Galiyat, KP

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Thandiani is a hill station in the Galiyat area of Pakistan. It is located in the northeast of Abbottabad District and is about 31 kilometers from Abbottabad in the foothills of the Himalayas.  To the east beyond the Kunhar River lies the snow-covered Pir Panjal mountain range of Kashmir. Visible to the north and northeast are the mountains of Kohistan and Kaghan. To the northwest are the snowy ranges of Swat and Chitral. The hills of Thandiani are about 9,000 feet (2,750 m) above sea level.

Most of the people residing here belong to the Sadaat (Syed), Qureshi, Abbasi, Jadoon Gujjar, and Karlal tribes. The nearest villages are Bandi Sarara Mara Rehmat Khan, Inderseri, Birnagalli, Chattri, Chamaili, Sialkot, Pattan, Okharela, Dheri, Darer and Kukmang.

Thandiani is characterized by excellent weather and lush greenery in the summer months, and snow-covered vistas and hills in the winter. The word Thandiani literally translates to “very cold”. The area is thronged by tourists from across Pakistan in the summer season. Being at a high altitude, with attractive scenery and several hiking trails into the forests and other nearby locations, it bustles with tourism potential.

A beautiful trek leads to Thandiani from Abbottabad that passes through Dagri naka. 

The mountains around Thandiani are densely forested in comparison to other hill stations in the locality, which have suffered some degree of deforestation over time. The local wildlife includes leopards, monkeys, several kinds of pheasants and the increasingly rare flying squirrel and pine marten among other notable species.  

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