|Abbottabad District Hazara Division KPK Province of Pakistan|
Popular tourist destinations in and around Abbottabad is as under:
Ayubia National Park, Bara Gali, Dor River Valley (at Harnoi/Harnol), Dunga Gali, Ilyasi Mosque, Bara Gali, Dor River Valley (at Harnoi/Harnol), Dunga Gali ,Khaira Gali ,Nathia Gali, Shimla Hill ,Thandiani, Kukmang,
Thandiani is literally a scenic place for the visitors, it means “Cold” in the native
language, and it is one of the uppermost locations of the Abbottabad District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan it is sited at an altitude of 8,858 feet. A 31 kilometers drive from the Abbottabad city takes one to Thandiani. The drive takes approximately 80 minutes from Abbottabad with beautiful sights on both sides of the way. The road ascends more than 4,000 feet on top of Abbottabad. On the way from Abbottabad (23 kilometers), the main settlement is the town of Kalapani (black-water in eglish). “
Perhaps the most sought out is the beautiful Nathiagali perched 2501 metres (8,200 feet) high about 32 km away from Murree. The bracing air of the surrounding mountains is as pure as fresh spring water. At times the peace is shattered by an unexpected storm accompanied by short staccato bursts of hail which turns the air chilly enough to get cosy with a roaring log fire after dusk. In the foreground, to the north-east rise the green slopes of Miran Jani, about 9,000 feet high, while in the far distance, on a clear day, may be seen the towering heights of the Nanga Parbat, with all its snow-bound majesty. With its fascinating landscape, refreshing walks, bracing climate, beautiful ridges thickly covered with pine, chestnut, oak and maples and about all, its quiete, calm and serene atmosphere, Nathiagali is considered to be one of the most beautiful hill resorts in the country. There are three good hotels at Nathiagali, the Pines, the Valley views and the New Greens. In addition to these, there are three rest houses which can be booked in advance. For those who wish to stay longer, fully-furnished privately owned bungalows are also available on rent.
|Ilyasi Masjid Abbotabad|
Khairagali, Changlagalim, Khanspur and Ghora Dhaka, these four mini resorts spread over an area of 26 km have been developed into a resort complex called Ayubia after the late Field Marshal Ayub Khan, one time President of Pakistan. In addition to riding trails, hiking places and picnic spots, Ayubia has a chair lift , which like ski-lift, takes you up to the summit of the nearby range for a panoramic view of the forested hills. Ayubia is 26km from Murree. There are two small hotels.
Dungagali is picturesque small resort situated on the slopes of the Mukshpuri hill. It commands a charming view of a series of wooded spurs projecting towards the river Jhelum on the western side. From Dungagali one can climb the 9,232 feet peak of Mukshpuri, which is the highest point in the range. Natural springs abound on the slopes. It is 30 km from Murree.
It is 12 km from Murree at an elevation of 7, 700 feet and commands a panoramic view on either side of the ridge.
It is 16 km from Murree at an altitude of 8,400 feet. There is a rest house located in the most picture square surroundings.
The Abbottabad Falcons are the only professional sports team playing in Abbottabad and represent Hazara in the national Faysal Bank T20 Cup.
Abbottabad Cricket Stadium, Abbottabad Hockey Stadium, Abasin Karate & Martial Arts Training Center, Jansher Khan Squash Complex, AMC-PCB Ground, Kunj Football Stadium, Nawanshehr Football Ground, Dhamtour Football Ground, Banda Lamba Football Ground, Kakul Ground.
|Abbotabad Cricket Ground|
Famous sports heroes
Junaid Khan (Test Cricketer – Pakistan)
Yasir Hameed (Test Cricketer – Pakistan)
Naeem Akhtar (Pakistan Hockey Player – Olympian)
Sana Mir (Pakistan’s Women Cricket Team, Captain).
Hazara is a region of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. It comprises six districts: Abbottabad District, Battagram District, Haripur District, Kohistan District, and Mansehra District.
On the dissolution of West Pakistan in 1970, Hazara District and the two tribal agencies were merged to form the new Hazara Division with its capital at Abbottabad. The division was initially composed of three districts (Abbottabad, Kohistan and Mansehra) but within a few years, Haripur district was spun off from Abbottabad District and Battagram District was spun off from Mansehra District.
Hazara remained a District right up to its conversion into a Division in 1976. In October 1976, Mansehra was given the status of a fully-fledged District, which consisted of Mansehra and Battagram Tehsil. Subsequently in July 1991, Haripur Tehsil was separated from Abbottabad and made into a District. Thus only the old Tehsil of Abbottabad remained, which was declared as Abbottabad District.
In 2000, administrative divisions were abolished and the fourth tier districts were raised to become the new third tier of government in Pakistan.