2001 - Travel Pakistan

Kel Valley Azad Jammu Kashmir

Hunza Valley in Autumn

K-2 Siren of the Himalayas

Malam Jabba Swat Valley

Shangrilla Resort Skardu

Kohe Safed FATA

Passu Cones Gilgit-Baltistan

Dec 30, 2001

Top 5 historical buildings of Gilgit-Baltistan

The Gilgit-Baltistan region is one of the most spectacular regions of Pakistan. Historically, the area has remained a flash point of political and military rivalries amongst the Russian, British and Chinese empires. Immediately after the end of British rule in the sub-continent in 1947, the people of this region decided to join Pakistan through a popular local revolt against the government of Maharaja of Kashmir. Therefore, the architecture design in Gilgit-Baltistan has the combined taste of all these regions. 

There is a  dozen of forts in Gilgit-Baltistan because the region had been under the control of the Rajas (Monarchs) from Mughal era to the end of Maharaja rule. During the Mughal and Maharaja reigns, they use to appoint a Raja for every region which would be about a district size of nowadays. The Raja was the central authority of the region and he used to collect taxes and run the governance. Therefore every Raja would have a fort. Although there are a number of forts in the region but the following are prominent and famous forts. 
To see the detail just click on the titles given.
                                                          Kharphocho Fort Skardu

Oct 19, 2001

Rama Lake Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

Rama Lake is a beautiful and spectacular lake in Gilgit-Baltistan of Pakistan. The lake is on the east face of Nanga Parbat (9th Highest peak in the world). The surrounding landscape of the lake is very charming and stunning, hugely forested with cedar, fir and juniper trees.

The lake is also used as the camping site by the trekkers and climbers, as the eastern face of Nanga Parbat is accessible from here.

Oct 16, 2001

Chaukundi Tombs of Karachi, Pakistan

Chaukundi is a place at a distance of 29 km from from the Karachi city. The place is famous for its peculiar kind of tombs with exquisite sandstone carvings.  
The Chaukhandi graveyard spreads over an area of two square miles and contains tombs of certain warriors of Saloch (probably Baloach) families settled in this area probably during the 17th and 18th centuries A.D. Owing to the scarcity of dated inscriptions on Chaukhandi tombs, it its difficult to assign exact dates to them. The tombs are built on raised platforms in a pyramids form with decorative stone slabs covered in relief with human and figurative designs. Most of the tombs represent family graveyards and only a few are placed under pillar canopies finished in Hindu style. The carvings on some of the male graves show a horseman with his arms; shield, sword, bow and arrow. The carvings on women’s graves represent ornaments such as bracelets, necklaces, rings, anklets, etc. Also in case of male graves, a boss shaped projection provided at the northern end intends to hold the turban of the deceased.

Oct 13, 2001

Causes of Tourism Downfall in Pakistan

Pakistan has blessed by the God with a unique landscape in the world having all kind of landscapes, mountains, deserts, sea, plains and rivers.
Below is a brief description of the landscapes of the Pakistan:

  1. It has the largest mountain ranges of the world: Himalaya, Karakorum, and Hindukush.
  2. It is home to the five eight-thousanders of the world, ( Eight-thousanders are those mountains in the world which have a height of more than 8,000 meters).
  3. It is home to the some of the oldest civilizations sites of the world: Mehargarh, Harappa and Mohenjo Daro.
  4. The 2nd highest peak of the world K-2 is found here.
  5. The largest glacier in the world outside the polar region, Baltoro Glacier is found in Pakistan.
  6. Highest Plain of the world, Deosai National Park is in Pakistan.
  7. 8th wonder of the world, Karakorum Highway is located in the Gilgit-Baltistan of Pakistan.
  8. Highest army battleground in the world, Siachen Glacier is in Pakistan.
  9. It's home to the some of the highest freshwater lakes in the world.
Therefore million of tourist worldwide visits this heaven land to enjoy and make their life memorable. But due to some unfavorable incidents during the last decade has rapidly turned down the inflow of the tourist which has an adverse effect on the tourism sector in Pakistan.A significant reduction in the tourist inflow has observed in last decade to present causing the death of tourism in Pakistan.

Oct 12, 2001

Pir Chinasi Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Pakistan

Pir Chinasi is a hill station in the Muzaffarabad district of Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. It is sighted 30 kilometers from Muzaffarabad and linked through a metal topped road. Situated at a height of 2,895 meters (9,500 ft) above sea level, the site presents its visitors with breathtaking views of nature's beauty. Due to its lush green plains, magnificent weather and charming landscapes tourists from all over the world love to visit this place. 
This place was named after a famous saint of the area known as Pir Shah Hussain Bukhari. After he passed away, this area is visited by the number of his followers and lovers.

The surrounding area covered with pine and oak trees presents a heart touching and spectacular scene.

Jul 31, 2001

Government High School No. 1 Skardu

Government High School #1 is one of the oldest institutions of Skardu city, that is why it is know as High School #1. Although according to some sources the history of the school goes back to pre-partition of Pakistan and India, when it was the only school in Baltistan division under the control of Muharajas of Kashmir, (Kashmir was comprised of four divisions, Ladakh, Kargil, Baltistan and Gilgit). 

But after the affiliation of Gilgit-Baltistan with Pakistan the school became a registered school of Federal Govt of Pakistan in 1974. Since then it has been spreading the knowledge in Baltistan region. Being a pioneer institution of Baltistan most of the officers and heads of the Institutions of different sectors in Baltistan belongs to this school, although now a days the enrollment rate has receded because of the increasing number of the private institutions. 
The school is affiliated with Karakorum International Board.

Jun 10, 2001

Harappa Pakistan (Indus valley civilization)

Harappa is a large city of the Indus Civilization, and one of the best-known sites in Pakistan, located on the bank of the Ravi River in Punjab Province.

This early urban archaeological site was occupied between about 3300 and 1500 BC. Harappa includes an area of about 250 acres, and may be about twice that, given that much of the site has been covered by the flooding of the Ravi. Intact structural remains include those of a citadel, a granary, and two cemeteries. The mud adobe bricks of significant architectural remains were robbed in antiquity.

Mohenjo-daro Sindh Pakistan | | Indus valley civilization | | Oldest living sites of the world

Mohenjo-Daro Mound of the Dead is an archeological site in the province of Sindh, Pakistan. Built around 2600 BCE, it was one of the largest settlements of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization, and one of the world's earliest major urban settlements, contemporaneous with the civilizations of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Crete. Mohenjo-Daro was abandoned in the 19th century BCE and was not rediscovered until 1922. Significant excavation has since been conducted at the site of the city, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.


Mohenjo-Daro is located in the Larkana District of Sindh, Pakistan, on a Pleistocene ridge in the middle of the floodplain of the Indus River Valley, around 28 kilometers (17 mi) from the town of Larkana. The ridge was prominent at the time of the Indus Valley Civilization, allowing the city to stand above the surrounding plain, but the flooding of the river has since buried most of the ridge in deposited silt. The site occupies a central position between the Indus River and the Ghaggar-Hakra River. The Indus still flows to the east of the site, but the riverbed of the Ghaggar-Hakra on the western side is now dry.

Jun 9, 2001

Nathia Gali Abbotabad Pakistan

Nathiagali is located 34 km away from Abbottabad, easily reachable within one hour and is close to Murree,, another popular hillstation.  The nearest major airport to Nathiagali is in Islamabad. The best months for climbing are in May, June, July and August. During the summer temperatures are pleasant. From April 15th till September 15th is the monsoon season when unexpected storms and hail can bring chilly weather.

The hill resort is located in the lower Himalayan range at an altitude of 8,205 feet or 2501 m.  Walnut, Oak, and Maple trees as well as pines add to the tranquility of this serene place. Take a leisure stroll through pine forests or hike the many trails.  For the more exploratory souls take a long trek to Mushkpuri 2,800 meters high or for the even more adventuresome trek 6 to 7 hours both ways, on a path that leads to Miranjani Hill 2,960 meters high.

Ayubia National Park KPK Pakistan

Ayubia National Park (shortened as Ayubia) is a protected area of 3,312 hectares (8,184 acres) located in Abbottabad District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, northern Pakistan. It was declared a national park in 1984. Ayubia was named after the late Muhammad Ayub Khan (1958–1969), second President of Pakistan. The area supports temperate coniferous forest and temperate broadleaf and mixed forest ecoregion habitats, with an average elevation of 8,000 feet (2,400 m) above the sea level.

Ayubia National Park is surrounded by seven major villages and four small towns of Thandiani, Nathiagali, Ayubia and Khanpur. The park has been developed as a resort complex from a combination of four mini resorts of Khaira Gali, Changla Gali, Khanspur and Ghora Dhaka in Galyat. Currently, it is managed by the Wildife and Parks Department of Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Tourist Attractions

Standing at some 26 kilometers from the tourist hotbed of Murree Hill Station, over 100,000 tourists flock to Ayubia National Park and the places around every year. It is well known for its picnic spots.
Since there are 7 villages and 4 major towns around it, and since this area attracts a very large number of tourists annually, there is a large number of hotels and restaurants around the park. In addition to riding trails, hiking places, picnic spots and motels, there is a chairlift in the central place of Ayubia that takes the tourists to a nearby summit for a view of the forested hills. This chairlift was the first recreation facility of its kind in Pakistan and is still a major attraction for domestic tourists. The famous PTDC motel is located here.

Badshahi Mosque Lahore

The Badshahi Mosque or the 'Royal Mosque' in Lahore, commissioned by the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1671 and completed in 1673, is the second largest mosque in Pakistan and South Asia and the fifth largest mosque in the world. Epitomizing the beauty, passion, and grandeur of the Mughal era, it is Lahore's most famous landmark and a major tourist attraction.

To appreciate its large size, the four minarets of the Badshahi Mosque are 13.9 ft (4.2 m) taller than those of the Taj Mahal and the main platform of the Taj Mahal can fit inside the 278,784 sq ft (25,899.9 m2) courtyard of the Badshahi Mosque, which is the largest mosque courtyard in the world.

Tourist Attractions:

Like the character of its founder, the mosque is bold, vast and majestic in its expression. It was the largest mosque in the world for a long time. The interior has rich embellishment in stucco tracery (Manbatkari) and paneling with a fresco touch, all in bold relief, as well as marble inlay.

The exterior is decorated with stone carving as well as marble inlay on red sandstone, especially of lots from motifs in bold relief. The embellishment has Indo-Greek, Central Asian and Indian architectural influence both in technique and motifs.
The skyline is furnished by beautiful ornamental merlons inlaid with marble lining adding grace to the perimeter of the mosque. In its various architectural features like the vast square courtyard, the side aisles (dalans), the four corner minarets, the projecting central transept of the prayer chamber and the grand entrance gate, is summed up the history of development of mosque architecture of the Muslim world over the thousand years prior to its construction in 1673.
The north enclosure wall of the mosque was laid close to the Ravi River bank, so a majestic gateway could not be provided on that side and, to keep the symmetry the gate had to be omitted on the south wall as well. Thus a four aiwan plan like the earlier Delhi Jamia Masjid could not be adopted here. The walls were built with small kiln-burnt bricks laid in kankar, lime mortar (a kind of hydraulic lime) but have a veneer of red sandstone.
The steps leading to the prayer chamber and its plinth are in variegated marble. The prayer chamber is very deep and is divided into seven compartments by rich engraved arches carried on very heavy piers.

Abbotabad KPK Pakistan

Abbottabad is a city located in the Hazara region of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, in Pakistan. The city is situated in the Orash Valley, 50 kilometers (31 mi) northeast of the capital Islamabad and 150 kilometers (93 mi) east of Peshawar at an altitude of 1,260 meters (4,134 ft) and is the capital of the Abbottabad District. The city is well-known throughout Pakistan for its pleasant weather, high-standard educational institutions and military establishments. The city is bounded at all four sides by the Sarban hills, from which residents and tourists can see breathtaking views of the region and city. Abbottabad has been attracting tourists to the city since the colonial era, as it is a major transit point to all major tourist regions of Pakistan such as Nathiagali, Ayubia and Naran. According to the Imperial Gazetteer of India, "the town is picturesquely situated at the southern corner of the Rash (Orash) plain, 4,120 feet (1,260 m) above the sea".

Damn-e-Koh Islamabad

Looking for places to visit in Islamabad? 

If you have just visited the Islamabad or Rawalpindi city and you are unsure about what are the top tourist spots to visit in Islamabad then we are here to guide you. In fact, there are dozens of spectacular and breathtaking places in Islamabad which one should visit but when it comes the Daman-e-Koh there is no parallel of this place.

What is special about this place? 

There are many things to count but one of the most important features for which it is known and we cay say it is its identification is the landscape of the spot. The place is just marvelous in the green woods of Margalla Hills and the best thing to do is having a stunning bird's eye view of panoramic Islamabad city.
Along with, you can enjoy delicious varieties of foods. Photography will be the best thing to do. You would find monkeys in abundant and the chattering of birds would be pretty common.  It has been noticed that in winter lions have also been observed roaming in the region around the wood of Daman-e-Koh. According to some sources, there is a plan to construct a chairlift from Daman-e-Koh to Pir Sohawa to facilitate the tourist. Pir Sohawa is another breathtaking tourist spot just uphill from the Daman-e-Koh.

 How to visit and what are the possible routes? 

If you have made the intention to visit this beautiful place then the route to this place is simple and short. If you are in any part of Islamabad or Rawalpindi the there are two possible routes. First is, you can visit through 7th Avenue, coming from any part of the city you would enter the 7th Avenue road and where this road ends in the foothill of Maragalla Hills the Pir Sohawa road would start. Another is through the Margallah Avenue which runs at the right angle with the 7th Avenue. If you are following the Margalla Avenue then you need to reach the end of 7th Avenue. Where this road ends the zigzag road uphill will lead you to your destination. 
The best thing about visiting this place is, you can visit all monumental places in just one visit because they all fall on the same route. Like if you are following Margallah avenue then you can visit Faisal Mosque first and then move ahead towards the Islamabad Zoo which is just at the start of the Pir Sohawa road. Then if you want, after visiting the Daman-e-Koh you can move uphill towards Pir Sohawa because the same road will lead you on the top of the hill.
Daman-e-Koh is just 10 kilometers away from the Centaurus Mall and 14 kilometers from the Faizabad bus stop. 

Viewpoint of Islamabad at Damen-e-Koh

Night view of Faisal Mosque and Islamabad from Daman-e-Koh

Soon Valley Khushab, Pakistan

The 'Soon Valley' (Wadi Soon Sakesar) is the famous valley of Pakistan located in the central Punjab province. The Valley is situated in the northwest of Khushab. Naushera is the main town of the Valley. The Valley starts from Kathwai village and ends to Sakesar that is the highest peak of Salt Range. The length of Soon Valley is 35 miles (56 km) and average width is 9 miles (14 km). The area of Soon Valley is 300-square-mile (780 km2).

Although not as cold as the valleys up north, Soon Valley consists of beautiful lakes, waterfalls, jungles, natural pools and ponds. Soon valley is also blessed with an ancient civilization, natural resources, and fertile farms. There are some special features of this valley that distinguish it from other areas, without knowing about them it is very hard to understand its importance. Mardwal, Khabeki, Dhadhar, Manawan, Suraki Sabhral, Khoora, Naushera, Kufri, Anga, Ugali, Uchali and more about 30+ are important towns in the soon valley. Kanhatti Garden, Sodhi Garden, Da'ep and Sakesar are resorts to visit.  Awan tribe is settled in Soon Valley. Located at a height of (1,530 m) above sea level, Sakesar is the only mountain in this part of the Punjab which receives snow fall in winters.

Jun 7, 2001

Azad Kashmir, Paradise on Earth

The State of Azad Jammu and Kashmir lies between longitude 730 – 750 and latitude 330 – 360 and comprises an area of 5134 square miles (13,297 square kilometres). The topography of the area is mainly hilly and mountainous with valleys and stretches of plains. The area is full of natural beauty with thick forest, fast flowing rivers and winding streams. Main rivers are Jehlum, Neelum and Poonch. The climate is sub-tropical highland type with an average yearly rainfall of 1300 mm. The elevation ranges from 360 meters in the South to 6325 meters in the North.
Beautiful places to visit in Azad Kashmir are:
1-Muzaffar Abad
2-Neelum Valley

Swat Valley | | Top 10 Places to visit in Swat Valley

Where is Swat Valley located?

The Swat valley, known as the Switzerland of the Pakistan, is one of the most scenic and marvelous tourist spots of Pakistan in the KPK province in the extreme north, bordering the Gilgit-Baltistan. If you want to enjoy the lush green valleys and towering rocky mountains with gleaming icy summits then Swat is where you would find all these dream landscapes. 
The alpine lakes to the ski resorts, lush green pastures covered by evergreen forest to the rocky mountains blanketed by snow, the valleys welcome the visitors all the year round. In summer the yogi still lakes and exotic blooming flowers around the lakes and in the valleys welcome you with the scents of wild flowers. The tranquility of nature would refresh and cleanse your soul. 

How to reach there in Swat Valley?  

Reaching there in Swat Valley isn't that issue and protracted journey if you are in Islamabad. The valley is located some 250 kilometers north of Islamabad and it could take 4-5 hours to reach the downtown and administrative center of Swat Valley known as Mingora city. Once you are there in Mingora you can go in different directions to enjoy the beauty of the valley. Some tourist spots are not that far but some are somehow far but not that hundreds of kilometers. All the tourist spots can be covered in round trips from Mingora City.   

Top places to visit in the Swat Valley

We would say that if we count the tourist spots in the valley it would be hard to finish here in one post. The valley is blessed with the ultimate striking beauty of nature that you would find awe in every place. Whether we talk the mesmerizing lakes, the sublime beauty of the ski resort or the breathtaking beauty of the pastures you would be amazed by tourist spots of the valley. But for the convenience, we are going to list the top places so you can choose these places according to your mode and choice of the tourist spot. 

Malam Jabba 

Kalam Valley

Daral Lake 

Madyan Valley

Mahodand Lake 

Kandol lake Kalam

Bahrain Valley 

Saidgai lake upper Swat

Spin Khwar Lake

Jargo Waterfall 

Murree Pakistan | | Best season to visit Murree | Pictures of Murree

Murree is a hill station, summer resort and the administrative center of Murree Tehsil, Pakistan, which is a subdivision of Rawalpindi District and includes the Murree Hills.
Murree was the summer capital of the British Raj in the Punjab Province (British India), until 1864. As a popular tourist destination located in the northwest Himalayas at an average altitude of 2,291 meters (7,516 ft), the city of Murree, draped in forests of pine, and oak, experiences pleasant summers and cold, snowy winters. The city is famous for its buildings styled in Tudorbethan and neo-gothic architecture dating from the colonial era.
Murree is located along the Islamabad-Murree Highway, some 58.3 km (36.2 mi) northeast of Islamabad.
Murree is referred to as the Queen of Pakistan's hill stations. She is, however, much more than a queen because the rest of the stations are smaller in size and inadequate in social amenities and requisites of daily life. Murree is one of the largest resort towns in the Galyat area of Pakistan.

Chairlift in Murree
Pindi point is one of the prime points to visit in Murree. Chair lifts are installed here which go down 1.5 km. Both ways distance is 3 km. The scenery from chair lift is magnificent. The zigzag road passes below. Great pine trees stand throughout the journey. When we go down the valley there is a stopping point. You can enjoy a lot there. There is a coffee shop & children play land. A great ZOO is also near this point. Hills of Abbottabad can be seen there. A great jungle starts there. You can enjoy tracking.
Chairlift remains open from 9 am to 6 pm.

People from all over the world visit Murree to enjoy summer vocations.

May 13, 2001

Tourist Guide in Gilgit-Baltistan

Gilgit-Baltistsan Tourism has dedicated professionals and explorers to provide quality oriented services to adventure seekers and cultural enthusiasts. Besides routines trip our emphasis has always been on genuine exploration of new and untouched areas for nature lovers from the four corners of the world. Our team members are natives of Gilgit-Baltistan of Pakistan; Skardu, Hunza, Gilgit, Astore, Chilas, Ishkoman, Yasin and Chitral with a vast experience in their profession.
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May 2, 2001

Naltar Ski Resort Gilgit-Baltistan

Naltar is a spectacular, breath-taking and picturesque valley near Gilgit and Hunza in the Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistan. Naltar is 40 km (25 mi) from Gilgit and can be reached by jeeps. Naltar is a forested (pine) village known for its wildlife and magnificent mountain scenery. There are ski lifts under the 'Ski Federation of Pakistan'. Transport is available from Gilgit to Naltar but during a specific time after that own arrangement.

There is a base camp of 'Pakistan Air Force' at Naltar. Ski Competitions are held at Naltar under the supervision of PAF. Naltar Bala and Naltar Pine are two villages of Naltar valley. Naltar Pine is at a distance of 34 kilometers (21 mi) and Naltar Bala at 40 kilometers (25 mi) from Gilgit. There is the main village known as Nomal between Naltar valley and Gilgit. A road from Nomal goes to 'The Silk Route' To China.

Vans and Suzukis

Vans and Suzukis

The Suzuki and vans, locally known as wagons, in Gilgit-Baltistan, have fixed stands and follow the fixed routes. These connect different parts of the city. These are the cheapest means of transportation and carries to long distances in very less amount of fare i.e it takes only 20 PKR to cover 5 or 6 kilometers. But it is somewhat time-consuming in some areas because it does not move to the destination until all the seats are taken by the passengers.

Taxis in Giligt-Baltitan | Public transport in Gilgit-Baltistan | | How to hire a taxi in Gilgit-Baltisan

Normally in other cities of Pakistan, there are other modes of public transportation too, like Chingqui and Rickshaws etc. But in Gilgit-Baltistan, there are no such kinds of vehicles and Taxis are commonly used here. It is used for intra-city transport but you can hire a taxi for inter-city transport as well if you are moving from one city to another, like from Skardu to Gilgit or Gilgit to Hunza etc. In short, hiring a Taxi is a useful decision if you are visiting nearby tourist destinations like you can visit Shigar Fort, Manthokha Waterfall from Skardu by hiring a Taxi. But for longer destinations like Deosai or remote areas of Shigar and Roundu it is better to hire a Jeep or any other kind of vehicle, Taxis wouldn't be a good choice for those dilapidated roads. 

Taxis are plentiful, clean, safe, and inexpensive in Gilgit-Baltistan. They can be found at taxi stands, airports, in markets and in front of hotels etc. The fare of the Taxis is not fixed, it changes from time to time and region to region. Note this in mind and make sure to have some cash ( in PKR) because there is no any system of credit cards or pre-paid public transportation cards system.

May 1, 2001

Vehicle rentals in Gilgit-Baltistan

This site is under construction. Be a regular visitor, soon new updates will be provided about vehicle rentals please. 

Deosai Sheosar Lake

Deosai Lake, or Sheosar Lake is in the park. The lake, at an elevation of 4,142 metres (13,589 ft), is one of the highest lakes in the world. Its length is 2.3 kilometres (7,500 ft), width 1.8 kilometres (5,900 ft) and average depth 40 metres (130 ft). It is located near the Chilim Valley on the Deosai Plains.Tourist can also enjoy fishing at the lake.It is also famous for Brown Bear which is the only species found in the world here. There are also other kind of wild animals among them Markhor is famous.

Waterfalls and Plains in Gilgit-Baltistan

Gilgit-Baltistan has a number of beautiful, spectacular, breathtaking and picturesque plains and waterfalls, such mesmerizing kind of landscapes you would observe in the G-B only. The plains having flora and fauna, beautiful natural springs, snow-capped mountains and blooming flowers welcome you with fragrance.  

Deosai Plains (Deosai National Park)
The Deosai National Park is located in the Skardu District of Gilgit-Baltistan province, in northern areas of Pakistan. Deosai means the "Land of Giants". 
Deosai National Park is at an average elevation of 4,114 meters (13,497 ft) above the sea level, making the Deosai Plains one of the highest plateaus in the world. The park protects an area of 3,000 square kilometers (1,200 sq mi). It is well known for its rich flora and fauna of the Karakoram-West Tibetan Plateau alpine steppe ecoregion. In the Spring season, it is covered by sweeps wildflowers and a wide variety of butterflies.

There are a number of waterfalls in Gilgit-Baltistan, but most of the waterfalls are hidden from the tourist due to lack of road network. The Mantokha waterfall is famous and easily accessible too. In summer the Mantokha Waterfall becomes home to the thousands of visitors.

Manthokha Waterfall Kharmang, Skardu:
Located in the village of Manthokha Kharmang in District Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan, this waterfall is famous for its picturesque and spectacular landscape. This is one of the main tourist destinations of the district Skardu, welcoming the native as well as international tourists. 
The waterfall is in the village Manthokha which can be accessed from Skardu city. Heading towards Manthokha Waterfall one has to follow the Kargil-Skardu road from Skardu city. While moving to Manthokha the following villages come on the way on Kargil-Skardu road: Hussainabad, Thorgo, Parkuta, Ghasing and Manthokha. 
A stream running downstream falls into the Indus River at Manthokha village. On the east side of this stream is Madhupur and a road Manthoka-Madhapur road shall lead you to your final destination, Manthokha Waterfall.

Apr 28, 2001

List of PTDC Hotels and Motels in Gilgit-Baltistan | | Contact details of PTDC motels in Gilgit-Baltistan

PTDC Motel Skardu

The PTDC Motel Skardu is located in the heart of the city almost at a distance of 10 minutes car drive from the main bazaar. One can enjoy the scenic view of Indus River, Pakistan's largest river and Kharpocho Fort from here.
The comfortable rooms and a fine restaurant make the stay at this motel memorable. In addition, Rent-a-Jeep, Satellite TV, Fax and Curio Shop facilities are available on the premises.Most of the rooms are huge and comfortable. 
Contact Info for Reservation:
+92 5831 50291 
+92 5831 50293 

PTDC Motel Gilgit

This motel is located on the Babar road of the Gilgit city. The motel is at the heart of the town and takes 5 minutes car drive to reach the airport or main market. Gilgit River is also in proximity to the motel at a walking distance. 
Along with its comfortable and well-furnished rooms overlooking the green lawns and its popular restaurant which is also the best in Town, the PTDC Motel offers Rent-a-Jeep, Curio Shop, Satellite Television, Telephone, Fax and Laundry facilities.
For reservation you can contact at these numbers:
Fax: 05811-452650 

PTDC Motel Hunza

The panoramic view of the KKH and the valley of Nagar across the river, PTDC Motel situated in its very center, is absolutely stunning. From the PTDC Motel, one can take a day’s trip to Nagar valley overlooking the magnificent Hoper Glacier. 
The village of Passu adjacent to the Passu Glacier can also be visited in a day’s trip. The PTDC Motel offers comfortable rooms with its excellent restaurant (serving both local and western cuisine) and the fairy tale view of Rakaposhi Peak on a moonlit night. The Motel also offers Rent-a-Jeep, Telephone, Dish Antenna and Laundry facilities.
For reservation detail contact at:
Tel:  05813-457069 
Fax: 05813-452650

PTDC Motel Khaplu Baltistan

PTDC Motel Khaplu is located in the Khaplu town at a distance of 103 kilometers from Skardu city. It takes about 4 hours to reach here from Skardu city.

The motel presents a breath-taking scene of nature. The valley is very beautiful passing the Sheyok River on the north side of the motel. This valley is used as the base camp by the tourist heading towards many famous mountains and glaciers like Baltoro Glacier, Biafo Glacier, Saltaro Glacier, Sia Kangri, Thalay La, Ghandu Ghoro La, K-6, and K-7. The famous and oldest mosque in the region, Chaqcahn Mosque, can be visited from the motel in a day's trip from the motel.
From Skardu, jeeps are conveniently available on hire. The motel has 16 rooms, restaurant offering local and continental foods, Rent-a-jeeps, satellite TV and laundry facilities.
For reservation and detail information contact at:

(05832) 450146
(05832) 450147 

PTDC Motel Rama Lake Astore

Rama Lake Motel lies at a distance of 120 kilometers from Gilgit, where regular transport service is available for hire.
PTDC’s newly constructed Motel at Rama Lake is a welcome addition as an important tourist resort. By virtue of its peculiar location, it can conveniently serve as a base camp for trekkers and mountaineers intending to scale the mighty heights of Nanga Parbat. 
The motel is an elegant tourist complex having 12 well-furnished, comfortable rooms, lounge and a Restaurant serving oriental and continental dishes. Besides, facilities like Rent-a-Jeep, telephone, Satellite TV, and laundry are available.
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PTDC Motel Sost (Pak-China Border)

The Motel here is ideally located adjacent to the Immigration Post. It's comfortable, well-furnished rooms provide a welcome relief from the rugged, mountainous surrounding. The restaurant with its choice of Pakistani and western cuisine is a haven of delight. The Motel also offers Satellite TV, Laundry, and Rent-a-Jeep/Transport facilities. Arrangements for traveling into China are available
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PTDC Motel Phandar Valley Gilgit-Baltistan

This motel is located on the Gilgit-Shandur road in a very beautiful and panoramic valley of Gilgit-Baltistan Known as Phandar valley.
The motel is located on a small area of raised ground so providing the visitor to take a view of the whole panoramic Phandar Valley in a single glance. Also, a lake named, Phandar lake is located near the motel which provides breath-taking scene. This motel is one of the most beautiful in all the PTDC motels in Gilgit-Baltistan.
The motel is equipped with clean and well-furnished rooms. In addition, Rent-a-Jeep, Satellite TV, Fax and Curio Shop facilities are available on the premises.
Public transport also operates from Gilgit city to this lake and motel.
Below is the valley of which any visitor can take a view at a glance. The valley is perhaps a heaven presenting a stunning view, a stream bisecting valley in a zigzag pattern.

PTDC Motel Gupis Gilgit-Baltistan

This motel is located in a small town of Gupis and well equipped with comfortable rooms. It is situated along the jeep track that links Chitral and Shandur to Gilgit city.

It is a very nice place to stay facilitating a panoramic view of the surrounding area. A beautiful lake "Khalti Lake" is situated near the motel at a distance of 15-20 minutes walk.
The comfortable rooms and a fine restaurant make the stay at this motel memorable. In addition, Rent-a-Jeep, Satellite TV, Fax and Curio Shop facilities are available on the premises.Most of the rooms are huge and comfortable. 
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PTDC Motel Stak Nala Gilgit-Baltistan

This motel located at the Gilgit-Skardu link road and at a junction of two rivers, Indus and Stak, presents a scenic view. The motel is situated in the mid of Gilgit and Skardu city on the way to K2 when you are traveling from Islamabad or Gilgit to Skardu.
It is the main stop of the vehicles going from Islamabad, Rawalpindi, and Gilgit heading towards the Skardu city. A zigzag road from here to uphill is Stak Nala which is also beautiful and breath-taking valley with a lush green forest of different kind of species, a vast land covered by the glacier known as "Kutia Lungma Glacier" and rocky mountains full of gemstones.
The valley is visited by the number of tourists. Also, the researchers of the forest, gemstones, and glacier are attracted by this valley.