Fort Manro, A beauty in Beauty

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Northern hilly areas of Pakistan are famous but when it comes to Punjab, Fort Manro is a beautiful hilly area in southern part of Punjab, in the Sulaiman Mountain Range expanded 280 miles, parting the khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab from Balochistan. It`s height is 6,470 feet above the sea level. It is situated 185 kilometres from Multan and around 85 kilometers from Dera Ghazi Khan City, a lovely, delightful and attractive place for short stay during summer season.

Fort Manro is a hill station; the town was founded by British government by Sir Robert Sandeman in 19th century and named it after Colonel Munro, as Fort Manor. The term ‘fort’ seemed somewhat exaggerated since the town looks more like a peaceful hill resort with gardens and orchards rather than a military outpost. The place was the centre of residence for the British officials and now, many tribal chiefs of different tribes of Balochistan and a few government officials prefer to spend their summer vacations in Fort Manro. The people are bilingual, they speak Balochi and Saraiki. Fort Manro has its own traditional music known as Nurr and traditional dance is known is Jhumar.

Fort Manro is obscured as a real tourist spot of the Punjab; it is also not as popular as Murree for it being quite far off from major cities such as Multan amid difficult mountains. Nevertheless it still attracts a number of tourists. In the future Fort Manro will be a famous picnic spot in the southern part of Punjab as Murree in northern part, because Punjab Government has decided to spend more than 700 million on facilities project, a cable car is one of them.

In the near future Fort Manro will be among the famous international picnic spots of Pakistan but there is still need of its advertisement to tell the beauty of the place, especially at national level.

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