October 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