Muzaffarabad is the capital of the Pakistan territory of Azad Kashmir. It is located on the banks of the Jhelum and Neelum rivers and is almost 3 and a half hours away from the city of Islamabad. The city has a history of rising from tragedy. It was completely devastated following an earthquake in 2005, killing thousands, the death toll was as high as 80,000. However, it was rebuilt stronger and better. It reflects thousands of years of history of Buddhist history.
Among the many attractions, Muzzafrabad offers are it’s breathtakingly beautiful landscapes, serene waterfalls and streams, lush green trees and enchanting mountains. A highlight is the jaw-dropping view of Tarai mountains. Muzaffarabad can be reached from Islamabad in almost 4 hours, with an optional stop at Murree on the way. It is a very convenient route. On the way, you get to witness the views of the dazzling mountains. In the summer, the weather is pleasant. Not too hot. Not too cold. In the winter, however, one should carry warm clothes because it is incredibly cold here.
Muzaffarabad not only offers beautiful scenery, but it also has a very fascinating culture. There are a few interesting sites that one must visit including the Muzaffarabad Fort. There are two forts on the opposite sides of the Neelum River: the red fort and the black fort. The construction of the red fort was done by Sultan Muzafar Khan in 1646, who also founded the city. Moreover, this city also reflects certain events from the Mughal dynasty. as the Mughals had once taken over Kashmir.
East of Muzaffarabad is Pir Chinasi. This important tourist spots scenic beauty, dark green grass, and beautiful weather are truly refreshing for the soul. It is also the location of a shrine for the minorities who are able to practice their religious duties peacefully. It is located at an elevation of 2900 meters.
The hilltop of Muzaffarabad, Shaheed Gali is one of the most serene hilltops of Pakistan. It offers one of the most breathingly beautiful views of Muzaffarabad city on the way. It is located 8 kilometers away from the city of Hajira. This is especially an attractive place for the adventurous. It is also a pretty ideal place for trekkers. A trek of 4 kilometers from here leads to a famous place called ‘Siri Kot’. There are several accommodations available close by here as well.
Reasons to go:
Patikka Mini Zoo and fish hatchery
The city gets its name from Sultan Muzzafar Khan,the chief of the Bombay Dynasty.