Neelum Valley (also spelled Valley) is a 144 km long bow-shaped thick forested region in Azad Kashmir in Pakistan. It is named after the river, which flows through the length of the valley.
The valley is situated in the north-east of Muzaffarabad, running parallel to Valley. The two valleys are only separated by snow-covered peaks, some over 4,000 meters (13,000 ft) above sea level.
The valley is connected from Muzaffarabad by road, which leads up to Kel. The road condition from Muzaffarabad to Athmuqam is very good and suitable for any kind of transport. From Keran to Kel road condition is not well and not suitable for low floor vehicles. In winters road onward Keran block due to heavy snowfall and it is very difficult to reach upper parts of the valley.
Vans serve is only Muzaffarabad to Athmuqam after every 30 minutes. Buses run daily between Muzaffarabad and Kel in good weather. Jeeps and horses are available to reach remote areas of the valley.
Rest houses and lodge of AJK Tourism and Archeology Department are located in Keran, Kutton, Dawarrian, Sharda, Kel and Taobat for tourists stay. Some private hotels are also located there. A newly established tourism company "Horizon Hospitality" has set up its chain of hotels including Muzaffarabad, Keran, Shardah & Kel.
In valley there are dozens of beautiful and historical places, Sharada Peeth in Sharda and Janawai town is one of the most beautiful and historical place in valley.
Chitta Katha Lake is located in Shonter valley, a sub valley of valley at the altitude of 13,500 feet (4,100 m). The lake is accessible from Kel by a 20 kilometers (12 mi) jeep track and then 5 kilometers (3.1 mi) hiking trek. Kel is the base camp to this lake.
Shounter Lake is a small lake located in Shounter valley at the altitude of 10,200 feet (3,100 m). It is accessible from Kelby a jeep track.
Ratti Gali Lake is located in valley at the altitude of 12,130 feet (3,700 m). The lake is accessible from Dowarian by a 17 kilometers (11 mi) jeepable track and then 2 km hiking trek. Dowarian is the base camp to this lake.
Saral Lake is located in Valley, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir(POK) at an altitude of 13,600 feet (4,100 m). Sharda is the base camp to this lake.
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