Photos of Abbottabad

Editor’s Note: Rare black & white photos of Abbottabad of British Raj era dating back to 1860s are in the last portion of this page.

Photo of Major James Abbott Deputy Commissioner of Hazara District from 1849 to April 1853.

Major James Abbott

 Abbottabad, the capital of the Abbottabad District, is located in the Hazara region of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The city is situated in the Orash Valley, 50 km from Islamabad and 150 km from Peshawar at an altitude of 1,260 metres (4,134 ft). The city is well-known throughout Pakistan for its pleasant weather, high-standard educational institutions and military establishments. Pakistan Military Academy is also located here.

Brief History: The town of Abbottabad, under the British Raj, was the headquarters of the Hazara District. It was named after Major James Abbott who founded Abbottabad in January 1853 after the annexation of Punjab. He remained the first Deputy Commissioner of the Hazara district from 1849 until April 1853.

In May 2011, Abbottabad gained worldwide attention when U.S. President Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed in his compound in the city. In February 2012, Pakistani authorities demolished the compound.

City of Abbottabad at Night

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A Night View of Abbottabad City

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Another Beautiful View of Abbottabad City at Night with Snow Covered Mountains at the Background

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An Aerial view of Abbottabad City and Valley 

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Another Aerial View of Abbottabad Valley 

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Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul, Abbottabad

PMA, 3rd Pakistan Battalion, Tobe Camp Kakul – 1972. Photo taken by Maj Farooq Rana in 1972.

PMA Drill Square at Kakul, Abbottabad 

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Passing Out Parade at PMA, Kakul, Abbottabad 

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PMA Gymnasium, Kakul, Abbottabad 

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A Road in Abbottabad

Hill Behind Baloch Centre, Abbottabad. The slogan “Ghazi ya Shaheed, Home of Balochis” written on the hill.  

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Ilyasi Mosque, Abbottabad. Ilyasi Mosque was built in 1932 on a natural spring. It was initially built on a smaller piece of land but now it is spread over five kanals. People throng this historical mosque to see its beautiful structure, drink the water of the stream and enjoy the yummy pakoras and tasty fish from a nearby hotel. This place has become a sort of picnic spot for the locals and the visitors from other cities.

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Natural Fountain of Ilyasi Mosque, Abbottabad. This is the Natural Fountain of Ilyasi Masjid. Back in the 1960s it was a natural pool which had lot of fish.

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Panoramic View of  Ilyasi Mosque, Abbottabad 

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An Old Photo of Ilyasi Mosque, Nawan Shehr, Abbottabad

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Mona Lisa Restaurant, Abbottabad 

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Commissioner’s House, Abbottabad

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Town Hall, inside Municipal Gardens, Abbottabad

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Jalal Baba Auditorium. Jalal Baba auditorium, located in the cantonment area of Abbottabad, was built in 1993. The building complex consists of an auditorium that can hold up to 500-700 people, a public library, Abbasin Arts Council, Abbottabad Development Authority, a computer literacy department and a National Book Foundation Centre. It also has a Karate Club.

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Ghora Chowk (Horse Intersection), Abbottabad

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Abbottabad Cricket Ground 

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Pakistan Uzbekistan Friendship House, Prince Bokhara’s Palace, Abbottabad

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Saint Luke’s Church, Abbottabad

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Another Photo of Saint Luke’s Church, Abbottabad

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Swiss Villa of the pastor of Saint Luke’s Church, Abbottabad. This Swiss Villa was built in 1860. One can also see the endangered Labanese cedar trees in the photo.

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Historic Villa of Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum Sahib, near District Jail, AbbottabadPhoto by Environmentalist.

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Front View of District Jail, AbbottabadPhoto by Environmentalist.

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19th Century Bungalow of Civil Surgeon of Hazara, Civil Lines, Abbottabad. Please see black stone masonry, lime mortar, bay windows, dormer windows, unique roof and chiseled stone chimney of this old building. Works Department had declared it “dangerous”  since many years and it must have been demolished by now. Photo by Environmentalist.

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U.S. Helicopter in Osama Bin Laden’s Compound, Abbottabad

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Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad

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Garden of Ayub Medical Complex, Abbottabad

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Frontier Medical College, Abbottabad 

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Army Burn Hall College for Boys, Abbottabad 

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An Aerial View of Army Burn Hall College for Boys, Abbottabad 

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Abbottabad Public School

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BISE (Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education), Abbottabad 

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Pine Hills Public School

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Forest Rest House at Thandiani, Abbottabad. Photo by SaffyH – Uploading Iceland Photo’s. Thandiani, a hill station (Height: about 9000 feet), is located 31 kilometres from Abbottabad city. Here a Sanatorium and various other facilities were set up during the British rule, mostly for the convenience of missionaries, Anglican church personnel and officers stationed at Abbottabad cantonment. It also contained some private European houses, a camping ground, a small bazaar, and the small church of St Xavier.

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Saint Xavier Church, Thandiani, Abbottabad, Pakistan 

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Dilapidated Condition of  Saint Xavier Church at Thandiani, Abbottabad 

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A Bridge near Havelian, Abbottabad

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Abbottabad in 1970Tonga going towards Mona Lisa Restaurant and Lady Gordon’s Garden. Just observe that there are no vehicles on the road and the clump of trees have lined the road. Photo taken from outside the MES Office. Photo by Environmentalist.

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Polo Ground of FF Regiment at Abbottabad, 1938 

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An Old Photo of Cantt Bazar, Abbottabad

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An Old Photo of Abbottabad – 1930. Photo by Environmentalist.

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An Old Photo of Abbottabad City, 1880-90

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Another Old Photo of Abbottabad

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An old View of Abbottabad, 1892

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A Bungalow at Abbottabad in 1880s. Photo by richardasplen.

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A Very Rare Photo of Abbottabad 

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Rare Photo of Main Bazar, Abbottabad in 1875

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An English Bungalow at Abbottabad, 1875 

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General View of Abbottabad Valley in 1860s 

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Sketch of Abbottabad Valley – 1860s. It is the sketch of above photo.

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Captain Mackenzie’s House at Abbottabad- 1865

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An Rare photo of Abbottabad in 1863

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  1. Aziz ur Rehman says:

    Yes, Abbottabad is really a fantastic place, I love it. I 1964 I passed my Secondary School certificate from Abbottabad. I never forget its beauty.

  2. Wow!! Nice pictures. I am Abott Museum employee and want town hall history which is now ABBOTT MUSEUM. Must visit to see Hazara culture. Thanks.

  3. I am sorry but the old portrait photo is NOT of Major James Abbott, it is a later photo of some other person. If you have a proper photo of James Abbott please share and remove this, thanks. Don’t kindly misguide people.

  4. Mussarat Gheba. says:

    It was all sheer nostalgia to go through these pics despite the fact that I’m a resident of this dream town and have chosen it as my abode because of my deep love for the city. Yet it feels like a dream to live and breathe in this town. Its painful to see those rare pics and compare them with today’s town.
    I always wonder that we as a nation are very strange people. We destroy everything and place which is precious and rare…This is exactly what we’ve done with Abbottabad. It is fast losing its natural beauty and architecture…which is being replaced by multi_ storey buildings and plazas…The green cover is gone and it has badly affected the weather pattern in this valley. So our lip service is useless until we stand up and say no to all what destroys the natural beauty of this town. It is quite late but it is never too late.
    So kuch illaj iss ka bhi ae chara garan hai k nahi???

  5. I have seen Abbottabad city from 1980 to 2005. During 1980-86 the city was very peaceful. There were very few vehicles. The only TV channel available was PTV and it used to air only one cartoon in a week. There showed only one Drama at night. Snow, monsoon, autumn, spring, all weathers were wonderful.

  6. Waheed Ahmad Malik says:

    I was born in Abbottabad in 1970 and studied in Army BurnHall from 1975 to 1984. I played hockey & cricket and lived my whole life in Abbottabad and the longest stay out of Abbottabad is 40 days so it is my first love and my Allah knows it is my last too.
    I love Pakistan and love Abbottabad!!

  7. Afzal Shah says:

    Abbottabad is the most beautiful city in the world. Everyone wants to visit Abbottabad and I am very lucky and happy that I am living in Abbottabad. Such a nice and awesome city and I love my city very much.

    • Basharat Hussain Abbasi says:

      I love Abbottabad. I live in Karachi but my real city is Abbottabad ………
      I studied in 4 & 5 class in Abbottabad but I returned to Karachi because of some problems & I will come back to Abbottabad again.

  8. Muhammad Anwar says:

    I love my city Abbottabad very much.

  9. Sardar Mohammad Nazar Saeed says:

    Oh Abbottabad!! I love my city. I was born in this wonderful place. There is not any other place in the world like this. This city has all colors of life. I remember with tears my childhood days which I spent with my cousins in the mountains of this marvelous city. I thought how fast those days past away. I missed those winters when lush white snow-falls from the surrounding, oh what a beautiful memory in my eyes.
    Now whenever I go to my city, I feel pleasant, wonderful and forget all tensions for some days. May Allah (Subhana hu Wataala) make Abbottabad more wonderful and peaceful. Every one should visit this city and see its beauty and hospitality.
    Thanks.

  10. Moosa Bhamjee, Johannesburg South Africa says:

    Lovely pictures of Abbottabad. Certainly brings back wonderful memories of my time at Abbottabad Public School between 1966/1970 I can’t believe how it has developed since I was last there on a visit in 1993 with my family. Looking at these pictures made go down memory lane, Mona Lisa used to be frequented very often and who can forget going to the movies and than a nice meal of kebabs and tikkas with our meagre pocket money. I would certainly visit Abbottabad again soon, Inshallah.

  11. Shakir Khan says:

    “Memories never die”, I really love Abbottabad, my native land which is so beautiful and lush green. A lot more beauty pending here which is not shown in these pictures.

    • Editor says:

      Dear Shakir Khan,
      You are welcome to send beautiful pics of Abbotabad at my email address mentioned in the Post. These will be added in the Post.

  12. Fayaz Qureshi says:

    Nice pictures. It makes me sad when I see indiscriminate destruction around me. We can find refuge in old photos.

  13. Tayyiba says:

    I wish I could visit Abbottabad some day, it’s awesome and beautiful.

  14. I love Abbottabad and I miss it too. Mera bachpan Abbottabad may guzra hai. Agar kissi kay pass HQ Company, PMA, Kakul ki pics hain, tou plz upload kar dain.

  15. My father owned Shiraz General Store on Jinnah Road from 1957 to 1964. I studied in Burn Hall. Those were the best days of my life. Abbottabad was so natural and full of life. I can recall every moment of my life there. Those were the days!

    • I also studied in Burnhall College from 2001 to 2005. But I spent my whole childhood in Abbottabad from 1990 to 2005.
      Kaash woh din phir say waapas aa jaen.

  16. Khalid says:

    Beautiful, tremendous collection. Thanks!!

  17. Javaid Ahmed Turk says:

    I wish I could have lived and seen those old times of this beautiful city of mine.

  18. Adil Awan says:

    I love Abbottabad!!

  19. muhammad imran says:

    i love my city

  20. I love Abbottabad from the core of my heart, awesome beauty in the world!!!

  21. Sardar Amir says:

    I love my Abbottabad. This is a good collection of pics of my city.

  22. I love Abbottabad!!!

  23. Great snaps!! Abbottabad is my Hometown, I miss it.

  24. Safeer Khan says:

    Very very beautiful city, I love Abbottabad.

  25. Asghar Mahmood Ch says:

    Abbottabad is Paradise on earth. I was born and educated in this beautiful city. I am in Saudi Arabia and miss my city every moment. I LOVE AND MISS ABBOTTABAD WITH MY EACH BREATH. Salam to the beauty of Abbottabad.

  26. Turab Saeed says:

    These pics are awesome!!

  27. Mir Asad Ullah says:

    Thank you for these evocative photos . I was born here in 1946 and have witnessed it’s progressive destruction.

    • Hello Asad Ullah,
      I hope you are Mir Asad Ullah who had Edward Silvis from Faribault Minnesota as a teacher in Abbottabad. If you are the same, I am Tom Weaver, Dr. Tom Weaver, a retired medical doctor, as I was born in 1947 in Faribault MN and found letters recently from 1959- 1965 sent from Abbottabad. In Sept of 1960 I received some black and white photos from Mir Asad Ullah, Dr. Mir Safi Ullah – Reg Med Practioner, Abbottabad, Hazara West Paksitan. I would enjoy hearing from you. My email address is tomweaver7747@gmail.com.

      • Mir Asad Ullah says:

        Yes, Tom I am the same guy. I remember your address in Minnesota. It was 425, 3rd Street, Faribault. I never forgot it and have written several letters to this address via US post from Houston. SF Virginia etc. Cheers. You will get a letter from me in a few minutes via email.

  28. Rashad Awan says:

    Good photos of Abbottabad, my city!!

  29. Muhammad Sohrab says:

    Wonderful location.

  30. Thanks dear, nice collection, appreciable efforts.

  31. Riaz Hussain Safvi says:

    Incredible images. Some of these places I had not noticed despite living in the town for two decades.

  32. Thanks for these lovely photos. Includes places where I had my first glass of nimbu pani, went to school, and places where I had a lot of fun in the 60s.

  33. Very nice collection…. my native town…I miss Abbottabad’s natural beauty every day!!

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