When we are travelling in the North-East from Islamabad, then on the Murree Expressway and continue on the Kohala-Muzaffarabad road, we are heading towards Muzaffarabad, the capital of Azad Kashmir. It is at the distance of 125 kilometers (78 miles) from Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan. It takes three and half an hour to reach Muzaffarabad where sloppy green hills, mountainous spots, natural lush valleys and zigzagging tracks warmly welcome the visitors. Among the so many serene places of Muzaffarabad, Peer Chinasi is one such place which always awaits the tourists with its appealing grassy lands, cool days and calm starry nights.
This popular hill station is 40 kilometers (25 miles) away in the East of Muzaffarabad, which glorifyingly lies in the foothill of the surrounding mountains. It is elevated at 2,924 meters (9,593 feet) above sea level. Furthermore it is approachable by an hour of upward journeying through the scenic track, on the metal road. It invites the tourists towards its cool atmosphere, to explore it and to keep in touch with the nature.
The tourist season starts from May and ends in September, whereas the peak months for doing the recreational activities are July and August. The whole area is surrounded by the snowy mountain peaks and the tourists can enjoy snow-falling even in the summers, if the cold-rainy weather persists for the longer period of time. However it gets nearly inaccessible in the winters, due to heavy snow-falling and road blockades by the land-sliding.
Peer Chinasi is a perfect spot and summer resort for the holiday makers with the availability of all the necessary modern day amenities of life within its vicinity. Apart from numerous hotels in Muzaffarabad; a Tourist Lodge of Kashmir Tourism Department and a newly constructed Hotel (Mir Continental Hotel) at Saran are also available for providing the accommodation and other services to the tourists.
The valley wins the hearts of the visitors at once with its breathtaking scenery and eye-catching view of the nearby mountains-peaks. There is a Shrine of a religious Sufi Saint Shah Hussain Bukhari. His devotees regularly visit there to pay homage for his services to the people of the area.
Peer Hassimar, Phawna Da Danna, Saran, Sud-Bun, Mushki, Sakki and Jarran-Phirran are worth visiting spots adjacent to Peer Chinasi. They are quite suitable for hiking, trekking and camping around. Paragliding event is a regular feature here, which is held there twice in a year; at the beginning of summer season and at the beginning of the fall season.
The road to Peer Chinasi is in good condition and accessible for all types of vehicles including cars bikes etc. However small cars drivers as well as the bikers should be cautious because the road is a bit sloppy. It is a fair weather road and the best during the springs and the summers. Trekkers and adventure-lovers can enjoy hiking, trekking, nature exploring, wandering in leisure and soulful meditation.
Islamabad < Kashmir Highway < Murree Road < Murree Expressway < Kohala-Muzaffarabad Road < Peer Chinasi Road < Peer Chinasi.
Author: Fehmeeda Farid Khan