On the way to Thandiani, Abbottabad, Pakistan - June 2009
I first visited Thandiani in the year 2000. I can never forget waking up in the morning and the weather being so cold. It is an extremely peaceful place and one for those who love serene areas. If you want to escape the crowds of the other summer hill stations then Thandiani is the right place to go. It is an amazing place which helps you relax and unwind and allows you to think without causing stress. It is a good place for those wanting a quiet break with the family or honeymooning couples. It is a superb place for nature lovers. The area is lush green resulting in dense forests thriving with birdlife. One can go for walks and delve into the forests to explore the wilderness.
If you have not been then do take a trip. You will relax and unwind and forget about the busy life you had.
Thandiani (literally meaning 'Very Cold') is a hill station in the Galyat area of Pakistan.
Thandiani was established as a Sanatorium during British rule, for the convenience of officers stationed at the neighbouring cantonment of Abbottabad, it contained some European houses and a small bazaar, which were occupied only during the summer months
Most of local population belongs to the Sarrara tribe.
Thandiani is located in the south of Abbottabad District at 34°13'60N 73°22'0E and is about 31 kilometres from Abbottabad city at the foothills of the Himalayas. To the east beyond the Kunhar River lie the snow covered mountain ranges of Kashmir. Visible to the north and northeast are the mountains of Kohistan and Kaghan. To the northwest are snowy ranges of Swat and Chitral. The hills of Thandiani are about 9,000 feet (2,750 m) above sea level.
The mountains around it are thickly forested. Local wildlife include leopards, monkeys, pheasants and the flying squirrel, to name a few.
The area and its surrounding villages were damaged by the 2005 Kashmir Earthquake