The beautiful Gorakh Hill Station is the highest plateau in Sindh which in recent years have become a popular tourist location for the people of Sindh and especially Karachi. But despite government promises & announcements Gorakh Hill station lacks the basic facilities of a tourist spot.
In 2010 Government approved funds of Rs. 6 billion for the construction of facilities such as drinking water, chair lifts, hotels, motels, rest houses and maintenance of the road. Gorakh Hill Development Authority was also established for this purpose but after 8 years these facilities and the development work is still incomplete.
The police station which was constructed for security & safety of tourists is without any police officer and the health facility building is still under construction.
Tourists who visited the area complained about the expensive hotels and food. It is said that the stay per night is more expensive than any 5 star hotel. A petition was also filed against the alleged corruption in the development.
The petitioner said that Rs. 6,000/per night is being charged for a room while tent are being given at a cost of Rs. 2,000. One plate of rice costs Rs. 1,500 in the hotel which reflects how things are being managed.
Gorakh Hill Station is located in Johi Town of Dadu district, it is situated at a height of 5,689 ft in the Kirthur mountain range which is its biggest attraction. Kirthur mountain range is located between the provinces of Sindh & Balochistan in Pakistan.
The distance of the hill station from Karachi is 423 Km which may take up to 8 hours, while from Dadu city it is just 94 kilometers away.
It is the only place in Sindh which receives snow fall in winter. The temperature in winter may fall to -5 C making it among the places in Sindh with lowest winter temperature while in June July the temperature is up to 16 C.
Though Sehwan Sharif is just few kilometers away but the weather is quite different because of the altitude.
During hot summer in Karachi a trip or tour to Gorakh Hill Station can be a good idea to enjoy the moderate temperature.
What to Expect In Gorakh Hill Station?
The beauty of Gorakh is its plains and beautiful landscapes. If you are visiting the place for a picnic then make sure you observe the sunset and sunrise because it is the most majestic thing in that place.
What Does Gorakh Means?
There are many stories about from where the word Gorakh came from and what is the meaning in Urdu? It is widely believe that it was given by Gorakhnath from 11th century while others believe it came from Balochi word Gurkh which means wolf.
Comparison with Murree:
Many people claim it to be the Murree of Sindh because of his high altitude, while others claim that if Murree is the Queen then Gorakh Hill Station is the King.
You can also find historical graves of local tribes in the area and some ancient Hindu temples in nearby villages. It’s amazing that without any government support these construction which dates back to hundreds of years are still in good condition.
Road To Gorakh Hill Station:
The road from Karachi to Wahi Pandhi was constructed recently and is perfect for a journey. The distance afterwards is just 2 hours for which you have to hire potohar jeep or 4×4 as the condition of the road deteriorates and the altitude increases.
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