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    Default Trip to Kashmir Neelum Valley and Jagran Valley

    Kashmir, land of beauty, where Neelum & Jehlum flow wildly with immense power, forming beautiful Neelum and Jehlum valley. Love story of these rivers completes at Muzaffarabd where both the rivers combine together; from here river Jehlum continues to flow downstream. Pines, glaciers, waterfalls and very nice people that’s what Kashmir is. People are very very friendly, very understanding, supporting and very importantly literate. Wherever I was in Kashmir I saw Kids in uniform going to or coming back from school; boys/girls coming back from or going to college. Kashmir has very good literacy rate and it made me proud. This land is recovering from 2005 earthquake and floods of 2010. It will take time to rebuild the infrastructure but I have full confidence that brave Kashmiris will stand strong like ever.

    Summer is time in Pakistan when North opens its window for tourists, nature lovers and vagabonds like me. A trip was long due from me and my friend’s side; basic instinct of riding and exploring nature was overcoming all other responsibilities which we normally face in our lives; heart was pushing me to spare time and go to the land of beauty. So, we planned for a three days trip to Neelum and Jagran Valley which started on 15 June, 2012. I am not a hermit/loner and always prefer to have company and friends on trips. Unfortunately for this trip it was only me and Imran, other guys failed to join us because of their personal engagements and I regret that they missed an experience of a life time. I was riding GS-150 and Imran was on CG-125.

    To keep the thread interesting, I will update on different visited locations time to time and I am not summarizing the trip in the beginning. My below posts will lead us to above mentioned valleys with pictures and explanations; though words and pictures are not enough to share kinda experience.


    I prepared for the trip and took essential stuff with me. As I was riding bike so took following items with me.

    1. Sleeping bag
    2. Warm jacket for night
    3. Wind breaker for riding
    4. Toothpaste and brush, soap
    5. Extra pair of shoes and one pair of sleeper
    6. Warm sleeping suite, spare T-shirts, spare pair of socks
    7. Torch, toolkit, necessary spare parts for my bike (clutch wire, accelerator wire, brake shoes with springs, headlamp and tail light bulbs)
    8. First aid kit
    9. And very importantly safety gear



    Looking forward for your support and participation.

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    Guys this was the scene and it came after few minutes of ride on Neelum road

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    More i travel to different locations of Pakistan, more i fell in love with my country, my love and praise for God (The Allmighty, The Supreme) reaches at a new level. What a beautiful land we have...... amazing
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    Guys here are my few cents regarding Neelum valley. If you travel to neelum valley or northern areas of Pakistan, please keep sun block with you and always try to keep you body and face covered or else very quickly you will catch a sun burn. For whole of this trip i kept 99% of my body covered and only eyes were exposed. This is just the beginning and real beauty is still far away. These are just spices but real meal will be ready later on.
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    Faisal, there is AJK tourism guest house in KEL, Sharda, Kutton, Karen (if i am not wrong). but i will confirm you after looking into the map. You can also contact AJK Tourism department. You can go to Karen foirst day and stay there. Next day go to Kale via Sharda and try to reach Kutton on same day. Stay in Kutton and visit Jagran next day and you can leave on the same day for ISB. Please take Sub Block for kids and rest of members and try to cover them as much as you can. Kid's skin is very sensitive and they can catch sun burn and you know sun burn is really painful. Sunlight is pinches in neelum but its pleasant in shades. You will be required warm clothes at night, evening and ofcourse incase of rain. Have fun and safe journey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZESTY View Post
    Road upto Karen is in very good shape and its not hard for any car or vehicle. There are few patches where some work is going on but overall upto karen its in good shape

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    Gud! Waiting for upcoming snaps and first hand information about road after kairen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by emmaar View Post
    Gud! Waiting for upcoming snaps and first hand information about road after kairen!

    emaar dont worry we saw cultus, Mehran, Xbox, Santro upto Sharda and Kel. I can guarantee you all the information upto the extent i know and can provide
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZESTY View Post
    Faisal, there is AJK tourism guest house in KEL, Sharda, Kutton, Karen (if i am not wrong). but i will confirm you after looking into the map. You can also contact AJK Tourism department. You can go to Karen foirst day and stay there. Next day go to Kale via Sharda and try to reach Kutton on same day. Stay in Kutton and visit Jagran next day and you can leave on the same day for ISB. Please take Sub Block for kids and rest of members and try to cover them as much as you can. Kid's skin is very sensitive and they can catch sun burn and you know sun burn is really painful. Sunlight is pinches in neelum but its pleasant in shades. You will be required warm clothes at night, evening and ofcourse incase of rain. Have fun and safe journey.
    Thanks for sharing such additional information regarding sun block!

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    The real beauty for Neelum starts after Kundal Shahi and specifically after Athmuqaam. Before that things are not that special. And ofcourse Jagran is another story, i loved the place it further ahead of Kutton
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZESTY View Post
    emaar dont worry we saw cultus, Mehran, Xbox, Santro upto Sharda and Kel. I can guarantee you all the information upto the extent i know and can provide
    Thanks a lot. Now I don't wana interrupt u to see max upcoming pictures. Plz keep it up!

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    So guys here is some more info. Our initial plan was to reach Kutton on first day and then move ahead next day. During riding an idea cam in my mind and i discussed with my friend whose butt was hurting coz of long riding which we had. And idea i floated was to try to reach Sharda first day as normally on forst day one has more energy so long ride is manageable. He looked at me with fierce look but agreed. But i tell you CG-125 seat was hurting his butt and it was hurting badly. Any how, he managed to put sleeping bag on the seat and made himself bit comfortable for rest of the journey.
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    so we started our journey for Sharda and our first milestone was Kundal Shahi. Kundal Shahi is the biggest town on Neelum road, from here you can get fuel for your cars, jeeps, bikes. There are shops and you can buy stuff if required. very importantly Kashmir is not expensive like Naran or Kaghan and stuff is less expensive than there. Petrol was nearly of the same price, we filled for 100.31 Rupees from ISB and same was rate in Muzaffarabad. In Kundal Shahi it was slightly expensive........ 100.71 Rupees. Food is cheaper than murree rather way cheaper. Murree is way expensive than Neelum valley
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    sorry guys....... here are more pics . Spotted rice fields from the road. People are working on cultivating rice.

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    Tese fields are way down and close to river bed i dont think camera can do justice to it
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    Guys, to give you an idea of the road


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    some more pics. You can see some repair work going on the road

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    Some more pics

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    you can see in the pics that mountains are not lush, no or very less pine....... dont worry wait and see ............you will love it
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    you can see a pipe... its common in the valley and they use it to wash cars, bikes and different vehicles. Pressure from pipe was too high that you cant put your hand infront and ofcourse there was no electric motor

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