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Monday, April 21, 2014
Ayubia
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The Ayubia National Park is a forest located with the majestic Murree Hills. Wildlife is abundant here and not only is it a refuge to leopards and black bear but is a wonderful place for bird watching. The park is on a migratory path for many species, and has the largest Koklass and rare Kalij pheasant population known in Pakistan. A wide range of birds live in the forest such as the Golden eagle, Honey buzzard, griffon vulture, Indian sparrow hawk, Peregrine falcon, Kestrel, hill pigeons and doves.   In addition many other mammals, large and small find shelter with the pine forest such as the red flying squirrel, masked civet and Rhesus Macaque, Himalayan palm civet, and the Kashmir Hill fox.  

In Ghora Dhaka a chairlift takes visitors on a relaxing panoramic view of the forest surroundings. Numerous rest houses, motels, hotels and restaurants with souvenir shops are located at the chairlift base station and seven major villages and three small towns, Khanspur, Nathiagali, and Ayubia are within close proximity. 

 How to get there
Aybia National Park entry is 3 km from Nathiagali at Dungagali. From Dungagali you can hike 4 km on the Dunga Gali Pipe Line Track and see animals, trees and rare species of birds in this beautiful forest.  The hike takes approximately 40 to 45 minutes. The ideal time to visit the park is in September. At this time the park is quiet and peaceful and hotel accommodations are 50% to 60% cheaper. Another alternative is to visit in the month of May.

 

  

      
   
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