Neel Pari Meadows:
Azad Kashmir is a beautiful state in the world and it is often called as a heaven on the earth. Its moderate atmosphere and significantly pleasant weather distinguishes it from the other beautiful places of the world. Neelum valley, Jhelum valley, Pearl valley, Shounter valley are some of the few visiting places of Azad Kashmir. Among the less visited yet less explored places is Neel Pari or Blue Fairy Meadows in Forward Kahuta of the district Haveli of Azad Kashmir.
Neel is a local name, which literally means “Sky” or a “Blue Fairy”. Forward Kahuta is a beautiful village, some 200 kilometres (124 miles) away from Muzaffarabad which is the capital of Azad Kashmir. It was initially a part of District Bagh of Azad Kashmir. But only in July, 2009 it became one of the tenth District of the State.
Facts and Figures:
Neel Fairy Meadows is one of the most beautiful places of Forward Kahuta in District Haveli. It covers the total area of 598 Square kilometres (230.89 square miles). The District has two sub-divisions which are Haveli and Khurshid Abad. The place is famous for its brave and diligent tribes. Farming is the basic source of earning due to its fertile land and good productivity. Somehow most of the people are doing the white collar job. A major segment of the population belongs to expatriates who are living mostly in Middle Eastern and European countries and their remittances help in boosting the economy. There is a Hydro-electric Power Project, with the production capacity of 4.MW at the Nullah (stream) Battar in Chanjel. The region has a very impressive historical background, mainly because of providing a safer route between Poonch and Srinagar during the Mughal Era.
There are three routes to reach at Neel Fairy Meadows;
- Islamabad < Rawalakot < Hajira < Abbaspur < Mahmood Galli < Forward Kahuta < Neel Fairy Meadows
- Muzaffarabad < Dhirkot < Arja < Bagh < Las Danna < Mahmood Galli < Forward Kahuta < Neel Fairy Meadows
- Indian Held Kashmir
The route from Forward Kahuta is divided into two at a place called Suli, which is 7 kilometers ahead of Neel Fairy Meadows:
- Jabbi Syedan < Baring Bien < Galli < Kukear Sena < Kagh Bani < Neel Fairy Meadows
- Suli < Parla Bazar < Shetar Katha < Khundari < Kala Mula < Kagh Bani < Neel Fairy Meadows
The route from Haveli to Suli is about 7 kilometres.
From Suli, the route is divided in two links:
- Jabbi Syedan
- Kala Mula.
Jabbi Syedan Trek:
Jabbi Syedan is 2 kilometers away from Suli. From Jabbi Syedan the road becomes shingled until Galli, where the road ends after 7 kilometers and 6 kilometers a dusty trek starts towards Neel Fairy Meadows. An important mountain of the area, Bedori Top is located 8 kilometres ahead of Neel Fairy Meadows, which is elevated at 3,727 meters (12,228 feet) above sea level.
The other beautiful places of area are Haji Peer Pass, Hillan Valley, Ali Abad, Plangi, Khurshid Abad, Kala Mula, Sungulla Sharif, Jabbi Syedan, Sheru Dahara and Las Danna.
The most magnificent and panoramic place is Neel Fairy Meadows which are situated in Forward Kahuta, in the foothill of Bedori Mountain Peak. It is the popular tourist spot, which is easily accessible through the metalled road from Islamabad and Muzaffarabad until Forward Kahuta. Tourists and visitors come to enjoy the natural beauty and serenity of the place in the particularly in the summers. This is a majestic valley and its mystic charm grabs the attention of the tourists at first sight. Its fertile land produces nearly all kinds of fruits, crops, dry fruits & nuts and above all pure natural honey.
Forward Kahuta, Plangi, Hillan, Bedori peak and Qaim Abad are the most prominent places to visit before reaching Neel Fairy Meadows. Qaim-abad is a famous place for its shrines of Sufi Saints of Baba Qaim Din and Baji Alaf Din. The other adjoining places of Neel Fairy Meadows are:
- Haji Pir Pass
- Ali Abad
- Sheroo Dahara
- Las Danna
- Mahmood Galli
It is a suitable place for the day long visit because it is easily accessible from Islamabad and Muzaffarabad and gives a real retreat for the nature lovers, trekkers and hikers.
Logistic Support: Faizan Bukhari
Author: Fehmeeda Farid Khan