Sep 30, 2012
This majestic fort is located at a distance of 100 km from the Bahawalpur city of Punjab Province, Pakistan. This is the only fort which was preserved in the Cholistan Desert, dates back to Indus Civilization. The fort is surrounded by hundred of sides which need to be excavated. The fort is built in a square shape with a length of 672 feet on each side. The towers around the fort, made of burnt bricks are visible from miles provides an extra beauty to the fort. The buildings built inside of the fort in square shape now deserted inside was built for the Nawab's army and their family.
This place is situated in the city of Bahawalpur, Punjab Province, Pakistan. It was built in 1872 and completed in 1875. There are different fictions about this place among which the famous is: This place was built by Nawab Sadiq Muhammad Khan, also known as Shah Jahan of Bahawalpur, "because he was interested in building beautiful and monumental buildings like Shah Jahan", for his wife. But they could not spend more than one night in the place because an adjoining graveyard was seen from the balcony of the Mahal. Therefore his wife refused to live here and it remained unused. This place is very beautiful for photography, but because of lack of services, especially infrastructure, it has been hidden from the local as well as international visitors.
Sep 22, 2012
Where is Kalash valley located?
The Kalash valley is located in the extreme northwest of Pakistan just a few kilometers away from the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Kalash valley consists of series of small and medium size villages, hamlets and ravines but three of these villages are famous for their unique cultures and can be accessed by a jeep-able road from the Ayun valley of Chitral district, Ayun comes before the Chitral town.
|Kalash valley women in local dress|
Why Kalash valley is so famous?
The Kalash valley is famous for the culture, rituals, traditions, customs, festivals and belief of the people. Unlike other parts of the Pakistan, this valley has distinct features in term of religion, culture, traditions and their lifestyle. The people of Kalash are known as the oldest tribes of South Asia who have retained their culture and belief for centuries in small valleys and ravines predominately dominated by two Muslim countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
They speak the Kalasha language from the Dardic family of the Indo-Aryan-branch and are considered among the unique tribe of the Indo-Aryan-peoples of Pakistan. These people are thought to be the descendants from the Kafristan province, present day Nuristan province of Afghanistan.
People of Kalash are very lively people and one of the most prominent things for which they are famous particularly in Pakistan is because of their culture-riched and colorful festivals. During the festivals, the participant's vibrant dress and hypnotic ritual dances are one of the things to observe. The colorful dances impart a feel of contentment when you observe their special dance in their indigenous dresses. The people of Kalash love music very much and they play instruments as well, among the instruments drum and flute are common and they play these well.
The three famous festivals which are celebrated in different seasons are:
The three famous festivals which are celebrated in different seasons are:
1-Joshi in late May.
This festival is celebrated in May and this is meant to be the welcome of the spring and a welcome tribute to the fairies.
2-Uchau in autumn
This festival is the celebration of harvest, as the Kalash valley is some 3000 feet above sea level and observes harsh and freezing winter, therefore, a successful accomplishment of harvest is a kind of feat for them. The valleys in the past were totally self-sustained but now the scenario has somehow changed.
3-Caumus in mid-winter
This festival is one of the most important festivals according to the belief of Kalash people. Although people mostly visit the Kalash valley during the other two festivals mentioned above because in winter it is difficult to reach there and even if you reach there you would need to carry a lot of fabrics and other things. But for the Kalash valley people, this festival is the most prominent one because the male spirit of Balumain passes through the valley during this festival and he carries the prayers and of the people with him.
Descendants of Alexandar the Great
According to some sources, the people of Kalash valley are the progenitor of the Alexander the Greate because when he attacked the China and was on the way back to Greece a soldier of his army settled in Kalash valley and the present day people are said to be the direct lineage of the soldier.
Valleys of Kalash
Kalash valley consists of series of valleys but the three valleys which are inhabited by considerable people are famous and people visit these valleys and festivals are observed in these valleys. These valleys are:
- Bamburet and
How to reach Kalash valley?
If you want to visit Kalash valley and witness the colorful and vibrant festivals of Kalash people then there are two options for you. You can reach there by air or by road, depending on your choice you can choose one.
By air journey
If you want to visit the Kalash valley by air then you need to reach in the Islamabad first because no airline operates between Chitral and other cities except PIA flights. PIA flights from the Islamabad will carry you to the Chitral valley and from there you can reach the Kalash valley by a jeep-able road. From Chitral town, it would take a maximum of one and half hour to reach there.
By road journey
If you want to visit by road then you need to cover about 450 kilometers from Islamabad and it would take about 10-12 hours. You can also visit the Kalash valley from Gilgit as well. Kalash is about 400 kilometers southwest of Gilgit and it would take about 8-10 hours to reach Kalash from Gilgit.
|Kalash valley girls in local dress|
|Kalash valley kids|
|Kalash valley dress|
Shogran is one of the most beautiful hill stations and tourist spots of Pakistan in Mansehra district of KPK in the well known and green carpeted Kaghan valley. Shogran is at a distance of 222 km from Islamabad, 34 km from Balakot and 65 kilometers from the Mansehra city.
Why should you visit Shogran once in life?
Shogran, we would say, is one of the most scenic and spectacular hill stations not only in KPK but in overall Pakistan because the serenity, wilderness and scenic dreamlands in the Shogran have no parallel in the whole Pakistan. Be it the thickly wooded peaks, the meadows at the top, the view of the spectacular birdseye view of surrounding or the chance to visit many amazing tourist spots around this place is, in fact, a fairyland. During the sunrise and the sunset, you would have an amazing view, especially when it is the cloudy weather. you would feel like the sea of clouds are buzzing and hugging you. The distant wooded peaks, the gleaming icy summit and the white clouds hovering over the peaks would give a perfect scenery to enjoy.
How to reach there?
It depends on from where are you coming. If you are coming from Abbottabad or Mansehra the road which leads one to the Naran and Kaghan valley will be followed from the Mansehra city. But if you are coming from Islamabad then there are many options for you, it all depends on your preference.
From Islamabad, you can follow Islamabad-Murree-Expressway. This route will pass through Murree, Bhurban, and Muzaffarabad and near Balakot city of KPK it will enter the Naran Kaghan road. From Balakot it will take a maximum of one hour to reach the Shogran. This will be the shortest route
Another option is, you can drive through the woods of Maragalla Hills and passing through the spectacular Pir Sohawa you will reach the Haripur city. From Haripur, it will follow the Karakoram Highway and pass from Abbottabad and Mansehra you will again enter the Naran-Kaghan road.
Third optionThe third option is driving on the Karakoram Highway which will pass through Taxila, Haripur, Hassan Abdal, Abbottabad, and Mansehra. From Mansehra, you will turn east and enter the Naran-Kaghan road.
Places to visit nearby
When you have visited Shogran then you can visit some spectacular and marvelous places on the same route from the Shogran. These picturesque places include Siri Paye and the Siri Lake. The Siri Paye, another famous tourist spot, is just 7 kilometers away from the Shogran and the Siri lake is one the way to Siri Paye. So you can visit so many beautiful and amazing places in one round trip
|Siri Paye Meadows|
Sep 11, 2012
Uchhali Lake, Soon Skacer valley
Uchhali Lake is a salt water lake in the Southern Salt range of Soon valley, district Khushab of Pakistan. It is at a distance of 290 km from Islamabad and 300 km from Lahore. Sakesar, the highest mountain in the salt range, is covered by the snow in winter. This lake was formed by the drainage water of the area. But later on, when drainage system was introduced in the area the lake was preserved as picnic point. The lake is 1 kilometer wide and two kilometers long. Because of the saltish water the lake is lifeless. A small ascent of the hill on right side of the lake with fully lush green trees presents a scenic view. At a time the lake is covered by the thousands of migrating birds. Boats are also available at the lake. Besides the boats, there is a rest house too on the side of the lake. The lake is said to be 400 years old.