Atter Shisha: The Charming Place of KPK, Pakistan

Atter Shisha: The Charming Place of KPK, Pakistan

Shisha is a small village in the place of Mansehra District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan.

Historical background of Atter Shisha

The name of this village, Atter Shisha (i.e. lit. ‘Bottle of Attar Scent), originated, in accordance to a attractive regional legend, when the Mughal Queen Nur Jahan was passing by en route to the state of Kashmir and stopping at this site during her short stay, dropping a costly and beautiful perfume bottle here; and thenceforth, this place was termed after this bottle.


Atter Shisha is located at a height of 1,425 m (4765 feet) above the level of sea and encircled by refreshing green hills and it is located on the New Naran Highway (Silk Route) towards the country of China and 12 kilometers from Mansehra city. It is believed to be well-cultivated, with considerable agricultural task.

Population and people

The entire population of Atter Shisha and its environs (a cluster of smaller villages and hamlets) was assumed to be 131,000 in accordance to the Census of Pakistan, 2007. Hindko is the primary language here, being utilized by 60.45 percent of the total population, while the users of other languages are: Urdu 26.05 percent, Pushto 8.20 percent and Punjabi 5.30 percent.

The Common dress of the persons are Shalwar Qamiz, however government authorities and students also wear trousers and coats. Turbans, Karakul caps and ‘Patti’ caps are desirably worn by the locals. Men mostly wear waistcoats over Shalwar Qamiz. Women’s dresses are also very simple and contain Shalwar Qamiz, with Dupatta or Chadder scarves as the proposed head-covering.

The food of locals of the Town is very decent andd simple. Maize, wheat and rice are often eaten everywhere. Home-made Ghee and Lassi are also used by the regional folk.

Huge majority of the population 60 percent relies upon agriculture for their subsistence. Although, income from the occupation of agriculture is too meager to support the population. As a outcome, several people have found work in other cities of the country or left for overseas. Other small professions to which locals have taken to, involve those of blacksmiths, cobblers, goldsmiths, weavers, barbers, laborers etc.

The place was heavily affected during the year of 2005 Earthquake in the state of Kashmir and the Hazara area.




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