ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Post announced on Sunday that it had opened 41 rest houses at different destinations across the country to cater to domestic and foreign tourists.
“The move was in line with the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan, who had been a strong proponent of promoting tourism in the country by offering cost-effective accommodations to travellers at scenic locations,” a senior official of the Pakistan Post said.
The initiative would not only the tourism industry but also generate more revenue for the department, he added.
The rest houses from Karachi to Murree, he said, were upgraded on the instructions of Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed.
The rest houses were being used by officials of Pakistan Post but now the general public can also access them.
According to an official notification, tourists will now be able to stay in its rest houses at economical rates.
The postal rest house has been divided into three categories. The rest houses of A category are located in Karachi, Multan, Jhelum, Mianwali, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Nathia Gali, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Shadman Lahore, Lahore Cantt, Sialkot General Post Office (GPO), Sialkot Cantt, Faislabad GPO and Quetta.
Rs3,000 per day will be charged for these rest houses.
Similarly, the per day rent of the B category rest houses in Attock, Murree GPO, Gujrat, Sargodha, Layyah, Chitral, Abbottabad, Ayubia, Kohat, DI Khan, Mirpurkhas, Sorab, Amri, Taftan, Qallat, Muzzaffarbad, Mirpur, Kotli, Gilgit, Sust and Skardu will be Rs2,200.
Likewise, for rest houses in Pindi Point Murree, Saidu Sharif, Bannu, Ziarat and Sialkot Cantt, which fell in the C category, per day rent of Rs1,200 has been fixed.
Information regarding the rest houses could be obtained through Pakistan Post’s app.