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  February 03, 2017



People visiting hot spring of Garamchashma in chilly weather

By Zahiruddin

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 boiling point.

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 been erected.

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 large number.

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 species.

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 centuries ago.

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 hamlets.

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 district.

The local people complained that department of tourism has yet to explore Garam Chashma for attracting tourism to the picturesque valley.


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