Murree is one of the most visited places in Pakistan. The mere sight of Murree clouds hugging the mountains covered with layers of greenery fills the heart with joy.
These picturesque spots are enhanced in winter when regular snowfalls cover the Murree mountains. This beautiful valley is the ultimate winter wonderland just 50 minutes drive from Islamabad.
Tourists Recommend Murree and its surrounding areas as tourist destinations, especially in winter. In the northern regions of Pakistan, it is a popular honeymoon destination.
Murree is also known as Malka Kosher which is situated at an altitude of 7000 feet. Murree is undoubtedly one of the tourist destinations.
When the British conquered Punjab(Lahore) in 1849, they developed it as a hill station for their administrative and military officials based in Punjab to escape the dust and heat of the Punjab plains.
Tall forests of pines and oaks, cool breezes, panoramic views upwards, mountainous backdrops, colonial buildings depicting the magnificent cultural heritage, and unforgettable views from a chairlift ride all define Murree – Pakistan’s most famous hill station.
As the scorching summers become a bit unbearable, a large number of tourists from across the country and abroad head to the northern regions and adventure seekers head to some of Pakistan’s most picturesque yet scenic hiking trails.
However, among all these places, Murree is extremely popular among tourists. Pakistan Analysis offers a list of the top 10 places to visit in Murree.
Nestled in the lush green hills, Murree is a picturesque getaway that boasts breathtaking landscapes and scenic beauty. Explore the top 10 most beautiful places to visit, including the iconic Patriata Chairlift, the serene Pindi Point, and the historic Mall Road.
1. Patriata Chair Lift
About 20 kilometers southeast of Murree is the twin city of Murree. It is known as Patriata but is currently being popularized as New Murree.
Less crowded and set in stunning natural surroundings, this place is a great place to visit. Its main attraction is its chairlift and cable car, which are the best in Pakistan.
The lift passes through beautiful valleys, forests and gives you the most beautiful view of the area. It is a very pleasant experience and the best part is that at the end of the chairlift, you find yourself in an open space.
Many restaurants and shops sell souvenirs. A wonderful place to spend a few hours, strolling through the lush green forest and doing a bit of horse riding.
Next on the list is Ayubia, the most visited place after Patriata. It is the best picnic spot in Murree.
Additionally, it extends to 3,027 meters on the peaks of the mountains within the valleys. The lush green hills of Murree with their pleasant climate attract thousands of tourists.
Ayubia is at the top in terms of visits. Tourists are mainly attracted to it because of its rolling hills, steep slopes, and cool climate. From Islamabad, you can reach Ayubia in two hours.
Ayubia is located at an altitude of 1050 meters. It ranges from 1050 m to 3027 m (from the valley to the peak of the mountain). Additionally, the Ayubia chairlift ride is a unique way to see the mountains.
3. Mall Road
Mall Road is a tourist attraction and market in Murree. You will find this road crowded with people till late at night.
This is a stretch of road lined with various shops offering unique souvenirs, handmade cultural artifacts, plenty of dry fruits, and some popular restaurants serving mouth-watering dishes like fish and chicken karahi.
An important landmark in Murree stands at the highest point on Mall Road – the General Post Office (GPO). It was built in 1867 on Mall Road.
The facade of the building underwent some renovations in the 1970s. This historic building in Murree is open to the public.
Some of the rooms inside the GPO need to be renovated and then they will be open to locals and tourists alike.
4. Kashmir Point
From Mall Road, you can walk to GPO and walk about a kilometer (about 15 minutes) until you reach Kashmir Point.
Kashmir is a popular place for hill climbing. To travel to Murree, the residence of the President of Pakistan, you must pass the Murree Cadet College.
Apart from this, views of the mountains of Kashmir can also be seen here. Similarly, Mall Street has heavy traffic which makes it the highest point of Murree.
After all, traffic is taking its toll on Murree’s tourist attractions. So, visiting this site is a beautiful experience.
Bhurban became Murree’s favorite tourist destination because of its lush green scenery as well as its pleasant atmosphere that is full of serenity.
It is one of the best places to visit in Murree and also an excellent place for couples. Bhurban is located a 20-minute drive from Murree and an hour from Islamabad.
The Pearl Continental Hotel enjoys beautiful scenery and views of the Bourbon Valley. It also has a nine-hole golf course and offers easy access to beautiful hiking trails in the nearby Ayubeya National Park.
And if you choose to stay in PC Bourbon, the treat is double. Lavish amenities along with enchanting scenery are always a priority for tourists.
6. Ghora Gali
Gowda is half an hour away from Murree and is an administrative part of Murree Tehsil of Rawalpindi District. It is one of the best places to visit near Murree.
It includes a 1,100-metre-long chairlift ride from Ghoda Gali to Pindi Point. In pre-partition days, it served as a resort for British soldiers.
In 1860, Lawrence College was built as a shelter for children orphaned during the war. Murree Brewery was also established in the same year. However, it was destroyed in the post-independence riots.
7. Changla Gali (Near Murree)
This beautiful place is located at a distance of 20 km on the way to Ayubia. A small peaceful place to have a picnic and relax for some time.
The beauty of this enchanting place increases manifold during the rainy season. It has many hotels and guesthouses that can provide good accommodations for longer stays.
During British rule, it was the headquarters of the Northern Command School of Musketry.
8. Upper Topa and Lower Topa
In Murree, Upper, and Lower Topa are exciting places to visit. These places are located in the district of Punjab. Standing at an altitude of 7000 feet, it is a delightful gateway to Murree.
These peaks are the most popular places to visit in winter when they are carved in white snow. Tourists seek solace in its cool air in summer.
Additionally, the Upper and Lower Topa provide a pleasant passage for tourists in the scorching summer heat. Moreover, in winter the place wears a blanket of white after heavy snowfall.
9. Pindi Point
Pindi Point is a place in Murree. It is named Pindi Point because from the top you can see the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
You can also see the beautiful hills and pine forests of Murree. It takes only fifteen minutes to reach Pindi Point from Mall Road. There are various eateries and cafes for families to enjoy.
Those who are fond of riding the chairlift can enjoy another trip here, which will take you down 1.5 km from Pindi Point to Bansara Gully.
10. Mukshpuri Tops (Near Murree)
Mukashpuri Tops are beautiful mountains that are popular for Hiking.
Just east of Dinga Gali, a small town between Ayubia and Nathiagali, one of the most spectacular spots in the entire region is Mushakpuri Tops.
A trek of about two kilometers will take you to the top of this mountain at an altitude of 2,800. It is one of the highest mountains in the region and you can get a breathtaking view of the surrounding area up to the mountains of Azad Kashmir. The entire area is covered with enchanting forests that make a visit to this peak, simply unforgettable.