Are you looking for a new destination for your next vacation? Somewhere where you can nature at its finest and appreciate a culture that is different than your own? Neelum Valley in Kashmir, Pakistan is an excellent idea for those who want to enjoy the beauty of Pakistan and get to know more about the culture and traditions.
Neelum Valley is often called the paradise of Kashmir and with good reason: it has some of the most beautiful destinations that are reminiscent of some of the most visited places in Italy or Switzerland. The difference being that here, you will also be able to partake of the rich Pakistani culture and learn more about the history of this fascinating location.
Following are the highlights of Neelum Valley and why you should plan a visit, as soon as possible:
Chitta Katha Lake
Chitta Katha Lake is, undoubtedly, one of the most picturesque and is definitely a place that you must visit when in Neelum Valley. With gorgeous crystal-clear waters and beautiful snow-capped mountains as a backdrop against blue skies that look like a painting, if you were looking for a picture-perfect spot in Pakistan, this is it.
Whether you visit in the winter when the area is full of snow or visit in the spring when it is just melting, you will not want to miss out on this experience. For those who like hiking, reaching Chitta Katha Lake is an excellent idea.
Yet another scenic destination in Neelum Valley, this lake is especially beautiful to visit in the Spring, but is truly a masterpiece all year. Similar to Chitta Katha Lake with its crystal waters and mountains in the background, this alpine glacier lake is also a must-visit for those who want to have some adventure and outdoor experiences in Pakistan.
Beautiful flowers grow at the edge of the lake, with snow topping the mountains nearly all year, which makes this the perfect destination for those once-in-a-lifetime pictures. It takes a good hike to get there due to its high altitude, but the view upon arrival is definitely worth it. There is a camping site around an hour away, so if you are up for an incredible experience, this is the destination for you.
If you want to have some amazing views of the valley below, visit Upper Neelum where you will be able to get a bird’s eye view of Kashmir. A unique village in an area that is rich in culture, fruit, and native wildlife, this is a charming and inviting area for travellers who want to enjoy a visit to the Neelum mountains and enjoy the views that can only be found from up high. From observing life in this area to exploring the wildlife and abundant nature, Upper Neelum will be an enchanting experience.
If you are looking for waterfalls, look no more. KuttonJagran Valley is home to Kutton waterfall that draws many visitors to its beauty on a regular basis. This large waterfall can be seen from above or from below and the Kutton village will also provide you with plenty to see and experience. The Neelum river has often been a popular destination for whitewater rafting and it runs through this area, making it an ideal location for those who want to enjoy the beauty of this area’s natural waters and the nearby mountains.
The DhaniNoseri Waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Pakistan and is worth your time. With waters pouring down from high above pooling at the bottom of a tall cliff, this gorgeous natural destination is a must-see during your time in Neelum Valley. Whether you visit alone or with your sweetheart, you can be sure that this will be a satisfying experience.
If you want to relax in a calm and peaceful area, KeranNeelum Valley is situated next to the river and you can wake up to gorgeous views of mountains and gorgeous skies every morning. With an inviting thick forest full of wildlife and beauty, you can enjoy relaxing strolls in what is quite possibly, one of the best areas in Pakistan.
Things to do in Neelum Valley
Apart from these gorgeous destinations, you can be sure to have a lot of fun while in Neelum Valley, as well. There are white-water rafting tours, hiking experiences, boating fun, and kayaking. From lush green meadows to beautiful snowy mountains and flowing rivers, Neelum Valley is truly an underrated destination that has more natural beauty than in many other areas of Pakistan.
What are some preparations to make before coming?
While you may be alright if you decide to venture out to the Kashmir area without any guide or tour company, you may find that it is easier to have someone who knows the area show you the way—and it is also safer. There are some excellent places to stay in Neelum Valley that will definitely provide you with a comfortable and relaxing place to sleep after a day of fun and adventure.
It’s best to plan ahead and check out services that you would like to hire before you arrive so you can be sure that you have a safe, relaxing, and comfortable experience in what is one of the most scenic and welcoming areas of Pakistan. It’s not always so simple to get to some of these fascinating locations, so it doesn’t hurt to get a little help to ensure that you have the best experience possible.
From handicrafts to delicious local dishes, you will enjoy getting to know the Pakistani culture and traditions in Neelum Valley. Best of all, if you have been looking for an opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, the natural beauty of Neelum Valley will help to refresh you and make you feel like new.