Gorakh Hill

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Coordinates: 26°51′37.10″N 67°9′6.61″E / 26.8603056°N 67.1518361°E / 26.8603056; 67.1518361

Gorakh Hill Station
Sindhi: گورک هل اسٽيشن
Gorakh Hill Top 1.JPG
Nickname(s): Gorakh
Country  Pakistan
Province Sindh
District Dadu
Elevation 1,734 m (5,689 ft)
Time zone PST (UTC+5)

Gorakh (Sindhi: گورک‎), (Urdu: گورکھ‎) is a Hill Station of Sindh, Pakistan.[1] It is situated at an elevation of 5,689 ft (1,734 m) in the Kirthar Mountains, 94 kilometres (58 mi) northwest of Dadu city.

Etymology[edit]

The name Gorakh is derived from the Brahvi language in which, word "Gurgh" means Wolf ... that Balochi language word "Gurkh" is later dialectic adaptation of Brahvi language word Gurgh, meaning wolf.[2]

History[edit]

Different opinions have been given about the history and origin of the hill station. It is said that the great medieval saint, Sri Gorakhnath Ji, had extensively wandered in hills and the region. That is why, many places are named after him. He wielded tremendous influence on people across all sects, castes, professions and classes. Such was his yogic power. According to Nandu, an authority on Sanskrit, Gorakh is a Sanskrit word which means "shepherding of sheep, cow and goat, etc.". This relates to herding in particularly difficult terrain and intricate pastures which makes practical sense, because, local tribesmen do take their flocks to Gorakh Hill for summer grazing.[3]

Geography[edit]

Gorakh Hill Station is situated on one of the highest plateaus of Sindh, spread over 2,500 acres (10 km2) of land. It is very attractive to nature-lovers owing to its temperate weather and beautiful surroundings.

Climate[edit]

Gorakh's elevation gives it a special climate, with sub-zero temperatures during winter and generally below 20 °C in summer, with about 120 mm of average annual rainfall. The Government of Sindh is in the process of constructing a new road from Dadu to Gorakh Hill. There is a new rest house for visitors on the hill. Tourists can arrange their own transport from Sehwan Sharif to the hill station.[4][5] In 2013, Rafiq Ahmed Jamali became the chairman of Gorakh Hill station development authority.

See also[edit]

Bado Hill Station

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sind Quarterly. Mazhar Yusuf. 1996. p. 26. 
  2. ^ Gorakh Hill
  3. ^ http://nation.com.pk/blogs/01-Aug-2015/gorakh-hills-development-authority-s-inability-to-polish-sindh-s-best-hill-station-is-costing-us
  4. ^ Sind University Research Journal: science series. Faculty of Science, University of Sind. 2008. p. 90. 
  5. ^ 1998 district census report. Population Census Organisation, Statistics Division, Govt. of Pakistan. 1999. p. xiv.