A Walk through Ayubia National Park
The area supports temperate coniferous forest and temperate broadleaf and mixed forest ecoregion habitats, with an average elevation of 2,400 m above the sea level. The Park limit starts from the behind of Ayubia Chair lift. In National Park walk track near about distance 4 km from Ayubia Chair lift to Dong Gali. Threre are so many beautiful places. There are rest and sitting places on the way when you start from walk Ayubia to Donga Gali (Pipeline trek).
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. There are many hotels and restaurants around the park. In addition to riding trails, hiking places, picnic spots and motels, the chairlift in the central place of Ayubia takes tourists to a nearby summit for a view of the forested hills. The park holds 104 species of plants. The main floral species are Cedrus deodara, Blue Pine, Yew, Silver Fir, Horse Chestnut and Oak. Twenty one important herbs belonging to 19 families are found in this park which are used medicinally by the local inhabitants. Many of these are used in treatment of jaundice, stomach ulcers, snake bites, internal infections, diabetes, chambal and more. Some plants are known to have anti-caricogenic effect as well. Also, some are used as biological insecticides and pesticides, mostly due to their insect-repellant nature.
Natural springs abound on the slopes and their water is stored in reservoirs to provide water supply for Murree and adjoining areas. Only about three kilometers further up and 14 kms from Murree on the main Abbottabad-Murree road, is Changla Gali, splendidly situated at an altitude of 2560 m above sea level amidst thick pine forest. The 2743 m Changle peak commands, on the one side a fine view of the Jhelum Valley, on the other side it presents a strikingly panoramic view of the Murree hills, the southern portion of the Hazara district and the distant plains of Rawalpindi. From Nathiagali to Abbottabad the road runs down from about 9000 ft. to 4500 ft. About three miles down there lies Baragali a small hill station, located at an altitude of 2408m. The last of the chain of the Galis it is only 24 kms. The last of the chain of the Galis it is only 24 kms from Abbottabad on the road to Nathiagali.
The most centrally placed and the most well known of the Galis is Nathiagali. It lies mid-way between Murree and Abbottabad, at an altitude of 2,545 m and commands a fine view of the snow-capped peaks of Kashmir and Kohistan on one side and the Pothwar Plain on the other. In the foreground, to the north-east rise the green slopes of Miran Jani, about 2,743 m while in the far distance , on a clear day, may be seen the towering heights of the Nanga Parbat, with all its snow-crowed majesty.
Name Distances Height in m
Murree 0 km 2,133-2,438
Khaira Gali 9 km 2,347
Kuza Gali 11 km 2,362
Ayubia 26 km 2,347 to 2,591
Dunga Gali 29 km 2,591
Nathia Gali 32 km 2,545
Bara Gali 36 km 2,407
Abbottabad 64 km 1,295
Accommodation: PTDC Motel Ayubia (Tel:0992-359004, 359200) is located on a plateau above Ayubia bazaar. Surrounded by magnificent green hills, meadows and Pine forests, the motel overlooks Khanaspur Valley. Famous chairlifts of Ayubia can be seen moving up and down the hill from the lush green lawns of the motel.