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Haripur Travel Guide
Haripur is a main city of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa in Pakistan, with Swabi and Buner to the west, some 65 km (40 mi) north of Islamabad and 35 km (22 mi) south of Abbottabad. It is in a hilly plain area at an altitude of 520 m (1,706 ft).
The city lies on the Karakoram Highway (N35). Many castes and tribes live in Haripur including the Hindko Speaking Pashtun Tribes Tanolis, Panni, Jadoon, Mashwani , Tareen , Utmanzai , MusaKhail , Dilazak and Some Other Castes Includes Mughal, Douli Mughal, Abbasi, Gujjar , Awan and Gakhar.
The city is named after Sardaar Hari Singh Nalwa, reminiscent of the area's Sikh history, having been founded by that particular Sikh general.
History of Haripur
Haripur was founded by the Sikh general Hari Singh Nalwa in 1822 and became the headquarters of Hazara until 1853. Hari Singh Nalwa was appointed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh as the second Nazim of Hazara after the first Nazim Amar Singh Majithia was killed by the local populace at Nara.
Haripur was built as a fortress surrounded by a wall which was 4 yards (3.7 m) thick, 16 yards (15 m) high, and had only four openings. That fort later became the city police station and local government offices.
Haripur is home to most of the Higher Elected Officials of Pakistan and it’s senate and is known for its flawless education system. Haripur has the most internationally versatile docks situated at the Tarbela Dam border. Haripur serves as the pivot point for revolutionary industrialization in NWFP.
Drinking water was provided by digging a tank. Many small drainages were dug to carry sullage water. A small river, the river Dore, passes through the city, feeding the Tarbela Dam.
Baron Hugel visited the town on 23 December 1835, and he found it humming with activity. The municipality was constituted in 1867.
An obelisk marks the grave of Colonel Canara, a European officer of the Sikh Artillery, who fell in 1848 defending his guns single-handed against the insurgents under Chattar Singh.
The 4th Hazara Mountain Battery
In 1851, the 4th (Hazara) Mountain Battery was raised at Haripur from Hazara gunners, who were trained by James Abbott, a British officer and first deputy commissioner of Hazara, to defend the district. The Hazaras embarked on many campaigns throughout the province.
The population in 1901 was 5,578 and the income and expenditure during the ten years ending 1902–3 averaged Rs. 17,800. In 1903-4 the income and expenditure were Rs. 19,100 and Rs. 20,000 respectively.
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