2008 - 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 24, 2008

Hotels in Ziarat Balochistan with Contact Details

Ziarat is the most beautiful and spectacular place in the Balochistan. Thousands of tourist from all over the Pakistan and world visit this city in different seasons.
Following is the list of hotels in Ziarat. If you want to make a call do remember to dial the city code of the Ziarat City (08124-0833).

Following abbreviations have used in the above table for convenience.
AB Attached Bath ISS Interpretation/Secretariat Services, AC Air-conditioned ITN Italian, ALO Airline Office J Japanese, BK Bank L Laundry Shop BS Book Shop M Music, C Continental MA Medical Attendant, CB Call Bell ME Middle Eastern CCA Credit Cards Accepted MEF Money Exchange Facility CH Chinese MCF Meeting/Conference Facility CP Children Park MR Motel and Restaurant CR Cloak Room OG Out Door Game DA Dish Antenna P Parking DS Drug Store PAK Pakistani E English PO Post Office F Fridge in Room FE Far Eastern RC Room Cooler GC Golf Course RCS Rent-A-Car Service GT Guided Tour Services RG Riding H Hotel RR Reading Room HA Heating Arrangement SP Swimming Pool HCW Hot and Cold Water T Telephone HD Hair Dresser TC Tennis Court HR Hotel and Restaurant TG Telegraph Office HS Handicrafts Shop TIC Tourist Information Centre IG Indoor Games TM Tape Music IHM In House Movies TV Television

Oct 19, 2008

Fairy Meadows Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

Fairy Meadows is one of the spectacular and breathtaking grasslands near the base of Nanga Parbat ( 9th Highest Peak in the world) in District Diamer of Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan. 

Fairy Meadows is at a distance of 12 km from the Raikhot Bridge on the Karakorum Highway in the village Tato. It takes about 3-4 hours to reach the camping area of the Fairy Meadow from the Tato village, covering a distance of 5 km through a hiking track. 

Fairy Meadows presents a totally stunning view because of its surrounding landscape.The grassland is surrounded by thick alpine forest. The high altitude area and north-facing slopes mostly consist of coniferous forest having Pinus wallichiana, Picea smithiana and Abies pindrow trees, while in the high altitude areas with little sunlight are birch and willow dwarf shrubs. The southern slopes are concentrated with juniper and scrubs, namely Juniperus excelsa and J. turkesticana. In the low altitudes, the major plant found is Artemisia, with yellow ash, stone oaks and Pinus gerardiana spread among it. Research has suggested similarities between Pinus wallichiana found in the meadows with a sister species, Pinus peuce, found in the Balkans, based on leaf size. Researchers have found thirty-one species of Rust fungi in the area

Favorable Visiting Season:
The favorable season to visit the Fairy Meadows is April to September.

Oct 17, 2008

Pannu Fort Balochistan, Pakistan

This fort, built by the Baloch prince, is located in the Ketch District of Balochistan, Pakistan. The construction of the fort dates back to 6,000-8,000 BC. 
Pannu was the prince of the Makran region and he had fallen in love with a girl from the Bhambore of Sindh. The tragic story of true lovers, full of suspension and nail-biting, related to the prince and princess is narrated as:

Mir Punnu Khan, the son of Mir Aali, son of King Mir Hooth Khan, Ancestor of the Hooths, was a famous Baloch tribe in Balochistan

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Sassi was the daughter of the Raja of Bhambore in Sindh (now in Pakistan). Upon Sassui's birth, astrologers predicted that she was a curse for the royal family’s prestige. The Raja ordered that the child should be put in a wooden box and thrown in the River Indus. A washerman of the Bhambore village found the wooden box and the child in the box. The washerman believed the child was a blessing from God and took her home. As he had no child of his own, he decided to adopt her.

When Sassi became a young girl, she was as beautiful as the fairies of heaven. Stories of her beauty reached Punhun and he became desperate to meet Sassi. The handsome young Prince, therefore, traveled to Bhambor. He sent his clothes to Sassi's father (a washerman) so that he could catch a glimpse of Sassi. When he visited the washerman's house, they fell in love at first sight. Sassui's father was dispirited, hoping that Sassi would marry a washerman and no one else. Sassui's father asked Punhun to prove that he was worthy of Sassui by passing the test as a washerman. Punhun agreed to prove his love. While washing, he tore all the clothes as, being a prince, he had never washed any clothes; he thus failed the agreement. But before he returned those clothes, he hid gold coins in the pockets of all the clothes, hoping this would keep the villagers quiet. The trick worked, and Sassi's father agreed to the marriage.

Punun’s father and brothers were against his marriage to Sassi (Punnu being a prince and she being a washer man's daughter) and so, for their father's sake, Punnu's brothers traveled to Bhambor. First,  they threatened Punhun but when he didn't relent, they tried more devious methods.
Punnun was surprised to see his brothers supporting his marriage and on the first night, they pretended to enjoy and participate in the marriage celebrations and forced Punnu to drink different types of wines. When he was intoxicated they carried him on a camel’s back and returned to their hometown of Kech.

The next morning, when Sassi got up, Sassi realized that she was cheated, she became mad with the grief of separation from her lover and ran barefoot towards the town of Kech Makran. To reach there, she had to cross miles of desert. Alone, she continued her journey until her feet were blistered and her lips were parched from crying "Punnu, Punnu!". The journey was full of dangerous hazards, which lead to her demise. Punhun’s name was on Sassui's lips throughout the journey. She was thirsty, there she saw a shepherd coming out of a hut. He gave her some water to drink. Seeing her incredible beauty, dirty lustful thoughts came into his mind, and he tried to force himself on Sassi. Sassi ran away and prayed to God to hide her and when God listened to her prayers, land shook and split and Sassi found herself buried in the valley of mountains. When Punnu woke he was himself in Makran he could not stop himself from running back to Bhambor. On the way, he called out "Sassui, Sassui!" to which the shepherd replied. The shepherd told Punnu the whole story. Then Punhun also lamented the same prayer, the land shook and split again and he was also buried in the same mountain valley as Sassi. The legendary grave still exists in this valley. 

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Shrine of Sassi and Pannu

Oct 14, 2008

Keenjhar Lake or Kalri Lake Thatta Sindh, Pakistan

Keenjhar Lake also known as Kalri Lake is one of the most spectacular, picturesque and largest man-made lakes in Pakistan. It is located in Thatta District at a distance of 22 km from the Thatta town, 122 km from Karachi city and 80 km from Hyderabad city. 
It is the second largest freshwater lake in Pakistan providing the drinking water for the Karachi and Hyderabad city.

Keenjhar lake in winter becomes home and breeding point of thousand flocks of migratory birds like DucksGeese, FlamingosCormorantsWadersHeronsEgretsIbisesTernsCoots and Gulls from Siberia. The WWF has also established an information and protection center at the lake.
Keenjhar lake is also a popular resort. The lake is visited by the thousand Pakistanis and international visitors too, to enjoy the boating and swimming.
The Sindhi legend of Noori Jam Tamachi took place around the lake, and to this day there is a shrine in the middle of the lake marking Noori's grave. Every day hundreds of devotees visit the shrine.

Oct 11, 2008

Mountain Ranges in Gilgit-Baltistan | | Mountain ranges in Pakistan | | Highest mountains of the world

If you are a nature lover and especially the mountain lover then Gilgit-Baltistan in the northern part of Pakistan is the place you should visit at least once in life. Gilgit-Baltistan in the world is one of the densely packed regions by the mountains and glaciers. World's three mightiest mountain ranges (Himalaya, Karakoram, Hindukush) are spanned over Gilgit-Baltistan. At a distance of 40 kilometers from Gilgit city, you can see the confluence of three mightiest mountain ranges while traveling on Karakoram Highway (KKH). 
There are more than 100 mountains in the Gilgit-Baltistan region which are more than 7000 meters high from the sea level. Out of total 14 mountains in the world which are 8000 meters high from sea level, 5 are in Gilgit-Baltistan and K-2 is the second highest peak in the world which is in the region of GB. 
If you want to see the gleaming icy summits of the Himalaya, Karakoram and Hindukush then there are two options for you. If you want to travel by air you would be able to have sight of the mighty mountains from the plain. 
But if you want to travel by road then it would be the more axiomatic way to witness the giant mountains. En route to Gilgit or Skardu, you will see a number of streams, glaciers and gleaming icy peaks of Himalaya and Karakoram. This is the best way to explore the mighty mountains and beautiful landscape of Gilgit-Baltistan. 
Not only the mountains of the region are beautiful but people are more hospitable, open-hearted, gracious and cordial which would make your visit more memorable. 

Following are the five mountains in Gilgit-Baltistan which are more than 8000 meters high from sea level. To explore in detail, just visit on the given titles. 

Gasherbrum I or the Hidden Peak

May 24, 2008

By Air journey from Islamabad to Gilgit and Skardu

What is the best way to reach Gilgit-Baltistan? 

If you want to visit the heavenly places of Gilgit-Baltistan then the most enjoyable and convenient way to reach there is the by air journey. The by air journey will take you from Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, to the Skardu and Gilgit in just 45 minutes. PIA (Pakistan International Airline) operates among Islamabad, Skardu, and Gilgit. You will enjoy the journey flying above the three mightiest mountain ranges of the world (Himalaya, Karakorum, and Hindukush) watching the peaks blanketed by snow and the glaciers which are spanned over miles. 

Why is it best to go there by air? 

Well, there is no coercion that you can only go there by air, it is your preference to choose from the two options which suit you;  by air or by road journey. But we want to let you know that by road journey is although enjoyable but it is accompanied by many other problems and hardships. In by road journey you can face the delay due to landslides, which is pretty common on KKH (Karakoram Highway) and Gilgit-Skardu road and sometimes you need to wait for hours until the debris is removed. Sometimes the technical faults in the vehicles take hours to fix, as it takes 24 hours to reach Skardu from Islamabad and in most of the cases the buses pass from the barren ravines along the Indus River and when any issue is faced they (the driver and conductor) need to fix by themselves. Again it takes hours. 

What are other things to consider? 

Once you have made the intention to make a by air journey then it wouldn't be that easy as it is in other parts of the world. The by air journey to Gilgit and Skardu is pretty competitive and uncertain as well. 
Competitive in the term that only the PIA plans operate between Islamabad and these two cities and other private airlines are not allowed to operate therefore it would be very hard to buy the ticket at the eleventh hour. We suggest you book the ticket in advance and arrange the schedules accordingly. Especially in summer, it would be very difficult to get it confirmed that you would board on the plan even if you have the ticket. 
It is uncertain in the term that the flights are dependent on the weather. The airports in Gilgit and Skardu are not all-weather airports and also the landscape is very mountainous therefore flights are canceled many times due to bad weather. 
We hope the government of Pakistan will take consideration in coming years and make the airports in the region all-weather airports and allow the private airlines to operate there as well. If private airlines are allowed to operate the issue would be solved because even if the plans haven't been able to land there for two days on the third day all the passengers will be there in Skardu or Gilgit. But the problem now is, the PIA plans are small and if the weather nix the chance of flight for two days then the passengers are queued up in Islamabad and it takes days to carry them all there. 

For Reservation
PIA Offices
Islamabad, Pakistan
PIA Building, 49 Blue Area, Islamabad
Cargo Phone
9209969/9209968/9209911 EXT 5284 / 5285 / 5242

Skardu, Pakistan
Chashma Bazar Skardu
Cargo phone
Gilgit, Pakistan
PIA Sales Office CSD Complex Gilgit
05811-920348 / 920346
Cargo phone

Mar 9, 2008

Top 10 places to visit in Hunza valley | | Hunza city tourist spots

Where is Hunza located? 

Hunza is a spectacular and beautiful valley and town in Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. At a distance of 101 km from the Gilgit city, and about 700 kilometers from the Islamabad city, Hunza is one of the dreamlands of Pakistan. Surrounded by the towering rocky mountains of Karakoram and Hindukush with gleamy peaks covered by the snow, this valley is famous for its breathtaking and sublime beauty. 

Why is Hunza so famous? 

Hunza is one of the known and famous valleys of Pakistan and almost half of the Pakistanis, even those who never ever been there, know the Hunza by name because this valley in Pakistan is where one can enjoy the quality vacation and one can enjoy a range of tourist spots in a round trip. The golden peaks with gleamy summits, the beautiful apricot, cherry and the eucalyptus trees in the whole valley and the gushing river bisecting the valley present an amazing and mesmerizing scene, especially in the summer and autumn seasons. 
Hunza is where you can enjoy the centuries-old architectural buildings, soothing and yogi still lakes, glacier-packed ravines and blooming pastures. 
It is not only the natural beauty, the valley has the higest literacy rate in the Pakistan and it leads in term of women empowerment. 

What are the names of Peaks around the Hunza Valley? 

The peaks which surround the valley are Ultar SarRakaposhiBojahagur Duanasir IIGhenta PeakHunza PeakPassu PeakDiran Peak and Bublimotin (Ladyfinger Peak), all 6,000 meters (19,685 ft) or higher.

Top Places to visit

If you are looking for the top tourist destinations in Hunza valley to have a round trip or if you want to visit the place and spend few days to enjoy the camping, bonfire, and stargazing in the towering rocky mountains of Karakoram then you can have a look at the following list and pick the best place or places according to your choice. 

Baltit Fort

Altit Fort

Ultar Sar


 Passu Village

 Attabad Lake

Khunjerab pass

Jan 24, 2008

Festivals of Gilgit-Baltistan,Pakistan I I Famous festivals of Gilgit-Baltistan

The geo-strategic importance of Gilgit-Baltistan is historic in nature. For thousands of years, the Russian, Chinese, Persian, Tibetan and Indian Empires fought over the passes of this region to dominate each other.That is why this region has a combined taste of all cultures. 

The territory was part of the Delhi Sultanate until it fell to the Mughal Empire in the early half of the 16th century. By 1757, the suzerainty of the region was obtained from the Mughals by Ahmad Shah Durrani under an agreement and became part of Afghanistan (also known as the Durrani Empire) until Ranjit Singh invaded and took control from the Afghans in 1819. It became a princely state with the name "Jammu and Kashmir" around 1847. After the partition of British India in 1947, Jammu and Kashmir initially remained an independent state. After the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947, Pakistani control was established on territories captured by Pakistan to the north and west of the cease-fire line. In 1970, the name "Northern Areas" (today's Gilgit–Baltistan, 72,971 km²) was applied to the areas that had previously been known as the Gilgit Agency and Baltistan. The name "Northern Areas" was actually first used by the United Nations to refer to the northern areas of Kashmir.

The Festivals are:
1-Silk Route Festival

Jan 23, 2008

Broad Peak or K-3 (8051-M) Gilgit-Baltistan Pakistan

The name of Broad Peak introduced by W.M.Convey a British explorer during his expedition in 1892. In Balti language name of Broad Peak is Phalchan Kangri(Falchan Kangri.),because of its breadth at the top.The height of Broad Peak is 8047-M / 26,401 ft. In 1954 Dr.Karl M.Herligkoffer of West Germany tried to climb it. The party made an attempt however did not meet  with success because of a storm and a very low temperature. 

Austrian expedition came to Pakistan in 1957 to climb this peak. It was lead by Marcus Schmuck with Fritz Wintersteller, Kurt Diemberger an Austrian climber and photographer and a legendary mountaineer and Hermann Buhl, who is considered on of the best known postwar Austrian climber.It began a reconnaissance of a ridge on the western face of the mountain. Consequently it climbed a snow gully and camped at 5791-M. On the 19th May 1957 all members of the expedition left camp III for an assault on the summit. A storm forced them to return to the base camp; It was however on the 9th June 157 that Marcus Schmuck, Fritz Wintersteller, Kurt Diemberger and Hermann Buhl climbed the peak without using O2 and high altitude porters.
The name of the other peaks in the Broad range  is Broad Peak middle/ central. In 1976 that a French Expedition led by Yannick Seigneur made an attempt on this peak in alpine style along with main Broad Peak.. This party of four folowed the Austrian first ascent rout an made four attempts but could go only up to 7925-M. The expedition had to come back because of bad weather.Spanish Josef Estruch with five members climbed Broad Peak (Central) in 1987. 
An Italian expedition which was led by Renato Casarottto attempted to climb Broad Peak North 7550-M in 1982 but was unsuccessful. Casarotto however succeeded in climbing it in 1983.