People visiting hot spring of Garamchashma in chilly weather
CHITRAL: The number of people visiting Garam Chashma for taking
a bath in its hot spring did not decrease despite the chilly
weather of the town which has received many feet of snow and the
temperature is below the freezing point.
The beautiful village of the sub-valley Lotkoh has been named as
Garam Chashma (hot spring) and is the second tourist resort after
the Kalash valleys in Chitral due to its superb natural beauty.
In the extremely cold winter, one may dread to jump into a swimming
pool to remain there for an hour but in Garam Chashma, it is a
common practice as the temperature of the pool water tends to the
The government has constructed a number of public bath rooms in the
vicinity of the spring free of cost while the water has also been
carried to the bath rooms of hotels where open swimming pools have
The water is believed to have healing affect for the patients of
skin diseases and disorders of bone joints of the human body for
which people from different parts of the country thronged here in
The visitors said that there is no specific season for taking bath
in the spring but in the winter season, the road to the town turns
slippery as it receives snow and is hit by the the snow avalanches
from the hill tops.
One Ashraf Gul from Drosh village said that he was there with his
family members for the last two days as his wife was convalescing
from the disease of joint disorder by repeatedly taking bath.
He added that he got his wife treated in the hospitals of not only
in Peshawar and Islamabad but from Karachi as well but without any
affect and someone advised him to try the hot bath here.
A local medical practitioner Dr. Aftab Nabi, however, said that
medically, the healing affect of the hot water cannot be explained
based on logics.
He said that he knew a number of persons from his village suffering
from skin and joints ailments and got recovered by taking bath in
the hot water.
Regarding any negative affect of the hot bath, he said that no such
thing has ever been reported but one must be curious about its
temperature before taking bath as it is well above the boiling
temperature of water while gushing out of the source and cold water
needed to be mixed to moderate it.
The Garam Chashma town provided the tourists a two-pronged
opportunity of eco-tourism of the area and the bath in the hot
spring apart from trout fishing in the stream which is abundant of
The town is also known for the tomb of Shah Nasir Khusro, a sufi
saint who came here from Central Asia to preach Islam many
Garam Chashma is also the home of the cottage industry of Chitrali
patti (coarse cloth made of the sheep wool) and the very name of
the cloth (Moghekan) has been derived from Mogh, one of its small
The area also produces potato on commercial scale since the last
two decades and the produce is supplied to the national market and
its gives yet another prospect of introducing Garam Chashma outside
The local people complained that department of tourism has yet to
explore Garam Chashma for attracting tourism to the picturesque