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June 25, 2017

Chiniot Travel Guide – Map & Places to Visit for Tourists

CHINIOT

The word Chiniot comprises of two words of Punjabi, “Chan” and “Ote”, which translates as “behind the Moon”. Chiniot forms a very important part of the historic area, the history of which goes back into antiquity. It is said that Alexander of Macedonia passed through the district while going back to Greece. But first glimpse of this district appeared in Tuzk-e-Babari written by Zaheer-u-Din Babar, the founder of the Mughal dynasty in India, in the year 1526 CE. Chiniot is a beautiful city on the brink of river Chenab near Karana bills. It is well known for its master craft furniture not only in Pakistan but all over the world. Its master craft Jharokhas; a Balcony in sub-continental architecture are known around the world.

Chiniot Map

How to get there?

          Chiniot is very well-connected with rest of Pakistan by a main highway and a rail line. The nearest international airport is Faisalabad International Airport, which is 48 kilometers from Chiniot city. Chiniot is a at a distance of 160 km from Lahore and 280 km from Islamabad. The traveling time by road is approximately 2 and 3.5 hours from Lahore and Islamabad respectively. Chiniot has a railway station which is operational since 1927 and is a main source of transporting furniture and wood to and from all over Pakistan.

Chinioti Furniture

          One of the famous qualities of Chiniot is its furniture work started two-hundred years ago and it is the very time when the carving on wooden furniture was started in Chiniot. It includes different types of work on wooden furniture; carving, embossing, wooden inlay and painting etc.

furniture of Chiniot

          In Chiniot’s furniture, one may find a beautiful blend of modern and classical designs. Nowadays, people visit Chiniot to purchase and order furniture. In British Raj, English officers used to send articles of Chinioti furniture to their friends and family in other countries. This way Chiniot became famous throughout the world for its furniture. Over the years, this art has grown tremendously and it is not only sold in Pakistan but is exported to many countries of the world. Furniture has become a sign of recognition for Chiniot. One may also find the beautiful and worth-seeing samples of carving in houses in form of carved doors, windows, etc. A trip to Chiniot is incomplete until one has not visited a workshop and seen a wood artist at work.

WHAT TO EAT

          When it comes to food, every town has its own specialty. Chinioti Kunna; made up of beef or mutton is a very famous and popular dish to Chiniot, cooked in a small earthenware pot (matti ki handi) called “Kunna”, in local language. The meat is cooked with fresh grounded spices & whole grain flour mixed in milk. Chinioti Kunna Gosht is topped of with green chillies, ginger and lemon juice and is served with special naan (bread). This dish is famous all over Pakistan and people often visit Chiniot from other cities to savor its taste.

Chnioti cuisine

Chinioti Kunna

          Also known is a sweet, a mouth-watering “Pateesa” of Chiniot. The Pateesa of Chiniot is known throughout Pakistan and there are so many shops offering different varieties. It is prepared to a unique recipe and it literally melts in your mouth, made from “Channa/Basin” (grains), Sugar, Wheat Flour, Oil, Almonds, Pistachios and Cardamoms.

PLACES OF INTEREST

Omar Hayat Mahal

          Omar Hayat Mahal Library also kown a sGulzar Manzil is a 19th century wooden architectural wonder of Chiniot. It is a three story building which stands in the heart of the city and is a great tourist attraction for both local and foreign visitors. The palace’s building is perhaps the last of Mughals’ architectural style. Unique carving cuts on the doors, windows and jharokas reflect a color of their own.

Rehti Fort

          Ruins of this fort are still present in front of the Omar Hayat Palace. It was built in 1326, during the regime of Sultan Muhammad Tughlaq (1325-1351), the eldest son of Ghiyas ud-Din Tughluq. It is said that the fort was on the right brink of the river and the ancient city of Chiniot was on left side. It was devastated in 1391 by an attack of Chinni, the sister of Macchi Khan; the ruler of Bhera.

Bara Mandir (Big Temple)

          It is an old Hindu Temple and still there is a huge flow of people that come here to worship. Not much is known about this temple but it is said that it was build in the regime of Maharaja Gulab Singh, and was destroyed badly during the 2nd Anglo-Sikh War (1848-49). The temple exterior and interior is a combination of Hindu and Sikh architecture and is a treat to watch for those who have keenness for such architectures.

Chiniot’s Shahi Masjid

          The 17th century Shahi Mosque is located in the hear of Chiniot city. It was buildt by Nawab Saad Ullah Khan (1595-1655) during the regime of Emperor Shah Jahan (1628-58). It was built during 1646 to 1655 AD. It is and exceedingly handsome edifice of hewn stone obtained form the hills near Chiniot. The mosque is set on a single-story podium. The external facades are distinguished by their prominent decoration and the four corner towers.

Shahi Masjid Chiniot

Shahi Majsid Chiniot

Tome of Shah Burhan

          The shrine of famous Sufi Saint Hazrat Shah Burhan-ud-Din is one of the most frequently visited spiritual places in Chiniot city. A simple but awe-inspiring building of the shrine is constructed on vernacular style which reflects Mogul Architecture. The construction of Shah Burhan’s vault was started in 1061 Hijri and it took almost three years to complete. The height of the building is approximately 62 feet and its walls are designed and painted proficiently. The entry door of the vault is made up of wood and iron while the inner door is only wooden. The windows of the building are made up of stone and bricks and skillfully designed.

TDCP Resort

          Beautifully located on the back of river Chenab, the TDCP Resort is a nice resting place and a good stop over for tourists TDCP provides attractive tour packages for the tourists with the facility of advance bookings during the peak seasons.

Mangla Dam AJK Tourist Attraction | Pictures & Information

Mangla Dam

Mangla Dam is among the largest dams in the world and situated in Mirpur District of Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. It is located on the river Jhelum and constructed in 1967. This dam is not only used for as water reservoir but also as Hydro power generator. Mangla Lake is beautiful lake with total water storage capacity of 9.12 km square.

Mangla Lake as Tourist Attraction

This beautiful lake has perfect attraction for tourists. You can sit on the bank of this lake and feel the cold wind. It makes you feel that you are sitting on some sea side because strong wind also generates sea like waves in Mangla Lake.

Army Water Sports Club Mangla

The best place to visit is AWSC Mangla because not only due to its scenic beauty but also due to boating facility. You can travel on large motor boat which has capacity of almost 30 persons. But if you are looking for adventure and more fascination you should try speed boat. It can only take 6 passengers at time but due to its amazing speed you will feel an experience of your life.

Mangla Lake Latest Tour and Pictures

Following are the latest pictures of this beautiful lake which were taken during my recent visit to Mangla Lake.

Rohtas Fort Jhelum Pakistan | Recent Tour & Latest Pictures

Rohtas Fort

In 16th century Sher Shah Suri snatched the power from Mughel Emperor in sub-continent. He faced massive resistance and rebellion especillay in Potohar reagion. Local tribes which includes Awans, Janjua Rajputs, Dhund Abbasi, Kayanis and Khokhars raise arms against Suri and as a result he built “Rohtas Fort” in order to crush the rebellion and subdue the rebellions tribes of Northern Punjab.

The garrison form was built in 8 years but after Suri it was recaptured by the local tribes and became the capital of Gakhars.

Rohtas Fort as Tourist Attraction

This ancient fort is among the major tourist attractions of the region. Although it is not in its original form and in bad shape due to lack of governance yet it is a good place to visit. From the top of its walls and towers you can see thing which are many kilometers away. The lush green surroundings also make it a beautiful place.

How to Reach Rohtas Fort

It is in District Jhelum and you have to take a single road from GT road. The condition of this single road is really bad but it is only 6 km long and not take too much time to reach the fort from GT road.

Rohtas Fort Haunted?

There are rumors and myths that Rohtas Fort is haunted place. I personally talked with the local people who lives in the vicinity of Fort but fail to find any evidence which proves that Rohtas Fort is haunted. In fact there are many residential houses inside the walls of Fort and they live there in peace so in my view Rohtas Fort is not haunted.

Rohtas Fort Pictures

During my recent visit to Rohtas I have captured some beautiful pictures of this major tourist attraction.

Katasraj Temple in Chakwal Pakistan | Travel Guide of Katas Raj

Katasraj Temple
Katasraj Temple or Katas Raj Mandir is one of the oldest Hindu temples, situated in Katas Village near Choa Saidanshah, Chakwal, Pakistan. This ancient temple is dedicated to Shiva and believed to be existed since Mahabharata Days. Its ancient building and small pond (which is considered holy by Hindus) attracts many tourists. Pakistan’s Government is considering its nomination for World Heritage Site.
Although scientifically it is proved that this temple is almost 1000 years old yet legends say that this temple date back to Mahabharata era (which is thousands of year old). Many ancient ear artifacts like axes and granite knives unearthed from Katasraj site. The temple is situated is Salt Range which is famous for archaeological treasures still hidden underground.
Katasraj Temple in Pictures

Travel to Skardu | Information & Guidance for Tourists

Skardu  Travel Guide

Skardu is the capital of Gilgit-Baltistan, which is self-governing territory under control of Pakistan Government. Skardu is not only the main town of region but also capital of Skardu District. It is one of the most beautiful places in Pakistan. Skardu is situated at the height of 2438 meters above the sea level in backdrop of beautiful peaks of Karakoram.
Things to do in Skardu
Bhuddha Carvings of Ancient Era
There are several beautiful carving in the surrounding which is reminiscent of Tibetan Buddhasit of 8th century. You can watch this preserved history (if you are fond of such things) on Skardu-Sadpara-Deosai road which is only 3 km away from Skardu town.
Kachura Lake
This beautiful lake is situated about 32 km from Skardu town. It is full of brown trout and its banks are adorned with natural flowers. In spring you can also see peach, apple and apricot trees laden with fruits. Another name of this beautiful lake is “Shangrila Lake”. You can enjoy boat-ride in this lake which is memorable experience.

Kachura Lake Skardu picture

Kachura Lake Skardu

Sadpara Lake or Satpara Lake
You can reach there by jeep in about 20 minutes as it is 8 km away from Skardu town. This lake is situated on height and surrounded by glacial mountains. The clean water of this lake is full of fish and it is considered ideal for fishing. You can also find rare trout fish in this lake.

Satpara Lake Skardu images

Satpara Lake Skardu

Trek to K2
If you are fond of hiking and trekking, K2 and Gondghoro la are best places lies in the heart of Karakoram. But walking on Baltoro glacier is not any easy task and we cannot recommend it for ordinary tourist because it is only for professional trekkers.
Kharpocho Fort
Kharpocho means “King of Forts”, is a beautiful fort situated on a hill near Skardu town. Ali Khan Anhan constructed the fort during his reign in 16th century. This ancient fort is must-visit place in Skardu.
Shigar Valley
This beautiful valley is gateway to the great mountain peaks like K2, Gasherbrum and Karakorams. It is situated 23km away from Skardu and famous for its maize, barley and wheat fields. Another reason of its popularity is the presence of unique orchards of plum, pears, apples, apricots, mulberries, peaches and nuts.

Shigar Valley Skardu wallpaper

Shigar Valley Skardu

How to get into Skardu/Transportation
You can reach Skardu by air or by road. PIA is the sole flight operator between Islamabad and Skardu. This air journey is full of thrill because during this 1 hour flight plan passes through beautiful lofty mountains. Famous peaks like K2, Nanga Perbat and Broad Peak are quite visible from the plan.
If you want to go by road you can also enjoy this thrilling journey. Skardu is situated 793 km from Islamabad and you can go there through Karakoram Highway and Skardu Road. The road journey takes around 24 hours and daily bus service to Skardu is available.
In Skardu and surrounding areas only jeep is most practicable (although not comfortable) vehicle. These powerful jeeps are the only real means of travel out of Skardu and sightseeing.
Where to Stay in Skardu/ Hotels in Skardu
There are many reasonably priced private hotels in Skardu. PTDC (Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation) motels at Skardu, Sadpara Lake and Khaplu are also reasonably good places to stay. Followings are some good hotels in Skardu;

  • Hotel Mushabroom & K2 Motel (expensive hotel)
  • Dewane Khas Skardu Hotel & Restaurant
  • Ghazi Hotel in Upper Kachura Lake Camp (least expensive)
  • Shangrila Resort Skardu (price-wise it is very expensive)
  • PTDC K2 Motel Skardu (less than average expensive)

What to Buy in Skardu
Gilgit-Baltistan is famous for its hand woven woolen coats, jackets and other cloths known as “Pattu”. The Kachura Bazaar is famous for grocery and other local items.
What to do in Skardu
As a tourist you can do lot of things in Skardu and this place can keep you busy all the day. Following are some activites which you can do as tourist in Skardu;

  • Mountaineering, Trekking, Hiking
  • Fishing: Satpara Lake and Kachura Lake are ideal for fishing although you have to get permit from Fisheries dept.
  • Flora & Fana: Different type of fruits and flowers are present in Skardu
  • Wildlife: Markhors, ibexes, snow leopards and birds like ducks, partridges and Chakors are present in the region. Most of the animals and birds are protected and very limited hunting is allowed here on special permit from administration.

Warning & Dangers for Tourists in Skardu

  • Flight Delays: PIA flight delays are very common due to unfriendly weather and sometime there are even flight cancelations so you must have backup plan.
  • Dangerous Trekking: Environment is extremely harsh for trekkers in the area.

Tourist’s traps in Skardu
First of all keep in mind that not every type of food is available in Skardu and you have to rely on some local foods. So if you are on one day trip of sightseeing arrange you bottled water and preserved food for the day.
Secondly thoroughly chalk out your plan for trekking because you might end up spending lot of money on extra guides and trekking staff.
Skardu Cons/ Plus Points

  • Dust of Skardu town
  • Difficult access for tourists
  • Poor condition of roads
  • Very harsh winter
  • Situated near war-hit Kashmir region

Skardu Pros / Negative Points

  • Amazing scenic beauty with wonderful mountains, lakes and vegetation
  • Inexpensive as compared to other tourists’ destinations in Northern areas
  • Peaceful and tradition place with pure nature

Kaghan Valley Travel Guide & Information | Heaven for Tourists

Kaghan Valley Tourist Guide

This beautiful valley is situated in Mansehra District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. Babusar Pass is the highest point in Kaghan Valley which is 13690 feet above the sea level. The valley is favorite tourist destination of locals as well as foreigners. This 160 km long valley is jewel of Mansehra District.

When to Go/ Perfect time to go to Kaghan

Summer session is ideal for visiting Kaghan valley because of its pleasurable temperature. In winters you cant go beyond Naran because roads are blocked due to snow. During summer session you can easily go till Babusar Pass due to open road. Hence June to September is an ideal time to visit Kaghan Valley.

Kunhar River Kaghan photo

Kunhar River Kaghan

Where to go/ sight-seeing in Kaghan

Once in Kaghan Valley you can visit many beautiful places around Kaghan town.
Balakot
Balakot is considered as gateway to Kaghan valley and it is 72 km away from Islamabad. The journey between Balakot and Mansehra is wonderful experience due to thick forest and scenic beauty of area. Town of Balakot is situated at the bank of River Kunhar and there are many sports on the bank of river for the tourists. Balakot is also famous because of Syed Ahmed Shaheed who martyred fighting Sikh army in 1831.
Shogran
Shogran is 34 km away from Balakot and one of the most beautiful platue of Kaghan Valley. At the height of 7747 feet, thick pine forest really makes Shogran a peaceful place. You can also find many hotels in Shogran for tourists.
Sari Paya
Saro Paya which is also known as Sari and Paya is beautiful meadow at the height of more than 9000 feet with its spectacular view of Malika Parbat. The area is full of thick pine forests and wild alpine flowers. You can go on the top of Makra Mountain which is 12743 feet above the sea level.

Sari Paya in Kaghan Valleya

Sari Paya in Kaghan Valley

Sari is basically a small lake situated on the way to Paya ridge.
Dudipatsar Lake
This beautiful lake which is known as Dudiptsar Lake or Dudipat Lake is situated in Lalusar Dedupatsar National Park. The lake is surrounded by snow clad peaks and in summer it reflects like a mirror. The lake is only accessible from June to September every year. It is almost one hour drive from the town of Naran.

Dudipatsar Lake images

Dudipatsar Lake Kaghan

What to do in Kaghan/ Activities
You can indulge is number of activates in Kaghan which includes;

  • Trekking and Hill Walking
  • River Rafting in Kunhar River
  • Jeep Safari
  • Fishing, Trout fishing

How to Reach / Transportation
In summer you can drive in your car up to Naran but in winter only four wheel powerful vehicle can reach Naran.

Important Phone Numbers in Kaghan

Telephone Enquiry, Naran PTDC Exchange
0997-430000

-PTDC Tourist Information Centre, PTDC Motel Naran
0997-430002

-Post Office, Naran
0997-430017

-Basic Health Unit, Naran
0997-430018

-Police Post, Naran
0997-430075

-FWO Exchange Naran
0997-430156

-T-PAK Tourist Facilitation Centre, Balakot
0997-501061

-PTDC Tourist Facilitation Centre, Abbottabad
0992-501558

Hotels in Kaghan Valley
Following are some prominent hotel in Kaghan Valley along with their contact numbers and estimated room rents;
There are many other hotels and rest houses in Naran and especially rest houses on Jheel Road Naran are simply awesome.

PTDC MOTEL
Kaghan Road, Balakot
Tel: 0997-500208
Room Tariff: PKR. 1600-2500

HOTEL SILVER GLEAM
Near Shell pump Kaghan Road Balakot.
Tel: 0997-501085
Room Tariff: PKR. 1000-2500

PINE TRACK HOTEL
Kaghan Road Taranna, Balakot
Tel: 0997-360143
Room Tariff: PKR. 800-1500

VALLEY GATEWAY HOTEL
After crossing Ayub Bridge Kaghan Road Balakot,
Tel: 0997-500282
Room Tariff: PKR. 1500-4000

Hotels in Shogran
AFAQ HOTEL (New Block)
Shogran
Tel: 0997-432211-432210
Room Tariff: PKR. 2500-4500

KEKASHAN & RESTAURANT
Shogran
Tel: 0332-2216669
Room Tariff: PKR. 2500-4000

LALAZAR HOTEL & RESTAURANT
Shogran
Tel: 0997-432021-2
Room Tariff: PKR. 2800-4900

Hotels in Kaghan Town
LALAZAR HOTEL
Main Road, Kaghan
Tel: 0997-420022
Room Tariff: PKR. 800-1500

PINE HOTEL
Main Road, Kaghan
Tel: 0997-206154
Room Tariff: PKR. 800-1500

SIACHIN HOTEL
Main Road, Kaghan
Tel: 0997-420168
Room Tariff: PKR. 600-1000

Sargodha Travel Guide & Information | City of Eagles

Sargodha Travel Guide
The city of Sargodha is commonly known as “Shaheenon ka Shehar” (The City of Eagles). Pakistan largest airbase, PAF Base Mushaf (formerly PAF Base Sargodha), is situated in Sargodha. The district is known as Pakistan’s best citrus producing area and contributes significantly in country’s exports. The district is also famous because of famous Folk Tale of Punjab “Heer Ranjha”. Ranjha was from Takht Hazara, a small town near Kot Momin.
Tent pegging, a cavalry sport of ancient origin is a very famous in Sargodha District and competition are regularly organized which are attended by large number of people. Some of the oldest Tent Pegging clubs of the region are in Sargodha. The district of Sargodha lies between Tow Rivers, Chenab, and Jhelum at about 170 km in northwest of Lahore.
History of Sargodha
There are several theories as to the origins of the name. it may be derived from the Sanskrit “svargadhaama” meaning “heavenly abode”. Others suggest that the name Sargodha is derived from that of a Hindu local, Godha.
The Sargodha District was an agricultural region with forests during the Indus Valley Civilization. The area was ruled by different dynasties that ruled the Indo-Pak sub-continent over the periods of centuries. Sargodha was a small town at the beginning of the British Empire but, due to its geographical location, the British Royal Air Force built an airport here.

Sargodha City of shaheen

Sargodha City

Tourists Attraction in Sargodha
The Ancient City of Bhera
Bhera – an interchange and rest station when driving on Lahore-Islamabad Motorway M-2. This is all most people know about, but few know that this is the place where Alexander of Macedonia fought his famous battle with Hindu ruler Porus as far back as 326 BC. The city was developed in the reign of Sher Shah Suri who ruled from 1540-1545. Like all old cities, Bhera was also built as a fortified city with eight gates around the city namely Multani Gate, Lahori Gamte, Kashmiri Gate, Kabuli Gate, Peeranwala Gate, Chinioti Gate, Loharanwala Gate and Hajji Gulab Gate. Few of these gates still stand there with their vigor.
Remount Depot, Mona
Remount Depot was established in 1902 and is sprawled over a vast area of more thatn 10000 acres along with the 660 acres forest. Depot today stands out as the prime breeding ground for fine quality horses.
There are not Auto Vehicles allowed inside Mona depot from the main gate you have to travel through horse passenger carts and buggies or through Tanga (Horse Cart). These carts are reminiscent of a glorious past. Buggies used by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the Queen Elizabeth II are there on display in the museum along with other early 19th century’s used buggies. The place is 90 km from city of Sargodha and about 24 km from Lahore-Islamabad Motorway (M2).

Remount Depot Mona picture

Remount Depot Mona Sargodha

Sher Shah Suri Mosque Bhera
This historic mosque was built by great Muslim Warrior Sher Shah Suri in 1540 AD. The structure is well preserved and looked after. There is also an information centre in the mosque which provides all assistance to anyone interested in exploring Bhera.
Lake Anwaar
This lake is near Shaheen Abad, Sargodha. The lake is surrounded by huge Sandstone Rocks which provides a beautiful and serene environment. Tourists from the surrounding areas visit this lake with their friends and families.

Ambala School Sargodha picture

Ambala School Sargodha

Ambala School
This school was basically in Ambala City of India before independence. Its name was Muslim High School, Ambala. After partition the faculty migrated to Pakistan in 1947 and established this school in city of Sargodha with the name of Government Ambala Muslim High School, Sargodha.

Citrus Fields in Sargodha pictures

Citrus Fields in Sargodha

Citrus Fields
The citrus grown in Sargodha has a special aroma and taste due to the unique climatic conditions and rich fertile soil of this area. The sweet aroma of citrus blossom spreads everywhere announcing the forthcoming harvest. It is one of its kind experiences to take a stroll in a citrus field just when the fruit is ready. Don’t miss the season-only opportunity to enjoy the most delicious mandarin orange ‘The Kinnow” of the world right at the source.

 

Fort Munro Travel Guide | Tourist Destination in South Punjab

Fort Munro Travel Guide
Fort Munro hill station, situated at a height of 6470 feet above sea level, is about 185 km from Multan and around 85 km from Dera Ghazi Khan in Suleiman Range. The term “Fort” appears somewhat overstated since the town appears more like a calm hill resort with gardens and orchards rather than a military station. The town was recognized by Sir Robert Sandeman in the later part of the 19th century and named Fort Munro after Colonel Munro who was commissioner of the Derajat Division.
It magnetizes a large number of tourists each year, mainly those who wish to run away from hot plains of Southern Punjab to take pleasure in kind and enjoyable weather for a day or two.

Fort Munro pictures

Fort Munro

How to Reach Fort Munro
One can reach Fort Munro either from Loralai (Balochistan) or from Dera Ghazi Khan (Punjab). From Punjab, the mountain range sets up near Rakhni, which is a border-post among Balochistan and Punjab.
One can see the marks of both the provinces in the shops. From Rakhni onwards the flatland provides way to the hills and the climb starts towards Fort Munro. The road is in fine shape and the climb is at a contented slope.
Tourists Attractions in Fort Munro/ Things to Watch
Sandeman Lodge
The top of the hill is actually a wide platform where the colonial era residence of political assistant, Sandeman Lodge, is situated Besides Sandeman lodge there are other building including the Commissioner House and DCO House.

Old Fort at Fort Munro pic

Old Fort at Fort Munro

Dames Lake
Another beautiful place to visit is Dames Lake. This is small lake surrounded by orchards with boating facilities. With a TDCP hotel and restaurant at the banks of the lake, it is the best place for having a dinner and especially the traditional Balochi Sajji.

Dames Lake Fort Munro picture

Dames Lake Fort Munro

There are a few places to look around while at Fort Munro. There are numerous pine trees all around with hillocks limited only by horizon. The landscape here is not very green rather it is somewhat semi-arid with shrub vegetation. The nights at Fort Munro can be made worthwhile by enjoying a bone fire. Just outside the PA House, the the edge of the hill overlooking the valley, is a 1950 monument commemorating the union of Baloch tribes with Pakistan. An interesting walk can be to the British cemetery situated just around the DCO House.
Having several government guest houses as well as some private hotels at Fort Munro, the Punjab Government has planned a cable car system and allied services project, which is likely to kick off soon.

Summer Camping Tour in Punjab, Pakistan with TDCP

Summer camping tours with TDCP
The Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab has taken a new initiative of arranging camping tours in collaboration with Backpackers Club. These camping trips will take you off the beaten path to tails and sights unseen by most and one will enjoy 3 days of camping, hiking and sight-seeing at some of the most spectacular places in Punjab and beyond. Never camped before? No problem – we provide the gear and our guides ensure a fun-filled, friendly atmosphere.
The tour starts form Lahore and will include trips to Kallar Kahar, Kohala, Patriata, Murree and other surrounding areas. The tours are planned in such a way that it would be a fun-filled activity round the clock; whether it is hiding and sigh-seeing during the day or couching around the log-fire during the night. TDCP will make sure that it will be an enjoyable experience for all.
Our cooks may not prepare the food as per textbook recipes but the meals will taste delicious after hectic physical activity. All you need to bring is few warm clothes, your camera to capture some precious moments and a sense of adventure; be sure to enjoy the trip of lifetime.

Camping Tours in Punjab

Camping Tours in Pakistan

Desi Fiesta
Ever imagine that while camping you had a traditional food that only grandma used to cook; now your wish has come true. On breakfast menu will include some traditional Punjabi sizzles like Aalo waley Parathy and other that you would have never imagined.
Who Goes
Most of adventure travelers are youngsters and our camping yours are focused on the youth. These tours are fully guided, so no previous camping experience is necessary. Whether traveling on your own or with friends or family, incredible adventures is a great way to meet others, see sights, and really explore Punjab.

Make your booking now for the next camping tour
Tele Phone No. 04299231007
Cell Phone. 03034441245
Email: tanveershaikh@hotmail.com

Sialkot Travel Guide, Information & Tourist Attractions

Sialkot Travel Guide
Sialkot is a district of Punjab famous as the “City of Iqbal” and as the centre of Sports and Surgical instruments. Sialkot is cold during winters and hot and humid during summers. May and June are the hottest months. The temperature during winter may drop to 0 Celsius. Sialkot is accessible by road, by air and by rail with the major cities of Pakistan. It is about 2 hours drive form Lahore while, from Islamabad, it is about 4 hours drive. Sialkot is linked with the National Highway N-5 through Gujranwala and Wazirabad. The Sialkot Lahore Motorway (M-9) is also under construction.
District Sialkot at a Glance

  • Population: around 5 million
  • Area: 3016 sq km
  • Density (per sq km): 1160
  • Tehsils: Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur
  • Main Crops: Wheat and Rice
  • Main Vegetables: Potato, Turnip, Garlic, Cauliflower, Peas, Onion
  • Forest Area (Acres): 15078
  • Major Industries & Products: Sports Goodds, Leather Tanneries, Leather Products, Leather Garments, Rubber Tyres/Tubes, Surgical Instruments, Cutlery, Locks, Hand Tools, Musical Instruments, Readymade Textile, Hosiery Products, Embroidered Badges, Silk & Gilt Cords, Flags, Banners, Pennants, Beverages, Ice Cream and Dairy Products.

Tourists Attraction in Sialkot
Iqbal Manzil
Iqbal Manzil is the birthplace of Muslim philosopher, scholar and poet Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal in the center of the historic city of Sialkot. Iqbal Manzil was purchased in 1861 by Mohammad Rafique, the grandfather of Dr. Mohammad Iqbal. The house was originally very small, but each successor kept adding to it and the building grew in size. Many tourists come especially to Sialkot to take a look at the poet’s home, which has now been restored as part of national heritage, where he lived and wrote poetry that one day would make him the legend that he is.
After some renovation, Iqbal Manzil was converted into a library-cum-museum. The museum was inaugurated in 1977. The museum consists of a guided tour of some rooms of the mansion, and displays some furniture and other objects used by Allama Iqbal.

Iqbal Manzil Sialkot picture

Iqbal Manzil Sialkot

Tomb of Imam Ali-ul-Haq
Imam Ali-ul-Haq better known as Imam Sahib, lived in the 13th century, during the reign of Feroz Shah Tughlaq. He is reputed to have converted a majority of the local population of Sialkot to Islam. Imam Sahib battled against Raja of Sialkot and martyred. His shrine is situated in Sialkot city at the same place where he was martyred. The mausoleum complex is maze of narrow corridors leading to several shrines of pirs. The tomb of Imam Ali ul Haq is to the right, through a mirrored gateway tiled with Quranic inscriptions and Geometric designs
The courtyard is a fascinating place to sit and absorb the atmosphere. The market outside is very photogenic and a large flat roof at the entrance to the shrine offers a panoramic view of the deals being struck.
Clock Tower of Sialkot
The Sialkot clock tower is situated in Saddar Bazzar, Sialkot city. It acts like giant pin, holding the crazy and bustling streets of the main city and the cantonment area together. Standing tall for more than century, the tower would have been witness to many a time of upheaval and change.
In the company of its four clock faces that still keep track of the passing minutes. It has been renovated many a times but the original structure is not changed.

Clock Tower of Sialkot  picture

Clock Tower of Sialkot

Holy Trinity Cathedral Church
The Holy Trinity Cathedral Church (Sialkot Cathedral) is located in Sialkot cantonment on the mall. Its first stone was laid on March 1, 1852. the church was consecrated by the Bishop of Madras on January 30, 1857, Sialkot at the time being in the Diocese of Calcutta.

Holy Trinity Cathedral Church Sialkot picture

Holy Trinity Cathedral Church Sialkot

Maral Headworks
The Marala Headworks is situated at the Chenab Rier near the city of Sialkot. It is a massive hydro engineering project but is one of the best fishing or outdoors adventure locations in Punjab. It is a picnic and angling spot, wildlife sanctuary and unprotected wetland. Many people come here and enjoy the landscape, natural beauty and angling experience as well. During the winter thousands of Bar-headed Geese, Greylag Geese, Shelducks, Mallards, Pintail, Spoonbill as well as Black Storks, Common Cranes, Eurasian Bitterns, Pallas Gull’s, March Harrier, Hen Harrier and many of the common farmland, wetland and forest birds that breed in the region are also found here.

Marala Headworks Sialkot picture

Marala Headworks Sialkot

Temple of Teja Singh
This temple of Teja Singh was built in Emperor Ranjit Singh’s period and stands tall for more than 200 years. It is located in Dharowal Mohallah near Iqbal Road at height of 100 feet. From Iqbal Road one has to climb up on stairs to reach the temple.
Murray College
The Murray College, Sialkot was established in 1889 as the Scotch Mission College by the Scottish missionaries belonging to the Church of Scotland Mission. It is one of the oldest educational institutions in Pakistan offering education up to the post-graduate level.
Convent of Jesus and Mary
The Convent of Jesus and Mary, Sialkot was established in 1856. it was the first catholic mission school in Punjab and the second of its kind in British India.
Sialkot International Airport
Sialkot international Airport is the first-ever private-sector airport of Pakistan build and managed by the business community of Sialkot. It si located near Sambrial and is noted for having the longest runway in Pakistan. Direct flights are available from Sialkot international Airport to Karachi, Faisalabad and international destinations.

Sialkot International Airport picture

Sialkot International Airport

Sialkot Dry Pot
Sialkot Dry Port was established in 1984 near Sambrial, about 20 km from Sialkot city. It is located at the junction of major industrial cities of Sialkot, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Daska and Wazirabad. It is the busiest dry port of Pakistan and was the first private sector dry port in Asia.