We use the term of “hill station” to describe a place located at somewhat higher elevations. Normally this term is heard in Asian regions, where European grand rulers set up towns where temperatures were cooler (as a refuge from the scorching heat in major cities). However benefits of hill stations are not limited to having cold climates, because a typical hill station offers a very good vacation experience for people living in a close proximity, while these visitors provide financial prosperity for the local people. Also, these resorts can prove to be a good tourist attraction for any country.
Hill Stations in Pakistan
People from all parts of world come to Pakistan for its cultural heritage, spacious food, music and above all, people who are very hospitable towards foreign visitors. The region has got some of the most splendid mountain range and also a couple of highest mountain peaks. Tourists in Pakistan have many places to go ranging from ancient civilization to Mohenjodaro, Harrapa and Taxila to the Himalayan mountain. Apart from these attractions, the northern parts offer many ancient structures like fortresses, towers and other historical architecture.
Coming back to our topic, there are three well known hill stations in Pakistan, known as Ayubia, Murree and Bhurban.
Ayubia actually consists of four popular resorts namely Khanspur, Ghora Daka, Changla Gali and Khairagali.
All of these four places are scattered over an area of about 16 miles, Ayubia has got some modern amenities including hotels, restaurants and other such facilities. Ayubia provides an enticing experience; tall, royal pines are a sight to behold. Wild life includes animals like bear monkeys (and of course tigers). Huge number of trees means you will find a beautiful diversity of birds as well.
Murree is known as the Queen of Pakistan’s hill stations (Malika Kohsar). Much bigger than the other two in terms of land, also providing much better amenities to its visitors. Murree is not really hill station anymore, it has developed into a full fledge town, thanks to the adjoining cities like Islamabad. It is now the most visited resort in Pakistan.
During snow season, people arrive from all over the country to enjoy the snow fall. One can enjoy the scenic beauty of Kashmir and Islamabad/Rawalpindi from Kashmir point. Kuldana, Burban, Upper & Lower Topaz are some of the places where you can go when visiting Murree.
A small hill station in Punjab, Bhurban is located about 13 kilometers from Murree city. The place is full of greenery and a very exuberant range of colorful flowers and some very rare species of animals. It is one of the most visited places by business professionals, showbiz stars and politicians mainly because you can get a four star hotel PC Bhurban or spend some quality time playing golf in a 9-hole Golf course.
Source by Anita Stafford