Sadiq Garh Palace Destination Pakistan

صادق گڑھ محل جہاں تاریخ دم توڑ رہی ہے

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نواب سر صادق محمد خان چہارم (پیدائش 1861ء وفات 1899ء) ریاست بہاولپور کے دسویں نواب تھے۔ آپ کے دور حکومت میں نور محل، صادق گڑھ پیلس اور دربار محل جیسی عظیم عمارتیں بنائی گئی۔

نواب سر صادق محمد خان چہارم (پیدائش 1861ء وفات 1899ء) ریاست بہاولپور کے دسویں نواب تھے۔ آپ کے دور حکومت میں نور محل، صادق گڑھ پیلس اور دربار محل جیسی عظیم عمارتیں بنائی گئی۔

Sadiq Garh Palace Destination Pakistan

ایک عزیز دوست نے ہمیں بہاولپور آنے کی دعوت دی اور دلی استقبال کے ساتھ ساتھ ہمارے سفر کے لیے تمام انتظامات بھی کیے، جس کے لیے انکی شُکر گزارہوں۔ بہاولپور سے کچھ فاصلے پر احمد پور شرقیہ میں سفید محل ہے جسے دنیا صادق گڑھ پیلس کے نام سے جانتی ہے۔
جُمعہ کی شام کراچی سے بہاولپور جانے والی بس سے ہم احمد پور شرقیہ پہنچے۔ دوست نے استقبال کیا اور ناشتہ کے بعد ہم صادق گڑھ محل کی طرف روانہ ہوگئے۔ یہ مرحلہ بھی طے ہُوا اور ہم مرکزی دروازے سے اندر داخل ہوئے تو ہماری نگاہوں کی سیدھ میں دودھیا محل کھڑا تھا، یقین جانیئے میری آنکھوں نے ایسا انسانی شاہکار پہلے نہیں دیکھا تھا ۔ ہائے کیا دور ہوگا کیا سماں ہو گا جب صحرا کے وسط میں ایک سفید دودھیا محل آباد ہوا ہو گا۔ دور دور تک اس کے تذکرے ہوتے ہوں گے۔ جو اس کو ایک بار دیکھتا ہو گا اس کے حسن کا اسیر ہو جاتا ہو گا۔ ہمارے ساتھ ایک محترم گائیڈ تھے جو محل کے ماضی سے بخوبی واقف تھے۔ گائیڈ نے بتایا کہ اس کی تعمیر 1882 میں شروع ہوئی اور تیرہ سال بعد 1895 میں تکمیل کو پہنچی۔ مرکزی راستے سے آگے آئیں تو ایک بارہ دری آتی ہے اور پھر دودھیا پیلس جسے ہم بہاولپور کےصادق پیلس کے نام سے جانتے ہیں۔ تین منزلہ عمارت جس کی عین وسط میں ایک بڑا گنبد اور دائیں بائیں دو چھوٹے گنبد ہیں، محل کے احاطے میں گھاس اور مختلف رنگ کے گُلاب ہیں جن کی دیکھ بھال کے لیےآج بھی نواب خاندان کے باغبان اس کی خدمت میں ہیں ۔
محل میں داخل ہوتے ہی میں تاریخ کے ایک سو سال طے کر گئی، اندر داخل ہوتے ہی پانی کے فوارے جیسا ایک گول خطہ نظر آتا ہے جو کے مختلف سلطنتوں کے جھنڈے لگانے کے لیے استعمال کیا جاتا تھا۔ ساتھ ہی دو قدم پہ ایک وسیع و عریض ہال ہے جیسے دربار ہال سے منسوب کیا گیا، جہاں نواب صادق آف بہالپور کا دربار سجتا تھا۔ ہال کی سِرے پہ ایک دراز قدآئینہ ہے۔ ہمارے گائیڈ نے بتایا کہ یہ آئینہ بیلجیم سے منگوایا گیا تھا۔ آئینہ سمندری راستے سے کراچی اور پھر بذریعہ سڑک انتہائی احتیاط سے محل تک پہنچایا گیا۔ اس مرکزی آئینے کے ارد گرد بہت بڑے لیکن مرکزی آئینے سے چھوٹے آئینے ہیں۔ گائیڈ کے کہنے پہ آئینے میں جھانکا تو مجھے اپنی پشت پر بنی بارہ دری اور مرکزی راستہ دور دور تک دکھائی دیے۔

بیلجیم سے لایا گیا دربار ہال کا آئینہ
بیلجیم سے لایا گیا دربار ہال کا آئینہ

میں نے چھت پر نگاہ کی تو اس زمانے کے فن کاروں کو داد دیے بغیر نہ رہ سکی۔ ہال کے وسط میں سونے کا ایک قیمتی فانوس بھی موجود تھا جو کے زمانے کے ساتھ کہیں لاپتہ ہو گیا۔ کہا جاتا ہے کہ ’تقریباً 150 سال تک غلافِ کعبہ بہاولپور کی ریاست سے تیار ہو کر جاتا تھا۔ جب کعبے پر نیا غلاف چڑھایا جاتا تو پرانے غلاف کے کچھ حصے ریاست کے پاس آ جاتے۔ دربار ہال میں آج بھی وہ جگہ موجود ، جہاں مکہ مکرمہ سے آئے غلاف کعبہ کو عزت و تعزیم کے ساتھ لٹکایا جاتا تھا۔

غلاف کعبہ صادق محل میں
غلاف کعبہ صادق محل میں

محل میں رہائش کے لیے 120 کمرے ہیں۔ ہر کمرہ دوسرے کمرے سے مختلف ڈیزائن میں بنوایا گیا تا کہ بیرونِ ملک سے آنے والے مہمان بور نہ ہوں۔ ایک کمرے کا نقش و نگار اور آرائش ترکی کے کلچر سے مناسبت رکھتا تھا اور کمرے کے عین وسط میں فوراہ تھا جس سے کمرے میں خوشبو کا کام لیا جاتا تھا ۔
اس کے علاوہ کانفرنس رومز، کچن بھی ہیں۔ محل میں ایک لائبریری بھی ہوا کرتی تھی۔ ڈائننگ روم ایک مستطیل شکل کا لمبا کمرہ ہے جس کے دائیں بائیں سوگوان لکڑی کے فریمز تھے کسی دور میں یہاں تیرہ نوابوں کی سونے کی تار سے بنی ہوئی تصویریں ہوا کرتی تھی ۔ سب سے دلچسپ مُجھے سن رومز لگے جہاں روشنی اور ہوا کا خاص اہتمام ہے۔ کمروں کے ساتھ متصل واش رومز بنائے گئے تھے ہر واش روم میں نہانے کے لئے باتھ ٹب بھی تھے

بیڈ روم
بیڈ روم

محل کی تین منزلوں پر اوپر نیچے جانے کے لئے سیڑھیوں کے علاوہ دو لفٹس بھی موجود تھیں۔ بس یوں کہیے کہ محل کا ہر حصّہ اپنے عظیم وقت کی شان و شوکت کی عکّاسی کرتا ہے ۔
سیڑھیوں سے تہہ خانے میں اترتے وقت محل میں آنے کا تجسس ہی بڑھ گیا ۔ محل کے تہہ خانے میں ریاست بہاولپور کا اپنا بینک ہُوا کرتا تھا، برطانیہ سے منگوائے گئے خصوصی لاکرز تہہ خانے میں ابھی باقی ہیں ۔ محل کے تہہ خانے سے سُرنگ کھودی گئی تھی جو کہ دوسرے محلوں تک زیرِ زمین راستہ تھا اور اس راستہ پر ایک رکشہ نُما گاڑی چلتی تھی ۔ گائیڈ نے بتایا کہ بھٹو کے زمانے میں جب محل پر کیس کیا گیا تو اس خُوفیہ راستے سارا قیمتی سامان دوسرے محل پہنچایا گیا ۔ اب یہ سُرنگ بند کردی گئی ہے ۔ تہہ خانہ میں ہوا کے لیے روشندان تھے۔ گائیڈ نے بتایا کہ گرمیوں کے موسم میں یہاں سانپ نکلتے ہیں بس اُن کا کہنا تھا کہ ہم فوراً اوپر آگئے ۔
محل کے احاطے میں مسجد کی خوبصورت سفید عمارت ہے جو دہلی کی جامع مسجد کے ڈیزائن کی عکاسی کرتی ہے۔ خوبصورت سنگ مرمر کے گنبد دور سے نظر آتے ہیں۔ اور قریب جانے پر یہ مسجد کئی گُنا زیادہ دلکش لگتی ہے ۔

صادق محل کی مسجد
صادق محل کی مسجد

مسجد سے چند قدم کے فاصلے اپنے دور کی نوابی گاڑی کا ڈھانچہ رہ گیا ہے اور اس کی نمبر پلیٹ کے حرف ابھی تک تو باقی ہیں آگے خُدا جانے ۔ محل کے دربار میں کھڑے ہو کر اس کے ماضی کو جب تصّورکیا تو سوچا کیا شان و شوکت سے دربار سجتا ہوگا ، ہر اہم مہمان کے آمد پر ریاستی فوجیوں کا گارڈ آف آنر ہوتا ہو گا اور اگلے ہی لمحے میں حال میں آجاتی ہوں جہاں سے یہ رونقیں ھجرت کر چُکی ہیں ۔ محل کی دیواروں کا رنگ اترتا جا رہا ہے، کھڑکیوں کے شیشے ٹوٹ رہے ہیں۔ وراثت اور ملکیت کے تناؤ میں یہ محل ایک عرصے سے بند ہے اور ہر گزرنے والا دن اس کی خستہ حالت میں اضافہ کر رہا ہے ۔ میں نے گایئڈ سے پوچھا کہ اس محل کا کیا مستقبل ہے تو انہوں نے کہا اس کا کوئی مستقبل نہیں، جواب تلخ ضرور تھا مگر غلط نہیں ۔
اس سے زیادہ بولتی تاریخی عمارت میں نے آج تک نہیں دیکھی جو کہ وقت کے بازوؤں میں اپنی داستان کے ساتھ دم توڑ رہی ہے، زینے پر تصویر بناتے وقت سیّد جونؔ ایلیا کا شعر یاد آیا کہ

اس گلی نے یہ سن کے صبر کیا،
جانے والے یہاں کے تھے ہی نہیں

نواب خاندان کے دور کی گاڑی
نواب خاندان کے دور کی گاڑی

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Hunza Valley- the first plastic free district of Pakistan

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Hunza Valley- the first plastic-free district of Pakistan
Hunza valley is amongst the top tourist destinations not only in Pakistan but in the world

Hunza valley is amongst the top tourist destinations not only in Pakistan but in the world. Surrounded by snow clad mountains and home to sprawling lush green meadows, the scenic Hunza valley has captured attention of local and international tourist alike for having scenic views, hospitable people and clean environment.

Of late, Hunza has yet again grabbed headlines for becoming the first plastic free district of Pakistan. Given the rise in awareness with regards to plastic pollution, which is attributed to be leading cause of environmental pollution, the local government joined hands with Gilgit Baltistan environment protection agency to roll out pilot ban. Moreover, in a bid to make the pilot a success, more than 10,000 biodegradable bags bearing anti plastic slogans were distributed amongst the local.

Atta Abad Lake Hunza

The pilot was run in the light of threat posed by plastic to the environment and the fact that Indus that runs through Pakistan happens to be amongst the second most polluted river in the world, with over 164,332 tons of plastic dumped in it annually.

It is well known that plastic can take centuries to decompose yet the demand for single use plastic continues to surge in Pakistan and across the world. It interesting that Hunza achieved what most metropolis from developed countries continue to struggle with.

With the introduction of ban on single use plastic in April 2019, the use of plastic, its export/ import and sale became a punishable offense. Although the ban was criticised by few factions of the society, the ban was eventually accepted by people, for it prevented landfill from appearing in GB.

alternative of plastic bags destination pakistan

What initially was a pilot run program, turned into a comprehensive program against plastic also inspired other cities including Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad and Quetta to impose a ban on single use plastic; however, the level of success attained by Hunza is unmatched thus far.

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Recognising the dividends of efforts by local council, the government of Pakistan’s adviser to PM on Climate change Malik Amin Aslam commended the personnels involved in the comprehensive program and declared “Hunza the first plastic free district in Asia’- which is part of the district that had seen influx of over 1.72 million tourist.

The adviser congratulated the officials involved for the valuable contributions and hoped to replicate the model in other areas in Pakistan

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

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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

Limelight on Quetta- First snowfall turns Quetta into Dream Winter Wonderland!

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The drop in mercury may send shivers to our readers as well but the Quetta people are having time of their lives.

With so many things happening around the world at the start of new decade that we have almost forgotten what’s transpiring in our own country. As Iran and America have captured the news for most part lately, the snow in Quetta has captured drew the due attention it needs.

The recent spell of snowfall has led to people posting pictures of Majestic snowfall of various places and their experiences.

The drop in mercury may send shivers to our readers as well but the Quetta people are having time of their lives

The snow season is bringing the best out of people in terms of creativity in Quetta.

With yet another spell of snow quite lately, the City of Hospitality grabbed attention when Pakistan Cricket Board shared pictures of Bugti Cricket stadium engulfed in the snow

A lot of people based in warmer areas might be wondering how are the Quetta walas are dealing with this chilly weather but worry not, there is a word ‘Acclimatise’, which is the very reason why we don’t feel cold during winter season when we come back from Nathiagali- A famous tourist destination of Lahoris 🙂

In this digital age, you are have not truly seen Quetta unless you gets its aerial view; all thanks to drone, we now get to see Quetta in its glory. See photos of Hydaspes’ lightbox to experience what Quetta and Balochistan has to offer

Kumrat Valley: Discover the Hidden Gem of KPK

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While Enroute to Kumrat forest, a place to visit on our bucket list, we had ambitious plans to visit as far as Katora Lake without knowing the arduous journey that was to come later. As much as I despised lack of quality infrastructure up north in Dir, our plan was jeopardised due to time constraints, and our local friends accompanying us advised to have a night stay at Thal,

Keep walking, we are about to reach the Jahazbanda meadow. During our hike to Jahazbanda Meadow, I heard this phrase quite often as it was seemingly an attempt by our friends accompanying us to boost our moral, Well my morale to be precise! Back in Sep 2018, my friends, who frequently visit northern areas, made plan to visit the scenic valley of Kumrat and since I daydream of traveling north almost every other day, I was invited to join them. We had well planned our itinerary, and it included a night stay at Kumrat forest and early morning hike to Jahazbanda Meadow.

Half of our squad were in Gujranwala, and we were expected to join them after finishing off work at 5 P.M. Things, however, didn’t go as planned. Instead of joining them in Gujranwala, we set off for Islamabad as all coasters to Gujranwala were overbooked, the earliest bus to Gujranwala would have cost us 1.5 hours had we waited. Anyhow, following a long wait of 3 hours at Bilal Daewoo’s semi-deserted stop for our squad to arrive, we finally set off to what later turned our to be fun-filled journey through scenic valleys of Dir.

While Enroute to Kumrat forest, a place to visit on our bucket list, we had ambitious plans to visit as far as Katora Lake without knowing the arduous journey that was to come later. As much as I despised lack of quality infrastructure up north in Dir, our plan was jeopardised due to time constraints, and our local friends accompanying us advised to have a night stay at Thal, and write off Kumrat from our itinerary as visiting Kumrat meant turning back to Lahore without experiencing the grandeur of Jahazbanda Meadow and Katora Lake which is further 3 hours journey after reaching Jahazbanda Meadow which itself requires 3-4 hours of moderate trekking, perhaps more if you are a first timer.

Camping at Katora Lake @sheraliphotography

Our first stopover occurred at Thal, a relatively small village near Panjkora river. Though at night, we couldnt explore anything due to extreme tiredness; however in the morning, we were welcomed by people whose hospitality had no bounds. It is imperative to note that thal village is enveloped in greenery and the road leading to Masjid and bridge nearby were covered with Walnut trees.

The historic Masjid in Thal masjid is locally known as Jamia Masjid Dar US Salam Thal and believed to be 100 years old. The interior of the Masjid is made of out exquisite wood and bears sign of local’s craftsmanship in design and woodwork.

 

Anyways, cutting long story short, We embared on our journey to Jahazbanda top. While the trek for half of us was rocky and steep, for me in particular it had been steep since we left earlier than our rest of the group and opted for water trail. The trek goes through Pine forest and ascends steeply, and eventually opens in lush green meadows of Jahazbada.

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Fortunately, we reached Jahazbanda before sunset after a journey that spanned over 3.5 hours while for others in our group, it took them over hours. The sight there though was spectacular, breathtaking enough to take all your journey related stress away. From Jahazbanda meadow, one could easily have a glimpse of Katora Lake, which was further 3 hours journey; however, we concluded the accompolishment of our mission in the light of pleas of our friends.

Have you been to Kumrat Valley? If yes, please share your experience in the comments below. 

TRAVEL: THE HIDDEN BEACH OF SAPAT BALOCHISTAN | BIOLUMINESCENT PHENOMENON

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Yes, I am going to highlight the bioluminescence that may be witnessed at Sapat Bander beach in Balochistan, Pakistan. It goes without saying that, of Pakistan’s 1,046 KM coastline, a large part of it remains unexplored, thanks to lack of infrastructure that has given a chance to wildlife to thrive.

The shinning beach of Sapat

Just when you begin to plan to embark on a journey to a foreign country to experience place of natural beauty, or cultural heritage sites, surprisingly you start coming across photos from Pakistan, often revealing sites that we, as masses, have been oblivious to.

Yes, I am going to highlight the bioluminescence that may be witnessed at Sapat Bander beach in Balochistan, Pakistan. It goes without saying that, of Pakistan’s 1,046 KM coastline, a large part of it remains unexplored, thanks to lack of infrastructure that has given a chance to wildlife to thrive.

Dolphins dancing in the clear blue water of Sapat Beach in Balochistan.

While Bioluminescent phenomena is amongst the spellbinding phenomenon to experience, it is caused by bioluminescent plankton, mainly by algea floating in the water. There are a lot of other things that happen behind the phenomena, but I’d rather leave the inconvenience to you to do some research, but in short plankton is a microscopic organism, which is a source of food for fish and this blue light is part of their defense mechanism to perplex the predator

While there are quite a few places in Pakistan where one can experience bioluminescent phenomena, like at Sapat Bandar beach, bhit khori and near Gadani, there are some other places in the world where you may experience this phenomena.

Moreover, before you get carried away with drive to witness it yourself, bear in my mind that unlike what you see in the photos, witnessing the phenomena with bare eyes is different since the blue light is produced for a relatively short amount of time; therefore, to take the photo, you have to adjust your camera setting accordingly, preferably using long exposure setting of your camera.

Important information:

 

Prior to visiting this place, remember you might not be lucky enough to experience the phenomena since it does not happen every night. From the experience, the likelihood of phenomena occurring is higher around ‘Full moon’, or in other words, there is no moonlight at all.

Have you been to Sapat Beach? If yes, please share your experience in the comments below. 

Makran Coastal Highway Balochistan Pakistan

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`Makran Coastal highway is nothing short of a paradise for those who crave long drives. While the wilderness around the makran coastal highway remains largely undiscovered, 653 KM Makran coastal highway has started to garner attention locally and internationally.

`Makran Coastal highway is nothing short of a paradise for those who crave long drives. While the wilderness around the makran coastal highway remain largely undiscovered, 653 KM Makran coastal highway has started to garner attention locally and internationally. The highway holds numerous adventure opportunities, stretches from Karachi, Sindh, and ends in Gawadar, Balochistan while passing through Kund Malir, Ormara and Pasni where could even get to experience bioluminescent phenomena.

While some travelers from Karachi complain about north being far enough from them, which prevents them from travelling more frequently, little do masses know that Makran Coastal highway awaits them to present unprecedented experience of star gazing, and a soothing escape from the pollution of the city. Moreover, the coast has some of the best beaches that are mainly untouched and have been commercialized due to lessor influx of tourist in this area.

Another thing to note that while traveling on Makran Coastal highway, you will get to experience the majestic artwork of nature in addition to wildlife, mud volcanoe in Hingol National Park. The Hingol National park contains some of the nature’s finest art work, with one of them being Sphnix that leaves one reminiscing the Great sphinx of Egypt while the other master piece is referred to as ‘Princess of Hope’.

In addition to this, there are other areas that one should aim on visiting, but must visit Is Mud Volcano; however, you would have to go off the highway to experience an active mud volcano. While there are more mud volcanoes, like V7, we would talk about them in our next article.

Have you been to Makran Coastal Highway? If yes, please share your experience in the comments below. 

Top 10 Places to Visit in Lahore

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LAHORE is capital of Punjab a province of Pakistan. Lahore is Pakistan’s second greatest city and sixteenth most crowded city on the planet. Lahore is popular due to its array of tourist activities. From historical sites to restaurants to priceless artifacts to shopping places, the list is endless. Following are Top activities in Lahore.

LAHORE is capital of Punjab a province of Pakistan. Lahore is Pakistan’s second greatest city and sixteenth most crowded city on the planet.  Lahore is popular due to its array of tourist activities. From historical sites to restaurants to priceless artifacts to shopping places, the list is endless. Following are Top activities in Lahore.

Food Street:

Food Street is a place to enjoy the smell and taste of all the delicious dishes that Lahore has to offer.

M M Alam Road:

This road was named after Muhammad Mahmood Alam, a very well-known figure of the Pakistan Air Force. The greatest restaurants in Lahore are located on this road is one of the major reasons for visiting this area.

From Burger Hub to Pompei to Village Restaurant to Jammin Java Café to Spice Bazar, there are many restaurants to impress any foodie.

 

Lahore Fort / Shahi Qila:

This must visit historical wonderful place was build in 11th Century By greatest Mahmood Ghaznavi. It measures 1400 feet by 1115 feet and the Sheesh Mahal is one of the most visited palaces in the Lahore Fort.

Badshahi Mosque:

This mosque is one of the most famous in the world and was built by Aurangzeb, the Mughal emperor in the year 1674. The interesting thing about the mosque is that it is made entirely of red sandstone. Visitors will be able to witness relics which belonged to the prophet Muhammad, his daughter, and his son-in-law. According to reports,  this mosque can hold around 40,000 people for worshiping in a single prayer session.

Liberty Market

For many, a great shopping experience is one of the best things that a tourist can look forward to when exploring a new city. Lahore has plenty of different shops and malls. From megastores like Emporium Mall to Packages Mall to Xinhua Mall the city provide a best shopping experience

Masjid Wazir Khan

Oldest carved architecture in the city of Lahore named WAZIR KHAN MOSQUE. The Qashani tile work of the Wazir Khan Mosque seems like a direct contrast to the majesty of the Lahore Fort.

Shalamar Gardens

For those who love nature, the Shalamar Garden of Lahore should be the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of this city for a while.  This garden is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Shalamar Garden was Build by Great Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1641.

Lahore Museum

Lahore Museum is now one of Pakistan’s most visited and highly regarded museums, Founded in 1865 during the British colonial period.

It has about 20 galleries which exhibit different priceless Qurans, paintings, Gandharan sculpture, carpets, manuscripts, Islamic artworks and many other such artifacts.

Minar e Pakistan

Minar-e-Pakistan is a monument well-known for being a perfect representation of the ideology of Pakistan. This monument is located in the famous Iqbal Park of Lahore which is one of the country’s largest urban parks. Built during the 1960s, it holds a special patriotic sentiment for the country as on this site the Lahore Resolution was passed by the All-India Muslim League on 23rd of March, 1940.

Wagah Border

A trip to Lahore would not be complete without an evening at the Wagah border. This place marks the border between Pakistan and its neighbor, India. Every evening tourists come to this place to witness the Wagah border ceremony, which is a military practice performed by both Pakistan and India at the same time since 1959.

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

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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

Itinerary

Surreal Toshangi Gorge, The Grand Canyon of Sindh – Pakistan

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Pakistan is blessed with diverse landscape. In north it has some of the breathtaking mountain peaks that entices mountaineers from around the world whereas in south, it has areas that hold the potential to become top tourist spot in the world. One such spot that you would you like to know is Tushangi Gorge, often referred to as ‘Grand Canyon of Sindh’. If you have heard of Grand Canyon in US, yes in Pakistan we have area with similar landscape. Isn’t it a good news?

While Sindh has fair share of tourist influx due to it having sites of archeological sites, such as Indus Valley civilization that is categorized as Bronze age civilization. While there are numerous archeological sites, Islamic architecture is amongst things that tourist get to visit.

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Toshangi gorge is place less travelled by in Sindh. Located near the border of Balochistan & Sindh, the gorge is in Kirthar mountain range in Sindh. The climate of the area is quite harsh and ironically Kirthar in Sindhi language means ‘Milk Cream’.

The Area has very limited number of pictures available online, with few of them circulating have been taken by veteran trekkers like Aziz Ahmad jamali and Hanif Bhatti who have been to various areas across Pakistan.

Here’s a short video on the what it is like to trek to Toshangi Gorge and the pathway and splendor of Toshangi Gorge.

The Gorge is believed to be 700 ft deep, formed by flowing water of Kenjhi river. Since the landscape of the area is akin to Grand Canyon in U.S, A british archeologist, Hugh trevor, gave this place its present name ‘Grand Canyon of Sindh’.

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Travel Guide to visit Toshangi Gorge:

Travelling to Toshangi Gorge would be challenging since this area is not much heard of, neither does this area sees a reasonable no of tourism infux. To get to Toshangi Gorge, òne has to begin their journey from Larkana by going westward towards Kambar town and further towards village of Garhi Khan Muhammad. The same road leads to Ghaibi Dero which is approximately 64 Km from Larkana. Important to note that Ghaibi Dero lies at the head of Khenji River, and from here you have to book jeeps and travel westwards to get to Toshangi Gorge.

Following an hour’s journey, one reaches ‘Rahu jo Aitho’ village which is not only the starting point of Toshangi gorge but also from where you have to undertake a 1 day long journey on foot along the river. The ‘Lohiro’ marks the point from where Khenji Rivers turns Northward and nearby lies Kirthar Ridge Crack spanning upto 5000 ft peak of Machhal.

The two banks of Toshangi gorge run as high as 700 ft, which is above surface of River Khenji. In case you are planning to travel to this area, It is advised to go through Chandio Family at Ghaibi Dero.

Toshangi Gorge (Google Maps)

Have you been to The Grand Canyon of Sindh? If yes, please share your experience in the comments below.