by both air and road. However, you can traverse this rugged area by road only. Though the whole of Kashmir is worth visiting, yet some parts are worth mentioning. These are, namely, its capital Muzaffarabad, Neelam and Leepa valleys, Bagh, Poonch, Rawalakot, and Mirpur.

Nature has generously blessed this mountainous and plain region with natural beauty. This attractiveness is in the form of lush valleys, green hills, and mountains, towering pine forests, gushing springs, meandering streams, plants graced with magnificent flowers. This earthly paradise is watered and jewelled by the Neelum, Poonch, and Jhelum. Its mountains are high up to 4,734 meters. As regards the elevation, it varies from 360 to 6325 meters. Wheat, maize, barley, millet, cattle, forestry, textiles, objects carved out of wood, carpets and marble provide noticeable support to the local economy. Pakistani Rupee is the official currency in Azad Kashmir. About 62%n of all the Kashmiris are literate here.

Ratti Gali Lake Azad Kashmir
Ratti Gali Lake Azad Kashmir

The climate of Azad Kashmir falls in the sub-tropical highland category. Its southern parts, comprising districts of Bhimber, Kotli, and Mirpur, become quite hot in summer. On the other hand, these remain moderately cold in summer. The middle and northern parts become very cold in winter but stay moderately hot in summer. Rains visit this country in both winter and summer. However, it receives the downpour during the Monsoon. The adjoining areas of Muzaffarabad get the highest rainfall of 1800 mm. However, the average rainfall is 1400mm. Pakistani and other nationalities can tour the whole of Azad Kashmir. However, tourists other than Pakistani require NOC from Home Department to access areas located within 16 miles of Line of Control. Besides, all non-Kashmiris are to keep identification with them. People here speak Potwari, Pahari, Urdu and other languages. Tea, Fried Potato, fried ram leg, Daal Chawal make up traditional food of this region.