It is no doubt that Pakistan is an extremely beautiful country and has the best tourist attractions to offer. Recently I had the pleasure of discovering two beautiful tourist attractions of Pakistan: The Soft Wheel Train located in Kashmir Point, Muree and The Mushkpuri peak situated in Nathia gali.
|Soft Wheel Train – Kashmir Point, Muree|
|Mushkpuri Peak, Nathia Gali|
The Kashmir point is a beautiful place in Muree where you can see the exquisite snow covered mountains of Kashmir. The place also serves as the home to various summer offices of some embassies. The governor house located there is also a good attraction. One of the coolest attractions offered by the Kashmir point includes the elegant Soft Wheel Train. It was imported from Germany back in 2010 to facilitate the tourist. The ride consists of one Locomotive Engine along with two Bogies and has the seating capacity of 36 passengers each.
The train begins its journey from Kashmir Point and heads to Government House and ends its journey back to the Kashmir point covering many of the historic places of Murree such as St. Dannies Convet School, newly constructed Resource Center and St. Dannies Convent School. It is a wonderful addition to the attractions of Murree.
With a very low fare and a round trip of around 20 minutes, The Soft Wheel Train is something you shouldn’t miss trying out while visiting Kashmir Point!
Our next destination was The Mushkpuri peak in Nathia gali. Also known as Moshpuri, it is 90 kilometres north of Islamabad just above Dunga Gali in the Nathia Gali area of Ayubia National Park. There is a three hour long but safe hill trek to the top.
Trek to Mushkpuri top begins from Nathiagali spiraling upward through green pine forests. It is a 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) of climb.The way to the top provides breathtaking views. It is full of greenery and is rich with carpet full of fragmented flowers. During the winters, you can savor the crunchy snow underneath, and this combined with the natural scenery and fresh air can cure your worries in no time. Especially at the end of the rainy season it furnishes a very attractive view to the hikers.
There is an alternative trek to Mushkpuri which begins from Dungagali. The slope on this way is steeper than the trek coming from Nathiagali. This trek provides a great sight of Ayubia National Park. There exist a water pond at the Mushkpuri top which reflects the trees and the sky presenting a marvelous view. Kashmir valley can also be seen from Mushkpuri top.
Mushkpuri has the tendency to get somewhat cold, so it is prescribed to take staples, for example, a hoodie or warm coat. If you are planning your vacation around the rainy season, make sure you take your umbrella and rain coat too!
One thing that I couldn’t help noticing there was the lack of maintenance. The place had loads of wrappers and bottles around which were thrown by the visitors. Proper care should be taken by both the visitors as well as the management to keep this area clean and to preserve its beauty.