Arang Kel the Lush Green Village. Arang Kel is a lush green village, hill station and tourist spot in Neelam valley. It is located on the hilltop near Kel. The village is accessible by a 2 kilometers (1.2 mi) trek from Kel.
We woke up early (6am) to leave for our today’s destination Kundal Shahi. Breakfast was served in a traditional way and a strong cup of tea sprinkled a new life within us. A sunny and warm day welcomed us on the road again as we left Mr. Masjid.
This was possibly our last day of cycling in Kashmir and the roughness of the road was bugging us before the ride. It was suppose to be uneven, narrow, twisting and abrupt; for which we had to be careful. We got our gear set early and got ready for the ride. We had to cover 42km towards our destination Sharda, on a comparatively difficult route; we set off at 8:45am.
Living a routine with the anticipation of an adventure in upcoming time is the hope that keeps you motivated. We had been planning to cycle through Kashmir for a while now and in 2014 we finally executed it. Kashmir is known for the word “Paradise on Earth” which truly explains the beauty of the area. In the mid September, 2014 we got right weather and space from our routine to cycle through the beautiful neelum valley a.k.a the blue gem of Pakistan. True, that wasn’t an ideal time to visit Neelum valley, we could turn out to be only visitors in the valley but we the unusual way to visit by bicycles was on.