a distance of 220 km from Islamabad and 4 hours journey,
lies Balakot, the Gateway to the Kaghan Valley.
The town lies on the bank of the River Kunhar and serves
as a market for the surrounding villages. With its moderate
climate, Balakot is famous for the shrines of the renowned
Martyrs, Syed Ahmad Shaheed and Shah Ismail Shaheed Brailvi.
PTDC Motel and restaurant facilities are ideally located.
The Motel offers Telephone, Rent-A-Jeep and Tourist Information
from the thrilling chairlift ride, one can visit Nathiagali and
climb either of the two peaks of Mushkpuri and Miranjani. Alternatively,
one can visit Murree and Bhurban or walk along the famous water
supply pipeline, passing through Ayubia National Park.