Abbottabad – The City of Pines

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Abbottabad city is a part of the Hazara region in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and is the capital of the Abbottabad district. The city is almost equidistant from Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Peshawar. It is a hill station with lovely weather, high-standard educational institutes and is popular because of the Pakistan Military Academy-Kakul.




The city was founded in 1853 by Major James Abbott, and the city was named after its founder. Abbottabad is known to be home to well-educated people and has the highest literacy rate in Pakistan. The main language spoken by about 95% of the population is Hindko, which is similar to Punjabi, along with Urdu and Pashto. The city is modernizing by the day.

Jovago’s top 3


  1. Shimla Peak

Shimla Peak_Abbotabad_Jovago Pakistan

Abbottabad is surrounded by hills, Shimla Peak is towards the north and Sarban Peak towards the south. Shimla’s cool, pine-clad pinnacle is plaited with paths and adds to the scenic outlook of the town and its environment. You can either trek or take a passenger jeep from upper Pine View Road to Shimla Peak, commonly known as Shimla Pahari in the local language.


2. Ilyasi Masjid

Abbottabad_Ilyasi Masjid_Jovago Pakistan

Ilyasi Masjid is an old and famous mosque built over a stream of water based in Nawanshehr. Adjacent to the mosque is a pond-like area where people can ride on the paddle-driven boats. There is also a hill close to the mosque which is a famous picnic spot in the city. This beautiful mosque includes a composite of spring-fed bathhouses and pools.


3. Haripur


Haripur is a city which is located on towards the south of Abbottabad. Haripur was built as a fortress in 1822 by Hari Singh, a general of Ranjit Singh’s army who became the Governor of Hazara in the early 19th century. The fort is now used as a police station and for government offices. There is also a British cemetery present there.



The people in Abbottabad love eating maize, wheat and rice. In rural areas, desi ghee and lassi are largely consumed. People of Abbottabad are very fond of eating out. Some of the popular restaurants are Red Onion and Kaghan Café. Popular cuisines include chicken karahi, korma, sajji and chapli kabab.

Abbottabad is a cultural city with customary items to purchase like Turban, Kraquli, Patti caps and traditional chaddars. Shopping malls and arcades include Roshan Shopping Mall, Deemas Shopping Center, City Center shopping mall and many more.

You will find the best range of top hotels in Abbottabad, such as:

Pearl Continental Abbottabad

Hotel De Manchi

Thandiani View Guest House

Exclusive House

Horizon guest house Abbottabad


If you are searching for cheaper options, discounted rates and deals, check Jovago’s website and book right away.

Pakistan Rupees, All International Credit Cards (Visa/MasterCard) are accepted by the ATM.

Exchange Rate

Country code
+09 92

Abbottabad airport is an important passenger airport in the city. It provides flight connectivity for many destinations.




  1. Muhammad Saqib Khan

    May 21, 2016 at 6:57 am

    I am a regular traveler but do largely on the bike. This time I have planned to hit the north again but by car and along with my family. I am seeking luxury yet economical hotel in Kashmir. Do you operate in Kashmir also, specially in Neelum Valley ? If yes, please share the details. Moreover, if in Kutton valley you have any option available, I would love to avail that. Thanks in anticipation.

    • Hassan

      May 23, 2016 at 8:16 am

      Hi Saqib,

      Thanks for your question. Please be informed that Jovago Pakistan has over 111 properties in Azad Jammu Kashmir covering all the areas.
      If you are particularly looking for accommodation options for Neelum Valley, please consider the following:
      Muzaffarabad: Hotel Al Ayan
      Keran: Hotel Neelum Greenland, PC Resorts
      Sharda: Sharda Motel (Valley Trekkers), New Kashmir View Tourist Lodges
      Kel: Hill escape Inn, Musk Deer resort

      Currently,we do not have any property in Kutton and Athmuqam but hopefully by Eid we might be having a bunch of properties in these areas as well so keep checking our website.

      Best of luck for your travel!

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