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Rawalakot
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It is one of the most beautifull city of kashmir. With its breathtaking view and enchanting waterfalls, it is truely a paradise on earth.

Rawalakot, the district headquarter, is situated in the heart of district Poonch. The altitude of this beautiful saucer-shaped valley is 1615 meters.
Situated at a distance of 76 kilometers from Kohalla, it is also linked with
Rawalpindi/Islamabad via Azad Pattan and Dhalkot and with Muzaffarabad via Kohalla by black top roads.

 

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Kotli
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 Kotli, is a district of Azad Kashmir. The city is famous for its mosques and is often descirbed as Madina-tul-Masajid. The town of Gulhar Sharif in Kotli is a place of great spirtitualism. Here one finds a great mosque located right at the heart of the town.  Inside the premises of the mosque of Gulhar Sharif there is a Shrine of the late Qazi Fateh Al saddiquei Shatari. Here, the  spirtuality is flourshing under the guidance of Qazi Muhammad Sadiq, konw as Hazrat Sahib and his son Haji Hafiz Muhammad Zahid Sultani, known as Sahibzada Sahib. Here people can be seen busy in reciting the Holy Quran, sending Darood Sharif on the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) or in other 'Wazaif.'  Besides,  guiding people, Hazrat Sahib and his son are busy to build mosques. So far more than 400 mosques have been built in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan under their support and guidance

At a distance of 26Km from Kotli via a metalled road lies Tattapani , a popular tourist and mythical destination. Thousands of people flock to the Sulphur Springs each year in the hope to find magical cures for illnesses.

On the west side from Kotli there are many villages as you head to the other smaller town Doongi.  These start from Lakar, to , Chiri, Batal, Gajyari and Dhanna.  Doongi is a small settled town, which leads to khuiratta town. 

Dhanna village is the central village from Doongi to Khuiraata.  On the outskirts of Khuiratta is the famous Mai Totee darbar, to whom people as far as Mirpur come to pray for. 

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Mirpur
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Mirpur District is located at the extreme South of the State and is linked with Pakistan and the districts of Azad Kashmir through several routes. District Mirpur comprises partly plain and partly hilly areas. Its hot and dry climate and other geographical conditions closely resemble to those of Jhelum and Gujrat, the adjoining districts of Pakistan.

The people of this area are basically agriculturalist belonging to Jatt and Rajput castes, with strong cultural links to the Pothwar region of Pakistan. The Mirpur area was traditionally a recruiting ground for the British Indian army. The people of this region are considered to be part of the 'martial tribes' as designated by the British. Mirpuri soldiers show there bravery in both world wars.

People from this region of Jammu and Kashmir have historically looked abroad for employment. Many a ship employed Mirpuri boiler men in the age of steam. During the two world wars many Mirpuris enlisted in the merchant navy and armed services. During the last four decades a large number of people from this district have gone abroad, especially to United Kingdom for earning their livelihood.� The Mangla Dam� project� in the early sixties resulted in the displacement of a large number of people ,who under a an agreement between the Pakistan government and the British government, were allowed to settle in the UK.

As such, they are today the major foreign exchange earning resource for Pakistan. Around 50,000 people were moved from this district in the mid-sixties to make way for the construction of Mangla Dam, but corrupt handling of funds meant long drawn out delays in completing the project. Most of these people settled in new Mirpur whilst some moved elsewhere in Pakistan or to the UK.

As it adjoins the industrial cities of Pakistan, the Government of Azad Jammu & Kashmir has successfully endeavored to develop it as an industrial place and promote private investment for establishing Textile, vegetable fat ('ghee'), garments, scooters, cosmetics and many other industries.

Islam Garh

Islam Garh(formerly Akhal Garh) is a post office town in Distric Mirpur. Many people from the Islam Garh area settled in the UK, enticed by Enoch Powell after WWII with his cry of "Come to England, we love you, come fill our empty factories" (the same hypocritical politician who later made the famous 'Blood in the streets' speech when unemployment was high in the 1970s). Although locals consider their literacy rate to be good, it's probably true to say that, as in most of the former Islamic lands, the people of rural areas of Pakistan have forgotten how greatly Islam encourages learning for all. What little education is available is mainly for boys.

1 km distant, A village Mohra Malkan(old name was Mohra Bedrahn) is consists of 50 Houses. All people are settled here are AWAN by caste Most of Population of this village are abroad in the UK. Literacy Rate of this people are 90%. Morah Malkan comes in Union Council Andrah Kalan. This village have produced 14 Teachers(Male) and 3 Teachers(Female) Only one Lecturer of Statistics as well. This Village has a Shootting Vally ball Club. This club has 14 members players. This village presents a beautiful view of Combine life of villages and cities. The morning view of this village from west side is so beautiful and atractive.

There is another village nearby called Chak Haryam. Our family migrated from it to Yorkshire in the UK in the late 60s. I grew up in Yorkshire but as a teen I had to revisit Chak Haryam in the early 80s. The attitudes of the people I saw there led me to always pronounce the name as Chak Haram. This village is great and is one of the biggest villages in this area.  Most people have now settled in the UK.

Mangla
Mangla is a small beautiful modern town. It is situated at a distance of 110 kilometers from Islamabad and is 15 kilometers short of Mirpur City. The construction of Mangla reservoir having perimeter of 100 kilometers and presence of Mangla and Ramkot Forts of Mughal period have turned this place into an attractive tourist spot. Mangla has special attraction for the tourists coming on short visits because of its proximity to Jhelum, Lahore and Rawalpindi / Islamabad.

Mirpur
Mirpur, the district headquarter is situated at an elevation of 459 meters A.S.L. It is linked with the main Peshawar- Karachi Grand Trunk Road at Dina, a small town about 15 kilometers short of Jhelum city.

The construction of Mangla Dam converted the old Mirpur town into a big artificial lake and effected a population of about 50,000. But it paved the way for existing new Mirpur town situated on the bank of Mangla Lake. The city is well planned and buildings are mostly of modern design. Mirpur has developed into an industrial city very rapidly. All the basic amenities of life are available in Mirpur. Colleges, hospitals, banks, shopping centers, hotels, telephone & telegraph units, Forest , PWD, Industries and Tourist rest houses exist in the city. Bus and wagon transport services are also available.

Ramkot Fort
Picturesquely located on the summit of a hill, Ramkot Fort is built over the site of an old Hindu Shiva temple. 3 sides of this hill top are surrounded by River Jhelum (ancient Vitasta). During excavations relics of the 5th - 9th century AD have been discovered near one of the temples. In the 16th - 17th century AD the Muslim rulers of Kashmir in safe guarding their boundaries built numerous forts. Ramkot, sitting atop at the confluance of the river Jhelum & Poonch is one of them. The Sikh Maharaja of Kashmir further fortified Ramkot.

Ramkot Fort is located on the opposite side of the Mirpur Town and one has to cross Mangla Lake on boat to reach there. A 10 minutes travel by road from Mirpur leads to Sukhian and nearby Army Water Sports Club from where boats are available for access to Ramkot Fort. It takes 45 minutes to reach there.

Ramkot Fort can also be visited from Mirpur via Dudyial-Baily Kathaar route (77 Km) but from Baily Kathaar onward there is no regular road so it is better to travel from Sukhian by boat.

Khari Sharif
Located 8Km from Mirpur is Khari Sharif. Known for housing the Shrine of the Sufi Saint known as Baba Pir-e-Shah Ghazi (Damrian Wali Sarkar). The place acts as a great seat of learning for students of Islam. Darvishs (disciples) of the Saint can be seen today wandering in AJK and Pakistan. Also at Khari Sharif is the Shrine of the late Mian Mohammed Baksh who wrote the famous tale Saif-ul-Muluk. This tells of a Prince who fell in love with a fairy called Badi Jamal who he saw in a dream. The story chronicals his travels in search of the fairy and the spiritual lessons he learns on the way.
Jatan has become the main commercial centre for all Khari Sharif and half of District Bhimber. It is located at the borders of both Districts Mirpur and Bhimber. The area has a population of 150.000. 60% of the population lives below poverty line (earning less than a £ a day.

KIRF a UK based charity,working in azad kashmir since 1992. In 2002 KIRF conducted a study of medical needs of this area and found that there were no medical facilities available. Mother and child mortality rate was very high (115 children and 85 mothers� per 10,000). In March 2003 kirf started its most ambitous project of building a 100 bed generel hospital at Jatlan. First phase of the construction work has been completed and is open to the public.

Bhimber
Bhimber is a sub-division (Thesil) of the district, situated 50Km from Mirpur. The area is very rich in archaeological remains. Bhimber falls on the route that was followed by the Moghul rulers of India for their frequent visits to the Kashmir Valley.

Jandi Chontra
Jandi Chontra is a scenic spot located 17Km from Bhimber and 67Km from Mirpur. The area is known for its panaromic views. The Shrine of the Sufi Saint Baba Shadi Shaheed is also located here.

Baghsar
Baghsar is situated at 975m above sea-level in the Samahni valley. The Sar, local name for a lake, is nearly half kilometre long sheet of clear water that soothes the senses of the visitor. On top of a hill is the famous Moghul Fort over-looking the lake that adds grandeur to the area. This four storey massive structure of granite is a feat of Mughal engineering that has stood the ravages of time. It has also played important roles in history during the times of Ahmed Shah Abdali, Ranjit Singh and Gulab Singh. It is said that the Mughal Emperor Janghir, on his way back from the Kashmir Valley, fell ill and ultimately died in this fort.

Dadyal
Dadyal is a hilly�tehsil of Mirpur district adjoining Rawalpindi.� It has pleasant scenery and climate.� The main town of Dadyal is modern and�a shoppers paradise.�

Bagh
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Bagh city is the district headquaters of the Bagh district which lies adjacent to the districts of Rawalakot and Muzafarabad. The Bagh district has a population of 350,000. The best places to visit in Bagh are Sudhan Gali, Ganga Chaoti, Nanga Peer, Lass Danna, Mallot, Bees Bagla, Neela Butt, which are over 9000 feet obove sea level. This is one of the poorest districts of Azad Kashmir with hardly any industrial base. The people rely on small stretches of land for growing their food.

Kirf is currently running some 38 projects in district Bagh, which include Water supplies, Vocational Training Centres. Schools, Dispensaries and sponsorships for poor students.

Another buautiful place in Bagh is Kalary Topi Chitra about 5 kilo meter west from Bagh Chitra is about 8900 ft high mountain from sea level.Kalary is a valley down side from Chitra hill a beautiful land scap in bagh districk.

bagh is beautiful city another beautiful place is burka and sunggar

There is another beautifull village in Bagh Dist.which name is Jhir Ghani Abad.It is a very beautifull village surounding with hills like bees bagla mallot nanga peer and kopra hills.Ghani Abad is linked with islam abad Muzaffa Abad and Bagh city by roads.Many Famous persons of azad kashmir history like army officers islamic scholars journlists police officers are living there,Molana Abdul Ghani(late)was the first islamic scholar of this area.Professor Yaqoob Shaique is another famous scholar and writer of many books.
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Mirpur Hall Road
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Hall Road is the popular road running between check-post in Nathya and Mega Mart in chowk.  Its really good to walk out on that stretch of road.  You find yourself walking from the Nathya point where the area is illuminated at very basic levels.  From a distance you see the chowk (round-about), all lit up with car show rooms and the Mega Mart.  Its funny, a four mile road sort of boils down to a ten minute walk whilst chatting away with the local buds, deciding on whether to have a burgur or go to the mart to dine.

Sad thing is that if you're there (in mirpur) on a break and are enjoying your time, time really runs out and before you know it you're back at the airport heading away!!

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Muzaffar abad
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Muzaffarabad is the capital of Azad Kashmir. Natural sceneries are the main things to watch. Kashmir has been known as paradise on earth, even Michael Palin who has travelled across the world, Kashmir is the most enchanting beautiful place on earth. Its really a beautiful gift from God to us. Mirpur is a second big and major city of Azad Kashmir. Mangla Fort is situated beside Mirpur. Mangla Fort is also very historical and beautiful place to visit. Mirpur has it all, the tranquility, the people and, most importantly the value of life an respect.
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Pallandri
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It presents a ravishing scenery and alluring view to the visitors. It is situated about 7700m from sea level. The valley consists of numberless evergreen pine and cedar trees, transparent spring, musical water-falls and sky-high mountains. The climate is pleasant throughout the year. Temperature in summer is almost 20 to 35 °C and in winter -5 to 25 °C. In winter, one may witness the snow-fall on the nearby mountains.
here restaurants of high qualities are available named AL-HARAM, AL-ASHRAF, AL-MUMTAZ, AFZAL PLAZA ...... and many more. There is a rest house at pallandri neat and clean.
There are very famous schools and colleges there named...
CADET COLLEGE PALLANDRI
GOVT. MODEL PILOT HIGH SCHOOL
DEGREE COLLEGE PALLANDRI 
STANDARD PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL

SUDHNUTI MODEL SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

 

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Khuiratta
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Saeed Aasi: I love Khuiratta because my beloved SN is there. I know i cannot get her easily but i know love happens only once and rest is just life. Khuiratta city, located near the control line between Indian occupied Kashmir and Azad Kashmir. It's at a distance of 25 kms from the Kotli City District of AJK. It's an easy approachable place. If you have landed in Islamabad. Then you can use rent a car or just go to peer Wadhai bus station and you will find commfortable small vans going  to Khuiratta directly. You will reach the town in 3 hour and 30 minutes. It is not more than 160 kms journey but the whole journey is full of  excitement and thrill. As the zig zag road is moving along the high mountaineous chain. It is a developing city, lies between tow big straight chains of mountains (east and on west side). This whole area is commonly called the Bannah Valley and Khuiratta is the business and commercial center of this valley. This place is worth seeing. You can easily find the hotels, restaurants, and other everyday needs of life. People of Khuiratta are very polite, civilized, and well-educated. There are many government and private schools, colleges, and hospitals.

Fathepur Thakiala (Thakiala)
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An excellent place to visit especially during summer. It is accessible from Kotli, Tatapani & Khoeretta. A nice mountain of Pirnasora (Topian) surrounded by greenish plains and trees.
It is situated kilometers from Kotli, and 150 kilometers from Islamabad at an altitude of 1500 meters. Its scenic beauty and impressive surrounding is compelling and attracts tourists to reach here to enjoy the nature for a possible comeback. Amidst the captivating beauty of Fathepur Thakiala the top Hilli styation reflects the dense forest standing along the surrounding of the resting calm waters of Fathepur Thakiala. The nearby areas worth seeing of Khoeretta wadi-e- Bana, Pir Panjal of accuipied Kashmir, and top hilli station Pir Sai fazil in front of you. The distance parting the destinations from fathepur Thakiala to Kerala Majhan, Daroti, Dabsi Jandroot are 10kms, 15kms and 20 kms respectively. These places portray rich inherent natural beauty encompassing all others while awaiting visitors for a comfortable stay. Also, Pir Kalanjer (Rest house) is situated 5 kms from Thakiala awaiting ones arrival to explore the fascinating beauty over-looking the sub-valley of Thakiala and Parawa. Accommodation on reasonable rates is available here in Tourism, PWD , and rest houses.

Fathepur Thakiala is situated in District Kotli , AJK. It is famous for the cold season and natural beauty. If you went across the top hilli station of Pir nasora, 5000 ft height there you can see all over the District Kotli 's beautiful places.

It is really a paradise on earth. The people are very hospitable and basically it is a tawon, roads are very best standard around the tawon.

Toli Pir rawalakot
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Toli Pir, a hilltop 30 kilometres from Rawalakot, It is located at the drive of 45 minute from city.

Take a glance at the panoramic view around and you will realize why Iqbal had gone overjoyed: “If paradise can be on earth, it is this same place.” And why had the emperor Jahangir on his deathbed said he desired “Nothing but Kashmir.”

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Benjosa
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An excellent place to visit especially during summer.It is accessible from Rawalakot, Palandri, Hajira & Sarsawa (Kotli). A nice lake surrounded by greenish plains and trees.

It is Situated 20 kilometers from Rawalakot , at an altitude of 1981 meters. Its scenic beauty and impressive surrounding is compelling and attracts tourists to reach here to enjoy the nature for a possible comeback. Amidst the captivating beauty of Banjosa the artificial lake reflects the dense forest standing along the surrounding of of the resting calm waters of Banjosa lake.

The nearby worth seeing areas of Banjosa are Jandali , Hussain kot and Devi gali which can't be simply bypassed for a pleasure trip. The distance parting the destinations from Banjosa are 3 kms, 4kms and 12 kms respectively. These places portray rich inherent natural beauty encompassing all others while awaiting visitors for a comfortable stay. Also, Ghorimar is situated 20 kms from Khaigala awaiting ones arrival to explore the fascinating beauty over-looking the sub-valley of Rawalakot and Bagh.

Accommodation on reasonable rates is available here in Tourism, PWD , Pearl Development Authority's and Deira rest houses.

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Rawala Kot
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Rawalakot, the district headquarter, is situated in the heart of district Poonch. The altitude of this beautiful saucer-shaped valley is 1615 meters.
Situated at a distance of 76 kilometers from Kohalla, it is also linked with
Rawalpindi/Islamabad via Azad Pattan and Dhalkot and with Muzaffarabad via Kohalla by black top roads.

The construction of Guoien Nullah road between Rawalakot and Azad pattan has considerably reduced the distance and journey time. In winter there is heavy snow fall but during summer the place becomes full of green grass and beautiful flowers including many varieties of roses. You can observe pure nature very closely.
The town has few good bazaars where all essential commodities of life are easily available. In Rawalakot, besides Rawalakot International Hotel, some good hotels and private guest houses provide comfortable accommodation.
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Chattroh
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Chattroh is a small, non-descript village in the Dadyal tehsil (sub-division) of the Mirpur district of Azad Kashmir, lying on the banks of the River Jhelum. Like much of Mirpur, Chattroh has deep connections with the UK. Many people originally from Chattroh have settled in the urban centres such as Birmingham and Manchester. Indeed, the Cheetham Hill district of Manchester is often referred to as New Chattroh (by Mirpuris), reflecting the fact that a large number of people from Chattroh live there. The link with the UK is immediately obvious on entering Chattroh, where one is greeted by palatial, hacienda-style residences, eerily empty, which have been built with remitted pounds. In this regard, Chattroh is no different from the rest of Mirpur, where links with the UK have precipitated various property booms since the 1960s.

When the Mangla dam was created in the 1960s, Chattroh escaped relatively unscathed, with only land on the periphery affected. However, plans to raise the Mangla reservoir further, if implemented, are certain to affect properties in Chattroh. These plans, as well as the general property boom, have contributed to demand for habitable land (as in much of Mirpur). This in turn has encouraged many unscrupulous people to take advantage of the archaic land laws and registers to make unmeritorious claims to premium land.

Chattroh also has a long history of involvement in politics. Mirpur's representative to the assembly of Maharaja Hari Singh, the last Dogra ruler of Kashmir, was from Chattroh. In recent years, two MPs for the Dadyal constituency of the state government have hailed from Chattroh, both of whom also served as State Ministers.

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The Beautifull
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THE BEAUTIFULL HAJIRA IS TEHSEEL OF DISTRICT POONCH.HAJIRA IS SITUATED  AT MAIN RAWALPINDI KOTLI ROAD.The Beautiful of Azad Kashmir

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THE BEAUTIFULL HAJIRA IS TEHSEEL OF DISTRICT POONCH.HAJIRA IS SITUATED  AT MAIN RAWALPINDI KOTLI ROAD.

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BANGRILA
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Bhimber Azad Kishmir
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Bhimber is one of the district in Azad Kashmir... 50 Km from Gujrat Pakistan... and 50 Km from Mirpur district... Bhimber is a very beautiful city... Bhimber is called "Baab-e-Kashmir... (Door of Kashmir)

Azad Kashmir, 250 miles in length with width varying from 10 to 40 miles, 13,300 km² (5134 miles&sup2), Northern Areas, a much larger area, 72,496 km² (27,991 mi²), incorporated into Pakistan and administered as a de facto dependency, and A small part, the Trans-Karakoram Tract, of the Northern Areas that was ceded to China by Pakistan in 1963.

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hajira
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Hajira is a Tasil of Poonch district. Hajira is a valley and it is delimited by gorgeous green hills and beautiful villages. It is very graceful and attractive city. Total Population of Hajira and enclosed villages is almost Eighty Thousand (80,000). It is most nearest city from Indian occupied Kashmir. Poonch city (District of this city) is also occupied by India and only 5 KM far from this city.

These are the Geo Coordinates of this city : 33° 46' 0" North, 73° 54' 0" East.

Map link of Hajira is: http://www.maplandia.com/pakistan/jammu-and-kashmir/punch/hajira/

Populace of Hajira face lot of evils in past because it is presence on border and Indian cross border aggression and attacks directly affect the people of Hajira and its attached population. Now because of Indo – Pak agreement, cross border attacks from India has been stopped and Hajira become a safe city. 2005 Earthquake also demolished 25 % part of this city but after the reconstruction and rehabilitation process, everything has come to be normal.

The climate of Hajira Valley is comparability not too cold but the ambiance of all surrounded areas is typical Kashmiri. Normally in Kashmir due to low temperature most of the cities close in night time but because weather is in Hajira is not too cold, almost all hotels and restaurants are open in night time.

Hostility of public of Hajira is very exemplary.   Latency rate of this city is almost sixty (60 %). Almost Seventy (70 %) way of earning of Hajira populace is foreign employment, Ten (10 %) are doing government services and rest are doing business. At least one person almost from each family is doing his job in foreign countries especially in Middle East, Europe, UK and USA.

Seven union councils (Sarari, Bango, Phagwati, Gammer, Akhorban, Dawarandi and union council nar) attached with this city. The main villages are attached with this valley are: Narian, Kathiyara, Manjoura,   Pothi Chapriyan, Uod Phagwati, Dwarandi, Gangil tar, Davi gali etc.


 

Leswa
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Leswa is one of the beautiful place of Neelum Valley. It is situated at the bank of river Neelum. It is surrounded with beautiful hills and is known by a road called Leswa By Pass, which meets the Sharah-e-Neelum at Dewlean and Leswa naala, ZERO POINT in front of the village Falakaan. It is completely safe and sound place of Neelum Valley. It's population is around about 10,000.

In the summer season, it's greenery is very pleasing. The main crop of this village is Maiz (makay). Fresh fruits are available in the summer season while in the winter season dry fruits like walnuts are very tasteful.
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Thorar
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Thorar is a beautifull town of Jammu Kashmir. It is about 30 Kilometers from Rawalakot, 100 Kilometers from Muzaffarabad, 250 Kilometers from  Srinagar and about 100 Kilometers from Isalamabad Pakistan. The litracy rate of Thorar is 80%. Majority of the people in Thorar belong to Sudhan (Suduzai) tribe. People are very generous and helpful. There is One Govt. Boys Degree College, on Girls College and some private colleges and schools for boys and girls.

 

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Sehra
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Sehra is a beautiful town of Dist. Poonch azad kashmir. Situated at the bank of river Poonch, it's a real paradise.
Forward Kahuta
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It is situated in the district of Bagh. It is the most beautiful place of Azad Kashmir.

SindGala/ Jabbi Syedan Forward Kahuta SindGala/ Jabbi Syedan Forward Kahuta
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it is situated in district bagh the most bueatifull place of azad kashmir

Forward Kahuta
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Khurshidabad Forward Kahuta, Bagh Azad Kashmir: almost 180km away from Islamabad/Rawalpindi, located in District Bagh on the foot of Pirpunjal Region. Temperate climate during summer and cold during winter. Hilly area woven by a net of streams and rivers. People are very much hospitable and friendly.

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Abbaspur
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This town originally named as Gowpal Pur was re named in early 1950’s Abbaspur after a great Kashmiri leader Chaudhry Ghulam Abbas. Before partition of Indian and Pakistan Kashmir Gowpal Pur was a relatively unknow place and was primarily used to breed cows. That is where the original name of GOWPALPUR meaning (Cows breeding place) came from. 1947 during war over Kashmir lot of Muslim residents of Poonch city and neighboring towns rushed to this site for a temporary refuge. Their main purpose to hanging around this area was to wait for cease-fire and than go back to their permanent homes in poonch. After few years the immigrant residents realized that their dream to go back to their motherland is far from true. Thus those immigrants started to rebuild their lives in this area. Along with themselves immigrants from Poonch and neighboring towns brought a rich culture of business, education and social city life to this area. In early 1950’s an immigrant MS. Wazir Begum was the founder of first girls school in Abbaspur. She started a school for girls in her own home and was faced with criticism of spoiling native girls with education. . She was daughter of Sardar Salah Mohammed Khan who was Sergeant with department of police in Poonch city and died in hands of Sikhs while exiting out of Poonch Today there are about a dozen of schools and colleges in this town having educated some of the most brilliant brains of this nation who became successful professionals in medical, engineering, education and yes also the never dull profession of politics.
Rawlakot
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Rawlakot

Rawlakot, the district headquarter, is situated in the heart of district

Poonch. The altitude beautiful Saucer–Shaped Valley IS 1615 Meters. Situated at a distance of 76 Kilometers from Kohala is also linked with Rawalpindi/Islamabad via Azad Pattan and Dhalkot and with Muzafarabad Kohala by black top roads. The construction of Guoien Nullah road between Rawlakot Azad Pattan has considerably reduced the distance and journey time. During summer the place is full of green grass and beautiful flowers including many varieties of roses. The town has bazaars where all essential commodities of life are easily available.

Paniola is situated 17 KMs from Rawlakot towards Kohala and 52 Kilometers from Kohala its calm and charming characteristics, the

Tourism Department has constructed a rest house for tourist.

 

It is situated 20 Kilometers from Rawlakot, at an attitude of 1981 meters. Its scenic beauty impress surrounding is compelling and attracts tourists to reach here to enjoy the nature. Admist the captivation beauty of Banjosa the artificial Lake reflects the forest standing along the surrounding of the resting calm water of Banjosa Lake.

The nearby worth seeing areas of Banjosa are Jandali, Hussain Kot and Devi gali which can’t be simply bypassed for a pleasure trip. Ghorimar is situated 20 Kms from khaigala awaiting ones arrival to explore the fascinating beauty over-looking the sub-valley of Rawlakot and Bagh.

Accommodation on reasonable rates is available here in Tourism AJK, PWD and Pearl Development Authority’s rest houses.

 

 Ghori mar is situated at a distance of 30 Kilometers, ahead of Rawlakot. A fair weather Khaigala leads to this place. At reaching Ghori Mar one can explore the fascinating beauty looking the sub valleys of Rawlakot and Bagh. AJK Tourism Department provides accommodation facilities to visitors.

   

    It is one of the most beautiful and fascinating tourist spot in   

    Rawlakot which is almost 15 km ahead from the top of Toli

    Peer hills one can see city. It is all covered with green and

    paved grass land. It is almost 800 feet above from the sea

    level. The temperature remains very down in spring and gentle

    Breezes make the environment very healthy and romantic.

    One who visits this spot can never forget it.

    Miss Tehseen Khan

    thnl@hotmail.com

 

 

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Rawlakot

Rawlakot, the district headquarter, is situated in the heart of district

Poonch. The altitude beautiful Saucer–Shaped Valley IS 1615 Meters. Situated at a distance of 76 Kilometers from Kohala is also linked with Rawalpindi/Islamabad via Azad Pattan and Dhalkot and with Muzafarabad Kohala by black top roads. The construction of Guoien Nullah road between Rawlakot Azad Pattan has considerably reduced the distance and journey time. During summer the place is full of green grass and beautiful flowers including many varieties of roses. The town has bazaars where all essential commodities of life are easily available.

Paniola is situated 17 KMs from Rawlakot towards Kohala and 52 Kilometers from Kohala its calm and charming characteristics, the

Tourism Department has constructed a rest house for tourist.

 

It is situated 20 Kilometers from Rawlakot, at an attitude of 1981 meters. Its scenic beauty impress surrounding is compelling and attracts tourists to reach here to enjoy the nature. Admist the captivation beauty of Banjosa the artificial Lake reflects the forest standing along the surrounding of the resting calm water of Banjosa Lake.

The nearby worth seeing areas of Banjosa are Jandali, Hussain Kot and Devi gali which can’t be simply bypassed for a pleasure trip. Ghorimar is situated 20 Kms from khaigala awaiting ones arrival to explore the fascinating beauty over-looking the sub-valley of Rawlakot and Bagh.

Accommodation on reasonable rates is available here in Tourism AJK, PWD and Pearl Development Authority’s rest houses.

 

 Ghori mar is situated at a distance of 30 Kilometers, ahead of Rawlakot. A fair weather Khaigala leads to this place. At reaching Ghori Mar one can explore the fascinating beauty looking the sub valleys of Rawlakot and Bagh. AJK Tourism Department provides accommodation facilities to visitors.

   

    It is one of the most beautiful and fascinating tourist spot in   

    Rawlakot which is almost 15 km ahead from the top of Toli

    Peer hills one can see city. It is all covered with green and

    paved grass land. It is almost 800 feet above from the sea

    level. The temperature remains very down in spring and gentle

    Breezes make the environment very healthy and romantic.

    One who visits this spot can never forget it.

    Miss Tehseen Khan

    thnl@hotmail.com

 

 

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I am from panoila azad kashmir . Although the whole kashmir is the picture of beauty but the beauty of panoila is extra ordinary.I love my kashmir very much.Really kashmir is the paradise.
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I am from rawalkot azad kashmir .I want to introduced the panoila azad kashmir.Panoila is a very beautiful place in kashmir.Although the whole kashmir is like a paradise but the beauty of panoila is different to me.There are lot of famouse personilites are living in panoila.I can discribe the beauty of kashmir in words,the words will became,s less but the beauty of kashmir will never be finsihed.

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I AM ABDUL WAHAB ABBASI FROM RAWLAKOT JANDATHI AZAD KASHMIR.

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