October 2009 - 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, 2009

Hotels in Gawadar, Balochistan with Contact Details

Gawadar is the emerging and free sea port of the Pakistan. This city is included among the planned cities of Pakistan like Islamabad. As this is the international seaport and trade center of the future, therefore, a number of hotels have been established there to meet the demand of the people in present and future as well.
Following is the list of hotels with their facilities, address, the number of rooms and contact numbers. But don't forget to dial the code of the Gawadar City (086).
The charges given in the table is not final this might vary.

The following abbreviations have been 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 23, 2009

Hotels in Gilgit City Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan with Contact Detail

Gilgit is the Capital city of Gilgit-Baltistan Province and the main hub of the tourist and nature lovers. It is also the commercial center of the region being the nearest city to the China Border as Karakoram Highway passes through Gilgit City. 

How to reach by road?

If you want to visit Gilgit-Baltistan and you want to go there by road then the Gilgit city is where you would make your first entry. From here you would make your plan and disperse in different directions depending on the tourist spots you want to visit. Like if you want to visit, Hunza, Nagar, Ghizer or Astore then you can choose the mode of transport, public or private whatever you want to choose, and head towards the destination. 
You can visit the Skardu city from Gilgit as well but keep in mind that Skardu and Gilgit are two different destinations and public transport from Islamabad operate separately for both of the cities. Vehicles going to Gilgit would not go to Skardu and you need to go there by yourself if you have bought a ticket for Gilgit. It takes about 5 hours from Gilgit to Skardu and vehicles going to Skardu from Islamabad head towards Skardu without going there in Gilgit city. 

By Air travel

If you want to visit Gilgit-Baltistan then there are two options. There are two airports in Gilgit-Baltistan, one in Skardu and Gilgit each and flights from Islamabad operates daily flights to both cities. The flights are also weather dependent. 
Following is the list of hotels along with contacts. But don't forget to dial the city code of the Gilgit City ( 05811).  

The given prices are not the final but may vary. The contact details and the addresses are valid.

Hotel name and Address No of Rooms Rs. Contact
Snigle Bed Double Bed
Gilgit Serena Jutial 42 5500 8500 Tel. 55894-9
Fax 52740
Rupal Inn Shahrah-e-Quiede Azam, Khomer 55900,
44 1800-2500 2500-3000 Tel. 55471
Fax 57678
11 1500-2500 Fax 57678
Riaz Road,
Khomer Chowk
Tel. 55537
28 800 1200 Fax
Airport Road
Tel. 52,379
40 Fax 53796
River View Road,
Chinar Bagh
Tel. 53093
13 800 1000 Fax 54184,
Airport Chowk
35 350-550 550-950 Tel. 53722,
Domyal Link Road
Tel. 52,875
22 550 900 Fax
Madina Market,
Hunza Chowk
Tel. 52066
17 300 800 Fax
Aamir Market,
Airport Road
Tel. 53711
27 300 800 Fax
Sodha Plaza
Near PIA Booking Office
18 400 700 Tel. 52308
PIA Office, Airport Rd,
Tel. 52984
23 400 600 Fax
Airport Road,
14 250 400 Tel. 54168
20 400 500 Tel. 55715
Taj Madina Market
Cinema Bazar
15 400 500 Tel. 53716
Jamat Khana Bazar
Tel. 57537
11 350 500 Fax
Airport Road
11 300 500 Tel. 53828
NLI Welfare
Shopping Complex
Tel. 52334
15 400 600 Fax
Khomer, Shahrah-e-
Tel. 55545
9 350 500 Fax
Naseem Shopping
Tel. 54662
8 300 500 Fax
NLI Chowk,
Cinema Bazar
15 Tel. 52457
Naseem Shopping
Centre, Airport Road
19 Tel. 53026
Link Road, Kashrot
Tel. 54255
8 250 400 Fax
Cinema Bazar,
15 250-500 Tel. 51110
Airport Road
Tel. 58100
14 300 500 Fax
Link Road, Domyal
Tel. 53447
21 300 500 Fax
Bank Road,
Tel. 54839
8 300 500 Fax
15 300 400 Fax
Airport Road
10 350 500 Tel.
Mirza Bazar,
Tel. 52632
16 250 400 Fax
Airport Road,
19 250 350 Fax

Oct 14, 2009

Bhambor or Banbhore Sindh, Pakistan

Bhambore is an archaeological site in Sindh Province, situated at 65 km east of Karachi between Dhabeji and Gharo, on the  National Highway. It is also known as Bhambra among Khudabadi Sindh Swarankar community. It holds the remains of three civilization: the Scytho-Parthian period, Hindu-Buddhist Period, and Islamic Period. Bhambore was also an important trade route and a military post during these eras. The city was later abandoned due to a change in the Indus River's course. History also reveals that it was devastated by an earthquake in 893 AD. The young Arab warrior Muhammad Bin Qasim landed his armies in 711 AD and destroyed the castle. At the time of his invasion, the population of the Bhambore was mainly Hindu with a Buddhist minority. The city was originally the sea-port of Debal and the French Archaeologist MRS Monique Kervran confirmed in her findings that Bhambore and Deal were, in fact, two names of the same place. Bhambore had trading links between Arab and South Asian nations of the times. The ruins of the Bhambore castle can be seen covering an area of 14 acres with three gates. According to archaeologists, Bhambore influenced other civilized centers of its times. It was a hub of the trade from the 8th to 12th century AD.
Artifacts and pottery of Bhambore have also been discovered from Africa, Iran, and Central Asia. Glass-making, pottery, and coins making were common in Bhambore. Colorful glassware, glass lamps, small perfumery bottles, and beads have also been unearthed. All these various types of glassware discovered here can now be seen in the local museum. Bhambore is also famous for the folk love story of Sassi and Pannu, one of the seven tragic tales from Sindh. Sassi was the daughter of the Raja of Bhambore. Upon the birth, astrologers predicted that she was a curse for the royal family's prestige, so the Raja ordered that the child is put in a wooden box and thrown in the Indus.  A washerman of Bhambore found the box and having no child of own, he felt it was a blessing from God and decided to adopt her. As Sassi grew up, she became an extremely beautiful woman. As Bhambore laid on the trade route to Thatta, Caravans would pass through it regularly and stories of Sassi's beauty reached the young prince of Makran, Pannu. He traveled to Bhambore and in order to catch glimpse of her, he sent home of his clothes to the washer man. When Pannu visited the latter's house, he came face to face with the young girl and both fell in love at first sight. But as the prince was not from their caste, Sassi's father refused this alliance. He eventually decided to test Pannus's worth and gave him clothes that needed to be washed. While washing, the prince tore the clothes as he had never been assigned such a task. Before returning them, though, he did gold coins in their pockets, hoping this gesture would keep the villagers quite. The trick worked, and Sassi's father gave his consent to the marriage. 
Pannu's father was however against this dishonorable relationship, so the man's brother traveled to Bhambore. They first threatened Pannu but when he did not relent, they elaborated a devilish plan. They pretended to have had a  change of heart and celebrated the first wedding night of their brother with fake enthusiasm. They made him drink heavily and once he got intoxicated they carried him on a camel's back and returned to their hometown of Makran. The next morning, when Sassi realized Panuu had been cheated, she became made with the grief of separation from her lover and ran barefoot towards Makran. She crossed miles of desert and kept going on despite exhaustion and injuries, while Pannu's name was on her lips throughout the journey. She eventually got thirsty and saw a shepherd coming out of a hut. He gave her some water but, mesmerized by her beauty, dirty thoughts came to his mind and he tried to force himself on the young girl. Sassi ran away, praying to hide and to save her chastity. God granted her prayers: the land shook, split, and Sassi found herself buried in the valley. When Pannu regained consciousness in Makran, he ran back to Bhambore, calling out of his beloved. On the way, he met the shepherd who recounted him the whole story.
The prince prayed to get back to the woman he loved, and God listened to him. The hillock parted again and he too found eternal refuge in its womb, alongside Sassi. The shepherd, repentant, became the caretaker of their grave. This legendary grave still exists in the valley and can be found at Lasbela. According to myth, it is placed exactly at a spot where the lovers disappeared underground. Needless to say, it is proudly protected by the locals, who are always more than happy to narrate its story to visitors. As for the ruins of Pennu's fort they are located even further, in Turbat. 

Oct 11, 2009

Shangrila Resort Skardu Pakistan | Pictures of Shangrila Resort Skardu

Shangrila Lake or Lower Kachura Lake is a part of the Shangrila resort located at a drive of about 30 minutes from Skardu city.
It is a popular tourist destination and has a unique restaurant that is built on the fuselage of an aircraft that had crashed nearby.

Tourist can take a full sight of Skardu city in a single glance from here.  On two sides there are beautiful snowcapped mountains, and on the eastern side is the Skardu city. The Indus River, Pakistan's largest river, and Skardu-Gilgit link road pass by side. Tourist can also enjoy verities of indigenous fruits in the summer season.
The Skardu airport is also located at a distance of 20 minutes drive from the resort and the main market area of the city is a drive of about half an hour.