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Sharda

Breathtaking green spot in Neelum Valley, AJK, Pakistan.

Sharda is a small town in neelum district, located at a distance of 136 kilometers from Muzaffarabad and 30 kilometers from Dowarian, at an altitude of 1981 meters.

Shardi and Nardi are two mountain peaks overlooking the valley, reputedly named after legendry princess Sharda.

Sharda valley has a captivating landscape with numerous springs and hill sides covered with trees.

On the right bank, opposite to Sharda, the Neelum River is joined by the Surgan Nallah along which a track leads to Nurinar Pass and to the Kaghan Valley.

Sharda is a small town and a tehsils of Neelum district in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan, located on the bank of the Neelum river at an altitude of 1981m.

Sharda Town And Neelum River In Winter

Sharda Town And Neelum River In Winter

Historical Sites

  • Sharada Peeth : Hindu temple located in Sharda Valley.

  • Kishan Ghaati : Located 3 kilometers from Sharda, known for a historical cave.

  • Shardi and Nardi Mountains : Named after legendry princess Sharda.

  • Sharada Script : is an abugida writing system of the Brahmic family of scripts, developed before the 3rd century.

Facilities

Facilities include :

Accommodation

  • The town has a rest house and a youth hostel of AJK Tourism and Archeology Department for tourists stay.

  • Private rest houses also available at reasonable rates.

  • The AJK Tourism Department has launched a huge programme under the name of "Tourist Village at Sharda", Tourist rest houses, youth hostel, cafeteria, game room, bridal path etc. have been completed.

Transportation

  • Road

  • Sharda valley is connected from Muzaffarabad by Neelum Road, which leads up to Kel. The road condition from Muzaffarabad to sharda is good and suitable for any kind of transport.

    Buses run daily between Muzaffarabad and Sharda in good weather.

    The road conditions in winter are extreme. The road onward Keran is blocked due to heavy snowfalls often in winter and it is very difficult to reach upper parts of the valley. There are also land slidings in some areas due to heavy rain.

    Sharda is also connected to Jalkhand through Jalkhand-Sharda Road. The Road is a Jeepable track, runs along Surgan Nallah, leads to Nurinar Pass and enters in Kaghan Valley.

  • Rail

  • Sharda 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 valley.