Quaid-e-Azam Tourist Lodge, Muzaffarabad

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Quaid-e-Azam tourist lodge, Barsala, is a historic tourist lodge located in Kohala, Muzaffarabad District, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. The tourist point is also known as Quaid-e-Azam Memorial Rest House, named after the first Pakistani governor-general, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, as it hosted him in 1944. The tourist spot is also known as Dak Bungalow.
The lodge serves as a popular tourist attraction. It is located at a distance of 100km from Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, and 40km from Muree. On the way to Muzaffarabad, the Azad Kashmir capital, it is only 3 km (2 mi) from the Kohala Bridge, that serves as the entry point to Azad Kashmir.
The lodge was first built during the Dogra rule by the Hindu Dogra dynasty. The founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, and his sister Madar-e-Millat Fatima Jinnah, stayed here on 25 July 1944 when they were returning from Srinagar on their way to Rawalpindi. A wall plaque was unveiled by the then Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Sardar Sikandar Hayat Khan on 14 August 2001, commemorating the visit of Jinnah. The chair used by Jinnah has been preserved and can be seen in the lodge. Barsala was captured by the Pakistan Army under Major General Iftikhar Janjua during the Battle of Chamb against the Indian Army's 10 Division led by Major General Jaswant Singh on 6 December 1971.
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  • Alhamdulilah ❤️ great place and love for Quaid E Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. I'm from District Sudhanoti the one of great and prosperous district of Azad Kashmir and i with my friends enjoy a lot in thi...  more »
  • Its better not to try if u can find a better place. The highly untrained and lethargic staff bugs your mind. The washrooms stink like anything. The frequent water and electricity problems are the hall...  more »
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