Neelum valley is one of the beautiful places of Azad Kashmir and it named after the river which has curves like snake and has blue color. It is also called as the PARASIDE OF KASHMIR.
Neelum Valley is located in the Kashmir Region and to the North & the North East of Muzaffarabad and running parallel to the Kaghan Valley .
It mostly contains hills and mountains with great valleys. The valley has thick forest, streams and rivers. This valley is dipped in most amazing beauty and attracts lots of tourists from within the country and other foreign countries as well. The valley can be approached from two different points. One from Kaghan Valley and the other is Noori Top.
About 240 km long bow-shaped deeply forested picturesque Neelum Valley dipped in beauty is situated at North and North-East of Muzaffarabad in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan , running parallel to Kaghan Valley . These two valleys are only separated by snow-covered peaks, some over 4000m above sea level.
Traveling during May to October from the scorching heat of plains to the high land basin of Neelum Valley is indeed an escape from hell to the cold breezes of paradise. The temperature remains in between 65°F to 90° F during the summer. The upper portion of the area normally receives first snow fall in the month of October and at some times even during September.
Some of its famous places like Shounter Pass, Chita Khata, Ratti Gali, Baboon, Noori Top, Sharda, Kel, Surgon and many more are mentioned by famous tourists like Mustansar Hussain Tararr etc. Tararr even wrote a travelogue on after visiting there. The three rivers present in this area are Jhelum, Neelum and Poonch.
Historical palces and lakes in are: kundal shahi, Jura, Dhudnial, Tehhian, Ratti gali lake, Chitta katha lake Shonter lake
The people of districts Kotli, Mirpur & Bhimber, are simple, truthful and deeply attached to their land. The culture of this area resembles to that of the adjoining area of Punjab . People here mostly follow the culture which quite resemble to that of Punjab .While the district of Muzaffarabad has its own distinctive culture. The people are intelligent, hard working and are skillful.
Men of these valleys wear normal Shalwar Kameez and so does the women. The men mostly wear a weskit because in summers also the there is pleasant and cool and when we talk about winters the sweaters and the normal jackets comes into play. Women also wear the Shalwar Kameez and you wont see a single lady wearing a tight jeans or t-shirt. Women of these valley like to cover their faces aswell and mostly all of them wear a Burka or if not this than cover themselves with duppata and hence.