Abbottabad has situated 71km from Hassan Abdal at an altitude of 4120 feet above sea level. It is spreading over an area of 1967 square kilometers. Fenced by rich green mountains, it was settled by Caption James Abbott.
This city is renowned for its pleasant environment, quality educational institutes, and as a center of educational & training institutes for the Pakistan Army. You will see the defense offices of the Pak Army in different areas of the city since it is the headquarter of the Pakistan Military.
There are facilities of every kind as it is the largest trade center in the region. It has remained the base camp for the tourist visiting Gilgit, Chilas, Kaghan, Naran, and Skardu. The temperature never goes beyond 30 centigrades even in summer.
A beautiful lady garden, Public Library, Pakistan Military Academy (PMA), ancient grand buildings of the British era, Abottabad Museum, St. Luke’s church (the oldest building of Abottabad), Ayub Medical Complex, and Jalal Baba Auditorium are worth watching places.
Shimla is located at the edge of the city on a hilltop. You can enjoy the hiking and beautiful scenery around. This top gives a different view of Abbottabad during the day, night, and in rain. The city looks more beautiful after the rain. The river Harnoi is a good picnic spot there.
Famous Tourist Spots in Abbottabad
1- Ilyasi Mosque
Nawa Sher Town at the foothills of a cliff below Thandiani in Abbottabad city is renowned internationally for Ilyasi Mosque. There was a natural water spring. Hindus wanted to build a temple there, while Muslims argued to construct a mosque. There was a conflict between them for some time. At last, Muslims succeeded in establishing a mosque there.
People gave a lot of funds for its construction. This splendor mosque is a masterpiece of beautiful architecture. Its walls, roofs, ceilings, and minarets represent Islamic culture and architecture. The weather is pleasant in summer. It is crowded during vacations. Fritters (pakora) shops are considered the best street food outside the mosque.
Sarban is a long and heightened mountain of Abbottabad in the east of the valley. It looks charming during the rainy season. Allama Muhammad Iqbal went to Abbottabad before leaving for England for his higher education. He wrote a poem with the name “Abar”. He mentioned Sarban in the first couplet.
اٹھی پھر آج وہ پورب سے کالی کالی گھٹا
سیاہ پوش ہوا پھر، پہاڑ سربن کا
Galiyat (also written as Galyat or Galliat) is an attraction for tourists because of its lush green pastures, and high mountains in Abbottabad city. It is rich in natural beauty, sky-kissing trees, and fragrant flowers. Bara Gali, Nahtia Gali, Kala Bagh, Donga Gali, Kala Pani, Shangla Gali, and Khaira Gali are situated from the east of Abbottabad to the West. This same route goes to Murree.
4- Nathia Gali
It is the official residence of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK)‘s Governor for the summer. Specimens of nature’s craftsmanship and ingenuity, the dense forests, the lush greenery, and the trails running right through the middle of the rainforest urge nature-loving tourists to trek and hike. The sunset in this area is mesmerizing.
Thandiani has a meaning of Cold in the local language. In fact, this area is known for its cold. The nights in Thandiani are cold at the time when the air conditioners stop functioning due to the heatwave in South Punjab.
The structure of the mountains around it is such that when the sun rises here it does not rise completely in one go but comes to the fore intermittently and rises completely. This view of the sunrise cannot explain in words.
This site is 2700 meters above sea level and 24km from Abbottabad. It is located at a height on a road. You can reach there via a road. It is a natural hill station. You will always remember the mountain peaks surrounded by lush green forests and cloudbursts.
There are caves on the path to the height. These caves are the residents of wild animals. You will feel as if you are moving towards the sky when you go to Thandiani for the first time. A private wagon from Abbottabad will take you to Thandiani. You can see Peer Panjal’s hills in the east and Nanga Parbat in the north if the sky is clear.
In the Suburbs of Abbottabad
This is Abbottabad too
A historical Gurdwara is in the Gurdwara Bazaar where Maharaja Ranjeet Singh used to come for religious activities. Dhamtour village is in the suburb of the city and in the southeast of Abbottabad.
Cloth is knit by conventional and traditional methods. Relationships of boys and girls for their marriage are established in a conference room (Jirga) adjacent to the mosque. There is no change in the customs and traditions of this area. This village reflects the lifestyle of the Hazara region.
The famous village Satora is 15km from Abbottabad in a valley surrounded by woods. It is a favorite place for nature lovers. The most beautiful villages are near Banda Phagwarian and Dobather Shimla.
Wind Up Lines
Abbottabad City can be considered a hub of tourism. There are many historical and breathtaking sites. Its importance has been enhanced because of the headquarter of the Pakistan Military.