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Gorakh Hill: Where It Snows in Sindh

Posted on April 30, 2008
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Owais Mughal

Do you know there is a place in Sindh where it snows in winter? Yes, there is one such place and it is called Gorakh Hill . It is located in Dadu District and has an altitude of 5500 ft. It is the highest place in the Kirthar range of hills (reachable by road) which also forms the provincial boundary between Sindh (Dadu) and Balochistan (Khuzdar) as a jagged backbone. The highest peak in Sindh is also located in the Kirthar range and is called ‘dog’s grave’ and has an altitude of 2174 m (7133 ft). Following is a breath taking view of Gorakh Hill. Photo credits belong to [2] below.

How to Reach There:

From Dadu city the top of Gorakh Hill is at a distance of 93 km. To reach Gorakh, one starts going west from Dadu. At kilometer marker 17 from Dadu, is a place called Johi which is a ‘tehseel’ of Dadu district.



At kilometer marker 39 from Dadu is a village called Wahi Pandi which forms the base camp of Gorakh Hill. Wahi Pandi is a decent size village with a population of approximately 20,000.

The photo to the left below shows landscape near Wahi Pandi. The photo to the right below shows a glimpse of single track road to Gorakh Hill

After Wahi Pandi the road gains altitude fast. At kilometer marker 53, the road enters a pass called the Yaro Pass. In Sindhi it is called the ‘Yaro saain jo lak’. Yaro pass is located at an altitude of approximately 2500 ft. At kilometer marker 76, the road enters yet another pass. This one is called the Khanwal Pass and it is 4 km long.

The photo to the left below shows road through Yaro Pass. The photo to the right below shows the starting point of Khanwal Pass

The lower end of Khanwal Pass is at approximately 3000 ft above sea level while the higher end of the pass is at approximately 5000 ft altitude. From the top of Khanwal Pass to the top of Gorakh Hill is a distance of another 13 km. (kilometer marker 93 from Dadu).

The photos below show different views of Khanwal Pass.

Coming from Karachi, there is a shorter route to Johi. A road from Sehwan Sharif on Indus Highway (N55) branches off to Johi at a distance of 40 km. This way you can bypass the city of Dadu and the route is 20 km shorter.

Accommodation at the Top:

There is a small rest house available at the top of Gorakh Hill but be prepared to do camping outside. According to Reference [1] below:

Out of the two rooms, only one can be used by guests, as the other one is being used as a store room. While the rest house is wired up, there was no electricity, probably due to heavy rains I presume. However, there is a back-up generator in working condition, but no water, so remember take a good amount of with you

The photos below are courtesy of my friend Shabbir Ali Bijarani and show his camping trip to Gorakh Hill

Gorakh Hill top gives a vast unhindered views of the Sindh and Balochistan landscape. According to [1]:

The sunrise is definitely worth viewing here. As the early rays of the sun hit the top one can see the gradual illumination of the beautiful valley of Wahi Pandi towards the east, while the Sindh-Baluchistan border lies visible towards the west.

Satellite Images of Gorakh Hill:

The first image shows the road-end at the top of the Gorakh Hill as well as location of a small rest house.

The image below shows the location of Gorakh Hill by red arrow. The white line to the left is the Sindh-Balochistan border. Also note the winding road leading to Gorakh Hill

History of Development:

Sometimes back in 1998, it was decided to make Gorakh Hill a resort for tourists at par with other hill stations of Pakistan located in North-Western Pakistan. The hill resort project included development of a waterfall, cable chair lift from the Gorakh hill to the Chokor hill, 10-beded hospital, water filter plant, security check post and a race course.

According to [4],

Despite passage of eight years and expenditure of more than Rs 200 million, the fate of the Gorakh Hill station project still hangs in the balance because of indifference of the government. The PC-1 of the project was revised and an amount of Rs 198.269 million was released on Feb 24, 2004. The funds were meant for constructing a road from Wahi Pandi to Gorakh hill at a cost of Rs 86.353 million, development of water supply scheme at the cost of Rs 34.636 million and purchasing vehicles and other equipment at a cost of Rs 8 million

Communications at the Top:

There are neither any land lines for telephone nor a mobile service available at Gorakh Hill. However, Pakistan Telecommunication Limited (PTCL)’s wireless service called the V-PTCL Wireless works at Gorakh Hill. Reference [1] below.

Weather:

In summers the day time temperature at Gorakh Hill reaches 25C but at night a drop of 20C to 5C is not unusual. Gorakh Hill gets occasional snowfall during winters too.

ATP’s Related Post on Another Tourist Spot in Kirthars:

Toshangi Gorge: The Grand Canyon of Sindh

References and Photo Credits:

[1] Gorakh Hill Station by Umair Ahmed Shaikh of 4×4 Offroaders Club, Karachi
[2] Gorakh Hill Photo by umashah79 here.
[3] Gorakh Hill Photo by ahashmi here.
[4] Gorakh Hill Project in doldrums
[5] Rakaposhi Hiking Club, Nawabshah
[6] www.googleearth.com
[7] Shabbir Ali Bijarani’s photos here

115 Comments on “Gorakh Hill: Where It Snows in Sindh”

  1. May 1st, 2008 12:18 am

    Beautiful

  2. temporal says:
    May 1st, 2008 12:30 am

    what is the distance and travelling time from karachi?

  3. Owais Mughal says:
    May 1st, 2008 12:43 am

    Distance from Karachi Zero Point via Dadu and Johi =433 km,
    Distance from Karachi Zero Point via Bhan Saeedabad and Johi = 413 km

  4. Ahsan Ali says:
    May 1st, 2008 4:53 am

    Is the road doable in a car or do you need an offroad vehicle to get there?

  5. Manzoor says:
    May 1st, 2008 5:45 am

    Beautiful post

  6. Owais Mughal says:
    May 1st, 2008 7:39 am

    i believe at present off road vehicles are needed, especially in the passes. Once the last 54 km (Wahi Pandi to Gorakh) is completely paved, cars should be able to make it.

  7. jalal says:
    May 1st, 2008 9:04 am

    I heard of this place sometime back when plans were being made to develop it into a tourist place. But it seems no headway has been made to develop the area. Since there a re claims that it snows here as well, I would appreciate if someone ventures into the area in winters to capture the hill top in snow.

  8. zafar says:
    May 1st, 2008 1:55 pm

    this is breathtakingly beautiful.

  9. Aamer says:
    May 1st, 2008 4:55 pm

    Is this the fate of most of the major projects in Pakistan?

  10. ali baig says:
    May 1st, 2008 6:16 pm

    very interesting, i must thank all the adventurous people who went up there and enlightened us with the info and pictures.I can see some paved roads as well and you also mention a rest house which shows that an initiative was taken to develop it but was abandoned perhaps because of lack of funds or change of government. It may be a good idea to hand this project over to some foreign investor to develop it into a high class resort , it could actually be a profitable venture being so close to other cities of Sind. I wonder if the new set up there will take a note of it and do something about it.

  11. Janeeta says:
    May 2nd, 2008 2:23 am

    beautiful post owais bhai … pictures are simply breathtaking … although i have never heard of the place before but now its on my priority list ….. i wish the new government would do some real efforts to develop this beautiful place

  12. May 2nd, 2008 8:31 am

    Information and photographs relating Gorakh and Gorakh Hill are another great contribution from you, Owais. I would like to ask our sleeping Tourism Department what they are doing to promote such places and why I did not even know of the existence of such places although I came from the province of Sind. Isn’t it a shame?
    Keep it up with your diversified services.
    Mansoor Mozaffar

  13. ShairNoName says:
    May 2nd, 2008 1:15 pm

    Owais

    I had heard of this before, but can we go there and come back? with our belongings? Only if you can afford 2,3 body guards with KKz to go with you.

    The lawless situation is so bad in whole Sind that I wouldn’t want to go, how would Tourism Development work in such a situation?

    A friend of mine, who runs a small transport company between Hyderabad and Karachi had a horrible incident. His truck was off-loaded on the highway and the same stuff was then available for sale, next morning in Hyderabad. My friend had to pay ‘ransom’ to get the merchandize and then deliver to the customers waiting for the shipment.

    It used to be a rural sindh situation, but now its as bad in the cities too.

  14. Aadil says:
    May 4th, 2008 7:45 am

    I never knew about it.

  15. May 6th, 2008 8:58 am

    i heard about it once but never went just because of the theives .. it is not a safe area. Dharial(sindhi = theives) are very popular and strong there …police is also some influence on them too but for their benefits..

    well nice for ATP to let us reminding about the hill station of sindh ..

  16. hashmi says:
    May 24th, 2008 1:01 am

    dear Umair Ahmed Shaikh !
    me and one professor are writing an academic paper on the hill station.we are developing an economic model and searching for PC1 .if u have any access to pc1,please contact me.
    shabir mohsin
    research fellow
    shanghai university of finance and economics
    .shanghai,china.

  17. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    May 24th, 2008 1:43 am

    @Owais Mughal,

    Gorakh Hill,

    Dil khush kar dia apnay, wesay, mujnon kay bhataknay ,
    ke subab samajh mein agaya hay, lehaza fil-badih
    arz hay,

    Zulf-e-dilgir-e-yaar say,
    nucher kar jo baraf banti hay

    Guzar kar sussi kay thalon say,
    jamti hay, Sindh kay kohsaro’n pay
    Rafay Kashmiri

  18. Arif Farooq says:
    May 24th, 2008 2:30 am

    Great Job, you have really contributrd alot for the Gorakh Hills project, do you have any idea when this project will be opened for the public, how huch time & distence will it take from karachi to reach their.

    do you have any new recreation place of karachi, or any web site whire i can find places of karachi/hyderabad.

  19. Owais Mughal says:
    May 24th, 2008 6:24 pm

    I saw this news in Today’s (5/24/2008)’s Jang which claims 80-90% work is now complete on two phases of Gorakh Hill Development phase:

  20. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    May 25th, 2008 3:20 am

    @ erratum,

    Its not majnon, please read “SASSI ke bhataknay
    KA sabub”
    thanks

  21. meengla says:
    May 25th, 2008 9:03 am

    Great post Owais Mughal. Thanks a lot.
    Umair A. Shaikh was the first as far as I know who took a trip to Gorakh Hill Station and actually documented his experience, backed by some great pictures. I started a thread in Offroadpakistan.com forum about Gorakh in late 2005 and the thread attracted the highest ‘views’ in that forum.
    But, lately, I have been disappointed because most recent news point toward the usual ‘corruption’ and mismanagement leading to the delays.
    Hopefully, with a change in govt., the project will jump start.

    http://offroadpakistan.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=111

    is the Forum on offroadpakistan.com where much info is available. I think law n order situation/problem may be exaggerated but I am not sure.

    Oh, Gorakh Hill is not the highest point in Sindh’s Kirthar Range. I think ‘Kutte Ji Kabar’ (Dog’s Grave) is the highest peak and it may be close to 8000 feet high–much higher than Gorakh Hill though the latter is better suited for a Hill Station because of terrain.

    Since my younger years when an uncle gifted me an atlas by the Geological Society of Pakistan I have studied Sindh’s mountains and have dreamed about a Hill Station in Sindh. The Stations don’t have to be lush green like Murree but the cool weather and majestic vistas are certainly great attractions. Every other region of Pakistan has at least one Hill Station; it is about time Sindh gets one too.

    The economy of Sindh and Pakistan can greatly benefit from Gorakh Hill Station and similar projects.

    Can anyone in this Forum have an influence over powers-be in Pakistan to keep the Gorakh Hill Station project on track?

    Again, Owais, your effort is much appreciated.

  22. meengla says:
    May 25th, 2008 9:43 am

    Corrections to my last post:’Kutte Ji Kabar’ is not approx. 8000 feet; from my Google searches, it is around 6800+ feet. My apologies. But I do recall finding in the atlas a peak just along Sindh-Baluchistan border in very northern part of Kirthar Range with elevation approaching 8000 feet.
    Anyway, let’s keep Gorakh Hill Station project on track at least by discussing it…

  23. Owais Mughal says:
    May 25th, 2008 10:20 am

    Meengla you are correct. ‘dog’s grave’ point is the highest place (It is a mountain peak) in Sindh which is reachable by foot or by camel. Gorakh hill is the highest point achievable by road and hopefully soon by a paved road all the way.

    The map that I have shows highest point in Sindh (Dog’s Grave) at a height of 2174 m (7133 feet) and just 20-30 kilometers south of Dog’s grave is the second highest peak of Sindh at a heiht of 2171 m (7122 ft). The name of this second peak is unknown to me.

  24. meengla says:
    May 26th, 2008 11:15 am

    Owais, thanks again. I wonder if you can share the map which shows ‘Dog’s Grave’ peak’s location?

    Also, here is some latest news about Gorakh Hill Station. Looks like people are determined to complete this project despite criminal negligence and corruption.
    —————————————
    http://www.dawn.com/2008/05/26/local18.htm

    DADU: Rain, winds disrupt Gorakh Festival

    By Qurban Ali Khushik

    DADU, May 25: Heavy rain and strong winds with no arrangement made for water and electricity, forced the organisers of the Gorakh Festival to end the much-hyped programme even before it started on Saturday.

    The festival organised by Village Shadabad and ActionAid Pakistan was to be held on Saturday and Sunday but the organisers could hold only a musical programme.

    Scores of writers, intellectuals and media persons braved scorching heat and a tortuous journey to reach the hill. They made a stopover in Johi for a few hours and then resumed journey to a camp at the foot of the hill.

    Some of them climbed the hill on foot while others used four-by-four vehicles despite strong winds and heavy rain and many of them managed to make it to the top of the hill station, located 450 kilometres to the north of Karachi and 100 km to the west of Dadu.

    The area has cold even when the plans of Sindh are sizzling hot, which makes it an attractive tourist destination in the province.

    The 54-kilometere carpeted road from Wahi Pandhi to the foot of the hill had potholes and breaches at a number of places while a stretch of six km was yet to be carpeted. Work on many small bridges and culverts, which were supposed to drain out rainwater, appeared to have stopped. When the wary visitors somehow managed to reach the top they were told their ordeal had not ended yet as the water supply scheme from Hingan Spring to the hill station was still incomplete and there were no alternate arrangements for water.

    Many government departments and NGOs could not set up their stalls and a large number of high-profile guests, including Sindh Minister for Tourism and Culture Sassui Palijo, senior officers of her ministry, Gorakh Hill Station Authority and district administration, failed to attend the festival.

    Former speaker of Sindh Assembly Hussain Haroon was the only main guest who made it to the top of the hill but he, too, had to cut short his visit and return after a few hours due to bad weather.

    Mr Haroon called the hill station the best tourism spot not only of the province but of the country and said that it could prove to be a good tourist point for Karachiites.

    Nasir Panhwar, a visitor, demanded early completion of Gorakh Hill Station project and said that the officials had completed it on papers but in reality nothing had been done on ground.

    The president of Village Shadabad, who was organiser of the festival, apologised to visitors for lack of facilities and renowned writer Zulifiqar Ali Siyal demanded that the federal and provincial governments should pay special attention to the tourist spot.

    Renowned archaeologist Syed Hakim Ali Shah urged the prime minister to grant special funds for the hill station and order an enquiry into the alleged misappropriation of funds for its development.

    The heavy rains forced more than half of the visitors to return late on Saturday while the rest rushed back home early in the morning on Sunday, leaving behind scores of others who were reportedly caught up in flash floods.

    Gorakh Hill Station project was approved in August 1998 with an estimated cost of Rs45.252 million. Initially, Rs15.155 million were allocated for 32-km long road, Rs11.375 million for bridges, Rs17.409 million for water supply scheme and Rs1.313 million for setting up police posts along the road leading to the hill.

    The cost was later revised upwards to Rs198.269 million.

  25. Owais Mughal says:
    May 28th, 2008 10:42 pm

    Meengla and all. i’ve added a map showing location of Dg’s grave at Toshangi Gorge post. Take a look at:

    http://pakistaniat.com/2008/05/23/toshangi-gorge-the-grand-canyon-of-sindh/

    The map is towards the end of the post

  26. meengla says:
    May 31st, 2008 10:15 pm

    Asim,
    Your posts are very informative. Bless you. As someone says in the Toshangi Gorge post, you are an amazing ‘ambassador’ of Pakistan. And thanks for the map which shows Sindh’s highest point (Dog’s Grave). Perhaps one day that peak could be renamed to something different: Sindh Peak. Jinnah Peak. Pakistan Peak. Bhutto Peak (okay, the last one may be too political for some).
    Meengla

  27. Mahroof Mehmood Jilani says:
    June 1st, 2008 11:09 am

    Assalam,
    Dear Mr. Mughal,
    I am really glad to read the information you provided in this post. Your working and wording in the post is highly appreciable. God bless you, all nation and Pakistan.
    Thanks.
    Mahroof Mehmood Jilani
    Muscat, Oman

  28. Owais Mughal says:
    August 21st, 2008 1:26 am

    Chief Minister Sindh has announced setting up of a “Gorakh Hills Development Authority” today to uplift the development work in Gorak Hills

  29. Owais Mughal says:
    August 29th, 2008 10:26 am

    Sindh assembly takes legislation on Gorakh Hill Development Authority today. the news appears in Dawn online of Aug 29, 2008. Read here.

  30. Abhishek says:
    August 29th, 2008 11:51 am

    Any idea how this place came to be associated with the name of Gorakhnath? AFAIK, Gorakhnath never travelled towards west beyond Haridwar.

  31. Owais Mughal says:
    August 30th, 2008 2:26 am

    Following is from today’s news media:

    The Sindh Assembly on Aug 29, 2008 has unanimously passed the Gorakh Hills Development Authority Bill 2008 into law.

    A total of 19 MPAs

  32. konpal says:
    August 30th, 2008 9:12 am

    while reading this transcript my sister in law came and asked me about the pictures and couldnot believe that we have such heavenly places in our country. I wish we all knew how to take care of these places instead of taking them for granted.
    A huge thank you to the writer for a such a beautiful info

  33. September 8th, 2008 10:54 pm

    Its really adventurous Place. I have visited this place 6 times; i was the first who worked on the flora or vegetation of the gorakh hill. It was a HEC higher education commission program. First time I reached at top of gorakh hill on 14th august 2004. Amazing place of its kind. We have stayed there for three days. Now the road is well constructed and easy to travel there, but first when there was no proper road My GOD.

  34. Owais Mughal says:
    September 8th, 2008 11:55 pm

    Ishtiaq Saheb any more recalls from your 6 trips? I’d love to hear more. What is the closest place from Gorakh where food and water is available? Is it Wahi Pandi?

  35. iftikhar says:
    January 25th, 2009 7:40 pm

    In response to Abhishek’s question here is what I found on wikipedia;

    It is said that Great Indian Saint from medieval periods; Sri Gorakhnath ji had extensively wandered in these regions. That is why, many places are named after him. He wielded tremndous influence on people across all sects, castes, professions, classes. Such was his Yogic Power. Further discussion:-There are confusions about the name and historical background of Gorakh. It needs discussion in the light of different traditions and opinions. Locally it is stated that Gorakh is derived from Balochi word

  36. Pakistani123 says:
    February 1st, 2009 12:45 pm

    Forget about any development in this place. Rural areas of Sindh have HORRIBLE security conditions. Only way to get here safely without hiring some body guards would be to have strong references and sources in law enforcement or government agencies so that you can get out of trouble.

    Otherwise, you’re pretty much screwed :p

  37. Shahab says:
    February 1st, 2009 1:47 pm

    Great info!
    Could you please add information about where you took the satellite photos from. I located Gorakh on Google earth (it is at 26 degree 49’56.22″ N & 67 degree07’40.83 E) & the flight simulator in Google earth gives a stunning 3D view ( locate Gorakh in Google earth & press Ctr+Alt+A to enter flight simulator than press Escape to exit Flight simulator this will give you a tilted view of the hill in full 3D glory!) I have made some great images; they’re uploaded in the following album:

    http://s425.photobucket.com/albums/pp339/aliathar123/Public%20photos/

  38. mohsinalli saiyad says:
    March 24th, 2009 7:42 am

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  39. Ghazanfar Ali Shaikh says:
    March 29th, 2009 3:24 pm

    Hello Owais,
    I think the information that you have given is pretty good. what i need to know is that how one can make this whole tour economical?? What if someone cant arrange 4 X 4 vehicle to go up there …is there any thing else that you can suggest…..

  40. Owais Mughal says:
    March 31st, 2009 10:25 pm

    This news item appears in today’s jang. March 31, 2009:

  41. Syed Hasan Shahid Bukhari says:
    April 3rd, 2009 4:12 am

    I have Determined the Elevation of Gorakh Hill Station… with the help of Google Earth Elevation Indicator. I am Happy to inform, that my Research findings determine the Higest Point at Gorakh Hill Station, to be 5,648 feet.

    So the extra 148 feet be added, when calculating the Gorakh Hill Station’s Height… Generally referred to as the height of 5,500 feet.

    And it is good enough for a Hill station and Winter Snows.

  42. meengla says:
    April 4th, 2009 7:48 pm

    Looks like Sindh Govt.’s minister Sassui Palejo is determined to turn the Gorakh Hill project into a susccess very soon. From Owais’ Urdu language clipping it looks like ‘Shajar Kari’ (tree plantation) has now started.

    On a related note, I have been to Mt. Abu in Rajasthan; the highest peak there is Guru Shikar. That whole area is a wonderful oasis of high elevation cool air:
    http://sirohi.nic.in/guru.htm

    While Gorakh Hill Station does not have the greenery like Mt. Abu it does have the similar latitude and latitude to make it into a pleasant escape from the heat of the Sindh’s plains.

  43. April 8th, 2009 7:02 am

    Lets Start a Helicopter Service to Gorakh Hill Station. We will be there in 35 minutes from Karachi, or Sukkur, Hyderabad, Nawabshah and larkana… not in the by road 14 hours.

  44. April 8th, 2009 7:18 am

    Lets set up Tented Village Tourist Residences, till houses can come up in the next few years.

    There is enough Spring Water, wind and Solar Energy.

    What are we waiting for…

    Lets Give Gorakh Hill Station the Beloved Name of a TRue Pakistani. Lets call Gorakh… BENAZIR !

  45. April 10th, 2009 1:45 pm

    Gorakh hill station… is very nice pick nick point…

    im Alan Khan LAghari From : Johi Distt: dadu sindh near gorakh hill station….

  46. meengla says:
    April 10th, 2009 2:04 pm

    Gorakh Hill Station or at least some important part of it may be named ‘Benazir Bhutto Hill Station’. It will be befitting for the first Hill Station in Sindh to be named after Sindh’s most beloved person.
    However, I am not sure if all names with Hindu origin in Pakistan should be changed. Hmmmm

    @Alan Khan Leghari: Does it really snow up there in winter?

  47. April 16th, 2009 4:43 am

    Using the ‘Google Earth’ Tool, I have Discovered, that Highest Elevation in Kirthar Mountain Range, in Sindh, is neither Gorakh, at 5628 feet, nor Kutta jo Qabr at 6800+ feet.

    The Highest Mountain Elevation in Sindh, is an un-known, and un-named peak, 7056 feet high !

    If you want to personally verify this elevation, Use Google Earth, Tool and go to the Following Coordinates: these are north nort west of Gorakh, about midway, from Kutta jo Qabr.

    27 12 34 93 N
    67 09 33 84 E

    So let Gorakh Remain Gorakh… But I, in the Discoverer’s Prerogative, Name this unnamed Peak, KOH BENAZIR, as my humble tribute to one of the greatest ever Pakistanis.

    Hope brother Leghari will find this more agreeable.

    Syed Hasan Shahid Bukhari
    16th April 2009.

  48. meengla says:
    April 16th, 2009 12:26 pm

    ‘Koh e Benazir’. Or similar name bearing Benazir Bhutto’s name will be a befitting tribute to both the person of Benazir and the newly ‘discovered’ highest peak in Sindh.
    So is the ‘un named’ peak really the highest one? I mean, when we get to the superlatives then we better be sure. I tend to think that @SHS Bukhari is correct but let’s be sure. Also, I remember once studying the Geological Atlas of Pakistan and I can recall a peak right at Sindh-Baluchistan border with elevation of 8000+ ft. I may be wrong though: That’s my 17-year old memory (no, I was not 17 then).
    Thanks.

  49. Owais Mughal says:
    April 16th, 2009 3:12 pm

    Shahid Bukhari saheb, why do you think Google Earth’s altitiude is more accurate than traditional trigonometric way of determining altitude?

    Can we check if Google tells K2 or Everest’s height more than what is published too?

  50. April 18th, 2009 9:05 am

    Great Work, by all friends… their comments and Photographs and all…

    But for Record, Sindh’s Sector of Kirthar Mountain Range, has many peaks exceeding 5500 feet, Gorakh, at 5648 feet, +_ 1 or 2 ft. Gorakh, for its Location is an excellent site for a Hill Station in Sindh… Situated a maximum, of 40 minutes Flight, by Helicopter… from Krachi, Larkana, Sukkur, Dadu or Hyderabad etc.

    My Research was conducted using Satellite Image Telemetry, with Google Earth Tool, helping determining the Facts and not fiction.

    Thus, I have determined, the highest Mountain Elevation in Sind in its part of Kirthar Mountains, is 7056 feet.

    My Discovery, of the unnamed Highest Peak, north of Gorakh… midway between Gorakh (5648 feet) and Katta ji Kabr… which due the Discovery, now is the Second highest Peak of Sindh, with an elevation of 6850 +_ a few feet.

    Since I have Determined the Exact Height and Location, of a 7056 ft high mountain Peak in Sindh, therefore, in honoring one of the greatest ever Pakistanis, I name it KOH BENAZIR.

    In case you want to have the GPS Coordinates, or want to learn the use of Google Earth Tool, please write me at

    I, like yourself, am a countributor, to the Development of “Gorakh Hill Station” Idea.

    Syed Hasan Shahid Bukhari
    18th April, 2009

  51. April 18th, 2009 9:21 am

    My very dear Owais Mughal

    I am your fan, and appreciate what you have done, and your continuing interest in Gorakh.

    But, what you say of trigonometric determinations … was indeed the correct way, perhaps twenty years ago. Satellite Imagery/Telemetry now determines correctly, up to 3 feet or perhaps less, in determining the objects proximity/distance etc.

    What I do with the Tool, has taken me a few days to master. And my reported readings, as I said, are correct to within a few feet. I also Applied it to mount Everset, K2 and other Objects/Sites… to my satisfaction.

    Regards
    Syed Hasan Shahid Bukhari
    18th April 2009

  52. meengla says:
    April 18th, 2009 4:11 pm

    I second the idea of ‘Koh Benazir’. Or should be it ‘Koh i Benazir’ or ‘Koh e Benazir’?
    Both SHS Bukhari and Owais Mughal are doing a good job in this Topic. Thanks!

  53. Syed hasan Shahid Bukhari says:
    April 19th, 2009 3:36 am

    My very dear Owais Mughal

    Pease see the following Coorinates for Mount Everest
    27 59 17 92N
    87 55 30 73 E

    The Google determined height of one of the mound atop Everest is 28,960 feet, just short by 60 feet. You can fine tune the heights.

    __________________________________________

    Meengla

    I have named the highet elevation in Kirthar, Koh Benazir, in honoring the local Brahvi Dialect of the Brahvi Tribes in habiting this area of Pakistan.

    Syed Hasan shahid Bukhari
    19th April 2009

  54. Owais Mughal says:
    April 19th, 2009 11:02 am

    Hasan Shahid saheb. Thanks for the coordinates of Everest as well as the highest peak in Kirthar you have discovered. I also checked its elevation from Google and it is just as you said, so great job done by you in researching all these peaks. BUT i still have my doubts that how accurate is Google’s altitude meter as compared to say traditional/laser field survey for heights.

    In satellite imagery, one can get good accuracy on x-y plane (say length-width) but not on z axis (say height). It is like standing on the tallest building and trying to determine heights of building lower than you from the top. I have my doubts on this method’s accuracy. However, I am open to be convinced otherwise.

    Until then I still think ‘kutto ji qabar’ is the highest peak of Sindh. I have references to its height survey done by British archaeologists/surveyors and published in a book form by the University of Sindh – Jamshoro. I own a copy of this book.

  55. April 19th, 2009 11:36 pm

    My, now dearer than ever Owais Mughal

    Re. your question, ‘what I do with the thumb’ is a required Software… Refration Filter, in compensating for the loss of Data’s accuracy, due Snow’s Reflecting back the sun’s rays and giving “almost” and not the “exact” readings. Develop it !

    In starting the debate, my idea is Action… to send the Flowers of Pakistan, out there, equipped with pick axes, altimeters and note books… Discover their home land Sindh and mother land Pakistan… not tow the agenda of anti Sindh, hence Anti Pakistan rats.

    Syed Hasan Shahid Bukhari
    2-0th April 2009

  56. Owais Mughal says:
    April 20th, 2009 1:57 am

    Hasan Shahid saheb. Yes the calculation of distance based on reflection of a signal makes sense. thanks.

  57. April 22nd, 2009 2:25 am

    Your are Welcome, my very dear Owais Mughal

    The Software required should be a LIGHT/IMAGE Focus REFRACTION COMPENSATOR.

    And I would also record my being a great fan of Omair Ahmed Shaikh for his Researches in the context of developing Gorakh Hill station.

    I wish you or him, would go further, and and look into the possibilities of setting up Wind Mills generating Electricity for Gorakh and Kirthar Villages. And, the building of a 100,000 litres Tank to store the one Gorakh Hill’s Natural Spring Water.

    And there is this business idea of a Day long Trip, by HELICOPTER AIR SERVICE to Gorakh Hill station… it will take, at the most, 40 minutes from any major City of Sindh. So Karachites and Sukkhurites or Larkanites or Hyderabadites etc. can visit Gorakh the way they visit Hawhes bay or sandspit beaches. Let the Adventurous young, continue with their 4x4s.

    Regards

    Syed hasan Shahid Bukhari
    22nd April 2009

  58. meengla says:
    April 22nd, 2009 7:48 pm

    The helicopter-ride idea is fantastic idea! Gorakh Hill will one day be a place for thousands to go from a 45 C temperature to 30 C temperature after a couple of hours ride or a 1 hour helicopter service.

  59. Haris Ahmed says:
    April 23rd, 2009 11:26 pm

    Please advise if its safe these days to go to Gorakh hills on our own ?

  60. May 1st, 2009 2:04 am

    To Meengla

    I was reading the past posts and comments here, and to Meengla, I have to say, Go to “Google Earth” Load the Programme into your Account… Search: you will get to Sindh… Oka ?

    Under the Search Box there is another box containing catagories and things you want to know, so mark the boxes you want to know more about, viz. Geography, Boundaries, Places, Weather, and Terrain etc.

    Now Enter Search Focus the image, by forwarding the wheel on your Mouse till you can see the Road to Gorakh, and the ‘white line’ separating Sindh and Baluchistan Privinces.

    Follow along the Provincial Boundary ‘s thin white Line Northwards, enroute, you will see many green Triangular icons, marking Peaks, move on northwards, and at almost the top, in Sindh, you will see the Icon showing the exact locaton and height of Kuttay ji Qabr.

    Syed Hasan shahid Bukhari
    1st May, 2009

  61. meengla says:
    May 3rd, 2009 7:38 pm

    SHS Bukhari,
    I downloaded Google Earth but did not see the options that you mention. No problem.
    I did manage to find ‘Dadu’ and then traced to Gorakh from there. I saw some interesting stuff by a Murad Ali. He also has a Google Earth KML file.
    Here is Murad Ali’s photos of that region:
    http://www.panoramio.com/photo/19139986
    And thanks!

  62. Owais Mughal says:
    May 28th, 2009 9:07 pm

    Today’s news on Gorakh Hill Project

  63. meengla says:
    May 29th, 2009 9:31 am

    And here is English version of Owais’ link:
    http://regionaltimes.com/29may2009/metrokarachinews/work.htm

    “Work on Gorakh Hill Project to start soon, says Sassui Palejo

    aBy Saleem Chandio
    & Aamir Rind
    Karachi: Sindh Minister for Culture and Tourism Sassui Palejo has said that uplift work on Gorakh Hill project would be initiated soon after release of funds by the federal government. Talking to journalists at her office on Thursday, she thanked President Asif Ali Zardari for including the Gorakh Hill project in the planning commission

  64. meengla says:
    June 13th, 2009 9:27 am

    A couple of more news items about Gorakh Hill Station:

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/print1.asp?id=182774

    and the following copied/pasted from nation.com.pk ‘s website:

    “‘Investors invited to explore tourism sector
    Published: June 13, 2009 Karachi (PPI) – Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that Pakistan and China are two friendly neighbouring countries and they have always worked for welfare and economic betterment of people of each country.
    This he said while holding meeting with a 6-member Chinese (Hubei) delegation at Chief Minister House here last night.
    Syed Qaim Ali Shah maintained that Hubei and Sindh are two sister provinces of peoples Republic of China and Islamic Republic of Pakistan, striving for the progress and prosperity of masses of both countries adding that there is capacity of development in various fields particularly in Information Technology, Tourism, Agriculture, Coal Mining, Power Generation and other fields.
    Chief Minster stressed the need to participate in development and betterment of Gorakh Hill resort project so as to provide recreational and tourism facilities and opportunities to the people of Sindh.
    Qaim Ali Shah added that there is vast opportunity for cooperation in the field of agriculture as the people of Pakistan particularly the growers of Sindh province are interested to get benefits of research made by China for maximizing the production of various agriculture commodities such as cotton, rice and vegetables.
    Chief Minister appreciated that Chinese team had visited Thatta district where both countries will exchange the expertise and results for various commodities.
    Consul General of China Mr Chun informed the Chief Minister that the Chinese investors are interested in participating in tourism industry here. He said that Chinese investors will be taken to Gorakh Hill Resort and other tourist spots. He also apprised the Chief Minister about his visit of historical city of Thatta.”

  65. Atif says:
    June 16th, 2009 4:01 am

    Till the dacoits were wiped out from Sindh dhurtee there can’t be tourism promotion.
    But now We have a PPPP Home Minister who has very close relation with these dacoits and even done press conference sitting along with thme.
    How can a dacoit partner can even thinking of wiping them off.

  66. Meengla says:
    June 18th, 2009 8:06 pm

    @Atif,
    I guess you are one more anti-PPP blogger. Fine. But do you ever wonder what the non-dacoit, ‘pure’, and ‘patriotic’ 9-year absolute rule under Musharraf did for the development of Gorakh Hill Station?
    There may be dacoits in Sindh and may be even around Gorakh. But all trips to Gorakh Hill Station so far have reported hospitality in Wahi Pandi. Sassui Palejo and Qaim Ali Shah are determined to actually make Gorakh a reality and I trust them; I especially trust the middle-class originated and humble Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah.

    Enough of bring political hatred into everything.

  67. June 20th, 2009 3:52 pm

    Realy nice place

  68. July 21st, 2009 12:40 pm

    Dear Atif
    if u want to get a tour of Gorakh hill station than come on and i will protect u from the dacoits. dont worry about it but dont give any bad remarks against sindh. U r heartly well come from me.

  69. August 1st, 2009 8:12 am

    Dear,

    Please let me know the past months & Dates snow fall in Gorakh hill station,Sind.
    I am planning to see the snow. What will be the expected months.?

    Irfan

  70. Owais Mughal says:
    August 2nd, 2009 6:23 pm

    Yes it does snow on Gorakh Hill. It does not happen every year but usually after every few years. The months of Dec-Jan have the most likely chance of seeing snow here.

    When people think of Sindh in general, they think of deserts and plain lands. Therefore introducing a place within provincial boundary of Sindh where it does snow once in a while is a paradigm shift in thinking about the landscape of Sindh. This was also one of the thoughts behind writing this post.

  71. rauf abro says:
    August 8th, 2009 11:51 am

    It is beautiful place in the sindh where corroupt,criminal minded polition i see,few weeks back i read kawish where top ppp ministers of dada distt distributed theeka of contruction in the Dadu Sindh.
    This is the stry in whole sindh where ordinory person can not even think to get watchman order ,the million,billions reupess perjects are awared to it own people ,even gourkh hill project is to rich own people(mean relatives of minister).
    i wonder about the quality of work in the corrput surrounding of gorkh hill,no doubt people can benefits alot but i see all things will be runined by corrout so called officers ,corroupt poliction ,corruptution,corrouption…………….

  72. dr ameer khalid channa says:
    August 23rd, 2009 8:24 pm

    no doubt that grokh is wonder gift from God to sindh and its people , and belive me i have to grokh three times from calm weather to vary harsh, but it is wonder ful to see grokh , no matter how many times u been to it, i love gorakh but im not satistafied with the constrctuion work going on there, work is very poor quality, nnd i think the constractor working there is very unskill, they have no experince of work, we need to have real experts and quality civil engineers to take over or better to give tender to china instead of wasting money on local constraction, i belive or local politions wil take intrest in this and take immediate action, to complete work at gorkh as soon as possible to open it for commom tourist, so it produce more work oppertunities to local people .plz do somthing to open door of this heaven for the world.

  73. September 10th, 2009 4:08 am

    Yes i know all this about the Gorakh Hill Station, bcoz I am working on my ph.D Thesis on Gorakh Hill Biodiversity since 2005. I have visited study area 7-8 times, two times we had failed to reach the hill top due to land sliding and improper way point. I have two international publications on Gorakh Hill Station and more to come.

  74. Owais Mughal says:
    September 10th, 2009 3:24 pm

    Ishtiaq Hussain saheb. Tell us more about your visits to Gorakh. How is the biodiversity there that you’ve been researching on? How are the travel facilities? any tips or words of advice for people who want to visit Gorakh? When was the last time you visited there?

  75. October 8th, 2009 11:21 am

    I came back to Gorakh site, just to know whats been happening, and am so happy that positive progress is being made to develop the Hill Station.

    And Mengla, you could also be happy, if you Apply the Google Earth Tool, once again, just write, and you will see

    It is a Kmz file, created by someone, so you can check out the Heights of Koh Benazir, it shows at 7056 feet, and you may also check the heights of other lower Peaks in the Kirthar Mountain’s Sindh segment.

    Kuttay ji Qabr remains the second highest peak of Sindh with an Elevation of 6800 feet.

  76. October 8th, 2009 11:29 am

    My above message has had some of its parts glitched. So here we go again.

    When you have Initialized Google Earth … just Type Sindh.Pakistan … in the box. You will see Koh Benazir, in Bold Letters, marked by a pointer. You can Check out all the Height of Kirthar Range, by scrolling the cursor to the Pointers and reading the Telemetric Height.

  77. Owais Mughal says:
    October 8th, 2009 11:25 pm

    Hasan Shahid Saheb. Did you take any photos on your recent trip to Gorakh? Will you be able to share with us the latest photos. The photos I’ve used in this post are now almost 2 years old.

  78. Meengla says:
    October 9th, 2009 2:44 pm

    Dear S.H.S. Bukhari,
    Typing ‘Sindh.Pakistan’ does not help me to see much in Google Earth. However, simply typing ‘benazir’ in Google Earth zooms into the ‘Koh Benazir’ point which shows as 7045 foot point. And, yes, there is a .kml file attached to that. Good find!
    I think it will help the discussion a lot if people who are working on Gorakh Hill Station or people who have visited Gorkah post their pictures someplace? Perhaps at FlickR?
    Thanks all.

  79. October 17th, 2009 12:42 am

    Google Earth Telemetry; earlier available for Free on the Internet, is no more Free, and has to be Purchased now from Google.

    I am notifying this, because, I have seen comments, which are bent upon disproving my Discovery of the Highest Mountain Elevation in Sindh, one, I have named Koh Benazir, in honoring one of the greatest ever Pakistanis.

    Syed Hasan Shahid Bukhari
    17th October 2009.

  80. October 17th, 2009 1:40 am

    My dear Owais Mughal

    As a College, and later, University student; way back in 1965, I loved spending my summer vacations … and of course, my self-allowed vacations … hitch hiking, exploring, and hunting.

    I Explored Pakistan’s Northern Areas and Mountains, including activities, such as conquering the Ladies of Kohat (this is the name, given by the English Colonialists to the Twin Mountain Peaks, nort of Kohat … And Certainly not Kohat’s ladies as such), Meeting Amir Hamza Shiwari in the Khyber Agency, Trekking in Swat’s Kohistan, where Malam Jabba is situated, Kalam, Kaghan etc. etc.
    I also went exploring, Afghanistan… on my Motor bike, with my University hostel room mate.

    These are some of the adventures I undertook in the North.

    Later, from 1965 to date, I continue to love the great outdoors. I have been to most of southern Baluchistan, and explored Sindh’s Mountains, Valleys and Plains … Pab, Lakhan, Kirthar, Hingol, Hinglaj and Dureji etc.

    I have also been to the Kachas, hunting paras, Titters and t’s, and have hunted wild fowl, in the beautiful lakes of Sindh.

    Now nearing 70, I am content with my beautiful Memories … And your Images, of Nature…
    Because, as a matter of Principle, I never carry a camera … I would Rather Drink in the Beauty, with my eyes, ensuring the Images, remain etched on my Soul.

    Presently, or should I say, all my life, I was in search for the Truth … in Cities and in Wildernesses. And I found the Truth. So now I share, by writing on the Internet, Explaining the Reality, to those, who would like to Know.

    One of my most recent Papers, is attached here in the URL below … Please open and Read it if you have the Patience, Time and Inclination to Learn.

    Regards
    Syed Hasan Shahid Bukhari
    17th October, 2009.

  81. October 17th, 2009 10:57 pm

    Meengla

    Thank heavens, you were able to ‘see’ Koh Benazir on Google Earth, because thats what was required. For in order to do so now, you will have to buy the rather expensive Telemetry Software from Google.

    Anyway, please note again: That, the determing of the “Correct Height of Koh- Benazir” by Satellite Telemetry … involves a bit of patience in Google Earth’s Cursor Scrawling … and it shows Koh Benazir to be 7056 feet high … if … the Cursor is properly pointed at the triangular Marker icon… it is not 7045 feet.

    Kuttay ji Qabr is 6800 feet. and Many other elevations in Sindh, between 5500 to 6500 feet.

    Regards
    Syed Hasan Shahid Bukhari
    18th October 2009.

  82. Meengla says:
    November 7th, 2009 8:25 am

    SHS Bukhari,
    Thank you for the correction. Indeed, a minor misplacement of cursor in Google Earth can show significantly wrong elevations.
    By the way, who may be contacted to name the peak as ‘Koh e Benazir’ officially?

  83. Meengla says:
    November 7th, 2009 8:44 am

    Google Earth has pointers to new images of Gorakh from a certain ‘Aleghari’. The images can be seen at:

    http://www.panoramio.com/user/613249

  84. Fuad says:
    November 9th, 2009 3:37 pm

    Great…. never wnted to mk a visit to interior sindh before…

  85. yousif says:
    November 16th, 2009 11:55 am

    salam dear
    I m glad to see the interest in Kirthar range. Please note that there is no track from Kirthar Hill station to Kutti ji kabar (dog’s tomb) but for that u have to travel from Fareedabad (Mehar) and that will be a walking journey of two days. An easier way to visit Dog’s grave ( highest peak of kirthar) is from Mehar to karkh (balochistan) by riad and from there u can continue on vahicle and reach the mountain in just 2 hours. I invite you all to visit and enjoy the hospitality of locals and owners of that area

  86. Owais Mughal says:
    November 16th, 2009 5:52 pm

    Yousif
    Thanks for your comment. How far is Fareedabad (Mehar) from Wahi Pandi or Johi? How does one reach Mehar?

  87. December 4th, 2009 4:08 am

    Mengla.

    Regarding your “Who may be Contacted Officially, in the context of Officially Validating, my naming, of the Highest Mountain Elevation in Sindh … Koh Benazir.”

    I reckon it is the Sindh Assembly … if a sitting member, preferably, one, representing the Constituency which includes, the Kirthar Segment of Sindh/ Koh Benazir; moves a Bill, Naming the Peak , in the House.

    But I do not know any Members, of the PPP or MQM etc. sitting in the present House. So its till some Member gets to operate Google Earth, or goes to Wikipedia, hence, till such time, I have to wait.

    Anyway, I did, what I had to do … and to me, thats most Important. The Name Koh Benazir will sooner or later, be Recognized, and thus, its of secondary importance, whether my name as the Discoverer, is acknowledged or not.

    This, I guess, what an honoring is all about…

    Syed Hasan Shahid Bukhari
    4th December 2009

  88. December 18th, 2009 6:28 am

    Can anybody inform that is it safe for families to visit Gorakh Hills now days?

    I’ve heard that you need police protection for visiting Gorakh Hills?

  89. rashid raj says:
    January 2nd, 2010 6:04 am

    raj here
    i want 2 Go GOraKh Hill………….
    i Live in Karachi so tell me me kase or kia kar k aao waha tak
    Kia waha family k sat jaya jasakta ha
    Kia waha rest house hain
    Kia waha k road or raste aab pehle se behtar hogae ha
    Mare pas Suzuki Alto ha kia me os me waha tak Jasakta Hu
    Or Waha Snow Fals kab hote ha
    Waha jane k liye Kon sa Mounth Teak rahega
    Yar plz App Muje Jaldi se bata do
    I M W8ting

  90. diablo86 says:
    January 8th, 2010 7:41 am

    Beautiful…this must be developed…It has got so much potential…amazing..

  91. January 23rd, 2010 6:57 am

    Assalamo Alaikum,

    I also went there with my 9 freinds on 15 Jan 2010, At that time, No snowfall occur, but it was the great place. i also went to Hingol National park, Kirthar national park and many more. but really it one of the best place among all.

    I want to know about Koh-e-benazir. If any one have ideas about it, so kindly contact with me via email. i want to visit there.

  92. Owais Mughal says:
    January 23rd, 2010 11:17 am

    Ragbib. Which route did you guys take to reach Gorakh from Dadu? How was the road? Did you guys stay overnight? If yes then what was the accommodation? Your answers will help other tourists as yours will be the latest information about this hill station.

  93. February 7th, 2010 1:24 am

    plase datels

  94. Meengla says:
    February 24th, 2010 11:54 am

    According to Wiki:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorakh_Hill
    someone has already claimed to have found the highest peak in Sindh and named it ‘Koh Benazir’ at 7056ft. The name is fine except may be ‘Koh e Benazir’ is the more appropriate term?

  95. February 25th, 2010 1:03 pm

    Hi!…Im Aarif Hussain Soomro,

    as i wish that i would like to tour with my friends to gorakh, i heard about ‘gorakh’, is that. there is very dangerous area and sights, but so beautiful sights and better place, if u want to go there, u should go by potohar, double cabin or Prado. there is established the festival and built up the road and the last dangerous pass is ”khawal pass”. who will go to then they should go in summer weather, so take a good transport and don’t forget the God….thnx

  96. Roshan Ali Mangi says:
    March 26th, 2010 6:43 am

    I hope Govt of Sindh will take it seriously to develop the area and of course it was the dream of ZA. Bhutto sb. to develop it for the locals of Sindh to go there for spending vacations. It is being heard that a very dedicated retired laurel is taking care of Gorakh’s development, hope he will come up with good results, the present PPP Govt should develop it at any cost.

    Roshan

  97. Shahid says:
    April 3rd, 2010 3:22 am

    Assalam-0-alikum

    can any one inform me that there is any mobil phone coverage there.

    please advice.

    i live in karachi, please advice is there any problem on the way of Gorakh Hill

  98. AARIF HUSSAIN says:
    May 4th, 2010 5:24 am

    ya ali madad.

    im Aarif Hussain Soomro. if any one to want tht visit of Gorakh so its not diffclt. thnx

  99. zakiulhaq says:
    May 24th, 2010 8:03 am

    Is it safe to go with faimly?

  100. A says:
    July 29th, 2010 11:29 am

    Any one wants to visit gorakh hill and if he is not a local to area, should arrange two things either a refference of local influential person or be prepared to carry ransom money.

  101. Wasim says:
    August 3rd, 2010 2:01 am

    Anyone tell me its safe to go with family nd there night stay can don or not

  102. August 3rd, 2010 6:36 pm

    wada uthi t haloon socheen chha tho ALLAH malik a kugh n thendo

  103. meengla says:
    November 20th, 2010 3:09 pm

    Some more news about Gorakh Hill Station:

    http://thenews.com.pk/20-11-2010/Karachi/16253.htm

    “Investors to visit Gorakh Hills today

    Saturday, November 20, 2010

    By our correspondent
    Karachi
    Leading local investors are likely to visit recreational spot, Gorakh Hill, on Saturday (today) it was learnt by The News on Friday.
    The visit of AKD, Arif Habib, a chartered firm already engaged in the project and others has been arranged by the Sindh government to persuade the investors to help the government to make the place attractive for investors and develop resorts there.
    Sindh Chief Secretary, Ghulam Ali Shah Pasha, has also called a high level meeting there to review the progress of the project. It would be attended by tourism minister, Shazia Marri, additional chief secretary development, secretary finance, secretary tourism, director general of newly established Gorkh Hill Development Authority, director Public-Private Partnership wing of Planning and Development Department and others. The participants would also take an aerial view of the site.
    The investor, Arif Habib, talking to The News on Friday said that the government wanted to develop the resort through the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and it had sought their help to develop such structure there, which could attract the investors. He said that the investors would also suggest the government to make those projects financially viable, which in short-term were not viable.
    Arif Habib said that President Asif Ali Zardari in his meeting with businessmen had directed that the local investors should help the government to make the Gorakh Hill as an attractive place for investors and for this purpose, they were visiting the place.”

  104. Bilal Hidayat says:
    November 25th, 2010 4:17 am

    Dear Sir
    Thanks for this info. I asked the same question back in 2006 when I went to Ghotki and other interior Sindh smaller cities from Islamabad on Khushhali Bank audit along with my friend Waleed. It was January and I asked a lot of people about snowing in Sindh but no body answered us. So, here I saw your post in 2010. I wish you could upload some winter pictures too.
    Thanks for the post.
    Allah Hafiz.

  105. Nadeem says:
    November 26th, 2010 11:24 am

    hey guyz.

  106. Nadeem says:
    November 26th, 2010 11:32 am

    hey guyz.
    this is NADEEM SOOMRO.
    i am resident of johi city. i have visited Gorakh Hill Station 4 times till today. it is really a good place and a Murree of Sindh. if any one wants to know about how to reach there? contact me on my email. i will tell you each and everything for reaching there. and the first thing for those who love to visit gorakh hill is that without 4WD vehicle it would be very difficult for you to reach there. so if u want safe journey u must have a 4WD first.

  107. Kamran Hafeez says:
    December 16th, 2010 5:52 am

    This hill station is so much beautiful, i never seen b4, every Pakistani should visit there.

  108. ALTAF MOOSANI says:
    December 28th, 2010 12:53 am

    Dear Nadeem Soomro

    MY NAME ALTAF MOOSANI AND I AM INTERESTED TO GET YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS SO WE CAN COMMUNITE EACH OTHER AS OUR FRIEND WISH TO VISIT GORAKH HILL STATION IN SPRING OR SUMMER SEASON.

    PLS EMAIL ON MY BELOW EMAIL ADDRESS:
    reliabl@super.net.pk

  109. Arshad Ahmed Khan........Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. says:
    January 20th, 2011 8:40 pm

    Its a very proud of us that a Hill Station “Gorakh Hill” situated in our Sindh Province, its a nature Gift by Allah for the people of Sindh.
    I request to the Government of Pakistan and Sindh Government that please make some main facilities and complete the project of Gorakh Hill Station.
    Currently i am living in Malaysia and here is a Hill Station namely as Genting Highland and this highland has all modern facilities for visitors/Tourists.
    I appeal to President Zardari to look after this Gorakh Hill Project to facilitate this project like Genting Highland in Malaysia, because President Zardari knows very well about Genting Highland.
    I also request to the Federal Ministry of Tourism, Government of Pakistan and Sindh Provincial Ministry of Tourism to make their best for construction of a Fun City on Gorakh Hill.
    After completion of this Gorakh Hill Fun City i am 100% sure that it will attracts many tourist around the world and our Sindh Province will have a chance to make handsome revenue from this project.
    I hope all authorities will consider my suggestions.
    I can come to Pakistan to assist all suggestions and advise regarding this project voluntarily because i have vast knowledge of facilities provided by different countries for tourists attractions in these kind of Hill Stations.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Arshad Ahmed Khan.
    Karachi-Sindh, Pakistan.
    (Kualalumpur, Malaysia).
    (+6017-6620441).

  110. Meengla says:
    February 12th, 2011 5:46 am

    Here is a fascinating ‘star gazing’ account on Gorakh. Barely a month since these guys took the trip up there. And the photos are very nice.
    http://www.hanifbhatti.com/tag/gorakh-hill/

  111. February 17th, 2011 1:09 pm

    There, apparently, is a young man I met on the Internet, who would like to Visit Kerthar Mountain Range … specifically, Gorakh Hill Station … and a Peak, I discovered via Google Earth Telemetry, and named it “Koh Benazir” … It is a 7000 feet + high peak, therefore, the highest Mountain Elevation of Sindh, situated about 40 km north of Gorakh Hill Station.

    I had read about a Four Wheelers club in ATP, and would like to get in touch with them, for planning a Visit to Kerthar in March.

    Would the Member/s kindly write to me so taht we can meet … My e-mail address is

    Regards
    Shahid Bukhari
    17th Feb. 2011

  112. S.DANISH ANWER says:
    February 24th, 2011 11:02 am

    BE THE FIRST AT KOH BENAZIR

    HI this is danish from khi. I recntly visited Gorakh Hill, its awsome adventure trip. n place is cold, windy n cloudy.
    TRUE PLACE FOR ADVENTURE LOVER

    Now i found Koh Benazir 7056ft most highest peak of Sindh, which was discover by syed shahid bukhari by google earth telemetry 27 12 35.10 N, 67 09 33.88 E.

    just paste the given telemetry in google earth u will find koh e benazri
    or
    clikc on given link
    http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=1224131

    I AM PLANING TO GO THERE N BE THE FRIST.

    I TRACE A PATH TO REACH THERE N WITH HELP OF GPS V CAN GO THERE EASILY.

    WHT DO U SAY. REPLY SOON.

    CONTACT ME SOON AT WHOISDANI@HOTMAIL.COM OR 0345-2565618

  113. DANISH ANWER says:
    March 4th, 2011 2:47 am

    GORAKH HILL STATION TRIP BECOME EASY FOR FAMILY AND ADVENTURER

    (Village Shadabad Organization Travel n Tourism)

    VSO. Organize trip of Gorakh hill station n promote tourism of Gorakh hill station, office is in JOHI with basic facility.

    VSO provide facility

    1) Transport (4×4 jeep) from Wahi pandi to Gorakh hill station.

    Capacity of Potohar 4×4 jeep is 6 persons including driver @ 3500/Rs per jeep.

    2) Food (Freshly prepared food at Gorakh hill station) n Rest house.

    One night stay at Gorakh hill station includes Dinner, Breakfast n Refreshment @500/Rs per person.

    You have to arrange

    Camera, (capture the unforgettable moments.)

    Torch, (if stay at night at hill top.)

    Daily usage medicines, (medicines also available at JOHI.)

    Warm cloth, (hill top is cold n windy even in summer.)

    Regards

    Zulifqar Birhmani

    Director of VSO, Johi

    Contact: 025-4740168, 0333-7073915

    villageshadabad@yahoo.com

    zulfi_birhmani@yahoo.com

  114. Meengla says:
    March 30th, 2011 3:19 am

    People at PakWheels.com have made at least two trips to Gorakh Hill Station.

    http://www.pakwheels.com/forums/road-trips-vacations/156180-gorakh-hill-star-gazing-libra

    is the link to their latest ‘Star Gazing’ trip, taken in January 2011. Apparently, it got too cold to be outside for much of the night to star gaze–they spent the night inside their SUVs with heaters on–but there are still some wonderful photos of the night-sky.

    Bravo to these folks and many others like them who take the still-risky trip and document their experience. One day Sindh too will have its first Hill Station because of people like them.

  115. April 28th, 2011 3:17 pm

    i loved before sindh after pakistan and will praying to happines all sindhies and all muslims to grow our financial difficulties of our country and also our lovely sindhu desh sindh tuon sada khush raheen aabad raheen aien shaad raheen dua aahe eiha assan sab sindhin ji thokay , JEAY SINDHU DESH .
    REGARD’S
    MAJID HUSSAIN GOPANG BALOCH

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