Peshawar: The Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (TCKP), in collaboration with Pakistan Railways and Sehrai Tours undertook an inimitable day long safari train tour from Peshawar to Attock Khurd and the adjacent historical sites in commemoration with Allama Iqbal Day.
The Abbasin Train Safari is a study come fun filled tour that was thoroughly enjoyed by the 70+ students from different schools of Peshawar.
The train began its journey, leaving Cantt Railway Station at exactly 9am, on a beautiful cloudy morning towards Attock Khurd. While reaching Attock Khurd, the students accompanied by their teachers were briefed about the historical significance of the Railway Bridge and station along with other historical sites. The students were provided lunch boxes along with refreshments also by TCKP.
The tour was in connection with a unique scheme that is planned by the Tourism Department for six-months to attract more tourists to the unique and joyful excursion.
According to the scheme, train trips will be arranged on the special days of the year. The train tour in December has been themed as Quaid-e-Azam Day, January 2016 as New Year Celebration, February 5, 2016 as Kashmir Day, March 23, 2016 as Pakistan Day and the excursion in April has been titled as Spring Festival.
According to this innovative plan, departure dates will be fixed in the first week of the month. Total capacity of the parlour car 2705 is 70 and the ticket price is Rs1500 per seat. The tickets will be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre located close to the historic Peshawar Museum.
The standard package includes welcome band at the railway station, refreshment on board, lunch boxes at site with cold drinks and folk music display.
The officials have also decided that the scheduled trips from Peshawar to Attock Khurd will be via safari train while coming back will be via road.
Previously, the TCKP has undertaken many train rides to the Attock Khurd and historic sites which were enjoyed by many families, students, youth and people of all ages.
The aim of the activity is to revitalize the train trip to historical sites to promote the importance and awareness of tourism among the youth and families and build a baseline for the domestic tourism.