Sunday, March 13, 2011

Murree is The Best Place for Tourism

Murree is Pakistan's most popular hill station. Murree lies 50 kilometers northeast of Pakistani capital Islamabad at a comfortable altitude of 7500 feet (2286 meters) in the Himalayan foothills at 33 54' 30" north latitude and 73 26 east longitude.  Murree Sanitarium (US sanatorium), as it was initially known, was selected because of its cool climate
to serve as recuperation area for British troops and was one of the several such hill stations established in the foothills of Himalayas across the Indian subcontinent. It was one of two important hill stations in the Punjab, other being Shimla, in present day Hamachal Pardesh state of India. Murree was more accessible from the Punjab plains than Simla and served as summer capital of the province till 1875 when it was replaced by Simla.

Murree is a mountainous area, forming part of outer Himalayas, situated at 33.35’ north latitude and 73. 27’ eastern longitudes. It consists of four gradually increasing supers. On highest among them is situated Murree city itself at height of 7500 feet. Others include Patriata, Kuldana and Gharial. It is bounded by River Jehlum in the east, NWFP districts of Abbottabad and Heripur to the North and West, Islamabad Capital Territory to the Southwest and Kotli Sattian Tehsil (town) of Rawalpindi district to the South. Murree town was built in line with the European cities with Church in the centre and main road, The Mall, running along with commercial places and administrative offices around the same. The Mall was and still is still the centre of attraction. Non Europeans were not allowed access to the Mall till independence in 1947.

Historians disagree about the origins of Murree name. According to one theory Murree name comes from local Marrhi meaning a ridge. According to another it is derived from Turkish Marg meaning a meadow. It can not be far from reality, since there are large Turkish cultural influence in the region. The local dialect emit a series of words from Turkish language. Besides historical locals who used to spend most of the year in the valleys and used the top of hills, as pastures or fields to grow seasonal crops. For centuries Turkish Marq could have been Mary, who also became British spellings used in the beginning of their contacts with the area. It was only in 1875 that the current spelling was adopted Murree.

A further explanation Murree name from Hazrat Marriam, or Virgin Marry, said to be buried at Pindi Point is one of the highest places. There are stories abound about holiness sight, and how divine intervention has been a stop construction workers to remove the grave. Whatever the explanation of the name seems that before the advent of the British do not represent something beyond the Hilliard. There is no entry indicates that the entire area is known as the Murree day had the same name before British occupation of the area in 1846. During the Afghan and Sikh rule the area was referred by the name the tribe inhabiting the same. It was only after transfer of the hill tract, including Murree, from the Hazara district of Rawalpindi District in 1850, the Tehsil Murree was established.

At that time consisted of 92 villages spread across five areas or 'Ilakas of Phulgran, Charhan, Dewal, Kotli and Karor. Parts of the areas which were placed under the rule of Raja pf Muzaffarabad in 1831 along with Murree and Kahuta area, including the area from Khapur to Boi at the confluence of the rivers Jehlum and Kunhar was not returned to Rawalpindi and was held in Hazara District. Sometimes Pulgran later was transferred to Rawalpindi Tehsil and now forms a part of Islamabad Capital Territory. In the 1990s, Kotli and some villages in the so Karor ilaka were separated to form Sattian Kotli Tehsil. Click here for details

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Pakistan's Most Beautiful Places

The Northern Areas of Pakistan lying under the great mountain ranges of Himalaya –Karakorum –Hindu Kush –Hindu Raj and Pamir, surrounded by high peaks of 6500 m to 8600 meters.
Administratively divided with five districts, which runs by DC,s and the concern authority. Controlled from Gilgit by Chief Secretary. The chef secretary controlled by Federal Government Islamabad.
Gilgit the capital of Northern Areas has been inhabited for thousands of years, the various invaders, reached in the South, reached here. The animism of early inhabitants was over laid by fair worship, brought from in Iran. Which was modified by the Indo Aryans in 1700 BC.

From the 1st century Gilgit was like Kashgar, the trade center from all places as its now. From 4th century to 11th century AD, It was under Buddhism influence of Sogdiana dynasty, Kushans Hindu Shahis and later Islam introduce in this area. Gilgit situated at an important point, Central Asia-China.
Northern area is associated with air and road with other cities in Pakistan including Islamabad Capital. There are daily flights to Skardu and Gilgit, which is subject to weather. It is linked with Karakorum highway through the Indus Valley. 620 km to Gilgit and 832 miles to Skardu. It is a two days drive to reach Gilgit & Skardu.
Northern areas are fairy land, which covers thousands of Squire Kilometers if high snow-capped mountain, surrounded by lashed green valleys, rivers, Glaciers-High meadows, high passes-Pine Dev Dar Forest, Juniper trees, Cultivated fields, orchards offering spectacular panoramic views of natural disaster . Northern area is a tourist paradise for hikers, climbers-Skiers-Jeep Safaris-Rock Climbing, Whitewater Rafting-Cultural Tours, Silk Road Travelers-Mountain Bike Tours and many many

Hunza & Nagar Valley:  

Today Hunza & Nagar are  in progress in education agriculture, orchard, business small industries automobile, wooden work, building construction banking, women development programs, Health programs, Health units as well as first aid posts in every villages, Embroidery, Handicrafts, carpet industries, Mining precious stones etc.
The actual changes started after 1978, when the Karakorum highway opened between China & Pakistan. Again a trade route between Islamabad & Sinking province, the rapid changes happed in the Northern Area of Pakistan. People came into border business with China. The Aga Khan Network with collaboration of Government of Pakistan, their joint efforts brought fruitful result to life of people of Hunza.
There are self-help schools in every second village in the valley and all children male and female attend schools 100 percent, this is the reason, why Hunza Nagar people are different from other valleys in North of Pakistan.
The Tourism started in Pakistan in the 1980,s. The flow of tourism was in Hunza Nagar valley, till now, which brought the economic revaluation. Hunza Nagar has been a tourist destination from a long time.

Skardu or Baltistan Valley:

The increase in the Indus stretching down to Baltistan valley from Tibet to Gilgit and down to the Arabian Sea, which cuts the Indian subcontinent from Asia, Baltistan valley called a little Tibet in the north of Pakistan.
Baltistan is situated at the end of the Himalayas since Deosai Plain and Satpara Lake. Baltistan tourist destination Mountains paradise where the world 2: a highest peak is K-2 (8611M) and the other 8000m are broad Peak Gasherbrum I & II, probably 8068 to 8047m and there are many peaks 7750 - 7800m. Its snow-capped peaks, glaciers and Long gives you great views of climbers, hikers and travelers.

Shigar Valley:

The Shigar valley that has a long distance for K-2 base camp on Baltoro Glacier, to Concordia place among the high mountains. The inhabitants of Shigar are the decedents of Kirgis, who migrated from China in the region of Yarkand, when it was possible to travel from Baltistan to the North of China as a Karavan via Sinkiang and Kashmir as a trade route.

Hushe Valley:

A valley the Kings of valleys are situated at the east of Skardu in the foot of Masherbrum Mountains which leads to Ghandogoro La to K-2 Base Camp and the great walls.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

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Pakistan may be not much think-able for many travelers due to bad image created by local and international media, but there is a lot of interest to Visit Pakistan. Pakistan is the real India where every thing began, the Indus civilization, the scripts of Ragveda, The Buddhism and the language Sanskrit were all started here.
We are also a land of the highest mountains of the world. Pakistan is very safe to visit in the south Sindh & Punjab province and in the North west Hunza,Nagar Gilgit, Skardu Shangrila Areas in fact you don't even need to travel/fly to the troubled areas of Islamabad, Lahore or Peshawar you can come to Hunza valley from China by road Check Visit Pakistan from China

Special Tours in Pakistan for 2011

7 Days Sindh Orient Tour:-

Visit Karachi Moen Jo Daro Hyderabad and Mirpur Khas an excellent tour that will take you from the modern Karachi to the Moghul Architecture and the Ancient Indus civilization of Moen Jo Daro. Witness the colorful culture of South Eastern Sindh Province of Pakistan. Also have a close look at the Sufism. This is a treasure of history and culture in embedded in 7 days.

7 Days Punjab & Potohar Tour:- 

Visit the lively city of Lahore visit its architecture and art, visit the Harrappa the throne of Indus civilization Multan the land saints and architecture. Also visit the Potohar Plato and salt mine and in the end tour of Islamabad and Rawalpindi the capital of Pakistan.
Islamic Art & History Tour: Visit the Karachi-Lahore, Islamabad, Gilgit & Hunza Tour. Explore and learn the Muslim culture from the Arab period (711 AD) to todate this is a complete tour of Pakistan from South to North of Gilgit-Baltistan province. You will see archeology, history, architecture, culture and high mountains.

Monday, February 28, 2011


Gilgit has been mentioned in the annals of history has been mentioned as a prosperous trading center, its location on the ancient trade routes and relations with Astor Chila-Kaghan on one side and China on the other through Kilik and Mintaka Short and has remained under constant consideration of major powers as an important strategic point. With the construction of Karakoram Highway (KKH) and Gilgit valleys out has been in the main stream that has attracted visitors from various countries. It can be said that there are few places in the world comparable to this city and its spectacular scenic beauty. Gilgit is the headquarters of the 70,000 square kilometer Federally administered Northern Areas - Fana -. As a city of Gilgit offers nothing but high mountains like Nanga Parbat, K-2 Rakaposhi in the mighty Karakoram, glistening round horizon. In the valley colors vary with the seasons, and in autumn they look magnificent as the leaves of fruit and nut trees, red and yellow. A two-three day stay here promises visitors fun and adventure of mountain climbing, mountain hiking, trout fishing or just rest comfortably basking in the mild sun and cool mountain air - and some interesting shopping for a change.

The Gilgit Valley lies at an altitude of 1453.90 meters and is surrounded by lakes, rivers, glaciers and high mountain ranges. Some of them are the world's largest peaks, such as Nanga Parbat (8,125 meters) and Raka Poshi (7,788 meters) is located here. The best season to visit is from May to mid October. The local dialect is Shina is urdu and English also spoken and understood. Buddhist petroglyphs carved into the mountain side is worth a visit. It is around 10 km away from Gilgit. The Victory Monument of Taj Mughal was built around 700 years ago and is located at a distance of 11 km from Gilgit.

Besides Hunza Nagar Valley, other minor valleys around Gilgit Punial Valley. Sher Qila is the largest village in the picturesque Punial valley, which lies at a distance of 40 kilometers from Gilgit. Singal in Punial valley offers ideal trout fishing opportunities. It is 56 kilometers away and takes 3 hours to reach there. Yasin valley offer ideal opportunities for hiking and trekking, it lies at a distance of 160 km and the jeep journey requires about 7 hours. The picturesque Phandar lake abounds in trout, located approximately 177 km from Gilgit. The famous  Shangriala andShandur Pass connects Gilgit to Chitral. The pass remains snow-bound during winter. It is 250 kilometers and 15 hours away by jeep. Rama lake in this region offers an awe-inspiring view of the eastern side of Nanga Parbat. It is 120 kilometers away and takes 6 hours to get there. For adventure-loving tourist, hiker angler, art lover, mountaineer or polo enthusiast, there are few places in the world, comparable to Gilgit.

Naltar is a beautiful full day outing from Gilgit. About a two hour drive away, it is an area of alpine meadows and pine forests 3,000 meters (10,000 feet) above sea level and surrounded by snowcapped mountains. Way up from its normal climbs steeply through a ravine to show up on the lush high-altitude pastures. Those who wish to stay can choose between Public Works Department rest-house, very basic local hotel or camping. Naltar is the perfect base for gentle walks through the woods and up to Naltar Lake, where fishing is excellent. The village is also the starting point for the more energetic tours throughout the 4000 (13,000 feet). Naltar Pass to Ishkoman Valley, or across the 4,800 meters (15,700 feet). Daintar Pass Chalte. Naltar has a ski school, run by the Pakistani air force, but is used for holding national skiing championship as well.