Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sehwan: Shrine Of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar

One of Sindh`s most renowned poet, philosopher and Sufi saint was born in 1177. He was a Persian sufi saint and his birth name was Syed Usman Shah Marwandi. He belonged to the Suhrawardiyya order of Sufis. He was a preacher of peace and tolerance among Muslims and for this reason thousands of people visit his shrine every year to seek inner peace especially during his Urs.

Qasim Fort – The Flawless Complex

The Qasim Fort was established in 18th century by the dynasty of Talpur when the Karachi’s port used to do trade with Bahrain and Oman. British stormed the fort in 1839 due to the geographical and strategic placement of Karachi. However, the fort is currently buried under the naval base; the lighthouse is the memorable symbol of the presence of British that was developed in 1889 to help vessels accessing the harbour of Karachi. The history of contemporary Karachi initiates from this fort as on 1stFebruary, 1839, the Wellesley (British Ship), captured off the Manora Island. The castle at Kolachi made surrender without attacking a single shot in 3rd February and this minor-ordinary fishing village passed the most critical moment in its life.

Bhambore: An Archaeological Heritage

Bhambore is located at a distance of 64 km in the east of Karachi; Hyderabad District, Sindh province. It is situated on the north bank of Gharro Creek besides the Indian Ocean coast placed in Pakistan. It is included among the most historical and ancient places in the country of Pakistan.
The entire place is more than 2100 years old. In the 10th century, it was the capital of Chief Bhamboo Raja. The Bhambore was named after him. The artistry and archaeological work depicts the impact of the 1st century to 13th century which involves 3 unique periods i.e. Hindu-Buddhist, Scytho-Parthian and early Islamic.

Taxila City: Taxila Museum

One of the oldest civilizations in the world, the civilization of Gandhara exists towards the north-west from Islamabad at Taxila city which is 35km from Islamabad at a 20 minute drive. After crossing Margalla Hills while travelling on GT road one can reach the Taxila Museum by turning left from Taxila bypass at Khanpu and afterwards moving for about 4km further. This museum contains some priceless artifacts and collection of the art of this ancient civilization which dates back to at least 600BC to 700BC. The visitors can relax and enjoy the view from the beautiful gardens attached to the museum`s building.

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Heaven On Earth: Fairy Meadows

Known as the real heaven on earth, Fairy Meadows is one of the most beautiful places in the world one would want to visit for sure. This place is famous for nurturing one of the World`s biggest mountains, Nanga Parbat. Known as the “Killer Mountain”, Nanga Parbat is situated in Diamer, Gilgit Baltistan (Pakistan) with marvelous and breathtaking views one can find as comparable with a real paradise. Its name comes from an Australian Climber Hermann Bhul who named this place Fairy Meadows due to its hypnotizing beauty. He was the first climber ever to climb this fear-ridden mountain.

Ziyarat: A Charismatic Resort

Ziyarat is a district and a popular hill station situated in the north of Baluchistan province. It is well known holiday resort in Baluchistan. About every tour from Karachi to Quetta stops at this resort. In Ziyarat District, the Khaliffa Hills are the highest hills with a height of 11,400 feet. Among all the districts of Baluchistan, Ziyarat has the major “Human Development Index”.
The Ziyarat name has been derived from “Shrine”. Baba Kharwari’s shrine is located about 8 km from the Ziyarat town. His name was known to be Tahir. He became the follower of Nana Sahib. A large number of miracles are assigned to him. An increasing number of devotees come here and provide sacrifices. During the festival of Eid, the tribal men accumulate around the shrine and arrange wrestling and marksmanship competition.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hamal Lake: In the Grip of Poisonous Water

Hamal Lake is located in Qambar Shahdakot District in the province of Sindh, Pakistan. It is situated at the distance of 58 km from Larkana and 40 km from Qambar town. The complete length of the lake extends to 25 km and has width of 10 km. This striking lake owns a surface area of 2965 acres. The lake comprises fresh water and the primary source of water is streams that come via Kirthar Mountains.
Hamal Lake is the sanctuary of inhabitants and numerous Siberian migratory birds such as geese, flamingos, egrets, ducks, coots, gulls, shorebirds, terns, herons, cormorants, ibises. This lake is also a major nursery of fresh water fishes. But unfortunately, the discharge of poisonous and brackish water of Hirdin drain has badly affected the atmosphere and wildlife of this lake.

Ignorant Histories: The Destructing Tombs of Talpur Mirs

The Hyderabad which intrigues people is the one, that once was, not the one that is present now.
It is only when you observe carefully and cross the narrow gateways into the magnificent Hyderabad of before that you identify what this city actually holds behinds its present appearance.
The tombs are situated besides to the Jail Road, Hyderabad. Although, there is a board labeled at the start of the lane which forwards towards the structure, it is becoming extensively convenient to miss it with all those banners people keep attaching over there.

Shah Jahan Mosque: The Timeless Magnificence

The Shah Jahan Mosque is situated in the historic city of Sindh, Thatta. This breathtaking mosque is situated about 100 kilometers from Karachi and approximately the similar distance from Hyderabad as well. This ancient city consists of numerous monuments that are included among the UNESCO world heritage, involving this prestigious mosque as well.
The walls of the monuments narrate its story of another time; the good times and also the mercilessness time. What a magnificent architecture it has. While entering into the mosque, the garden tells a story of negligence; but stepping foot into the mosque will surely make you hypnotize.

Ramkot Fort – An Antique Beauty

Ramkot Fort is an enormous landmark of Mangla City, Azad Kashmir. The splendid fort, situated on the top of the mountain and encircled by River Jhelum from the three sides depicts a delightful landscape. The fort is approachable from the Lake Mangla which is located about 20 km from the Mangla City. Most of the fort was destroyed during the establishment of Mangla Dam; the remaining parts of the fort are now serving as an amusement park for visitors.
Several forts were established by Muslim rulers of Kashmir in 16th to 17th Century AD to secure their boundaries. Ramkot Fort is considered to be one of those forts which are placed on the top of the hill. The Ramkot Fort was further secured by the Sikh Maharaja of Kashmir. This magnificent fort was developed above the site of an ancient Hindu temple. And the most interesting part is during excavation, the remnants of that temple were found here. Antiquities of 5th to 9th century A.D. have also been discovered near the temple.
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