Abandoned Basal Airport: The Historic British Airport from 2nd World War

  • Gwadar Bay

    Gwadar Bay is a bay in Karachi city of Pakistan. The name is from Persian, Khalij-e Gavader or ‘Gulf of Gwadar’ on Arabian Sea. Gwadar Bay is located in the Gulf of Oman on the maritime border of Pakistan and Iran. It is an inlet of the Arabian Sea indenting the sandy Makran coast at the Iran–Pakistan border. It is about 20 miles (32 km) long and 10 miles (16 km) wide. The Dashtiari River flows into it from the northwest, and the Dasht River from the northeast.

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  • Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium

    Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium is the only international standard cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. It is located at the Latitude of 33°39’5.4″ and Longitude of 73°4’33.6″. As by the name known that this stadium is in Rawalpindi. It is about 200 meters from the double road stop. This stadium has recently been expanded to cater to the ever increasing number of spectators for the game. With the increase in capacity, it can now hold around 25,000 spectators.

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  • Badshahi Mosque

    Badshahi Mosque is in city of Lahore in Pakistan. It is the second largest mosque in Pakistan and South Asia and the fifth largest mosque in the world. It is located at the Latitude of 31°35′17.07″ North and Longitude of 74°18′36.45″ East. It is located in Iqbal Park in Lahore, Pakistan which is one of the largest urban parks in Pakistan. It is commissioned by the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1671 and completed in 1673. It is Epitomising the beauty, passion and grandeur of the Mughal era, it is Lahore’s most famous landmark and a major tourist attraction.

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  • Hanna Lake

    Hanna Lake is a lake near Quetta city in Balochistan Province, in southwestern Pakistan. It is located at the Latitude of 30°15′ North and Longitude of 67°06′ East. The lake is located a little short of the place where the Urak Valley begins and 14 km from Quetta. The reservoir was constructed during the British Colonial era in 1894, and is one of the main attractions in the city.

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  • Qila Bala Hissar

    Qila Bala Hissar is one of the most historic places of Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. The word Bala Hissar is from Dari Persian, meaning, “elevated or high fort”. The name was given by the Pashtun King Timur Shah Durrani (1773–1793), who used the fort as the winter capital of the Afghan Durrani Empire, with the summer capital being in Kabul. The Sikh empire who conquered Peshawar in the early 19th century named it Samir Garh in 1834 but the name did not become popular.

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  • Zhob

    Zhob is a small town and district capital of Zhob District in Balochistan province of Pakistan. The district is named after the river Zhob. It is a Pashto word which means oozing water. The Zhob river has a total length of about 410 kilometres. It is the only river in the country that follows a north-eastern course. It springs from the Kan Metarzai range, passes about 4 kilometre from Zhob city and finally flows into the Gomal river near Khajuri Kach.

  • Wazirabad

    Wazirabad is an industrial city located in Gujranwala District in province Punjab of Pakistan. Wazirabad is located on the Latitude of 32°26′N and Longitude of 74°07′E. It is situated on the banks of the Chenab River nearly 100 kilometres north of Lahore on the Grand Trunk Road. It is 45 kilometres from Sialkot, 30 kilometres from the district capital of Gujranwala and about 12 kilometres from Gujrat. Wazirabad City is located near the south banks of the Chenab River near a village Chanawan where the picturesque Nala Palkhu, a snow stream from the Himalayas joins to this big river.

  • Washuk

    Washuk District is located in province of Balochistan in Pakistan. It is a district in Balochistan. This district is best known internationally as the location of Shamsi Airfield. This town is located at the center of the district. The places around this district are Mashkel is at the western corner and Basima at the eastern corner. The other adjoining districts are Kharan, Chagai, Kalat, Khuzdar, Awaran and Panjgur.

  • Wana

    Wana is the largest town of South Waziristan Agency inPakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). It is the summer headquarters for the Agency’s administration, Tank located in the neighbouring Tank District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province being the winter headquarters.

  • Wah Cantonment

    Wah Cantonment or Wah Cantt is a military city located in the Punjab province of Pakistan, 30 km (19 mi) to the north west of Rawalpindi/Islamabad. The name ‘Wah’ has its roots in the Mughal era with the Mughal emperor Jehangir reported to have coined the name when his army was stationed at Wah, originally called ‘Jalal Sar’ nearby here, en route from a visit to Kashmir. Emperor Jehangir was impressed by the scenery of that place, so he said “Wah” (‘wow’) and so that village was named ‘Wah’ after that exclamation.

  • Wagah Border

    Wagah Border is the border between India and Pakistan connecting Lahore, Pakistan with Amritsar, India. It is located 29 km from the town of Lahore on the Pakistani side and 27 km from Amritsar on the Indian side. This is the only crossing point between Pakistan and India that is regularly open to foreigners. It’s a well known place all over Pakistan. When driving from Islamabad, it should take at minimum 4.5 hours.

  • Wadh

    Wadh is a town in the Khuzdar District of Balochistan, Pakistan. Wadh is in the mountainous region between the Kalat plateau and the plains of Sindh. The climate is semi-arid, although occasionally subject to flooding, with warm summers and mild winters. Agriculture is a major economic activity, followed by livestock farming.

  • Vehari

    Vehari is a small town in province Punjab of Pakistan. It is about 100 km from the historical city of Multan and is the headquarters of Vehari District in the Punjab province of Pakistan. Vehari is situated at the Multan Delhi Road constructed by Indian Muslim Emperor Sher Shah Suri and is located at an altitude of 135 m. It is about 37 kilometres north of the river Sutlej in the southernmost of the five rivers of the Punjab region. Islam Headworks is located on this river near Luddan on the Luddan-Vehari canal providing irrigation water to both banks of the river, which includes the upper fringes of the Cholistan Desert.

The historic abandoned airport is located in the village basal in Jand constituency of district Attock, from the Punjab province. If you travel on Kohat road, from Jand, approximately 22km drive, there comes mithyal chowk and more 3km away there is Kisraan chowk from where you have to go left to reach out to your destination. The road is very rough and broken. After for more 500-meter drive, here comes the premise of the abandoned airport. The airport has a 2km long runway. Some signs of cement structure indicate the premises of the airport. Along with the airport, there is a 4km long taxiway that joints the runway from two ways. Ironically, there is no proper building or structure on the location that can consider as airport building however, there are two pillars of some unknown building. The formation of the airport has several myths. Some people believe that it was constructed at the end of the 19th century however, some beliefs about the beginning of the 20th century. Though, it is confirmed that it was built in the era of British rule for the sake of war and military activities. It is not confirmed about First World War however, in the Second World War, the airport was used by the British military. Some locals believe, in the war of 1965 and 1971 between India and Pakistan, this airport was partially used by the Pakistan Airforce. In the contemporary situation, the airport is destroyed and abandoned. The only use of this historic abandoned airport remains as for driving practices and sports activities by the locals. According to the local villagers, till 2000, the airport was used by the Pakistan Airforce for the partial aircraft landing training however, from the long time PAF did not pay any attention to this historic and precious airport.

Noori is the famous folk character of Sindhi culture. There are thousands of stories and events are associated with Noori and her spouse Jaam Tamachi. Several local and international documentaries, dramas, and stage plays have been made on Noori and Jam Tamachi’s love story. The folk characters have great significance in the local Sindh community even, people love to name their kids as Noori and Jam Tamachi. The central character Noori is also known and called Mai Noori by the locals.

Lake Keenjhar is been located 130 km away from Karachi city, the provisional capital of the Sindh and economical hub of Pakistan. There are several resorts been established on the Keenjhar Lake from where you can rent out private boats to have boating and to reach out to the tomb of Mai Noori.

The tomb is inside the lake in the distance of almost 4km. Another tomb can be seen in the lake before the central one of Mai Noori’s which is known as the tomb of the spiritual teacher of Mai Noori. The distance between both tombs can be measured at around 500 km. In the Keenjhar Lake, still, some signs are remaining of the fishermen community from the era of Mai Noori. The water of the lake is clean and hygienic however, it remains always rampant due to heavy winds. The tomb is a roofless round shaped small building that can be reached through stairs from the ground, however, is present, these stairs can hardly be seen due to heavy water in the lake. There are two graves in the tomb, one is known as Shah Hondro’s grave (the spiritual teacher) and the second one is about Mai Noori’s. The famous folk story about Noori and his beloved Jam Tamachi reveals that Noori was the daughter of a poor fisherman however, Jam Tamachi was a rich man who was also part of feudal lords. The interesting thing that makes the love story unique and different from other folk stories, that it was not an incomplete but complete and successful love story. Noori and Jam Tamachi went married and lived happily after.

Afterward, Noori went died in the life of Jam Tamachi and he buried her in the same place beside the lake where they met the first time. However, at that time the area was not underwater. In the era of President (late) Gen. Ayub Khan, the lake got reconstructed and expanded on a massive area, however, as a goodwill gesture and respect, the authorities made sure to secure the tomb and made it approximately 100 feet heightened than the lake. Noori’s husband Jam Tamachi was buried in the historic graveyard of Makli that is 35km away from Keenjhar Lake. The unforgettable folk story of Noori and Jam Tamachi is been discussed by several poets even famous folk poet Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai also had discussed the story in his poetry. The tomb of Noori in the middle of Keenjhar Lake will tell the unforgettable love story of Noori and Jam Tamachi till the end of life.

It was a long time waiting, I have been planning to go Lahore for a “khapa” trip for long time now, So that time finally came. I am living in Islamabad so this time I choose not to drive to Lahore as I was alone.
So now I had to think on how to go there, options were by bus or a train. I have been in love with Trains and Railway Stations for long but I rarely get to ride on it. So this I was firm on using Train for one side, as timing was suiting me for Islamabad to Lahore so I choose to go by Train from Islamabad to Lahore using Islamabad Express.
Islamabad Express train leaves from Margla Railway Station Islamabad at 05:15PM and reaches Lahore at 10:30PM as per there website www.pakrail.gov.pk. I went onto there website and purchased a ticket for 1010PKR (10 Rs for Dam fund) using JazzCash for Friday 15th March 2019. I must say its very easy to buy tickets now.
So now I had to get ticket for return and I decided to spend extra money to check the new Qconnect bus service. Qconnect bus service only works from Islamabad to Lahore and return. I bought ticket using there website http://qconnect.pk for whopping 3500 PKR. Its steep yes but I wanted to try, so what can we say 🙂

So there comes the time and day for my departure from Islamabad. My office is in I-8 so it was quite convenient for me to reach Margla Railway Station Islamabad as it was in I-9. I reached Station at 05:10PM approx. Train left the station around 05:25PM (almost 10 minutes late).
This train takes 2 stops, first at Rawalpindi Station for 20 minutes and then Chaklala Station for 2 minutes. After some time during the travel, staff serving meals, they were serving it like it were free but they were not. Meal had one chicken piece, Sandwich and fires, it was for 260 Rs, I wouldn’t say it was expensive provided it was hot and fresh. They were also serving tea and cofee for 30 and 60 Rs. Rest of the way went ok, we reached Lahore Railway Station on time at 10:30PM.

Qamar was waiting there for me, as I only come for a weekend so we had no time to waste so we didn’t waste any. We planned to go to Butt Karahi but as I just had Butt Karahi 2 days ago from Islamabad so we changed plan and went to Amratsari Hareesa which was close to Lakshmi chowk.

We ordered one bowl of Amratsari Hareesa which was for 480 PKR, We were 2 people and it was enough for us. We got Nans with it and had a go at it. It was Yummish, we were told that its made with mutton kabab, we can see the pieces as its not all creamy like normal Haleem we eat. What ever it was , it was very good and we thoroughly enjoyed it. One problem with Amratsari Hareesa resturant was that it had an okish sitting place , only mineral water and no glasses which was strange to hear for from a Lahori street restaurant.

The Islamabad Serena Hotel stands at the foot of the Margalla Hills on fourteen acres of areas with beautiful gardens and serene water shore near the Rawal Lake, next to the Diplomatic Enclave. The architecture and interiors of this fabulous hotel building is a mere reflection typical of Pakistani of cultural heritage also depicting the skills and craftsmanship. Being state-of-the art building, the hotel beautifully combines traditional systems equipped with latest technologies.