Thandiani (literally means “very cold”) is a hill station in foothills of Himalayas, situated in Gilyat which is about 31 kilometers from Abbottabad, the city of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. It is famous for a lush green hill station, small caves of wildlife, an extensive thick forest of pine and a perfect place to rest with cold nights.


Thandiani was originally discovered and established as a sanatorium during the British rule in India for the comfort of officers posted nearby, Anglican church personnel and missionaries. It also consisted of some European houses, a small bazaar, a camping ground and a small church which used to be occupied only during summer months.


From Abbottabad to Thandiani, there is a beautiful trek which also passes through Dagri Naka. Thandiani also gives a beautiful view of the other areas like the mountains of Kashmir to the east beyond Kunhar river, mountains of Kaghan, and Kohistan to the North and Northeast.

Get in

From Abbottabad, by taking Murree road and turn after 6km near famous Illyasi Mosque under which water flows, from there a link road will take you to Thandiani.

Quick Facts

  • Situated in Gilyat, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
  • Height is 2700 meters above sea level
  • Famous for extensive thick forest of pine, small caves of wildlife and lush green hill station in the foothills of Himalayas.

Extensive thick trees in Thandiani



Thandiani during Autumn