Murree Hill Station, Pakistan
Up near Murree there is a creaky chair lift. The kind man let it go around one more time even tho i had arrived when he had just closed the system. It was a lot of fun and the scenery was great from that height. Below the chair lift young boys would recite verses from the Quran in hope to have travelers drop rupees down to them.
IT WAS ONE OF MY UNFORGETTABLE TRIP EVER, ONE CHRISTMAS SEASON AT MURREE HILL, A SNOW COVERED HILL. NOTHING MUCH TO DO WHEN IT STARTED SNOWING. WE STAYED INDOORS AND PLAYED MAJONG WITH THE OLDIES..BUT WHEN THE SNOW STOPPED IT'S TIME FOR SOME RABBIT AND WILD BOAR HUNTING.ALTHOUGH, WE WERE ATTACKED BY THE ANGRY BOAR!! WE END UP RUNNING AND STUMBLING ON THE SNOW, BUT I CAN SAY IT WAS REALLY AN EXCITING TRIP!
Murree and the Galiat Hill Tracts have long been Pakistan’s most important domestic tourist destinations. Between the Hill stations of Murree and Nathiagali lies Ayubia, 90 km from Islamabad and 26 km from Murree, situated at an elevation of 8000 feet above sea level. Ayubia is an ideal place to have a quiet holiday away from the sweltering heat of summer plains.
The PTDC Motel is located near the famous Ayubia Chairlift. Surrounded by magnificent green hills, meadows and forests of Pine, the Motel overlooks the picturesque Khanspur Valley. Its comfortable rooms and fine restaurant make it an ideal resting place. Satellite TV, Telephone, Rent-A-Car and Laundry facilities are also available here. A variety of excursions are available for tourists in and around Ayubia.
Apart from the thrilling chairlift ride, one can visit Nathiagali and climb either of the two peaks of Mushkpuri and Miranjani. Alternatively, one can visit Murree and Bhurban or walk along the famous water supply pipeline, passing through Ayubia National Park.
Murree in the Punjab and its adjoining hill stations, mostly situated in the Frontier Province, provide a cool retreat in summer to the people of the Punjab and the Frontier Province, particularly to those living in Rawalpindi and Islamabad.Murree is the most developed of these hill stations and has cool climate in summer and crisply cold in winter. It was developed by the British as a summer resort of the Punjab which it continued to be up to 1876 when the name was transferred to Simia. It is therefore a developed town with good hotels and roads and excellent shopping where products and handicrafts of the entire region are available.Situated at an altitude of 2,100 meters, Murree is considered the most beautiful hill station in northern Punjab. The winding drive from Islamabad passes through Sarannab woodland, rocky shrubs and cedar, birch and at precisely 1,000 meters lofty pine forests.
As in the other hill stations the British tried to build a little England, with a mall for promenading, parks, churches, schools, not to mention clubs and cafes. Hence scruffy houses with names like ''Primrose Cottage" or "Goodland Walk". "Hotel Cecil' or those times still remain a colonial atmosphere in huge, high, ceilinged rooms with roaring log fires.
At the north end of the Mall, a good landmark of the city is the Post Office from where one may wander down through the bazaar below having stalls and souvenir shops all along the way. Walking down the Mall is perhaps the main amusement of Murree. You can also take horse or donkey rides. Going north and leaving Post Office on the left one finds the Murree Club. From the Post Office to Kashmir Point is the area where many embassies have their summer residence.
Murree lies at about two hours journey from Rawalpindi and a little less from Islamabad, especially so if you are driving in a car. There is a toll of a few rupees on the way and for the first few miles you pass through the flat country. Then, the climb starts which becomes pretty steep as you approach Murree.