Mesmerising Nathiagali in Winters


I can give a million reasons why I love Galiyaat especially Nathiagali. But for this post maybe I'll skip the text part and focus more on the visuals. My love for Galiyaat developed and grew because of two main reasons: my love for travel and my best friend, both of us being travel bugs! Since I reside in Islamabad, it is fairly easy to plan a trip without much, and at times, any preparations at all! Without exaggerating I can say I visit these Galiyaats almost 3-4 times a year; both in summers and in winters. Nathiagali in particular since it is not thronged by as many tourists as the nearby hill station Murree is. Nathigali is a calm place and gives you an immense feeling of being close to nature. Forested with Pine, Oak, Maple and Walnut trees, it truely is a little piece of heaven for a nature lover like myself. I believe I can never get tired of this place ever.๐Ÿ’—

A magical winter wonderland..
A rainy drive means it is already snowing at Galiyaat.
And then it starts to snow mid way!
KPK - The land of hospitality
Beautiful drive through out..
Piles and piles of fresh snow everywhere ..
Around Changlagali enroute Nathiagali..
Road conditions get really tricky at alot of points in winters - only for expert drivers!

๐Ÿ”น Getting There
Typically our trip starts with basic car checks. Fuel, tyre pressure, a few minor checks, extra tyre, chains etc. Our typical trip starts from Kashmir Chowk in Islamabad towards Bhara Kahu till we reach Satra Meel (approx 13 kms). Onwards you have the choice of going via either Kashmir Road or Islamabad Murree Expressway. We usually take the Islamabad Murree Expressway N75 which is a longer route but a very comfortable drive and very scenic.

๐Ÿ”น What we Pack
Weather in Nathiagali remains cool and pleasant throughout the year. Summers or winters we always take warm clothes with us whenever we visit Galiyaat. During day time in summers weather is really pleasant but as soon as the sun starts to set it starts getting cold! In winters temperatures will easily go below freezing even during the day. So the best thing to do is pack some warm clothes regardless of the weather especially extra pair of socks, a water-proof jacket as it can rain, a warm cap or hoodie, boots or waterproof sneakers, gloves and scarf etc. Pick and choose what makes you feel more comfortable. I always prefer knee length socks, sneakers and winter jacket.

๐Ÿ”น Where we Stay
We always prefer staying at private cottages because it feels more like a home and less like a hotel. However there are plently of options to stay in at Nathigali. Hotels, rest houses, cottages all are available with basic facilities. During peak season, it is always a good idea to book in advance to avoid not staying at a place of your choice or facilities or budget. You will also find many affordable options in Nathiagali bazaar.

๐Ÿ”น What we Eat
Since we are slightly picky about food, we almost always opt for butter chicken with fried rice since we feel it satisfies our tastebuds the most. Summer or winter soups are also a must while in Nathiagali since the whole atmosphere and weather makes you crave for it even more. We love having tea or coffee from roadside vendors whenever we step out for a drive or a stroll.

Best flavor ever..
All time favorite - Butter Chicken. 
And off course lots of tea...

๐Ÿ”น What we Do
We love to be around nature so we spend most of the time outdoors either driving around or going for a walk or hike. The Nathiagali Bazaar is a great place to walk around and grab a cup of coffee, tea or even Kashmiri Chai. I always manage to buy good quality shawls for my mom and friends every time I visit. You can also find traditional clothes, handbags, decorations etc on affordable prices. Mushkpuri Hike is a wonderful way to challenge your fitness. We managed to make it to the top in around an hour. You also have the option to drive down to Dungagali and take the Pipeline Walk which is an easy 3.5 km track with breathtaking views. St. Matthews Church is another landmark standing the test of time. Made entirely of wood almost 100 years ago, it is a remnant from the days of the British. It can be reached after a steep hike from main Nathigali bazaar. Take a stroll from the church to the Governor House to enjoy the calm of nature and beautiful landscape. There's much more to discover while in Nathigali thus do so on a slow pace.

I've spoken enough already, lets watch more photos and I am sure you will fall in love with this winter wonderland. 

Untouched white carpet of snow everywhere!
100 year old wooden St Matthews Church
Super clean tyres, thanks to driving in fresh, clean snow..
Every evening you will witness the most magical sunset..
In peak season this is how your way back home will be like..

๐Ÿ”น What about you?
I hope you enjoyed the post; it was really refreshing to go through all these photos of beautiful landscape of Galiyaat. Have you been to Nathiagali or any of the Galiyaat? How was your experience? 
Leave a comment below and let me know. 

Disclaimer: All photos in this post are mine taken by me via my phone and DSLR camera. 

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What a classic! Had to get this one as a souvenir. 
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The 10 Best Beauty Looks from the #Oscars2016

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Hi PrettyGlossBlog readers!

Oscars 2016 red carpet was as glittery and star studded as you can imagine!
It was such a glamorous treat to watch polished hair, makeup and finest gowns.
Here are 10 looks that I personally found the best,
let me know which ones you liked the most.

1. Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive
2. Margot Robbie in Tom Ford
3. Daisy Ridley in Chanel
4. Brie Larson in Gucci
5. Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton
6. Jennifer Lawrence in Dior
7. Olivia Wilde in Valentino
8. Julianna Moore in Chanel
9. Olivia Munn in Stella McCartney
10. Kate Winslet in Ralph Lauren

And Leonardo DiCaprio finally wins an Oscar for 
Best Actor in The Revenant breaking his longstanding Oscar curse!
I cant be more glad to see him with Kate Winslet making it a nearly perfect night 
- more like a Jack and Rose reunion.
Kate Winslet however lost her Oscar to Olivia Vikander.

Well done Jack and Rose!
I can never forget you two on the Titanic.
Photo Courtesy: Vogue

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Mandarin, Clove & Cinnamon Scented Candle | #Holidays2015

Mandarin, Clove & Cinnamon Scented Candle
Mandarin, Clove & Cinnamon Scented Candle
Mandarin, Clove & Cinnamon Scented Candle

Hi PrettyGlossBlog readers!

One of my favorite (and affordable) home decor items from my #Christmas2015 shopping is the Mandarin, Clove & Cinnamon Scented Candle from Marks & Spenser. As the New Year #2016 is just a day away I thought it was the best time to light up this beautiful candle and feel relaxed during this holiday season.

Mandarin, Clove & Cinnamon are the scents which have always been associated with Christmas and the holiday season. Warm winter aromas of spice cinnamon, peppery cloves, nutmeg and zesty sweet mandarin bring much need comfort and cheer to these cold days and nights. Looking at the peaceful candle nicely lit on my bedside is such a treat. I love to snuggle in my bed with a book in hand and can spend an entire day like that. What I love most about this candle is that it is hand filled with selected decorative natural botanical which are slightly visible through the candle wax. Not to forget the beautiful aroma of this candle while lit, has amazing aromatherapy properties. It works wonders for me! At a price tag of £ 7.50 £ 3.50this candle is a beautiful decor item for your space.  

Which was your favorite holiday candle this year?

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Mandarin, Clove & Cinnamon Scented Glitter Tealights | #Christmas2015

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Hi Lovelies,

In the last post I shared how I spent (maybe a bit too much) on Christmas decor online this year. One of the things that I really wanted to have for decoration this time around are scented candles! I love scented candles - so much so that I am not too sure if I would pick a favorite perfume or a scented candle if I come across such a situation; it will be that difficult to decide! Scented candles have such amazing aromatherapy properties and these work wonders for me! Next time you cannot decide what to buy for your lovely lady, try a scented candle.

Mandarin, Clove & Cinnamon Scented Glitter Tealights
Mandarin, Clove & Cinnamon Scented Glitter Tealights
Mandarin, Clove & Cinnamon Scented Glitter Tealights
Mandarin, Clove & Cinnamon Scented Glitter Tealights
Mandarin, Clove & Cinnamon Scented Glitter Tealights
Mandarin, Clove & Cinnamon Scented Glitter Tealights

I came across these super adorable Mandarin, Clove and Cinnamon Scented Glitter Tealights with red glitter at Marks & Spencer online. They also had Frankincense and Myrrh Scented Glitter Tealights which had gold glitter on them as well as Winter Scented Glitter Tealights with silver glitter. I personally liked red ones as these went with my Christmas tree red baubles and rest of the decoration theme around the house. Red is also a very radiant and warm color and that is what I wanted, to create a cosy ambiance around the house. And, did I mention these smell like heaven!? Though I do adore the fragrance of Frankincense as well, I believe the beautiful aroma of zesty sweet Mandarin, peppery Cloves and spice Cinnamon is a very comforting which really set the mood as this is one of the signature Christmas scents. Once lit, these are relaxing yet festive to look at and a wonderful way to cheer up during these cold days and nights. Mandarin, Clove and Cinnamon Scented Glitter Tealights come in a pack of twenty and at £ 5.00 is a really good purchase.
Which candles have you bought?

You can purchase these ONLINE here

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