“Jewel of southern Punjab”
In a Glimpse
Our beautiful country Pakistan is home to some of the world’s most stunning tourist attractions. Punjab province in Pakistan is also a land of incredible natural diversity. Fort Munro, one of Pakistan’s most beautiful hill stations, is one example that perfectly depicts the province’s natural diversity. The town is primarily populated by nomads known as “Legharis,” who are related to an ancient Balochi tribe.
So, let’s learn more about this natural wonderland, discovered in such a unique location in Punjab.
More about Fort Munro
Fort Munro, also known as ‘Tuman Leghari’, is a highland wonderland blanketed by beautiful green flora of Pine plants and bushes, peacefully lying in the foothills of the Koh-e-Sulaiman Mountain Range. The town was founded in the nineteenth century by Robert Groves Sandeman, a British Indian Army Officer, and was named after Colonel A. A. Munro. The hill station is 1,972 meters above sea level (6,470 feet).
Fort Munro is one of the coldest areas in the region, with snowfall on occasion, and is affectionately referred to by the locals as “Mini Murree.” Those who are unable to travel to Pakistan’s northern regions should visit this hill station in Punjab’s southern province. It attracts a great number of tourists, who generally come to escape the heat during the summer.
Camping, hiking, and trekking are popular visitor activities in this area.
Location of Fort Munro
Fort Munro is located 85 kilometers from Dera Ghazi Khan and is immediately connected to National Highway 70. To access the Fort Munro hill station, you must first travel to Dera Ghazi Khan. It will only take you around an hour or so to drive to Fort Munro in your car or by using one of the many reasonably priced coach services available. A state-of-the-art bridge is also being built on National Highway 70 in this rugged terrain, with the first phase now open.
This infrastructure project will provide a safer and more convenient road link for general and cargo traffic to one of Pakistan’s most famous hill stations once it is fully constructed and inaugurated. The bridge, which is now under construction, will be the world’s second-largest steel bridge.
Tourism in Fort Munro
Fort Munro is the highest point in the Koh-e-Suleman mountain range, with an elevation of nearly 6000 feet, and is commonly referred to be the “jewel” of southern Punjab. With its importance in the world of tourism in mind, the current government is working to turn it into a full-fledged tourist destination by adding features such as a cable car and chairlift system, as well as developing new infrastructure projects in the region and providing other basic amenities to visitors. A recent cleaning operation was also carried out in the region.
Aside from that, there is a lovely natural lake in the area, which also serves as the source of the majority of the region’s potable water. Deputy Commissioner House/Munro Lodge, ruins of an ancient fort, a regional court, Commissioner House, and a ruined cemetery from the British era are also notable attractions in the vicinity.
Places to Stay near Fort Munro
As Pakistan’s hill station of Fort Munro has become a popular tourist attraction, you can easily locate a variety of hotels in the region. Room costs for places to stay near Fort Munro start from Pkr 1,000 per night.
Royal Hotel, Fort View Guest House, and Agosh Hotel are some of the most popular places to stay near Fort Munro. As the weather in this area is chilly all year, you should bring winter clothing with you when visiting this hill station.
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