Pir Chinasi Muzaffarabad in Azad Kashmir, at the Line of Control (LOC), is smack in between India and Pakistan.
The shrine of Pir Chinasi is at the top of a high mountain that over looks Muzaffarabad City of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, on the Pakistani Side.
How to reach Pir Chanasi Top Muzaffarabad?
Traveling to Pir Chinasi Muzaffarabad in Azad Kashmir Pakistan would require your own transport, either a car or motorcycle.
Route to Pir Chinasi
The best route is Islambad to Lower Topa Murree and then drive down to Kohala bridge and a further 1.5 hrs to Muzaffarabad.
Everyone can go to the top to take pictures and picnic there.
Pir Chinasi distance from Muzaffarabad
This place is a tourist spot located 30 kilometers (19 miles) east of Muzaffarabad city on the top of hills overlooking the city.
Pir Chinasi height
This spot is at an elevation of 2,900 meters (9,500 ft.).
Pir Chinasi History
The mountain peak is named after the ziyarat of the famous Saint Pir Chinasi Known as Pir Sayed Hussain Shah Bukhari.
Pir Chinasi travel time from Muzaffarabad
It takes one hour to 1 hour 20 minutes to reach the Pir Chinasi top from Muzaffarabad city
Pir Chinasi temperature & weather
While the city is burning hot in summer, Pir Chinasi is a cool 15 ° Celsius.
In winter, it snows heavily on Pir Chinasi top, so bring your
- parka jackets, and
- ankle shoes.
- Gloves if you want to play in the snow
Pir Chinasi distance from Islamabad
This saint shrine is 138 Km from Islamabad on a clean and well-maintained road.
It takes 4 hours to get there from Islamabad.
Distance from Lahore
Pir Chanasi Muzaffarabad is 8 hr and 33 minutes or 570 km via Lahore Islamabad motorway
Pir Chinasi Top Road Condition
Road to Muzaffarabad is fine for all types of vehicles.
Pir Chinasi Muzaffarabad travel requires a better vehicle due to its elevation and under repair road.
Hotels and restaurants at Pir Chinasi
There are no hotels on top of Pir Chinasi, only government guest houses
Food Stalls and kiosks on the top of the hill.
I am not sure of food quality though. We brought our own food.
There is only one Police guest house there, which is mostly booked. So the night stay would be in tents.
Muzaffarabad city has many hotels for night stay that are clean and nice.
Hiking Trekking traveling at Pir Chinasi top
You can trek further (4-hours) to Pir Asimaar, another beautiful spot that further leads to the Line of Control.
Pir Chinasi Urs
Urs of Pir Chinasi is celebrated every year in the months of June and September. Apart from the shrine, there is a military installation there.
Information on Muzzafarabad Azad Jammu and Kashmir Pakistan
Muzzafarabad city itself looks newly built without the traffic.
It is the capital city of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and is the gateway to Neelum Valley.
Muzaffarabad distance from Islamabad
We reached Muzzafarabad after 3 and a half hours of journey from Islamabad through Kohala road.
Chakothi Border Line of Control Muzaffarabad
After returning from Pir Chinasi we further went to LOC (Line of Control) from Muzaffarabad after taking permission from Army.
Road to Chakothi border post is along River Jehlum and is in a good condition.
That was quite an experience. We saw Chakoti bridge and Indian bunkers.
It was quite spooky peering out towards the hidden Indian bunkers, with their guns pointed at us.
Uri in Indian Held Kashmir is just 18 Kms from the post.
We saw Chakoti bridge and Indian bunkers. Uri in Indian Held Kashmir is just 18 Kms from the post.
Indian defense minister Rajnath Singh has recently threatened to send Indian troops across this Chakothi border to capture Muzaffarabad.
Like Pakistanis’ are playing patty cake, patty cake on the border!
Things to see in Muzaffarabad Azad Kashmir
At Muzaffarabad city, we saw
- Domel (confluence of River Jehlum and Neelum) and
Red Fort, which protected the river crossing in olden times.
Neelum Jhelum Hydro project
- Paragliding and Para-motoring at Pir Chinasi top on the weekend
- Cost is Rs 18000 for paragliding per person
- The cost for Para-motoring is Rs 9000 per person for 15 minutes
Red Fort Muzaffarabad
Chak rulers of Kashmir built this to protect from Mughals. It is a good place to sit enjoy the view of the river.
Locally it is known as Rutta Qila. A large portion of the fort was destroyed in the 2005 earthquake.
Pearl Continental Hotel Muzzafarabad
It is another place to visit for a beautiful night view of the city.
The route map to Muzaffarabad Azad Kashmir
Our return journey was through Garhi Habibullah- Mahshera-Abbottabad-Islamabad
Some people regularly come to the banks of Neelum River Muzaffarabad to fish
- Neelum valley , Kashmir
- Toli Peer Top Rawalakot
- Thandiani Top, Abbottabad
- TIlla Charouni Top, Islamabad
- Shimshal Pass, Gilgit
- Haji Peer Pass, Kashmir
- Sharan Top, Mansehra
- Soon Sakesar Top
- Shandur Top
Pir Chinasi is for the adventurers who want to have a litte adventure and see so heritage sites as well.