Kel, Azad Kashmir
A view of the village
|Elevation||2,097 m (6,879 ft)|
|• Official||Kashmiri Urdu|
Kel (Urdu: کیل ) is a village in Neelam Valley, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. It is located 155 kilometers (96 mi) from Muzaffarabad at the altitude of 6,879 feet (2,097 m) feet. Kel is known as a kail because this place was a centre of Pakistan's national animal markhoor which is known as kill bakhra (a goat like animal which kills) in local language.
Buses run daily between Muzaffarabad and Kel in good weather. Few private hotels and a rest house of AJK Tourism and Archeology Department located there for tourists stay. It also has a bank, college, hospital and a bazaar.
The Kel is located near Line of Control Pakistani occupied and the road which leads there is non metallic. There are frequent landslides during Summers, and Snow slides on this road during winters. In winters all the routes are blocked and it is very difficult to reach there. All these factors combined made it one of the most difficult places to reach.
Wild life includes Brown Bear. Many other wild animals are also present on nearby mountains.Tigers were also seen there during winters.A Leopard was also found here few years ago which was sighted by Army personnel.
- "Neelum Valley". Azad Jammu & Kashmir Council. Retrieved 7 October 2012.