Autumn: The changing colors of Galiyat



"Why not I take the Nathiagali road to reach Islamabad?" I thought, having a cup of tea in "Bhai Sweet & Hotel". The road would be more scenic filled with many interesting places like Donga Gali, Pipeline trek, Nathiagali and Muree. Unknowing the condition of the road I started off hesitantly.

On the way to Nathia-Gali from Abbottabad.
On the way to Nathia-Gali from Abbottabad.

I was amazed to see the beauty around the road which leads straight into the mountains. Clean road, less traffic, autumn colors and cloudy weather were contributing the peace the place had. On the way, I stopped at a couple of places and realized that the temperature is colder than Abbottabad. 

The beauty of the road which leads from Abbottabad to Nathia-Gali, Galiyat
The beauty of the road which leads from Abbottabad to Nathia-Gali, Galiyat

One the way we saw these kids selling Hamlok or Aamlok (I know its Urdu name and it has probably 5-6 seeds per fruit. It grows during Jan-Feb season in Northern areas including Swat and Kohistan region) 

These kids were selling "Amlok" which they picked from the nearby tree, Galiyat
These kids were selling "Amlok" which they picked from the nearby tree, Galiyat
Colors of Autumn on Nathia Gali road, Galiyat
Colors of Autumn on Nathia Gali road, Galiyat

Pipeline Trek Donga Gali


I had enough time when I reached Donga Gali so I decided to explore the Pipeline trek, which is about 4KM long. Dunga Gali to Ayubia track is named so as it is just beside the pipeline that supplies water from Dunga Gali to Murree. The trek provides amazing views passing from mountain to mountain and finally ending in Ayubia Bazaar. The trek is relatively plain which can be completed in 1hour and 3 minutes. Make sure you grab a water bottle and some cookies before you start the trek. 

Geolocation of the Pipeline trek, Galiyat

 

Donga Gali pipeline trek, Galiyat
Donga Gali pipeline trek, Galiyat
Donga Gali pipeline trek, Galiyat
Donga Gali pipeline trek, Galiyat
Donga Gali pipeline trek, Galiyat
Donga Gali pipeline trek, Galiyat
View of the valley from Donga Gali pipeline trek, Galiyat
View of the valley from Donga Gali pipeline trek, Galiyat
Colors of Autumn on the Pipeline trek, Galiyat
Colors of Autumn on the Pipeline trek, Galiyat
Donga Gali pipeline trek, Galiyat
Donga Gali pipeline trek, Galiyat

 

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