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Explore the Wetlands of Salt Range-PTDC

Explore the Wetlands of Salt Range-PTDC

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Published by Tayyab Mir
A package tour on exploring the Wetlands in Salt Range Area of Punjab Province of Pakistan, being offered by PTDC
A package tour on exploring the Wetlands in Salt Range Area of Punjab Province of Pakistan, being offered by PTDC

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Published by: Tayyab Mir on Aug 10, 2012
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Explore the Wetlands & Historical Sites of Salt Range
(Weekend Eco-adventure Trip for Student and Youth)
The Sustainable Tourism Foundation Pakistan and Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) in collaboration with Pakistan Wetlands Programs of WWF Pakistan isarranging an eco-adventure safari trip for those who like to explore natural, historical and culture beauty of the Soon Valley.It is an ideal opportunity to visit some of the most exquisite tourist sites and explore theunique aspects of the nature.
The Salt Range comprise two rows of low lying rugged hills that run east to west between theSoan and Jhelum rivers from the Grand Trunk Road near Jhelum city to the River Indus near 
Kalabagh. This area is said to record 600 million years of the earth’s history. Its name comes
from the vast deposits of rock salt exposed and mined at khewra. The salt was left behind whenthe sea, which extended over the Indus plains and the Potohar plateau, evaporated 600 millionyeas ago. The rocks and fossils fund around the salt range provide a complete record of thehistory of the Earth.The Salt Range Wetlands Complex comprised of a series of adjacent lakes
Kallar Kahar,Khabbeki, Ucchali, Jhalar and Namal. These lakes provide an important wintering ground for migratory birds and surrounding area is core habitat for the endemic Punjab Urial. PakistanWetlands Programme has launched a comprehensive project for the conservation andprotection of these important lakes.Historically this region is also very rich. Alexander the Great passed through the Salt Range onhis way to do battle with Porus on the banks of the Jhelum River in 326 BC. In the 3
BC, this area became part of Ashoka’s Buddhist Empire. Towards the end of the Buddhist
period, in the 6
century AD, there was a kingdom in the Salt Range called Singhapura,probably centered at Ketas. From 7
to 10
centuries, the Salt Range Was part of powerfulKashmiri Hindu kingdom. Mahmood Ghazni invaded the region in the early 11
century. Thelocal tribes were converted to Islam at this time.
Trip ItineraryDay-1
Early morning departure from Islamabad. Visit historical temples of Malot and Ketas.Visit Khewra Salt Mines. Lunch at Khewra. Departure for Kanhati in Soon Valley. Dinner andnight stay at Kanhati camping site. Bonfire and discussion on the history and culture of SoonValley.
2 Early morning bird watching walk and visit of Kanhati waterfall
Return to camp andhave breakfast. Departure for bird watching at Khabbeki and Ucchali. Lunch at Nowshera.Departure for Kallar Kahar. Visit Kallar Kahar en route. Return journey to Islamabad. Arrival atIslamabad. End Program.Trip Duration: 1 night / 2 daysGroup size: 20 personsStarting/ Ending Point: IslamabadDeparture Dates: First Group (23-24 March) Second Group (31Mar-01 Apr.).Tour Price per Head: Rs.5, 800/- for students/Youth
What is covered in the tour cost?
Transport as itinerary (A/c Toyota Coaster)Camping accommodation on two to three person sharing basis as per itinerary All meals as per itineraryServices of Tour Guide

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