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Local tourists throng to KP’s hilly areas to avoid hot weather during Eid days

08:44 PM | 7 Jun, 2019
Local tourists throng to KP’s hilly areas to avoid hot weather during Eid days
NARAN - The tourists from plain areas of Pakistan have thronged to scenic hilly resorts and lush green valleys in northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Naran and Kaghan valleys of Manshera district to enjoy almost week-long holidays in pleasant weather conditions.

Most of scenic hilly valleys and tourist destinations such as Kaghan, Naran, Nathiagali, Ayubia, Donga Gali, Saiful Mulk lake, Kalam, Bahrain and Malam Jabba are flooded with domestic and foreign tourists during Eid days where hardly a room was available for tourists in hotels, restaurants and rest houses, forcing people to spend night in tents, make-shift hotels and rented houses’ rooms vacated by the native people.

Tourism Corporation KP's rest houses, private tour operators, hotels, motels, and guest houses have received record booking orders from domestic tourists this year compared to last year and responsible of tourists are overwhelming during these days.

Naran and Kaghan, famous hilly tourists towns of Manshera district have witnessed an influx of tourists from all the provinces including AJK and Gilgit Baltistan where owners of hotels, plazas, restaurants, and houses are earning great profits during Eid days.

Owing to a massive increase of domestic tourists, the local people have vacated rooms of their houses for tourists in Kaghan, Naran, Nathia Gali, Ayubia, Kalam, Swat, and Gilgit Baltistan by earning two times high this year due to significant improvement of law and order situation.

Tourists installed tents at Kaghan, Naran, Ayubia, Khanus Poor, Bhara Gali, Donga Gali, and Thandyani to enjoy waterfalls, lush green valleys, meadows and snow-covered mountains.

Many tourists of low-income groups and middle class have brought their own beds by staying under an open sky to enjoy pleasant weather in Naran and Kaghan valleys.

Located on the bank of Kunhar River in Manshera, Narran has witnessed an influx of tourists due to the presence of famous Saif-ul-Malook lake, Lalazar Babusar, Noori and Purbi Valleys where families and students are enjoying waterfalls, horse riding, and boating in a pleasant atmosphere.

In Kaghan-Naran, several communications uplift projects including parks, highways, widening of links roads/streets, beautification of tourists places were completed that added beauty of these picturesque valleys and provide better communication facilities to tourists.

The significant improvement of law and order situation has immensely contributed to this massive surge in domestic tourism in Northern KP including Kaghan, Nathia Gali, Naran, Sogran, Madian, Kalam, Saiful Mulk and Maho Dhand lakes where the government has improved facilities for tourists through the enhanced communication network.

For the first time in the history of the province, the KP Government has introduced the Tourists Police in Manshera district where hundreds of thousands of tourists have reached Kaghan and Naran valleys to celebrate Eid ul Fitr in a most befitting manner.

An eighty members tourist police have formally launched its service operation in Mansehra to facilitate foreign and domestic tourists coming to upper Hazara’s touristic destinations.

The district administration Mansehra have established four facilitation and guidance centers for tourists about the weather conditions, road clearance, accommodation, and other facilities.

The tourists were directed to get the travel advisory from the tourist reception at toll plaza Manshera and then continue their journey to Kaghan and Naran.

To continue the flow of the traffic and maintain law and order during the eid vacations besides 107 traffic police officials 700 policemen and officers are also performing duty in Kaghan, Naran and other areas of Manshera in two shifts.

The tourists and residents of northern areas are traveling through Battagram Kohistan Karakoram Highway (KKH) after closure of Manshera Naran Jalkhad Challas Road (MNJC) road towards Babusar Top for vehicular traffic as the area had received heavy snowfall during the last winter and expected to open after June 15.

Zeeshan Khan, a tourist from Nowshera district told APP on Monday that he came along with friends to Kaghan to enjoy Eid holidays due to its pleasant weather.

The Kaghan-Naran is very pleasant and people can come here without any fear to enjoy its natural beauty, waterfalls, cool breeze, and lush green valleys, he said.

"Prior to Kaghan-Naran, I visited Nathia Gali Abbottabad and Malam Jabba on the first and second day of Eid to enjoy pleasant and cool weather there," he told APP.

He said weather of Galyat and Malam Jabba were very pleasant where floating clouds mesmerize the tourists.

He said high charges of hotels and high prices of daily use commodities needed to be checked by the district administration and proper arrangements should be made for car parking at tourists places for the facilitation of tourists.

Zeshan Khan said Rs 6000 to Rs 10,000 per room is being charged for per night stay from families by private hotel owners in Nathia Gali and Kaghan-Narran and demanded strong actions against profiteers during Eid holidays.

He lauded Manshera and Abbottabad traffic police for making proper arrangements for smooth flow of traffic during Eid days.

He also appreciated efforts of Galyat Development Authority (GDA), Abbottabad and Swat traffic police for making foolproof arrangements for the facilitation of tourists.

Associated Press of Pakistan Corporation (APPC) - Pakistan's Premier News Agency

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
 
26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91

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