Thandiani means “cold” in the local language. Therefore being a cool place it got the name of “Thandiani”. It is 2700 meters above sea level on a small plateau surrounded by pine forests. This beautiful spot can easily be approached from Abbottabad, which is 24 km away. It is totally unspoiled and has the loveliest of views of all the hill stations of Pakistan. The scenery here is breathtaking and superb.
Thandiani was established as a Sanatorium during British rule, for the convenience of officers stationed at the neighboring cantonment of Abbottabad, it contained some European houses and a small bazaar, which were occupied only during the summer months.
Mountains around Thandiani are thickly forested. Local wildlife include leopards, monkeys, pheasants and the flying squirrel.