The diverse city that is Istanbul has kept an exceptional cultural and architectural richness from its tumultuous past. Roman ruins, Byzantine mosaics, Ottoman palaces, and imperial mosques rub shoulders with kebab restaurants and bazaars in a complex hybrid of tradition and modernity.
The Journey from Katra town to Vaishno Devi (Durbar) is 13 kms, which has to be traversed by pony, ‘dandi’ or on foot. ‘Pithus’ (coolies) are also available.
Kishtwar is another gem from the crown of Jammu & Kashmir. Situated approximately 255kms away from Jammu city, Kishtwar is surrounded with lofty mountains and dense deodar and pine forests.
There are jeeps available at Dowarian towards Ratti Gali Lake. The jeep would take PKR 5,500 on same day return & PKR 7,500 for next day return from the Lake.
You can reach these three small lakes mentioned below from Dowarian, a small but mesmerizing town of Neelum Valley. From Dowarian Ratti Gali lake is about 18 KM but it takes almost four hours to reach the base camp of Ratti Gali because of unmetalled road and only 4×4 Jeep can be reached there. It took a whole day to spend on Ratti Gali.
Neelum Valley is a magnificent nature’s marvel with freshwater streams and rivers. Surrounded by sparsely populated hamlets, lush meadows and pine forests, Neelum Valley is the largest valley in the northern region.
Neelam Valley is famous for its mineral mines. This land has many fruits like, Apples, Walnuts, Plums and Apricots which are of great in taste. In short, I can say that the whole valley is a gift of beautiful and fascinating scenery from nature.
There are extremely exuberant sites in Neelum valley to visit which is soothing to the eyes. Even the glance of these places is going to bring all the peace in this world to you. People treat themselves by visiting such fascinating areas. Let us virtually experience the flavour of Neelum Valley.
Named after the Neelum River, the Neelum Valley is a 144 km long bow-shaped forested region in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. In terms of scenic beauty, the Neelum Valley leaves regular tourist spots such as Swat and Chitral far behind, but the security situation with India meant that the Valley was off-limits to tourists for several decades. But tourism is now gradually picking up, and there are numerous tour packages on offer promising to reveal the splendour of the region.