Thandiani is the coolest place in Pakistan

June 23, 2019
Thandiani

Thandiani is the coolest place in Pakistan

Thandiani (specifically meaning “extremely cold”) is a mountain in the Galyat area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa the Province of Pakistan. It is located in the northeast of the Abbottabad District & is about 37.5 kilometers (23.3 mi) from Abbottabad in the foothills of the Himalayas. To the east behind the Kunhar River lies the snow-covered Pir Panjal mountain area of Kashmir. Apparent to the north and northeast are the mountains of Kohistan and Kaghan. To the northwest are the snowy mountains of Swat Valley and Chitral. The mountains of Thandiani are approximately 2,750 meters (9,020 ft) above sea level. Most of the people living here belong to the Sadaat (Syed), Awan, Mughals, Qureshi, Abbasi, Jadoon Gujjar, and Karlal families. The nearest villages are Bandi Sarara Mara Rehmat Khan, Inderseri, Birnagalli, Chattri, Chamaili, Sialkot, Pattan, Okharela, Dheri, Darer and Kukmang.

History

Thandiani was originally awarded as a lease to some members of the Battye family in British India, who were Christian teachers and also found in civil and armed service, and who invented children such as Wigram Battye and Quintin Battye. The Battyes consequently gifted the location to the church officials, where a sanatorium and numerous other facilities were set up during the British rule, frequently for the benefit of missionaries, Anglican church workers and officers stationed at the neighboring cantonment of Abbottabad. It also added some individual European houses, a camping ground, a little bazaar, and the small seasonal church of St. Xavier in the Wilderness which were maintained only during the summer months.

Tourism

Thandiani is described by great weather and lush greenery in the summer months and snow-covered views and mountains in the winter. Many visitors from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and all over Pakistan visit here, especially in the summer season. Being at a high altitude, with beautiful landscape and many hiking trails into the forests and other nearby locations, it is a very beautiful landscape.
A wonderful trek leads to Thandiani from Abbottabad that passes through Dagri naka.

Forests and Wildlife

The hills around Thandiani are quite thickly forested compared to most other hill stations in the locality, which have experienced some degree of deforestation over time. The regional wildlife carries panthers, monkeys, different kinds of pheasants and the frequently expensive flying squirrel and pine marten, to name only a few.

Earthquake 2005

The area and its around villages were destroyed by the 2005 Kashmir earthquake. Now, it is a very developed spot for visitors.

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