TRAVEL Exploring PakistanKallar Kahar LakeP akistan is a land of amazing beauty and splendor. The country boasts of sandycoastline beaches in the south, to magnificient deserts, to Balochistan plateaus in thewest, and fertile Indus plains in the east. The northern uplands converge withbeautiful snow covered mountain peaks and valleys. Pakistan’s eternal glaciers siton top of second highest mountain in the world, 8,611 m high .
TRAVEL up to a level and then overflows and makes a stream towards the north. The lake is not deep, so a lot of natural vegetation can be seen all around it and even in the middle. It is a natural breeding sanctuary for many birds, so it is an ideal place for bird watching. Some migratory birds can also be seen in particularAmong Pakistan’s innumerable glories , season. Wild peacocks can be seenis the Kallar Kahar Lake .Kallar Kahar is wandering around the area. They can bea subdivision of Chakwal District in best watched near the tomb at the top ofPunjab. It is famous for its natural the hill at dawn and sunset becausegardens, dancing peacocks ,spiritual sites caretakers of the tomb feed them at thatand a salt water lake. Situated on the time.brink of M2 motorway,it is an easily The main attractions near Kallaraccessible tourist attraction both from Kahar are the salt range-also known asLahore(224 km) and from Islamabad (156 the geological museum of the world,km). TDCP has developed a beautifulresort, overlooking the Kallar Kaharlake,fully furnished with air-conditionedaccommodation( 12 double rooms),arestaurant and a snack bar,with boatingfacilities.Here the boating amongmigratory birds is a treat and theenchanting surroundings offer serenityand pleasure to the senses. It is a natural lake which is fed by anatural fresh water spring at the base ofthe hills. This spring water fills the lake
TRAVELwhere thousand years old fossils can be Located in close proximity to theseen, shrine of Saidan Shah at Choa Lake on an elevation is the Shrine of twoSaidan Shah, the lake ,the shrine of Muslim Martyrs (Yaaqoob and Ishaaque)Abdul Qadir Gilani , Takht-e-Babri,and ,grandsons of renowned Muslim Saintthe Hindu Temple Complex at Katas. The Abdul Qadir Shah Gilani. A number ofTemple of Shiva at Katas (10th century peacocks reside in its vicinity and nearAD) and other temples around Katas are the Lake. They are fed by the shrinesvaluable pieces of architecture and caretakers at dawn and sunset.history. According to local legend, a kind of It is said that Babar, the founder of "spiritual bonding" between the deceasedthe Mughal dynasty in India, passing by Saint and the peacock exists, and anyonethe Lake on his conquering quest in 1519 harming them may experience bad luck.A.D. was so inspired by it, that he Another place of major touristordered the construction of a garden interest near Lake Kallar Kahar is the"Bagh-e-Safa" there which still stands to Katas Temple Complex. It is located onthis day. There is also a small stone the main road leading from Lake Kallarplatform on which Babar stood and Kahar to Choa Saidan Shah and is not farrallied his troops onward ,known as from the Lake. Built in the 9th-11th“Takht-e-Babri”. He also mentioned this century when the Salt Range was part oflake in “Tuzk-e-Babri”. the powerful Hindu Kingdom of
TRAVELKashmir, this large complex houses knowledge, and social customs ofseveral temples. There is also a fortress Hindus. Paras Nath Jogi drew his lastsurrounding a pool. Legend has it that breath on Katas. Jagat Guru Nanak alsothe pool was formed by the tears of the visited the place on the first of Visakh.Hindu God Shiva while weeping over his Katas came to be known as Nanaknawasdead wife,Satti. He wept so much that and was a site of contemplation for manyhis tears created two holy ponds-One at large groups of mystics, ascetics andAjmer in India and one at Katas,which jogis. According to Hindu beliefs, takingliterally means”raining eyes”,in Sanskrit. bath in the holy pond at the site washes Katas Raj is also the place where away all sins and makes man innocent.Alberuni attempted to measure the Like most tourist destinations ofcircumference of the Earth, studied Pakistan,Kallar Kahar offers a variety ofSanskrit and wrote his renowned activities, sight -seeing and memorableKitab-ul-Hind (Book of Hind) which experiences. Hence it’s worth a visit!depicted the religion, scientific Murphy’s Laws • A valuable dropped item will always fall into an inaccessible place (a diamond ring down the drain, for example) - or into the garbage disposal while it is running. • When a broken appliance is demonstrated for the repairman, it will work perfectly. • Everyone has a scheme for getting rich that will not work. • In any hierarchy, each individual rises to his own level of incompetence, and then remains there. • Anything good in life is either illegal, immoral or fattening. • Anything dropped in the bathroom will fall in the toilet. • Just when you think things cannot get any worse, they will. • He who angers you controls you, there-fore you have no control over your anger. • The cost of the hair do is directly related to the strength of the wind. • Great ideas are never remembered and dumb statements are never forgotten. • The light at the end of the tunnel is a train. • Murphys golden rule: whoever has the gold makes the rules.