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Gorakh Hills

Gorakh Hills: The Murree of Sindh

Situated at the highest point in Sindh, about 5700 feet high, is the beautiful site of Gorakh Hills, also known as the ‘Murree’ of Sindh. A place to dwell in, Gorakh Hills host lofty mountain peaks, pleasant weather and flowing rivers meandering around vast green meadows. One of the most-visited tourist spot, Gorakh Hill Station features various activities including hiking and trekking and a haven to escape from the scorching heat, which engulfs Sindh, during summers.

History

Gorakh Hills Karachi, Sindh

Named after an Indian Saint, Sri Gorakhnath Ji, a famous yogi, the place, Gorakh Hills is situated at the highest point in the Kirthar mountain range. Indians in the medieval times, sought ‘Gorakh’ as a Sanskrit word meaning ‘Shepherding’. According to Hindu mythology it is believed that there was a small temple dedicated to ‘Gorakhnath”, which was visited by many, to perform their Hindu religious rituals. However, no remains of the temple have been found. Historically many believed that the word ‘Gorakh” is derived from the Balochi word “Gurkh’ which means wolf. This famous Gorakh Hill Station is spread over 2500 acres, and also serves as a gateway to the villagers of Khuzdar district, Baluchistan. People from various tribes and villages travel to these hills to buy food and other necessities.

Travel

Steep curves and twists to reach Gorakh Hills

The way up from Wahi Pandhi, a small town situated in the Kirthar mountain range, is very rugged and strenuous. There are various twists, steep inclines and sudden curves looking into deep ravines, that require an experienced driver and a powerful vehicle to drive through. However, the Government of Sindh is now building a new road to Gorakh Hills, making it more accessible for travelers.

Gorakh Hills Resort

Gorakh Hills Resort

Gorakh hills is a newly developed tourist site. Before being declared as a hill station the area laid barren with no service or facilities available for visitors. Poor telecommunication reception, no restaurant and accommodation, Gorakh hills was rarely visited. However, in 2014, the Government of Sindh decided to formally announce this place as a tourist destination of Pakistan. The place now features a beautiful resort, with access to all facilities including rooms for accommodation and a restaurant that features Pakistani cuisine. For people worried about the law and order situation, can relax as there are police stations situated at a distance of 5 to 10 kilometres from Gorakh hills at Wahi Pandhi. Moreover, there are plans to introduce appointed security forces, surrounding the hill station. The Government of Sindh in collaboration with the officials of Gorakh Hill Resort will now construct recreation spots including chair lift service and amusement parks. Until the project is complete, there are various camping sites available for nature enthusiasts.

Weather

Snow falling at Gorakh Hills

With scorching heat and temperature above 40°C in summers, Gorakh Hills serve as a haven for people planning to avoid the excruciating heat wave. With temperatures below 20°C and sub zero temperature in winters, Gorakh hills is the only place to witness snow fall in Sindh.

Benazir Viewpoint

Benazir Viewpoint, Gorakh Hills

This viewpoint is named after the fond memory of Benazir bhutto. The former Prime Minister of Pakistan and Chairperson of People Party Pakistan (PPP). Visitors can enjoy the scenic view of the hills and mountains.

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