ABOUT NEW MURREE
Situated in the Northern Punjab Region of Pakistan, New Murree, also known as Patriata, is a beautiful hill station situated in Rawalpindi District. It is approximately 15 km from Murree hill. This area is 7500 feet above sea level and serves as one of the most favourable tourist retreats in the country. As this place is close to Islamabad and Rawalpindi, residents of the twin cities love to spend weekends here.
There is an interesting story about the origin of the hill station’s name. Legend has it that a foreigner visited Patriata and saw an old woman carrying a pot of flour on her head. As she couldn’t speak English, when asked for directions by a foreigner, the old woman assumed he was asking for some flour to which she replied in Punjabi, “Puttar Atta?” meaning “would you like some flour?” And since then the place was called Pathriata or as we now know it Patriata.
Due to cooler climatic conditions tourists consider this an ideal vacation spot. One of the main attractions of this hill station is the Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab (TDCP) resort in Gulehra Gali, where people can ride chairlifts and enjoy a breathtaking view of the scenic Murree hills.
Patriata has all the basic amenities and facilities available for the people. With hospitals, parks, and bazaars, the residents of New Murree can find just about anything they wish for in this locality.
AT A GLANCE
- Home to the TDCP Resort
- Newly built residential plots with basic amenities
- Surrounded by the scenic views of Murree hills
- Perfect location for people who love to live close to nature
- Less than 2-hour drive from Islamabad
- Home to the Patriata Chair Lifts Resort
FACILITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
Public Transport in and near New Murree
As Patriata is a tourist location, people prefer to drive their own cars from nearby cities to spend their holidays. This is why most people commute to this location in their 4x4 vehicles as this hill station is at a higher altitude.
For the locals of New Murree, there are public transportation options such as buses, taxi services and rickshaws that can help them move about within the area. The nearest bus stop is less than 30 minutes away from the hill station where people can easily catch a ride to the nearest location.
Some of the bus stops near New Murree include the Bandi bus stop, Daewoo Bus Service, Khalabut Bus stop, Butti Wala Morr Bus Stop, Sumbal Gali Bus stop and Barrier Bus stop, all of which are at a less than 1-hour distance from this tourist spot.
Markets in and near New Murree
New Murree has a number of different market places. This includes the famous New Murree Bazaar and the Surasi Bazar. These market areas have a variety of shops that offer clothing, jewellery and cultural artefacts. Visitors can buy locally made products as souvenirs for their loved ones.
Apart from these busy market, there are general stores within the area for locals where tourists to go grocery shopping. Some of the popular grocery stores in the locality are Awami Metro Cash and Carry shop, Al-Hassan General Store and Nomi Karyana store.
Mosques and Churches in and near New Murree
The locals of New Murree conveniently have many different mosques at walkable distances. The closest mosque is just a few minutes' walk from the Patriata Chair Lift Resort, making it easier for the residents of Patriata to fulfil their religious obligations.
To name a few mosques found in Patriata, you have Jamia Masjid Noor-al-Islam, Jamia Masjid Golhra Gali, Jamia ishaat-e-Islam, Ghosia Mosque, Masjid Al-Hayat and Mukhtar Masjid,all of which are at a driving distance of approximately 1.5 km.
Other than mosques, New Murree also has churches in the nearby areas namely The Holy Trinity Church, The Church on Khaqan Abassi Road and Our Lady of Sorrows church on Khalid Road. All of these churches can be reached in less than an hour.
Schools, Colleges And Universities in and near New Murree
Education plays a vital role in the development of a learned community. Patriata has an abundance of schools and colleges located within a 20 km radius of the area.
Notable names include the Government Boys Primary School in Galharah Gali, Misali Public Boys Higher Secondary School on Surasi Road, Green Cambridge School System & College in Norang Behak, Charehan, Cadet College Murree, Lawrence College and the PAF College near Lower Topa.
Banks in and near New Murree
Having an ATM or a bank at a short distance is considered a blessing for residents and tourists alike. Considering a place like New Murree, which receives a large number of travellers around the year, the abundance of ATM is truly convenient.
It is reassuring to see that major banks like HBL, Allied Bank, Bank AlFalah, United Bank Limited, Askari Bank, Bank Islami and many others are fully operational in this part of Pakistan. This makes it possible for the residents as well as visitors of Patriata to avail their financial services with ease.
Apart from other banks in the New Murree locality, HBL Patriata is the most commonly used bank as it is at a walking distance from the Patriata Chair Lifts.
Clinics and Hospitals in and near New Murree
Nobody prefers to live in a area that lacks basic medical facilities. A society’s survival is based on the idea that there should be basic health units, clinics and hospitals where an individual can go and get proper healthcare services as needed.
New Murree has an adequate number of hospitals and clinics to ensure healthcare facilities are available for the community. One of the popular health units in New Murree is the Basic Health Unit Charhan, just a 3-minute walk from the popular tourist resort.
For residents, with serious medical conditions or emergencies there are hospitals like Raheem Baksh Medical Center (RBMC) General Hospital, Shifa International Hospital on Pitrus Bukhari Road and Bilal Hospital on Sadiqabad Road which can be reached in less than an hour as the highways are not congested with traffic.
PROPERTIES IN New Murree
Sales Price Trends in New Murree
Houses for Sale in New Murree
New Murree offers a multitude of housing options including 5 marla, 10 marla and 20 marla homes. For fully furnished 5 marla houses, buying price ranges from PKR 45 lakh to PKR 90 lakh. While the buying price for a 10 marla house ranges from PKR 75 lakh all the way up to PKR 2.25 crore. Similarly, a 1 kanal unit will cost you PKR 4 crore.
PLOTS FOR SALE IN NEW MURREE
There are various plots available for sale in New Murree. 5 marla plots start at just PKR 8 lakh to PKR 30 lakh, whereas the starting price for 10 marla plots is PKR 15 lakh and goes all the way up to PKR 32 lakh. For people interested in 1 kanal plots in New Murree these start at PKR 25 lakh and range up to PKR 75 lakh.
Rent Price Trends in New Murree
Houses for Rent in New Murree
As Patriata is more of a tourist attraction than a residential locality, people often prefer hotels and motels to house rentals. That being said, there are a couple of 5 to 10 marla properties available on rent for those who wish to live in a peaceful neighbourhood with a picturesque view.
Being a small town, Patriata does not have many commercial properties as of right now. However, as the tourism industry is flourishing in Pakistan, there is a possibility that soon there will be commercial properties available for rent or sale.
Most Popular Areas to Buy or Rent In MURREE
As per Zameen’s recent stats, localities like New Murree, Murree Expressway, Bhurban and Ayubia Road were among the top searched trends for property buyers. The infographic below shows the most trending areas to buy property in Murree.
Moreover, the rental trends near the city of Murree show that locations like Bhurban, Kashmir point, Cecil Resorts, Mall Road and New Murree are among the top searches for places to rent. The infographic below shows a trend of most rented properties in Murree.
SHOPPING, RESTAURANTS, AND BAKERIES
Malls in and near New Murree
Shopping malls have become an integral part of the modern lifestyle. They provide a one-stop solution to all our shopping needs. Luckily, there are numerous malls in and near Patriata. The Millennium Mall on Mall Road is 50 minutes away from the area. There is Jekkah Gali, just half an hour away from the locality.
Moreover, here are mobile shops, electric hardware stores, and travel agencies - all within walking distance for the locals.
Residents of New Murree also have the option to visit the Centaurus Mall in Islamabad, which is approximately a 2-hour commute from the hill station.
Restaurants and Bakeries in and near New Murree
For food lovers, New Murree offers an array of restaurants and bakeries - from 4 star restaurants like Khurram Kabana, New Murree Restaurant, Lintott’s Restaurant to 5 star eateries like Pimiento Grill.
All of the aforementioned places offer a variety of cuisines, from traditional BBQ dishes to continental cuisines, and are less than an hour drive away. Some of them are within walking distance while others are just a short drive. For foreigners who would like to have Italian food, there is Italian Pizza located 20 minutes away from Patriata.
Apart from restaurants, people who love to eat delicious cakes and desserts have access to some amazing bakeries. Famous bakeries near New Murree include Star Bakery, Alpine Bakery, Rahat Bakers, Abbassi Bakers, and Noor bakers, etc. Similar to restaurants, all of the bakeries mentioned above are within a 30 km radius of Patriata, making it possible to commute back and forth in an hour.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Sports Facilities and Fitness Centres in and near New Murree
New Murree is surrounded by different gyms and fitness centres. The availability and proximity of such facilities encourages people to stay fit and maintain an active lifestyle. Patriata Shareef, which is a minute walk from the Patriata Chair lifts, offers physical fitness programs for everyone who is interested in keeping their body in shape. The activities include horse riding, hiking, snowboarding and skiing in winter.
MCM gym, Kinetix and Malik fitness centre are a few more names with the latest exercise equipment and qualified instructors. All of these places are accessible by car and can be reached within an hour.
Parks in and near New Murree
Since New Murree is located in the Northern Punjab, the locality is filled with scenic parks and forests for the visitors to have a great time with their friends and loved ones.
Some iconic parks include Shaheedan Park, Forest Park Bansra, Murree Wildlife Park and Sangseri Children Park. For nature enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies, these parks have different pathways you can hike and explore beautiful panoramic views from a higher altitude.
The best part about all these parks is the distance from Patriata. Anybody who wishes to visit these parks can reach there in about 30-40 minutes by car.
Salons and Spas in and near New Murree
For styling purposes, Hemall Beauty Parlour and Kabeer Hair Dresser are two most popular salons in the vicinity. All the beauty salons near Patriata are at a driving distance of less than 2-hours and provide the best beauty and grooming services.
Cinemas in and near New Murree
Being a natural retreat, Patriata does not have any cinemas within the area. The closest cinema from town is the Centaurus Cineplex in Islamabad which is about an hour and 30-minutes’ drive via the Islamabad-Murree Expressway.
Other cinemas located near New Murree include The Arena, Cinepax, JFC Cineplex, Riaha Cineplex Gold. Bear in mind that all these cinemas are about 2 hours’ drive.
Situated approximately two hours away from Islamabad, Patriata is in the heart of Murree. It is at a driving distance of 1 hour from Ayubia via Abbottabad Road and about 40 minutes from Bhurban via Khaqan Abassi Road, which makes it easier for the residents of New Murree to visit these places.
Towards the Lower Topa side, Sozo Adventure Park can be reached within 20 minutes via the Islamabad-Murree Expressway or through N-75 highway. This amusement park offers a bulk load of fun rides for kids.
Further up north is a beautiful viewpoint called Kashmir Point - another popular site just a 35 minutes’ drive from New Murree via Muzaffarabad Road. This location lures tourists in the winters where travellers can go and enjoy the scenic beauty of the mountains of Kashmir.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
As a nature lover’s paradise, New Murree is a prime location for individuals who love to explore the landscapes of Pakistan and spend time close to nature. However, it may not offer the solitude one can find in the Northern Areas beyond Murree. Since it is a hill station and a lot of nearby facilities are at a driving distance of an hour or more, having a car would be a prerequisite.
On the contrary, for home seekers who are looking for a place with a tranquil environment and would like to wake up to the gorgeous views of the Murree hills every morning, Patriata would be the right decision. There is no shortage of water supply or electricity in the area, which makes it even more liveable.
Importance of New Murree from major locations nearby
- Murree Safari Train Station is about 44 minutes away
- Nathia Gali is about 48 km away
- Bhurban is just 43 minutes away
- Islamabad international airport is just 2 hours away
- Sozo Adventure Park is just 20 minutes away