I’ve seen places okay. And I’ve seen some considerably dirty places. But nothing beats the horror that is Murree.
As you probably know, coming to Murree was never part of our plan. We were forced to visit this “popular” destination before we went on to bigger adventures in the north (which never happened). But going to Murree was an adventure in itself…for all the wrong reasons.
Most of the Pakistanis I know have already visited Murree so this post may not be that useful for them. But I think everyone who hasn’t been there deserves to have a day or two or three of their precious lives saved.
I can’t even begin to describe how human population had overpowered nature in that town. I couldn’t admire any of the so-called landscapes because there were just so many people. This picture here is on the way back from the famous Kashmir Point in Murree. Wish I captured the moving cars that also drove on the same road.
Crowded is okay, overcrowded is also okay – chaotic is not. I’ve been to the Vatican City and despite it being one of the world’s most visited places, there was a system. Murree, on the other hand, was the exact opposite. People everywhere, walking in every direction, stopping wherever they want, peeing wherever they want (can’t unsee that). Something else I was wondering – do people not need to take licenses to start businesses in the middle of a road? How is this such a popular tourist attraction with this level of disorganization?
International tourists stand out too much
I almost want to curse the three people who told us it was okay to wear whatever you want in Murree because it’s a tourist place. LIES. Everyone was GAWKING. And not just at us, even my dad and my brother. Exactly why they were doing that is a mystery I don’t wish to solve.
Roads are not developed
So like everything else in Pakistan – there is the super fancy ~express highway that you pay to use. It has two lanes and is well-maintained. Then there is the poor man’s highway that was apparently made by the British and forgotten by the Pakistanis. We took both and I must say life is really unfair for majority of the people in Pakistan.
The environmentalist in me was cringing every time I saw plastic materials in the valleys that animals were grazing in. I’ve been to Sri Lanka, which is technically the same economic level as Pakistan and never did I come across a plastic bottle in the wild. So painful – nature doesn’t deserve this.
This might get political but I’m just really sad that such a beautiful place has become a national trash can. Obviously the governments play a big role in maintaining a country’s natural beauty but if the people don’t care, then it’s never going to happen. There were bins but people chose to throw things in the trees. WHY?
Overall, Murree exceeded my expectations in all aspects – the landscapes were more beautiful than I had imagined but then humans had also destroyed it a lot more than I had thought.
Bye must rinse brain to forget this.