On the way to Murree (near Quaid e Azam University Islamabad)
famous bazar of Murree
MURREEMurree is a former British hill station on the border between
An American journalist Camile wrote, that, "Everything and Anything can happen in Murree. Romance is in the atmosphere; intrigue is in the air. The roads to this happy holiday's resort embrace both the heaven and earth. In Murree it is easy to fall in love".
Murree remains charming all year round. In summer it is cool - even chilly in the evening - while light rain is common. In Winter Murree hides herself under thick blanket of snow. Which proves to be an extremely attractive vacation spot for travellers.
Murree city is a popular hill station and a summer resort, especially for the residents of
Murree is located along Islamabad-Kohala highway N75, some 30 km (19 mi) northeast of
The name Murree is derived from 'marhi', "high place" although there is a popular belief it is named after the virgin Mary.
DescriptionMurree is one of the largest resort towns in the Galyat area of
Murree has expanded since 1947 at a rate much greater than that which its infrastructure can sustain. Securing water and electricity has been a constant challenge. The jam-packed bazaar has caught fire a number of times in the last century, and the growth of tourism and a construction boom have had an adverse effect on the local environment.
HistoryMurree was founded in 1851 by the Governor of Punjab, Sir Henry Lawrence, and was originally established for the British troops garrisoned on the Afghan frontier as a sanatorium. The permanent town of
Until 1876, Murree was the summer headquarters of the
The sanatorium of Murree lied in north latitude 33° 54′ 30″ and east longitude 73° 26′ 30″, at an elevation of 7,517 feet (2,291 m) above sea level, and contained a standing population of 1,768 inhabitants, which was, however, enormously increased during the [May-November] season by the influx of visitors and their attendant servants and shopkeepers. It is the most accessible hill station in the
In 1901 the population of the town was officially 1844, although if summer visitors had been included this could have been as high as 10,000. In the hot season it was the headquarters of the Lieutenant General of the Northern Command. The Commissioner of the Rawalpindi Division and the Deputy-Commissioner of
1857 War of
In the summer of 1857, the local tribes of Murree and Hazara, including the Dhond Abbasi and Tanoli, planned to attack the British Army. The campaign was led by the chief of the Dhond Abbasi tribe, Sardar Sherbaz Khan, and by Malik Nawab Bahadur Khan of the Tanoli tribe. They fought respectably against the British Army, giving the British considerable difficulties. The British Army eventually signed an agreement with the local Abbasi tribe, which was refused by the Tanoli tribe, thereby dividing the opposition to the British. The British Army later ignored the agreement to take control of Murree again. British presence
After the British forces' occupation of Murree and Abbottabad, many English soldiers and administrators opted to spend the summers there because of the cooler climate. The British settled in and raised families. Some prominent people who were born here include:
- Bruce Bairnsfather - a famous cartoonist during world War I
- Francis Younghusband - an army officer and explorer. He established the Bible Society in the
in Geryal Murree. The society did in depth research into the local languages. This society translated a chapter of new testament book Loqas in Dhondi that was noted by the compilers of the "Linguistic Survey Of India". Christian High School
- Reginald Dyer - officer responsible for the Amritsar Massacre
ClimateMurree belongs to a sub-tropical continental highlands climatic type, situated in the outer
AnimalsMany rare animals can be found in Murree. One example is the rare snow leopard, which is said to live here.
TribesThe main tribe of Murree are the Dhond Abbasi, other tribes are the Kethwal Rajputs, the Dhanyals,Awans, Jasgam and the Satti Baig Mirza Barlas .
AdministrationAs well as being tehsil headquarters, Murree is also a Union council, it is bounded to the north by Darya Gali and Rawat, to the west by Ghora Gali, to the south by Numbal and Mussiari, and to the east by Ghel and Charhan.
Religion in MurreeIslam is the mainly followed religion. However, there is also a significant Christian presence; churches from the British Era can be found in various parts of Murree.
Journalism in Circle Bakote and MurreeThe earliest records of newspapers being sold in the Murree Hills are from 1936 during British rule. Today there are five daily newspapers (Daily Ousaf, Daily Musalman, Daily Azkar,daily Hill times and Daily Nawa-i-Hazara) published in
- The Murree Union of Journalists was founded in 1983. The first president of the union was Salim Shwalvi, a well-known and senior journalist from
- Imtiaz ul Haq is the senior most journalist in Murree, working with leading news papers and tv network founding member of murree press club and president of Murree union of journalists
- Raja Afzaal Saleem is the Joint Secretary of Murree Union Of journalists and reporter of ATV.
- Senior journalist Mohammed Obaidullah Alvi, Ishteaq Abbasi, Talib Abbasi and some other journalists from Circle Bakote are working for local and national media. They constitute a union of journalist a few years ago named GALYAT CIRCLE BAKOTE UNION OF JOURNALISTS. New president of CBGUJ is Ishteaq Abbasi.
New Murree ProjectThe government of
Famous peopleFamous people from Murree include:
- Maj. Gen(Late) Riaz Abbasi (former DG ISI) from Upper dewal
- Lt. General(R) Anis Ahmed Abbasi from Upper Dewal
- Khawaja Abdur Rahman Wani (Renowned Builder and Political Activist)
- Mirza Mohmmed Sharif Baig (A Political and Social Elder)
- Major.(R) Raja Rab Nawaz Khan (A Very prominent Political personality)