Summer season has been started in Pakistan and like every year people think for trip to the northern areas. For summer trip our choices are always very limited like Murree, Nathia gali or Abbot Abad but this is because we are not fully aware with the beauty of Pakistan and less information and awareness about other cities for spending holidays. But today we will take you to a real paradise on earth and that is Kashmir. People do no visit Kashmir because they think that it could have much distance or the basic facilities may not available there but all the perceptions are wrong because neither it is too far from Islamabad nor you can find Kashmir without good infrastructure with many facilities.
If you are planning to visit Azad Kashmir then we present you a guide to it. Traveling by road to Azad Kashmir is itself an attraction as you come across the most beautiful scenes of rivers and hills. From Islamabad to Muzaffarabad it is 4 to 5 hours drive that pass from beautiful hills of Muree. Muzaffarabad is the capital of Azad Kashmir. PTDC and other private well furnished hotels can easily found. There is no direct flight to Azad Kashmir.
Major cities you can visit there are Mirpur which is the second largest city in the region and then Rawalakot which is considered a true paradise on earth. Then there are Bihar, Kotli, Bagh and Neelum. Neelum valley is a scenic valley and runs parallel to Kaghan valley and is separated by snow covered peaks. It is 155 KM away from Muzaffarabad and it offers panoramic view of hills on both sides of the river, lush green forests, enchanting streams, high altitude lakes and attractive surroundings. It is also ideal for Mount tourism. Jhelum Valley is another scenic valley located 59kms from Muzaffarabad. Accommodation facilities are also available in the rest houses at places of tourist attraction.
Rawalakot is the capital of Poonch Division. If you visit Azad Kashmir then you will find the real natural scenic beauty here. It offers mountain based adventure tourism like rock climbing, mountaineering, trekking, summer camping and hiking. Small hotels with living accommodations are available in and around the city. Lodges, government-owned and private guest houses, and hotels are available in different parts of Rawalakot. Rawalakot has a downtown area, which consists of shops selling everything from groceries to electronic goods.
So pack your bags and have a memorable summer time in Kashmir.