Hello everyone! so here is the second part of my trip, if you haven’t updated yourself with the first part then go read it NOW!
Okay so we left Abbottabad after having breakfast, for Nathiyagali, however because of the rainy season in the area there was a landslide on the way up so we made a pit stop at this beautifully picaresque spot, the mountains you see in the photos are actually the extension of the great Himalayan Range up north, this is obviously the south of the range so its all green in the summer.
The pitstop was a great way to pass time, there are loads of activities one can do, like horseback riding, go carting, throwing rocks at the other end of the stream, taking a lot of photos, range shooting balloons, and just having a good time.
After the stop we were once again on our way to Nathiyagali which is a three hour pleasant drive up. We stayed at Hotel Elites which is probably the best hotel in the area, i loved my stay here because it had a very resort-esque feeling, also its played out on mountain terraces so it was great at reminding us how unfit we were climbing up and down the mountain. Also it gets a bit chilly at night there especially if you travel from somewhere tropical so its best to keep a jacket.
We went to Doungagali nearby which is a small town that has the Ayubia national park, it has a walkway leading to Ayubia, the walkway is absolutely beautiful, so lusciously green. There is also wildlife present in the park there so beware of monkeys, snakes and leopards (i don’t quite know how one would beware of a leopard, i mean theres not much one can do when a leopard shows up!)
There is also a stuffed animal museum which is a nice spot to take photos. There are also many food choices nearly, also i was surprised to find a pizza place up there as well, they made the desi-est pizza i ever did eat!
The next day we went to Ayubia and sat on the chairlifts, theres not much to do up there except for the chairlift, which takes you up a mountain from where you can see Azad Kashmir. Its a great place to take amazing photos, there are horses to ride and coffee and delicious Karhai and pakoras to eat, so you are bound to have a good time.
All in all it was a great experience to be in the mountains and take all the view in, hope you enjoyed reading the post 🙂