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Neelum Valley | Azad Kashmir

It is a valley of fountains, springs, waterfalls, flowering trees and plants. Geographically too, it is a hospitable valley. The Neelum Valley, 90 miles long bow-shaped with majestic pine, fir and deodar trees, lies north-south of Muzaffarabad (capital). This ninety-mile long kingdom of vegetation is ripped apart by the indigo blue Neelum river which flows serpentinely down hills to merge itself into the river Jhelum at Domail. Domail, the confluence of two mighty rivers, presents highly fascinating scene of youthful embrace. This heart-warning spectacle is most soothing to the eye. The valley, starting from Muzaffarabad, the capital of Azad Kashmir, is about 150 miles long. It lies on both sides of the river Neelum. The geographical features enhance the natural beauty of the Valley. Its elevation, a mere 2,000 feet at the start, gradually rises till it attains a respectable height of 8,000 feet. On both sides there are high mountains and peaks. Nearly all the forest wealth of Azad Kashmir is to be found in this part of the State. There are two approaches to the valley. One from the Kaghan Valley which is linked with it at two points, the Nuri Nari Hali (Pass) and the Ratti Gali and many minor Passes. From Dawarian it takes one days for hiking or riding and night stay at Dharian at 12,000 feet. The second approach is from Muzaffarabad. It is a distance of 55 miles which is jeepable in fair weather. The Neelum meets the Jhelum river at Domali (meeting of the two) on the outskirts of Muzaffarabad city. From Paticka forest one reaches Nosari, 24 miles ahead of Muzaffarabad. Next come Chaliana (height 3,200 feet), Qazi Nag, Barian, Salkhela, Kundal Shahi, Athmaqam on this road. On a number of places, the local population has built rope crossings on the river. It is a very dangerous device and the very thought of crossing these points is horrible but thrilling. . Arrangkelthe most beautiful resort in Azad Kashmir and its surrounding forest is ever largest flat terrace in Neelum Valley. From hear toward Northeast, across the River Neelum, the escalating view of Shounthar valley encircled by snow capped mountains among which Shounthar by pass, Chichil Peak,Hari Parbat, Nangi Mali and Sarwali Peak ( Adjacent to Nanga Parbat) ever attract the tourists. Tao Butt is an example of vegetational generosity of the liberal nature. The spot is donned with all delicacies and niceties. Nature flirts here with fantastic environment. The forest wealth abounds in the Neelum Valley. Deodar, pine, fir, wild walnut, strawberry and hosts of other high statured trees and other types of wild growth and herbs are the treasure of the valley. Besides being invaluable in economic terms, the variety of natural growth offers a captivating scenery. Shunder Hill tops are covered with green forests and the fields are lush green with crops.



KEL | NEELUM VALLEY | AZAD KASHMIR

19 kilometers journey from Sharda, upstream takes one to Kel. It is a small valley at the height of 2097 meters. This is another picturesque place in the Neelum Valley. The Shounter Nullah joins river Neelum at this place and leads to Gilgit Agency over the Shounter Pass (4,420 meter). Kel is also a base camp of mountaineering activities up to “Sarawaali Peak” 6326 meters above sea level and “Sarawaali Glacier” (about 25kms long) which are said to be the highest peak and biggest glacier of Azad Kashmir. Buses ply daily on this route. It is advisable to hire a jeep from Athmaqam for a trip in to the Valley. Horses and ponies can also be hired locally for travel to the interior of the Neelum Valley. Banks, College, Hospital, Bazar, PCO


JAGRAN | NEELUM VALLEY | AZAD KASHMIR

Nestled in the lower part of Neelum valley, the picturesque “Jagran” is its inseparable part. Jagran Nullah (stream) is indispensable and plays pivotal role in the formation of its landscape beauty and charm which reveals the richness of the area. On the side lane of the impressive Tourists Resort the ever flowing greenish and surf gushing waters of Jagran Nullah add to its peculiar character. jagran Nullah, rushing downwards all along the tall grooves of trees is almost small river. Surrounded by scintillating beauty under the shades of the majestic snow-clad mountains the river is freezing cold. The snowmelt of these sky heights named “Jagran Nullah” is also know for rout fishing attracting angles all over the seasons. In Jagran places like kutton, Thunian, Ghansee and Pattlian Sar are worth-seeing and inviting everyone to visit and enjoy. Jagran is ideal for mountaineers and takers too. Here the mountains are ranging from 4000 feet to 1400 feet above sea level. The ever green forests are stretched in the far flung lush green plateaus with abundance of wildlife. Gradual and fathering of uphill distance is encountered with the pleasant and soothing environ which never fades into memory.


KUNDAL SHAHI | NEELUM VALLEY | AZAD KASHMIR

It is the entrance of Jagran. Here Jagran Nullah converges into Neelum River. It is situated at a distance of 74 Kilometers from Muzaffarabad and about 5 kilometers from Authmuqam. In Authmuqam and Kundal Shahi almost all basic necessities are available in the local market.


KUTTON | NEELUM VALLEY | AZAD KASHMIR

Uphill road from Kundal Shahi leads to Kutton at a distance of 6 kilometers. The picturesque Kutton and Jagran is best to visit during April to October. Here the Greater Hydle Power is also an additional attraction for the tourists. The famous Nullah Jagran passes through this valley. At kutton about 8 kilometers from Kundal Shahi a hatchery for Trout fish is established by the fisheries department. . Jagran Nullah (stream) is indispensable and plays pivotal role in the formation of its landscape beauty and charm which reveals the richness of the area. On the side lane of the impressive Tourists Resort the ever flowing greenish and surf gushing waters of Jagran Nullah add to its peculiar character. jagran Nullah, rushing downwards all along the tall grooves of trees is almost small river. Surrounded by scintillating beauty under the shades of the majestic snow-clad mountains the river is freezing cold. The snowmelt of these sky heights named “Jagran Nullah” is also know for rout fishing attracting angles all over the seasons. In Jagran places like kutton, Thunian, Ghansee and Pattlian Sar are worth-seeing and inviting everyone to visit and enjoy. Jagran is ideal for mountaineers and takers too. Here the mountains are ranging from 4000 feet to 1400 feet above sea level. The ever green forests are stretched in the far flung lush green plateaus with abundance of wildlife. Gradual and fathering of uphill distance is encountered with the pleasant and soothing environ which never fades into memory.


SALKHALA | NEELUM VALLEY | AZAD KASHMIR

Not more than 3 kilometers from Kundal Shahi across the river Neelum one can enjoy the lovely place Salkhala. A Trout hatchery has been established here.


AUTHMUQAM | NEELUM VALLEY | AZAD KASHMIR

10 Kilometers from Kundal Shahi is the Sub-Divisional Head-quarter of the area. The bazaar consists of over a dozen shops with a post office and telephone call office. This place is suitable for the people interested in calm and quit atmosphere.


UPPER NEELUM | NEELUM VALLEY | AZAD KASHMIR

Another 11 Km journey ahead of Athmaqam and 02 kms to Keran takes you to Upper Neelum. It is situated on the right bank of river Neelum opposite to the Keran village (Indian occupied Kashmir). Neelum having an altitude of 1524 meters above sea level is very popular among tourists.


KERAN | NEELUM VALLEY | AZAD KASHMIR

So far is the half of the Neelum Valley and after it are the more enchanting spots full of exuberance and life. Keran is another beauty spot on the other river side of Keran in Indian held Kashmir.Its 09 Kms from Authmaqam its 1524 meters above sea level Commodities are transported to the bazaar from Athmaqam by trucks. surrounded by mountains full of conifer trees. Over here a mule track up to Rattigali pass (about 30 Km) towards west, connects the Neelum and Kaghan Valley


SHARDA | NEELUM VALLEY | AZAD KASHMIR

The most picturesque place in Neelum Valley is “ Sharda” it is located at a distance of 136 Km from Muzaffarabad and 30 Km from Dowarian. It is a breath taking spot. This place from the point of view of tourists is so attractive and captivating that they get their money’s worth when they spend a few days here in their sojourn amidst nature. In Sharda one also finds ruins of an old place of learning. The presence of these ruins (known as Sharda University) lends Sharda is a historical background providing special attraction for the people interested in archaeology and history.Remains of Buddh University/Hindu Temple at Sharda.


KEL | NEELUM VALLEY | AZAD KASHMIR

19 kilometers journey from Sharda, upstream takes one to Kel. It is a small valley at the height of 2097 meters. This is another picturesque place in the Neelum Valley . The Shounter Nullah joins river Neelum at this place and leads to Gilgit Agency over the Shounter Pass (4,420 meter). Kel is also a base camp of mountaineering activities up to “ Sarawaal peak” 6326 meters above sea level and “Sarawaali Glacier” which are said to be the highest peak and biggest glacier of A.Kashmir. Buses ply daily on this route. It is advisable to hire a jeep from Athmaqam for a trip in to the Valley. Horses and ponies can also be hired locally for travel to the interior of the Neelum Valley. Banks, College, Hospital, Bazaar, PCO are available here.


HALMET | NEELUM VALLEY | AZAD KASHMIR

The border village about 38 km ahead of Kel, is a fascination yet unexplored. Janawai, and Sardari are the most beautiful places around here..


ARRANG KEL| NEELUM VALLEY | AZAD KASHMIR

Arangkel village lies at 4 kilometer distance on South of Kel town. From kel town the gentle descending link road leads toward Arangkel Bridge, from where one can trek the gentle up raising winding trekking path leads toward this small beautiful village, surrounded by thick forest. Arangkel and its surrounding forest is ever largest flat terrace in Neelum Valley. From hear toward Northeast, across the River Neelum, the escalating view of Shounthar valley encircled by snow capped mountains among which Shounthar by pass, Chichil Peak,Hari Parbat, Nangi Mali and Sarwali Peak ( Adjacent to Nanga Parbat) ever attract the tourists. Toward the North view of Historical Nardi Peak and toward the west, Ratti Gali peak offer scenic beauty of Neelum. Arangkel remained an attractive destination for tourist from all over the country. The construction of roads and cable car are in progress to fulfill the desire of tourists, Musk Deer Resort is being one of the best new facility to accommodate the families and nature lovers www.mdrajk.com. The main ethnic group of the inhabitants is Mongols. The local people are very polite and educated. Arangkel forest is the ideal home of Musk Deer. Key wildlife species of this area is the Musk Deer, which is a globally threatened animal.Musk Deer are sedentary, remaining within a defined home range throughout the year and usually do not undertake any seasonal migrations even in harsh weather conditions. Male have well-developed upper canines, which may reach a length of 7 cm protruding from the mouth in a fang-like manner. This small deer is very famous for its musk gland. Musk glands are found in males around their navel. These glands contain a dense semi solid oily substance (about 30gm). This is a highly precious and is used in the manufacturing of perfumes and medicines. This gland is the main cause of its population declination.


TAOBAT | NEELUM VALLEY | AZAD KASHMIR

Taobat is the last station of the Neelum Valley.Its is 200 KM from Muzaffarabad and 39 KM away from kel.One of the beautiful small village of Neelum Valley. . Tabat is an example of vegetational generosity of the liberal nature. The spot is donned with all delicacies and niceties. Nature flirts here with fantastic environment. The ever green forests are stretched in the far flung lush green plateaus with abundance of wildlife..


MUZAFFARABAD| AZAD KASHMIR

Muzaffarabad, the Capital of the State of Jammu & Kashmir, is situated at the confluence of the Jhelum & Neelum Rivers. It is at a distance of 138 kilometers from Rawalpindi and about 76 kilometers from Abbottabad. Muzaffarabad is a blend of varied cultures and languages. Being the capital of the state it has all the necessary facilities of life. In addition, there are two historical forts, the Red & Black Fort, situated on the opposite sides of river Neelum. The Neelum river streams, proudly through the hubbub of the town, joins river Jhelum at Domel and plays a dominant role in the micro climate of Muzaffarabad. The capital city of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, “Muzaffarabad” also serves as a base camp for the tourist intending to visit tourist spots and other historical and cultural & traditional aspects of AJK. Muzaffarabad is not only the hub of political and cultural activities, but also has various spots for leisure. Domel, the junction point of Neelum & Jhelum Rivers, presents a magic beauty from here. At the right bank of River Jhelum near this site, an established “Food Point” offers the delicacy of the famous “Kashmiri Cuisine” and other varieties of local traditional dishes of Kashmiri origin. “Lohaar Gali” situated 9 kilometers from the city on Abbottabad road, offers a bird eye view of the capital city. At night, the lights of the city present an unforgettable scene from this point. .


SHAHEED GALI | AZAD KASHMIR

The comely beauty of the attracts a restive mind toprolong his stay.the picturesque Shaheed Gali,situated at the height of about 1640 meters above sea level is at a distance of about 16 KMs westward from Muzaffarabad.From Shaheed Gali a trek of 4 KMs leads towards a wholesome spot namely SRI KOT.The view of the summit of the neighboring mountain peaks spell bounds a tourist. Also worth seeing and ideal for hiking, trekking and camping activities.


PATIKA | NEELUM VALLEY | AZAD KASHMIR

Located at a distance of 19 KMs from Muzaffarabad.It is a gateway to Neelum Valley and can be the first journey break on the way. A mini zoo and Trout fish hatchery have turned the place into a site of diversions.Danni Waterfall from 8 KM from Patikka one of the favorite tourist attraction spot.


CHAKAR | AZAD KASHMIR

The beautiful summer station at a distance of46 Km from Muzaffarabad is situated on top of the mountain of the southern side of Muzaffarabad.A road branches off at Dhanni Baqallan,a place about 33 Km from Muzaffarabad and leads to Chikkar,which is at an elevation of 1828 Meters.The outsatanding features of this beautiful place are its healthy climate and picturesque surrounding.Satanding over the hill one can have a fascinating view of the sub-valleys..


LOON BANGLA | AZAD KASHMIR

It is located about 10 Km from Chikkar,situated at an altitude of 2011 Meters above sea level,it is another worth seeing hill station in the middle of dense green pine forests and linked by a fair weather road.The basic requirement of life are available in the small bazaar.


PEER CHANASI | NEELUM VALLEY | AZAD KASHMIR

The awe-inspiring locus, with an altitude of 2924 meters above the sea level is located 32 Kms eastward of Muzaffarabad. Due to its tremendous scenic beauty, velvet green plateaus and wonderful climate, it wins admiration of nature lovers. The view of the summit of the neighboring mountain peaks spell bounds a tourist. Devotees of Saint Shah Hussain Bukhari, take pilgrimage to rejuvenate their adust heart. The adjacent Pir Asimar, phawna da Danna and the areas in the bottom of Pirchinassi, i.e. Saran, Sud Bun, Mushki, Sakki and Jarran phirran are also worth seeing and ideal for hiking, trekking, paragliding and camping activities.


BANJOSA LAKE RAWLAKOT | AZAD KASHMIR

It is situated 20 kilometers from Rawalakot, at an altitude of 1981 meters. Its scenic beauty and impressive surrounding is compelling and attracts tourists to reach here to enjoy the nature. Amidst the captivating beauty of Banjosa, lake reflects the dense forest standing along the surroundings of the resting calm waters of Banjosa Lake. The nearby worth-seeing areas of Banjosa are Jandali, Hussain kot (the native town of the great freedom fighter captain Hussain Khan) and Devi Gali which can not be simply bypassed for a pleasure trip. The distance parting these destinations from Banjosa are 3 kms, 4kms and 12kms respectively. These places portray rich inherent natural beauty encompassing all others while awaiting visitors for a comfortable stay.


GHORI MAR AND TOLI PIR | AZAD KASHMIR

Ghori Maar is situated at a distance of 30 kilometers ahead of Rawalakot. A fair-weather road via Khaigala leads to this place. On reaching Ghori Mar, one can explore the fascinating beauty overlooking the sub Valleys of Rawalakot & Bahg. The road from Ghori Maar leads to Tolipir-a place that offers calm atmosphere with vast green meadows stretching over a big area a big area. The place holds the potential to mesmerise visitors.


SUDAN GALI BAGH | AZAD KASHMIR

Sudhan Gali is a village located in Bagh District, Azad Kashmir. It lies on the main road that connects the district Bagh to Muzaffarabad, the capital of Azad Kashmir and also connects the town of Chikkar with Bagh city. Sudhan gali is located at the height of 7000 feet. This beautiful, scenic place attracts hundreds of tourists from all over Azad Kashmir and Pakistan.Other well known places in Sudhan Gali include Rasheed Shaheed Cricket Ground located in Copra and Khala But. Sudhan Gali is famous for its hiking trails that lead to Ganga Choti(Peak), a mountain peak about 10200 feet high and one of the most famous tourist attractions in AJK. Sudhengali, located at a height of 2143 meters, links Chikkar with Bagh, a town in the Bagh district. This scenic spot also serves as a base camp for those interested in hiking/ rekking to the nearby 3045 meters high mountain “Ganga Choti”. It is also linked with Chikkar. .


CHANANIAN, DAO KHAN, LEEPA VALLEY | AZAD KASHMIR

LEEPA:
Leepa is a small village about 60 kilometers from Naily and 38 kilometers from Reshian, at an altitude of 1921 meters. Its lush green rice fields in summer and typical wooden Kashmiri Houses present a wonderful view to the people visiting the area. Walnut, Apple, Cherry and honey of Leepa are very popular and in great demand.

DAOKHAN:
Dao – Khan is situated some 75 kilometers from Muzaffarabad An unpaved but well maintained road branches off from Reshiar to Dao- Khan (4 kilometers from Reshian), which is now we recognized due to its high altitude (2490 meters), calm and peaceful atmosphere, excellent scenic beauty and panorami views.Daokhan is midway Muzaffarabad to Leepa Valley.


CHANANIAN:
Chananian, 62 kilometers from Naily & 36 kilometers from Reshian, is situated opposite to Leepa, near the Line of Control (LOC), at an altitude of 2226 meters. Surrounded by thick pin forest and nullah Qazi Naag flowing near by it, Chananian is als a worth seeing place in Leepa Valley. From Reshian onwards, one has to hire jeeps for journey to Leepa and other places.


MIRPUR | AZAD KASHMIR

Mirpur, the district headquarter is situated at an elevation of 459 meters A.S.L. It is linked with the main Peshawar-Karachi grand Trunk Road at Dina, a small town about 15kms short of Jhelum city. The construction of Mangla Dam converted the old Mirpur town into a big artificial lake and effected a population of about 50,000. But it paved the way for existing new Mirpur town situated on the bank of Mangla Lake. The city is well planned and buildings are mostly of modem design. Mirpur has developed into an industrial city very rapidly. All the basic amenities of life are available in Mirpur. Colleges, hospital, banks, shopping centers, hotels,telephone & telegraph services are also available.


MANGLA | AZAD KASHMIR

Mangla is a small beautiful modern town. It is situated at a distance of 110Kms from Islamabad and is 15Kms short of Mirpur City. The construction of Mangla reservoir having perimeter of 100Kms and presence of Mangia and Ramkot Forset of Mughal period has turned this place into an attractive tourist spot.


RAMKOT | AZAD KASHMIR

Picturesquely located on the summit of a hill, Ramkot Fort is built over the site of and old Hindu Shiva temple.3 sides of this hill top are surrounded by River Jhelum (ancient “Vitasta”). Excavations relics of the 5th and 9th century AD have been discovered near one of the temples. In the 16th 17th century AD “the Muslim rulers of Kashmir while safe guarding their boundaries built numerous forts. Ramkot , sitting atop at the confluence of the river Jhelum & Poonch is one of them. The sikh Maharaja of Kashmir further fortified Ramkot. Ramkot Fort is located on the opposite side of the Mirpur Town and one has to cross Mangia Lake one boat to reach there. A 10 minutes travel by road from Mirpur leads to Sukhian and nearby Arm water Sports Club from where boats are available for access to Ramkot Fort. It takes 45minutes to reach there.


HOT SPRING (TATTA PANI) | AZAD KASHMIR

Tatta Pani is situated on the right bank of the river poonch, at a distance of 29 kilometers from Hajeera and is connected with twofair weather roads i.e. via Hajeera-Mandol & Balouch-Pakhonar road. It can also be reached from Kotli, the district headquarter district, by covering a distance of 26 kilometers. Tatta Pani is famous for the cure of skin &rheumatic ailments.


MURREE

The place we call “Queen of Hills” is one of the most famous and favorite Hill Station for Pakistani and foreign visitors because of its scenic beauty and natural greenery spread all over. Murree is always a heavenly place for nature lovers and biggest hill station among the rest of the stations in area, unlike other places which are inadequate in social amenities and requisites of routine life. Here the creator’s nature in its full bounty found scattered all over in graceful and beautiful valleys. Huge mountains are overhung by the trees of pines and oaks, bubbling with cooing springs, crisscrossed by flow-full streams, dotted with sprawling velvet-carpeted lawns and great orchards present the beautiful sight with fruit laden trees which does not look less than a scene of heaven on earth. Murree is considered as the largest resort town among all in comparison to other hilly areas around such as Bhurban , Patriata, Nathia Gali, Ayubia and Khanaspur in the Galyat region. Murree is located in the north-west of Himalaya series of mountains and the foothills are at an average altitude of 2,291 meters (7,516 ft), where visitors truly experiences pleasant summers and cold, snowy winters. Murree has always been the point of interest for the tourists in each and every season of the year but there is something celestial about it in the winter season. Few days back tourists from across the Pakistan experienced first Snowfall in Murree of 2014 winters. A large number of visitors headed towards Murree to witness this beauty in pure white. The frozen outlook of Murree actually warms up the hearts of its admirers who visit this amiable beauty in great number, hence, the hotel business of the local businessmen flourish and goes to peak in this season, especially. The famous Mall road of Murree is crowded by the tourists and one feels like cheek by the jowls. Due to this much packed environment, traffic jam sometimes becomes a major problem and disappointment but the lovers of Murree and winter crazies come out of the cars and walk all the way on the Mall road and this does not alter their enthusiasm one bit. But it will be better for the tourists, if the government expands the roads so that those who want to drive while enjoying the snow can get facilitated. Although Murree is blessed with natural gorgeous areas to visit by having Pindi point and Kashmir point in its close proximity, it will be of great joy for the visitors to get entertained by some new artificially created recreational spots. People here get fascinated with the glittering silver snow, experience a magic in the ambience and children play around by throwing snow balls at each other and by building cute and fuzzy snowmen. Small stalls and tuck shops dealing in the business of coffee, tea and hot snacks are very much appreciated in this season and thus the businessmen of this category get a lucrative business in this season. People owing business of woolen clothes get their maximum income in this time of the year as snow makes their warm clothes sell very quickly.


PATRIATA

an eye catchy adventure on chairlifts; must for tourists having love for high hills is a quiet retreat at the highest point of Murree Hills which consequently is the highest point of Punjab as well, stands 2070 m above sea level. Patriata has a breathtaking landscape. High forested ridges and deep intersecting valleys with terraced slopes offer magnificent views of this naturally beautiful area. Patriata an eye catchy adventure on chairlifts; must for tourists having love for high hills is a quiet retreat at the highest point of Murree Hills which consequently is the highest point of Punjab as well, stands 2070 m above sea level. Patriata has a breathtaking landscape. High forested ridges and deep intersecting valleys with terraced slopes offer magnificent views of this naturally beautiful area. One of the thrilling features of Patriata is the dual chair lift and cable car system from Gulera Gali to Patriata ridge. This dual system incorporates a chair lift from Gulera Gali to Patriata Bazar, from here at the midpoint, pedestrians transfer from the chair lift to an enclosed cable car from an elevated platform, traveling onward from Patriata ridge, a- distance of 3.1 km. Cable cars made their appearance here, for the first time in Pakistan. Gondola cable cars are designed to give passengers a panoramic view without blind spots while incorporating all possible safety features.


NATHIA GALI

Nathiagali a lovely terrain for hiking, famous hill resort is located in the lower Himalayan range at an altitude of 8,205 feet or 2501 m. Clad in Walnut, Oak, and Maple trees as well as pines add to the tranquility of this serene place. Take a leisure stroll through pine forests or hike the many trails. Nathia Gali a Heaven on earth serves as home to all major wildlife; various species of birds, insects, butterflies and animals. Horses are very common sight during the April to August months and attracted tourist to rides and see the beautiful scenic points in Nathia Gali and Galliyat. Monkeys often come up to hotels, restaurants and guesthouses in search of food Nathiagali receives heavy snow in winter and temperature decreases by 0′C. Summer is not hotter with maximum 25′C. In Monsoon season unexpected storms and hail bring chilly weather. The best months for climbing or trekking is May to September.


AYUBIA

Ayubia: is a heavenly recreational point in the midst of hills in Abbotabad district, located in the province KPK of Pakistan. It contains celestial temperate coniferous forest and temperate broadleaf and mixed forest ecoregion habitats, with an average elevation of 2,400 m above the sea level. Ayubia national park has seven major villages and some small towns including Thandiani, the famous and beautiful Nathiagalli and Khanspur, at its outskirts. The climate of Ayubia is pleasant to cold in summers, which makes it the best time of the year to visit this place, while it can be bit harsh in winters, making it extremely cold. May and June have placid environment but the cold sets in with the first rain of Moonsoon. This makes late July and early August bit cold. But as the weather gets colder and colder, the rain eventually converts into snow as the year passes by. At the later time of winter, the hill tops are completely covered with snow, making the scenery even more eye catching.


BHURBAN

hill station a peaceful, serene and sensational tourist resort, rather small town and a hill station at a distance of 10 km from Murree in the high Murree Hills. Pearl Continental a 5 star hotel is main attraction for a peaceful and luxurious accommodation. Bhurban is one of the more picturesque places in the country and is a tourist paradise. At Bhurban one can enjoy fun filled activities where you can experience the per stein scenery from a panoramic view while playing golf, dining out. Bhurban is known for scenic hiking trails in the nearby Khanispur and Ayubia National Park. Enjoy one of the major Golf tournaments that are held here and have fun playing golf on Bhurban’s first class nine hole mini golf course. A fine view of the snowy peaks of Kashmir is to be had on a clear day, and the crest of Nanga Parbat can sometimes be seen.


ABBATABAD

Abbottabad: the headquarters of Hazara Division, situated at an altitude of 1,225 meter (4002 ft) surrounded by green hills of Sarban is one of the famous hill stationsin KPK, Pakistan. Abbottabad is a crowded yet mesmerizing tourist resort, gateway to many hill stations and valleys of Northern Areas of Pakistan. Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) kept Abbottabad as the major training academy for military officers. The city is developed as modern business from a non-industrial backward area as well as economic and academic center. Ayub Medical Complex the biggest medical institute in Pakistan brought the city into the national limelight and spurred a lasting chapter of growth and development. Abbottabad has a natural beauty endowed by its location amid surrounding mountains and high altitude. It is neither too cold in winter, nor too hot in summer and have refreshing spring season. Visitors are pleasantly surprised to note the abundance of good hotels, restaurants, dining places and tourist facilities. The easy approach to Islamabad and Peshawar has helped the growth of the city tremendously. The Karakoram Highway ‘Silk Road’ links Abbottabad to China through Northern Areas of Pakistan, results increasing trade and tourism. The climate is temperate with all four distinct seasons. Summer is pleasant with maximum temperature 35°C whereas winter is moderately cold and drop as low as 0°C with occasional snowfall. The city is non-industrial, situated in the green Orash valley and is less environmental pollution compared to other big cities of Pakistan.


SHIMLA HILLS

Shimla Hill or Shimla Pahari is a hill of the Sherwan range extending to the west ofAbbottabad. Don’t confuse with Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, India. The latter place’s name derives from the name of the Hindu deity Shyamala Devi, whilst the former is derived from the Hindko and Punjabi word Shamla or Shumla, that is, the crest of a turban, since the Sherwan range at this point comes up to Abbottabad in the shape of a crest, or ridge.Shimla Hill a view point gives a bird’s eye view of Abbottabad town. If you come to Abbottabad then you should not miss a trip to beautiful Shimla Hills to get over view of entire valley and nearby hill resorts. You can trek, walk or hire a local suzuki. Children can enjoy rides in park while elders can have a cup of tea or coffee along with snacks in open air restaurant.