Adventure Club

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Adventure

The   Adventure Club Subgrpup organizes presentations / trips on   sustainable, eco-friendly tourism in   Pakistan. Trips to sites of   natural/cultural interest are regularly arranged. Sometimes these are in collaboration with the other Subgroups.   Most trips have elements of soft or hard adventure depending on the nature of   the programme. These include camping and hiking, treks to the base camps of   high mountains, desert / boat safaris , river rafting ,ecotourism & exploratory outings to different archaeological & historical sites.

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Adventure Club - KETAS, KHEWRA SALT MINES & KALLAR KAHAR

Adventure Club - KETAS, KHEWRA SALT MINES & KALLAR KAHAR

Saturday, 13 March 2021

Adventure Club - KETAS, KHEWRA SALT MINES & KALLAR KAHAR

A day trip to explore the historical sites of this fascinating area!

Foreigners: Please check for need of NOCs/Security clearance well in time.

The Salt Range comprises of two rows of low lying rugged hills that run east to west between the Soan and Jhelum rivers- from the Grand Trunk Road near Jhelum city to the River Indus near Kalabagh. This area is said to record 600 million years of the earth’s history. The name comes from the vast deposits of rock salt exposed and mined at Khewra. The salt was left behind when the sea, which extended over the Indus plains and the Potohar plateau, evaporated 600 million years ago. The rocks and fossils found around the salt range provide a complete record of the history of the Earth.

Historically this region is also very rich. Alexander the Great passed through the Salt Range on his way to fight a battle with King Porus on the banks of the Jhelum River in 326 BC. In the 3rd century BC, this area became part of Ashoka’s Buddhist Empire. Towards the end of the Buddhist period, in the 6th century AD, there was a kingdom in the Salt Range called Singhapura, probably centered at Ketas. From 7th to 10th centuries, the Salt Range was part of the powerful Kashmiri Hindu kingdom. Mahmood Ghazni invaded the region in the early 11th century. The local tribes were converted to Islam at this time.

The Salt Range Wetlands Complex comprises of a series of adjacent lakes – Kallar Kahar, Khabbeki, Ucchali, Jhalar, and Namal. These lakes provide an important wintering ground for migratory birds and are the core habitat for the endemic Punjab Urial.

 

Adventure Club, Hiking & Archaeology – ‘TILLA JOGIAN’ - SALT RANGE

Adventure Club, Hiking & Archaeology – ‘TILLA JOGIAN’ - SALT RANGE

Saturday, 20 February 2021

A day trip/ hike

Travel by coaster observing strict SOP's.

Alberuni in his travelogue “Kitab ul Hind” has mentioned the legendary ‘Tilla Jogian’ (Peak of Jogis) near Jhelum as the center of Jogis (Ascetics). This centuries-old monastery of Jogis was in existence when Alexander the Great fought the famous battle with Raja Porus near this ‘Tilla’ in 326 BC. It has also been known as ‘Tilla Gorakh Nath’ and ‘Tilla Bal Nath’ at different times. The remnants of the monastery and shrine still exist like a big pond with balconies, masonry tombs, places for meditation, banyan trees, etc.

 

Tilla Jogian is the highest peak in the Salt Range 3200 feet above sea level. It offers a panoramic view of the Potohar plateau and splendid scenic beauty throughout the trip.

We will travel on the G T road and then about 35km off-G T road to reach (via Domaili & Gattat villages) at the village ‘Bheet’ located at the base of Tilla Jogian Mountain.

One-way travel time is about one and a half hour or slightly more. The hill is quite steep and after a maximum one & half hour’s moderate to strenuous hike, we will reach the top .

 

Wear sturdy shoes; bring own refreshments.

Adventure Club - ROHTAS FORT, A WORLD HERITAGE SITE

Adventure Club - ROHTAS FORT, A WORLD HERITAGE SITE

Saturday, 23 January 2021

Day trip to Rohtas Fort is a symbol of the determination and strength of its builder, Sher Shah Suri. The fort, 12 km in circumference, is located 110km from Islamabad in a gorge 16 km North West of Jhelum City. This huge fort has 12 gates, remains of old palaces, 68 towers, 3 deep wells and 12 – 18 meters high/3 – 5 meters thick fortification walls. The construction of the fort started in 1543 and took over three years to complete. Conservation and restoration work is underway to bring back to this great edifice, some of its past glory.

Adventure Club/Archaeology - TAKHT E BAHI-  A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

Adventure Club/Archaeology - TAKHT E BAHI- A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

Saturday, 19 December 2020

A Day Trip

 

The Takht-e-Bahi Buddhist Monastery is one of the most impressive and well preserved pieces of Gandhara architecture in Pakistan. It is situated 14 km northwest of Mardan on the road to Swat (2 ½ hour drive from Islamabad). The reputation of Takht-e-Bahi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is based partially on the extraordinarily good state of preservation and partially on its glorious location. The site itself is located on the northern flanks of a rocky spur rising 150 meters (500 ft.) above the plains.

Trip: Taxila

Trip: Taxila

Saturday, 28 November 2020

Taxila - The Lost Cities of the Kingdom or Gandhara

A Day Trip

Ancient Taxila situated at the pivotal junction of the Indian subcontinent and Central Asia was an important city in the Kingdom of Gandhara.The origin of Taxila as a city goes back to 1000 BCE. Owing to its strategic location and with many empires vying for its control, it has changed hands many times over the centuries, Bactrian Greeks, Parthians, Scythians, and Kushans ruled the area in turn, developing a unique art fusing east and west known as  Gandhara.

Trip: Autumn in Hunza

Trip: Autumn in Hunza

Saturday, 24 October 2020

A Photo Safari- 6 days/5 nights

Autumn is the time when the landscape of Hunza and Nagar Valleys is at its most picturesque. The trees throughout the valley seem to be on fire, as their leaves turn to gold, red, orange and bronze contrasting sharply with the barren mountains. Situated in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan it is approximately a two hour drive from Gilgit city on the Karakoram Highway.