Gorakh Hill Top
|Elevation||1,734 m (5,689 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+5 (PST)|
Gorakh (Sindhi: گورک), (Urdu: گورکھ) is a Hill Station of Sindh, Pakistan. 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.
The name Gorakh is derived from the Sindhi language in which, word "Gorakhnath" refers to a popular Hindu preacher associated with the deity Shiva and that Balochi language word "Gurkh" is later dialectic adaptation of Sindhi language word Gorakh.
Different opinions have been given about the history and origin of the hill station. It is said that the medieval Hindu saint, Gorakhnath, had extensively wandered in hills and the region. According to Nandu, an authority on Sanskrit, Gorakh is a Sanskrit word which means "shepherding of sheep, cow and goat, etc."
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.
Gorakh Hill Station is famous for its nightlife, specially Bonfire setup.
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.
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- 1998 district census report. Population Census Organisation, Statistics Division, Govt. of Pakistan. 1999. p. xiv.