NOWSHERA: The Tourism Corporation Khyber Pukhtunkhwa (TCKP) in collaboration with the Pakistan Railways arranged on Thursday an innovative train ride from Peshawar to the rich heritage site of the Attock Khurd.
The event was named “Excursion trip to Attock Khurd” and was one of its kind of historical and adventurous tours.The participants of the tour, including government officials, journalists and youths, enjoyed the sightseeing and the historical tourist resort of the Attock Khurd situated across the Indus River near the old Railway Bridge that connects the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa with Punjab. The old Victorian Railway Station was built around 1880s and speaks volumes about the magnificent masonry with beautiful British architecture, surrounded by the lush green hills.
The safari train departed the Cantt Railway Station at 9 pm. It passed by famous Balahisar Fort. Some other important sites en route included the Nishtar Hall, Peshawar High Court, KP Assembly Building, Tarnab Farm, Khairabad Railway Station, Attock Tomb, Behram Ki Baradari, etc.
The passengers witnessed luxuriant green fields, orchards of peaches and plums. The undulating hillocks and rugged Manglot mountains were liked by the passengers.The train reaches the Attock Khurd Railway Station little over 10 am. A tour of the heritage site was conducted. Neil interlocking system and visit to the bridge area and the beach was conducted.
Minister for Tourism and Sports Mehmood Khan said, “Tourism is the backbone of our country but it has been facing losses over the years.” He said the KP government had the plans to open more opportunities to the tourists for which unique projects were in the pipelines.
Secretary for Tourism, Sports, Archeology, Museums and Youth Affairs Tarik Jamil said the TCKP had always remained a trend-setter. “We are taking out steps even at a time when the KPK in general and Peshawar in particular, are faced with numerous security issues,” he said. He added the aim was to promote the soft image of the province and safeguard its rich cultural heritage. He said more such projects would be launched soon.
Media Manager of the TCKP, Zahra Alam, said that youth would be encouraged to participate in the train safari. “They will not only witness and enjoy scenic landscapes but also will get knowledge about these places and their role in our rich cultural history,” said the official while taking to the passengers.
An interesting situation was witnessed when the train safari participants were at the Kund Park. The minister and other officials were astonished to know that the ferry service which was launched at this point in the Kabul River had been inactive for the last two years. The minister ordered a probe into the issue to know why the ferry had become out-of-order. He said the ferry service would be reactivated soon.