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<ul><li><p>8/3/2019 A Trip to Shahdra</p><p> 1/10</p><p>Shahdra: Here we come again! Page 1</p><p>Shahdra: Here we come again!</p><p>(Coordinates: 3346'48''N 7310'17''E)</p><p>(Shaikh Muhammad Ali)</p><p>3D Google Map of the Shahdra Picnic spot: Elevation 2,415 Feet</p><p>I hike mountains to travel, to experiment, toreconnect with God Almighty, people and the</p><p>world. I like to travel on a journey throughtime and space, through past and present,sometimes in search of myself and mostly</p><p>GodPaulo Coelho</p></li><li><p>8/3/2019 A Trip to Shahdra</p><p> 2/10</p><p>Shahdra: Here we come again! Page 2</p><p>Overview:</p><p>On my date of birth i.e. 25.12.1964, I was the 3,301,364,653rd person on the</p><p>planet earth. This population data is based on estimates by the UN Population</p><p>Division where all calculations are provided by theUN Population Fund.</p><p>Although this is definitely not the subject of my article today but I just felt like</p><p>mentioning it to show that we need to somehow arrest the population explosion</p><p>since the world has recently seen the birth of the 7 billionth child who was born a</p><p>few weeks ago inPhilippines.</p><p>Although I have been 5 times in four years to the Shahdra Picnic point but</p><p>somehow never got to write about it. When I went there again yesterday i.e. 10th</p><p>Dec. 2011, I decided that it was high time that I should write about it and share</p><p>the details of the trip with my lovely international audience which has grown to</p><p>some 27,734 people all across the five continents.</p><p>I logged onto theInternetto see as to what has been written about it but was</p><p>hurt to see that although there are some pictures available onFlickretc. on this</p><p>picnic spot but the NET is generally silent on the subject and even there is no</p><p>reference onWikipediaon the same. This has forced me more to write about this</p><p>beautiful valley tucked away in theMargalla Hillsin the vicinity of Kot Hatyal</p><p>Village inIslamabadclose to theQuad-e-Azam Universityon the way to Bara</p><p>Kahu en-route toMurreeRoad.</p><p>(An indicator on the Murree Road which guides you towards the Picnic spot)</p>http://www.unfpa.org/public/http://www.unfpa.org/public/http://www.unfpa.org/public/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippineshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippineshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippineshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internethttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internethttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internethttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flickrhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flickrhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flickrhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipediahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipediahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipediahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margalla_Hillshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margalla_Hillshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margalla_Hillshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamabadhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamabadhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamabadhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quaid-i-Azam_Universityhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quaid-i-Azam_Universityhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quaid-i-Azam_Universityhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murreehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murreehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murreehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murreehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quaid-i-Azam_Universityhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamabadhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margalla_Hillshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipediahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flickrhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internethttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippineshttp://www.unfpa.org/public/</li><li><p>8/3/2019 A Trip to Shahdra</p><p> 3/10</p><p>Shahdra: Here we come again! Page 3</p><p>The first time I learnt about this spot was in March 2007 from some friends and</p><p>askedIqbal Hussaina colleague and a family friend atHECto accompany us to</p><p>the place on 18.03.2007.</p><p>(Picture taken in Dec 2011 which shows a lot of development in the area)</p><p>Iqbal being single at that time loved to join us on such expeditions and was a</p><p>wonderful company.</p><p>(Iqbal playing with little Ayesha on 18.03.2007)</p><p>He cared about my children as if he was their real uncle and to date he does</p><p>not forget to call them off and on and especially on their birthdays while being</p><p>on a study leave from work in Birmingham, UK. He is married now and has a cute</p><p>little son of his own.</p>http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000418875643&amp;ref=tshttp://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000418875643&amp;ref=tshttp://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000418875643&amp;ref=tshttp://www.hec.gov.pk/Pages/main.aspxhttp://www.hec.gov.pk/Pages/main.aspxhttp://www.hec.gov.pk/Pages/main.aspxhttp://www.hec.gov.pk/Pages/main.aspxhttp://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000418875643&amp;ref=ts</li><li><p>8/3/2019 A Trip to Shahdra</p><p> 4/10</p><p>Shahdra: Here we come again! Page 4</p><p>(WhenMirza Ghalibwas much younger in March 2007)</p><p>We went there after having a late breakfast on a sleepy Sunday and enjoyed</p><p>the serenity of this yet another beautiful valley in the mysteriousMargalla Hills.</p><p>(My little ones enjoying with Baal Uncle)</p><p>The specialty of the place isChaiandPakoraswhich we had as brunch and</p><p>thoroughly enjoyed the gushing stream of water which is the main source of</p><p>attraction of this picnic spot.</p>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirza_Ghalibhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirza_Ghalibhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirza_Ghalibhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margalla_Hillshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margalla_Hillshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margalla_Hillshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaihttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaihttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaihttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakorahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakorahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakorahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakorahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaihttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margalla_Hillshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirza_Ghalib</li><li><p>8/3/2019 A Trip to Shahdra</p><p> 5/10</p><p>Shahdra: Here we come again! Page 5</p><p>(Mr. and Mrs. Shaikh with Ayesha and Mohsin at the back)</p><p>The second time I visited the place was on 27.06.2008 when I took my sisters</p><p>family there who was on a trip fromKarachi.</p><p>(With my younger sister and her three children)</p><p>Since the car could not house the entire battalion of my family and her children,</p><p>my wife stayed back and I brought my Sister, her children and mine to the</p><p>picnic spot.</p>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karachihttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karachihttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karachihttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karachi</li><li><p>8/3/2019 A Trip to Shahdra</p><p> 6/10</p><p>Shahdra: Here we come again! Page 6</p><p>(A new Tuck shop which has recently opened)</p><p>The next time around that I was here was on the 25th of July 2008 with my out-</p><p>laws (Oops In-laws) I mean. Sabeens eldest sister, her family and her brother i.e.</p><p>Syed Farhan Hussain Qadriwere visiting and thus they rented cars and I brought</p><p>the entire battalion to the same picnic spot.</p><p>(Sabeen with her sister and brothers family enjoying the evening in the stream)</p><p>This time around the stream was in full swing and the water was gushing at its full</p><p>splendor. On top of that, within a short while that we were here, it started raining</p><p>and we had to move out of the stream since the water level was rising fast and</p><p>because of the young children with us and the chill in the weather, we had to</p><p>take refuge under the shades of the nearby kiosk and then decided to leave for</p><p>home early since the rain just refused to behave.</p>http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/Capt.SyedFarhanHussainhttp://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/Capt.SyedFarhanHussainhttp://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/Capt.SyedFarhanHussain</li><li><p>8/3/2019 A Trip to Shahdra</p><p> 7/10</p><p>Shahdra: Here we come again! Page 7</p><p>(A new marker which has been erected since our last trip here)</p><p>The 4th time around when we came here was on 23rd July 2011. Surprisingly,</p><p>whenever we visit here, the level of water changes and this is indeed the beautyof the spot.</p><p>(Sabeen and myself waiting for our order while the children are out frolicking)</p><p>We have also noticed that the rush of visitors to this place is increasing</p><p>exponentially. Although there is no mention of this picnic spot on the Internet but</p><p>it seems word of mouth marketing is doing the trick. For some strange reason</p><p>Capital Development Authority(CDA) had turned a blind eye to develop thisbeautiful resort and had hardly done anything to uplift this picnic spot till July</p><p>2011.</p><p>Luckily, the 5th time that we visited the place i.e. on 10th Dec. 2011; I was relieved</p><p>to see this new marker which seems to have just been erected by CDA.</p>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_Development_Authorityhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_Development_Authorityhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_Development_Authority</li><li><p>8/3/2019 A Trip to Shahdra</p><p> 8/10</p><p>Shahdra: Here we come again! Page 8</p><p>(A marker that has recently been placed by CDA)</p><p>Since the weather had turned slightly chilly in December, the stream also hadslowed down while there were hardly any visitors; we thus had the place almost</p><p>to ourselves.</p><p>(Mohsin &amp; Ayesha with their usual mischief)</p><p>The children got a lot of space to frolic around while Sabeen had cooked her</p><p>famous Chicken Karahi and we feasted on the late lunch next to the stream.</p>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karahihttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karahihttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karahihttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karahi</li><li><p>8/3/2019 A Trip to Shahdra</p><p> 9/10</p><p>Shahdra: Here we come again! Page 9</p><p>(Adil and Mamma enjoying their late lunch)</p><p>After having lunch and enjoying thePakoras, we ended up having tea while thechildren got some half hour to play since it was getting chilly and we had to</p><p>move back since the children also had to prepare for their monthly exam.</p><p>(Adilposing for his Facebook profile)</p><p>As soon as we got done with the tea ceremony, we called it a day and the</p><p>children were asked to get their act together so that we could have rushed</p><p>home. The children were in no mood to quit so early but they were not givenmuch choice and were asked to pack up on the premise that of course we will</p><p>come here for the 6th time probably in next spring.</p>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakorahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakorahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakorahttp://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=100001283393997http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=100001283393997http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=100001283393997http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=100001283393997http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakora</li><li><p>8/3/2019 A Trip to Shahdra</p><p> 10/10</p><p>Shahdra: Here we come again! Page 10</p><p>(The parting picture)</p><p>Sabeen packed the picnic basket and we started our return journey around4:30 p.m. and were safely home before the Maghreb prayers which take place</p><p>around 5:07 p.m. these days.</p><p>Shaikh Muhammed Ali</p><p>The Wandering DervishE-mail:dushkashaikh@gmail.com</p><p>Cell: +00-92-321-5072996</p><p>11th December 2011, 10:23 p.m. (PST)</p>http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=554425819http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=554425819mailto:dushkashaikh@gmail.commailto:dushkashaikh@gmail.commailto:dushkashaikh@gmail.commailto:dushkashaikh@gmail.comhttp://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=554425819</li></ul>