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History of Abbottabad

Abbottabad is one of the most popular tourist destinations in northern Pakistan. Serving as a gateway to the northern territory, Abbottabad is ideally located on the Silk Road. Historically Abbottabad has served as the administrative capital of former NWFP. With the presence of Pakistan Military Academy Kakul, Baluch Regiment and Frontier Core, Abbottabad has always been a centre of military activities. Abbottabad has the highest literacy rates in the country with the largest number of schools per capita. Some of the well-known schools are Army Burn Hall, Abbottabad Public School and Pakistan Internation Public School. 

Abbottabad: A great stop-over en route Northern Areas

Stopping in Abbottabad while planning a trip to Kaghan and Naran offers a great opportunity to enjoy the laid-back city of Abbottabad. Even walking through the narrow streets of old take takes you back in the era where traders from Central Asia would pass through this city on the way to China.  Abbottabad offers a number of nice hotels. The local cuisine includes lamb Karahi, chicken karahi and chapli kebabs. 

Spend a night in Abbottabad and take time out to plan your trip to the Northern Area. As Abbottabad is the largest valley in the northern area of Pakistan you will find continuous climb all the way to Kaghan and Naran 

Where to stay in Abbottabad

Abbottabad City Area

Abbottabad city is an interesting area to stay as you are very close to major administrative buildings, bazaars and the central market. If you are keen to explore the old city and walk through the alleyways to have a feel for the history of the city it is best to rent a hotel in the city. Some of the well-known hotels include Hotel Serban and Hotel Zarbat

Places to see include Lady Garden, Main Bazaar, Shimla Hill and Bara Market. 

Mandian Chowk Area

Mandian is located at the northern tip of the city and easily accessible from the city by driving down Manshera Road towards Manshera. Mandian Chowk has a number of quality hotels and restaurants. Some of the well-known hotels are De Manchi, Alif Laila Guesthouse and Hotel One. 

How to travel to Abbottabad

Abbottabad lies on Silk Road (Manshera Road) and is connected to major cities of the country. Abbottabad is easily accessible from Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Peshawar using local bus services. Contact local operators like Daewoo for bus timings. Most services operate round the clock, however, the frequency of services is a lot lesser at night time. The nearest airport to Abbottabad is in Islamabad. The last stop for the train is Havelian. The train is not a suggested way to travel as the track is primarily used for freight trains. 

It is advisable to drive in the daytime as some patches of the road are remote and no after hour services are available for a car breakdown or medical emergencies. There is plenty of small and mid-size restaurant available along the road. 

Most buses stop at Haripur which is a major stop between Abbottabad and Islamabad. Haripur is famous for mandarins and local fruit. There is a number of plant nurseries along the main road selling local plants, shrubs and trees. 

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General Information

Emergency Contacts

Police: 09929310028



Ayub Medical Hospital - near Mandian Chowk 

 +92 992 381907 - open 24 Hours

 Jinnah Internation Hospital


CMH - near Supply
+92 992 340923
Tourist Information
Club Annexe
Jinnah Road, Abbottabad City
+92 992 334399

Distance Chart

Distance Chart

Islamabad to Abbottabad 120 KM - 1.5 Hours drive Time

Abbottabad to Balakot 65 KM - 1.5 Hours drive Time

Abbottabad to Battagarm 10 3 KM - 1.5 Hours drive Time

Islamabad to Gilgit 563 KM - 16 Hours drive Time

Islamabad to Skardu 771 KM - 21 Hours drive Time

Islamabad to Khunjerab Pass 918 KM - 23 Hours drive Time

Other places of interest around Abbottabad.

Harnoi River Area
Harnoi River AreaAbbottabad Area
Located at a distance of 10km from Abbottabad enroute Harnoi river has become a popular hangout with locals. Harnoi River run through hill surrounding Abbottabad before joining River Dor near Havelian. The clean water from the mountains helps beat the summer heat. A reservoir has been built from the river water for water sports including paddle boats. There is a theme part of sorts, offering a number of rides for children. Harnoi is an interesting stopover on the way to Nathiagali.
ThandianiAbbottabad Region
Thandiani is located approximately 11km from Abbottabad city with an altitude of 2750m (twice as much of Abbottabad). Drive to Thandiani is continuous uphill ascent with very steep turns at certain point. The road facing Abbottabad city provides beautiful views of the city. Top of Thandiani has a forest guest house with rolling lawn offering a great location for a picnic. There are no hotels available in Thandiani as most people visit the location for day trips.
NathiagaliAbbottabad Region
Nathiagali is 45km from Abbottabad and one of the most visited tourist spots in the country. With easy access from Murree as well as Abbottabad, Nathiagali provides a pleasant change with its clean crisp air and a number of nice hotels offering great tour packages. In and around Nathiagali you can explore a number of walking tracks and mountain hikes

Plan your next destination

Feeling adventurous? Northern Pakistan has some amazing places to visit. Choose one of many locations below.

Gilgit Valley

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