How to plan your trip in kashmir

The beautiful Azad Kashmir looks like a paradise on earth. The Azad Kashmir is so beautiful that you will fall in love with it at the first sight itself. In fact, the charm and magnificence of Azad Kashmir are beyond the scope of mere words. Azad Kashmir is generally a safe destination with travelers enjoying unhindered travel experiences in terms of their personal safety and security. Stable political system, well-maintained roads, low crime rate and high standard of accommodations make it a safe and easy to explore. You are planning to visit the beautiful valley of Kashmir, the “Neelum Valley Paradise on Earth”.

If you want to make your trip to Kashmir really memorable as well as hassle free, make sure to read some travel tips beforehand.

Where You Want To Go?

Where You Want To Go
Where You Want To Go

Defining where you want to go sets a goal to work towards. A lot of people talk vaguely about travel. They never say where they are going, just that they are going. Picking a destination is immensely important as it gives you a definite goal. Not only will your trip become more concrete for you and easier to commit to, but it will make planning easier as well.

Here are the most beautiful place in Neelum Valley:

1. Karen

2. Neelum Village

3. Sharda

4. Surgen Valley

5. Kutten Valley

6. Kel

7. Arang Kel

8. Shounter Valley

9. Janwai – Phullawai

10. Sardari – Halmat

11. Nikron

12. Tawobutt

Decide the Length of Your Trip:

How much does it cost to travel? You have no idea without knowing for how long you’re going away. You can’t figure out how much you need to save if you haven’t decided on how long you’ll be in your destination.

You will have to manage your trip length with respect to your selected locations. First you need to figure out the places where you want to go. For example Tawobutt is the end village of Neelum Valley. To reach tawobutt you will have some extra time to reach there. However you can visit the Karen even in one day. So keep the research updated about the length of your trip.

Research Your Costs:

So you know where you’re going and how long you’ll be there, but to really nail down how much money you need, your next task is to research the costs in your destination at the style of travel you want. Do you want to backpack, or would you rather stay in luxury hotels? How much are guest houses, hotels, restaurants, and attractions? Knowing will allow you to estimate how much money you’ll need for your trip.

Money Exchange in Azad Kashmir:

The standard Pakistani rupee is the currency of the Azad Kashmir as well. You will find it convenient to carry money in small denomination also as it will help you in paying for your miscellaneous expenses. In case you fall short of currency and looking for money exchangers in your Kashmir trip, no need to panic as there are several money exchangers in every city of Azad Kashmir.

Specially in Neelum Valley you will get the services like, Bank ATM, EasyPisa and UBL Omni. 

Start Saving Money:

Time to start saving! Write down all your current expenses so you can determine where you are spending money and how you can cut back.

Book Your Accommodation:

If you have a set schedule, feel free to book accommodation for the duration of your trip, but if you are going to be traveling long-term, book just the first few days. Once you know the dates you’ll be in your destination, there is no real reason not to find a place to stay. Kashmir is one of the most preferred tourist destinations in Pakistan. Every year, the Kashmir sees a large influx of tourists, domestic as well as foreign. As Kashmir has been a popular destination on the tourist map of Pakistan for a long time, finding accommodations is no big problem at any popular destination. You will get all types of accommodation facilities almost at every location. A number of hotels, Other than that, there are also a number of guesthouses in the Azad Kashmir that provide cheap accommodation.

Plan Your Activities:

Sketch out the major activities you want to enjoy and how much they cost. Make any last-minute adjustments to your savings so you can ensure you have enough money. This will also help you figure out if you need any reservations for your chosen tours or activities.

Sell Your Stuff:

If you are going on a long-term trip (6 months or more), sell your stuff in order to earn extra money for your trip. Start doing this about 60 days before you leave. If you aren’t going to be gone that long, skip this step. If you are going away long-term but want to keep your stuff, move it to a friend’s house or keep it in storage.

Buy Travel Insurance:

While a lot of people think “I’m healthy, I don’t need travel insurance. I won’t get sick.”  Travel insurance is much more than just medical protection. It covers you when your camera breaks, your flight is cancelled, a family member dies and you have to come home, or if something is stolen. Travel insurance is something you will need on the road. You never know what might happen, and most health plans won’t cover you Outstation.

Smoking:

It is always necessary to ask before lighting up cigarette as smoking is banned by government on public places etc.

Identity Information:

Tourists/Visitors from all parts of the State & Pakistan can visit Azad Jammu & Kashmir without any restriction. However, they are advised to keep their identity with them.

Special Note for Foreigners:

Foreign tourists can visit Azad Kashmir except the areas situated 16 kilometers along the Line of Control (LOC). Foreigners before visiting Azad Kashmir should contact AJK Home Department at Muzaffarabad for issuance of NOC.

Photography Restrictions:

You can take the photographs of your moments, however keep away from sensitive places near the LOC. Don’t get any photo of any ARMY Headquarter any check post. This actually helps Kashmir to keep their security in safe hands. Don’t take any photograph where the Pakistan Army works.

Special Note:

Once you complete your trip, you are requeted to send your photographs and video at info@neelumvalley.info or sahhar@outlook.com. We will write about you and will publish your photos at 

https://www.facebook.com/neelum.valley.ajkashmir

Wishing you a happy trip in Neelum Valley, Azad Kashmir. 

 

Sajjad Sarwar

Comment and if you found any technical issue Please contact me at sajjad@mail.org or sahhar@outlook.com