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Leepa Valley The Fascinating Valley of Kashmir

This valley is famously known as heart of Kashmir or the Mini Kashmir as it gives a perfect depiction of the heavenly beauty of Kashmir. The valley remains open for domestic tourists from May to November. 

Leepa Valley The Fascinating Valley of Kashmir
Leepa Valley The Fascinating Valley of Kashmir

This is the most fascinating valley in Azad Kashmir. Deep in the heart of the valley lies Leepa village at 1921 Meter above sea level. This is the most fascinating & loveliest valley. Leepa valley is located in Azad Kashmir, at 105 KM distance from Muzaffarabad. Leepa valley is Also Famous known as Heart of Kashmir Or Small Kashmir as it gives a perfect depiction of the heavenly beauty of Kashmir. The valley remains open for domestic tourists from May to November. It is covered in a blanket of white snow six months in a year and is only accessible between May and November. Even in summer, the valley has a pleasant, cold weather that is enjoyed by the tourists.

The valley has many wonderful touristic scenes. Leepa is the most fascinating and charming place for tourists in Azad Kashmir. People from all over the country; come to this valley during the summers to enjoy the marvelous weather.The one who visit this valley cannot easily come out from the magical stance of  the beauty of this valley. The green mountains of the valley are full of pine trees and present a charming and picturesque view to visitors.

About 60 kilometers from Naily and 38 kilometers from Reshian, Leepa is a small village about at an altitude of 1921 meters. Its lush green rice fields in summer and typical wooden Kashmiri houses present a wonderful view to the people visiting the area. Walnut, Apple, Cherry and honey of Leepa are very popular.  Its lush green river fields in summer and typical wooden Kashmiri houses present a wonderful view. Walnut, apples, cherries and honey of Leepa are very popular. Appreciating the allure of autumn trees in narrow alleys is the best pastime in this vale of wonders wonders that this picturesque valley showcases to the outside world.

The people in Leepa are highly religious and speak Kashmiri as well as Hindkoh. Urdu is nevertheless widely spoken and understood. The valley has a population of about 75000 inhabitants who generally indulge in farming, cattle rearing and tourism related services. Unemployment and poverty are rampant. Power shortages are a daily routine (there is only one power generation unit at Channian) and malnutrition is common as in rest of the country.

Water in the valley is crystal clear and swiftly flowing streams like Nullah Qazi Nag are a major source. The scene around the Nullah is stunningly beautiful. The Nullah emerges from Indian occupied Kashmir and runs trough the whole of Leepa Valey. On other side of the Loc, lies Kupwara district of Occupied Kashmir. Singing waterfalls, lush green pastures, thick woods, the snow clad majestic Shamsa Bari, the highest mountain of the valley are an inexhaustible source of delight for any visitor who comes to this paradise like valley. The paradise like mini Kashmir in Leepa has numerous water driven flour mills, the only kind of industry in the valley.

The joyous chirping of birds, orchards heavy with fruits, alpine meadows dotted with grazing herds, and shepherds lilting with their music, a vivid mosaic of this place – takes shape before your wandering eye. It presents a picture of an unforgettable tapestry which is one of the most charming places in the continent. Allover the valley, high walnut trees likewise put on attire in yellow, red and orange, which adds extra sparkle to our stay in Leepa. We also come across yellow herbs and shrubs tucked nicely into green vegetation comprising of large conifer trees, adding variety to this miracle of changing colors during autumn in the valley.

The red Kashmiri rice is grown in October by the farmers in Leepa. This is also the staple food for the people of the area. Husking of rice is done in traditional way, by first beating the rice stack with long sticks, thereafter, threshed along temporarily constructed ditches. The highest peak is Shmasa Bari, which remains snowbound throughout the year. Rice and maize fields at the time of harvest add further color and beauty to the vale of Leepa. Multistoried typical Kashmiri timber houses with thick roofs made of shining metal sheets, in a surrounding of apple, walnut, fig, pears and plum trees are jewels in the crown of this splendid vale. And Leepa is famous for its delicious w ite honey as well. Rain in Leepa brings an immense wealth of vegetation, thick forests so thick that hardly a beam of light can pass through it.
Leepa Valley Kashmir
Leepa Valley Kashmir

The charming Leepa Valley consists of many villages; the most famous among them are Leepa, Reshian, Dao Khan, and Chananian. From Reshian, the gateway to enter the valley, there are three different routes which take to Leepa. The zigzagging Defense Road meets the valley at Hanjna, via Barthwar Gali and Bali Camp. Locals mention 72 u-turns on the way.

Leepa Valley Kashmir
Leepa Valley Kashmir
Forest and military vehicles are a common sight in the area. Nearly 400 jeeps ply daily from Reshian to Leepa and back. Jeeps are the only mode of transport in the valley though motor bikes are now also seen in ever increasing numbers on the bumpy road. One has to cover a distance of 15 km over a stony path (more aptly a footpath) via Panjal Gali which is approximately 10,000 ft high.
Leepa Valley Kashmir
Leepa Valley Kashmir

This route is a shortcut to Leepa’s most important commercial center, the Kappa Gali. The third route passes through Dao Khan, Sher Gali and enters the vale at Muji, where Indian military personnel stand eyeball to eyeball. All three passages are blocked in winter due to heavy snow and inhabitants must store eatables and other items of daily usage in large quantities to consume throughout winter.

Leepa Valley Kashmir
Leepa Valley Kashmir

Accommodation facilities through Tourist Rest House and Forest Rest House are available. Owing to flow of visitors! Tourists in the summer season, AJK Tourism Dept. also provide tent service for accommodation.

Leepa Valley Map

Located at – Leepa valley, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan.

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