Mushkpuri

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The second highest hill of Galyat. It is located in the Hills of Nathiagali in District Abbottabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. There is a three-hour-long but safe hill trek to the top. It is approximately 9452 feet (2,800 meters) above sea level. Trek to Mushkpuri top starts from Nathiagali spiraling upward through green pine forests. It is 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) of the climb. The way to the top is very breathtaking. It is full of greenery and is rich with fragmented flowers, like a carpet full of flowers. Especially at the end of the rainy season, it gives a very attractive view of the hikers. There is another trek to Mushkpuri which starts from Dungagali. The slope on this route is steeper than the trek coming from Nathiagali. From the trek Mushkpuri to Dungagali down below there is a great sight of Ayubia National Park. There is a water pond at the Mushkpuri top which gives a beautiful reflection of trees and the sky. From Mushkpuri top Kashmir valley can also be seen.

Thandiani

A hill station located about 31 kilometers from the city of Abbottabad in the Gilyat area of Pakistan. It is situated 2700 meters above sea level on a small plateau surrounded by pine forests.

Thandiani literally means “very cold”. It is a superb place for nature lovers. The beauty of this lush green hill station is not spoiled by the crowds like many of other hill stations in summer making it a perfect place to go for those who want to relax in a peaceful place far away from the hustle-bustle of busy modern life.

Thandiani was discovered and established as a sanatorium during British rule, for the comfort of officers positioned at the Abbottabad Cant. There are some European houses and a small bazaar which are occupied only during the summer months. To the east beyond the Kunar River are the mountains of Kashmir and the mountains of Kaghan and Kohistan are visible to the north and northeast. To the northwest are the ranges of Swat and Chitral.

Thandiani is not a well-established area. There are a few shops and only one basic guesthouse. But the beauty of this area lies in its charming landscapes and magnificent weather. There are beautiful trees on the way to Thandiani and also a few small caves which are probably home for wildlife. Local wildlife includes leopards, monkeys, pheasants and the flying squirrel.

The dawn in Thandiani is heart touching but very cold as well. It is very cold in Thandiani especially at night even in summers. When first enter Thandiani, at the top there is a road which seems to go all the way to the sky. It gives a wonderful view of the surrounding areas. The lush green peaceful Thandiani is a place worth visiting.

Shimla Hills

Shimla Hills, known as Shimla Pahari in the local language, is a hilly tourist destination in Abbottabad. It’s only a 10-kilometer drive from Abbottabad city. The Shimla Hills are surrounded by beautiful green forests and gentle slopes. The weather here is very pleasant in the summer, though a bit frosty and cold. This place is best for hiking and mountain climbing. A jeep is best if you want to explore this area on one of the many roads. If you want to spend a few days here, summer is the best time to come. Most hotels and restaurants in the surrounding area are open during that time, and the traveling conditions are also favorable. In winter, the area is colder, and there is a greater chance of landslides and road blockage.

Still, if you come to Abbottabad, do not miss a trip to the beautiful Shimla Hills. Even if you don’t go by road, you can still trek into this area. Children can enjoy rides in the park, while elders can have a cup of tea or coffee. There are also snacks available in one of the nearby open-air restaurants.

Harnoi

Abbottabad has many tourist spots, but Harnoi is the most famous and beautiful of them all. It is situated about 11 kilometers away from Abbottabad. Harnoi is surrounded by tall green mountains, which have a lot of different species of trees and medicinal herbs. Coldwater streams, known as Nadi Dhorr in the local language, are the main attraction for the tourists. No matter the season, a cool northern breeze flows through the area. There are a lot of hotels, restaurants, and small shops in this area. There is also a park there for visitors. Inside the park, there is a Ferris wheel, roller coaster, and other attractions. Be warned that this place is really crowded in the summer. The best way to enjoy the beauty of this place is to visit during autumn or spring. These seasons allow you more time to relax and explore the surrounding areas. Harnoi is situated roughly between Abbottabad and Nathiagali. Travelers hoping to avoid the crowds can trek into the surrounding areas instead of Harnoi itself. There is plenty to see, with plains and streams that are surrounded by small mountains on both sides. These surrounding hillside areas are good places to travel for a day trip. If you are going to spend a day trekking, you should think about bringing food, water, and any other equipment you might need for a day out.

Miranjani

Miranjani is the highest peak in Galyat Region which is located at the elevation of 2,992 meters (9,816 ft), in Abbottabad District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa the Province of Pakistan. It is located in the Namli Maira area, in Ayubia National Park, 80 kilometers (50 mi) north of Islamabad in the western Himalayan range.

The Miranjani trek starts a few minutes’ drives away from the Governor House in Nathia Gali. The total length of the track is about 4.69 km and a net elevation of about 600 meters. Most of the path is soft dirt sparse with small rocks patches and hence is very easy to traverse with little effort. Intermediate to expert trekkers should be able to do it in 1 hour 15 mins to 2 hours. Beginners should also have no trouble and would be able to complete in 2-3 hours. The path to the peak is canopied with tall trees and is abundant in greenery. Nathia Gali, Mushkpuri Peak and Azad Kashmir are easily visible from the top. On a clear day even Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest mountain in the world, at a displacement of 166 km or a distance of more than 400 km can be seen shining with its snow-clad peaks.