Railway Safari from Islamabad to Attock begins over the weekends

Travelers can enjoy the picturesque Margalla Hills, several tunnels and bridges along the way

In a bid to boost tourism, Pakistan railways will run a train between Islamabad and Attock Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays on a refurbished 19th-century steam locomotive. The train journey will begin from Golra Railway Station in Islamabad to Hassan Abdal, Attock Khurd, and Attock City. The passengers will also have a chance to enjoy the Railways Heritage Museum at Golra Station.

The train has a capacity of 1,500 people. Tickets for adults will cost 1000 rupees each while the price for the children is 500 rupees. Saloon car tickets are available for 3000 rupees each. The first such train journey began yesterday with an inauguration done by Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani accompanied by Minister for Railways Azam Khan Swati at the Golra railway station.

Tourists will travel through the picturesque landscape of Potohar, consisting of Margalla Hills, Sangjani tunnel, and several bridges like Chablal Bridge, Haro Bridge, Ghazi Borotha, and Attock Khurd bridges. The safari train will also pass through the old iron girder bridge on the Indus between Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces.

Minister Azam Swati said the purpose of the train is to promote the culture, civilization and heritage of the country. “It is my priority to end corruption in Pakistan Railways. I will eliminate all black sheep from the organization and make it profitable,” he said.

This is an excellent step to help promote tourism within the country. Such safaris also attract foreign tourists who prefer such attractions in countries they are visiting. More such trains on historical routes can help tourism further. It is also important to have modern amenities available on the trains. It is crucial though that they are well promoted so that they can turn a profit and continue to operate in the longer run.

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