Beautiful hill stations in Pakistan to visit

The beautiful areas of Pakistan offer most amazing and beautiful hill stations to all, does not matter if you are an adventure seeker person or someone who wants to enjoy their favourite food with coffee or tea seeing the most spectacular views of Pakistani mountains or lakes. So, if you planning to take a break from your hectic routine and enjoy the peaceful and beautiful scenery, you need to visit the places on our list.

Beautiful hill stations in Pakistan

We prepared top hill stations for you to visit in your free time. You need to visit these stations once in your lifetime. I hope you will like this list.

  • Gilgit
  • Hunza
  • Skardu
  • Patriata
  • Murree
  • Ayubia
  • Thandiani
  • Gorakh Hill
  • Malam Jabba
  • Fort Munro

Let’s take a look at these beautiful hill stations and want to know why these places are famous and discuss their route, location and how much time requires reaching there.

Gilgit

Gilgit is not only the capital of Gilgit district but also one of the most popular hill stations in Pakistan. It is surrounded by ethereal lakes, majestic snow-covered mountains, and beautiful green meadows. It is considered as a piece of heaven on earth.

The hill station attracts a large number of foreign and domestic tourists every year because of its beautiful and owing the status of most developed areas in the region. The hotels in Gilgit offer all the facilities that a top hotel or seven-star hotels offer. There is also a small domestic airport, which provides a good facility for travelers from all over the country.

Gilgit hill station is situated 5000 feet above from sea level.

Best time to visit Gilgit: If you are planning to spend a few days in Gilgit, the best time is during the summer season. However, the area is easily accessible from May to November. Gilgit is fully crowded with tourists during the month of July and August. In winter, you can also enjoy the snow falling here.

From Islamabad by Road: Approx 6 hours required to travel from Islamabad to Gilgit by road at the speed of 50 KM per hour. For more details, you can search on Google maps.  

Hunza

You can’t simply mention Gilgit, without mentioning the Hunza. It is another stunning and enchanting hill station of Gilgit Baltistan that reminds you wonderlands of children’s fairytales.

It is located at an altitude of 8000 feet and is surrounded by mesmerizing green plains, clear blue rivers, fruit-laden orchards and majestic snow-capped mountains. Altit Fort, Passu cones, Rakaposhi viewpoint, Attabad Lake, Baltit Fort, Eagle’s Nest and Ulta Glacier are some of the top tourist attractions which are located near Hunza.

Most tourists like to stay in Hunza for more than two days because of the beautiful places located in or near Hunza. The hospitality of the locals is undeniable and the budget for the trip is also affordable.

The hotels available in Hunza are also comfortable and offer as many facilities as offered by any five or seven-star hotels.

Best time to visit Hunza: As we all know, Hunza is also famous for its mouth-watering cherries, the cherry blossom season here starts from March and lasts until the end of April. June and August are the peak tourist months. During this period, Hunza is fully jammed. However, you can plan a trip until October. You can also visit Hunza during winter vacations and enjoy the majestic view of hills and mountains during the snowfall.  

From Islamabad by Road: Approx 7 hours required to travel from Islamabad to Gilgit by road at the speed of 50 KM per hour. For more details, you can search on Google maps.  

Skardu

Skardu is among the most popular hill stations in Pakistan. It is situated 8200 feet above sea level. You have also seen the pictures of its beautiful and enchanting lush green plains on postcards or calendars.

Skardu is located in the Gilgit Baltistan region. It is also served as the capital of Skardu District. It is famous for having the most beautiful lakes in the country. It is also called as the home of beautiful lakes. Upper Kachura Lake, lower Kachura Lake and Satpara Lake are some of the lakes available in this region. Some other popular tourist destinations such as Shigar Fort, Manthokha waterfall, Deosai National Park and Skardu fort are also situated near this enchanting hill station.

The hotels available in Skardu are also comfortable and offer as many facilities as offered by any five or seven-star hotels. Please make sure to check on those hotels before planning a trip.

Best time to visit Skardu: The best time to visit this beautiful hill station is between June and October. The area is fully crowded with tourists during July and August. You can also enjoy the cold weather there during winter.

From Islamabad by Road: Approx 6 hours required to travel from Islamabad to Skardu by road at the speed of 50 KM per hour. For more details, you can search on Google maps.  

Patriata

Patriata is another famous hill station in Pakistan. It is the highest point in Rawalpindi District, situated at 7500 feet above sea level. It is located at a distance of 1.5 KM from Murree. It is also famous for its one-day trip destination near Murree areas.

The hill station offers beautiful scenery including the magnificent hills, tall pine forests and lush green fields. It is also famous for its chairlift and cable car system. You can visit this place to beat the heat during summer and enjoy the snowfall during the winter season. When you will visit this hill station, don’t miss the ride of chairlift or cable car. The ride is about 7 KM long and offers majestic bird eye view.

The hotels available in Patriata are also comfortable and offer as many facilities as offered by any five or seven-star hotels. Please make sure to check on those hotels before planning a trip.

Best time to visit Patriata: Patriata isopen all around the year for tourists. But the best time to visit this charming place is between March and November. You can also enjoy snowfall in December.

From Islamabad by Road: Approx 1 hour required to travel from Islamabad to Patriata by road at the speed of 50 KM per hour. For more details, you can search on Google maps.  

Murree

Murree is also known as the queen of hill stations. It is the busiest and popular hill station of the country. It is the home of the old colonial buildings, thick forests of oak, pine, apricot, and apple as well. If you ask a person for the best places to visit during vacations, they will surely name Murree in those destinations as well. It is also the number one tourist destination in Pakistan.

Murree is located near Islamabad and is situated at 7000 feet above sea level. It is a popular weekend gateway for twin cities (Islamabad & Rawalpindi) and Lahore. It is also the ideal tourist spot in Punjab. You can find a large number of cafes, food points and hotels here.

This popular hill station draws tourists’ attraction throughout the year. The pleasant weather and enchanting view make it a favorite destination for summer vacations. However, as the weather gets cold, the mountains are covered with the thick layer of snow and transform it into a winter wonderland. It is also called top destination to visit during winter vacations.

The hotels available in Murree are also comfortable and offer as many facilities as offered by any five or seven-star hotels. Please make sure to check on those hotels before planning a trip.

Best time to visit Murree: The queen of hills is open all around the year for tourists.

From Islamabad by Road: Approx .75 hours required to travel from Islamabad to Murree by road at the speed of 50 KM per hour. For more details, you can search on Google maps.  

Ayubia

It is also famous because of the Ayubia National park. The hill station is situated from a short drive from Murree. It is situated at 8000 feet above sea level. This hill station is part of the Abbottabad District of province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.  This hill station gained status by establishing the National park in 1984. The national park is currently managed by the wildlife parks department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government.

It is located at a distance of 26 Km away from Murree, so a large number of tourists visit this place for a one day trip. The enchanting hill station is surrounded by dense green forests, adventurous hiking trails, stunning viewpoints, and breathtaking picnic points. The famous 4 KM long pipeline walking tracks that runs between Ayubia and Nathiagali is also an attractive spot for tourists.

However, the Ayubia chairlift is the most significant feature of this hill station because of first of its kind facility in Pakistan. It is among the most popular chairlifts of Pakistan and it takes tourists from Ayubia to Makespuri.

The hotels available in Ayubia are also comfortable and offer as many facilities as offered by any five or seven-star hotels. Please make sure to check on those hotels before planning a trip.

Best time to visit Ayubia: Ayubia is open all around the year for tourists. But the ideal time to explore this enchanting hill station is between March and October.

From Islamabad by Road: Approx 4 hours required to travel from Islamabad to Ayubia by road at the speed of 50 KM per hour. For more details, you can search on Google maps.

Thandiani

It is located in the mighty hills of Himalaya. Thandiani is among the most beautiful hill stations in Pakistan. It is located at 9000 feet above sea level and is a part of Galyat in te province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. If you ever visit Abbottabad, do not forget to visit this mesmerizing place as well. It is only 27 km away from the city Abbottabad.

Thandiani means very cold, and the word itself describes this place. Although the guest houses and the hotels are not well developed it is a place worth visit. It is surrounded by thick pine forests and you can also enjoy the cold and cloudy weather. The scenery is also enchanting.

The hotels available in Thandiani are not cozy and comfortable and also do not offer the basic facilities. Please make sure to check on those hotels before planning a trip.

Best time to visit Thandiani: Thandiani is open all around the year for tourists. But the ideal time to explore this enchanting hill station is between May and September.

From Islamabad by Road: Approx 4 hours required to travel from Islamabad to Thandiani by road at the speed of 50 KM per hour. For more details, you can search on Google maps.

Gorakh Hill

It is located in t northwest of Dadu. It is the only hill station in Sindh. It is situated approx 5689 feet above sea level and the coldest place of the region. It is spread over 2500 acres and a part of Kirthar Mountain range.

Unlike the other hill stations of Pakistan, it is not covered with lush green hills, tall trees and snow-capped mountain peaks. But it is a perfect place to enjoy sunset and sunrise and also the silence. It is also the only place that receives snowfall during extreme winters.

The hotels available in Gorakh Hill are also comfortable and offer as many facilities as offered by any five or seven-star hotels. Please make sure to check on those hotels before planning a trip.

Best time to visit Gorakh Hill: Gorak Hill is open all around the year for tourists. But the ideal time to explore this enchanting hill station is between February and April.

From Islamabad by Road: Approx 20 hours required to travel from Islamabad to Gorakh Hill by road at the speed of 50 KM per hour. For more details, you can search on Google maps.

From Karachi by Road: Approx 6 hours required to travel from Karachi to Gorakh Hill by road at the speed of 50 KM per hour. For more details, you can search on Google maps.

Malam Jabba

Malam Jabba is the home of the most ski resorts of Pakistan. This stunning place is located about 50 KM from Saidu Sarif in Swat District. If you are traveling from Mingora, it will take only an hour to reach Malam Jabba depending on the weather. The highest peak slope in Malam Jaaba is about 9199 feet.

It is situated in the range of magnificent Hindu Kush Mountain. Malam Jabba is famous among adventure seekers and the tourist that love skiing platforms, ice skating, hiking trails and love to take a ride on chairlifts.

Because of its popularity among foreign and domestic tourists, it received a large number of visitors every year.

The hotels available in Malam Jabba are also comfortable and offer as many facilities as offered by any five or seven-star hotels. Please make sure to check on those hotels before planning a trip.

Best time to visit Malam Jabba: Malam Jabba is open all around the year for tourists. But the ideal time to explore this enchanting hill station is between July and March.

From Islamabad by Road: Approx 7.5 hours required to travel from Islamabad to Malam Jabba by road at the speed of 50 KM per hour. For more details, you can search on Google maps.

Fort Munro

Fort Munro is an ideal destination for southern Punjab. If one can’t visit the northern areas of Pakistan during vacations, it is considered the stunning tourist destination. IT is situated in Dera Gazi Khan District of Punjab. It has become one of the most popular hill stations in Pakistan. Foreigners are banned to enter here It is located about 6470 feet above sea level.

It is a part of the Sulaiman Mountain range and is the only hill station in that area. The weather here is very mesmerizing. You can enjoy sunny, cloudy and rainy weather in a day. It is an ideal weekend getaway for Multan and near areas.

Currently, the Government is working on installing the chairlift and cable system and also working on the steel bridge.

The hotels available in Fort Munro are also comfortable and offer as many facilities as offered by any five or seven-star hotels. Please make sure to check on those hotels before planning a trip.

Best time to visit Fort Munro: Fort Munro is open all around the year for tourists. But the ideal time to explore this enchanting hill station is between July and September.

From Islamabad by Road: Approx 8 hours required to travel from Islamabad to Fort Munro by road at the speed of 50 KM per hour. For more details, you can search on Google maps.

From Multan by Road: Approx 3.5 hours required to travel from Multan to Fort Munro by road at the speed of 50 KM per hour. For more details, you can search on Google maps.

Other Notable Destinations

The above list is a short-listed version of best hill stations in Pakistan. There are also many notable destinations that you need to visit. Check out this list as well.

  • Chitral in northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 
  • Muzaffarabad in Azad Jammu and Kashmir
  • Chikar in Azad Jammu and Kashmir
  • Bahrain in Swat Valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
  • Kaghan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
  • Naran in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
  • Abbottabad in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 
  • Bhurban in Punjab 

As you know that winter vacations are around the corner. Pack your bags; select the place and fully enjoy the snowy season.

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