UMTOs’ Trip to Katas Raj Temples and Khewra Salt Mine

Director PR, Media & RD, Mr. Shaikh Muhammad Ali, Director Event Management, Brig (Retd) Syed Azhar-ul-Hassan Shah, Assistant Director Resource Development, Ms. Mariam Mustafa along with the University Management Trainees (UMTs) and NUMS’ employees visited Katas Raj Temples and Khewra Salt Mine on 7th April 2018.

Katas Raj, one of the popular tourist place among the people of Pakistan, is located about 16kms from Kallar Kahar in District Chakwal. The visitors were warmly welcomed by Mr. Muhammad Shakeel (Guide) who presented a brief introduction of the temples. He led the delegation to the Shiva Temple, Hari Singh Nalwa Fort, Haveli, Haruman Temple, Ramachandra Temple and the Sacred Pond, briefing at every step about the historical significance of the respective places.

NUMS’ contingent then left for Khewra Salt Mines. They first arrived at Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation (PMDC) guesthouse, where tea was served. The visitors headed for the salt mine, which was only 10 minutes away from the guesthouse. The world’s second largest, and Pakistan’s oldest and largest salt mine produces over 350,000 tons of salt per year and attracts around 250,000 to 300,000 visitors each year. They travel from all over the country and abroad to experience the exquisite, multicolored and brilliantly lit tunnels.

The train took the delegation inside the tunnel at a place known as Chandni Chowk and from there, the journey was on foot accompanied by a professional guide. The guide led the visitors to a number of attractions, including carved replicas of notable monuments including Minar-e-Pakistan, Shahi Mosque of Lahore, Mall Road of Murree, Great Wall of China, Pul-Saraat, and Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors). Furthermore, naturally formed replica of the distinguished Chagai Hill, brine ponds and a hospital made of colored salt bricks were other prominent fascinations.

The visitors headed back to PMDC guesthouse and lunch was served, followed by tea. A final group photograph was taken at the guesthouse, the group left for NUMS. It was a much needed and an eventful outing for the UMTs. They were very grateful to all the organisers, particularly Director Event Management, Brig (Retd) Syed Azhar-ul-Hassan Shah and his team. Brig Azhar thanked the UMTs and the employees for their collaboration throughout, which helped them arrange such a memorable trip.