On the termination of British rule over the Sub-continent two independent States, Pakistan and India emerged in August 1947 In view of geographical, Religious and Historical links the people of Jammu & Kashmir State
demanded freedom from the rule of Maharaja Hari Singh and the accession of the State to Pakistan. The
Maharaja, ignoring the wishes of the Muslim majority, instead, entered into an unfortunate conspiracy with the Hindu leadership and acceded to India.
This sparked the liberation movement of the Muslim population of the State against the Dogra and Indian forces in Kashmir. As a result of this, a part of the State was liberated from the Dogra-cum-fadian domination In October 1947, and named Azad State of Jammu & Kashmir.
People & Culture
Azad Jammu & Kashmir is a fascinating land of people, languages & culture. The texture of present population is composed of races claiming their descent from Semitic, Mongoloid, Aryans, Persians, Turks & Arabs. The people of districts Kotli, Mirpur & Bhimber are sturdy, simple, truthful and deeply attached to their land. The culture of this area resembles to that of the adjoining area of Punjab The people of districts Poonch, Bagh & Sudhanoti are adventure loving and there are numerous anecdotes of their matchless valor as well as inspiring sacrifices for freedom. While Muzaffarabad District has its own distinctive culture. The people of the State are intelligent ingenious, hardworking, dynamic & skillful.
Azad Jammu & Kashmir is very rich in natural beauty. Its snow-covered peaks, dense forests, winding rivers, turbulent foaming streams, Wheat-scented valleys, velvet green plateaus and climate varying from arctic to tropical, all join together to make it an excellent tourist attraction. Valleys like Neelum, Jhelum, Leepa, Rawalakot, Banjosa, Samahni & Baghser unfold delight full scenic beauty and provide a feast of pleasure to a discerning tourist's eyes.
Azad Kashmir is also blessed with a varied mountainous landscape ranging from low hills to high mountains (2000 to 6000 meters) most suitable for soft to medium adventure tourism. The area provides excellent opportunities for Rock Climbing, Trekking, Mountaineering, Summer Camping and Hikes. Moreover, blessed with large number of River & Streams, Azad Kashmir offers great potential for white water Sports especially Rafting, Canoeing and Kayaking.
Muzaffarabad, Poonch, Bagh, Sudhanoti and Roth districts fall into mountainous zone while Mirpur and Bhimber districts generally tie in foot hills.
Facts for the Visitors
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. 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.
Main Tourist Attractions
(For Domestic Tourists)
Neelum Valley, Jhelum Valley, Leepa valley, Tatta Pani Rawalakot, Banjosa, Ghori Mar, Lasdanna, Sudan Gali.
(For All Tourists)
Dheerkot, Rawalakot, Chottagala, Chikkar, Daokhan, Muzaffarabad, Mangla & Sehnsa.