Tourist for a day among the Pakistani hills: Murree – Turista per un giorno tra le colline del Pakistan : Murree
The village of Murree is situated aprox. 50 km from Islamabad.
It cost me only 270 Pakistani rupees (about 2 euro) to get here by bus”daewoo” which offers an excellent service in Pakistan.
The winding road offers some magnificent vantage points which little by little become ever more enchanting as we near our destination.
Today, Murree is a tourist destination situated at the feet of the Himalayas, created primarily for the British military troops garrisoned near the Afghan border, in the Rawalpindi region.
With British occupation in 1850 Murree become a typical English holiday location, the English in fact gave the village it’s current name (previously it was Mari)they preserved some of it’s buildings and in some ways it’s atmosphere too. The place is amply described in ‘ A thousand splendid suns’ by Khaled Hosseini.(Wikipedia)
At the bus stop numerous locals offer their services as tour guides or to help us find a hotel.I continue towards the upper part of the village, at it’s centre where there are many hotels and souvenir shops
I stop off in a local restaurant near the main street to enjoy an excellent Pakistani breakfast with Pakistani bread ( rolls fried in oil), omelettes and chai (Tea made with milk).
Sosto in un ristorante locale nella via principale e gusto un’ottima colazione pakistana con il pane pakistano ( roti fritto nell’ olio), omelettes e chai ( tė con il latte).
The climate is pleasant you breath in fresh mountain air here and that’s way many foreigners and Pakistani too come to spend the weekend and cool off from the heat of the city.
Two foreigners attract my attention.
It’s unusual to meet any here so I stop and have a chat: they are an English couple who have been living here in Muree for about 7 years. Teachers, who work in the MCS Murree Christian School (a Catholic School in Murree), one of the best catholic schools in Pakistan, where students come from all over the world , particularly from North America, England, Australia, New Zealand, Korea and Germany. The school was founded in 1956 and today it’s very well known for it’s high educational standards.
Islam is the most practised religion here in Murree but all the same I find a mixture of various elements , such as the Anglican church in the town centre, dating back to 1857.
Around the church and along the main road a lot of residential properties which have been converted into hotels, the cost of staying in one is somewhere between 2500 and 5000 Pakistani rupees (18-36 euro) for the night.
Continuing on I come to a wall with photographs. It was built in memory of a company of Pakistani soldiers who died on 07 April 2012, after an avalanche which buried 129 soldiers and 11 civilians.
The mountain climate is quite changeable and suddenly it starts to hail, much to the delight of many visitors who usually live in the warmest provinces of Pakistan and who apparently have never seen hailstones, since they begin to gather up the lumps of ice.
Il clima di montagna ė mutevole e immediatamente comincia a grandinare per la gioia di molti passanti che vivono nelle provincie più calde del Pakistan, non hanno mai visto la grandine e ne raccolgono i pezzi di ghiaccio.
There are rareanimals in Murree too, such as the leopard and the macaque (macaque mulatto) one of the most ancient species of monkeys in the world.
Many of the locals work with the tourists, supplying attractions like photographs with wild animals or services like selling green tea on the roadside, transportation on the distinctive ”risho” , helping you get from one place to another.
Una varietà di specie rare di animali si trova a Murree come il leopardo e il macaco (macaca mulatta) una delle specie di scimmie più antiche del mondo.
Molti locali lavorano con i turisti fornendo attrazioni come foto con animali, la vendita per strada del tė verde oppure offrendo servizi di trasporto con dei particolari “risho” per gli spostamenti da un luogo all’altro
We reach Cashmere point :
from here you can get to the governor of Punjab’s residence, by taking the appropriate train you can travel around the perimeter of the building and admire the magnificent panoramas.
Some people come here to walk and to admire the landscape.
In the evening Murree has a joyful atmosphere which is a typical feature of the tourist destinations in the mountains here.
The Mall (the main road)reminds me of a town fair: teeming with people enjoying the excitement in the air and crowding the local restaurants, and with them I feel… like a tourist for a day.
I am Wgirl a wanderer and a wonderer. I am also a F.A.A. (Female Alien Abrod) and a freelance writer who travels across cultures. Usually I live on "Planet Italy", a weird place sometimes even for me, where i deal daily with uncertainty, creativity and coffee:) When i travel i know that I know nothing. I am curious and inquisitive about the differences between people, about the local traditions and habits and how my life would be… if i were born here.