Mall Road Murree 

Nathiagali  Ayubia  Patriata

Murree: Melodious Murree also called as “Malika-e-Kohsar”, (queen of the hills) lies on one of the outer Himalayan spurs, in the north-east of Islamabad. In fact there is a series of settlements located around a series o high spurs. These hill resorts were initially developed by the British Colonial rulers for escaping from the summer heat of the Punjab plains and for enjoying their holidays in the calm and cool atmosphere. 

Murree is about 60 km (38 miles) from Islamabad. It is well connected through a good quality serpentine road and it can be approached in less than two hours. 

On the way visitors see Tret village (elevation 3,128 ft.) while the next stop is Charra Pani where cold water springs gush out of the hill side. Then the visitors pass Samli sanatorium and the Ghoragali (elevation 5,000 ft.), this place was used for the changing of horses used for carriages operating between Rawalpindi-Murree and further on the Srinagar during the British period. After all crossing Bansragali (5832 ft.) and Lawrence College, we reached at Murree. 

 Murree is a modest town located along the top of a ridge for about three miles (5km). At the north east end of the ridge is the Kashmir Point which offers good views of the Jhelum River and Azad Kashmir. At the south-west end of the ridge is the Pindi Point which overlooks the twin cities of Islamabad-Rawalpindi and offers attractive scenes particularly on clear nights. 

Nathiagali: The most centrally placed and the best known Nathiagali, lies mid-way between Murree and Abbottabad, at an altitude of (8,350 ft,) and commands a fine view of the snow-capped peaks of Kashmir and Kohistan on one side and the Pothwar Plain on the other. 

It is known for its scenic beauty, hiking tracks and pleasant weather, which is much cooler than the rest of the Galliyat due to it being greater altitude. The wild life of Nathiagali contains various species of birds, insects, butterflies and animals; here you can also find lush green hills and mountains with wonderful Pine, Walnut, Oak and Maple trees. After visiting the Nathiagali drive to Ayubia.

Ayubia: It is a complex of four small hill stations i.e. Ghora Daka; Khanspur; Changla Gali and Khairagali. These four resorts scattered over an area of about 26 kms are now being developed as a modern hill resort complex.

Ayubia is famous for its wild life; the wild life over here is very good. Here you can visit the Ayubia National Forest Park locates with the majestic. There is no place in this area where you won’t find monkeys. You can also enjoy the ride of cable car of Ayubia.

Patriata: Patriata Chairlift-cum Cable-car was also introduced. This chairlift has also become popular and attracts crowds particularly on holidays. Enjoy the ride of chair lift which takes you up 10,000 meters high. You can watch the adventurous scenes while sitting over the chair lift and after that you ride a Cabin Box lift which takes you up highest point of the Patriata.

After spending the full day, drive back to Islamabad/Rawalpindi.                                                                                 


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