Pakistan has long been mired with the disease of terrorism which has acted in the form of a deterrent and the place which used to lie on the hippie trail once has lost a significant number of visitors. Things have improved by a great margin in the last few years and there are a number of beautiful locations which can be visited either with friends and family or alone – there is a spot for everyone to visit.
There are rivers, there are waterfalls, there are mountain ranges and there are deserts too. This is just what scratching the surface of tourist attractions in Pakistan gives. There is a wide variety of places to go in Pakistan along with the great diversity it offers in the weather. There is a place for everyone to go at a time which feels right to him or her. Also, the people are very friendly regardless of your chosen destination, you will never feel out of place and there will always be someone to help and guide you whenever you’re in need.
Everyone who has heard of the Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai knows about her hometown of Swat Valley and those who’ve seen any documentaries on her must’ve seen the beautiful place that Swat Valley is. However, Swat is only the beginning to some of the most beautiful areas in this part of the world.
At a drive of some 2 hours from Gilgit, a magnificent place on its ownlays the remarkable Naltar Valley. Naltar valley has some of the most colorful lakes in the world and the entire valley is covered with pine trees which give a very unique and pleasant look. Every visitor is mesmerized by the beauty he encounters here. Apart from being a great place for visitors, the area is also famous for the cultivation of some of the most amazing potatoes.
Neelum translates to blue gems in English and anyone who has seen Neelum valley would agree that the name is very apt. Even though Azad Kashmir in Pakistan consists of various valleys, Neelum is the most popular amongst them all. It lies to the north of the capital city Muzaffarabad and is filled with streams of fresh water, mountains which are covered with lush greenery along with a river which goes by the name of Neelum too. This should be high on the list of places one must visit.
Shangrila is a tourist resort in the Skardu valley of Gilgit-Baltistan and it is extremely famous for some of the most amazing vistas known to mankind. The world’s second highest mountain, K-2, is connected to this valley, in fact, anyone with plans to go to K-2 has to cross this valley. One of the most amazing sights available every day is the mesmerizing sunrise.
The top of the hills contain the Kharpocho Fort which used to give protection to the residents against the invaders once but is now fighting time for its very survival given an amazing view of the entire valley.
There are few places on earth which share border between three countries while being such a scenic place. Gojal valley is one of those rare places. The border between China and Pakistan here is known as Khunjerab pass and is at a height of more than 15,000 feet above sea level. The valley remains covered with snow throughout the year which makes it one of the rare places in Pakistan – a country which has long and hot summers in the majority of the areas.
Deosai plains are famous for being the second highest plateau in the world. Deosai plains consist of a series of natural wonders. There are plants and animal species which are unique to the area. The whole area consists of many wonderful locations which deserve to be visited individually.
One of the highest lakes in the world, Sheosar Lake, is in the middle of Deosai plains and mere words are not enough to explain the beauty of this place. The plains are covered with snow for nearly two-third of a year but even the snow cannot hide the sheer beauty of the area. If you’re lucky you can even catch brown Himalayan bears in their natural habitat.
The area of Kerthar is less popular in tourists as compared to its colder cousins in the north but that is no fault of its own. The Kerthar mountain range serves as a natural division between the provinces of Sindh and Baluchistan. Some of the scenic hills in the area are as high as 7000 feet which are uncommon in this part of the country.
However it’s not just what meets the eye which makes it especially popular, the area has a very rich history as well and the locals are extremely welcoming. In order to store all the souvenirs you’ll get on your trip to these areas in Pakistan, get a durable bag from The North Face using these coupons.