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U.K government reiterates support for tourism in Pakistan, upgrades travel advice!

Posted By : Destination Pakistan/ 583 0

Year 2020 has been a bearer of good news for Pakistan, especially for Pakistan tourism. In the light of improved security situation, which is evident from resumption of cricket matches, with ongoing twenty20 series between Pakistan and Bangladesh,

Year 2020 has been a bearer of good news for Pakistan, especially for Pakistan tourism. In the light of improved security situation, which is evident from resumption of cricket matches, with ongoing twenty20 series between Pakistan and Bangladesh, the U.K government expressed belief in Pakistan by making amends to its existing travel advisory.

The announcement came today after a thorough assessment of security situation in Pakistan on the basis of multitude of factors. It is imperative to note that this the first major announcement since 2015.

The news of changes in travel advisory of Pakistan has been welcomed by masses. In a video message by Dr. Christian Turner- British , posted by Government of Pakistan’s twitter handle, he congratulated people of Pakistan on this big development and acknowledged beauty of Pakistan.

Dr. Christian highlighted allowing travel by road to north of Pakistan to U.K nationals. The development is a result of memorable visit by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in October 2019 and resumption of British airways in June 2019.

He further added that it was on his agenda after arrival to Pakistan and attributed it to hard work of the government for ensuring improved security situation. He also expressed his delight on that British nationals would be able to explore more of Pakistan’s unexplored jewels.

Details of Travel Advice

• The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides travel advice based on objective information to help British Nationals make better-informed decisions about foreign travel.
• The new travel advice for Pakistan reduces the section of the Karakoram Highway where the FCO advises against all travel to the area between Mansehra and Chilas alone (previous travel advice covered the full route from Islamabad to Gilgit). Travelers may bypass this section by taking the alternative route through the Kaghan Valley and Babusar Pass.
• The FCO no longer advises against all but essential travel to the Kalesh and Bamboret Valleys.
• The FCO advises against all travel to most of Balochistan including the city of Quetta. This is except for the southern coast of Balochistan, including the city of Gwadar, where the FCO advises against all but essential travel.
• Like all FCO travel advice, these changes are based on security assessments, which are kept under constant review.
• In 2018, there were an estimated 484,000 visits by British nationals to Pakistan. There are 22 weekly direct flights to the UK.
• For the full list of FCO travel advice to Pakistan, click here: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/pakistan

Naran Kaghan- The spirit of selfless hospitality in the face of calamity

Posted By : Muhammad Waleed/ 1421 0

Naran Kaghan is one of the most visited places in Pakistan owing to impeccable infrastructure. On 27th July, Pakistanis woke up to distressing news of landslide on Jalkhand road in Khyber Paktunkhwan.

Naran Kaghan is one of the most visited places in Pakistan owing to impeccable infrastructure. The roads are safe enough to drive on provided you have good driving skills. The scenery is something to die for. With families flocking to these scenic places to escape the sweltering hot weather in rest of Pakistan, the lack of planning and inconsideration to weather condition could pose serious threat to life of commoners!

 

On 27th July, Pakistanis woke up to distressing news of landslide on Jalkhand road in Khyber Paktunkhwa. The unfortunate incident resulted in 4 casualties, with members from the same families who lost their lives after their car was buried under the rubble. The blockade on what is the most busiest road leading to Top tourist attraction Naran Kaghan led to over thousands of people stranded.

According to reports the landslide was trigged by a cloudburst and the Naran- Kaghan Road was blocked at atleast 8 points.

 

The good news is that although the road has been cleared, it’s being advised by the district management to avoid unnecessary travel to northern areas, or if you have any plans, defer them until mid-August.

 

Naran is not the only place that has been struck by vicious landslides. Earlier this month, a cloudburst occurred in Kashmir that considerably hampered the tourist movement. Moreover areas like Kumrat and thal were affected by the land-sliding

With all this said, it is significant to highlight the heartwarming support extended by the locals and the hotel who selflessly provided shelter to stranded tourist on Naran Kaghan road.

 

According to Zunaira Bint e Izzat, who was amongst the thousands stuck on Naran Kaghan Road owing to land-sliding, at 4 P.M, on 25th July, while he was Enroute to swat, he got the news from returning drivers that roads had been blocked, who immediately turned around to witnesses the selfless act of locals at Moon restaurant.

By: Zunaira Bint e Izzat

The moon restaurant happens to be a restaurant and not a hotel whose typical setting contains charpaye, with not much room to cater hundreds of people. Shortly Ms. Zunaira stopped by for a tea and quick rest, news broke out of landsliding and casualties that created panic amongst the  customers who were mainly families with kids along.

 

With temperature falling as the dusk approached, many were left wandering how would they manage to protect themselves, most importantly, women and kids. This is where Ms. Zunaira was taken aback by selfless act of locals who offer shelter to families while they themselves stayed outside in the freezing temperature .

By: Zunaira

While the tourist shared the quilts, blankets amongst themselves offered by the hotel owners, the management ensured that visitors weren’t charged an extra buck. With 5 washrooms at Moon restaurant for 500 people, the management of Moon restaurant ensured that it remain cleaned, with regular announcements of assurances to minimise the panic.

 

Amidst the temperature drop, the restaurant owner offered free steaming hot halwa to the customers at 12 A.M while tea was offered to all at 2 A.M

Despite the plummeting weather, the warmth of hotel’s generosity kept the people going. It is important to note that hotel’s staff spent the whole night looking after the visitors whom they treated as guest. Truly a remarkable tale of selflessness, generosity and undoubtedly set the bar for hospitality even higher.

 

Lastly, it is recommended to refer to weather forecast before making decisions to travel north, do your research and trust the locals when they advised you to turn around. Stay safe.

Pakistan – China Bus Service: Ticket Price, Booking & More

Posted By : Muhammad Saqib/ 266 0

Pakistan-China Bus Service has resumed service due to adverse weather conditions in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Pakistan – China bus service launched officially last year and become a reality under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Project and allow passengers to travel to China / Pakistan easily by road for less.

Pakistan-China Bus Service has resumed service due to adverse weather conditions in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Pakistan – China bus service launched officially last year and become a reality under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Project and allow passengers to travel to China / Pakistan easily by road for less.

Bus Services was launched by Shuja Express Which Cover One Way Journey approximately  30 hours of travel in two days and the passengers will get to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of northern Pakistan.

Route:

The bus will travel from Lahore’s Liberty to Kashgar, China.

Departure Days From Lahore Pakistan:

Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday,

Departure Days From Kashgar China:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Travel Documents Required:

  • Valid NIC of Traveller
  • Valid Visa of Traveller
  • Valid Passport  of Traveller
  • Return Ticket of Traveller

Ticket Price:

  • Cost of the one-way ticket (Lahore to Tashkurgan): PKR 13,000 per passenger seat
  • Cost of a one-way ticket (Tashkurgan to Kahore): RMB600 per passenger seat
  • Cost of two-way ticket: PKR 23,000 per passenger seat

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