Asalam o Alikum Everyone, this is new series we are stating and this is first article in this series, we will visit, try and then introduce you to different cities of Pakistan, what you can see there and what you can eat from those places. What is famous locally.
First city in that series is Attock, this is my district as I belong to the famous Pindsultani village that is in Tehsil Jand, Attock district.
Attock was formerly knows as Cambellpur, name was changes to Attock in 1978. Attock is historic city with distance of 100km from the capital city Islamabad. Attock was founded in 1903.
Now let’s get back to what is there to see and eat in Attock. I went Attock from Islamabad, I used G.T road and then turned left from Sanjwal mor, then there is chowk called “Jhala Khan Chowk”, I turned right there. After few kilo-meters, you would see a large poll with flag and small beautiful area with benches and garden, there is also welcoming text and beautifully made words of “I LOVE ATTOCK”.
After driving few kilo-meters more, you get to the chowk that is famously known as “3 Mela chowk”. From here we turn left to get to the main Attock city. From here on words you will see mostly shops on the road and then few societies on left and right for residencial areas. On the right you will see sharon wala chowk, which now has a beautiful statue of Quaid-e-Azam with some kids.
Attock is know for its chowks, there are so many, its organised in such a way. They have there unique names, there is Shairon wala chowk, Kechari chowk (its called kechari chowk because it has kechari near by), Session chok, Madni Chowk, Fawara Chowk, Haidari chowk, Fawara chok, Comeitee chok, Cenema chok, Pakistan chok, Basal chok, Haideri Chok, Allama iqbal chok and Kashmir chok.
Apart from the choks, Attock has nice traditional bazars, There is Moti Bazar, Main bazar, Meena bazar, Sarafa bazar, Sabzi mandi and Pleader line.
Attock has some good parks too, There is Railway Park which is now known as Isfandyar bukhari railway park, Jinnah park, Cantonment board children park, there is another park in Mehria town Attock too. Railway Park is near the railway station of Attock, this park has an old Engine placed inside for public viewing, you will also see a fight plane placed there, this park is not well maintained, although at night time third party swings are there for entertainment of kids. Jinnah park on the other hand is very calm and quite place, you can walk there, enjoy the greenery and trees and fountain which is no more workng. There is also a small park for your kids to enjoy.
From ancient buildings there is an old Siray, on its front plate its written ” RAEES KHANA DISTRICT ATTOCK, CAMPBELLPUT, ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION IN MEMORY OF HER MAGESTY QUEEN VICTORIA EMPRESS OF INDIA, 1907″. It was built in 1907 and according to locals it remained operation till early 1990s. It has broken down a lot, its boundary wall is no more, Goverment should either procure it and save it and make it useful, may be make it a museum, if not then it should be removed and use for something useful. These days its only full of litter and Cannabis addictive people you see there.
Coming to foods let me list down few of the food items that you should try:
Punjab hotel Nashta
Punjab hotel in Attok city, Not many people know of this place but it has great Paye and channay comparing to options avaialable in Attock. Its right up there with the standards like others, its a small place with a very polight and humble owner. For nastha they have Nihari, Paye, Channay, Naan (roghni and simple) and tea. If you are in the area, you should try them, it opens up around 07 AM in summer, its located near Madni chowk, not that far from Railway Park either, you can easily find it on google maps, locals know it too so its not that much of hassel finding it. They do server lunch and dinner with different kinds of sabzi, daal and meat but I have not tried that, but I definitely will soon.
Maghaz fry from BismILLAH hotel
I have heard this from quite a few people about special Maghaz Fry from BismILLAH hotel, its located on Dhok Fateh raod, it was a hot day in summer. We reached there and ask for a Maghaz fry, you can see the cooking experience in the video attached. They use onions, tomatoes, green chili, oil, eggs and Maghaz to cook this on high flame in small karahi. They server it with fresh tandori roti and raita. Only problem I found was that there was bit more eggs then my liking, other then that it was awesome.
Azad chat wala is famous for his Channa chat, this chat has dahi bhalay in it as well, its a nice creamy chat, so if you are into chats, dahi bhalay , you should visit him for quick snack.
Attock is also quite famous for its ice-cream, “Masoodi ice-cream” is an old shop that is running for some time now, its stored in typical old style steel drums, it has more of an ice flower along with it, which was also there in our old ice creams. So if you want to try that old style ice cream give it a try, its available in multiple flavours.
Lahore Chat or Billu chat
I think the most famous food item in Attock is Lahore chat also known as Billu Chat, they have been here for long time, they started with a small thela and now they have there own building MashaALLAH, there chat is full of dry fruit and ice-cream along with other ingredients, you will find it fulfilling, its located on Choi road after phatak. They have other items that include chana chat and icecream and both are good, they are most famous for there fruit chat though.