Ratti Gali Lake
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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