Tourist train takes a women-only spin through K-P's historical sites

Published: January 5, 2014
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The train journey took the women through historical sites along the Kabul River route. PHOTO COURTESY: TCKP

The train journey took the women through historical sites along the Kabul River route. PHOTO COURTESY: TCKP

PESHAWAR: 

A ‘women-only’ tourist train ride from Peshawar to Attock Khurd was arranged on Saturday by the Tourism Corporation of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (TCKP) and Pakistan Railways.

The tour was initiated last year by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture to provide an opportunity to women to visit and learn about the region’s heritage sites.

The train passes through several historically significant cities, including Akora Khattak and Khairabad.

Marking monuments

The journey also takes passengers over Old Attock Bridge, an iron girder bridge built over the Indus River in 1883 and originally designed by Sir Guilford Lindsey Molesworth.

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Attock Khurd, located in Attock district of Punjab, houses the historical Attock Fort built by the Mughal king Akbar in 1581. Bahram ki Baradari is another Mughal-era monument situated at the ridge of mountains on the southern side of the Grand Trunk Road near Attock Khurd.

Akora Khattak, which the train also traverses, is the birth and burial place of famous Pukhtun poet, warrior, scholar and chief of the Khattak tribe, Khushal Khan Khattak.

As part of the joy ride, the women participating also visited Kund Rest House where they enjoyed a boat ride.

The tour train included students and civil society members. “We have provided women a unique opportunity to avail an outing while simultaneously becoming aware of the rich heritage of the country,” said TCKP Managing Director Mushtaq Ahmad Khan.

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The director termed the journey a landmark initiative of the corporation. “From next month, the train journey will be open to all on weekends at very affordable tickets”.

“The ride helped students, especially those from government schools, to travel to historical areas of the region and learn about them,” said Mahwish, a student who enjoyed the trip with her friends.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 5th, 2014. 

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Correction Please
    Jan 5, 2014 - 12:44PM

    This is not a heritage train! This is an ordinary train. Misrepresentation of facts

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  • Khan
    Jan 5, 2014 - 2:29PM

    gud step

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  • Hello
    Jan 6, 2014 - 1:21AM

    @Correction Please:
    Hello Mr. Correct….Please read the article carefully.. there is not a single word as “Heritage Train” It has been refered as tourist train or tour train. For your reference… A ‘women-only’ tourist train ride from Peshawar to Attock Khurd. Anyhow a very good step by KPK Government.

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  • vick
    Jan 6, 2014 - 2:55PM

    @hello

    Haters only know to hate……..u cant appease them by any of your acts. Let them burn in their own envy.

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