Hidden Treasures

Bamyans in Golra

Flickring through Islamabad MB group on Flickr, I ended up looking at the serene beauty of Golra’s century old Bamyans Banyans (aka bargad ~ century old is purely my own assumption).

Have you been tO Golra Railway Station ever? If no ~ wake up, pack up and get going. Its a MUST visit. The picture above seems familiar? If you closely watched vital Signs singing their tunes in early 90’s … you can recognize it :) Remember Islamabad’s 5th gift to world?

The News published a fine article almost an year back on Golra Railways station and it’s heritage museum … citing:

… All said and done, it is a gem of a museum and well worth a visit, especially if you remember the good old days Golra's Treasureswhen traveling by train was an exciting prospect — something to look forward to as you packed your bags; a hamper with food and books and magazines to read when it became too dark to look outside. A paratha and an omelet never tasted as good as when you had them cold with a nice hot cup of tea bought from the vendor on the platform. The strident voices of other vendors as they called out their wares — most of these to titillate pangs of hunger that are somehow intensified during travel — each trying to outdo the other so he could be heard and be the one to make the first sale, the thrill of travelling on a ‘choo-choo’; or ‘chook chook’, as we say in this part of the world; the clouds of hissing steam coming out of the wood and coal fired engine; the hustle bustle of passengers and porters and the “All aboard”, call of the guard as he waved his green flag, are all part of childhood memories a visit to Golra Station brings back — a nostalgic hour or two well spent!

5 Comments so far

  1. Talha Masood (thandak) on April 10th, 2008 @ 2:32 pm

    I have always hated the status of Pakistani trains, but have always preferred Golra station to Pindi station…

    Thanks for the post, was much awaited :)

  2. IUnknown (iunknown) on April 10th, 2008 @ 6:31 pm

    where is that station? never heard of it.

    i might be visiting islamabd shortly. i want to travel each and every inch of it.

  3. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on April 11th, 2008 @ 9:51 am

    @Talha: Despite the train conditions in Pakistan; Golra is more than a railways station. Heritage of ours :)

    @IUnKnown: It’s the famous Golra Railway station in Islamabad. Ask any taxi-wala :) Go in day light to enjoy the heritage museum as well.

  4. crazymonkey on April 13th, 2008 @ 9:54 am

    Does that golra station have regular trains to other cities like lahore as well?

  5. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on April 13th, 2008 @ 8:52 pm

    Dont think so!

    To the best of my knowledge … only a few scheduled trains stop at the station … I’m not sure which ones , contact Pak Rails :)

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