what should be here?
The Ayubia , is situated in the region of Galiyat, in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. After Murree and NathiaGali it is the most popular place visited by hundreds of people every day. Declared as a National Park in 1984, the original area of about 1700 hectors of forest, later extended to over 3312 hectares was given under the protectionof the forest preservation act. It is currently being managed by the Wildlife and Park Development Authorities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The park was named after a former president of Pakistan, “Muhammad Ayub Khan (1958 -1969).Ayubia National Park is surrounded by seven major villages and three small towns ofThandiani, Nathiagali and Khanspur.The park has been developed as a resort complex from a combination of four mini resorts ofKhairaGali, ChanglaGali, Khanspur and Ghora Dhaka in Galiyat. Since this area attracts a very large number of tourists annually, there is also a large number of hotels and restaurants located in the vicinity of the park.
The main attraction of this hill resort is the chairlifts. The top of the hills is estimated over 8000 feet above the sea level. The ride on a chairlift is really breath taking. Summer is the best time to visit Ayubia as the climate is clear and pleasant. It brings the visitors to the highest point along the mound from where one can find out the forested hill, and the frozen mountain, as snow is constantly present throughout the year over the meridian. During intense snowfall the management stops operating chairlift as a safety precaution. The spot also offers hiking tracks, picnic points and small restaurants all around the place.
Other than recreational things, there are more than 100 varieties of plants on the hill. The trees of CedrusDeodar, Blue Pine, Yew, Silver Fir, Horse Chestnut and Oak are planted here in abundance. The plants include a variety of herbs and beautiful shrubs. It is said that these herbal plants are very effective for the treatment of hepatitis, stomach ulcers, snake bites, internal infections, diabetes, external wounds, asthma, and few of them hold treatment for a few types of cancer also.
Ayubia national park is also home to over 203 species of birds. These include the Golden Eagle, the Vulture, Sparrow Hawk, and different varieties of pigeon. Rare Himalayan pheasant species like Kalij and Koklass are also present. There are 31 species of mammals also present on the hills that include; Leopards, Wolves, Fox, Wild boars, and the Flying Squirrel