Attock Fort built during the reign of Akbar between 1581 to 1583, will be turned into a tourist destination for the promotion of tourism. The fort was built in the Mughal era.
Under the multi-million Punjab Tourism for Economic Growth project, launched in collaboration with the World Bank.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Tourism and Overseas Pakistanis Syed Zulfikar Bukhari along with officials from the World Bank visited the fort to finalize the plan. The departments of archaeology and tourism were also with them.
According to the plan, the infrastructure will be improved in six different tourist spots of the province under the project.
The historical fort, located along the bank of the Indus River. This is the first time, the fort will be open for the general public. Earlier, the fort was used for strategic purposes.
Mr. Bukhari said tourist facilities like boarding and lodging would be provided at the site. Adding that as it stood so close to major cities including Islamabad, Rawalpindi, and Peshawar, the fort could serve as an ideal place for domestic travelers to stop by.
Other Projects to promote tourism
The government is working hard to promote tourism in Pakistan. Besides Attock fort, there are several projects pipeline for the purpose to boost the economy by tourism.
To rejuvenate tourism in the province, the KP government has decided to build picnic spots at small dams all over the province.
Initially, the Government decides to develop picnic points at 5 dams. Which includes Kundar Dam in Swabi, Jalozai Dam in Nowshera, Tanda Dam in Kohat, Chattri Dam in Haripur, and Jhangra Dam in Abbottabad. According to details, tourists will be accorded with a wide range of facilities. Which includes open cooking, solar power, sport fishing, restaurants, and parking.
Moreover, National Tourism Coordination Board (NTCB) announce the launch of a project called “Brand Pakistan”.
NTCL has formulated a detailed and comprehensive policy on tourism for ten years i.e. 2020 to 2030 along with a five-year ‘action plan’ for the said sector.
Further, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Culture and Tourism Authority has decided to open up eight new tourist zones in the northern province.
The eight identified ‘eco-friendly’ locations for the establishment of said zones include:
the Munawar valley in Mansehra, Kalash valley in Lower Chitral, Shahi, and Bin Shahi in Lower Dir, Marggoz Dak Sar in Buner, Elm in Buner, and Mahabanrr in Buner and Sereen and Jarogudra in Swat.
The new tourist zones would not only boost the country’s tourism sector but would also ease the burden on the existing tourist spots. Moreover, these will also serve to provide employment opportunities to the people of Pakistan.
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