The environmental décor in the form of trees, waterfalls, mountains and the river can easily influence and refresh one’s mind and body for long. The Green landscape has its own soothing impact on mental and physiological health. The attraction of nature’s beauty is beyond the impact of any terror, chaos, and turmoil present at any given place.
Although, Pakistan’s image has been forwarded to the world by the international media as the terrorized and corrupt country with high rates of crime. It has inculcated a lot more fear among those tourists who are fervor admirers of wildlife’s beauty. The scenic beauty of nature has embellished many remote, forgotten and peaceful places of Pakistan.
The valleys of Azad Kashmir are famous enrapturing sights of divinity on earth. The tour to Kashmir, if organize well can be the most awesome journey of one’s lifetime.
We have started our tour from the capital city, Islamabad. From where we have taken a car ride to Muzaffarabad. It is a fabulous place to start with. Tall trees, great mountains, and flowing river sight ornament the whole view . The swirling roads and twisted ends may make your excursion adventurous and risky too. Here, one may need a local and expert driver.
The stay at altitude has become an exquisite experience to have where mountainside guesthouse provided marvelous sights to see and visit. The drizzling and silence in the night have filled us with ecstasy; the joy was further added by the open-air barbeque dinner served with lentils, yoghurt, onion and tomato salad and fresh water from the waterfalls.
Next day, we woke up early to have a morning walk in mountainous trees and jungle. Roads were foggy and the air was filled with the chirping sounds of different birds.
After our breakfast, we moved to Neelum valley the most beautiful place of Kashmir, it is famous for the scenic beauty of mountains in parallel with the gushing river flow, waterfalls and dense network of trees around. In Neelam valley, we stayed in a guesthouse for a night and in the evening we sat on mountains to watch the river flow and greenery over the hills.
We have moved to Kel the next day. It was a breathtaking splendor vision. This place was full of lush green trees all over the mountains and flowing rivulets, streaming in the middle of the hills.
The great hiking point is beyond Kel, it is called as Arang Kel, where one can only go via chairlift services. Arand Kel is a spiral track on high mountains. This track extends to the top of the hill. When you reach on topmost site, you would find wide green meadows over there and on walking further another hill would come across. It is a picturesque show.
Hiking takes 30 to 45 minutes on Arang Kel mountains; slow-paced hiking doubles the joy by allowing one to gaze at nature’s display around in the form of bushes, flowers and (dispersed) stones of different colors, shapes, and sizes.
This journey has tired us and after 5 hours of stay in Arang Kel, we have moved back to Kel. After having hot tea in a cold weather, we have embarked on our expedition to Sharda valley. It was a glory in its own right. We resided at the riverside guesthouse. We enjoyed our dinner and breakfast by the riverside, under a tree on the wood benches which were placed across the scenery.
Such a delightful tour continued till our way back to Muzaffarabad from where we have travelled back to Islamabad to catch our evening flight.
The seizing moments of our tour included fresh and pure air to breathe on high altitudes, the silence of mountains along with trickling stream sound of water (where we have meditated too) made this journey memorable and remarkable for us.