Banyan or pipal trees, found in the heart of Islamabad’s heritage sites, have witnessed the growth of the capital city but the development projects are now threatening the cherished trees. After exploring the beauty of the trees and indulging in playful activities, from climbing, swinging, and playing amongst the leafy branches of the trees, the children also painted a sign urging the Capital Development Authority to protect the trees; each child holding up one letter to reflect that the kids were united in their effort to save these enduring symbols of culture and history.
The caravan then headed towards the Buddhist caves. The historical cavern raised excitement and questions as the little explorers delved deep into the caves. The last stop was Golra Railway Station where the young travellers walked into the splendid era of steam engines.
After spending a busy day discovering the marvels of nature in huge, old trees, and historical caves, the children may well have developed respect for the rich cultural heritage within Islamabad. But the huge task that still lay ahead would be to develop a tree-caring attitude among the masses and to raise awareness about the importance of trees among the authorities concerned.