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Ayubia National Park: Official Travel Guide, Things to See, Picnic Places


Ayubia National Park: Official Travel Guide, Things to See, Picnic Places

Ayubia National Park is a well-developed resort complex and a popular picnic spot in Abbottabad District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Things to Do:
Riding trails
Hiking places
Picnic spots
A chairlift in the centre of Ayubia takes the tourists to a nearby summit for a view of the forested hills.

Ayubia National Park (Urdu: ایوبیہ ملی باغ‬‎), also known as Ayubia (Urdu: ایوبیہ‬‎), is a protected area of 3,312 hectares (33 km2)[1] located in Abbottabad District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. It was declared a national park in 1984.[2] Ayubia was named after Muhammad Ayub Khan (1958–1969), second President of Pakistan. The area supports temperate coniferous forest and temperate broadleaf and mixed forest ecoregion habitats, with an average elevation of 8,000 feet (2,400 m) above the sea level.[3]

Ayubia National Park is surrounded by seven major villages and three small towns of Thandiani, Nathiagali and Khanspur.[4] The park has been developed as a resort complex from a combination of four mini resorts of Khaira Gali, Changla Gali, Khanspur and Ghora Dhaka in Galyat.[5] Currently, it is managed by the Wildlife and Parks Department of Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Standing at some 26 kilometers from the tourist hotbed of Murree Hill Station, over 100,000 tourists flock to Ayubia National Park and the places around every year. It is well known for its picnic spots.

Since there are 7 villages and 4 major towns around it, and since this area attracts a very large number of tourists annually, there is a large number of hotels and restaurants around the park. In addition to riding trails, hiking places, picnic spots and motels, there is a chairlift in the central place of Ayubia that takes the tourists to a nearby summit for a view of the forested hills. This chairlift was the first recreation facility of its kind in Pakistan and is still a major attraction for domestic tourists. The famous PTDC motel is located here.

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