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Golra Shareef

MAUSOLEUM

The township of Golra is situated at the foot of the Margalla Hills at a distance of about 11 miles form Rawalpindi city and to reach it take the Peshawar Road from Zero Point and turn right after 11 koilmetres (Seven miles) at the second roundabout the shrine is at the end of the road, close to the margalla Hills, in the centre of sector E-11 Islamabad , Federal Capital of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Golra Sharif is another important shrine in the Islamabad area. It is the home of a living pir, or hereditary religious leader. Shah decided to settle here, Golra was the headquarters of the Sikh sub divisional officer. Earlier, this area had been ruled by the Afghans, but on the death of Ahmad Shah Abdali towards the end of the 18th century, Ranjit Singh, the Afghan-appointed governor of the Punjab Province, declared his independence, and annexed the Golra area also into his domain.

About a million pilgrims visit Golra Sharif every year. The present pir is the grandson of the dynasty’s founder, Hazrat Mehr Ali Shah, who lived early this century and was a mystic poet and religious scholar who performed miracles. He was also renowned for having a beautiful melodious voice. As is usual at Muslim shrines, pilgrims are accommodated free for up to a week in the caravanserais that surround the mausoleums of the former pirs, and free meals are also provided. The tombs themselves are not exceptional, but for those interest in the cultural traditions of Paksitan, a visit to Golra Sharif is well worthwhile.

Golra Sharif Railway station is situated on Golra Road in Golra Sharif town. The station was established in 1882 during the British rule. It is an important junction of Pakistan Railways to link Peshawar, Kohat, Havelian and Multan. Now its get more importance due to its Railways Heritage Museum.

WHAT IS AROUND

  • Sector F-11
  • Sector E-11
  • Margalla Avenue

NEARBY TOURIST SITES

WHEN TO GO

At 620 metres (1700 feet) above sea level, Islamabad is at its best from October to April, when the days are crisp and cool, and the nights are cold. Spring is short, but the flowers in March are a riot of colour. The hottest months are May and June, before the monsoon, but even then the climate is usually not oppressive, and you can always escape to the hills. 2250 metres (7400 feet) above sea level.

HOW TO REACH

Islamabad and Rawapindi share an airport, the rawapindi City and Rawalpindi Cantonment railway stand, General Bus Stand, Pir Wadhi, Faizabad Bus Stand, Daewoo Bus stand Motorway Chowk, Faisal Mover Motorway Chowk and G-9 Karachi company Bus Stand.

It is 292.9 kilometres (182 miles) from Lahore (6 hours 30min) and 172.8 kilometres (108 Miles) from Peshawar (3 Hours 30min) on the Grand Trunk Road (Nation Highway G.T. Road) and 382.6 kilometres (287.7 miles) from Lahore (4Hours 30min) and 185.7 Kilometres (116 Miles) from Peshawar (2 Hours 30min) on the Motorway/AH1.

FROM OUTSIDE

Skyways, Niazi Express, Faisal Mover, Daewoo, Airport, Train

WITHIN THE CITY

Taxi, Car, Mini Busses, Route No,  120 (Bari Iman, Aabpara Market, Karachi Company, F-10 Markaza and Golra Sharif)

ON BOOKED TRANSPORT

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WHERE TO SHOP

MARKETS

Golra Sharif Bazar, E-11 Markaz, F-11 Markaz, G-11 Markaz 

MALLS

Nills

WHERE TO EAT / STAY

Hotels / Motels / Resorts / Restaurants

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HOSPITALS:        
    PIMS, Islamabad:   G-8, 051-9261170
    Poly Clinic:   Shaheed-e-Millat Road, Islamabad. 051-9218300
         
AMBULANCE:        
    Rescue 1122:   1122, 0344 9597384
    Edhi Foundation:    115, (051) 2353374
         
USEFUL ADDRESSES        
    Tourist Information Centre:   Sports Complex Islamabad. 051-9208949
    AP Tourist Information Center:   F-10 Markaz, Islamabad. 0322-2881992, 051-8732529
    CDA:    Khayeban-e-Suhrwardy, Islamabad. 051-9253001
    MCI:   Islamabad. 051-9211555
    Passport Office:   Mauve Road, G-8/1, Islamabad. 051-9107220

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