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Abbottabad is a city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of Pakistan. It is located in the north of Islamabad on Karakoram Highway. Lying between hills, it is considered one of the beautiful cities in Pakistan. Though the importance of the city has been diminished in Pakistan by the completion of Karakoram Highway because, in the past, the only track available to reach Karakoram was through Babusar Pass, which in its turn, could only be approached through Abbottabad. Abroad, the city has gained fame as the site where Osama Bin Laden, leader of Al Qaeda, was shot and killed.


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From Rawalpindi/Islamabad you can reach to Abbottabad by road in less than 3 hours. Daewoo bus service operates more than three services daily for under PKR 500 per passenger. It is an hour's drive from Nathia Gali which is about 34 km dropping steeply through the beautiful valleys with few trees to the river bed.

Abbottabad is the junction from where you can go to places like Hunza, Gilgit, Skardu and Indus Kohistan, of the Karakoram Range. You can reach Swat, Swati Kohistan, Dir and Chitral of the Hindukush Range. And approach Naran, Saif-ul-Muluk, Shogran and Babusar Pass of the Himalayan Range. Neelum, Lipa and Jhelum Valley of beautiful Azad Kashmir are also connected through Abbottabad.

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See[edit][add listing]

  • Mukeshpuri 9800 feet and Miranjani 9750 feet are its highest peaks.
  • Ilysi Mosque, Shimla Pahari(hill)
  • Takaya
  • Dodheyal
  • Nawansheher Bazaar stairs
  • Harno (tourist area with open water)
  • Thandiani(~25 km)
  • Dhamtoor
  • Swinging Bridge near Harno
  • Osama Bin Laden's old house

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Trekking, Hiking, Camping, Photography, Golf, Picnic

Abbottabad in addition to being a hill station boasts some of elite education institutions in Pakistan. (eg Army Burn Hall School & College, Abbottabad Public School, International Public School,Ayub Medical College, Frontier Medical College, Hazara University. It has therefore become a leading learning seat in Pakistan.

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  • Pakistan seen through my eyes, Abbottabad in pictures. Pamela Kewin and Dr. Abdul Rahman Khawaja

Eat[edit][add listing]

Pakora and fish at Ilyasi Masjid. A lot of people gather there to enjoy those tasty pakoras.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Sarban Hotel
  • Jan's Continental Guest House
  • Pearl Continental Motel
  • Pine Inn Guest House
  • Shelton Inn Guest House
  • Snow Land Guest House
  • Alaf Laila Guest House kaghan colony, Opp Usmania restaurant, 03459566871
  • Devgru Resort & Spa


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