The area now comprising district Kotli was sub-division of Mirpur district up to the year 1975. District Kotli is a hilly area. Rising gradually towards the high mountains of Poonch district. Its climate is more moderate than that of Mirpur due to the sub-mountainous topography.
Kotli the districts headquarter is at the distance of 114 kilometers from Rawalpindi/Islamabad via Sehnsa, Holar and Kahuta with an altitude of 627 meters above the sea level . It is linked with Mirpur by two metalloid roads, one via Rajdahani (90 kilometers) and the other via Charhoi. It is also directly linked with Rawalakaot via Tararkhal (82 kilometers).A PWD Rest house, Tourist Rest House at Sarda and middle standard hotels in the town provide accommodation facilities to the visitors. It is developing in to an industrial city very rapidly. All the basic amenities of life are available in Kotli Town. Bus and wagon transport services are also available. Some private hotels are also available according to the local standard.
About 38 kilometers from Kotli ahead, a road leads to Khoiratta. Khoiratta and the nearby area provide remarkable attraction to tourists because of the remains of gardens and fountains of the older times. From four kilometers ahead of Khoiratta is famous shrine of “Mai Totti Sahiba” which is visited y hundreds of people daily. A rest house by tourism department at Khoiratta is available for tourist accommodation.
Teenda is a place of view point with an elevation of 800 meters above the sea level linked with metal road, 06 kilometers from Kotli. One can have a wonderful view of Kotli city and surrounding areas from this place. To make it an attractive tourist spot, AJK Tourism Department has constructed a tourist Rest House here for accommodation.
Hajiabad, located on Holar-Kotli road, is a midway point for the traveler coming from Rawalpindi/Islamabad, a cafeteria for refreshments has been provided by the Tourism Department.
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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