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.
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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.
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
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
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