Without a doubt, Pakistan is gifted with beautiful mountains and landscapes that attract thousands of tourists from all over the world. While the Gorakh Hill Station is not yet equipped with all the facilities and amenities that a popular tourist spot should offer, it still qualifies as a must-see destination for all passionate travelers.
The place has plenty of surprises in store for backpackers who are always on the lookout for a thrilling adventure. Much has been documented about the splendor of the place’s scenic beauty. However, most people in Pakistan still don’t know about the spot as it remains an underdeveloped resort. Don’t worry, though. We’ve got you covered. Gorakh Hill Station is sure to offer mesmerizing views and beautiful sunsets you will ever witness in your life.
The area was first discovered by the British Government in the late 1860s. Back then, the site was not just a travel resort but also a military base. Many renowned political figures have visited Gorakh Hills in the past. These include eminent figures such as Benazir Bhutto and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
Where does the name ‘Gorakh’ come from?
According to history, Gorakh Hill Station was heavily occupied by packs of wolves. Hence, the name Gorakh came into existence which is derived from the Baluchi language. The origin of the word comes from the Persian word ‘Gurg’ which means wolf. However, some people believe the word originated from the Sanskrit Language in which ‘Gorakh’ means shepherd.
Interesting Facts about Gorakh Hills
- The peak is located at an elevation of 5,689 feet with tracks spanning over 2500 acres. The site is situated at 94 km northwest of Dadu. The hill station is in the Kirthar Mountain range.
- Gorakh Hill was first discovered in 1860s during the British Raj. Although, it was always meant to be developed into a Hill Station, it wasn’t until 1989 that the PPP Government officially launched the project.
- During her tenure, Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, also visited the site to restore the development project. However, the project to convert the site into a tourist spot remained abandoned until 1993, owing to the dismissal of the government.
- The construction of the road from Wahi Pandhi to Gorakh was initiated in 1997. Subsequently, all required work involving water supply, roads, and electricity was also completed.
- There is also a rest house and a campsite for visitors at the hill station.
- At present, the Sindh Government is developing a new road from Dadu to Gorakh Hill.
How to Travel to Gorakh Hills?
There are several traveling agencies in Karachi which offer inclusive packages for individuals and groups. All amenities are offered and the cost of transport, food, accommodation, and other services are also included in the package. However, you can also travel on your own via a 4 x 4 vehicle. But commuting alone is not the safest option to choose, especially if you are traveling with expensive equipment such as DSLR cameras, drones, or smartphones. It is best to take safety precautions when going to Gorakh Hills alone like traveling with a guard.
Highlights of the Trip to Gorakh Hill Station
During the journey, travelers pass through some amazing places of Sindh including Jamshoro, Sehwan, Hyderabad, and Sehwan city. Thanks to its high elevation, the temperature drops to -5 degrees in the initial months of the year. Even in summer, the temperature usually hovers between three to four degrees in the night, despite the fact that its nearest city, Dadu, touches 50 degrees in the summer season.
Dadu is the base camp for all travelers who wish to embark on this adventure. From Dadu, you will have to rent a 4 wheel drive jeep for reaching the Gorakh Hill Station. Moreover, you can also spot some of the most beautiful and popular birds of Sindh. These include Houbara bustard, Lammergeier vulture, and the Egret.
Gorakh Hills is a famous spot for bonfires, camping, and stargazing. Less pollution and mesmerizing mountain views give spectacular backgrounds for memorable Instagram photos.
There aren’t too many Gorakh Hill Station hotels at the moment but tourists can stay at the rest-house which is open for travelers. Some back-packers also like to camp at Gorakh Hills. Remember to take sufficient amounts of water as the rest house might run out of water. Most travelers also experience a power breakdown but there is a back-up generator at the rest house.
One of the most notable aspects of taking a trip to Gorakh Hills, is witnessing its beautiful sunset which casts a warm glow on the peaks. That’s why the hill station is also dubbed as the ‘golden valley.’ Tourists must enjoy breath-taking sunsets at Benazir Point. Since, it’s the highest viewpoint of the hill station, remember to take along your trekking shoes to climb up to the spot. But, you can also reach the point via a jeep.
Things to Keep in your Backpack
- Waterproof jackets
- Flash lights
- Extra batteries
- T-shirts (if you are going for day trekking)
- Joggers/slippers, shoes, trekking boots
- Woolen socks
- Shawls and stoles
- Sun-block lotion
- Sanitizer/soap/hand wash
- Tooth paste, tooth brush, wipes, and towels
Planning your Trip to Gorakh Hills
Don’t forget to enjoy a tempting breakfast or the popular ‘Anda Paratha’ which is incredibly popular among visitors. Keep your camera ready for capturing panoramic views along the journey. Most travelers and Vloggers use drone cameras to shoot professional footage and take beautiful photographs of the peak.
Here is a general itinerary for a 2 day trip to Gorakh Hill that may work for you. Please note that the timings are subject to change.
- Setting off from Karachi: 12:00 am
- Enjoying piping hot Sehwan breakfast (Anda, Paratha and Chai): 6:30 am
- Leaving for Wahi Pandi: 7:00 – 7:15 am
- Arriving at Wahi Pandi: 8:00 – 8:30 am
- Traveling to Gorakh Hill: 8:30 am
- Reaching Gorakh Hill Station: 11:00 am
- Lunch at the hill station: 1 pm
- Sightseeing: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
- Trekking towards zero point or Benazir Point: 4:30 pm
- Enjoying Sunset from Zero Point: 6:00 pm
- Setting up the camp
- Bonfire and Dinner: 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm
- Stargazing and retiring to camps or rest house: 11 pm
- Trek towards Benazir Point: 05:00 am
- Settling in for sunrise: 6:00 am
- Breakfast: 8:00 am
- Leaving for Khawal Luk Pas: 9:00 am
- Reaching Khawal Luk Pass: 10:00 AM
- Setting off for Wahi Pandi: 10:30 am
- Reaching Wahi Pandi: 12 pm
- Arrival and lunch at Sehwan: 2:00 pm
- Departure for Hyderabad/Karachi: 5:00 pm
- Arrival at Karachi: 9:00 pm
Who will enjoy the trip most?
- Teens and families
- Travelers and photographers
- Adventure seekers
- Sightseeing enthusiasts
New Development Plans Announced this Year
In January 2019, Rafiq Ahmed Jamali, the chairman Gorakh Hill Station Development Authority discussed development projects in the Dadu district with the Sindh Chief Minister, Murad Ali Shah. The minister promised that the road to Gorakh will be completely developed this year. All affected residents will resettle in the Benazir Basti. Mr. Shah also allotted 10 acres of land to complete the Benzair Basti project.
Enjoy a Memorable Trip to Gorakh Hills!
One of the best things about this place is that the Gorakh Hill Station weather is pleasant all year round. But, tourists love visiting the destination in winters, when there is also a chance of experiencing snowfall.
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Credits for photos: Facebook/Gorakh Hill Station Sindh