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Abbottabad lies peacefully under the Galliat Range in the NWFP Province. Abbottabad, a popular summer resort in the midst of spacious valleys, is surrounded by green hills and located at a distance of 116 km from Rawalpindi and 217 km from Peshawar.

From a tourist point of view abbottabad is noted for its verdant parks, gardens, golf course and pine covered hills, apart from this it is full of educational institutions and Academies. Its importance lies in the fact that it serves as an important gateway to almost all-beautiful places in Pakistan. The formidable Karakorams & the enchanting Himalayas can be approached from Abbottabad. The importance of this city has diminished with the completion of Karakoram Highway because in the past the only track available to reach the majestic Karakoram, was through Babusar Pass, which in its turn, could only be approached through Abbottabad. In spite of this development, the city continues to be a transit city for tourists. Abbottabad is the junction from where one can go to places like Hunza, Gilgit, Skardu and Indus Kohistan, of the Karakoram Range. One can easily reach Swat, Swati Kohistan, Dir and Chitral of the Hindukush Range along with Naran, Saif-ul-Muluk, Shogran and Babusar Pass of the Himalayan Range. Neelum, Lipa and Jhelum Valley of beautiful Azad Kashmir are also connected through Abbottabad.

While other hill stations are deserted during winter this place is blessed with visitors due to the bracing winter season. The place has beautiful gardens like; Jinnah Garden, Ladies Garden etc maintained by the local Cantonment Board. The splendid stretch of turf promises plenty of room for polo, football, hockey and golf. At the back of the station towards the west is the Brigade Center, which is an ideal place ideal for walks and picnic.

The Cantonment area of Abbottabad is still very British. The European bungalows, the club, the church and cemetery are still there.

Golf courses

Abbottabad is famous throughout Pakistan for its brilliant golf courses (Thanks to the British!). The British ruled Pakistan for about 200 years and Abbottabad itself is named after its first Deputy Commissioner Sir James Abbott.

The cantonment area of Abbottabad contains wonderful gold courses.

British Air

Abbottabad definitely has a British air about itself with its golf courses, churches, tidiness and good weather. There are also lovely hills with alpine trees.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nice weather, lovely trees and a gateway to the Mountains.
  • In a nutshell:A very nice place to stay.
  • Last visit to Abbottabad: Jul 2002
  • Intro Updated May 26, 2003
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Reviews (10)

Comments (5)

  • Mar 17, 2010 at 9:22 AM

    Thandyani is one of the most beautiful place in the Pakistan on the other hand it is swazar land of Pakistan having most beautiful area around it.

  • Dec 15, 2003 at 10:01 AM

    i love the pic with yellow flowers it's great

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2003 at 12:31 PM

    finally a toocoolish coverage of abbotabad. nice tips on piffer mosque, golf, etc.

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    May 28, 2003 at 11:29 PM

    Very nice....someday......Cool Pictures!

  • Fudge's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2003 at 5:58 PM

    your tips are 'TOOuseful' :). i am especially grateful for the ones on hunza, and the rest of the NWF ones. Tks!


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