November 03, 2012



Points: Introduction – Preparation – Description of Murree – Conclusion.

I have never visited any hill station before. Some of my friends were planning to visit Murree hills. They also invited me accompany them. I was wild with joy when my parents okayed to our programme.

After making all necessary preparations, we took a train from Karachi to reach Rawalpindi.

After a day's halt there, we left for Murree by bus. The journey up the hills was very enjoyable. The ascent was full of turns and windings, and altogether, the journey was quite different from that in the plains.

We reached Murree at about 3 p.m. on the same day. It was a fine cool and pleasing day. Life here is costly. Hotels are impossible for the common man. But we were lucky enough to get in a dak bungalow on moderate charges. We were quite tired so we settled ourselves comfortably. On the following morning we came out to have a view of the hills. The scenery was most enchanting. The gigantic trees were covered with white snow. The little birds with feathers of exquisitely charming colours sitting on the trees pleased the ear with their sweet notes. The butterflies with wings of most beautiful hues could be seen flitting from flower to flower. The many varieties of lovely flowers and beautiful ferns provided another source of delight to the eye. The smell was so pleasing that I kept on breathing for quite some time. I wished that I had a hut there. The houses were built in an irregular way and very often the top of one was in level with the door of another. This was very interesting. We walked and walked. At last we came to the Kashmir Point, a beautiful spot of nature with a very lovely view. All nature seemed to be awakened, as it were, by a magician's touch. It was a new experience for me so I watched everything with rapt attention.

While we were on the way back, dark clouds gathered in the sky. It began to rain heavily. We hurried back to dak bungalow completely drenched. We were shivering allover. We felt great relief after having hot tea. There was a heavy downpour throughout the night. When it was dawn, the rain stopped. The sun rose in its full glory, investing the trees, flowers, hills, birds and beasts with a golden light. After our breakfast we went out to see the Samli Sanitorium down in the valley. Samli is a beautiful little spot situated in a fine valley. The entire area is covered with thick pine trees. We saw there a little stream of pure crystal water rippling from rock to rock and producing a gentle music which seemed to creep into my soul.

A visit to the hills fills one with the inspiration and glory of God. An unknown joy slips into our souls and we return home filled with, the wonder and ecstasy of Nature.

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