The word Galiyat is the plural of the Urdu word gali, which means an alley between two mountains on both sides of which there are valleys and it is not the highest point in the range. Many of the towns in the area have the word gali as part of their names. These are popular summer-holiday destinations in Pakistan.
Murree, one of the most popular hill stations of Pakistan, is the largest town of the Galiyat area.It is strategically located between the Northern Areas, Azad Kashmir, Punjab and the rest of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The lush green hill station of Murree is the first choice for a weekend’s outing from Islamabad. An hour drive from Islamabad on a metal road takes you to Murree. Murree is Pakistan’s leading hill resort at 7250 feet above sea level, the climate here is cool in summers and very cold in winters with heavy snowfall. The town of Murree spreads over an area of 5 kilometers, in between Pindi & Kashmir points. Between the two superb scenic viewpoints lies the famous Mall Road of Murree, shopping center for all the visitors. Excursion to Bhurban, Horse riding, Chairlift ride and short walks on paved trails are other activities to do when you are in Murree.
Taxila, the capital of Buddhist Gandhara civilization. It is regarded as one of the most important archaeological sites on the sub-continent. We will visit the ruins of a former city (Sirkup), a former monastery (Julian) that is built on top of a hill and the splendid site museum that contains artifacts from the sites. Among the museum’s collection are gold and silver coins from the time of Alexander the Great (326 BC). Further 20 minutes drive will take you to the beautiful green water Khanpur Lake. Enjoy boating on the Lake.