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2012 Apr by Veikko Huhtala*
We were planned to take a train from Karachi to Lahore, a capital of Punjab, but we were advised to take flight instead, because sometimes trains are going and sometimes not. Pakistanese railway system is not same as here in Europe.|
After three days stay in Karachi Lahore was like a paradise. Traffic was not so chaotik as there in Karachi ant they had even traffic lights over there.
First day we visited Lahore Museum of course, because Pakistanese want to show all of them. Next day in our program was a visit to Harappa town and its historical excavations.
On the way to north we stopped in small town called Murree, same name as Pakistanese beer. The
brewery is located in Rawalbindi, not in Murree.
After coming back from the north we stopped in Taxila historical place which is also UNESCO World Heritage Site. The last thing we saw in Punjab was Khewra salt mine, one of the main tourists attractions over there.
1989 Jan by Jorge Sanchez
From Islamabad I traveled to Rawalpindi, town that the locals know as Pindi, which is located in the province of Punjab. The next day I caught a train to Lahore with the intention to cross to India.|
I was following the historical Grand Trunk Road, from Kabul to Calcutta, across the cities of Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Amritsar, Delhi, etc.
In Lahore I learnt that the border between Pakistan and India is only open three days a month, the 2nd, 12nd, and the 22nd.
I have some days to wait in pleasant and historical Lahore that I used to visit its fortress and especially the Lahore Museum, along the Mall road, where I was very interested in watching the famous and impacting statue of Buddha subduing himself, also known as the Fasting Buddha.
I stayed in the dormitory of the YMCA, together with many other travelers anxious to cross to India. There were English, Germans, Italians, Japanese, and even Africans.
The border with India was beyond Lahore, in a small village called Wagah, where I waited for a couple of days for the border to be open and cross to Attari, in India, and from there will follow to Amritsar.
In Wagah, during the night, I noticed that some Bengalis (from Bangladesh) were trying to get through the border to Pakistan illegally, with the goal to migrate to the United Arab Emirates by boat from Karachi, but the Pakistani soldiers fired at them and every day there were some casualties. From my hostel I could hear the rifles shots and the cries of agony of some poor Bengalis, reached by the bullets.
Finally I crossed the border on foot and entered India.