Archaeologies

Gudai PWD Rest House

Skardu Valley

The building is a manifestation of the colonial architectural aesthetic, and is a peaceful and well-furnished facility for tourists in Astore.

Name: Gudai PWD Rest House

Period /Age: British Era, 90 years old

Location: Gudai, Astore

Ownership: Government

Legal Status: Protected Cultural Heritage

Type: Colonial Building (Residential)

Resource Person/Reference: Mehboob (in-charge rest house), Walayat (local resident)

Significance: The building is a manifestation of the colonial architectural aesthetic, and is a peaceful and well-furnished facility for tourists in Astore.

 

Site Description

Located on the main Astore Road in Gudai village, PWD (Public Works Department, Government of Pakistan) Rest House was constructed during the colonial era. The building consists of three bedrooms and a dining hall (added later to the main structure by PWD). Originally, the bedrooms were built with mud and stone, while bricks were used to construct the dining hall, which was also given a wooden ceiling. The rectangular verandah has nine wooden pillars. Fireplaces were built in all three bedrooms.

Salient Features

The most notable part of the rest house is the long verandah, consisting of twenty five wooden beams supported by nine wooden pillars.

State of Conservation

This historic building is well-kept and surrounded by exceptional natural beauty.

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