Patriata is a quiet retreat
at the highest point of Murree Hills which consequently is the highest
point of Punjab as well. Patriata has a breathtaking landscape. High
forested ridges and deep intersecting valleys with terraced slopes offer
magnificent views of this naturally beautiful area.
Patriata is located to the west of the Jhelum river, 59 kms south east of Islamabad and is less than 26 kms south east of Murree. Road access to Patriata from Islamabad/ Rawalpindi is along one of two routes via Karor and Ban, or via the busier, but better Murree Road through Lower Topa and Gulera Gali.
Expressway to Patriata: Murree Expressway
has got a new road called Murre Expressway. It is one and half
hours drive to Murree from Islamabad via the 55 km well carpeted winding
road. Murree, known as the Queen of Hills is 2,413 meters high. Beyond
Murree, the hill resorts of Ayubia, Khairagali, Bhurban, Patriata,
Dongagali and Nathiagali also offer cool respite from the torrid heat of
plains. The Galis are a string of hill resorts along the ridge between
Murree and Abbottabad, on the Karakoram Highway. Founded as a hill
station by the British in 1851. Murree remains, however, a little bit of
England, complete with The Mall for promenading, parks, churches,
schools, clubs and cafes. Since independence, Murree has become the
summer retreat of the governor of Punjab and, since Islamabad became the
capital of Pakistan in 1962, has expanded rapidly.
Murree is lovely all year around. In summer it is cool - even chilly in the evening - and rain is common. In winter, the snow is piled high along the sides of the streets. But it is extremely popular with Punjabis escaping the heat of the plains in summer, so is too crowded for comfort from late May to early September, especially at weekends. To beat the crowds and still enjoy the walks, the best time to go in April-May and September-October. Murree spreads along the top of a ridge for about five kilometres (three miles). At the north-east end is Kashmir Point, with views across the valley of the Jhelum River into Azad Kashmir. At the south-west end is Pindi Point, looking back towards Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Between the two runs The Mall, at the centre of which is the main shopping area, where most people congregate. Numerous roads leave the Mall and either follow the contours of the ridge or descend to the principal road. Promenading and shopping are Murree's main amusements, or riding in the new chair-lifts, one from Bansara Gali (below Murree) to Pindi Point, the other to the top of Patriata hill (on the road to Karor); both rides cost about Rs. 50 and take half an hour with a change from open chair-lift to the enclosed bubble in the middle.
Good buys in Murree are Kashmiri shawls, furs, walking sticks, fruits and nuts. Murree's pistachio nuts are reputed to be the best in Pakistan.
Murree is a
got one chair lift which can release your tension
and give you a lt of pleasurable experience. You
will forget all problems. Quite easily accessible
from Rawalpindi & Islamabad as well as all major
cities of Pakistan by road. the recently
inaugurated Islamabad to murree expressway makes
it more attractive due to short distance from the
capital city Islamabad. Traveling from Islamabad
is a hassle free & comfortable drive (about 30
km). the most attractive places in murree includes
Mall road, Pindi Point & Kashmir point.
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Road goes along the river Kunhar, meandering now to one side and now to the other. But keeping most to the bed of the valley and never too far above the bank of the stream except in the very first state.
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