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Sharda Fort

Ancient fort and a national heritage monument in Sharda, Neelum Valley.

Sharda Fort

Sharda Fort, also known as Sharda Peeth, is an ancient fort and a national heritage monument in Sharda, Neelum Valley, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan.

It is situated near the Neelum River at an altitude of 1,981 m.

The heritage site is not just a fort but is a combination of ancient Buddhist and Hindu temples as well as a ruined Buddhist University.

Sharada Peeth or Sharada Fort is a hindu temple located in Sharda town, Neelum Valley, Azad Kashmir.

Sharda Peeth And Neelum Valley

Sharda Peeth And Neelum Valley

Structure

  • The length of the temple is 142 feet and width is 94.6 feet. The outer walls of the temple are 6 ft. wide and 11 ft long. And there are arches with 8 ft. height.

Accessibility

  • Sharda Fort is located in Sharda Valley, 136 km from Muzaffarabad, accessable through Neelum Road.

  • 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.

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.

  • Driving this route in daylight, especially for your first time, is highly recommended.

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