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Gogera, Dipalpur and Pakpattan historic trilogy

The first thought that came into my mind after visiting Okara can be described by four words: milk, butter, mammals and farms. Peers also told me the same. Besides Harappan ruins, I did not know the area. But one thing I did know, though, was that I should be happy to say goodbye to the place. Two years later, I felt drawn to the area and its people and it was very hard for me to part. There is so much to be seen, so much to be done. Above all, it has spirited, sincere and full-of-love people living in Gogera, Dipalpur and Pakpattan historic trilogy. The distances in the hinterland are short but the landscape is so enormous that it had to be studied in parts like a large mural seen by a child.

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Aitcheson College

This is the image of the building where Aitcheson College started in Lahore back in 1891. The building is still there and functional. Can you indicate where?

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Pakistan Railway Stations

Owais Mughal

Few days ago ATP asked our readers to take a guess on number of Railway Stations in Pakistan. As far as my own personal research shows, the correct number is 1009 (possibly a few more) and my compilation of the complete index of stations is given below.

Some readers did guess the correct range, but as we had expected, most underestimated the number. I might have done so myself had I not already done the research. The list of stations is interesting to view, if only because you would read so many place names that you might never have heard of. I hope it will also make us think about the wonder that was the railway system in Pakistan at one time, but is no more.

The list below includes the stations that are currently operative as well as those which are now closed. We believe this list is still not exhaustive. There was atleast one railway section which connected Bahawalpur (Baghdad station) directly to Fort Abbas. This section was uprooted in the 1940s when during the World War II British needed steel. I am definitely missing the names of stations that were located on that section. If our readers know of any station that we missed, then let us know and we’ll update our records.

Before we go the list on next section, I want to feature the photo above by Tahir Iqbal of a small and now-closed Railway Station near Gujranwala called Theri Sansi. Pakistan has got hundreds of such small railway stations. With every passing day, unfortunately more and more of them are getting closed as Railways as means of transport in Pakistan is on a continuous decline.

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Northern Areas

Those who have taken the chance to brave the unruly mountainous terrain in the Northern Areas must have seen at least a few of the Alpine lakes in the area.

Two-hour away from Gilgit, situated in surprisingly cool and green meadow, Nultar is at 2,880 meters and heavily wooded. A one-hour jeep ride from Nultar village takes to a mysterious Nultar Lake, the colour of which emanates from the bottom. Few visitors realize that Nultar Lake is just the beginning of the wonderful Nultar highlands.
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Where Have the Snow Leopards Gone?

Sometimes we know a journey will be a grand adventure. The three-week expedition this winter with my botanist friends, who were to carry out some fieldwork, to enchanted northern Pakistan was surprising. My friends were to work in the dispersal areas surrounding the Nagar Valley and I was content with stumbling into a wonderful experience of seeing a new valley I had only read about.

People from Baltistan who arrived over the mountains by crossing the Biafo and Hispar Glaciers might have been first to settle in Nagar, the former kingdom across the river from Hunza. A man called Borosh is said to have founded the first village in the Valley and married a Balti girl he found there. The legend has it that the girl and her grandmother were the sole survivors of a landslide that killed all the earlier Balti settlers in Nagar area.
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Life on the G T Road

Travelling on Grand Trunk Road all my life, it captured my imagination as a cultural curiosity when I read Rudyard Kipling's Kim. At the beginning of the last century Kipling called it "a wonderful spectacle.... without crowding.... green-arched, shade-flecked ... a river of life." But Pakistan's National Highway Number 5 (N-5), alias the Grand Trunk Road, or simply the GT Road, presents a different impression now. Commuting up and down the GT Road are caravans of trucks, buses, cars, animals and animal transport also auto-rickshaws, all having equal right of the way. On the GT Road every bus, truck, and a car must pass the vehicle ahead. "The GT Road," a veteran traveller John Otto wrote says, "really belongs to the trucker." And he is right in a way.

So much has changed since Kipling's description of the GT Road, which he saw "brimming with all manner of travellers -- rich merchants with elephants and camels laden with merchandise, guarded by retainers. The aristocracy on colourful horses and elephants with gilded howdahs for the ladies, their silk drapes fluttering in the wind, the raggle taggle of the gypsies roaming from one village to the next in search of food and work." The old identities have steadily defused by the common objectives for prosperity and development. Since partition, the new social and economic objectives have been the major engines of change. The only thing that still remains on this strategic, economic and cultural artery of Pakistan is that it is "the river of life."
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