Over View of Tourism

Nestling in the lapse of the Himalayas, Azad Jammu and Kashmir has very generously being blessing with scenic beauty. Its snow covered peaks, dense forests, winding rivers, turbulent streams; sweet-scented valleys, velvet green plateaus and climate varying form arctic to tropical, all together make it an excellent tourist resort. Valleys like Neelum, Jhelum, Leepa, Rawalakot, Banjosa, Samahini and Baghser unfold delightful scenic beauty and provide a feast of pleasure to discerning tourist’s eyes. .

Azad Kashmir is also blessed with a varied mountains 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 and summer camping. Moreover, blessed with large number of rivers streams Azad Kashmir offers great potential for white water sports, especially, rafting, canoeing and Kayaking.

Infrastructure; a pre-requisite for the development of Tourism comprises wide ranging and diverse activities which requires heavy investment. The Govt. of AJ&K has developed basic infrastructure envisaging a good road net- work, electricity, building a large number of rest houses in the scenic areas and provided telecommunication network.

FACTS FOR THE VISITORS: Tourist/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. Note: - The Government has declared tourism as an industry; therefore, Hotels/Motels/Restaurants promoting the tourism are treated as industrial concern / units.

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1 Available Opportunities for Investment
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