Nathia Gali

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Nathia Gali
نتھیا گلی
Nathia Gali's St. Mathew's Church was built during the British Raj
Nathia Gali's St. Mathew's Church was built during the British Raj
Nathia Gali نتھیا گلی is located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Nathia Gali نتھیا گلی
Nathia Gali
نتھیا گلی
Nathia Gali نتھیا گلی is located in Pakistan
Nathia Gali نتھیا گلی
Nathia Gali
نتھیا گلی
Coordinates: 34°04′N 73°23′E / 34.067°N 73.383°E / 34.067; 73.383
CountryPakistan Pakistan
ProvinceKhyber Pakhtunkhwa
DistrictAbbottabad
TehsilAbbottabad
Government
 • NazimSardar Fayyaz Khan[1]
 • Naib NazimSardar Zaheed
 • VC Naib NazimSardar Abdul Baseer
Elevation
2,410 m (7,910 ft)
A Park in Nathiagali
A view of Miranjani peak from Nathiagali
A view from Nathiagali
Abbotabad Nathiagali road

Nathia Gali or Nathiagali Urdu: نتھیا گلی‎) is a mountain resort town or hill station in Abbottabad District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. It is located at the center of the Galyat range, where several hill-stations are situated, closely connected to each other, and with their names mostly ending in 'Gali'. Nathiagali is known for its scenic beauty, hiking tracks and pleasant weather, which is much cooler than the rest of the Galyat due to it being at a greater altitude. It is situated 32 kilometers at one hour's drive away from both Murree and Abbottabad, lying midway between these two places. The drive time from Islamabad and Peshawar is about three and four hours, respectively, unless there is a lot of traffic.[2][3]

History[edit]

During British rule Nathia Gali, then part of Abbottabad tehsil of Hazara District, served as the summer headquarters of the Chief Commissioner of the (then) Peshawar division of the Punjab.[4] The town along with Dunga Gali constituted a notified area under the Punjab Municipalities Act, 1891. The income in 1903-4 was Rs. 3,000 chiefly derived from a house tax, whilst expenditure was Rs. 1,900.

A British Kashmiri family were once driven up to the highest point in Nathiagali only realising at the last moment that their driver and guide had never driven in snow before. This revelation occurred at the exact moment the minibus they were travelling in began sliding on the ice towards the edge of the mountain. Nathiagali has no road safety barriers after Muree, travellers are advised not to attempt to ascend in winter months at night without a competent driver and experienced guide.

Climate[edit]

The weather of Nathiagali remains cool, pleasant and foggy in summers (1 May to 31 August). During the monsoon season (1 July to 16 September), rain is expected almost every day. Cold winds start to chill the weather in autumn. winters (1 November to 28 February) are very cold and chilly. In December and January, heavy snowfall occurs here. The weather remains cold in spring. Here most comfortable weather is the summer season.[5] Frequent rainfall occurs here annually. Rainfall lies between 1650mm-1850mm annually.in winter temperature can drop to _10*C and in summer it rise to a high of 30*C.

Transportation[edit]

The town is connected to Abbottabad and Murree by Nathiagali road. Public transport runs daily from Abbottabad and Rawalpindi to Nathiagali.

Between December to January, heavy snowfall can occur in this area and the road leading to Nathiagali is sometimes blocked due to heavy snow.

Communication[edit]

Nathiagali is covered by all GSM operators. Land line phone service is also available here.

Accommodation[edit]

Hotels, rest houses and cottages equipped with most facilities are available here for the tourists. From May to August their rates become high.

A small market also exists here where all the basic necessities of life are available.[clarification needed]

Tourism[edit]

Nathia Gali town also serves as the administrative centre of Nathia Gali Union Council. It is today located in what is the Abbottabad District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. At an elevation of 2,410 m (8,000 ft), it is a popular tourist resort in the summer months. It is forested with pine, cedar, oak walnut and also oak and maple trees.

During the summer, Nathia Gali is relatively popular amongst tourists, but due to its limited area and availability of property, it is not thronged by as many people as the hill-station Murree, which is only an hour away, even though it has more recreation. Nathiagali is known for a beautiful trek that leads to Thandiani that passes through Dagri naka.[6]

Ayubia National Park is also one of the spots here that tourists and nature lovers often visit.

Scenery[edit]

Scenic view of Nathia Gali

The natural scenery is highly attractive. Nathia Gali is famous for its lush green meadows, deep forests of oak, cedar and pine, where fog in July/August present a glory. In winter snowfall adds to the scene. Nathia Gali has a church, St. Matthew's, a remnant from the British period and made entirely of wood. It is situated at the edge of the mountain with a nice panorama towards Kashmir. Nathia Gali has a mini bazaar. Mukshpuri and Miranjani are two nearby high peaks. On a clear day, the Nanga Parbat can be seen in the distance.

Wildlife[edit]

The Nathia Gali region is home to various species of birds, insects, butterflies and other animals. The World Wildlife Fund has an office in the Galliat and has assisted in the breeding and reintroduction of the species of the near-extinct common hill leopard in the forests of the Ayubia National park, right by Dungagali and Nathia Gali. This area was thought to be a perfect habitat for them but according to local reports they frequently came out of the forest after cattle of the local villagers and were occasionally shot. Packs of pi-dogs which were previously considered to be a night-time menace can no longer be seen anywhere in the Galliat; it is thought that most have been killed by leopards. In the summer of 2006, several women were found dead in the deep valleys of Galliat with wounds from attacks. A large leopard was caught and eventually shot. His body has been stuffed and kept in the Dunga Gali Wildlife Museum, where he has been named the 'Ghost of Galyat'. However, despite their reputation, these leopards are rarely spotted.

Horses are a common sight during summer months and are offered to children and adults alike for rides at rates that are often negotiable. The common hill rhesus monkeys can often be seen. Previously known to be a little shy, they have reportedly become more aggressive in recent years. This may be due to increased interaction with tourists, who often tease these monkeys or try to catch them. Monkeys often come up to guesthouses and hotels in search of snacks and can be quite noisy and playful. Visitors are advised to sun their bedding on arrival to get rid of bed-bugs, and to keep repellents and pesticides for insects as these have a tendency to show up a lot, especially in old homes, and in the monsoon season.

Subdivisions[edit]

Administrative subdivisions of Nathia Gali.

The Union Council of Nathia Gali is divided into the following areas: Bagan, Donga Gali, Jhansa, Keri Sarafali, Keri Raiki, Lassan, Malach, Nathiagali and Pasala.[1]

Ethnic groups[edit]

The main tribe of Nathia Gali is the Karlal tribe, and a minority of Dhunds (who now call themselves 'Dhund-Abbasis').[7] The locals are a kin to the people of other parts of Galyat and speak the Hindko language. Until well into the 1960s, most of these tribes and clans were mostly living rather basic and primitive lives, due to lack of educational and employment opportunities[8] and most of them had to seek jobs and education down in the plains and cities such as Rawalpindi, Lahore, Peshawar and even as far away as Karachi; but in more recent times, with economic development, many of them are either employed locally in the tourism industry or in various jobs and businesses in the Abbottabad area. It is monitored by GDA.[citation needed][clarification needed]

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nathia Gali Union Council
  2. ^ Nathia Gali - Imperial Gazetteer of India, v. 18, p. 415
  3. ^ Nathiagali, Publisher: Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab (TDCP). Retrieved 27 October 2012
  4. ^ These areas later became part of the then North West Frontier Province from 1901 onwards
  5. ^ Nathiagali weather forecast, Publisher: nathiagali.com . Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  6. ^ http://www.khyberpakhtunkhwa.gov.pk/Attraction/Galyat.php
  7. ^ Hazara Gazetteer 1921; They are akin to the people of Murree area nearby, in Punjab, a continuation of the Galyat range
  8. ^ Hazara Divisional Report, 1991-1992, Pub. Govt. of NWFP, 1993, pp. 45-46

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Coordinates: 34°04′05″N 73°23′32″E / 34.06806°N 73.39222°E / 34.06806; 73.39222