Rawalakot (Urdu: راولا کوٹ) is a city in Azad Kashmir
Rawalakot is the capital of the Poonch District of Azad Kashmir. It is in a saucer-shaped valley at elevation 1615 metres (5300 ft), and 76 km from Kohalla. There is also a road connection with Rawalpindi and Islamabad via the neighboring districts of Azad Pattan and Dhalkot, and with Muzaffarabad via Kohalla and sudhangali. There are many people around the world that have connections of some sort to this part of the world. South East England has a number of people that emigrated from Rawalakot to places such as London and Sussex.
There is an interesting place in District poonch which is Tattapani, this is the only one place in the world from where 110 Degrees centigrade clean water comes from the earth.
Rawalakot is connected with Islamabad and other big cities by Guoien Nalla road that runs between Rawalakot and Azad pattan,Also you can travel Goin Nalla to Mong to Rawalakot.
It is located 80 km away from Islamabad. By Road It takes two to three and a half hour to Rawalakot which is also famous by the name of "Pearl Valley" its specialty is natural beauty of peaks and warm people.
Rawalkot has regular connections with major cities. By Bus it takes at least 5 hours and by wagon it takes almost three and a half hour.
The construction of Guoien Nullah road between Rawalakot and Azad pattan has considerably reduced the distance and journey time. During summer the place becomes full of green grass and beautiful flowers including many varieties of roses. The town has few good bazaars where all essential commodities of life are easily available. In Rawalakot, some good hotels and private guest houses provide comfortable accommodation.
Rawalakot weather is quite erratic. However, the climate of Rawalakot can be divided into four seasons, namely spring, summer, autumn and winter. Read on to further explore the weather and climate of Rawalakot , Pakistan
Rawalakot “depends upon the season in which you are visiting the valley. If you are visiting the pearl valley Rawalakot in summers, then it is better to wear cotton clothes. Although, like other places in Pakistan , Rawalakot Kashmir is not very hot in summers, still, the weather is a little bit warm. For spring season and autumn season, light woolens are the perfect clothes to wear in Rawalakot Kashmir. This is because in spring as well as autumn, cool breeze blows in the valley. The winters in Rawalakot are cold and chilly. So, in this season heavy woolens are the answer to the question of "how to dress up" in Rawalakot .
Location: The site is located on Banjosa Road, at a distance of 19 KM from Rawalakot City. The site is located in Tehsil Hajira, District Poonch, AJ&K
Elevation: The site is at an elevation of 1798 m above mean sea level
Features: This is the only planned tourist resort in the area. Banjosa is a beautiful lake surrounded by lush green mountains offering spectacular views. A few rest houses are constructed in the surroundings of this lake. Some tuck shops are also present at the lake but not properly managed and arranged. Weather is pleasant in summer and occasional snowfall in winter. Available area for development is around 5 acres.
Location: The site is located on Tolipir Road, at a distance of 40 KM from Rawalakot City. The site is located in Tehsil Rawalakot, District Poonch, AJ&K
Features: Tolipir is the highest mountainous location and the most attractive point in the north-eastern area of Rawalakot. Tolipir offers outback time on wide spread grassy fields and aspiring views as it is the origin point of three different mountainous ridges. The tourism rest-house on the way to tolipir is also located on a very scenic location. There are some old remains of a Mazaar at the highest top of Tolipir. Weather is pleasant in summer and snowfall in winter. Available area for development is around 4 acres.
Location: The site is located on Hajira-Kotli Road, at a distance of 35 KM from Rawalakot City. The site is located in Tehsil Hajira, District Poonch, AJ&K
Elevation: The site is at an elevation of 886 m above mean sea level
Features: There are quite a many spots along this route presenting exquisite views of water front. The water passage is quite wide at locations and hence has the potential which may be exploited in developing water based recreation. Moreover, flat and wide land is available next to the river for development. Weather is hot in summer and cold in winter. Available area for development is around 2 acres.
Location: The site is located on Hajira Road, at a distance of 45 KM from Rawalakot City. The site is located in Tehsil Hajira, District Poonch, AJ&K
Elevation: The site is at an elevation of 682 m above mean sea level
Features: Tatta Pani offers a unique experience, Hot Water Springs oozing out of the ground fall into the Poonch River. These are sulfur water springs with water temperatures approximately 86º C in summers and 65º C in the winters. Existing hot water baths were destroyed during the flood in River Poonch. However, there are a couple of Rest Houses at the site. Weather is hot in summer and cold in winter. Available area for development is around 3 acres.
Famous, mostly Asian Dishes All types are available. Most tasty food include Bar B Q and Tikka shops in Rawalakot city. Also, cafeterias and restrurants are now operating fast foods. Main dependent Factor is Bread, Tandori, Nan and Baked bread . Seasonal fruits and veges as Cocumber Peach, Apples and a lot more variety is avilable for eating
The SCO provides the main network of landline telephone with minority shares of other operators. All major mobile phone companies operating in Pakistan provide service in Rawalakot. Broadband internet access is available from DSL, and WiFi hotspot available in Rawalakot Dehra Khrike.
Wi-Fi Hotspots in: Rawalakot dahra Khrike Azad Kashmir
There are various guest houses, rest houses, motels and hotels at most of the tourist spots which can be booked in advance from their offices in Rawalakot.