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Arrang Kel – A Majestic Tourist Destination in Neelum Valley

Arrang Kel

Arrang Kel

Azad Kashmir is truly regarded as a heaven on Earth, and Arrang Kel is its crown jewel. The valley is only 3 kilometres (1.9 miles) from Kel and 8,379 feet (2,554 metres) above sea level. Kel is 155 kilometres (96 miles) from Muzaffarabad and at an elevation of 6,880 feet (2,097 metres) above sea level.

Location

Kel is a sub-valley of the Neelum Valley that runs parallel to the Line of Control (LOC), a temporary border of Pakistan with India. A road leads into the valley until Taobat, the last human settlement in Azad Kashmir. Even though the road is in good, it is prudent to take precautionary measures before travelling. The prior knowledge of weather forecasts, road conditions and so on is necessary before embarking on a journey. Because this is a hilly area, it is prone to landslides even in the summer. Furthermore, it is an elevated location, it is likely to receive significant snowfall during the winter, which may result in a temporary road blockade.

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Arrang Kel/Credits: Adarsh Farid Khan

Arrang Kel is a captivating, fantastic and majestic place nestled in a sophistication of Neelum valley. It is a mesmerising tourist destination. Arrang Kel is accessible by a two-hour trek from Kel. It is also reachable via a lift, which takes only a few minutes and half an hour hike.

It is a pure jungle valley. Nature lavishes it with thick forests, rare species of wild animals, lofty trees, green grass and meandering treks, all of which add to the beauty of its landscape.

Arrang Kel
Arrang Kel/Credits: Ibn E Nisar

Transport and Accommodation

Up to Kel, public and private transport is readily available. Tourists can enjoy a magnificent retreat at accommodations. At such a remote location, all of life’s necessities are easily accessible.

Keynote

I advise the tourists to bring plenty of water bottles and snacks for the trek of Arrang Kel. Bcause water is scarce there. However, a canteen is available on the end of trek. It serves a variety of refreshments and beverages.

Logistic Support: Adarsh Farid Khan

You may also read Passu Cones: An Amazing Phenomenon in Gilgit-Baltistan by the same author, Fehmeeda Farid Khan

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About Fehmeeda Farid Khan

Fehmeeda Farid Khan is a freelance blogger, content writer, translator, tour consultant, proofreader, environmentalist, social mobilizer, poetess and a novelist. As a physically challenged person, she extends advocacy on disability related issues. She's masters in Economics and Linguistics along with B.Ed.

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