Azad Kashmir is a controlled place in Pakistan and it is a self-governing territory region. The population of Azad Kashmir is approximately 4.5 million. If we talk about the top heaven places of Pakistan that you must visit then Azad Kashmir Pakistan is one of the top beautiful tourist places. Azad Kashmir is quite a safe and gorgeous region. Green and scenic mountains increase the beauty of the Kasmir. Azad Kashmir is the richest in beauty. The crime rate in Azad Kashmir is much lower. The Azad Kashmir Culture is also very different from others. Kashmir is counted as the top beautiful place in the world. I visited there and their people were also good in nature. It is an excellent and popular visiting place for both domestic and foreign tourists throughout the year. People from Europe, America, Japan, South Korea, and Canada mostly visit this place and literally love this place. They tried Pakistani desi food there and gave a review 10 out of 10.
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Cities of Azad Kashmir
Mirpur Azad Kashmir
Rawalakot Azad Kashmir
Azad Kashmir Weather in Summer & Winter
If you ever visited Malaysia then you must love their weather because of their cold wind that makes your mood happy. Their pleasant weather will definitely fresh your mind if you are depressed with your workload or any other pressure. The weather in Kashmir is just like the same. If you love the rainy, and cold windy weather, Kashmir will become your favorite place. Their climate varies with altitude. As Azad Kashmir is a mountain area so it is very cold in winter and snowfall but it is moderate in summer. The southern part of Kashmir is extremely hot in June, July & August. Kashmir receives rainy weather in both summer & winter. Kotli Azad Kashmir Weather is also very beautiful in summer. Most of the people ask on google that what is Azad Kashmir Weather Today because they wanted to check the weather before going.
Where to stay in Azad Kashmir
There are a lot of Azad Kashmir Hotels where you can stay at a very reasonable package. If you are looking for 5-star hotels then you must go with Green Village Resort. This luxurious hotel is located in Sharda Azad Kashmir. They are providing all kinds of facilities like parking, restaurant, laundry, kids entertainment area, a terrace with every room, and 24/7 room service. The starting price for this hotel is 5,999 per night. Another one of my favourite hotels is Sharda Highland Hotel. I personally visited that hotel and spent 2 nights there with my family. Their manager and their team were too kind to me. Hotel service includes free parking, free high-speed internet, restaurant, & room service. The best thing about this hotel is that pets are also allowed.
Azad Kashmir Famous Places to Visit
1- Ratti Gali
The most visited place in Kashmir is Ratti Gali. It’s just 45 min away from the base camp. It is a glacial lake and famous for its beautiful look. It is surrounded by glaciers all the time. These glaciers are the main source of water. In winter, the road is blocked most of the time due to the land sliding. The question raised here is, how you will go to Ratti lake? You can easily go by yourself or rent a jeep. You can also rent a horse in a cheap package. The road is quite dangerous but the view is breathtaking. Most of the part of this road is slippery. You can rent a jeep from Sharda or Neelum Valley for a day for almost 5000 to 7000 PKR. If you ever visit Kashmir so you must visit Ratti Gali once. This is the best things to do in Kashmir.
2- Neelum River
If you are planning to visit Azad Kashmir you must visit Upper Neelum Valley. There are two entrances to the Neelum River, the one is from Muzafarabad and the second is from Kaghan. From the Upper Neelum Valley, places like Sharda, Kel, and Arang Kel must be seen. If you are an adventurous guy and love natural beauty then this place is for you. The water of the river is so cold because it is glacier water. There are a variety of trout fishes such as brown trout, rainbow trout, snow trout, and also different kind of fishes found in this river. If you want to catch the fish from the river so that’s illegal there. You can’t do this without any government permission. The Government only allowed the local people to catch the fish from the river.
3- Arang Kel
Whenever you hear the word village, the first word that comes to our mind is a dirty place where you can’t even breathe. If you are one of them who thinks this then sorry you are living on the wrong planet. Arang Kel in Azad Kashmir Pakistan is one of the beautiful and heavenly villages on Earth. It is just about 2 km away from the Kel. It is about 8375 feet above sea level. There is approximately 1-hour hiking from Kel to Arang Kel. In Kel, there is a cabin lift that helps you to cross the river then the real adventure starts. The price of the ticket is 100 for one side. You can also rent sticks for hiking. The rent for one stick is just 30 rupees. Arang Kel is quite cheap than the other places in Kashmir. When you reach at Arang Kel you will see the original beauty of this universe.
4- Tao Butt
From the Arang Kel, Tao Butt is almost 4 hours of drive in the jeep. The road is quite dangerous so you can’t go there in your own car. You must rent a jeep from Arang Kel. The rent from Arang Kel to Tao Butt is almost 2000 to 4000 PKR. If you have a jeep car-like parado or pajaro then you can go easily but if you have a car like Carolla or honda then you don’t take risks. The view of Tao Butt is mouthwatering. The place is very beautiful, calm but cold and windy. I suggest everyone should visit there and spend 3 to 4 days there. It will definitely reduce your stress level and depression. My overall experience is very good.
5- Darbar e Aalia Khari Sharif
Darbar aliya Khari Shareef is the shrine of Mian Muhammad Bakhsh. It is situated in Mirpur Azad Kashmir. The Mirpur Azad Kashmir Weather is normal in summer but Weather Mirpur Azad Kashmir is cold in winter. I visited once there and that was my favourite time. Let’s talk about the history of Khari Shareef. Khari has 80+ small and large villages & one of the villages itself is known as Khari Sharif. The old name of Khari Shareef is Khanqah Peer Shah then it was famous for Khari Shareef. There you have peace of mind. Many people come over there for mind relaxation. If you are planning to go there then don’t come on Thursday. Thursday is a very busy day all over Darbar in Pakistan. You can come on any other day. I am damn sure that it will be a wonderful experience in your life. You can visit there with your family and friends.
6- Pir Chinasi, Azad Kashmir
This Place is a tourism place for all the local and international tourists. Pir Chinasi is located about 30 km away from the east of Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir. You can see the whole city of Muzaffarabad from the peak of Pir Chinasi. Its hill station is located about 9500ft high where you can capture all the scene of the surroundings. If you wants a really adventures things to do type thing then this place is for you. This area is also popular for paragliding and snowcross jeeps. This is the place for tourist destinations and their environment is also very charming. The weather is cold at Pir Chinasi. You should bring your warm jacket and shoes with you. You can also do trekking there. The view from the top of Pir Chinasi is just awesome. You are welcome to bring your family and friends.
7- Nergola Waterfall
Nargola Waterfall is a great visiting place located in Rawalakot. Rawalakot is 120 km away from Rawalpindi. If you are going there in your car then it takes 3 hours to get there. This is a fantastic destination for you and your family to visit. The road is a little bit tricky but not too much. You can go easily if you are traveling by your transport. The place where the Nargola Waterfall is found is Mutialmera. To get there, you must park your vehicle on the road and then walk down the hill for 20 to 25 minutes. The best part is there is no entry ticket. There is also a VIP guest house there where you can stay at a very affordable package. The timings of the Nargola Waterfall is 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM. You can visit there any day of the week.
8- Mangla Dam
Mangla Dam is located on the river Jehlum in Azad Kashmir. It’s the sixth-largest Dam of the world. The Dam is named after the nearby village Mangla. The use of this dam is to produce hydroelectric power. It is just a 1.5 hr drive from Rawalpindi/Islamabad. Mangla has a beautiful water sports club and it has thirteen parks. This place is not open for tourists. Not every tourist is allowed to visit this dam. If you are planning to visit there then you have to take permission from the GHQ department. Other you are not allowed to visit this place. Mangla Dam gave the electricity supply to the whole of Pakistan. It is the 2nd largest dam after Terbela Dam.
9- Banjosa Lake Azad Kashmir
This lake is an artificial lake that’s made by Pakistan Govt for tourists. It’s a tourist resort that is 18 km away from Rawalakot, Azad Kashmir. This lake is surrounded by forests and mountains which makes the lake beautiful and charming for tourists. This place is famous for being a picnic spot for families and friends. The weather of Bonjosa Lake remains cool in summer, snowfall in January, and cold in winter. Now the question is which month is best to visit Banjosa Lake. The best month to visit this place is July. The hotels and the food are too good there. You can stay in the 4 and 5-star hotel at a reasonable package. Almost 3k to 5k PKR for one night stay.
10- Toli Pir
It is a hilltop area that is situated in Rawalakot, Azad Kashmir. Its height is almost 8800ft above sea level. It is about 35 km and 2hr drive from Rawalakot. Tolipir is basically the highest mountain in the area of Rawalakot. It is a famous and beautiful resort where you can enjoy your summer vacations. The best month to visit there is in June. On the top of the tolipir mountain, you can see the full view of Rawalakot, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. The weather generally becomes colder after the month of October. The road from Islamabad Rawalakot is easy but a little bit tricky from Rawalakot to Tolipir. You can have a BBQ there. Most of the tourists do bonfires at night. I personally recommend you to visit this place with your families and buddies.
My Personal Review on Azad Kashmir
I have visited Azad Kashmir twice in my life and that was my best tour ever. I visited Keran, Kel, Arang Kel, Ratti Gali, Nergola Waterfall, Pir Chinasim, Banjosa Lake & Darbar Khari Shareef. In my whole life, I have never seen such a beautiful place in my life. The people of Azad Kashmir are also very good. The language of Azad Kashmir local is Punjabi Pahari and Pothwari Gojri. That’s actually a mixture of Punjabi, Siraiki and Gujrati. The total area of Azad Kashmir is 13,297 km². I went to Bagh and the Bagh Azad Kashmir Weather is also much good. Whenever I search on google in Azad Kashmir that the most beautiful Places in the world or places to visit near me so every time google shoed me Kashmir Pakistan.
Once we were going to Arang Kel for Sharda and we forgot the route, so we asked a local for directions. I will talk about the taste of food. Their food is very tasty. The weather is hot in the morning and very cold at night. The people of Kashmir are very literate. I sat next to the residents and we gossiped for a long time about Pakistan and India. The people of India are not much different from the people of Pakistan. Our culture, food, and living style are the same. I want Jammu Kashmir and Azad Kashmir to be one. If life ever gave me a chance, I would go again and again.