Attock Khurd Train Station
Attock Khurd Train Station Reviews
A little touristy station in PAkistan May 13, 2012
Perpetually emanating grandeur, couched on the hillocks of Kala-Chitta range at the northern fringe of Punjab, on the bank of Indus River, is the magnificent Attock Fort where once camped the Moghal armies. Fort was completed in 1583 under the supervision of Khawaja Shamsuddin Khawafi, a minister of Emperor Akbar. Place is Attock Khurd and few furlong away lies the La Exotica : 122 years old, long forgotten, British era Railway Station. Right in the heart of Kala-Chitta Mountains with River Indus by the side this beautiful architectural wonder caught by me on the recommendation of "Bash Adventure Pakistan". It was April, 2012 and it was beautiful insane and in the rain that we decided to travel on the road that leads beyond the fort.With Indus on one side, itinerary snaked between the dilapidated fort walls and keekar trees. En route we passed by a village "Malahi Taula" on river bank and a beautiful old Mosque(named as Barli Masjid) at roadside. Soon we had in sight the grand girder of Old bridge and a lone date tree.Ragged Kala-Chittas and the gushing Indus water add beauty and color to this unique Railway Station . Wooden Benches,Benches that sooth the agony of 'Wait', on the stone slab platform with Victorian station building in the backdrop is a romantic sight to behold.
Magnificent stone masonry structure with beautiful Victorian architecture was built in 1885 in the days of British Raj.The Attock Khurd is a class "B" station on a single track provided with standard key interlocking. Besides the station lies the old Attock bridge, which was originally designed by Sir Gudford Molesworth in 1880. Later its structure was redesigned and erected by Sir Francis O Callaghan.Renowned British builders Joseph Westwood and Robert Baillie, of the Westwood Baillie & Co, London, built the iron girder bridge in 1880 and it was opened to both rail and road traffic on May 24, 1883.It happens to be the last Railway Station of Punjab before Khyber Pk begins.With double-pitched slanting roof and a beautiful tri-arcade portico , station gives a genuine look of a doll-house placed in the wilderness. Portico consists of stone pillars which carry the skewbacks that in turn support finely tapered arches.
Resort served as fishing point and black Partridge hunting ground for Britishers. Bridge on the river is multi-purpose: overhead passes the Train and underneath is the path for wheelers and pedestrians. I hope the tourism department soon gets awake from the slumber and makes some endeavors to make it a lush-green resort.
Courtesy Atiq Buzdar
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