It is usually observed that the tourists from Sindh side find it difficult to visit the northern areas of Pakistan because they have to change the bus at many places. Either they can take the Daewoo or the train.
Daewoo bus service takes people to the northern areas, but Abbottabad is its last terminal, and you have to hire a taxi or a Hiace wagon to visit the far off places like Mansehra, Gilgit etc. If you are traveling by train, Havelian is the last railway station.
Changing the buses at various places is a very tiring procedure and it also destroys all the fun and excitement. The price of hiring a private transport for northern areas is also very high. The buses by the Northern Areas Transport Corporation (NATCO) travel from Rawalpindi to Gilgit and the fare is Rs. 1800/-
For the people who cannot afford the heavy fares of buses and taxis, Pakistan Railway is planning to lay a railway track between Pakistan and Pak-China border.
According to the sources, Ministry of Railways is working on a proposed railway line between Havelian and Khunjerab (Pak-China border).
After the completion of this project, people from all over Pakistan will be able to visit northern areas through the train.
Cities between Havelian and Pak-China border
Famous cities which are expected to be covered by the railway line between Havelian and Khunjerab include Abbottabad, Mansehra, Hunza, Muzaffarabad, Chilas, Besham, Battagram, Dasu and Gilgit.
For our readers’ pleasure, let us explain that there is a Sacred Rock in Hunza, which was once a place of protection for the Buddhist community. The rock is a center of attraction in Hunza and tourists from all over the world visit this place.
Pakistan is currently carrying out a feasibility study for establishing a rail link with China to enhance the business alliance with this country, and the work on this new railway line will begin upon the completion of the feasibility report. The project is a part of Pak-China Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Currently, Havelian is the last railway station in the northern areas, but this new railway line will connect Havelian with Khunjerab (Pak-China border), covering the distance of about 588 KM.