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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Ratti Gali Lake, Azad Kashmir

ratti gali lake

Location : Neelum Valley, Azad Kashmir
Coordinates : 34.8302°N 74.0613°E
Surface Elevation : 12,130 feet (3,700 m)
Photos Credits: Mobeen Mazher & Fahad Mustafa

Ratti Gali Lake is located in Neelum Valley, Azad Kashmir, at the altitude of 12,130 feet (3,700 m). Ratti Gali Lake also known as aka Dowarian Lake.This lake is accessible by a 19 km hiking trek which starts from a village called Dowarian on Neelum Valley road at an altitude of 5,300 ft.This trek is a standout amongst the most intriguing treks of Pakistan prompting a delightful and shocking Ratti Gali Lake 12,130 ft encompassed by extraordinarily organized mountains.

In the summer season, the whole area around this mesmerizing lake becomes a place of lush green meadows, wild and magnificent flowers and radiant alpine plantations while in winter this valley is covered with white snow and big chunks of Glacier floats in the dark blue magical water of Ratti Gali Lake like huge swans.

 Ratti Gali Lake is place where people come and wishes to live here forever because it is so beautiful, after seeing the images of the lake you will be dying to visit this place. There are much beautiful places like Ratti Gali Lake in Pakistan, and unfortunately people are un-aware of these Places. I recommend people to prefer these place on Switzerland for spending your holidays...

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Chitta Katha Lake, Azad Kashmir


chitta katha lake

Location : Shounter Valley, Azad Kashmir
Coordinates : 34°55′8″N 74°31′18″E
Surface Elevation : 13,500 feet (4,100 m)
Chitta Katha Meaning: (White Stream)

Chitta Katha Lake is an amazingly beautiful lake situated in Shounter Valley of Azad Jammu and Kashmir at the altitude of 13,500 feet (4,100 m). The lake is 20 kilometer Jeep Track from Kel and 5 Kilometer hiking trek. Base Camp for Chitta Katha Lake is Kel.
Chitta Katha Lake is comparatively to whole year is easier to access in the months of July and August, but the trek is not very easy as it is stern and steep and it takes almost 8 to 10 hours to reach Chitta Katha Lake.
Chitta Katha is a local word meaning White Stream. This water stream comes from the nearby Hari Parbat Mountain which fills the lake.

The road to the lake can only be taken on jeep. It is around 30 kilometers from Kel to the Chitta Katha Lake. If you want to trek, it is better to stay the night at the Utli Domel village and start the journey early morning from there. The climbing uphill can take around 5 to 6 hours time. One has to be physically and mentally fit to do this climbing.  Horses can also be hired for the purpose from the village.
The major attraction of the lake is its milky white colors of water from which the name of the lake is derived.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Tomb of Jahangir Lahore

tomb jahangir lahore

Jahangir's Tomb (built 1627-37)

Jahangir's Tomb is located in Shahdara, a suburb of Lahore to the northwest of the city. The Tomb of Jahangir‎ is a mausoleum built for Jahangir, who ruled the Mughal Empire from 1605 to 1627. The area had been favorite spot of Jahangir and his wife Nur Jahan. Jahangir use this area for travels to and from Kashmir and Lahore.His son, Shah Jahan, ordered that a mausoleum befitting an Emperor be built as a permanent memorial. 
According to some historians, the tomb suffered in the hands of Lahana Singh, one of the three hakims of Lahore before Maharajah Ranjit Singh also stripped it of its most impressive ornaments to decorate the Sikh temple of Amritsar. It housed Amise, a French officer of the Sikh army and Sultan Muhammad Khan, brother of Dost Muhammad Khan of Kabul, who caused further damage. The British government repaired the tomb in 1889 and 1890, with repairs continuing in the following years.
Construction of the mausoleum lasted 10 years, from 1627 to 37, and was probably funded by the imperial treasury (though there is some evidence that Jahangir's wife, Nur Jahan, may have financed the construction). It occupies a vast quadrangle measuring 600 gaz (approximately 500 meters) to a side and is subdivided into four chahar baghs (four-part gardens). A fountain occupies the center of each of the chahar baghs and the avenues in between, creating a ring of 8 fountains around the central tomb. Water for the fountains was supplied by wells outside of the garden and raised into channels atop of the walls using water wheels that are no longer extant. From there, the water flowed through terra cotta pipes and into the fountains, whereupon the water cascaded into shallow channels running throughout the garden.
 The entrance to the mausoleum is through two massive gateways of stone and masonry opposite each other (to the north and south) which lead to a square enclosure known as the Akbari Serai. This enclosure leads to another one, on the Western side, giving full view of the garden in front of the mausoleum, which is traversed by four bricked canals proceeding from the center, and in which many fountains were placed which are now ruined. The corridor around the mausoleum is adorned with a very elegant mosaic, representing flowers and verses from the Quran.
The establishment of Jahangir's tomb at Shahdara profoundly affected the character of the suburb. Whereas previously the area has been used as a place of relaxation, during Shah Jahan's time the suburb was transformed into a monument to the Mughal's imperial rule. This was only strengthened by the construction of a jilau khana (forecourt) to the west of the tomb and the subsequent construction of a tomb to Jahangir's chief minister Asaf Khan to the west. The ensemble reached its peak when Nur Jahan herself was laid to rest in a tomb slightly to the southwest of the other tombs. 
Source : Wikipedia and orientalarchitecture