2007 - 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 18, 2007

Landi Kotal Khyber Agency, Pakistan

Landi Kotal is a town in Khyber Agency, Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan at a distance of only 5 km from the border of Afghanistan. It is a tourist destination and base camp to the tourist, heading towards the historic Khyber Pass. The town can be accessed from the Peshawar city, capital of KPK either by road or by train. But the train journey is preferred by most of the tourist because of it passage through spectacular landscape.

People enjoying snowfall at Landi Kotal
Landi Kotal  has been a sensitive and important zone during the British colonial era too. Landi Kotal was the westernmost part of the Khyber held by the British during their rule of the subcontinent. In 1897 the Afridis attacked Landi Kotal and other posts in the Khyber Pass. Although the Khyber Rifles put up a stiff defence, Landi Kotal was overrun, as the Rifles lacked water. The British counter-attacked with a force of 34,500 men under Sir William Lockhart, defeating the Afridis, although the Afridis took the town again during the second Anglo-Afghan War.

Rail Journey to Landi Kotal:
Rail Journey from Peshawar to Landi Kotal, along the river Kabul is one of the most famous in the world. The narrow gauge section up to Jamrud was opened in 1901. The broad gauge line of the Jamrud – Landi Kotal was opened on 3rd November 1925. There is no doubt in the fact that the construction of the track on this section is most superior feast of railway engineering. The line starts from Jamrud, 1500 feet high, and rises to 3500 feet at the summet of the pass at Landi Kotal, descending again steeply form Landi Kotal to Landi Khana, 2600 feet hight.

Shrine of Baba Kharwari, Ziarat Balochistan, Pakistan

The shrine is located at a distance of 8 km from the  Ziarat town, the valley below the “Prospect Point”. The real name of the saint was Mulla Tahir. He became a disciple of Nana sahib. A number of miracles are attributed to him. A large number of people visit his shrine and offer sacrifices in this place. During Eid, the traditional festival of the Muslims, the Tribes gathers around the shrine and hold wrestling contests and marksmanship competitions.

Chutair Valley, Balochistan, Pakistan

This is a beautiful, breathtaking and spectacular valley in Ziarat District (At a distance of 133 km from Quetta city) of Balochistan. About 13km from Ziarat on way to Sanjwani is the picturesque and charming Chutair valley. This valley is noted for its dotted with many green picnic spots. The crude rustic huts made with the bark of juniper trees in which the inhabitants of the area live are strikingly different from the dwelling in other villages. Nearby is the Chutair Tangi which is worth visiting. There is also a rest house for those who want the stay overnight.

Oct 17, 2007

Hanna Lake Quetta Balochistan, Pakistan

At a short distance of 14 km from the Quetta city, Hanna Lake is one of the most spectacular, breathtaking and marvelous tourist resorts of the city. This lake was constructed during the British Colonial era in 1894.

The landscape of the lake is amazing and picturesque. The turquoise water of the lake provides a rich contrast to the sandy brown of the hills in the background. The golden fish swimming in the lake, the island in the middle of the lake, the hotel shaded by the lush green pine trees, the dam on one side and Hayat Durrani Water Sports Academy on another side give it an elegant and mesmerizing beauty. 
The island in the middle can be accessed by the boat or paddle. 

Mehrgarh, The Earliest Known Agricultural Site of South Asia

Mehrgarh is one of the earliest Neolithic (7,000 BCE 2,500 BCE) settlement with substantial evidence in Katchi Plains of Balochistan Province in Pakistan. 

Located at a distance of 30 km from the Sibbi and 120 km from the Quetta city it is one of the earliest sites with evidence of agriculture including the farming of barley, einkorn, emmer wheat, jujubes, and dates. They also used to herd, sheep, goats and cattle.  The later resident also put effort into the craft,  including flint knapping, tanning, bead production, and metalworking. 

The site was discovered in 1974 by an archaeological team directed by French archaeologists Jean-Fran├žois Jarrige and Catherine Jarrige and was excavated continuously between 1974 and 1986, and again from 1997 to 2000. The earliest settlement at Mehrgarh, in the northeast corner of the 495-acre (2.00 km2) site, was a small farming village that has been dated to between 7000 BCE to 5500 BCE. The whole area covers a number of successive settlements. The archaeological material has been found in six mounds, and about 32,000 artifacts have been collected.

Early Mehrgarh residents lived in mud brick houses, stored their grain in granaries, fashioned tools with local copper ore, and lined their large basket containers with bitumenThe people were also master in pottery and they had introduced potter's wheel. They also had contact with contemporaneous cultures in northern Afghanistan, northeastern Iran, and southern Central Asia.

Oct 16, 2007

Gwadar City or Gwadar Port, Pakistan | | Places to visit in Gwadar | | Tourist spots in Gwadar

Gawadar city is one of the planned cities of Pakistan, at a distance of 630 km from the Karachi city. It is a planned and free port city on the southwestern warm water of Arabian Sea. Its master plan was approved by the Government of Pakistan in 2003. Currently, the GDA (Gawadar Development Authority) is charged with the execution of its master plan. The GDA's main aim is to develop a fast-track road network in accordance of its compatibility as a Port city.

Tourist Spots

The Gawadar city is one of the famous mecca and sunspots of Pakistan. Once you pass through charming places, highway passing through the desert watching the homogeneous mountains, golden sunny beaches, you wouldn't be ready to quit the city. Some of them are:
Hingol National Park
This is the largest National Park in Pakistan. It's a huge Eco and wildlife park. You would enjoy the wildlife in its natural habitat. Also, there is a river named: Hingol River in which you would enjoy the swimming too.
Kund Malir:
It is a most beautiful and breathtaking desert near the Hingol at a distance of 145 km from the Zero Point of Makran Coastal Highway. While passing through the highway the sand dunes along with the mountains of the Makran presents a heavenly look. Sand dunes are suddenly formed in the desert stretched at a are of few kilometers. 
Buzzi Pass
While passing through the highway one would pass by through a raised area know as Buzzi Pass. From here one can take a look of Blue majestic water of Arabian Sea one one side at marvelous mountains on another side. It would present a stunning and picturesque landscape.
Other places to visit are Ormara Beach, Palm Beach, Singhar and Pearl Continental Saver Gwadar.

Neran Kot Fort or Hyderabad Fort, Sindh Pakistan

Hyderabad city in the earlier history was known as Nayrun Kot, as this city was established by a Hindu Raja, Nayrun. It's commonly narrated that Hazrat Ali [(A.S), The first Imam of Shia Muslim] had visited the Nayrun Kot during the reign of Raja Nayrun. The footprints of Hazrat Ali (A.S) are preserved in a Dargah called "Qadam Shah", situated at the foot of Qila Chari Kalhoras. To honor the visit of Hazrat Ali (Hyder) and as a remembrance, Miya Gulam Shah Kalhoro, changed the Nayrun Kot to "Hyderabad".

The city established by the Raja Narayan was destroyed by the Arabs. Miya Gulam Shah Kalhoro decided to reconstruct and revive the city as his Capital and decided to build a new Fort at its site. He deputed Diwan Gidumal (Gidwani), the task. Diwan Gidumal, with two boat loads of money, landed at Kotri, (a village opp. Gidu Bunder at Hyderabad) on the bank of Sindh River, and on the other bank set up a Camp for his crew. This Camp came to be known as Gidu Jo Tando, now called Gidu-Bunder.
Diwan Gidumal constructed Two Forts. One solid (Pakka), made of stone, and other (katcha), made of earthen material. Miya Gulam Shah Kalhoro would visit Hyderabad from time to time to supervise and would stay at Katcha Qila. In the year 1768, construction of (Pakka Qilla) solid fort made of stone was completed. Miya Gulam Shah Kalhoro then donated the earthen material made the fort (Katcha Qilla) to Shah Makai's Dargah.

The city was then sparingly inhabited as Miya Gulam Shah Kalhoro had yet to shift to live there. However, he did not live to enjoy it's comforts. Miya Gulam Shah Kalhoro expired in the year 1771 and is buried at Hyderabad. After him, the Throne was inherited by Miya Sarfirar Khan Kalhoro. He built a new capital city in the year 1772, a mile and half from New Halla, known as New Khudabad. Towards the end of the reign of Kalhoras, Talpur's, (Mirs), took control of the Government. In the year 1783, their reign began. New Khudabad continued as Capital city with many Amils and Bhaibunds still living there till 1789. 

Oct 13, 2007

Kot Diji Fort Khairpur Sindh, Pakistan

Located at a distance of 22 km from the Khairpur District, Sindh Province of Pakistan, this fort is in Kot Diji, one of the ancient and forerunner of the Indus Civilization site.Formally this fort, at a distance of 25 miles from Indus River, is known as Ahmadabad Fort.

The fort was built between 1785 to 1795 by Mir Sohrab Khan Talpur, founder of the Kingdom of Upper Sindh in 1783. In addition to the fort, a 5 kilometer, 12 feet wide mud wall was built around the city. This defensive wall had bastions throughout its length and a huge iron gate served as the city's only entrance.
The people of the Kot Diji lived about 3,000 BCE. The Kot Diji excavated by the Pakistan Department of Archaeology in 1955 and 1957 has found a lot of stuff showing the evidence that a lot of kinds of stuff were borrowed from Kot Diji to Indus Civilization cities.
The fort is over half a kilometer long. Its walls are segmented by about 50 bastions, and its 1.8 km outer perimeter wall identically follows the double crescent-shaped contours of the hill it stands on. This allows the fort to surround the attacking enemy on three sides on the west front. On the east, where the entrance lies, the fort is divided by three elephant-proof gates into three overlapping levels, so that the first two levels can be attacked by the next level above them in the event of the lower level being overrun by the enemy. The first gate is not a prominent portal but rather an indirect entry so that the gate cannot be rammed on a charge. The walls and bastions have arrow slits in them, allowing defenders to attack their enemy from two levels: from the battlement on top and from within the wall.
The fort was built at a time when cannons had become common and its design and position reveal that. It includes a multitude of stations for cannons and, because it is positioned high on a narrow ridge, enemy cannons would have had to fire at a great distance, permitting little accuracy. Cannonballs could either hit the hill or perimeter or would simply fly over the fort and fall on the enemies' own forces on the other side.

The tomb of Fakir Qadir Bakhsh, after whom this site is named, lies to the west of the village of the same name. Inside the tomb there are two graves, one obviously being that of Fakir Qadir Bakhsh, of whom little is known, but nothing is known about the other; it is presumed to be that of a disciple, the Fakir never having married. The tomb of Golo Shahani, the commander-in-chief of the army of Mir Sohrab Khan, is also situated here, as well as a number of other graves of the Shahanis. Golo Shahani died in battle at Shikarpur in AH 1249 (AD 1833). On the eastern side of the tomb of Fakir Qadir is the tomb of Syed Saleh Shah, of whom nothing is known, and to the west of it, a mosque which is said to have been constructed by Fakir Qadir Bakhsh himself. The village has a population of approximately 500 individuals, who live in fifty houses

Rawalakot Azad Kashmir, Pakistan

Located at a distance of 125 km from the city of Rawalpindi this city is the District head Quarter of the Poonch Division and Poonch District. This city is the base camp to the tourist heading towards the Banjousa and Tolo Pir, two famous tourist spots in the city. Rawlakot airport is also a famous tourist point presenting a breathtaking landscape. 
Rawalakot city
On the way to Toli Pir
Rawalakot Airport

Toli Pir AJK

Apr 28, 2007

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 a chance to take a view of the whole Phandar Valley in a single glance. Also, a lake named Phandar lake is situated near the motel which provides a picturesque and breathtaking scene. This motel is on of the most beautiful motels in all the PTDC motels in GilgitBaltistann.

Phandar Lake
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 amazing and breath-taking, running a stream from mid of the valley in a zigzag pattern.