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Nathia Gali

Nathia Gali or Nathiagali (Pashto: نتھیا گلی, Urdu: نتھیا گلی) is a mountain resort town or hill station in Hazara, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan. The hill resort is located in the lower Himalayan range at an altitude of 8,205 feet or 2501 m. Nathiagali is about 32kms from Murree. It is a part of the Galiaath which are termed such due to several hill-stations in that area ending with the word "gali", most of which are connected to one other. Nathiagali is known for its scenic beauty, hiking tracks and pleasant weather, which is much cooler than the rest of the Galiaath due to it being at a greater altitude. It is situated one hour's drive away from both Murree and Abbottabad, it lies midway between the two. Drive time from Islamabad is usually about two hours, unless there is a lot of traffic.
Nathiagali is located in the North West Providence 34 km from Abbottabad easily reachable within one hour and is close to Murree, another popular hillstation. The nearest major airport to Nathiagali is in Islamabad. The best months for climbing are in May, June, July and August, during the summer temperatures are pleasant. From April 15th till September 15th is the monsoon season when unexpected storms and hail can bring chilly weather. Walnut, Oak, and Maple trees as well as pines add to the tranquility of this serene place. Take a leisure stroll through pine forests or hike the many trails. For the more exploratory souls take a long trek to Mushkpuri 2,800 meters high or for the even more adventuresome trek 6 to 7 hours both ways, on a path that leads to Miranjani Hill 2,960 meters high. Nathi Gali is known as the City of Fog for it can get very very very foggy here. The usual definition of fog doesn't stand here. Fog means visibility reduced to 1 km , here fog mean visibility reduced to a few feet. Also, this area recieves the most high rainfall in Pakistan and it always seems to be raining here (which is very good). But the main beauty of this area isnt high mountains, its the greenery. Lush green hills and mountains with wonderful pine trees. The wild life of this area is pretty good. There is no place in this area where you wont find monkeys, real free monkeys. They are everywhere, in your hotel lobby windows, in the open barbecue , on the road, just everywhere you cannot miss them. The area is just brilliant with good hotels and all facilities. By the way, it can get pretty cool out here even in the summers so bring something warm.

Fog Fog and Fog
Fog can fall here within seconds even after rainfall. Basically Nathia Gali is at a good height (around 2500 m) and fog is basically the cloud. Visibility can make driving difficult and foreigners shouldnt drive in fog. Nathia Gali isnt as big a city as say Murree. The whole town is basically in one very long street on the main road and the residential areas and most of the hotels are high on the hill above Nathiagali.
The British tried to create a little England here with its small timbered church, bunglows and the Governor’s House. There are more than fifteen large and small hotels of various categories and over 200 private bunglows and Government rest houses at Nathiagali. The bazaar has a number of small restaurants and shops selling a variety of food stuffs, items of daily use and handicrafts. The facility of public call offices, post offices, Internet Café, petrol pump and vehicle repair workshops is also available. A small hospital is also located at Mochi Dhara.

The wild life of this area is basically monkeys. They live in the trees around here. They are everywhere. Especially in Nathia Gali Bazaar and the Green's Hotel side. They are very beautiful and come to the hotel for food especially in the morning and afternoon. You certainly cannot miss them if you stay at Nathia gali for more than one day.

The natural scenery is highly magnificent. It is actually famous for it scenic beauty, the lush green meadows, deep forests of oak, cedar and pine, fog in July/August present a glory. In winter snowfall makes scene more attractive and beautiful. The church in Nathi Gali is a remnant from the period of British Government, it is totally made of wood. It is situated at the edge of the mountain from which there is a beautiful sight. Kashmir can be seen right behind this church, and is a wonderful scene.
Nathi Gali has a mini bazzar. The nearest place to Nathi Gali is Kala Bagh. Mukshpuri and Miranjani are two nearby high peaks.both peaks are higly beaytiful and present natural beauty. Taj Mahal hotel is also located in nathia gali.it is included in top five hotels of Pakistan.

There are several food items the bazaar is known for although you will not find a posh eatery in the Nathiagali bazaar. The bazaar food is fantastic, but should not perhaps be risked by persons not used to bazaar cuisines. On top of the list would be the roast chicken at the "Taj Hotel" which is offered with a delicious chilli preparation. If you do not have the stomach for chillies you should ask the waiter to serve it to you without the chillies. The daals, chicken karhais, barbecued foods and fresh naans in the bazaar too are thoroughly enjoyable, as are halwa puri breakfasts and freshy made roadside pakoras and jalebis. Corn on the cob is usually available all over the hill-station at various points. There are a couple of grocery stores now stock most supermarket items that are available in the cities.
The months of April/May or September are ideal for a visit if you like the outdoors and want a relaxing holiday in perfect weather. These months are preferred by those looking to avoid the throngs of tourists in the summer season.

The Union Council of Nathia Gali is divided into the following areas: Bagan, Donga Gali, Jhansa, Keri Sarafali, Lassan, Malach, Nathiagali and Pasala.

Ethnic groups
The main tribe of Nathia Gali are the Karlals particularly known as sardars. many names serving at national level like justice sardar raza khan,sardar mohmmad yaqoob,sardar haider zaman, Sardar Ahmad Nawaz Bagan (President Hazara Student Council).

Hotels in Nathia Gali

1. Greens Retreat Hotel
2. Nathia Gali's Largest Hotel
3. A good choice
4. The Best of the North
5. The Best of the North
6. An excellent choice
7. Montana Lodge, Ayubia
8. Excellent hotel
9. Summer Retreat Hotel
10. Plaza Park Hotel

Things To Do in Nathia Gali
What to do while traveling in Nathia Gali.

1. Green Spot
2. Dunga Gali Pine Line Track
3. Nathiagali's Church
4. Governer's House
5. Miran Jani.
6. Jahanzaib and Karnak House
7. Gul Jee's house
8. Thandiani

Restaurants in Nathia Gali

1. Afaq Restaurant
2. Hilal's Food
3. Green Retreat's Restaurant.

Local Customs in Nathia Gali
Interesting intricacies of the local culture in Nathia Gali.

1. Dress Properly
2. Do not shake hands with women

Off the Beaten Path in Nathia Gali
'Local knowledge' about undiscovered, unexpected points of interest.

1. Trekking in Mukhspuri.
2. Kala Bagh.

Warnings or Dangers in Nathia Gali
Potential risks or dangers while traveling in Nathia Gali.

1. Foggy Weather
2. Lightening
3. Avoid going to Nathiagali on Independence Day

Transportation in Nathia Gali
The best way to get to and around Nathia Gali.

1. By Car
2. By Bus

Sports Travel in Nathia Gali
Your insight guide to active fun in Nathia Gali.

1. Horse Riding
2. Skiing

The Alhambra Palace

Architect: unknown
Location: Alhambra Palace overlooks the city of Granada in Spain, map.
Date: 1338 to 1390
Building Type: palace
Construction System: bearing masonry
Climate: mediterranean
Context: urban
Style: Moorish (Islamic)
Best Time to Visit: Spring and Autumn.
Preferred Timing: 08.30 a.m. to 06.00 p.m.
Time Required to Visit: Around 3 hours.
Entry Fee: Euro 13 (Though rate may change from time to time)
Getting there:
By Foot:
If you are physically fit, this is best way to approach the palace, as it gives you the best opportunity to enjoy the scenic beauty surrounding region. There are two popular paths to reach Alhambra Palace Spain from Granada city center. The most beautiful is the one that takes from Plaza Nueva into the street Cuesta de Gomérez. You can also reach there via the street Cuesta del Rey Chico.

By Public Transport:
There are two buses that will take you to Alhambra Places from Granada. Route 30 and 32 start from Plaza Nueva and drive up the Cuesta de Gomérez. You can also hire taxis in order to reach there.

By Car:
If you are going there by car, you need to take the ring road of the city, called Ronda Sur, and then follow the direction of Sierra Nevada. You can park your car at any one of the two car parking areas in Generalife.
Nearest airport: Granada Airport (GRX)
Nearest rail station: Avenida de Andaluces

About Alhambra Palace:

The Alhambra (Arabic: الْحَمْرَاء‎, Al-Ḥamrā' , literally "the red one"), the complete form of which was Calat Alhambra (الْقَلْعَةُ ٱلْحَمْرَاءُ, Al-Qal'at al-Ḥamrā' , "the red fortress"), is a palace and fortress complex constructed during the mid 14th century by the Moorish rulers of the Emirate of Granada in Al-Andalus, occupying the top of the hill of the Assabica on the southeastern border of the city of Granada, now in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain.

The Alhambra's Moorish palaces were built for the last Muslim Emirs in Spain and its court, of the Nasrid dynasty. After the Reconquista by the Los Reyes Católicos ("The Catholic Monarchs") in 1492 some portions were used by the Christian rulers. The Palace of Charles V, built by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor in 1527, was inserted in the Alhambra within the Nasrid fortifications. After being allowed to fall into disrepair for centuries, the Alhambra was "discovered" in the 19th century by European scholars and travelers, with restorations commencing. It is now one of Spain's major tourist attractions, exhibiting the country's most significant and well known Islamic architecture, together with 16th-century and later Christian building and garden interventions. The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The decorations within the palaces typified the remains of Moorish dominion within Spain and ushered in the last great period of Andalusian art in Granada. With little influence from the Islamic mainland, artists endlessly reproduced the same forms and trends, creating a new style that developed over the course of the Nasrid Dynasty. The Nasrids used freely all the display of stylistical resorts that had been created and developed during eight centuries of Muslim rule in the Peninsula as the Calliphal horse-shoe arch, the Almohad sebka or the Almoravid palm, and unused combinations of them, beside novelties as the stilted arches and the capitals of muqarnas, among others. The isolation with the rest of the Islam, and the commercial and political relationship with the Christian kingdoms also influenced in the space concepts.

Columns, muqarnas and stalactite-like ceiling decorations, appear in several chambers, and the interiors of numerous palaces are decorated with arabesques and calligraphy. The arabesques of the interior are ascribed, among other kings, to Yusuf I, Mohammed V, and Ismail I.

After the Christian conquest of the city in 1492, the conquerors began to alter the Alhambra. The open work was filled up with whitewash, the painting and gilding effaced, and the furniture soiled, torn, or removed. Charles V (1516–1556) rebuilt portions in the Renaissance style of the period and destroyed the greater part of the winter palace to make room for a Renaissance-style structure which was never completed. Philip V (1700–1746) Italianised the rooms and completed his palace in the middle of what had been the Moorish building; he had partitions constructed which blocked up whole apartments.

Over subsequent centuries the Moorish art was further damaged, and, in 1812, some of the towers were destroyed by the French under Count Sebastiani. In 1821, an earthquake caused further damage. The restoration work undertaken in 1828 by the architect José Contreras was endowed in 1830 by Ferdinand VII. After the death of Contreras in 1847, it was continued with fair success by his son Rafael (d. 1890) and his grandson. Designed to reflect the very beauty of Paradise itself, the Alhambra is made up of gardens, fountains, streams, a palace, and a mosque, all within an imposing fortress wall, flanked by 13 massive towers.

Inside the Alhambra Palace:

Alhambra Palace in Granada can be divided into four groups, viz. Alcazaba (the Fortress), Palacios Nazaries (Nasrid Palaces), Generalife Gardens, and Medina (Town).

Alcazaba: Alcazaba, the fortress and the military headquarters for the Nasrid dynasty, was built on the highest point of the hill. Hence, it got the positional advantage to defend the royal family. Though originally, the construction had 24 towers, but currently only a few remain.

Palacios Nazaríes: Time spent at the Palacios Nazaríes or the Nasrid Palaces will be some of the memorable moments of your visit to Alhambra Palace. Exquisitely decorated function rooms and courtyards that were used by the Muslim rulers for different purposes are the highlights of Palacios Nazaríes.

The palaces can be divided into three distinct parts, namely the Mexuar, the Serallo and the Harem. Mexuar is the place where the Sultan used to meet his ministers. Next to it, there is the Cuarto Dorado or the Golden Room where Sultan took his most important decisions as military commander-in-chief. The entrance of Serallo is just opposite of Cuarto Dorado. Serallo was the official residence of the Sultan. The famous Patio de los Leones lies at the center of Harem, which was built for Sultan Muhammad V in 1378. Also visit Sala de los Abencerrajes, located at the south of it. On the north of Patio is the brilliant Sala de dos Hermanas. Sala de los Ajimeces, the dressing room of the favored lady, lies at the far end of Patio. Whereas, on the east end of Patio, lies the Sala de los Reyes or the Hall of the Kings.

Generalife Gardens: As the name suggests, this area consists of beautiful gardens and fountains.

Medina: Medina, occupies the largest area, was built to house craftsmen.

Alhambra Palace Spain Tickets:

For a visit to Alhambra Palace, there can be several types of tickets for the tourists, namely Morning Tickets, Afternoon Tickets, and Evening Tickets. The price of each ticket is Euro 13, though it may change from time to time.