October 2006 - 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

Oct 19, 2006

Kurrram Agency FATA, Pakistan

Kurram agency is one of the seven agencies of the FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) of Pakistan. It borders Khyber Agency  and Orakzai Agency in north, Afghanistan in northwest to southwest, KPK and North Waziristan in east. 
The agency is devided into three administrative divisions, Upper,Central and Lower Kurram Agency. Parachinar is the administrative center of the agency.

Places to visit in Kurram Agency:
Kurram agency is one of the most beautiful, stunning, breathtaking and spectacular places of Pakistan. The area is famous for its snow-capped montains, especially Kohe Safed (White Mountain), hill and mountains covered by the evergreen forests.
Parachinar, a Hidden Heaven on Earth
Parachinar is administrative center of the agency. Along with this town is famous for its snow-capped mountains. This town has been used by the Mughal Emperor ans a summer resort and and a hill station. Lot of the people from Peshawar also visit Parachinar as it remains cool and pleasant throughout the summer.

Ali Zai
This town in lower Kurram Agency is a scenic and beautiful place with mountains covered by the ever green forests. Also Kohe Safed and Kurram River raises its beauty. 

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Oct 18, 2006

South Waziristan FATA, Pakistan

South Waziristan is one of the seven agencies of FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) administered by the Federal Government of Pakistan. It is the largest agency by the area out of the seven agencies covering an area of 6,619 square kilometers. It has two headquarters Wanna as summer and Tank as winter.
The agency borders, KPK to east, Blochistan to south, North Waziristan to north and Afghanistan to west.  

Places to visit in South Waziristan:
The South Wazirsitan is one of the most beautiful areas in Pakistan having Breathtaking and spectacular landscape. But due to security risk in the passed decade, especially after the 9/11, US attack in Afghanistan and US drone attacks in the region since 2004 has caused the death of tourism in the region. But it is hoped that this heaven place would be the home of the tourist again in the upcoming years. The places to visit are:
Wana is the summer headquarters of the Agency. It has a vast plain with extensive valleys surrounded on all sides by hills. 

Others include:


Gomal Zam Dam

Oct 16, 2006

Pishin Valley Balochistan | | Places to visit in Pishin Valley Balochistan

Pishin valley is a beautiful valley in Pishin District of Baluchistan at a distance of 50 km from the Quetta city. This valley equipped with thousand of fruit orchards presents a spectacular and outstanding view, especially in summer. The valley is very famous for its fertility as it yields different kinds of fruits, vegetable and different kind of cereals. 

This fertile lush green valley's water requirement for irrigation is fulfilled by a special kind of spring known as Karez, a kind of artificial spring made by boring holes into rock to bring to the surface, the subterranean water. So this valley has become popular for different kind of fruits and cereals in Pakistan.
Beside from the fruits, here is an old fashioned small town too whose people are famous for eating joints and other traditional foods. The people of the Pishin are also famous for their traditional festivals. It is a hub of traditional celebrations and activities for the people living in the adjoining ares. The folk dance of the Pishn Valley is very famous and interesting. 
In recent few years this valley has got fame all over the Pakistan, because of its rich culture, beauty of the area and its agricultural productions. Along with some stunning adjoining areas are also causes of it famousness. One of which is, "Lake Bund Khushdil Khan", a man made lake 5 km long and 2 km wide at a distance of 16 km from the Pishin Valley. Its cool gentle water and beautiful landscape attracts lot of visitors, especially in beginning of winter to shoot the ducks.

Ranikot Fort Jamshoro Sindh, Pakistan, World's Largest Fort

This world's largest fort is located in Jasmshoro District of Sindh, Pakistan, at a distance of 90 km from the Hyderabad city. This is also known as the great wall of Sindh. Its walls are made of gypsum and lime cut sandstone, with an average height of 6 meters. 

Ranikot is the most talismanic wonder of Pakistan and Sindh Province. Visible from five kilometers, its massive undulating walls twist and dip over the hills. With the circumference of about twenty kilometers, its walls, built with dressed sandstone and reinforced with 45 bastions along the outer wall, of which 7 are rectangular and the remaining are round. All modified through the ages to accommodate the use of gunpowder, this perhaps makes it the largest fort in the world. 
Most of the twenty-six kilometers long wall is made of natural cliffs and mountains which at places rise as high as two thousand feet above sea level. Only about 8.25 km portions of its wall are man-made, built with yellow sandstone. This was first measured on foot by Badar Abro along with local guideSadiq Gabol. As one enters the fort, one can find hills, valleys, streams, ditches, ponds, pools, fossils, building structure, bastions, watchtowers, ammunition depots, fortresses - all inside Ranikot, adding more to its beauty and mystery. A spring emerging from an underground water source near the Mohan Gate is named as 'Parryen jo Tarr' (the spring of fairies).
According to a tale told by the local inhabitants, fairies come from far and wide on the Ponam Nights (full moon) to take bath at this spring near 'Karo Jabal'! Splashing sounds of water falling on the rocks can be heard at another spring, Waggun jo Tarr or "the Crocodile Spring", named so as crocodiles once lived there.
Within Ranikot, there are two more fortresses, Meeri and Shergarh, each has five bastions. Meerikot takes its name from the word 'Mir' meaning top (for instance the top of a hill, chief of any Baloch tribe, etc.). M.H. Panhwar (a Sindhologist) disagrees upon the name's history being related to Mirs of Sindh, stating that "Of two forts inside the main Rani Kot fort, the lower one is called Miri and is a word used in Seistan for a small fortress. It has nothing to do with Mirs of Sindh. Both the main Ranikot and the inner Meerikot have similar entrances - curved, angulated with a safe tortuous path. From the military point of view, Meerikot is located at a very safe and central place in the very heart of the Ranikot with residential arrangements including a water-well.

Oct 12, 2006

Mining in Stak Nala, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

The three mountain ranges of Gilgit-Baltistan; Himalayas, Hindukush, and Karakorum contain many minerals and gems including emerald, ruby, sapphire, aquamarine, moonstone, and amethyst. A number of other minerals are also found in the region such as peridot, tourmaline, topaz, garnet, red spinal, pargasitediopside, sphene, apatite, azurite, rose quartz, and agate.
Stak Nala, located at the Gilgit-Skardu link road, falls into the Karakorum mountain ranges.

Brief History of Mining in Stak Nala
Mining in Stak Nala was started in 1980's when an international company came there and started mining.They stayed at Tookla Village of Stak Nala for more than one year. It takes about half an hour to reach the adjoining mining areas from this village. There are two main areas for mining in this village known as Kaska and Zoa Lungma. They built a temporary road up-to Kaska to take their mining related equipment's. By the help of the local people the machines and related things were carried out to the Kaska. This zigzag road is present til now. 
The local people hired by the them to do work, were paid according to their nature of job. The rocky mountain was dig out in different directions at Kaska and Zoa Lungma upto 100-300 feet inward with height of 3-8 feet and width of 3-8 feet. 
The whole area of rocky mountain was completely converted into hundred of holes presenting a look of bee nest. 
After they had gone, the local people started mining and some people found moderate amount too, but not at large scale.
The reason was, they didn't had mining related equipment and training too. They use to dig the whole in rock by local iron bars which was time consuming and difficult too.

Latest History
After the company had gone, people were engaged in mining but any amount at large scale was not earned by the local. In 2011 immediately the people earned money at large scale and gemstones of the Stak Nala gained popularity at international level.
Following are some kind of gemstones found in Stak Nala:
Aquamarine, topaz, tourmaline, apatite, sphene, morganite, and quartz.

The Valley is full of gemstones, bu the problem is lack of awareness among people, how to carry on the mining. Although the traditional way of mining has somehow turned into modern style, but more capabilities are needed to be enhanced.
For more detail about mining contact via contact form given at the left end of the website.