Murree, Punjab

Murree (Punjabi, Urdu: مری‎) is an exurb of Islamabad and the administrative center of Murree Tehsil, in the Punjab province in Pakistan. It is in a subdivision of the Rawalpindi District and includes the parts of the Margalla Hills around Islamabad.

According to Wikipedia

Murree (Punjabi, Urdu: مری‎, marī, meaning “apex”) is a mountain resort town, located in the Galyat region of the Pir Panjal Range, within the Rawalpindi District of Punjab, Pakistan. It forms the outskirts of the Islamabad-Rawalpindi metropolitan area, and is about 30 km (19 mi) northeast of Islamabad. It has an average altitude of 2,291 meters (7,516 ft).

Construction of the town was started in 1851 on the hill of Murree as a sanatorium for British troops. The permanent town of Murree was constructed in 1853 and the church was consecrated shortly thereafter. One main road was established, commonly referred to even in modern times, as the mall. Murree was the summer headquarters of the colonial Punjab Government until 1876 when it was moved to Shimla, India.

Murree became a popular tourist station for British within the British India, several prominent Britons were born here including Bruce Bairnsfather, Francis Younghusband, Reginald Dyer, and Joanna Kelley. During the colonial era access to commercial establishments was restricted for non-Europeans including the Lawrence College.

Since the Independence of Pakistan in 1947, Murree has retained its position as a popular hill station, noted for its pleasant summer. Many tourists visit the town from the Islamabad-Rawalpindi area. The town also serves as a transit point for tourists visiting Azad Kashmir and Abbottabad. The town is noted for its Tudorbethan and neo-gothic architecture. The Government of Pakistan owns a summer retreat in Murree, where foreign dignitaries including heads of state often visit.

Here is Government’s authentic website for details and further information on Tehsil Murree:



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