It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Galiyat Development Authority (GDA) Website. GDA has jurisdiction over some of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Uniquely, it is easily accessible from Islamabad, Peshawar and Abbottabad. There are excellent roads throughout the Galiyat which are now open almost 12 months of the year.
The Galiyat offers something for everyone. It gives respite from the heat of the plains in the summer. There are wonderful walks such as the Pipe Line track between Dunga Gali and Ayubia/ Khanispur, a very gentle walk with wonderful views overlooking the Jhelum Valley and on a clear day the snow covered peaks of the Himalayas. For those looking for more challenging treks there is the Miranjani trek from Nathia Gali and the Mukhspuri walk from Dunga Gali. For the adventurous there are wonderful but strenuous walks from Thandiani to Nathia Gali and from Nathia Gali to the Jhelum River via Bakot. There are plans to renovate the very popular cable cars at Ayubia. The Galiyat offers an opportunity to appreciate spectacular wildlife in its natural environment; it is host to beautiful birds and insects, a rich variety of trees and plants and animals including flying squirrels, monkeys and if you are exceptionally lucky, you may have the privilege of glimpsing a leopard.
The Galiyat faces many challenges and threats. Up to the late 1950s the Galiyat was home to bears; sadly now hunted to extinction. Preservation of the environment, forests and wildlife is essential and a priority for the GDA. You can help by not throwing your litter on the roads and tracks. Plastic bags are not biodegradable; they harm the environment and are a danger to the wildlife. Forest fires are another real threat especially in the dry seasons; please take care not to light fires or cigarettes in the forest. A tree that takes 50-60 years to grow and mature and can live for hundreds of years, will burn down in minutes.
We are planning to build on our work of the past two years of improving the bazaars and roads of the Galiyat and clearing illegal encroachments by introducing mobile rescue and ambulance services, opening a museum to showcase the unique archaeological exhibits of the KP, developing winter tourism, improving garbage collection and the water supply, but much more has to be done.
The Galiyat has a large range of stakeholders; among them, the local residents; shopkeepers; hotel operators; people, from all over the country, who have holiday homes and visitors to the Galiyat. We all have a role to play in protecting and preserving this uniquely beautiful part of Pakistan; let’s work together.