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Muzaffarabad

capital city of Azad Kashmir, Pakistan.

Muzaffarabad

Muzaffarabad is the capital of Azad Kashmir, Pakistan, situated at the confluence of the Jhelum and Neelum rivers in Muzaffarabad District at the elevation of 737 metres.

It is at a distance of 138 kilometres from Rawalpindi and Islamabad and about 76 kilometres from Abbottabad.

The district is bounded by Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in the west, Kupwara and Baramulla districts of in the east, and the Neelum District in the north.

Muzaffarabad is the capital city of Azad Kashmir, Pakistan, located on the banks of the Jhelum and Neelum rivers at the elevation of 737 metres.

Beautiful Muzafarabad Azad Kashmir

Beautiful Muzafarabad Azad Kashmir

The scenic beauty and diverse culture of the place makes it a popular holiday spot.

History

  • The name "Muzaffarabad" means Muzaffars Town, comes from the name of Sultan Raja Muzaffar Khan, who was a Muslim ruler of Khandan-e-Bomba.

  • After the 1948-49 war, Muzaffarabad was made the capital of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

Geography

  • Muzaffarabad is located on the banks of the Jhelum and Neelum rivers at the elevation of 737 metres.

  • The district is bounded by Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in the west, Kupwara and Baramulla districts of in the east, and the Neelum District in the north.

  • Domel is a beautiful place where Neelum river joins river Jhelum in Muzaffarabad.

  • The area is mainly hilly and mountainous with valleys and stretches of plains. It is full of natural beauty with thick forest, fast flowing rivers and winding streams.

  • Rice and maize are widely grown.

  • Varoius plants like resin, Deodar, Kail, Chir, Fir, Maple and Ash etc found there.

Climate

  • The climate of Muzaffarabad is mostly pleasant, summer is mild while the winter is chilly with snowfall.

  • The climate of the area is sub-tropical highland type with an average yearly rainfall of over 1400 mm.

  • The highest average rainfall occurring around Muzaffarabad is 1800 mm.

  • The ideal time to visit the city is during the autumn season when the skies are clear and the weather condition excellent.

  • During summer, monsoon floods of the Jhelum river is common, due to high rainfall and melting of snow.

Administrative divisions

The district of Muzaffarabad is administratively subdivided into three tehsils, which are sub-divided into 51 Union Councils

  • Muzaffarabad Tehsil

  • Hattian Tehsil

  • Tithwal Tehsil

Accommodation

  • Finding the right place to stay is not a difficult thing to be done thanks to the fact that Muzaffarabad is a famous tourists attraction.

  • Various places are available in the city that would provide you with utmost level of comfort.

  • The city has many rest houses and hotels for tourists stay, Some of them are being taken care by the government.

  • Private rest houses also available at reasonable rates.

Transportation

  • Air

  • There is a domestic airport, located at Muzaffarabad at the elevation of 820 m, but service is no longer available after the Muzaffarabad earthquake in 2005. The Civil Aviation Authority had downscaled the Rawalakot airport in October 2005 and the Muzaffarabad airport in November 2006 because of the PIAs inability to continue.

    The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has submitted proposals to the Planning Commission for operationalisation and upgradation of Muzaffarabad and Rawalakot airports.

  • Road

  • The Muzaffarabad is connected to the rest of the country by a vast network of roads.

    Bus services are available which link the people of muzaffarabad to other parts of the country.

    Taxi and Rent A Car Services also available in the city.

  • Rail

  • Neelum Valley is not served by any rail connections.

Travel Tips

  • It can be an incredible journey, as long as you take the necessary precautions and heed weather warnings.

  • Always, check the forecasts, since the conditions can change very quickly.

  • Warm clothes and Raincoat are must, as the weather can change at any time.

  • Make sure you have your NIC, Passport, etc.

  • Much of the road trip is driven through remote lands, so be sure that your vehicle has passed all of its inspections and is well-equipped. Bring spare tires, extra gasoline, and a radio for additional safety.

  • Some areas are prone to floods and landslides, so do not attempt this road with a car that does not perform well in the elements.

  • Due to strong ultra violet rays, it is recommended to wear a hat and sunglasses, also carry sun block creams.

  • For uphill trekking, a Trekking pole and a good pair of climbing shoes or joggers are recommended.

  • To avoid de-hydration while trekking, mineral water is highly recommended.

  • For long trek, proper food intake is important. Also carry sweets, toffees, chocolates, dry fruits etc.

  • Please keep the environment clean at all times, on the route and around the city.