“Sometimes all you need is just some beautiful place to clear your mind”
The nature and beautiful places of this world relax the minds of those people who regularly visit them. There are many beautiful places to visit in Pakistan.
Abbottabad is also a very scenic and beautiful place in Pakistan. First of all, let me introduce you to this beautiful place and let know about Abbottabad history.
Abbottabad is a beautiful city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Another name of Abbottabad is “City of Pines”. The reason behind this name is the presence of pine trees throughout the Abbottabad city.
The total area of Abbottabad is 1,967 kilometers squares. Abbottabad is a part of Hazara division of KPK. The city of Abbottabad is the principal town. It is located at a height of 1,256 meters above sea level.
Mansehra is towards the north of Abbottabad and Rawalpindi to the south. Muzaffarabad is to its east and Haripur to the west.
Additionally, the city is located towards the northeast of Pakistan in Surban hills. The distance between Peshawar and Abbottabad is 152 kilometers. The distance between Islamabad and Abbottabad is 120 kilometers.
It is very beautiful because of the mountains and valleys. Abbottabad is a developed city of KPK. Moreover, it is very famous for its educational and military establishments. There are also many beautiful places in Abbottabad.
I have been to Abbottabad a number of times. It is worth visiting every single time and shows its wonders more beautifully. So, why not visit Abbottabad this summer with Tour Happily?
History of Abbottabad
“I can’t look at the modern buildings without thinking of historical ones”.
Similarly, modern Abbottabad is also shaped by historical people. Abbottabad got its name from the first deputy commissioner of Hazara division, Mr. Major James Abbott.
During the British rule, Abbottabad city was the headquarters of Hazara division. In 1853, Mr. James Abbott founded this town after Punjab’s invasion. He ruled Abbottabad from 1849 to 1953. He loved the city so much and also wrote a poem for “Abbottabad”.
Do you want to listen to the poem??? A very interesting and emotional poem… I liked it so much and I am sharing it with you…
Oh! I hope you have enjoyed the poem. Above all, this is true because Abbottabad is a very beautiful city.
In the 20th century, Abbottabad turned into an important military cantonment. For foreign countries, Abbottabad is famous as the place where Osama Bin Laden lived and was killed.
Also, the earthquake of October 2005 destroyed numerous historical buildings of Abbottabad, severely.
In addition, the city became attention for the entire world because of Barack Obama in 2011. He announced that Osama Bin Laden has been killed in his compound in Abbottabad on May 2, 2011.
Despite all these misfortunes, Abbottabad continues to be an attractive and prosperous city. People from all over Pakistan visit beautiful places of Abbottabad every year.
Some of the historical buildings of Abbottabad include:
- St. Luke’s Church
- Old Lockhart House
- Lodge of Civil Surgeon of Hazara
People and Culture of Abbottabad
People: The people of Abbottabad are highly educated and peaceful. They are very good and friendly. I have many friends and colleagues from Abbottabad. They are very well-mannered, hospitable and welcoming.
Language: Hindko – a very sweet language, indeed! 95% of the households in Abbottabad speak Hindko. Some people also speak Punjabi, Pashto, Potohari, English, and Urdu.
Dress: The traditional dress of Abbottabad is Shalwar Qameez for men. Women also wear Dupatta with Shalwar Qameez. As people are qualified so they wear pants, coats, and waistcoats etc.
Most of the people in Abbottabad wear unique designer dresses. The society of Abbottabad is highly developed and advanced.
In the winter season, men also wear Karakul, Patti cap, Turbans, and gents Chaddar.
Cuisine: Maize, wheat, and rice are the favorite food of people. Village people also like Lassi and Desi Ghee. Moreover, there are high-quality restaurants with a variety of special foods.
Chicken Karahi, Korma, Chapli Kabab, Seekh Kabab, Sajji, are famous cuisines of Abbottabad. In addition, several restaurants serve Chinese delicacies and continental dishes.
Most importantly, I would recommend you to visit Nawab’s restaurant and MNAK restaurant on Abbottabad road. Their cuisine is delicious and the environment is amazing, literally!
Education: Abbottabad is the first most literate city of KPK and second most literate in Pakistan. The people of Abbottabad are very educated and highly qualified.
Some best educational institutes of Abbottabad include;
- Army Burn Hall College, PIPS, Army Public College (Secondary level)
- Ayub Medical College, COMSATS, UET, Frontier Medical College (Post-secondary level)
- Pakistan Military Academy (Federal Institute)
Moreover, the city is well-developed in terms of infrastructure. Many students from KPK prefer educational institutes in Abbottabad to get a quality education.
In conclusion, Abbottabad is small but a developed city of KPK.
Tourism in Abbottabad
“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before”.
I suggest you visit Abbottabad this summer. Tour Happily is always here with best packages.
Abbottabad is the major attraction for many tourists. This is due to the reason that it’s a gateway to some of the most beautiful places in Pakistan.
These include Nathiagali, Naran and Kaghan valleys, Ayubia etc. Karakoram, Himalayas, and Hindu Kush mountains are approachable through Abbottabad.
Tourists visiting any of these places of Pakistan cross Abbottabad on their way. In the summer season, people rent houses in Abbottabad to spend their vacations.
Many people from several cities of KPK have relocated to Abbottabad for jobs and education. They are attracted to the beauty of this small and prosperous city.
Apart from being a gateway, there are numerous tourists attractions in Abbottabad. Several people visit these places every year for tourism.
So, let’s visit Abbottabad with Tour Happily this summer and enjoy delicious Pakoras at Ilyasi Masjid, Abbottabad.
When talking about the culture of this unsung jewel of KPK, the hospitality and magnificence of locals, storytelling among folks, stone carving, wood carving, the ornaments, embroidered accouterments, and handicrafts of Swat can’t be overlooked.