Haveli (Kahutta) newly formed district remained subdivision of district Bagh before July 15th 2009. It is situated at distance of 162 kilometers from Muzaffarabad, capital of AJ&K and at distance of 250Kilometers from Rawalpindi. Its total area is 598 Sq. Kms. According to census of 1998, its total population is 0.112 million. Annual growth rate is 2.00%. Administratively this district has two subdivisions, Haveli and Khurshid Abad. District Haveli enjoys sixty percent literacy rate. Rich fertile land of Haveli is famous for brave and diligent tribes. Roads are metalled and a 4MW Hydel power project is under way at Chanjel. Overall culture is farming anyhow most of the people are related with teaching profession while a reasonable percentage serving the country adopting the professions of army, police, judiciary, civil bureaucracy and politician as well. Large numbers of people are in foreign that are earning there and increasing the revenue of their own country. Region has sound historical background as it served as a safe route between Poonch and Srinagar during Mughal regime.
This region is well-known for inhabitants who are bold, hard worker and very patriotic. Geographically district Haveli is covered with high mountains and Nalla Bettar flows in the center. It has many picnic points like Bedori Peak (5230 meters high from sea level). Hajji Peer Pass, Hillan valley and Ali Abad are presenting a most eye catcher view for tourists. People from all parts of the country come here in summer and spring seasons. The region is popular for all weather fruits, crops, dry fruits and pure Honey. Forward Kahutta is the districts headquarter where as Plangi, South and East Hallan, Bedi and Qaim Abad are the prominent places. Beautiful mountainous view of Qaim Abad is also famous for living place of spiritual Baba Qaim Din and Bajji Alf Din. It is also known as the house of natural honey and wall nuts. Some private hotels are available according to the local standard.
From Bagh, a 15 kilometers metal road leads to Lasdanna which is a place of captivating scenes and beauty with an elevation of 2650 meters. From Lasdanna, three roads branch off the main road i.e; Mahmood Gali-Palangi, Haji pir-Aliabad and Abbaspur-Hajira respectively. A tourist rest house is available here for accommodation.
Having a thick cover of pine, Conifer and Deodar forests, Aliabad (6,610 ft) is a small Hill station located at a distance of about 20 km from Forward Kahuta on Kahuta - Haji Pir Road. The area is lush green and due to thick forest cover, the atmosphere is very pleasant in summer. Some private hotels are available according to the local standard.In Winter Aliabad witness’s heavy snow-fall and the road remains blocked due to snow for most of the time during December to March.
Situated at an elevation of 8,631 ft, and at a distance of about 15 Kms from Aliabad, Haji Pir is a historical pass that provides connectivity to Uri in Indian-held Kashmir. A 25 Kms blacktopped road from here leads to Bhedi.
Haji Pir pass provides a wonderful and wide open view of whole Qazi Nag Range in Indian-held Kashmir. Haji Pir is called so because right on the Pass there is the shrine of Hazrat Haji Pir, a Sufi saint from the Bukhari family. Every visitor to this area stops at this shrine to offer Fateha. Every year an Urs (annual celebration) is also held in his memory, attended by a large number of people from near and far. Some private hotels are available according to the local standard.
The state of Azad Jammu and Kashmir lies between longitude 73o – 75o and latitude 33o – 36o and comprises an area of 5134 square miles (13,297 square kilometers). The topography of the area is mainly hilly and mountainous with valleys and stretches of plains. The area is full of natural beauty with thick forest, fast flowing rivers and winding streams. Main rivers are Jehlum, Neelum and Poonch. The climate is sub-tropical highland type with an average yearly rainfall of 1300 mm. The elevation ranges from 360 meters in the south to 6325 meters in the north.
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