Autumn: The changing colors of Abbottabad



I had a wish to witness autumn colors for a long time and on Dec 1st, I decided to visit Abbottabad and Galiyat. It was a 12th Rabi' al-awwal evening and the country was celebrating the birthday of the Islamic prophet, Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). The plan was to leave late night and experience the sunrise on Karakorum Highway.

Comsats Abbottabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

I start off with the expectation to meet busy roads with light decorated buildings and to experience how other cities were celebrating. Fortunately, roads were not busy and I got to Islamabad so easily and quickly that I had to stop by so that I could reach Abbottabad during the sunrise. On the way, I saw streets and roads, as well as bazaars, shopping centers, and government and private buildings, have been beautifully decorated and illuminated with lights, colors, and banners bearing the writings about the celebration of Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH).

A building illuminated with lights, Rawalpindi
Karakoram Highway illuminated with lights, Hassanabdal

I reached Abbottabad well before the sunrise and the plan to experience sunrise was wasted. 

Abbottabad


The city always has something new to offer when you visit it. Royal gardens, hill stations, historical monuments like illyasi masjid and of-course delicious food the city offers. I visited COMSATS University in the morning and was amazed to see the yellowish colors of Chinar and other trees. It seemed the pathways are decorated with the fallen leaves and I felt hesitant walking over them. 

The first sight at the autumn trees, Comsats University
I walked around the university to meet&greet trees that I had been waiting for, Comsats University
There were few students despite being a public holiday, Main road Comsats University
This student was sitting under this tree to prepare the notes for his upcoming exam, Comsats University
Chinar trees, Comsats Abbottabad 
Academic blocks, Comsats University
This giant Chinar tree was an attention seeker, Comsats University
When sun was setting down on the main road, Comsats University

In the morning I visited the famous Chinar Road in Abbottabad but unfortunately, most of the leaves on those Chinar trees had already been fallen. I assumed the view which these trees had provided when they were in full bloom with these autumn palettes. 

Chinar Road, Abbottabad

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