KAGHAN VALLEY FESTIVAL – KAGHAN

KAGHAN VALLEY FESTIVAL 2011 – KAGHAN
Kaghan Valley is also known as the jewel among the Hazara District valleys. It is about
160 kilometers in length and very popular for Summer Holidays. These holidays will be
an unforgettable experience as you will visit and see such places like Naran, Saiful Maluk,
Lalazar,Shagran, Siri Paye, and a host of glittering, shining, gorgeous Lakes. In high
summer, you may even cross over the Babusar Pass into Gilgit. Even in summer, you will
see Glaciers and Snow clad peaks.

This year Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has planned more exciting things
to do and see at Naran where a Festival will be held:

Venue of the Festival: Naran
Dates of the festival: 24th to 26th June 2011
Stalls for Handicrafts as well as Artisans
Stall for Traditional Food and other snacks, cold drinks, tea and coffee.
Play land to entertain children
Dances of the Hazara Valley.
Sports and much much more. Keep watching for details on our Website in the
coming Days.


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Gandhara Art

mard-1Hiuen Tsang, the celebrated Chinese pilgrim, who visited Gandhara in the early 7th century AD, wrote that the Kingdom of Gandhara formed the tract of the country on the west bank of the Indus which included the Peshawar Valley and modern Swat, Buner and Bajaur. Gandhara was the cradle of Buddhist Civilization that gave birth to the famous Gandhara Art. Gandhara, first mentioned in the Rigveda, remained one of the provinces of the Achaemenian Empire as per the Darius inscription of 6th century BC. Pushkalavati (Balahisar-Charsadda), its first capital from 6th century BC to 1st century AD, was invaded in 32 BC by Alexander the Great. Later, Gandhara was ruled from Pushkalavati by Indo-Greeks, Scythians and Parthians. The Kushanas established their capital at Pushapura or Peshawar in the 1st century AD and King Kanishka built a Stupa and monastery at Shah-ji-Ki-Dheri, near Ganj Gate Peshawar. The Relic Casket discovered from this stupa with Kharoshti inscriptions, which mentions the name of the city as Kanishkapura, is now exhibited in the main hall of the Peshawar Museum. In the 7th century AD, the Shahi Dynasty of Kabul and Gandhara established their capital at Hund, which remained their capital till the invasions of the Gaznavids in 998 AD thus ending the rule of Gandhara after about 1600 years.

mrd2The cosmopolitan art of Gandhara, with influence from India, Greek, Roman and Persian artists, appeard in this region in the 1st century BC, strengthened in the 1st century AD, flourished till 5th century A.D. and lingered on till 8th century A.D. The purpose of this art was the propagation of Buddhism through images carved and made in stone, stucco, terracotta and bronze. These images were mostly enshrined in stupasand monasteries throughout the Gandhara region. Thousand of such stupas were mentioned by the Chinese pilgrim, Hiuen Tsang, who visited Gandhara in the 7th century AD, only few of which have been excavated so far. The main focus of the art was Buddha’s life stories and individual images, his previous birth stories (Jatakas) and future Buddhas. The most important among them represent the historic Buddha, his miracles and all episodes from his birth to death, beautifully and liberally carved. The local devoted artists, stimulated by the personality of Buddha, took advantage of contacts, motifs and technology from Greeks, Romans and Persians, and gave Buddha an eternal life. The life stories of Buddha, depicted in Gandhara Art are an authentic document of the Mahayana text composed during the time of Kanishka. In fact, the sculptors of Gandhara translated the Buddhist Mahayana religious text into details in stones, stucco, terracotta and bronze, thus making them more romantic and providing a base for the expansion of Buddhism towards the Far East via the Silk Route and China through pilgrims and traders. The current Buddhist religion in Korea and Japan is a wonderful example of the extension of Gandhara Buddhism. The sculptures were fixed to the bases and stairs of stupas, around which worshipers circumambulated. Individual figures filled the niches around the stupas and monasteries. Also the Harmika, the solid box in square above the dome of the stupa was carved on all sides with Buddha life stories. These stories were chiseled on stone tablets and fixed to the stupas, inside which relics of Buddha were kept in a casket for the purpse of worship. The Art, mainly a product of the land of Gandhara under the Kushana Rulers, is much more dynamic than the contemporary Mathura Art of India.


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Shandur Polo Festival 2011 (7-9 July 2011) – Shandur

Shandur Polo Festival 2011 (7-9 July 2011) – Shandur
Shandur Polo Festival 2011
Flights to Chitral (Subject to Weather)
Islamabad to Chitral (PIA Islamabad )
Peshawar to Chitral (PIA – 091-9212371 – 91 Ask for Chitral Counter. Booking are made after 12 noon)

Bus & Hi-ace Service to Chitral
Islamabad to Chitral Pirwadhi Adda (Mob # 0331-5742499 03435801661)
Peshawar to Chitral (Mayoon Transport Peshawar) (Ph# 091-221554 Mob # 0300-592988)
NATCO Bus Service
Gilgit to Mastuj (Ph # 05811-920435 Mob # 0346-9555838) Call for Further Information
Islamabad to Gilgit (051-9278441-2) Call for Further Information

HOTELS IN CHITRAL

Hindu Kush Heights 413151

PTDC 412683

Mountain Inn 412581

Terich Mir View 414545

Dream Land 412806

Tourist Inn 412652

Al Farooq 412726

Tourist Lodge 412454

Chinar Inn 412582

Pamir Riverside Inn 412525

Hotels in Mastuj

PTDC 486034

Hotels in Boni

PTDC 470611


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National Folk Music Festival Ayubia from 22nd to 24th July

National Folk Music Festival Ayubia from 22nd to 24th July –

Event Schedule

Instrumental & Vocal Performances

1. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pavilion

Timing:

11:00 am 12:30 pm 2:40 pm 4:45 pm

2. Azad Jammu & Kashmir

Timing:

12:00 pm 1:45 pm 3:15 pm 5:15 pm

3. Punjab

Timing:

11:30 am 2:15 pm 4:00 pm 5:45 pm

4. Sindh

Timing:

12:00 pm 1:45 pm 3:15 pm 5:15 pm

5. Baluchistan

Timing:

11:00 am 12:30 pm 2:45 pm 4:45 pm

6. Gilgit Baltistan

Timing:

11:30 am 2:15 pm 4:00 pm 5:45 pm

Traditional Dance Performances

Timing:

11:00 am – Khattak Dance/ Wazir Attan/ Gatka Hazara

12:00 pm – Punjabi Dance (Cholistan , Multani)

1:45 pm – Baluchistan Dance (Leva Dance)

2:45 pm – Sindh Dance (Sindhi Jhoomer, Tharri)

4:00 pm – Azad Jammu Kashmir Dance

5:00 pm – Gilgit Baltistan Dance

Daily Pop Musical Evenings

Starting Time: 06:30 pm

Fri, 22nd July – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Evening (06:30 pm)

Khumaryan

Muddassar Zaman

Khalid Malik

Rizwana Khan

Aamir Zeb

Hamad Beg & others

Sat, 23rd July – Folk Music of Pakistan (06:30 pm)

Nadeem Abbas

Gulzar Aalam

Shazia Khushk

Akhtar Channaal

Ahmad Gul

Rukhsana Kashmiri

Safdar Hussain

Banu Rehmat

Pervez Gilgit & others

Sun, 24th July – Pop Night (06:30 pm)

Rabi Pirzada

Amanat Ali

Humera Arshad

Roxen Band

Rahat Banu

Faakhir

& others


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River Rafting in Khunar River Naran

River Rafting and kayaking are new sports currently under development along Kunhar River. As the lifeline of Kaghan Valley, Kunhar is excellent for rafting. Some of the sections between Naran and Balakot are quite technical and suitable only for experienced white water paddlers. Other sections of the river, above Naran and below Balakot, are fun for beginners and are of relatively easy grade. Adventure Foundation Pakistan offers basic and advanced training courses in river running during October and April. For more information, please contact at 0992-382190


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Dir Museum

dir-1Dir, situated in the Khyber Paktunkhwa of Pakistan, is one of the most important regions, both historically and culturally. Its territories stretches between 34° 22′ and 35° 50′ North and 71 ° 02′ and 72° 30′ East and mainly comprises the terrain drained by the Panjkora river and its affluents. Dir takes its name from the name of a village, Dir, which served as capital of the state during the Nawabs era. It has District Swat in the East, Bajaur on the West, Chitral on the North and Malakand Agency on the south. Pushto is the main spoken language of the population, followed by Kohistani and Gujri. The people of Dir, who are courageous and hospitable, have deep reverence for their religion.

The history of Dir goes back to at least the 2″d millennium BC, which is testified by the excavations of numerous burials of Aryans at Timargarha and other places, dating from 18th to 6th century BC. The Aryans were followed by the Achaemenians, who were ousted by the invasion of Alexander in 327 BC, though he faced great difficulties in subjugating the local population. Greek historians have paid great tributes to the population, the army and the queen of Massaga, an ancient site near the modern Ziarat village, located between Chakdara and Timargarha. After the Greeks, the area witnessed the Gandharan Civilization, which achieved great fame. This period is signified by the presence of the monumental remains of the Buddhist stupas and monasteries, a few of which has already filled the museum at Chakdara.

dir-2The Yousafzai Pathans, who established themselves here in the 5th century AD, are responsible for the tribal, social, political and economic life of the region. Akhund lIyas Painda Khel of the Malaizi tribe (1640) enjoyed popular support among locals and was recognized as a spiritual leader. His descendants built upon this support and ultimately increased their power over the people and laid the foundation of a distinct political state, then called the state of Nawabs. The British annexed Dir in 1897 and demarcated its boundaries. After independence of Pakistan, it still enjoyed the status of a separate state, but was amalgamated with Pakistan in 1960 as a tribal agency. It was finally merged as a district with the NWFP in 1969. Recently, due to administrative constraints, Dir District was divided into two districts-Lower and Upper Dir- with Timargarha and Dir as their respective headquarters.

Dir occupied an important position as a centre of Gandhara Art. Pilgrims and historians have defined Gandhara, (the land of fragrance and beauty), as “the area to the west of Indus and north of Kabul rivers which included the valleys of Peshawar, Swat, Dir and Bajaur, extending westwards to Hadda and Bamiyan in Afghanistan and Taxila Valley in Punjab in the east”. The region of Dir is therefore littered with the remains of the Gandharan Civilization and Dir Museum, Chakdara, offers a fine and unique collection of Gandharan Art.

The Department of Archaeology, University of Peshawar undertook a few important archaeological projects in Dir during 1966-1969 and excavated various archaeological sites. To house the collection from the area, the then State Government of Dir, constructed a museum in Chakdara. Capt. Rahatulah Khan Jaral, the then Political Agent of Dir Agency, proposed the construction of the Dir Museum and allocated a sum of Rs. 2,50,000/- for its construction. The Provincial Government afterwards allocated an additional fund of Rs. 4,90,000/- for the construction of residential quarters, boundary wall, guest house, storage and other facilities in the museum.

The museum building was designed by Mr. Saidal Khan, Consultant Architect of Khyber Paktunkhwa . Public Works Department. The designer, while designing the museum, kept the local style of arc hitecture in mind and constructed it of bare stone, called Malakandi stone, an architectural element common in the area and reflecting the strength and dynamism of the locals. The museum has a fort like appearance with a grand facade, consisting of an arched entrance, two square corner picket-towers and battlements on the parapet.

The museum remained a state museum till 1969 and when the state was merged with NWFP, the museum was handed over to the provincial government. The provincial government constituted a Board of Governors under the NWFP Educational and Training Ordinance 1970 to run the affairs of the museum. Lt. General Azhar Khan, the then Governor of NWFP laid the foundation of the museum on 20.9.1970. Lt. General (Rtd.) Fazl-e-Haq, the then Governor NWFP inaugurated the museum on 30.5.1979. The purpose of the museum is to exhibit the archaeological, Islamic and ethnological collection of the area, including sculptures, coins, jewelry and weapons etc.

Dir museum has a total collection of 2161 objects, with more than 1444 Gandharan pieces. The collection of this section includes the themes of Buddha’s pre-birth and life stories, miracles, worship of symbols, relic caskets and individual standing Buddha sculptures. The most represented pre-birth stories or Jatakas are Dipankara, Maitryakanyaka, Amara, Syama and Visvantara Jatakas. The most important scenes from the Buddha Life Story includes Queen Maya’s dream, interpretation of the dream, birth of Siddhartha, bath scene, seven steps, going to school, writing lessons, wrestling matches, palace life, marriage scene, renunciation, great departure, ascetic life, first meditation, demons attacks, attaining enlightment, first sermon at Sarnath, conversion of Kasyapa, monks, death scene, cremation of Buddha, distribution and guarding of relics and the construction of stupas on the relics. The miracle of Sravasti and taming of a wild elephant are the two commonly represented miracles in the museum collection. Different types of the relic caskets, stupa models and life-size Buddha statues also make part of the collection.

The Hall of Tribes or the Ethnological Gallery of the museum was established in 1977 with 498 objects and includes manuscripts, weapons, jewelry, dresses, ceramics, musical instruments, household objects, furniture and wooden architectural elements.

The Gandharan art pieces in the Dir Museum mainly come from the sites of Andan Dheri, Chat Pat, Baghrajai, Bumbolai, Jabagai, Shalizar, Ramora, Tri Banda, Macho, Amluk Darra, Nasafa, Damkot, Bajaur and Talash, Dir, Malakand, Balambat, Timargarha, Shamlai Graves, Inayat Qila, Shah Dheri Damkot, Gumbatuna, Jandol, Matkani and Shalkandi.
The important Garidharan sites in the vicinity of Dir Museum include & Andan Dheri, Chat Pat and Gumbatuna. The museum collection is growing and after necessary up-gradation, the museum will provide better facilities to all concerned.


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Gates of Peshawar City

The Walled City
The old wall still runs round the city along with the gates, though renovated and some removed, marking the extent of the pre-British city. The gates are named (clockwise) as:

Kabuli Darwaza (Gate)
Darwaza Andar Shahr (Asamai) (Gate)
Kachehri Darwaza (Tangsali) (Gate)
Reti Darwaza (Gate)
Rampura Darwaza (Gate)
Hashtnagari Darwaza (Gate)
Lahori Darwaza (Gate)
Ganj Darwaza (Gate)
Darwaza Ekkatut (Gate)
Kohati Darwaza (Gate)
Saraki Darwaza (Gate)
Sard Chah Darwaza (Gate)
Sar Asiya (or Tabiban) Darwaza (Gate)
Darwaza Ramdas (Gate)
Dabgari Darwaza (Gate)
Bajauri Darwaza (Gate)


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Mandirs

Peshawar

Dergha Pir Ratan Nath Mander Karim Pura Bazar Peshawar
Kaliberi Mander Kalibari Bazar, Peshawar
Balmick Mander R.A Bazar, Peshawar
Balmick Mander Chowasi Hatta Kalibari, Peshawar
Balmick Mander Tehsil Gorghatri, Peshawar
Nowshera

C.M.H Balmick Mander C.M.H Colony, Nowshera
Balmick Mander Veyra Lamba Veyra, Nowshera
Balmick Mander No. 4 Mandi, Nowshera
Balmick Mander Armed Cor Colony, Nowshera
Balmick Mander Near Govt. Primary School Risalpur, District Nowshera
Mardan

Balmick Mander Balmick Mander Gang Road, Mardan
Balmick Mander Tanga Madni, Mardan
Devi Mander Mardan Cantt. District Mardan
Charsadda

Ram Mander Main Bazar, Charsadda
D.I Khan

Balmick Mander Mohallah Joggan Wala, D.I.Khan
Mandir Salar Puri Main Bazar, D.I.Khan
Baba Gouru Nanak Mohallah Topanawala Bazar, D.I.Khan
Thalle Quel Sathi Ram Biloot Sharif, D.I.Khan
Bannu

Mangha Babe Mander Tanchi Bazar, District Bannu
Balmick Mander Haved Gate, Bannu City
Kohat

Balmick Mander Perghat Near P.A.F, Kohat
Balmick Mander Saghando Mohallah, Kohat
Balmick Mander F.C Line Colony Hangu Road, Kohat
Brigade Mander Shimla Phari, Kohat
Kirishna Mander Mohallah Sangerh, Kohat
Abbottabad

Temple Minor Newansher Gurdwara Gali, Abbottabad
Haripur

Mander Sheranwali Mohallah Sona, Haripur
Mander Sheranwali Mohallah Sona adjacent to Chisti Hasat, Haripur
Mander Rahmania Road Mohallah Derwaish, Haripur
Mander Rahmania Road, Haripur
Mander Rahmania Road near Octri Post-8, Haripur
Mander Sheranwali Sheranwali Gate, Haripur
Mander Sheranwali Near shop depot of Auqaf Department, Haripur
Mander Sheranwali Daramshala Panchayat, Haripur
Mander Sheranwali Mohallah Choki Police East, Haripur
Mander Near Bazar Lohara, Haripur
Mander Near Market Muhammad Amin Khan, Haripur
Mander Mohallah Chowki Police, Haripur
Mander Mohallah Kahu, Haripur
Batagram

Mander Kanyalal District Battagram
Mansehra

Mander Shewlang Chitti Gati Near Gandian, District Mansehra
Mander Gargu Road, Mansehra
Mander Mara Devi Kashmiri Road, Mansehra


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Mardan Museum

mrd-3Mardan is situated north of the Kabul River between 34° S’ and 34° 32′ North and 71 and 72° 24′ East in the heart of Gandhara about 64 km from Peshawar and was a great centre of Mahayana Buddhism. Most of the important Gandharan sites Takht Bhai, Jamal Garhi, Sahri Bahlol and Shahbaz Garhi are located in this District. A great volume of the Gandharan collection in the Peshawar, Mardan, Lahore and Karachi Museums come from the sites located in the Mardan region. The discovery and excavation of the Sanghao Cave in District Mardan by Dr. A.H Dani in 1963 pushed the history of mankind in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as back as 40,000 years ago. King Asoka (3rd century BC) inscribed the creed of Buddhism on the rocks at Shahbaz Garhi, Mardan, and popularized the religion of peace and tranquility.

mrd-4But it was during the time of Scytho-Parthians (1st century BC) and Kushanas (1st century AD) that the real expansion of Buddhism took place and a new era was ushered in. Hundreds of stupas and monasteries were erected for the propagation of the law of Dharma. Chinese and Korean travelers and pilgrims, who came here, recorded the existence of these sites. Survey conducted by the Directorate in the Mardan District brought to light over 400 sites, including stupas and monasteries reminding us of the great glory of ancient Gandhara. The Gandharan sites of Takht Bhai ( which is on the World Heritage list ), Sahri Bahlol, Jamal Garhi, Thareli, Kashmir Smast and Asoka Rock. Edicts at Shahbazgarhi are all located in Mardan District. The idea to open a museum in the Mardan region emanated from the fertile mind of Sahibzada Riaz Noor, the then Commissioner Mardan Division who took a practical step in this regard. He established the Mardan Museum in the Town Hall Mardan in 1990. Peshawar Museum provided 137 antiquities to start the display work, while some others were recovered from the law enforcement agencies and through excavations at the sites of Safiabad, Hund, Katlang, Rustam and Baja and were displayed in the main hall, measuring 50 x 22 square feet. It was completed in April 1991. Peshawar Museum donated 22 showcases for the display of the artifacts. With the establishment of the Directorate of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 1992 Mardan Museum came under its administrative control.

mrd-3Presently Mardan Museum has a total collection of 413 artifacts including 258 Gandharan sculptures, 127 coins of Kushans, later Kushans, Kushano-Sassanin and Hindu Shahi dynasties, 6 terracotta animal figurines 5 mercury containers, 10 household objects and 13 agricultural tools. The subject matter of the Gandharan schist stone sculptures in the Mardan Museum are of the queen Maya dream, the birth of Siddhartha, bathing scene, the great departure, the first sermon at Sarnath, the conversion of Kasyapa offering to Buddha, distribution of the relics, worship of the wheel of law, stupa and alms bowl, Buddha with worshippers and monks, the wheel of law pose (Dharma Charka Mudra), garland bearers,

Buddha seated under arches in meditation pose (Dhayana Mudra) Corinthian, Persepolitan and Asokan capitals, broken architectural Pilasters, Harmika, Dome, chatras or umbrellas, spacers, floral and geometrical decorative elements from votive and large stupas, broken pedestals with Buddha and Bodhisattava feet, broken hands in different postures, figures of sheep, lion, horse, peacock, Ichthyocentaurs and a seated figure of Ardoksho. The stucco sculptures include a seated Buddha in meditation pose (Dhayana Mudra), head of Buddha, Bodhisattva and common folk.

Though, the collection of the Museum has excavated antiquities from Safiabad in Mardan and Hund in Swabi, confiscated antiquities from Katlang, Rustam and Baja and some donated objects make up the present collection of Mardan Museum.


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Wildlife Parks

Ayubia National Park, Galliat District Abbottabad.

Ayubia National Park is situated in district Abbottabad of the NWFP. It covers an area of about 1,684 hectares. This area was notified as National Park in 1984. The park is being managed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Wildlife department. The area is a representative of moist temperate forests and associated wildlife. Major flora of the park includes Kail, Spruce, Fir, Deodar, Oaks, Ulmas species and other ground vegetation. The major fauna of this area includes Koklas Pheasent, Kalij Pheasent, Martin, Common Leopard, Rhesus monkey and Flying Squirrels. There is also a wildlife information center which is housed with stuffed specimens and awareness materials. Major threats to the park includes fuel wood collection by local communities, overgrazing, unorganized tours, pollution by visitors and trapping of Pheasents
Saiful Malook & Lulusar-Dodipat National Park, Naran, District Mansehra.

Saiful Malook, Lulusar, Dodipat National Parks are located in the eastern section of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. These National Parks were created in 2003 with an area of 88000 hectare. The National Parks are representative of alpine ecosystem having excellent landscaping due to having Lakes. These lakes have significant ecological importance by serving as wetland and staging ground of migratory waterfowl. The National parks are visited by large number of visitors specially from May to September. This adds to the socio-economic uplift of the local people. Due to heavy erosion and degradation natural lakes of Kaghan valley are under tremendous threat of sedimentation and life. Saif ul Muluk, Lulusar and Dudipatsar are internationally recognized Natural reservoirs of the area that are source of attraction for all visitors from inside country and abroad

Fauna of the Parks: key biodiversity of the alpine/temperate ecosystems of the Parks include Snow leopard, Black bear, Marmot, Weasel, Lynx, Leopard, Himalayan Snow cock, Snow partridge etc.

Flora of the Parks: The flora of the region consist of Alpine Climax Forest and associated shrubs and Herbs.
Chitral Gol National Park District Chitral.

Chitral Gol National park is situated in district Chitral, the Northern most District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, about 3 Km west of Chitral Town. The park is spread over an area of about 7,750 hectares. The elevation of the park ranges from about 1,500m to 4,979m. There are 24 peaks in this park which exceeds 3,00m elevation. It was initially declared as a wildlife sanctuary on 23 December 1971 and as a national park in 1984.

Flora: The dry temperate oak Queracus ilex forest, Cedrus deodara and Pinus gerardiana. At higher altitude, the pine is replaced by Juniperus macropoda scrub. Above the tree line at 3,350m occur Salix species,viburnum cotonifolium and Juniperus communis along with numerous herbs.

Fuana: Chitral is famous for its Markhor. Other species are Ibex, Urial, Black Bear occur in very small number. The status of snow leopard is seriously threatened. Wolves also occur in the park. Livestock grazing, Firewood collection and poaching is major threat to the park.
Tanda Wildlife Park, District Kohat.

Tanda wildlife park is located near Kohat city. The total area of the park is 2800 acres, consisting of Tanda reservoir and its catchments in Kohat. Tanda wildlife park is the largest wildlife park of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It is wonderfully rich and varied landscape supports a range of mammals and birds, both migratory and indigenous moreover the park also support a few reptile. The park is bounded by three different villages i.e Bar, Kaghazi and Tanda Banda. The park is approachable by Hangu-kaghazi metallic road i.ef shahpur-Bar road which is 18 km from Kohat.the local people do not have any right of grazing, lopping or firewood collection as the ownership lies with the provincial Government. The park area falls in the natural habitat of Urial and Chinkara, and also provide suitable habitat to Hog Deer. The Urial is associated with Scrub forest of Olea spcies and Accassia species. Urial were once abundant in the area but due to continous habitat destruction these were disappeared from the area in the near past. The natural habitat of Urial and Chinkkara lies in close proximity of Human habitation. The park plays an important role in wildlife conservation and awareness raising.

Flora of the Park: Accasia modesta, Prosopis juliflora, Monitheca buxifolia, Olea ferruginea, Salvadora persica, Zizyphus nummularia, Saccharum munja.

Fauna of the Park: jungle cat, jackal, Hare, Porcupine, Fox, Mongoos, Cobra, Black partridge, Grey Partridge, Chukar Partridge, Seesee Partridge, Common Crane, Demoiselle Crane, Geese, Grey Heron, Intermediate Egret, Little Egret, White Cheecked Bulbul, Ducks and Swans. In addition to the above, Chinkara, Hog Deer, Blue Bull and Urial have also been procured and released in the enclosure of Tanda Wildlife Park.
Manglot Wildlife Park, Nizampur, District Nowshera.

Nizampur Wildlife Park is located in the District Nowshera at a Distance of 40 Km (metalled Road) from Attock Bridge. The Park comprises of Khwara Reserved forest (Swery beet, Maroba beet, Piran beet) having total area of 6456 acres. The tract Occurs between 710 56′ and 330 47′ North latitude and 710 58’ and 330 45′ East longitude.

The tract is mostly mountainous and the mountain range runs in East-west direction. Elevation of the tract ranges from 700 feet to 3000 feet.

Nizampur wildlife park provides undisturbed, semi-natural habitat to chinkara, urial and goral. The park is intended to harbor and conserve the extant wildlife species including chukar partridge, grey partridge, hare, fox, monitor lizard. Vegetation of the forest predominantly include Acacia modesta, Zizyphus nummelaria, Olea cuspidate, Deodonia viscose and Monothica boxifolia. The indigenous wild animals including urial, chinkara and goral have been extinct from the area since long. The park has significant contribution towards the objectives of wildlife conservation through propagation of endangered species and reintroduction thereof. The park also provides recreational and research opportunities to the interested groups.
Kund Wildlife Park, District Nowshera.

Kund Park lies at the confluence of River Indus and River Kabul near Khairabad. The Park was established by Peshawar Development Authority over an area of 176 acres including a few lawns, 4 huts and a restaurant. Peshawar Development Authority handed this Park to Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan(TCKP) for the promotion of Tourism in the Province. Keeping in view the ideal location of the Park for display and propagation of several species of wildlife for promoting conservation awareness and providing recreation opportunities, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Wildlife Department has displayed a number of wildlife species in the Park including Common leopard, Chinkara gazelle, Spotted deer, Hog deer, Black buck, Golden pheasant, Silver pheasant, Ring-necked pheasant, Kalij pheasant, Cheer pheasant, Lady Amhrest, Blue peacock, White peacock, Black shoulder peacock, Ruddy shelduck, Barheaded geese, Cranes and Partridges. Lack of recreational opportunities and absence of Zoological Garden in Peshawar has further enhanced the importance of Kund Wildlife Park and this Park has become major attraction for nature tourists.

The Wildlife Department has also established a Bear center within the Park with the assistance of WSPA. This center is the only facility in

Pakistan for the confiscated bears and is serving as deterrent to the poaching and trapping of wild bears. This center is also providing recreation, conservation awareness, research and education facilities


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