‘Wiki Loves Monuments’ Ten Best pictures fromPakistan

'Wiki Loves Monuments' for Pakistan

California based non-profit organization Wikimedia Foundation, who also runs Wikipedia, launched first ever ‘Wiki Loves Monuments’ for Pakistan. According to Guinness World Records ‘Wiki Loves Monuments’ is the biggest competition of photography in the world. Read more..

Travel Pakistan: Excitement of Beautiful Yasin Valley

Yasin Valley

Yasin Valley

 

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Visiting Shimshal Valley

by on October 19, 2013
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Shimshal Valley

Shimshal Valley

 

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Major Mountain Base Camp Treks In Pakistan

Major Mountain Base Camp Treks In Pakistan

K2 Base Camp

 

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Let’s Observe The Stunning Beauty Of Ishkoman Valley

Let’s Observe The Stunning Beauty Of Ishkoman Valley

 

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Sugar Industry of Pakistan

Sugar Industry of Pakistan

Sugar Industry is the 2nd most important industry of Pakistan after cotton. Pakistan is self sufficient in sugar, out of which most is consumed locally and the excess is even exported. Pakistan inherited a weak base of sugar industry at the time of independence producing only 7,932 tonnes of sugar. The amount was insufficient for the local needs and so most of it had to be imported. The Government paid attention to improve this sector and set up a commission with the purpose to developing a stronger sugar industry. As a result of all the consistent efforts now we have 75 sugar mills in Pakistan which are producing 2.5 million tonnes of sugar. The industry has given employment to around 100,000 people.

Most of sugar mills are present in Punjab and Sindh with 38 and 30 respectively, and only 6 are present in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. As sugarcane needs to be pressed soon after it is harvested, so the mills are located very close to the sugarcane fields so that the stalks can be transported as quickly as possible. After pressing the juice is used to make sugar while the left over named as ‘Bagasse’ is used to make chipboards, paper etc. and is also used as a source of power in the mills. Molasses is also a by product obtained during the process of sugar refining. Molasses is used in the chemical industry to make alcohol which is used in some medicines etc.

Sugar mills are facing a problem of lack of raw material as excess quantity of raw sugarcane is used for Gur making and for seeds. It should be only 25% of total sugarcane production used but around 37% of it is used. With the shortage of raw material and some bad planning of the officials Pakistan has to import sugar from neighbouring countries to fulfil its local consumption.

Mosques of Pakistan-Shah Jehan Mosque Thatta

by on January 12, 2011
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Thatta Shah Mahan Mosque

The Shah Jehan Mosque was built in the 17th century (1647 to be precise) on the orders of Moghul Emperor Shah Jehan. It is said that the city of Thatta welcomed Shah Jehan with open arms after he was exiled from Delhi by his father Emperor Jahangir. To express his gratitude, Shah Jehan ordered a mosque to be built in this city.

Shah Jehani Mosque is beautiful, unique and quite unlike other Moghul mosques. First of all marble; the favorite building material of the Moghuls has not been used in the construction, secondly there are no minarets in the mosque and thirdly instead of the typical three dome structure, the Shah Jehani Mosque features a single dome. Other Moghul mosques usually have an ablution tank right in the centre of a large courtyard but in case of the Shah Jehani Mosque, the tank lies in the eastern side.

The Shah Jehani Mosque is a prime example of clever engineering. It has 93 domes and 33 arches and together they constitute the amazing acoustics; anything uttered in one end of this large mosque is echoed on the other side. The building is made of Redstone and the domes and arches are decorated with blue tiles. Different shapes and sizes of tiles are joined together to form decorative panels. Blue color is extensively used along with yellow, white and purple.

The Shah Jehani Mosque is known for its unique architecture and beautiful tile work.

Mosque of Pakistan-The Mohabbat Khan Mosque

Mohabbat Khan mosque of Pakistan

The Mahabbat Khan Masjid was constructed in the 17th century in the city pf Peshawar by Nawab Mohabat Khan the governor of Peshawar during the rule of Moghul Emperors Shah Jehan and his son Aurangzeb.

The Mahabbat Khan Mosque is located in the old part of Peshawar popularly known as the Andar Sheher (Inner City). The architecture is rather conventional with large domes, tall minarets, spacious courtyard featuring an ablution pond in the centre and small rooms on the sides. The beauty of the main prayer hall will take your breath away. It is tastefully adorned with colorful geometric and floral patterns. The main prayer hall lies beneath three fluted domes. The interior of the mosque is replete with murals, floral designs, motifs and Quranic inscriptions in various colors.

The mosque was almost destroyed by a fire which broke out in 1895 but the incessant efforts and spirit of the faithfuls saved the structure. The mosque is a must see place if you are visiting Peshawar. It can be said with some degree of confidence that this mosque is among one of the most beautiful mosques one can find in Pakistan. It is simple and peaceful, and yet beautiful in its own special way.

Mosque of Pakistan-Pokh Jumaat: The Stone Mosque Nowshera

Pokh Jumaat- The stone mosque-Akbarpura

If you happen to go the Nowshera District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan, do visit the Pokh Jumaat (stone mosque) in Akbarpura. Construction wise this mosque is pretty simple but still people call it amazing; the reason being that the mosque is sinking steadily by a centimeter each year. This mosque is very attractive and is visited by many people every year for the beauty it offers to the visitors. Located in Nowshehra district it is a good reflection of local architecture.

The mosque has been named by a revered saint Maulana Syed Abdul Wahab alias Akhund Panju Baba, the saint taught in the mosque and many non Muslims embraced Islam on his hands. The mosque was built more than 400 years ago during the Moghul era, most probably during Akbar’s reign. Since then the prayer hall of the mosque has been going down by a one centimeter every year. It has sunk more than four feet and now you have to go down four or five steps to enter the prayer hall. The strange thing is that though the mosque is going down steadily, the building has shown no signs of decay. No other building in that area has sunk so far.

Mosque of Pakistan – Jamia Masjid Wah

by on January 12, 2011
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Jamia Masjid Wah Cantt Pakistan

Wah Cant is a beautiful town located west to the federal capital Islamabad. It is an extremely beautiful place with tall trees, lush green meadows, hills and waterfalls. It is claimed that the place got its name because the Moghul Emperor Akbar was so impressed by the beauty of this place that he exclaimed “Wah”; Wah means “wow”. Located in one of the cities in Pakistan with highest literacy rate, this masjid or mosque is a frequently visited place. It attracts attention due to the fact that it is a beautiful piece of architecture.

The Moghuls had built a beautiful garden here as well as a mosque. The mosque is said to be built in the 17th century. Like other buildings of the Moghul era, this mosque is an outstanding specimen of grandeur and beauty. The mosque has three domes and four minarets. Inside the entire mosque is decorated with in colorful geometric and floral patterns. The exterior of the mosque has inscriptions from the Quran. The inscriptions and patterns speak eloquently of the skill of the artists and the fine taste of the Moghuls.

The locals especially the influential Khan family of Wah has contributed a lot in the restoration and preservation of the mosque.

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