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    Default Visiting Neelum Valley, Taobutt, Shonter on Bikes August 2012

    Assalam u Alaikum,
    Ever since my first visit of Neelum valley back in July 2010 the beautiful Neelum valley has always been in my mind. This year I was lucky enough to travel to the most beautiful valley of Azad Kashmir twice. First from 29 June to 2nd July 2012 and then again in Eid holidays from 22 August to 26 August 2012.
    Most of the pictures uploaded will be from my Motorbike tour with the exception of Jagran valley and Arang Kel which I visited in my June/July tour and skipped on my bike tour.

    Our Rides:
    Suzuki GS150 2011 Model
    Honda CG125 2011 Model
    Honda CG125 2004 Model
    Honda CD70 2011 Model
    Route Info:

    Islamabad-Danna (Roughly 55 KM) (1 Hour)
    We took the Murree Expressway and rather then turning towards Murree from Musiyari we went straight and reached Danna.
    Lower Topa - Kohala (Roughly 40 KM) (1-1.5 Hour)
    The road condition is good. We took the Phagwari route rather than taking the Bhurban-Deval route. Although the Bhurban-Kohala route is shorter but it is more steep and more dangerous.
    Kohala - Muzaffarabad (Roughly 34 KM) (1 Hour)
    Good road with a few areas affected by landsliding.
    Muzaffarabad - Nusehri (Roughly 42 KM) (1.5 Hours)
    Very good and newly built road with the exception of a 2km Patch about 10km from Muzaffarabad. Due to heavy rainfall this area had frequent landslides and got closed and cleared throughout the day.
    Nusehri -Kundal Shahi- Athmuqam - Keran - Dowarian (Roughly 68 KM) (At least 4-5 Hours)
    Very good and newly built road from about 2km past Nusehri to a few KM shy of Dowarian. Absolutely joy to ride and drive.
    Kundal Shahi - Kutton (Roughly 6KM)
    Not metaled but any car can go to Kutton.
    Kutton - Jagran (Roughly 10KM)
    Absolutely 4WD track. Recommended is to take a jeep from Kutton.
    Dowarian - Sharda (Roughly 32 KM) (1 -1.5 Hour)
    It is an old metaled road with a few bad patches but overall a good road. The main problem area is a couple of KM before Sharda the bridge of a Nala is broken and vehicles have to cross the Nala. Not to much dangerous and we crossed it on Mehran as well as bikes and we saw many vehicles like coure, alto, cultus etc. crossing it.
    Sharda - Kel (19 KM) (1 -1.5 Hour)
    Again the metaled road will disappear and you will be moving over stones/dirt/mud and many water springs. But still any vehicle can make it with careful driving.
    Kel - Shounter valley (20 KM) (2.5 - 3 Hours)
    Absolutely hardcore 4WD Jeep track. Just after Kel there is a Nala crossing. The original bridge has been destroyed by water but the locals have made a makeshift bridge which requires quite a lot of skills to cross.
    Kel - Taobut (43 KM) (2.5- 3 Hours)
    Mild jeep track. Any vehicle with high clearance can reach here. We saw many Mehran's and Alto's and one coure reaching Taobutt.

    Route Distance Chart:
    These distances are very important as there are absolutely no milestones on the Neelum valley road. So for the first comers it can be very difficult to know how much distance is left. With these you can always check your mileage meters for an approximate of distance to next place.
    Muzaffarabad - Kel Distances

    Muzaffarabad - Nusehri 42KM
    Nusehri - Kundal Shahi 32KM
    Kundal Shahi - Athmuqam 10KM
    Athmuqam - Keran 9KM
    Keran - Dowarian 13KM
    Dowarian - Sharda 30KM
    Sharda - Kel 20KM
    -----------
    Total Distance 157KM

    Kel - Taobutt Distances

    Kel - Jamgar Waterfall 12KM
    Jamgar Waterfall - Janawai 10KM
    Janawai - Sardari 10KM
    Sardari - Hilmat 4KM
    Hilmat - Taoubutt 7KM
    -----------
    Total Distance 43KM

    Kel - Shonter Distances

    Kel - Nala Crossing 1.5KM
    Nala - Nichli(Payeen) Domail 10KM
    Payeen Domail - Domail Bala 9KM
    Domail Bala - Shonter Lake 5KM
    Shonter Lake - Shonter waterfall 3KM
    -----------
    Total Distance 29KM
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    Default Day2: Muzaffarabad - Kel

    Pictures of dried up Dhanni waterfall

    Visiting Neelum Valley Taobutt Shonter on Bikes August 2012 -1035535

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    Default Day2: Muzaffarabad - Kel

    Just for a reference I am posting my Pictures of June 30 2012 of the same Dhani waterfall.... Just look how much water there was....

    Visiting Neelum Valley Taobutt Shonter on Bikes August 2012 -1035536

    Visiting Neelum Valley Taobutt Shonter on Bikes August 2012 -1035537

    My cousin enjoying the pressure of falling water.....

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    Default Day2: Muzaffarabad - Kel

    Jura Aabshar:
    This waterfall comes after crossing Chilhana-Titwal border crossing and before the town of Jhura Bandi.... This was my third visit of Neelum valley and my third time having a bath in the same aabshar.... the main reason of taking a bath here is because all the Aabshars that follow though are much more beautiful and bigger but usually are too cold for taking a bath....

    Visiting Neelum Valley Taobutt Shonter on Bikes August 2012 -1035539


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    Also I have seen another post in the thread https://www.pakwheels.com/forums/roa...hrough-my-eyes
    where there is much more water in the Dhanni waterfall.... Just look at this picture posted by smuzammilali in this thread... So in May the waterfall has the most water.....

    Visiting Neelum Valley Taobutt Shonter on Bikes August 2012 -1035542
    (Original by smuzammilali).....

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    good going.
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    thanks a lot. our plan is to leave thursday. Will leave at 120 am Inshallah.
    Quote Originally Posted by imarshad View Post
    Well you can always ask for some local jeep driver to help you cross the bridge.... People there are very friendly and helpful... But if you get your 4x4 in a straight line with the bridge and someone to guide you on the other side of the bridge then it will not be that much difficult.... Just like you get your cars on the deck for service.....

    Also the the Noori Top was open when we were there....Better have a look at this video before making your mind about crossing Noori Top....
    Climbing from Surgan Village - YouTube

    and this one....

    Jeep track above Surgan Village - YouTube

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    Very nice detailed thread

    I also came back yesterday night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aesiege View Post
    Very nice detailed thread

    I also came back yesterday night.
    Great.... Hopefully you had a great tour and have taken lots of pictures with your DSLR...... Will be expecting a great thread from your side....

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    Imran Bhai, waiting for the remaining trip pics and details
    Please take care of your near and dear ones. Drive safely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nomi700 View Post
    Imran Bhai, waiting for the remaining trip pics and details
    Yaar I am very busy at office and the DSL connection at my house is also not functioning properly.... But I will try to update as soon as I have time...

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    We are premier Tours & Travel operating firm with our chain of hotels & resorts in Muzaffarabad, Kutton, Keran, Sharda & Kel Neelum Valley. Visit our website fore more info : Neelum Valley

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    I know it is very late. I should have completed this thread a few months earlier but due to being very busy at office I wasn't able to complete the thread. I will now try to complete it although after the wonderful thread by Aesiege there is no need for another thread about Neelum valley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imarshad View Post
    I know it is very late. I should have completed this thread a few months earlier but due to being very busy at office I wasn't able to complete the thread. I will now try to complete it although after the wonderful thread by Aesiege there is no need for another thread about Neelum valley.
    Forget everything else and start uploading pics

    I love your informative style of posting so definitely people will get to know some useful information with pics
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    Default Day2: Kutton

    During my visit in June 2012 our main attraction was Kutton and Jagran.
    Kutton:
    Kutton is a small town some 6KM away from the main Neelum Valley road. From the main bazaar of Kundalshahi a metalled road along the Jagraan nala branches off. Kutton is at 6KM from this point. Although the road is quite rough but any car can reach Kutton. We have been there on Mehran,City and Swift as well as on our bikes.
    There are couple of official rest houses in Kutton but they need to be booked in advance. Also there are couple of hotels/rest houses in Kutton bazaar which are very neat and clean (At least they were in June 2012) and suitable for family stay....
    Jagraan:
    Jagraan is further 10-12 KM from Kutton. But this portion is only for 4x4 or motorbikes (Though very dangerous). You ascend away from Jagraan Nala and then near Jagraan water plant you again descend towards the Nala. There are a couple of small hotels available for residence but it is not recommended for family stay....
    The other specialty about Jagraan is the hydro power plant.

    Suggestion:
    Even if you are not planning to visit Kutton/Jagraan in your Neelum valley tour you should still go 2-3KM on Kutton-Kundal shahi road. It will hardly take 5-10 min. of your time but it is highly recommended as following pics will depict....

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    Quote Originally Posted by aesiege View Post
    Forget everything else and start uploading pics

    I love your informative style of posting so definitely people will get to know some useful information with pics
    +1
    just adding the words "just do till completion"
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    waiting for the following pics...
    Road to Heaven will never be a highway...

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    Quote Originally Posted by aesiege View Post
    Forget everything else and start uploading pics

    I love your informative style of posting so definitely people will get to know some useful information with pics
    OK guru jee...

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    Quote Originally Posted by emmaar View Post
    +1
    just adding the words "just do till completion"
    Thanks for the motivation...


    Quote Originally Posted by ranasherdil View Post
    waiting for the following pics...
    This time I will try to complete the trip pictures....

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    Default Day2: Kutton

    This waterfall/water block is one of the main specialty of the area.... It is just 2-3KM from Kundal shahi and every vehicle can reach here.... It is much more beautiful then what the pics portray...


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    Looking towards Kutton from where this Nala is coming....

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    Our bikes fully packed and

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    Our stay was in this guest house....It is situated in Main Bazaar Kutton....

    The entrance....


    visiting neelum valley taobutt shonter on bikes august 2012 -1158465

    although from the entrance it looks quite ordinary but the rooms were quite good and clean..... The rent was Rs. 1200 for this room with one double and one single bed with lots of space for other things as well.The washrooms were very clean... Also very good for family stay.... The dinner/breakfast was also very good and quite economical as well....


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    And the visiting card of the guest house owner (For advanced booking)......

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