The Five-Star Pearl-Continental Hotel at Bhurban is the newest addition to the Pearl-Continental chain of hotels. The PC-Bhurban and the four other Pearl-Continental Hotels are owned and operated by Pakistan Services Ltd., which is credited with revolutionizing the hotel/hospitality industry in Pakistan.
The Bhurban property is located in the Murree hills, close to Islamabad. It is situated at an altitude of over 2,000 meters, nestled in the hills...
We would like to introduce the best-kept secret of the Murree Hills, situated an hours north east of Islamabad, at the foothills of the great Himalayan Mountain range. Murree is famous from the British era. The colonial developed this area with bungalows, guesthouses, churches and bazaars, surrounded by breath taking valleys of natural beauty.
Murree hotels – how to enjoy your stay with family in Murree
A spectacular one hour drive from Pakistan’s capital city Islamabad will take you to a scenic beauty of one of the most popular hill station of Pakistan, “the Queen of the Hills”, Murree. The breathtaking combination of towering peaks and lush green valley is simply irresistible. Murree is at its best in summers and winters. In summers, it is cool, and even chilly in the evening. In winters, the snow is piled high along the roadsides. The road going up towards Murree is surrounded by beautiful mountains and deep valleys which makes the whole route looks stunning and gorgeous. On our way up, we find various picnic spots offering snacks, cold drinks and tea. Also there are several roadside sales point which displays beautiful Kashmiri shawls and hand-woven carpets which can be purchased on reasonable rates after bargaining.
Pindi point is one of the popular locations in Murree. This point overlooks the twin cities, Islamabad-Rawalpindi and provides very attractive scenery particularly at nights. The most entertaining feature of Pindi Point is the chair lifts which goes down to the road a few kilometers below and offers a magnificent view. Lush green valley, tall pine trees and zigzag roads are worth watching.
Kashmir Point is another famous spot which offers us a view of beautiful Kashmir peaks. That is why it is called Kashmir point. This point is at the top of the hill with lots of activities like horse riding, children play land, coffee shops and place for lunch. One can walk around the hill taking photograph and enjoying with snacks and tea. Hence this place proves out to be ideal for families.
Mall Road is the well known market place of Murree, full of life, always bustling and colorful. During the peak season, it is fully jammed and the visitor love to parade on this road for several hours. No trip is complete without visiting the Mall Road. It is the perfect place to dine a variety of Pakistani dishes and fast foods. Traditional clothing items, jewelry items, carved wooden sticks and leather goods are the essence of this place.
Patriata is a hill resort, almost 25km from Murree. It has become very popular during recent years due to the installation of cable cars. It has both chair lift and cable car system which takes the visitors in two stages. Firstly, the chair lifts will take you to the middle hill where you can stop and refresh yourself. Next the cable cars will take you to the higher hills. The journey on cable cars and chair lifts are unforgettable and is cherished for lifetime.
Ayubia is 26 km from Murree,. The attractions of Ayubia include a small park named “Ayubia National Park”. Animals like Leopard, Black Bear, Kashmir Hill Fox, and Red Flying Squirrels can be found here. It also has various species of birds including Golden Eagle, Vulture and Sparrow Hawk etc. Secondly the experience of chair lifts provided at this place is unforgettable. They take you to the peak of the hill at the point called “Neelam View”, as the River Neelam of Kashmir can be viewed from here.
Nathiagali is almost an hour drive from Murree. It is famous for its extravagant beauty and magnificence. Fascinating landscapes, bracing climate, beautiful ridges thickly populated with pines, lush green valleys and foggy views are some of the gifts, nature has bestowed upon this land. Market place in Nathiagali also displays variety of traditional clothing and jewelry. There is a spot on Murree- Nathiagali road called “Bunder Point”. Here you can find number of monkeys along the road sides which are very friendly. People use to stop and feed them with popcorns and bread. They are harmless and a great entertainment, especially for kids.
Chashma is 30 min drive from Nathiagali. It is situated in a valley. Its stunning beauty takes one’s heart away. The view of water coming from the mountains is simply awesome. A small refreshment point is present here which have their colorful tables arranged in water. It is an amazing experience to be served on these tables with your feet inside the ice cold water. It is a fantastic place to visit along with your family and friends.
Bhurban is located 10km from the city of Murree in the heights of Murree hills. Its main attractions are the hiking opportunities for adventure seekers. Also the animals found in its surrounding cannot be found anywhere else in Pakistan.
Murree being a well established tourist destination has a large number of hotels which can suit to different pockets. Gentry of each class can come and have a fantastic experience of this paradise. The rates differ from hotel to hotel starting from 1500-30000 rupees. However the rates in summers are 5 to 6 times than the rates of winters. The top of the line is the 5* Pearl Continental Hotel in Bhurban which meets the international standards and serves the best. Other than this there are numerous decent and good standard hotels where you can stay with families. These hotels are spacious and comfortable, packed with modern facilities. These are:
• Hotel Move & Pick, Hall Road, Murree • Hotel Days Inn, Murree • Hotel Grand Heights, Murree • Green’s Hotel, Nathiagali • Summer Retreat Hotel, Nathiagali • VIP Accommodators, Nathiagali • PTDC Patriata Resort • PTDC Ayubia Resort • Montana Lodge, Ayubia • 34 Morning Side, Kashmir point
Other than the hotels, well furnished cottages are available which are mostly located in Nathiagali and Bhurban at very competitive rates. These cottages usually have 2 to 3 bedrooms, a lounge, dinning room and a small kitchen which makes it a best choice especially for large families. Sehrai Tourism Cottages are the great example, which are located in various areas of Nathiagali. These are available for daily, weekly and long term rentals.
Therefore Murree is a perfect place for spending your vacations with your families and friends. Breathtaking beauty, tasty foods, shopping at Mall, picnic spots, horse riding, hiking, journey on chair lifts are the attractive feature of Murree. And of course there is a lot more to explore in beautiful Murree.