کی تمام اشاعتیں۔ Khurram Jamal Shahid . اسلام آباد ، Pākistān
Let’s explore the amazing Valley, Phullawai District Neelum
Writer: Khurram Jamal Shahid @KhurramAJK
The Phullawai village is located in Union Council Gurase Tehsil Sharda District Neelum Azad Kashmir. The elevation of this village is about 7,000 to 13,000 feet above sea level. In north the big Shisha Mountains (Shisha Kor) high and low with forested hills and slopes. To the south of village the Neelum river flows, along the Neelum Road. The Line of Control (LoC) begins at a distance of 2km to the south. In the west of the village, village Janawai and in its east the village of Marnat is situated. The village has two sub-valleys (pastures); Sarwala Nala and the Gujjar Nala. After crossing the top (alley) of these two valleys, you can reach the area of Astore (Gilgit Baltistan). The population of this village is about seven thousand people. The village is inhabited by people of Shin tribes who migrated from Gilgit, Chilas and Astore in the middle of the eighteenth century. The language of all these families is Shina and attached the dardi culture yet. About 3% Hindko-speaking people are also settled here while 97% of the inhabitants are Shina-speaking tribes. The literacy rate is very low and currently its estimated 30% of the population, including Islamic education.
Phullawai is a beautiful area as well as rich in natural resources. The forests here include cedar, pine, kale, fur, walnut, base, bunkhor, badlu, safida, bagno, turtle and bharth and burj. While there are a fair number of wildlife, there are Himalayan Musk Deer (Mushk Nafa), Ibex, Snow Leopard, Bear, Wolf, Marmot, Monal, Squirrel, Snow Chicken, Dove and brown Fox. There is a rare breed of pets Zoya and Yak, belong to Skardu. The conservation of these wildlife is very important and the protection measures at present are unsatisfactory. There are precious minerals here, including Rubies, Sapphires, Crystals and Mica. Many people in the area earn their living by buying and selling herbs. Most of the mushrooms (guchhi), kuth, patrees, mushk bala, sumbal, sawdust, korri jari, Korrh, Rattan jog, gugaldup, juki badashah, khinees and musloon (local names) are found here. Now is the time to save the natural environment and beauty of forests and wildlife with sustainable and wise use of natural resources. We should highlight the importance of wildlife, natural environment and natural resources and play our role in creating awareness among the people about their importance in human life; and the dangers posed by its loss for the human life survival.
Due to its difficult terrain, remoteness and lacking good road facilities, the region is hidden from the eyes of the world. During the five months of snowfall, the Neelum Road is closed for all types of traffic and means of transportation are limited for the local population. Road closures in winter cause locals to live in dire conditions. The government has so far failed to provide basic needs and tourism promotion here. In the current era of social media facilities, tourism in these areas needs to be highlighted so that this area can be developed.
The area is very attractive for tourism due to its natural beauty and special customs. There are two major Sub-Valleys (Nalas); Sar Nala and Gujjar Nala. These areas have natural springs, streams, glaciers, waterfalls, lakes and skyscrapers, including the notable Domail Gali, Sarwali Gali, the thoki glaciers and lakes near Thoki Pass. The most famous of these lakes is Machak Lake, which is about 12,000 feet above sea level. There is also a beautiful lake in Duk Lake in Gujjar Nala. Among the waterfalls, Thoki Baik's White Waterfalls (Sho Char) are famous.
If you wish to visit the area, it is a nine-hour drive from Muzaffarabad to Phulaui on the main Neelum Valley road. In Phullawai, the two Nalas; Gujjar Nala and Sar Nala are located on separate sides. The whole journey to Gujjar Nala is on foot. From Gujjar Nala you can reach Astore Mir Malik via Ghashat Top. However, if you want to travel to Sarnala, you can travel by jeep to the Cave pasture (Bachu Baik). From next to this pasture you have to travel on horseback or on foot. The last pastures (baik) of this Nala “Thoki Machak Baik” is beautiful having amazing lakes, waterfalls, glaciers and grassy fields. In the last area of Sar Nala Machak Lake, Domail Pass, Sar Baik, Dak Nala, Dak Lake is situated. It is important to bring food and drink with you when you go here. In some areas, locals carry cattle for three to four months between June to September end, so temporary raw rooms and tents are used for accommodation. Tourists should keep their tents with them so that they can easily stay here and observe the beauty of the area. Many friends asked me to write in detail about to explore the “Machak Lake”. In Sha Allah in next column, I will give details on how to treck the Sar Wali Galli and Machak Lake.
About Writer “Khurram Jamal Shahid”
Khurram Jamal Shahid is a writer and researcher. He has written research papers on social issues, provision of social services to the people and development. He has written mostly articles on development, social issues and tourism. Writes content for social media, blogs and other websites. He is the editor of tourism website “taubat.com”.
Khurram Jamal Shahid is a well-known social worker from Neelum Valley, Azad Jammu and Kashmir. He is a post graduate in Management (MBA-Finance). He founded the Social Institution “Sustainable Development Organization” in 2009 to empower vulnerable people and improve their lives. As the Chief Executive Officer of the same social organization since 2009, he has been active in improving the lives of thousands of people. He has been a human rights activist, and has been part of various human rights movements in Pakistan. He founded the Child Rights Movement in Azad Jammu and Kashmir in 2013 for children's rights. Services have been provided in various sectors (education, health, livelihood, energy, water, environment and rights) to empower people. Khurram Jamal Shahid is a young politician. He has been raising his voice for public rights on every platform and has always played a positive role in resolving these issues. He has contested the 2021 Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly elections. As a social and political activist, he has always played a role in organizing the youth and fighting for people's rights. In this regard, he established the founding members of "Kashmir Youth Council" and "Neelum Youth Forum" and today these forums are engaged in the struggle for civil rights.
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