10 Places to Visit in Neelum Valley, Tourist Places & Attractions
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Neelum Valley Attractions

Ratti Gali Lake, Dhani Waterfall, Banjosa Lake, Pir Chinasi, Kutton Waterfall, Kundal Shahi, Shounter Lake and many more blissful attractions in Neelum Valley.

Venture on a Kashmir trip & witness the attractions in Neelum Valley unfold like a piece of heaven on earth. Its mesmerizing lakes and alpine valleys create a postcard-perfect scenery that captivates every visitor. Whether you're an adventure enthusiast exploring rugged terrain or a leisurely traveler seeking tranquility, Neelum Valley warmly welcomes you home. The charm of Neelum Valley is an essential highlight of any unforgettable Kashmir trip, promising a seamless blend of natural beauty and serene repose.

Of course, the Neelum Valley boasts of several mesmerizing lakes, the Ratti Gali lake and the Shounter Lake being just two such names. The Neelum Valley attractions also include the Dhani waterfall, which is witnessed in all its majesty during the summer months. Those seeking to add a bit of adventure to their holiday can also choose to head over to Pir Chinasi, a high motorable pass cut through the mountains, known for its thrilling views.

Here are some of the best attractions of Neelum Valley:

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Ratti Gali Lake

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The fact that the Ratti Gali Lake is considered by tourists and locals alike as the most beautiful lake in the Neelum Valley should tell you all you need to know about it before deciding whether or not to visit it.Indeed, the lake is so unanimously held in unmatched beauty, that its reputation cannot help but precede it for the average tourist.

The crystalline water of the lake, surrounded by peaks that stay ensconced in snow for the better part of year, and capped off by the valley of flowers that adorn it, there is not much competition to the Ratti Gali Lake. Safe to say, it is undoubtedly one of the places to visit in Neelum Valley that you simply cannot afford to do without. 

Best time to visit: November to March

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Dhani Waterfall

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Also known as the Dhani Noseri Waterfall, the Dhani Waterfall is located in the village of Dhani, from which it understandably derives its name, in the Muzaffarabad district. One of the most intriguing places to visit in Neelum Valley, it derives its fame partly from the fact that it is the highest waterfall in the Neelum Valley, a status which automatically elevates it above all the other waterfalls in the area.

The waterfall itself is 38 km from Dhani, and the final steps to the waterfall are meant to be trekked on foot. Conveniently, there has been recently constructed a refreshment area near the waterfall, where tourists can rest and relax to their fill after the trek. 

Best time to visit: March to Mid June

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Banjosa Lake

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Banjosa Lake is undoubtedly one of the most famous places to visit in Neelum Valley, attracting tourists in great numbers all year round. It is essentially an artificially constructed lake, which is located approximately 18 km from Rawalakot, in the Poonch district. Despite what connotations a humanly constructed lake might bring to your mind, there is absolutely no artificiality about the absolute splendor of nature that the Banjosa Lake finds itself in.

The lake is surrounded by an expansive area of pine forest, and resplendent mountain peaks that are bound to take your breath away. Moreover, there are plenty of options available in extreme proximity as far as accommodation is concerned, giving you all the more reasons to visit the lake with an entire weekend in mind. 

Best time to visit: May to August

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Pir Chinasi

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Many would, and perhaps rightly, be of the opinion that no place of tourist attraction is complete without at least a hint of thrill and exhilaration. Staying true to its reputation, the region in discussion presents one of the most popular Neelum Valley attractions, Pir Chinasi. Situated almost 10,000 ft. above sea level, if there is one attraction in the Neelum Valley that would appeal to the adrenaline seeking,

it is Pir Chinasi. It is essentially a mountain pass, an extremely narrow road that is certainly not a cup of tea for the faint-hearted. The road is made all the more precarious by over thirty hairpin turns at nauseating altitudes, with a plethora of instances where the road narrows down to an extent so as to render the parallel passage of even two vehicles at a time, impossible. 

Best Time to Visit: March to September

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Kutton Waterfall

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The Neelum Valley abounds in waterfalls, and the Kutton Waterfall is but one of the many Neelum Valley attractions that lure tourists to the region. The Kutton Waterfall is quite a hefty distance from Muzaffarabad, which is sort of a central vertex from which most attractions in the area are accessible. 

To be plain, as waterfalls go, there is not much that sets Kutton Waterfall in a position of privilege, and the fact that it competes with the Dhani Waterfall in that area, does not do much to its favor. Nevertheless, once this has been established, it is an attraction well worth considering as an addition to the route it runs parallel to.

Best time to visit: March to October

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Kundal Shahi

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All secrets are at their best when they stay secrets, and the Kundal Shahi, despite presently running the risk of full disclosure, has for long been one of the best-kept secrets when it comes to Neelum Valley attractions. Interestingly, the spot is only a few kilometers from the tension-fraught line of control over Kashmir that separates India and Pakistan.

Far from being a symptom of the ever-persistent political animosity, Kundal Shahi is basically a heavenly hamlet in the Neelum Valley, composed of scattered settlements on either bank of the union spot of the rivers Jagran Nallah and Neelum. The village also has a convenient tourist resort by the same name, which is the obvious destination of accommodation for most tourists that decide to visit the spot.

Best time to visit: April to October

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Shounter Lake

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It would seem a misconception to file the Shounter Lake under Neelum Valley attractions, for it is located in the Shounter Valley, but it is not so as the Shounter Valley itself is a part of the Neelum Valley. Located at an altitude of over 10,000 ft, above sea level, there can be perhaps no compliment for the Shounter Lake more fitting than to say that there are not many tourist spots in the region that would hold their own with it.

Cocooned within lofty and picturesque mountain peaks, the lake’s basin itself is fed from the water originating from the glaciers of the surrounding peaks. To cap it all off, the beauty of the spot, if it was possible at all, is increased substantially for the lush vegetation of flora that adorns it. 

Best time to visit: May to August

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Sharda Valley

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In case you are wondering, yes indeed, the ubiquitous Sharda University does derive its name from the Sharda Valley, or more specifically, the primordial Sharda University that was situated in the Sharda Valley. Despite the fact that the remnants of the Sharda University are the central attraction of the Sharda Valley, the entire region is replete with a beauty in its own right that is worthy of attention as well.

A road trip across the Sharda Valley is sure to quench the wanderlust of even seasoned veterans. The foliage of wild flora peppered across the entire route only adds to its already impressive beauty. 

Best time to visit: April to October

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One of the most impressive facets of the Neelum Valley is its quaint settlements that have down the years, fortunately, developed ino tourist hotspots, enabling the general mass to feel welcome in the bounteous beauty of nature at display. One of these quaint villages is Keran, which has slowly yet steadily grown into a quite popular tourist attraction.

Made of an extremely gentle and kind population, Keran is located in the Kupwara district of Kashmir under Pakistani administration. Surrounded by the rivers Neelum and Krishnaganga, Keran is also occasionally swamped by bursts of woodland and vegetation making it quite the package of adventure for the average tourist.

Best time to visit: March to August

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Kutton Valley

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Also known as the Jagran Valley, the Kutton Valley is a part of the larger mass of Neelum Valley itself. Easily accessible from Muzaffarabad by road, the Kutton Valley is well on its way to becoming a frontrunning tourist hotspot in the region. The Kutton Valley is mostly covered by a village that goes by the same name, and it is the village Kutton that tourists stay to visit the neighboring areas.

The locals of the village are extremely warm and hospitable, and there are options of accommodation aplenty, and you would not have to bother yourself at that front at all. The Kutton Waterfall is the central attraction in the Kutton Valley, but even apart from that, there are many picturesque locations, many which might flow under the radar, that would make a visit to the village more than worth your while. 

Best time to visit: March to October

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  1. What are the popular lakes in Neelum Valley?

    1. Ratti Gali Lake - The Ratti Gali Lake is arguably the topmost pick when it comes to Neelum Valley attractions. Surrounded by picturesque mountain peaks all around, there is never a wrong time to visit the Ratti Gali Lake. The accompanying floral cover also makes it a perfect picnic spot to spend a weekend at.

    2. Chitta Katha Lake - Mountains have always held a special spot in Hindu mythology, and the Chitta Katha Lake testifies for it insofar as it is widely considered to be an abode for Lord Shiva. Located in the Shounter Valley- which is basically a part of the Neelum Valley- at an astounding altitude of over 13,000 ft., this is definitely an experience you would not want to miss out on.

    3. Banjosa Lake - You would be amateurly remiss to consider the Banjosa Lake inferior in any regard than any of the lakes in the Neelum Valley for its status of being an artificial lake. Surrounded by mountain peaks of immense grandeur and a lush floral cover, the Banjosa lake is perfect for a family outing every day of the week.

  2. What is the best time to visit Neelum Valley?

    Neelum Valley is a tourist’s heaven, and the best time to visit would be from March to October. The reason being the weather in this part of the area is fundamentally chill, the warmer months are great for touring in the valley.
  3. Why is Neelum Valley famous?

    Neelum Valley is famous for, among other things, it’s unspoilt beauty. With bright blue rivers snaking across the stunning green mountains here, the valley becomes a paradise on earth. Resplendent lakes, lush forests, grand mountain peaks, quaint settlements; take your pick.
  4. Is Visiting Neelum Valley worth it?

    One of the most beautiful locations in the country, Neelum Valley is definitely worth a visit. Tourists of every sensibility- whether a leisure monger, an adventurer, an explorer- is bound to feel right at home in this natural abode. Although Neelum Valley offers the perfect repose for those looking for a quieter holiday, the Valley also offers plenty of adventure opportunities, such as trekking, fishing or mountain climbing.
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