MURREE Tour Packages

THE CITY OF ATTRACTION

Murree was a town built as per European city building frame with Church in the center and main road, The Mall. Mall Road runs around about the same with commercial spots and administrative offices. The center of fascination was, and still is, the Mall. Only Europeans were allowed access to the Mall, and after 1947, the Mall was accessed by Non-Europeans.

As a tourist destination, Murree has places for almost any kind of food, whether Desi or Foreign. There are a lot of restaurants right next to The Mall. Some of the names are KFC, Pesahawr Namak Mandi Restaurant, Al-mai-dah, Fuschia Restaurant, Red Onion Saffron, Huqqa Pani Lounge (fruit flavored tobacco or sheesha).

HIGHLIGHTS OF MURREE

Hill Stations & Chair Lifts

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Modern Life on Green Hilly Town

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Hiking & Shopping – Best of Both Worlds

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LANDMARKS TO VISIT IN MURREE

Patriata

New Murree OR Patriata is about 15 miles down the Lower Topa from Murree ‘s main hills. This is a magnificent mountain station with beautiful hills and tall trees. This is known for its outstanding ski lifts. You will also be brought from New Murree to Patriata Top by the cable car and world-class chairlift system. The road is approximately seven kilometres.

For a lifetime experience, don’t forget to take the cable car journey. In the nearby and distant hills, you can see many breathtaking scenery too. All the hills are covered in snow in winter, and the green grass landscape can be seen in summertime.

Patriata

Kashmir Point

Renowned for its tranquility, you can walk from other parties out of the mall lane, go to the GPO and walk for 15 minutes (about one kilometer) which takes you to Kashmir Point. You can hike to Kashmir Point.

The way to pass through Murree Cadet College is to get to the presidential residence in Murree Pakistan. From this you can see the Kashmir mountains. This is the highest position in Murree, owing to the traffic congestion on Mall Lane, which catches the attention of tourists. Its visitors are beautiful.

Kashmir Point

Changla Gali

It is Galliyat’s most popular center of mountain tourism, with many hotels and tourist resorts. As the weather improves, Changla Gali ‘s beauty is taking in more colors and surprises. In summer the entire town is chilly and in winter heavy snow. It is always a better place for tourists, for picturesque beauty and long pine trees.

Changla Gali

Nathia Gali

Nathiagali is the most popular and central Gali in Murree Galiyat. Nathiagali sits 35 kilometers from Murree and Abbottabad, 8,400 feet above sea level. It provides breathtaking panoramic views and views of the Kashmir and Kohistan snow-capped peaks, as well as the Potohar Plain snow-capped peaks. The green Miranjani hillside lies to the northeast of the foreground.

The Nathiagali promises pristine natural wonders, and breathtaking mountain views. Located in Miranjani at 9,779 ft, from the Muskhpuri Peak at 2008 ft. You could see Nanga Parbat Heights on a clear day, all of which are strewn with snow.

Nathia Gali

Ayubia

After Nathiagali, Ayubia was the most important location after Galliyat. To protect beautiful forests and biodiversity 1,668 hectares of Mountain Forest National Park was announced in 1984. The park has extended to 3,312 hectares to the north since 1998.

The “Ayubia National Park” range in height from 1,050 meters in the valley to 3,027 meters in the mountains. These mountains range from 40 and 170 million years old.

Ayubia

Mall Road

Mall Road is Murree’s most celebrated market. Here you will find all of Murree’s unique elements. This road is open until 3 am, and generally people like walking there to enjoy good weather and tasty meals. A road is full of lifestyles, hotels , restaurants, handicrafts and happy faces.

Mall Road

Upper Topa & Lower Topa

Lower Topa and Upper Topa has become a place worth seeing in Murree, at 7,000 feet above sea level. In addition, during the hot summer months the upper and lower Topa provide visitors with a paradise. In fact, this location even wear a light blanket in winter, after the heavy snow.

Upper Topa & Lower Topa

Bhurban

Bhurban is a major tourist area in Murree due to its lovely tropical landscape and nice serene atmosphere. Also, if you choose to stay on PC Bhurban, you’ll have a double treat. The luxurious scenery facilities are always the best tourist option. Bhurban is also 13 km from Murree, one of the major roads that leads to Azad Kashmir.

Bhurban

THINGS TO DO IN MURREE

Hiking
Shopping
Camping
Chair Lift
Horse Riding
Bonfire

MURREE IMAGES

Origin of the Name

There are various theories about the origin of the name Murree. Marrhi is the Murree in the local dialect. One hypothesis suggests that the name Murree was derived from local Marrhi meaning a hill. There is another theory that it derives from Turkish marg which means a meadow. It could be likely because the Turkish cultural presence in this region is substantial.

People

Metropolitan areas are inhabited by people from all over the country and only few are local residents. There are, however, a good number of Indian refugees from held part of Jammu and Kashmir also residing in those areas. Compensation for these people is very important and that is two members of the Legislative Assembly of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, each representing refugees from the Kashmir Valley and Jammu respectively are wholly or partially elected from Murree.

Famous foodstuffs

Unlike other Pakistani cities, Muree does not hold any famous dish in itself. Murree, though, is worldwide very famous for Apples. This fruit is extremely important for export.

Being a tourist destination, Murree has places for almost all types of food, whether Desi or International. There are lots of restaurants alongside The Mall. Some names are KFC, Pesahawr Namak Mandi Restaurant, Al-mai-dah, Fuschia Restaurant, Red Onion Saffron, The Huqqa Pani Lounge (fruit flavored tobacco or sheesha).

Local residents favor desi foods (Namkeen tikka and Karahai, chicken karahi and chicken makhani, mouthwatering barbecue dishes) but for visitors, all kinds of food are available to delight their taste buds like English, Pakistani and Italian-mix of continental, oriental and local favorites.

DETAILS ABOUT MURREE

INTERESTING INFORMATION:

A number of uncommon animal species have been reported in Murree including the leopard inhabiting the neighboring district of Galiyat. Rhesus monkey, wild boar, foxes and various bird species, including cheer pheasant and kalij pheasant, are common animals. The Murree vole, a rodent species native to Pakistan, derives its name from Murree. The atmosphere at Murree is erratic. It can alter anytime.

Climate:

The economy and whole life of Murree is strongly dependent on its weather conditions. This has four distinctive seasons in the whole year.

• In Murree the spring begins in March and ends in mid-May. Throughout this time , the average temperature ranges from twelve to twenty and a minimum of four to ten. In this area this season is bringing heavy rain and hail storms. The flowers laden with fruit trees provide a spectacular view.

• Summer begins in mid-June and ends in August. During this season, the lowest temperature is between 13 and 16 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature is between 20 and 25 degrees Centigrade. This is the best season in the area and it is during this season that most tourists visit this area.

• The autumn begins with the arrival of September and lasts until winter begins in early December. Temperatures in this season remain mild. During the autumn, clear sky could be seen in the region when one can enjoy full view of the mountains around without cloud barriers.

• Winter starts in December, usually bringing heavy snowfall. For much of the season Murree and its surrounding areas are coated with dense sheets of snow. Temperature drifts often below a freezing point.

Language

Paharai is the regionally spoken dialect within the area. It is quite different from the language of the same name spoken in Hamachal Pradesh and other parts of Northern India on the southern slopes of the Himalays. The language spoken in Murree is a blend of the languages of Hindko, Potohari and Hinko that is spoken in Rawalpindi, Hazara, and Kashmir ‘s western and south west sides. Punjabi / Potohari is spoken with minor differences in all of the hilly areas of Rawalpindi district including Murree, Kahuta and Kotli Sattian.

Customs and Traditions    Being a tourist attraction  or due     to the outsiders coming to the city, local tradition has changed a lot. The local population was given the ability to communicate with the visitors, and gradually shared their culture with them.

Given that Murree is related to the division of Hazara, local tradition is very similar to theirs. The local tradition consists of two main Dhand, Chandia, and Ratnia clans. Both of the clans are offspring of two Rajput rulers. Those rulers were descendants of Gahi, ruler of a Delhi tract. These people deny eating with other Muhammadans. They don’t even let their cooking vessels touch. At their weddings, they retain the Hindu customs. Barat or procession, longing for two to three days, is usually the hosting place for Bride’s father. Also, they maintained numerous other Hindu social observances. Polygamy is fairly common among these people and they seldom marry outside the tribal community.

Buildings and Visitor Destinations

There are different headquarters of Pakistan Army’s 12th Infantry Division at Murree. Other than that there are a large number of Pakistan Army educational and training institutions. These establishments are located in Upper Topa, Kuldana and Barain. There is a Combined Military Hospital (CMH) established to provide health facilities for Murree people and neighboring areas. The Air Force of Pakistan has its headquarters in Lower Topa.

Geographical Location:

The most prominent hill station in Pakistan is Murree, which lies 50 kilometers northeast of Islamabad, Pakistani capital. It is a mountainous region forming part of the outer Himalayas and is situated in the Himalayan foothills at a reasonable altitude of 7500 feet (2286 metres) at 33 54′′ 30′′ north latitude and 73 26 east longitude. This region includes four major supers, which are rising slowly. Murree city itself is highest among them, 7500 feet high. Patriata, Kuldana and Gharial are the rest. It is bordered by the Jehlum River in the east, the Abbottabad and Heripur NWFP districts to the north and west, the Islamabad Capital Territory to the southwest and the Rawalpindi district of Kotli Sattian Tehsil (town) to the south.

History:

In 1847 Major James Abbott (Officer of the Indian Army) first named Murree or Marhee as a possible hill station.

The early establishment of the city was founded in 1851 by Sir Henry Lawrence, Chairman of the Punjab Administrative Board. It was first built as a sanatorium for British forces on the Afghan border. The municipality was formally established in 1850.

In 1853 the lasting city of Murree was built at Sunnybank. In May 1857, the church was consecrated and the main road, Jinnah Road, originally known as Mall Road and still commonly referred to as “The Mall,” was built. Opposite the church there were built the most important commercial institutions, the Post Office, general traders of European merchandise, tailors and a millinery. Access to Mall Road was restricted to ‘natives’ (non-Europeans) until 1947.

A uprising against the British occurred during the summer of 1857. The local tribes of Murree and Hazara, including the Dhund Abbasis and others, assaulted the weakened British Army garrison in Murree; however, the British ultimately overcame the tribes and capitulated. Murree was the summer headquarters of the local government of Punjab from 1873 to 1875; after 1876 the headquarters were moved to Shimla.

The rail connection to Lahore, the capital of the Province of Punjab, via Rawalpindi, made Murree a common destination for Punjab officials, and the villas and other houses built for English family accommodation gave it a European touch. The houses topped the top and sides of an triangular plateau, during the summer the surrounding hills were lined with British troop encampments, while the station itself was packed with European tourists from the plains and travelers to Kashmir. A service tangas connected it to Rawalpindi.

It was mentioned as follows in District Rawalpindi Gazetteer, 1893–94:

Murree’s sanatorium sits at north latitude 33 ° 54′ 30′′ and east longitude 73 ° 26′ 30′′, at an elevation of 7,517 feet (2,291 m ) above sea level, which had a standing population of 1,768 people, which was, however, greatly increased during the [May – November] season due to the influx of tourists and their accompanying servants and shopkeepers. It is the most open hill station in the Punjab, being only a five-hour ride by tonga dak away from Rawalpindi. Magnificent views of the snow-crowned mountains of Kashmir are to be achieved in the spring and autumn; and magnificent sunset and cloud effects seen daily during the rains [July – August]. Parts of the station are also well wooded and pretty, especially the Kashmir end.

In 1901 the town’s permanent population was 1,844; this could have been as large as 10,000 if summer tourists had been included. In 2018 Murree earned 9.1 million mainly in the tourist season beginning from early January and finishing in mid October. In tourist months Footfall stays employ ranging from 20,000 to 25,500 visitors. Domestic T&T spent PKR 89 billion in Pakistan In 2018, it spent 30 per cent of overall domestic T&T budget. Saisonal. Murree Economy relays heavily on standalone tourism 481,000 Jobs are created on average every year in Murree. Contributing 30 per cent of overall spending on domestic T&T in 2018. Saisonal. Murree Economy relays heavily on standalone tourism 481,000 Jobs are generated on average per year in Murree.

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