Monday, June 20, 2011

Murree Hills

Murree is a popular hill station and summer resort in Pakistan, Murree is especially for the residents of Islamabad. Murree is also visited as one of the most preferred destination for Pakistani tourists in Sumer and during snowfall in winter.

Murree is situated along the Islamabad-Kohala N75 highway, about 30 km (19 miles) northeast of Islamabad. 
 
The name comes from Murree 'marhi "," high place "even though there is a popular belief it was named after the Virgin Mary during the British times.
It lies on the southern slopes of the western Himalayan foothills, as they rise up towards the northeast towards Kashmir. During the British rule in the nineteenth century, its altitude established at 7,000 feet (2,100 m), but its actual height is now calculated as 2,300 m (7,500 ft) above sea level. 
 
Murree is accessible by road from the center of Islamabad and Rawalpindi areas. It is still associated with Britain, many British fruits (including cherries, raspberries and strawberries) thrive locally. There is a church built in 1857, located in the center of town, which is still used as a place of worship. Many houses around the church are still standing, functioning mostly as hotels.
Old traditional restaurants have been replaced by fast food shops and newer restaurants.

Murree has expanded since 1947 at a rate far greater than that which its infrastructure can sustain. Safeguarding water and electricity has been a constant challenge. The Jam-packed bazaar has caught fire several times in the last century and the growth of Tourism