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Abbottabad, Pakistan

Abbottabad is a quaint city located in Pakistan’s north. It was founded as a British garrison town in the 1850s, and the shady gardens, church bells and wide streets in the Cantonment evoke the colonial era.

How to get there

Located 110km north of Islamabad, it’s easy to access the hill station through a picturesque drive on the Karakoram Highway in about 3 hours.

Where to stay

Hotel One Abbottabad is situated on Mansehra Road which passes right through the heart of the city.

What to do

As the gateway to the formidable Karakorams, the enchanting Himalayas and the deadly Hindukush, Abbottabad is dotted with stunning views and exciting hiking/walking trails. The pine-clad Shimla Hills provide a rejuvenating experience for the whole family, with their easy trails and numerous open-air restaurants peddling hot snacks. The Central Church and the Lady Garden Park are beautiful remnants of the town’s colonial past. The Ilyasi Mosque, with its fresh-water springs, is another must-see monument. Most visitors to Abbottabad include a visit to the nearby town of Thandiani to literally take a walk amongst the clouds.

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