TRAVEL: KASHMIR’S OWN PARADISE

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At an elevation of 2,900 metres (9,500 feet) above sea level, Pir Chinasi is a mountain pass located 30 kilometres east of Muzaffarabad, the capital city of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. It is the perfect getaway from the daily hustle and bustle of life in noisy and overpopulated metropolitan cities. One can walk on the lush green, grassy land in summer, which covers itself in a white blanket of snow as the mercury dips down for winter in Kashmir, while a pure, refreshing but chilly air welcomes you upon your arrival.

The hill station of Pir Chinasi in AJK offers beautiful green mountains, clear rivers, silent valleys and plenty of thrills

Around the mountain peak, you can view small, traditional villages around thick forest despite relentless deforestation. Due to its lush greenery, magnificent weather and charming landscape, Pir Chinasi has become the ultimate destination of tourists from all over Pakistan. Carrying your own food supplies is a must, as there are no two-, three-, four- or five-star hotels available. If you plan to stay overnight in summer, you must have a cold-weather tent with you. This tent will, however, be useless in winter because of heavy snowfall.

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A view of the shrine of Sufi saint Syed Shah Hussain Bukhari

When visiting Pir Chinasi, one can also visit the neighbouring areas i.e. Pir Assimar, Phanwa Da Dana, and areas at the foot of Pir Chinasi such as Jarran Phirran, Sikki, Sud Bun, Saran and Mushki. A tourist lodge at Saran provides accommodation for tourists who wish to stay overnight.

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The Pir Chinasi track in winter

According to statements by the Prime Minister Secretariat and and AJK Tourism Department, the Azad Jammu and Kashmir government has recently approved a mega project to make Pir Chinasi an international tourist resort. Apparently, a company of international repute will construct chairlifts from Pir Chinasi to Jhattiyan at a cost of 1.5 billion rupees.

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Animals from surrounding areas come to drink from this pool of water

In the next phase, a five-star hotel, a public park and tourist resorts at the hill station are a part of the development plan. The government has provided 250 kanal land to the company to initiate the project.

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