Abbottabad is a city in the Hazara region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. It was formerly known as Mahodand and Fort Sandeman. Abbottabad is located at the foothills of the Himalayas, about north-west of Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. The city is built on top of an ancient party called Sikandar Abad, which literally means Alexander’s City as it was founded by Alexander The Great when he invaded this area in 326 BC. Here we will tell you what are the best places to visit in Abbottabad.
The most prominent features are its people, who are friendly and hospitable and speak Hindko (a mixed language of Pashto and Hindustani) or Pashto with a local accent. However if you are looking for some fun things to do there are many places that you can visit such as Thandiani Park Ayubia National Park Jinnah Park ILYAS Chattha Museum Tarbela Dam Viewpoint Ilyasi Masjid Nathiagali Havelian Fort Shimla Hill Shimla Pahari (Shimla) Sajikot Waterfall Lake etc. These places will surely amaze you with their beauty and charm.”
1. Thandiani – Place to see beautiful mountains and lakes
Thandiani is a hill station in Hazara Division of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. It is located at a height of 8,200 feet (2,500 m) above sea level. It is located in the Kaghan Valley, between Lake Saif-ul-Malook and Lake Pir Sar (6 km). There is about two hours drive from Abbottabad city or Mansehra city.
Thandiani is one of the most beautiful places for picinic in Pakistan because it has a very cool climate and has many attractions like:
- A lake – Thandiani lake was built by British rulers as they wanted to keep water for themselves; this lake provides boating facility to tourists and locals alike all year round so that they can enjoy the scenic beauty around the area with their loved ones without having to spend much money on food or accommodation during their stay here!
2. Jinnah Park – Place named after founder of Pakistan
Jinnah Park is a popular picnic spot in Abbottabad. It’s located on the banks of the Kunhar River and is a favorite spot for locals to spend their weekends. Jinnah Park has been renovated recently and now has a large park with a children’s playground, as well as some other recreational facilities such as tennis courts, basketball courts and jogging tracks. The best time to visit Jinnah Park is during spring or summer when there are fewer people at this place.
3. Ayubia National Park – Place to see wildlife in Abbottabad
The Ayubia National Park is located in the Hazara Division of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Its location near Abbottabad makes this park a popular tourist destination and wildlife sanctuary. The park is located near the town of Thandiani and has a number of facilities for tourists such as accommodations, dining areas, gift shops, and grocery stores.
Harnoi is a small town in the Abbottabad District of Hazara, Pakistan. It is located at 34°55’0N 73°20’0E with an altitude of 1629 metres (5300 feet).
The most common ethnic groups are the Gujar and Hindus who have migrated from India during partition. Harnoi’s population is about 25000 people who live there peacefully until now but unfortunately some time back it was affected by earthquake and flood which caused huge loss to life and property but by God’s grace all survived without any serious injury as well as no damage occurred to any house or shop in this village so far but still some people are living under open sky due to lack of proper facilities.
5. ILYAS Chattha Museum
ILYAS Chattha Museum is a museum in Abbottabad, Pakistan. It is the only museum of archeology and history in the district. The building was constructed by Dr Ilyas Chattha on his own expense with a donation from his friends, who formed an association called “The Friends”. The museum has a collection of artifacts that date back to 3000 BC and includes pottery, sculptures and coins from pre-Islamic times up until the 10th century AD when India began its trend towards Hinduism.
It also houses paintings by famous artists such as Mirza Ghalib (1819-1879), Abdul Waheed Khan Bangash (1890s – 1940s) etc., which were donated by them or their family members after they left this world; these artworks are displayed so well that even children can enjoy them!
6. Tarbela Dam Viewpoint
Tarbela Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam on the Indus River, located about 60 km (37 mi) north of Kala Dhaka. The dam has a height of 138 m (453 ft) and length of 524 m (1,788 ft). The reservoir created by the Tarbela Dam stretches up to 40 miles into the mountains.
The construction of this dam was started in 1967 and completed in 1976 after 8 years at a cost of US$6 billion. This hydroelectric project generates 4500MW of electricity which is then transferred through transmission lines to Islamabad and Peshawar. It is one of the best picnic points in Abbottabad for visitors and citizens.
7. Ilyasi Masjid
Ilyasi Masjid is a mosque in Abbottabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. The mosque was built in the 19th century during the British Raj. It is located in the heart of Abbottabad city.
The structure was constructed by Hazrat Umar Farooq Ilyasi under whose guidance it was built by Shabir Kalhoro on a land donated by Mawlana Muhammad Ilyas son of Hazrat Haji Azizullah Khan Abdul Qadir Janjua who was one of his disciples.
8. Nathiagali – My favorite place to visit in Abbottabad
The Nathiagali valley is a small town in the Abbottabad District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. It is located at 34°3’16N 73°23’36E, at an altitude of 1585 metres (5140 feet).
The valley has a pleasant climate throughout the year and attracts many tourists for picinic from all over the world. The natural environment and scenic beauty has made it a popular tourist attraction. The adjacent hills are covered with pine trees. There are several hotels and resorts which offer accommodation to visitors.
9. Havelian Fort
The Havelian Fort is located near the town of Havelian in Abbottabad. The fort was built by the British in the 19th century and is now a popular tourist attraction.
The massive brick structure towers over its surroundings, standing at 23 meters tall and covering an area of nearly 30 acres (12 hectares). It has been described as one of the largest forts in the world and is also known as “the Gateway to the Northern Areas.”
10. Shimla Hill
Shimla Hill is about 15 miles from Abbottabad and can be reached by car or on foot. For those who prefer to drive, the road leading to Shimla Hill is well-paved and passes through many villages with excellent views of the mountains in all directions. The walk from the road up to Shimla Hill offers breathtaking views of Abbottabad City and its surroundings as well as other nearby towns such as Batkhela (5 miles) and Lower Topa (7 miles). It takes approximately an hour to reach Shimla Hill via this route, but it will be worth every step!
Once at Shimla Hill, you’ll find yourself surrounded by beautiful natural scenery that includes rolling hillsides covered in trees, a waterfall at the base of one hillside which cascades over rocks into a small stream running through nearby fields before joining another larger river further downstream towards Abbottabad City – it’s truly breathtaking! There are also several paved roads throughout this area so visitors don’t have trouble moving around freely without getting lost among all their options; however, we recommend sticking close together for safety reasons since there aren’t any fences around these open spaces either so watch out for stray animals like cattle or goats wandering free nearby too 🙂
11. Shimla Pahari (Shimla)
Shimla Pahari is a hill station in Abbottabad District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. It is located at an altitude of 1,800m and is popularly known as Shimla Walay.
It can be reached via Murree Road (M-1) Islamabad – Murree – Abbottabad Road. The road journey from Islamabad to Shimla Pahari takes approximately 6 hours by bus or car.
During summer it attracts a lot of tourists as it offers lush green landscape and cool weather conditions due to its high altitude location; whereas during winter It becomes very cold with snowfall so tourists usually avoid visiting this place during the winter season.
12. Sajikot Waterfall and Lake
Sajikot waterfall is a very popular tourist attraction and is located in the north of Abbottabad. The waterfall is a very beautiful place for fun and can be visited throughout the year. It is also a popular picnic spot for locals and tourists alike, with many restaurants nearby serving delicious food to enjoy during your trip.
As the name suggests, Sajikot has two waterfalls: one large (the main) and one small (the baby). Both fall into an artificial lake that was created by local villagers when they dammed up spring water from an underground stream as it flowed down through their village’s valley. In addition to its beauty, this area makes for an excellent training ground if you’re interested in learning how local villages used natural resources like springs and gravity-fed irrigation systems before modern plumbing came along with all its fancy technology!
13. Abbottabad Museum
This museum is located in Abbottabad and is the biggest museum of Pakistan. The building was built by Sir James Abbott, who was a British administrator that was posted in this city during the rule of Sikandar Shah Suri. The museum consists of many items ranging from ancient coins to Gandhara art pieces, Buddhist relics and Islamic inscriptions as well as paintings by Bashir Mirza (a famous artist) depicting scenes from local folklore. You can go for picnic for picnic with family and kids.
Conclusion: Places for picnic in Abbottabad
In this article, we have tried to cover some of the most popular attractions in Abbottabad. The city has a lot more to offer than just these places and it’s worth visiting if you haven’t been there before. We hope this list will help you with your trip planning!