After Seven years, the Safari train traveled on Trial basis from Peshawar to Attock Khurd


Peshawar: The Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in collaboration with Pakistan Railways and Sehrai Travels & Tours initiated Train tours from Peshawar to Attock Khurd today. Previously these tours were arranged for a selected group of people who were invited through invitations cards.
 
 But today the general public purchased passes and availed this facility, stated the Additional Secretary Sports, Tourism, Culture, Archaeology, Museums and Youth Affairs Department Mr. Naeem Akhtar, while talking to the Media at the Cantt Railway Station.
 
The Additional Secretary along with General Manager Events TCKP Muhammad Ali Syed welcomed the guests on the platform with bouquets and garlands, with the Pakistan Army Trope playing in the background. A large number of students, children, Government Servants accompanying their families, doctors, Media personnel and International Woman Club participated and under took this excursion.
 
The Historical tourist resort complex of Attock Khurd is situated on the eastern bank of Indus river, near the old iron girder bridge built in 1883, which connects Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with Punjab. The Old British Railway Station built around 1880, with its magnificent stone masonry and beautiful Victorian architecture is set in a hilly backdrop of an area steeped in the romance of history.
 
The British established the North Western Railway Attock Khurd Resort as a popular fishing spot and hunting ground for the black partridge and wild Fox. On the Western Bank is a tall First World War memorial in the shape of a 303bullet. It was built in the memory of the men of the 40th Pathan Regiment which took part in the Great World War. The Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great built the Grand Attock Fort in 1518 AD.
 
It stands majestically by the side of the Indus and runs two miles in circumference. Remains of the old British Victorian Cemetery, Begum ki Sehrai, Bahram Ki Baradari, Tomb of the unknown dancer and many Hindu, Jain and Sikh temples of the bygone era are located in the vicinity.
 
The guests enjoyed a rare glimpse of a section of the Rawalpindi Landikotal route. The guests were enthralled by the scenic sites, lush green fields and orchards of peaches and plums, undulating hillocks and the rugged Manglot mountain range. The highlight of the journey was the seven tunnels which were welcomed with hooting and loud clapping by the participants.
 
Another unique aspect of this journey was that the participants returned back to Peshawar via train also. Previously the train ride was only one way and back to Peshawar journey was via road.

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