Abbottabad is one of the most beautiful city located on the Silk route, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, on way to Naran Kaghan & Gilgit Hunza, in northeastern Pakistan. Abbottabad is a well developed small town with a population of less than 1.5 million having all basic urban facilities. The city is located 110 kilometers north of Islamabad and 150 kilometers northeast of Peshawar at a height of 1260 meters (4,134 ft) from the sea level. The city lies to the west of Kashmir and is famous across the country for its pleasant weather, splendid sight view, serene mountains, and green fields which undoubtedly, makes it a lovely summer station. Moreover, military establishments and high standard educational institutions are another introduction to the city.
Major Tourist Attractions :
- Ilyasi mosque
- Shimla pahari
- Khanpur dam
- Jadoon market for shoping and hangout
- Jhugiaan bazaar
- Mansehra bypass viewpoint
Places of Interest
One can enjoy pleasent weather and bone fire during their stay in abbottabad. Swiming in Harnoi will add spice to your tour
Night Life with Activities
Night life :Abbottabad is known for its climate so people from other hotter parts of the country love to stay here during summers when it is very hot and humid but very pleasing here.
As it is a small town so it closes at night earlier than bigger cities but there are few markets like jandun plaza phase 1 n 2 which have plenty of foodchains n brands which remain open til midnight.
History : The town of Abottabad was the headquarters of Hazara district during British rule. It was named after the first Deputy Commissioner of Hazara district, Major James Abbott in 1853 who founded the town after being annexed from Punjab. He has also written a poem titled “Abbottabad” for his fondness for the town.
Later on, during early 20th century, military cantonment was established here which served as brigade headquarters of Northren Army Corps. After partition of sub continent and division of old Indian Army, Pakistan Military Academy was established in Kakul. Furthermore, few renowned educational institutes like Abbottabad public school and Army Burn Hall College also have a history of more than 60 years.
The city of Abbottabad survived the October 2005, Kashmir earthquake. Few older buildings were demolished but most of the city stayed alive and served as pivotal station for emergency and relief services. Internationally, the city gained attention after Osama Bin Laden incident.
Culture : Being a city of Khyber Pakhtunkha province, Abbottabd owns a glimpse of pakhtun culture and tradition. Although, the local language is Hindko in the Hazara region but people can understand Pushtu due to long interaction with the pakhtun community. There is no local specific food but people love the traditional pakhtun dishes like Chappal Kabab, Dumba Karahi, Mutton Karahi, Bar Bq and Kabli palao. As cold stays for long duration, dry fruits and fish from Local River, Tarbela and Khanpur dam becomes the most popular feast during winters.