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Introducing Mansehra

Tourists don’t pay much attention to Mansehra except to get out and squint at three rocks on the northern outskirts, on which King Ashoka inscribed a set of edicts over 2200 years ago. The bazaar is lively, bearing traces of the town’s history as a Sikh garrison town in the early 19th century. If you can tolerate the gridlocked traffic, it’s a great place for people-watching, with a rich mix of Pashtuns, Punjabis and Kashmiris. The most common language is Pashto, with some Hindko Punjabi.

Mansehra is a major transportation junction for Rawalpindi, Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK), the Kaghan and Swat Valleys, and the KKH.