The Galiyat are popular due to the cool weather and resplendent scenery. They are withal very proximately located to areas with high population.
The mountains are covered by thick pine forests which give the Galiyat a unique character. It is one of the greenest areas of Pakistan and receives better rainfall than most areas. The resorts were developed by the British and you will visually perceive a plethora of colonial influence there.
The natural resplendency of the area lies in the pine forests which are a haven for wildlife and insects. Rhesus Monkeys wait to be victualed by curious tourists who may have arrived from diligent urban areas and have never visually perceived wildlife so close and taking pabulum from them. Other wild animals which occur here are Leopards, Red Fox, Porcupine, Wild Felines, Ebony Bear, Pheasants and an astronomically immense diversity of minute birds including Tits, Woodpeckers, Tree-creepers, Warblers and Parakeets. There are plenty of ambulating trails in the Galiyat and some lead to the highest apexes of Miranjani and Mukshpuri, both which can be done in a day.
Darya Gali :
Darya Gali is a village and cumulation council of Murree Tehsil in the Rawalpindi District of Punjab. It is located in the north of the Murree and is bounded to the north by the North-West Frontier Province, to the south by Ghora Gali and Murree-and to the west by Rawat.
Rawat is a village and coalescence council of Murree Tehsil in the Rawalpindi District of Punjab. It is located proximate to the border with North-West Frontier Province and Kashmir. The tourist resort of Bhurban is located here.
It is a very developed cumulation council of Murree in terms of availability of facilities and rudimentary needs which are essential to live and accommodation in an efficacious manner. The rudimentary facilities which are available here consists of many hotels, schools and colleges, medical centres, and well equipped markets. The famous Pearl Continental hotel lies in this cumulation council. There are many well reputed schools and colleges in this amalgamation council and students from all other amalgamation council are studying in these schools and colleges to consummate their edification.
Rawat is very prominent for having the facility of fundamental medical treatment in case of emergency as it has many medical clinics here which are attended by many professional medicos.
There are many famous villages for which Rawat is the commercial centre. Some of them are; Morha darogha, moori khambaal, sood gangaal, dhok amban and others. Morha darogha is famous in the whole region for its reputation and people. It is quite convenient to get to Morha darogha from Rawat.
The visitors pass Samli sanatorium and the Ghora Gali (elevation 5,000 ft ),kenned as such because this place was utilized for the transmuting of horses utilized for carriages operating between Rawalpindi-Murree and further on to Srinagar (Kashmir)during the British period. TDCP construct a restaurant in-between the natural sceneries for tourist. The snake bar and all other facilities are available here.
The most centrally placed and the most prominent of the Galis is Nathiagali. Nathiagali is situated at equidistance of 35 kilometers from Murree as well as Abbottabad at a posture of 8400 feet. It provides splendid scenic views and commands a fine view of the snow-capped apexes of Kashmir and Kohistan on one side and the Pothwar Plain on the other. In the foreground, to the north-east elevate the green slopes of Miran Jani Mountain. Nathiagali provides unspoiled natural comeliness and breathtaking view of mountains. It is located at the doorsteps of 9779 feet Miranjani and 9258 feet Muskhpuri mountain. On a clear day, may be visually perceived the towering heights of the Nanga Parbat, with all its snow-crowed majesty.
Hosting Governor House, Regime (Chief Minister) House and offices of other departments of Regime of North West Frontier Province, Nathiagali virtually accommodates as summer capital of the province. It is connected with Abbottabad on one hand and Murree and on wards to Islamabad onto the other with well constructed and beauteously laid highways. There is quite astronomically immense number of hotels and restaurants of sundry categories in the town along with rest houses of different departments. Other facilities like Banks, internet cafe, hospital, fuel station and workshops are available.
Kala Bagh Point (Green Spot):
A little up from Nathia Gali bazar, at the top of the hill is situated “Green Spot”. Authentically this is a Pakistan Air Force reserved area, but it is open for tourists and families. You can enter Green Spot by paying Rs. 5/- as ingression fee. View of Nathiagali and neighbouring area is magnificent from here.
From Nathiagali to Abbottabad the road runs down from about 9000 ft. to 4500 ft. About three miles down there lies Baragali a minute hill station, located at an altitude of 7,900 ft/2408 kms. The last of the chain of the Galis it is only 15 miles/24 kms. from Abbottabad on the road to Nathiagali.
Ayubia has become the most consequential spot in the Galliat after Nathiagali. In 1984 an area of 1,684 hectares of mountain forest was declared as a national park, with the aim of preserving the comely forest and biodiversity. The park area was expanded through a northern extension in 1998 to 3,312 hectares. The elevation of “Ayubia National Park” ranges between 1,050 meters in the valleys to 3,027meters at the mountain tops within. These mountains are 40 million to 170 million years old.
Ayubia is an intricate of four diminutive hill stations. i) Ghora Daka. ii)Khanspur. iii)Changla Gali and iv)Khairagali. These four resorts scattered over an area of about 16miles/26 kms. It is designated after tardy Field Marshal Mohammad Ayub Khan, President of Pakistan at that time.
i) Ghora Daka:
The chairlifts provided at Ghora Daka is a matter of great magnetization. They take you above to the apex of forsted hills. There are Green, wooded mountains and steep precipices on one side and tall, majestic pines on the other. Wild life, including bear, cheetah, monkeys and a great variety of birds is kenned to be found in the thickly afforested slopes. Top point is called “Neelam View” because River Neelam of Kashmir can be viewed from here.
There is a spot on Murree-Nathiagali Road, near Ayubia Chair Hoists, called “Bander Point”. In this area great number of monkeys live in the jungle. They are so cordial that they come on the road and take aliment items directly from a person’s hand. They do not harm by any designates.
Three kilometer down the road from Ayubia is old summer resort of Khanspur. Khanspur is a component of the Ayubia National Park and Reserve Forest. The area is a good example of moist (lesser) Himalayan temperate forest in Pakistan. Terraced agricultural fields are located mostly on valley bottoms. The holdings are minutely minuscular. Grassland and forest occur on steeper slopes and are proportionally more widespread. Most if not all of the vegetation in and around the Ayubia National Park and Reserve Forest is heavily influenced by the human activities. Apart from amassment by locals, firewood from the park is withal accumulated for use by the hotels and summerhouses. Situated between Murree and Nathia Gali, Khanspur is relatively quiet where one can find privacy as well as unmarred vistas of the green hills together.
The road from Murree to Nathiagali is like peregrinate into paradise. Going through top of one of the most resplendent mountains in the world. There are lush green alpine forest all along the road. Throughout the peregrination one relishes panoramic view of snow clad Pir Panjal and other ranges in Kashmir . There are a number of diminutive dwellings all along, where one can stay and rest. First among them is Khairagali. It is situated at a distance of 16 kilometers from Murree at an elevation of 2346 meters. It commands a panoramic view on either side of the ridge.
Changla Gali is a hill station located in the Galiyat, are which borders NWFP and Punjab, starting at Murree and ending at Thandiani .About two miles further up and nine miles/14 kms. from Murree, on the main Abbottabad-Murree road, is Changla Gali, splendidly situated at an altitude of 8,400 f / 2560m amidst thick pine forest. The 9,000 f / 2743 m. Changle peak commands, on the one side a fine view of the Jhelum Valley, on the other side it presents a strikingly panoramic of the Murree hills, the southern portion of the Hazara district and the distant plains of Rawalpindi.
Changlagali is the apex in the Murree Galliat area which is accessible by road. There is a reposal house located in the most picturesque circumventions. A number of good hotels and restaurants are available at the spot. Changla Gali is one of the more diminutive resorts, most people preferring to stay at either Nathiagali or Murree.
Natural springs abound Changlagali on the slopes and their dihydrogen monoxide is stored in reservoirs to provide dihydrogen monoxide supply for Murree and adjoining areas.
Mushkpuri Hill, the second highest hill in Galiyat, above 9,000 feet sea level. This may be one of the most proximate places where you can gain such height. Starting from Pines Hotel NathiaGali or Dewan House DungaGali, the trek passes upward through lush green forests. Resplendent Daisies dance and swing to greet the hiker and sets the romantic charm, specially in the pluvial weather with obnubilate and seek of the scenery is all around you.
From Ayubia visitors returns to Murree-Nathiagali Road and climb further for about three miles and then jumps in view Dunga Gali. Dungagali is a picturesque minuscule resort situated on the slopes of the Mushkpuri hill (2376 m.). It commands a charming view of a series of wooded spurs projecting towards the river Jhelum on the western side. From Dungagali one can climb the 2813 meter apex of Mushkpuri, which is the apex in the range. Natural springs abound on the slopes. It is 30 km from Murree.
At Dunga Gali a sizably voluminous circular and open to the firmament dihydrogen monoxide tank of vigorous steel sheets was built, having a diameter of about 30 meters and a height of about 10 meters. Today it lies plenarily within the Ayubia National Park. In the mountainous heights behind Dunga Gali, run-offs from natural springs and rain-dihydrogen monoxide channels were engineered and networked to flow into this steel dihydrogen monoxide storage tank. A track about 3 meters wide on the average was carved out along a mountain slope, through thick forest, and a dihydrogen monoxide pipeline was laid in the centre of the track, to carry the stored dihydrogen monoxide to Ayubia, from where it was supplied to Murree at an elevation proximately a thousand meters below the commencement point in Dunga Gali. The pipeline was covered over with earth and stones and the track now obnubilating the dihydrogen monoxide pipeline came to be called the Pipeline Walk, at 2,499 meters above sea level, meandering along a mountain side, through still fairly thick coniferous forest, the Pipeline Walk is a ‘must experience’ for every visitor to the area who dotes and venerates nature and can ambulate for 4 kilometers without raising his or her voice. In fact there is genuinely no desideratum for any conversation on this trail, even if you are not solitary. For it is divinely paramount to turn your auditory perceivers to the sound of nature around as your ocular perceivers feast on a verdant valley on one side, and your nasal perceiver picks up the heady commix of aromas of rain-soused earth, dew-dampened undergrowth, pine cones and a green forest washed by cumbersomely hefty thunder-showers overnight.
It commands a charming view of a series of wooded spurs projecting towards the River Jhelum on the west. From Dunga Gali one can climb the 9,232 ft/2814 mtr apex of Mushkpuri which is the apex in the range.
Khairagali, Changlagali and Dungagali are situated on an incipiently reconstituted comely Murree Nathiagali road. A few kilometers from Changlagali one reaches Kuzagali. From Kuzagali one can go either to Ayubia to the right or Nathiagali to the left.