Villages and Towns, Pakistan
1] Simply relax and do nothing. 2] See people and places. 3] There's everything : High mountain ranges of a thousand miles.,Perpetual snow covered peaks having rest houses,motels, skiing,cabins, vallies,trekkings.
4]Deserts with spectacular sunsets,tranquillity.Villages, thached houses.
5]TV offers about 100 channels incl. BBC,CNN,FOX,Bluemberg,ABC (Partial], music, sports,religous,talkshows,movies,live news.... Excellent beaches with almost year long sun.
Mangroves, fishing, Fresh water lakes, rivers.
7]Treasure of Archilogical sites like Mehergardh ( 8000 yrs), Moenjo-Daro (5000 yrs) whose script is STILL to be deciphered, Taxila (3000-5000 Yrs) , route of Alexendar the Great.
8]Unspolied people of Hunza,Kalash in north.
9] Arts and culture. Excellent galleries, boutiques,shopping centers - from glass enclosed to to wayside sellers. Music concerts.
Universities, Hospitals , vast Industrial areas.
A small town among the foothills of the highest mountains in the world.People here are really friendly. Most of them are farmers but some work as porters in tourist season. Views of the mountains from this small town is just amazing.
Gawadar is a small village in rural area of Pakistan..Now-a-days Most local people is connected with fishry business & most of them are fishermen.But I think tho potential is already there & Govt of Pakistan is trying to make some changes to uplift this tourist attraction..The beach is as good as any in the world. See the pictures & decide for yourself...
Khewra Salt Mines is situated at the distance of 160 KM from Islamabad and 260 Km from Lahore in Tehsil Pind Dadan Khan Jhelum. It has easy approach via Lahore - Islamabad Motorway through Lilla Interchange.
Khewra Range is known as the Museum of Geology in the literature where one can find rocks dating back to pre- cambrian time, 600 million years ago.The salt is being mined from Khewra area even before the arrival of Alexander the Great in this area in 320 BC.
However, the mine was developed on scientific lines by the British during 1872 and the first qualified mining engineer was Dr.H.Warth from 1872 to 1878.
.Major portion of total production of salt from Khewra is consumed by ICI while the remaining quantities are sold to salt dealers for edible purposes and other industrial users, about 10,000 - 18,000 tones salt is exported to India.Khewra Mine not only provides employment opportunities to a large number of people directly and many more indirectly, but also provides social amenities to the people of this town.
More than 40,000 local as well foreign tourists comprising all age groups foreigners visit Khewra Salt Mines every year. Visitors are fascinated by a large chamber, measuring over 200 feet in height and several hundred feet in length.
Besides, there are some deep chambers connected with the Rock Salt suspension bridges containing saturated brine. When illuminated with electricity, these chambers provide a very attractive sight.
My one regret about the trip I did to Pakistan was that I planed it as a trekking trip but found that I would have loved to have a couple more weeks also visiting the wonderful cities and towns. In the end I only really spent 4 days in Islamabad (see my Islamabad VT Page) an d 1/2 a day in Rawalpindi getting lost on our way to the renowned Saddar Bazzar and ending up in the motor-mechanics areas of the city!!
In the North I would highly recommend at least spending a few days in Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Lahore (which my father visited on a trip he did and absolutely loved!). These three cities are well-connected by train and bus routes and offer a range of accommodation for 5 star luxury to extra-cheap conveniently located places. Check out Pakistaniguy's Lahore page for some good info as well!
This photo is of some of the buildings in Rawalpindi that my friend Ray and I saw on our 1/2 day exploratory trip from Islamabad.....done on the cheap by public minibus.
PAKISTAN IS------BEING SURROUNDED BY BOYS AND MEN WHEREVER AND WHENEVER WE STOPPED, EVEN IN THE MOST REMOTE AREAS.
Make a walk along the irrigation channels. It is really lovely and you will encounter the real way of living of the locals.