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Coffee Indulgence!

It is time for January, February and then April and sorely winters will be gone. Anyways, we still have plenty of winter days and nights left to make it last longer before the summers start. There are many things that makes winter warmth more perfect. But, the only thing that comes into our mind while thinking winter season is ‘Coffee’. One of the most enthralling essential, to start your day off with it or your nights. It is the perfect therapy in winters to bring out the best in you, stimulates your productivity, and make your vision straight and creative!

 

In winters it is a much needed item for coffee addicts. Whether you enjoy your coffee thick, light, creamy or frothy, it does not matter. Because it’s a famous saying, “ a bad cup of coffee is still better than no coffee”.  Once you start drinking coffee, it completely take over. Obviously, there is no in-between, either you’re a coffee addict or you’re not. So, for all those coffee enthusiasts, its that time of winters, where you can enjoy your coffee while staying in Bahria Town.

Bahria Town has a weak game to provide best and leading names of coffee brands for its residents yet. Certainly, when it comes to cafes and coffee rooms, Bahria Town have very bounded choices as compared to DHA or Gulberg. In city Lahore, we can effortlessly find out many top-tier names for coffee shops. Like, Gloria Jeans, Mocca Coffee, Second Cup, Cinnabon, Expresso, CTC, Butlers Chocolate Cafe etc, a never-ending list of Cafes, that I couldn’t write all of the names here. Well, for the time being in Bahria Town, the availability of coffee options are just like, few drops in an ocean and you have to muddle through the limited coffee options.

 

But, however, I’ve gathered a few names that are currently the only choices for us. Most residents are surely well-acquainted with these names.

 

Panini Cafe:

 

Bahria Grand Hotel & Resort in Bahria Town Lahore has three different restaurants and cafes including Golden Palm Restaurant, Cafe Grand, Panini Cafe and a separate In-Room dining. However, most of the residents are unfamiliar with the Panini Cafe. It is specially designed to cater the needs of coffee and tea lovers with a perfect environment. Panini Cafe has both indoor and a patio sitting facing fountains and greenish environment to enjoy your coffee in this winters.

 

Brazilian Coffee in Panini Cafe:

Brazil’s coffee is in the list of those countries where the taste of its beans and the production of coffee is enormous. Famous for its espresso blends and high-quality flavors. Well, the reason for writing Brazilian Coffee is that Panini Cafe has a specialty to offer you a variety of Bazilian Coffee flavor at very low rates. Perfectly hand-crafted coffees, luxury environment and still the prices are cheaper than other renowned coffee shops. The average price of coffee out there is Rs. 150/- to 250/- excluding tax. So, if you haven’t visit Panini Cafe than it’s a must visit place in Bahria Town with your friends and family!

 

Mix Tea:

The prices are economical, the price of one cup of tea is Rs. 150/-( inclusive of tax). If you buy more than 1 cup of tea, complimentary biscuits are provided.

 

Location:

Panini Cafe is located in Bahria Grand Hotel & Resort, Ground floor, at Executive lodges.

 

Timings:

Opening Time: 12:00 AM.
Closing Time: 11:00 PM.

 

Gloria Jean’s Coffee:

Gloria Jean’s Coffee is one of the world’s largest coffee chain, based ˝in Austraila, and having more than 1000 branches in 40 countries. It was first introduced in Pakistan back in 2006. Now, there are around 12 franchises of Gloria Jean’s coffee have been established in Lahore. In Bahria Town, Gloria Jean’s Coffee is the only international chain and oldest coffee shop, opened in 2013 by signal Group.

 

Though, an Irish coffee shop Bagel’s Bar was also opened at Talwar Chowk in 2014, in comparison with Gloria Jean’s Coffee. It was located near to Gloria Jeans. But, unfortunately, after few months, it was permanently shut down. So, if we talked about international chains of the coffee shop, then Gloria Jean’s Coffee is the only option in Town so far.

Gloria Jean’s Coffee menu card is full of all kinds of coffees. They’ve three categories of coffee according to the size Small, Regular and Large. The price range of coffee normally starts from Rs. 250/- to Rs. 400/-. It has both indoor and outdoor sittings. Recently, they’ve also introduced free coupons offer in Rs. 500/-, I think this offer has ended now.

 

Location:

Previously, it was located at the main boulevard. Now its been 2 years, it is located at 1-F, B plaza, Talwa Chowk, Sector C.

 

Timings:

Open 7 days a week.
9:00 AM to 2:00 AM.

 

Jammin Java:

Jammin Java Cafe is one of the earliest coffee shops in Pakistan. In Lahore, it has 3 to 4 branches. One of its branches is also located in Bahria Town. So, Jammin Java is another option to have a coffee within Bahria Town. The price of its coffee is around Rs. 250/- to Rs. 380/-.

 

Location:

Jammin Java Cafe in Bahria Town is located at the main boulevard, near to Talwar Chowk and adjacent to Joutan Paints and Askari Bank.

 

Timings:

Opening: 10:00 AM.
Closing: 1:00 AM.

 

Honey Beans:

Honey Beans Cafe is the project of Crosta 11. It was opened along with crosta 11, Ritorious, and Platinum Hotel. It is not as impressive as it was suppose to be. Because it was specifically designed to provide Coffee & Shakes for the residents. The menu of its coffee is typical and very limited options are available in coffee. The prices of its coffee mug are Rs. 199/- to Rs. 280/-. But, yes, the outdoor and indoor sitting of Honey beans cafe will double your coffee treat!

 

Location:

Honey Beans Cafe is located at 211-B, Tulip Block, Sector C, opposite to Bahria Golf & Country Club.

 

Timings:

Opening: 11:00 AM.
Closing: 1:00 AM.

 

These are the few options that are available in Bahria Town for all coffee addicts. If you have tried any other option in Bahria Town which is not mentioned above, then do share your experience in the comment section.

Water & Filtration Plants

General Overview:

The increase in population has created many fundamental problems and it is the pedestal of many other crises. Mainly, it creates a shortage of utility facilities including Electricity, Gas and other essential necessities. All the crucial crises are directly linked up to the rate of population. Unfortunately, Pakistan is on the top list of those countries where overpopulation is a major concern and has been coping with these issues over a long period of time. As a consequence, water quality and purification of drinking water are one of the major issues that have ascended due to overpopulation. The demand for pure water shoots up over the past few years unexpectedly. The situation of pure drinking water is expected to become worse in future.

 

In actual fact, Pakistan is on the list of top 20 water-deficient countries in the world. According to the reports, it is estimated that approximately 44% of the population in Pakistan has no access to clean water and more than 90% of the population in rural areas is living without this basic need.

 

So, safe and pure drinking water is Pakistan’s most instantaneous and evoking problem, and need to be settled on an immediate basis. The issue is also highlighted in media nowadays, but it seems that it won’t resolve shortly or near future. Other than to resolve the shortage of complete water supply, the Government has launched a project by the name of ‘Clean Drinking Water For All’, in each Union Council. And in Punjab, with the worth of 965 million, more than 307 filtration plants have been installed in four major districts. It has somehow, sorts out the problem of clean drinking water in selective areas.

 

Utilities in Bahria Town: 

Though, Bahria Town has gained an overwhelming and symbolic attraction, to introduce a load-shedding free community. But, in the same way, Bahria Town was also the first housing society to lay all lines underground for all utility connections like Water, Telephone, Gas, and Electricity. Furthermore, they have also build overhead storage tanks to distribute uninterrupted water supply for all.

 

Water & Waste Disposal Department:

More than twenty thousand direct employees are contributing to provide iconic and innovative facilities to each community of Bahria Town. In addition, as we all know that, Bahria Town has many professional departments for different categories like security department, maintenance department, complaint department, fire & safety department and design studio etc. Similarly, Bahria Town has also a separate department by the name of Water & Waste Disposal department. This department is fully functional with several employees, vehicles, and machinery.

 

Office Location:

The office of this department is located at Sector B, near to Qurtaba Mosque and behind Fire & Safety Department.

 

Responsibilities & Duties:

There are several duties of this department in Bahria Town, some of them are mentioned below:

 

  • Operating and Maintaining Water Supply.
  • Purification and Storage of Water.
  • Providing Repair Facility where needed.
  • Respond to customer’s calls.

 

Water Filtration Plants in Bahria Town:


Well, we can not use tap water for drinking purpose because of its taste and unhealthiness. Therefore, Bahria Town has taken numerous steps to ensure the availability of pure drinking water for each resident. For this reason, especially in Bahria Town Lahore, you will find out plenty of water filtration plants in each block. All the water filtration plants have been under maintenance to Bahria Water & Waste Disposal Department.

 

Changing Of Water Filters:

Having a water filtration plant near you isn’t a complete solution for pure water. However, the only and considerable issue is the change of water filters timely. If these water filters aren’t replaced as recommended time, then it will do more harm than usual. Two types of water filters are installed in every filtration plant and they need to be changed after some specific period of time. The recommended time to change these filters are 3 to 6 months, and I got the information from Bahria Water Department, that they’re very concerned and always change water filters of each plant after exact 3 months.

 

Benefits Of Water Filtration Plants:

Well, it is essential to drink purified water and there are many benefits without any disadvantage of filtered water.  So,  without deep digging its health benefits, here are few advantages for Bahria Town residents.

 

  • You can save some money if you filled your bottles from these filtration plants.
  • The taste of the water is as safe and healthy as other purified water, which is available in sealed bottles.
  • Filtration plants in Bahria Town are active 24 hours, so you don’t have to wait for any scheduled timings.
  • Due to maximum numbers of water filtration plants, you can also avoid queue and crowd.

 

Number Of Water Filtration Plants:

There are roughly more than  10 to 12 water filtration plants that are fully operational in each location of Bahria Town. Actually, I haven’t checked all of the filtration plants, but one of the employees of water department told me about the number of filtration plants which are mentioned below:

 

1. Gulmohar block.
2. Ali Block.
3. Safari villas.
4. Jasmine Block.
5. Nargis Block.
6. Near Bahria Homes.
7. Sector A & F.

 

More precisely you will find water filtration plants in parks of each block.

 

A few months back, I heard that one of the residents of Bahria Town did laboratory test of a water sample from these filtration plants. Analyses report of the water sample indicates that water is more refine and healthy than other mineral water bottles. In conclusion, I would recommend everyone to use these water filtration plants, eventually you’ll save some extra money. Because each resident is already paying water filtration plant charges to Bahria Town every month, which are added to monthly maintenance charges.

 

DRINK WATER & STAY HYDRATED!

Galaxy Mart

The Sector C in Bahria Town is already a land of all big departmental stores like Victoria Departmental Store, TGM, Freshly by Metro, Easy Mart, and Prime Departmental Store etc. Yet, another departmental store is spotted by the name of Galaxy Mart in Sector C. And overall it’s a rough idea that there are currently 35 to 40 grocery stores and malls that are active in all sectors of Bahria Town.

 

The Galaxy mart is the third departmental store that will start its operation in this month. The other two stores are Adeeba Valley and B.S Mart. The front board of Galaxy Mart has been placed and the renovation work is in progress and it may be active for customers after one week.

 

Location:

 

Galaxy Mart is located at Jasmine Block, Sector C, commercial zone. Adjacent to Smash restaurant and walking distance from girls hostel. Earlier at this location hardware & electric was active which is closed now.

B.S Mart

B.S Mart is a second grocery store that is now going to open soon in Bahria Town in this month. The other departmental store in Umer Block is Adeeba Valley, on which I’ve written about two days back. Well, Safari Mall is already the leading option in Sector B, and these two stores would be active just walking distance away from Safari Mall. Only the front board has been placed yet, the renovation work is in process. Most probably it will be opened by the end of this month.

 

Location:

B.S mart is located at Sector B, in front of main entrance of Safari Villas, adjacent to Ice-Food and near to Eagle Heights.

Medical & Dental Clinic

If you look at the telephone directory and browse through the section of dentists, you’ll find out that there are around 5 to 10 dentist are operational in Bahria Town. Now, another, dental clinic is added in the list of dental clincis. Because, Medical and Dental Clinic, is going to open soon in sector C. They’ve already placed the front board and it will take few days more to finally active in Bahria Town.

 

Location:

Medical & Dental Clinic is located at Jasmine Block, Sector C, commercial zone. Near to main boulevard and Talwar Chowk.

 

Consultancy fee: Rs. 1,000/-

 

For more details:
036-8611384

Adeeba Valley

The departmental stores in Bahria Town, is one of those commercial enterprises that flourish every month. That is why, whether its a simple grocery store or a complete shopping mall, we’ve got a plenty of options. For now, Adeeba Valley is another multi-purpose departmental store, that will be opening soon in Sector B. If you look at the above picture, Adeeba Valley isn’t just a grocery store and a traditional departmental store, it consists of three floors. One is for grocery shopping, and other floors are for crockery, toys, and clothes.

When to open:

The renovation work and finishing are at last stages, they’ve told me that it wouldn’t take more than two to three days for its official opening.

Location:

Adeeba Valley is located in the proximity of Safari Villas.  We already have Safari Mall, in the heart of Safari villas, and just a walking distance away from Friends Mart. It would be active on the main road, Umer Block.

Humpty Dumpty Opening Soon

Humpty Dumpty in Lahore is one the top leading and prominent play lands for family and children’s entertainment. Humbty Dumbty offers the best indoor activities for toddlers, kids, and adults. All of their equipments are imported from Japan, Europe and China to provide safe and healthy entertainment. It was first started back in 2000, and now it has several branches in Lahore. It is already functioning in Allama Iqbal Town, Y-Block DHA, Zainab Tower Model Town Link Road, Commercial Zone Liberty Market, Main Boulevard Johar Town and Mall Of Lahore.

 

Yesterday, I saw the opening soon banner of Humpty Dumpty in front of Sky Tower. So, one of its branch is now going to open soon in Bahria Town. Yes, it’s a great news for all kids in Bahria Town. Because, these kind of places are much-needed in Town, and we do not have such indoor entertainment centres, except one or two options. Roshaan fun mania is already an indoor option for kids, but comparatively Humpty Dumpty will offer the wide variety of games and activities for all ages of kids. Here are the main facilities and attractions of Humpty Dumpty:

 

  • Kids Rides.
  • Shooting Games.
  • Redemption Machines.
  • Basket Ball.
  • Simulators.
  • Prize Machines & Family Games.
  • Birthday Parties & Special Packages.

 

When To Open:

They have already started working to open it as soon as possible. Most probably, it will active in Bahria Town within a month. Well, let’s see when its official opening will be held and definitely I will write about its opening , whenever I get to know the exact date.

 

Location:

Humpty Dumpty in Bahria Town will be opened in Sky Tower, which is located at Chambaili Block, Sector C, opposite to Bahria Grand Jamya Mosque.

Chenone Is Active

About 2 months ago Chenone has placed the coming soon banner in front of its building. So, today, after much patience Chenone’s 50th store is active now in Bahria Town. The official opening was held today at 5:00 PM. They have a complete range of Garments, Bed Linen, Kitchen Accessories, Furniture and Home textile in Bahria Town branch.

 

Discount Offer:

Due to the official opening in Bahria Town, Chenone is offering flat 50% discount on entire stock of garments and home textile. And 20% discount on furniture & fillings. Offer is valid until 14th, January.

 

Location:

Cheone is located at 45-B, Sector C, commercial zone. Adjacent to Bin Bakar store, behind Master Biryani and opposite to Bahria Grand Jamya Mosque.

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Le-Vapes

Le-Vapes is the first and only shop in Bahria Town that has opened a few days ago. They have stocked a variety of imported vape pens, e-cigarettes, and e-liquids in almost all flavors. A complete line of accessories of vape pens and e-cigarettes is also available for your vaping needs, at reasonable prices.

 

Vape pens are the latest version of e-cigarettes and the trend of carrying vape pens has increased over the past few years. Because of its minimum side effects, easy to carry and it can be used anywhere. Well, usually ex-smokers and people who are trying to quit smoking prefer e-cigarettes. Though, we’ve 10 to 15 tobacco shops that are active in Bahria Town. You may find a few shops that are selling typical e-cigarettes. There wasn’t any particular shop for vaping, but, it is now opened in Bahria Town. So, quit smoking and start vaping!

 

Location:

Le-Vapes is located at main boulevard, sector C, commercial zone, side C. Near to Briyani Master and opposite to Jamin Java cafe.

First Imam Bargha in Bahria Town

 

Lately, it was rumors about the construction of first Imam Bargha in Bahria Town. But, it is confirmed now. Because, today, the groundbreaking ceremony was held in the presence of Chairman Bahria Town Malik Riaz and Mehmood Akhter Naqvi from the shia community.

 

Hussain Block:
Imam Bargha will be constructed in Nargis Block. As it can be seen in above picture, due to the erection of Imam Bargha, the name of Nargis Block has been changed to Hussain Block.