by Pakistan - پاکستø§Ù† August. 19, 2008 21973 views

Murree was founded in 1851 by the Governor of Punjab, Sir Henry Lawrence, and was originally established for the British troops garrisoned on the Afghan frontier as a sanatorium.

The permanent town of Murree was constructed at Sunnybank in 1853. The church was sanctified in May 1857, and the main road, The Mall, was built. The most significant commercial establishments, the Post Office, general merchants with European goods, tailors and a millinery, were established opposite the church. Until 1947, access to the Mall was restricted for non-Europeans.

Until 1876, Murree was the summer headquarters of the Punjab local government; after 1876 the headquarters were moved to Simla. The railway connection with Lahore, the capital of the Punjab Province, made Murree a popular resort for Punjab officials, and the villas and other houses erected for the accommodation of English families gave it a European aspect. It was described in the Gazetteer of Rawalpindi District, 1893–94 as follows:

The sanatorium of Murree lied in north latitude 33 54' 30“ and east longitude 73 26' 30”, at an elevation of 7,517 feet (2,291 m) above sea level, and contained a standing population of 1,768 inhabitants, which was, however, enormously increased during the season by the influx of visitors and their attendant servants, and shopkeepers. It is the most accessible hill station in the Punjab, being distant from Rawalpindi only a five hours' journey by tonga dak. Magnificent views are to be obtained in the spring and autumn of the snow crowned mountains of Kashmir; and gorgeous sunset and cloud effects seen daily during the rains . Part of the station, especially the Kashmir end, are also well wooded and pretty.

In 1901 the population of the town was officially 1844, although if summer visitors had been included this could have been as high as 10,000.

In the hot season it was the headquarters of the 'Lieutenant General of the Northern Command. The Commissioner of the Rawalpindi Division and the Deputy-Commissioner of Rawalpindi also resided here during part of the hot season, for which period an Assistant Commissioner was placed in charge of the subdivision consisting of Murree Tehsil. The site was selected in 1850 almost immediately after the annexation of the Province, and building operations commenced at once. In 1851 temporary accommodation was provided for a detachment of troops ; and in 1853 permanent barracks were erected. The garrison generally consisted of three mountain batteries. In 1873, 1874, and 1875 Murree was the summer headquarters of the Punjab Government. It is connected with Rawalpindi town by a service of tongas.

The houses crown the summit and sides of an irregular ridge, commanding magnificent views over forest-clad hill-sides into deep valleys studded with villages and cultivated fields. The neighbouring hills are covered during the summer with encampments of British troops, while the station itself is filled with European visitors from the plains and travellers to Kashmir. A fine view of the snowy peaks of Kashmir is to be had on a clear day, and the crest of Nanga Parbat (26,182 feet) can sometimes be seen. The municipality was created in 1850. - wiki []

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This Church on the way from Mall to Pindi Point is under renovation.

Old and abandoned hotel on the way to Kashmir Point.

Wooden fences were placed by British while the concrete one by Nawaz Sharif.

These houses are located on the way from Mall down to graveyard.

Government school near Kashmir Point.

Lovely cottage located near Mall.

Jinnah Hall located near GPO and Mall.

Old houses near Pindi Point.

Restrooms near Kashmir Point.

Residence of Daily Jang Newspaper’s Bureau Chief.

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Agnes 12 years, 3 months ago

great shots!

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David Cardona 12 years, 6 months ago

Great post!

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Asiamack 12 years, 8 months ago

wow, awesome post. i love kashmir that i have seen in your post and of course in many hindi movies too. hope to be there one day. please convey my best regard to Daily Jang bureau chief.

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Riyaz 12 years, 8 months ago

welcome back after so long! great post and reportage

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Dzmitry Samakhvalau 12 years, 8 months ago

beautiful place

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Thomas Thompson 12 years, 8 months ago

[b]Fantastic images and wonderful reportage[/b]

12 years, 8 months ago Edited
Peregol 12 years, 8 months ago

Beautiful post

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