Haripur is a green valley, rich in fruits
and vegetables, and serves as the base
market for the mountainous cities of
Abbottabad and Mansehra and the rest
of Hazara Division. The main language
spoken in Haripur is Hindko, which is
related to languages like Punjabi,
Potohari, Gojri and Urdu. Haripur is
famous for its guavas . Khanpur, one of
the main areas of Haripur, is famous for
its red blood oranges. Haripur is the
main town of Haripur District, one of
the five districts that used to comprise
Hazara Division - namely Haripur,
Abbottabad, Mansehra, Batagram and
Several miles to the south of Haripur lies the ancient Buddhist
university town of Taxila. To the north is the world's largest rockfilled
dam, the Tarbela Dam, the bulwark of Pakistan's power generation and
irrigation system. Also to the south lies the picturesque Khanpur Dam,
which supplies drinking water to Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
Close to the city of Haripur also lies the industrial area of Hattar.
Another major industrial complex lying at the outskirts of the city is
the Telephone Industries of Pakistan (TIP), the biggest telephone
factory in Asia. Located just next to TIP is National
Radio Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC).
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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 Sikh leader Ranjit Singh as the second Nazim of
Hazara after the first Nazim Amar Singh Majithia was killed by the
local populace at Nara.