Bhurban

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Bhurban
Town
PC BHURBAN 2.JPG
Country  Pakistan
Province Punjab (Pakistan)
District Rawalpindi
Time zone PST (UTC+5)

Bhurban (Urdu: بھوربن‎) is a small town and a hill station in Punjab province, Pakistan. The resort town is named after a nearby forest. It is located approximately 9 kilometres from Murree city. [1]

Location[edit]

Bhurban is situated in between Murree and Kashmir Road at a height of about 6000 feet. It has recently been made accessible by the dual Islamabad-Murree Expressway, making it a 45-minute drive from Islamabad, the federal capital of Pakistan.

Tourism[edit]

Bhurban has a wide range of tourist facilities.
Pearl Continental Bhurban - 5 star hotel in the town

Bhurban is one of the more picturesque places in the country, and is a tourist paradise with unique flora, and a fauna with a variety species not found elsewhere in Pakistan. It is known for scenic hiking trails in the nearby Ayubia National Park. The '5 star' Pearl Continental Hotel - Mount Pleasant Apartments is one of several resorts in Bhurban that serve tourists visiting the Murree Hills and the national park. Bhurban also has a nine-hole golf course. Another beautiful resort in Bhurban is the Bhurban Hill Apartments, located 2 km from PC Bhurban. It has its own source of natural mineral water.

Tribal women living in Burban, Pakistan.

Residents[edit]

Bhurban's main tribes are Dhunds (now called Abbasis), Karlals, Sheraals, Saedwals, Mumdals, Tapyal Janyals, and Jogyals, all being indigenous descendants of Muslim hill tribes who have lived here for centuries.[2] Many of these tribes converted to Islam during the 14th to 15th centuries AD [3] Most of them still live simple rural lives, whilcst a number of them have gone on to seek education and jobs in the plains, in Rawalpindi and Islamabad and even further afield. [4]

Administration[edit]

The Rawat Union Council is also responsible for managing Bhurban. Rawat village is the headquarters of the Union Council of Rawat, which is an administrative sub-division of Murree Tehsil, in the Rawalpindi District of Punjab.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bhurban". Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab (TDCP). Archived from the original on 1 October 2012. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Dani, AH 'Hill tribes of Northern and NW Pakistan' Islamabad, 1982, pp 102-109
  3. ^ Dani aa, 102
  4. ^ Punjab Report on Employment, pub Lahore: Govt of Punjab, 1991

Coordinates: 33°57′21″N 73°27′06″E / 33.9557°N 73.4518°E / 33.9557; 73.4518