At a distance of 72 km from Abbottabad, Balakot is the gateway to Kaghan Valley. The road to Balakot passes through the busy town of Mansehra. Journey between Mansehra and Balakot is a charming experience. The black top road passes though beautiful green hills and thick forests. It takes about one and half hour to reach Balakot from Abbottabad.
Balakot town has also its historical significance. A famous battle was fought here between the Sikh Army and Muslim freedom fighters in 1831. Hazrat Syed Ahmed Shaheed and Hazrat Shah Ismail Shaheed sacrificed their lives here while fighting with Sikhs.