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Traveling to Mansehra

Mansehra is one of the most beautiful districts of Pakistan, with wonderful atmosphare. It has everything to enjoy, Every years thousands of the Local and foriegners come to this part of the country. There are many lakes in Mansehra but the most famous among them are:
Dodo parsar
Lolo sar
Only Saif-ul-Muluk is the lake which can be reached by vehicle, while to others you will have to take a hourse or will have to move by feet.

Saif-ul-Muluk is a mysterious lake. People out there say that No one has found the depth of this lake so far. Many people came here, even foreigners but they were fail to find it as well. Few years ago, some foreigners came along with instruments, their instruments were also failed to find the dept. So keeping that in mind, few days before, some more foreigners came with a very long rope, they went into the center of the lake in the boat and took a stone with them as well, They tied the stone with the rope and threw it into the lake, the rope was over but the stone didn't touch the bottom.

Rohtas Fort Jehlum Pakistan

Sher Shah Suri named Qila Rohtas after the well-known Rohtasgarh Fort in Shahabad district near Baharkunda, Bihar which he captured from the Raja of Rohtas Hari Krishan Rai in 1539. Rohtasgarh is located on the upper course of the river Son, 20 37’ N and 85 33’E. It was built by Harish Chandra of the Solar line and was named after his son Rohitasva after whom the fort (Rohtasgarh) was named.

Sher Shah constructed Qila Rohtas to block Emperor Humayun's return to India after defeating him in the encounter of Kanauj. This fort lies on the old GT road between the North (Afghanistan) to the Plains of Punjab. It blocked the way from Peshawar to Lahore. The other basis was to restrain the local tribe of this region Potohar called Gakhars who were partners of Humayun and refused their commitment to Sher Shah Suri. The Emperor instructed the local Janjua Rajput tribe to help build the fort to crush the Gakhars when the latter became openly defiant and persecuting laborer who attended the construction.

The Fort was contructed by Todar Mal under orders of Sher Shah.

Sher Sháh threatened to construct such a fort in that country that it should not only effectually restrain the Ghakkars, but also the passage of the Mughals. He therefore himself made a tour through the hills of Girjhák Ninduna [mountains circumjacent], * and finding a fit spot, he laid the foundations of the fort, which he called Rohtás.

Besides that, he sent a large army against Ráí Sárang, the Ghakkar, and not only was the country subdued, and the hill of Balnáth plundered, which was then the residence of the Dárogha of that tract, but the daughter of its chief was taken prisoner, and conducted before Sher Sháh, who presented her to Khawás Khán; upon which Ráí Sárang, they relate, sent a quantity of [hemp] blankets and millet to Sher Sháh, with the remark that in such only consisted their raiment and food, besides which they could afford nothing; according to others, he sent a lion's skin and some [arrows] spears, which he said was their only property. With this conduct, however, Sher Sháh was by no means satisfied. Sárang [Sárang's troops] being weakened by [skirmishes] the attacks of the holy warriors, and greatly reduced and straitened, submitted himself in person to Sher Sháh, who ordered him to be flayed alive, and his skin to be filled with straw, and so pay the penalty of his misdeeds.
Sher Sháh issued farmáns to complete the fortifications of Rohtás; but Todar Khatri represented that the Ghakkars, to whom that country belonged, would not allow any one to work for wages; and that they had agreed amongst themselves, upon oath, to expatriate every person that should contravene their wishes. Sher Sháh, in answer, told him [that he should not be allowed to give up that work, which he only wished to do in consequence of his greediness for gold]* that the work did not seem to advance under his superintendence, and that a man who was fond of money, and was alarmed about disbursing it, would never accomplish the king's designs.
Todar, on the reception of this fresh command, fixed first a golden ashrafí as the enormous remuneration for one stone, which induced the [Kakers] Ghakkars to flock to him in such numbers that afterwards a stone was paid with a rupee, and this pay gradually fell to five tankas, till the fortress was completed.

Qila Rohtas is a garrison fort and could hold a force of up to 30,000 men. Due to its location, massive walls, trap gates and 3 Baolis (stepped wells) it could withstand a major siege although it was never besieged.

Most of the fort was built with ashlar stones collected from its surrounding villages such as Tarraki village. Some parts of the fort were built with bricks.

The fort is irregular in shape and follows the contours of the hill it was constructed on. The fort is exactly 5.2 km in circumference. A 533 metre long wall divides the citadel (for the Chieftain) from other parts of the fort.

Batkhela Malakand Historical Valley

Batkhela is the main tehsil and capital of Malakand District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. According to the 1998 census, the population of Batkhela is 38,222, and it is assessed to be 39,703 according to the World Gazetteer. Batkhela is a popular business city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region. This beautiful valley is covered by high hills from all sides and there are many fast curving rivers which are contribution to its pleasing landscape. One water canal that dispenses into a small dam in Jaban area is main source of electricity production.

Batkhela General Civil Headquarters Hospital is main hospital of the district Malakand. Batkhela main bazaar is more than 4 kilometres long; there are no intersections (junctions) so no traffic lights. Therefore it is the longest bazaar in Pakistan that has no traffic lights or junctions (intersections) on it. When Mehmood Ghaznawi (997-1030) was attacking India against the Hindus, during this time one of his army leader Pir Khushal attacked Batkhela, during the course of this attack most of his soldiers were sunk in big marsh at a place called Ghelai in Batkhela. However, soldiers of his army that survived have favored to stay in this region. They have not only changed the culture and customs of the local inhabitants but also exert a strong influence on them to make them convert to the religion of Islam. Batkhela water canal alongside the main G.T. road (N45) Early in 17th century an Afghan tribe Yusufzai (Yusufzai Pathan) invaded Swat region under the control of Malik Ahmad Khan, during this period Batkhela was part of Swat valley. At the time Swat was ruled by a ruler named Raees and Swati tribe was permanent inhabitant here. After the attack most of Swati tribe’s men quit this area and escaped to Hazara region. It gives Yusufzai an opportunity to settle here permanently. Thana (part of Batkhela tehsil) was their administrative headquarters. In the beginning three main family classes of Yusufzai tribe were settled in Batkhela (Husain Khel, Ibrahim Khel and Nazrali Khel). Husain Khel and Nazrali Khel were further subdivided, Nazrali Khel into Maday Khel and Babu Khel, while Husain Khel into Omer Khel and Balay Khel.

K-2 Base Camp | The 2nd Highest Peak of the World

Like any long trip, we started planning this a long time ago. Some (Asad, me) had wanted to do a major hike for years, and Concordia was always at the top of the list of the many, many places to go hiking in Northern Pakistan. "The world's greatest museum of shape and form" is how Italian mountaineer/author Fosco Maraini described Concordia in his book, Karakoram. Galen Rowell called it the "Throne of the Mountain Gods". Come 2007, somehow or the other, 5 of us decided to finally go.

The pre-trip preparations involved a lot of research, finding hiking and cold weather equipment, and trying to get into shape for the long hike ahead. Our plan is detailed below, and hopefully anyone else looking for information on planning this hike on their own will find it helpful. The pictures of the hike are up over here, and an article about the actual trip will be up soon.

There are literally hundreds of companies geared up to take people hiking in the north, and they arrange everything - but the catch is that they all seem to be geared for the western tourist, and charge accordingly. We organized the trip ourselves, but that has it's pros and cons. You save money, but there are a hundred and one things which can go wrong which one only realizes into the hike - and any good tour company would have already foreseen and planned for. A 16 day hike on a glacier is no joke, and extensive preparation is a must.

Muzaffarabad | Azad Kashmir

Muzaffarabad is the capital of Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. It is situated in Muzaffarabad District on the banks of the Jhelum and Neelum rivers. The district is confined by Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in the west, by the Kupwara and Baramulla districts of Indian-held Kashmir in the east, and the Neelum District of Azad Kashmir in the north. According to the 1998 Census, the population of the district was 725,000, and rendering to a 1999 forecast, the population had risen to almost 741,000. The district includes three tehsils, and the city of Muzaffarabad obliges as the cultural, governmental and economic capital of what is currently known as Azad Kashmir.

MALKA-E-PARBAT: (Queen Of Mountains)

Right at the back of the lake, there is a hill, named as Malka-e-Parbat, (Queen of the Mountains). Its also a mysterious hill, The resident of Naran say that no one has climbed this hill so far. Everyone who tried, got died. The man who climbed the Mount Everest and K 2, when tried for this hill, after some days, his dead body was found from the bottom, Many commandos of Pakistan were dead during their tries. It is still a mystery that why its not possible to climb this Mount, as it is not so high.

Nathia Galli - Abbottabad

A Picturesque Town of Pakistan Nathiagali or nathia gali, clad in Pine, Walnut and Oak Maple trees, is the most picturesque hill station in the Pakistan. From Nathiagali one take many short strolls through the pine forests.

Those who are more adventurous can take a longer trek to climb the top of Mukshpuri, which is 2800 meters high. The real enthusiasts can walk up a track starting from the Governor’s House to the top of Miranjani Hill (2960 meters high), a beautiful trek that takes 6 to 7 hours both ways.
Nathiagali, an heaven on earth is known for its scenic beauty, It is situated only 35 Km drive away from both Murree and Abbottabad.
Nathiagali An Heaven on Earth serves as home to all major wildlife; various species of birds, insects, butterflies and animals. Horses are very common sight during the April to August months and attracted tourist to rides and see the beautiful scenic points in Nathiagali and Galliyat. Monkeys often come up to hotels, restaurants and guesthouses in search of food.
Nathiagali best tourist spot serves as the administrative centre of Nathia Gali Union Council of District Abbottabad , At 2,500 m (8,200 ft), it is a popular tourist resort in the summer months i.e. May to August.

Peshawar - Bus Stand

I now a days live in Peshawar (Pakistan), so had a chance to take this VT Flag photo, I am still traveling in Peshawar, will upload more of photos and info very soon as I haven't completed the places yet. :)

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