Best Places to Visit in Pakistan

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British Backpacker Society ranked the Pakistan as world’s top travelling destinations and described it as pleasantest country on earth. According to this society other top adventure travel destinations includes Turkey, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, China and India but Pakistan is at Top level. members of society traveled 101 countries and after completing their journey head of the society Mr. Samuel Joynson and Adam Sloper explains their expression to Gulf News that incredible hospitality and stunning natural beauty of Pakistan won their hearts. Pakistan is the fifth-most populous south Asian country which is bordered by Afghanistan to the west, India to the east, China in the far northeast and Iran to the southwest.  Gulf of Oman and Arabian Sea are in south of Pakistan. It was born in 1947 as portion Indian sub-continent. There is large number of places to visit in Pakistan. Northern areas of Pakistan are known as Heaven on Earth. The most beautiful and topper valleys of the world are in Pakistan. It has second highest mountain of the world. There are 100 mountains having peaks above 7000 meters in a small area from which 5 have peaks above 8000 meters. K-2 is the highest mountain of this area and peak point of K-2 is 8611 meters.  Karakorum highway is 8th Wonder in the world which provides life time experience to its travellers. It has a long list of most beautiful areas of the world
In few years ago the burning issues of Pakistan were extremism, sectarianism, corruption, load shedding and inflation but the brave people of Pakistan with the help of their army has overcome these terrible issues rapidly. Now life has come to its routine and its grounds have been filled with local and international players and people are enjoying peaceful life. International community is also satisfied with peaceful environment of Pakistan and president Trump of America confessed this truth in speech of 24 Feb 2020 in his Indian visit.
Breathtaking locations of Pakistan are appealing the world’s tourists once again and tourists are searching for the top tourists places of Pakistan which have no comparison in the world so people call some of these places particularly Northern areas as ‘Heaven on the earth’. Most stunning tourist destinations are discussed in this article for the awareness of tourists loving to travel in Pakistan.

 Naltar Valley

If you love the colorful lakes, beautiful sceneries and want to enjoy the tastiest potatoes of the world then you must visit this stunning Naltar valley which is Heaven on the earth undoubtedly.It is the land of fairies,  It is covered with pine trees. Its beauty forces the tourists to visit this beautiful place again and again.  It is situated only 2.5 hours’ drive from Gilgit.
Best attractions of Naltar valley are

  • International Ski slope
  • Wild Life
  • Naltar Hydropower Projects
  • Peace
  • Climate
  • Longest Chairlift in Gilgit Baltistan
  • Naltar Lakes
  • Snow capped Mountains

 Neelum Valley

Neelum Valley is one of the most beautiful valleys of the world which is 20 Km from Muzaffarabad The capital of Azad Kashmir Thousands of visitors visit this valley to see it’s magical beauty. In summer from april to September its temperature is very pleasant but in winter from Dec to Feb is freezy. This beautiful valley lies on both sides of the river and is about 150 miles long. Elevation of this valley at start is 2000 feet which becomes 8000 feet at its peak. Mountains on both sides of this valley increase its beauty. One approach to reach this valley is from Kaghan valley which is linked with Neelum valley at two points, the Nuri Nari Hali and the Ratti Gali and many minor Passes. From Kaghan valley it is two days hiking distance and night stay point is Dharian which is 12,000 feet. This approach is tough but full of adventure and gives chance to view the wonderful beauty of way. The second way is from Muzaffarabad which is 55 miles but jeepable in fair weather. Local people have built rope crossings on the river ate different places. It is horrible but thrilling to cross the river at these rope crossings. Strawberry, fir, Deodar, pine and wild walnut are forest wealth of this valley. This beautiful valley is running parallel to Kaghan Valley and two vallies are separated by snow-covered peaks. This destination has panoramic views, excellent scenic beauty and lush green forests.


Most attractive destinations of the Neelum Valley are

  • Dhani Noseri Waterfall
  • Chilhena/Titwal
  • Kutton Jagran Valley
  • Keran Neelum Valley
  • Upper Neelum
  • Ratti Gali Lake
  • Sharda Neelum Valley\
  • Kel/Arrang kel
  • Toabutt Chitta
  • Khatta Lake

Shangrila resort Skardu

Skardu is the extreme north part of Pakistan and is unique in its beauty, serenity and wildness. Shangrila resort is located in Skardu at the height of 2500 meters and is amongst some of the highest peaks in the world some people call this location “The roof of the World”.   Shangrila lake is heart shaped lake  with fruit laden orchards of sumptuous apples, pears, cherries and exquisite flower filled perfectly manicured garden. Shangrila is the first resort hotel in Skardu and was established in 1983.  Shangrila is the chines word meaning “HEAVEN ON EARTH” because of peaceful atmosphere, breath take view and spectacular beauty. Shangrila was named after a book titled “LOST HORIZON” by James Hilton.

Gojal Valley

Pakistan begins from Gojal valley which is 15397 feet above the sea level and is bordered with China from Khunjerab and with Afghanistan from Chiporsun. The Karakoram high way  enters into China from Khunjerab after passing  through Gojal valley. It remain covered with ice all over the year. It is the upper part of district Hunza.
Best attractions of Gojal valley are

  • Khunzhrav National Park
  • Dammed Hunza River
  • Remains of the Ondra Walled Village – Gulmit
  • Ghulkin/Hussaini Glacier
  • Borit Lake
  • Pak-China Friendship Tunnels – Shishkat
  • Hussaini Suspension Bridge
  • Passu
  • Shimshal Valley
  • Bouybar
  • Gulmit Tower
  • Sost
  • Baba-e-Ghund’s Shrine (Chipursan Valley)
  • Kilik & Mintika Pass (Misgar)


Deosai National Park

Deosai is 3000 square kilometer treeless area but is colorful with beautiful flowers and is above 4000 meters from sea level on the boundary of Karakorum and western Himalayas. For 8 month of year it remains covered with snow.  One of the highest lakes of the world ‘Sheosar’ is the part of Deosai. Two bio-geographical provinces ‘Himalayan’ and ‘Karakorum-Pamir’ highlands merge in Deosai so it is the place of very rich biodiversity.  Deosai plateau hosts the only stable population in the region and is important for its continued survival. Shatung, Bara Pani and Kala Pani  are three important river system which originated from deosai national park which form the Shigar River, an important tributary of Indus River.

Best attractions of deosai are

  • Sheosar Lake 
  • Bara Pani 
  • Kala Pani
  • Mar Pass.
  • Shatoung Nala

Kaghan Valley

This 160 kilometer long stunning valley has a key position in world tourism. Tourists activities are observed at its peak in summer season when ice is melted and roads become clear. People of Kaghan valley are simple and friendly. Kunhar River is starts from SaifulMalook travels parallel to this valley and increases beauty of this valley. Kunhar river is enriched with trout Fish. Local community of Kaghan is simple and Friendly. Main visiting points which provide unforgettable experience to its visitors of this valley are lake saif ulmuluk, Malika Parbat,Naran ,Babu Sar top, LalaZar, Shogran and Lake Lulusar. Naran is main hub and most visiting point of this valley. Kaghan valley is the best destination for honeymoon and family tours. Other two main vallies Hunza Valley and Neelum Valley which are known as Heaven on the earth are nearest to Kaghan valley and visitors must visit these stunning destinations.

Main attractions of Kaghan valley are

  • Naran
  • LAKE SAIF UL MULUK
  • MALIKA PARBAT
  • Lalazar
  • BABU SAR PASS
  • SHOGRAN

Hunza Valley

Hunza valley  of Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan is one of the stunning destination to visit. It is famous  in all over the world as Heaven on the earth. The valley is well-known for its wonderful natural and scenic beauty. Wondering beauty of Hunza valley attracts thousands tourist of the world to visit this stunning valley every year.  This mountainous valley is located in the extreme northern part of Pakistan in the Gilgit-Baltistan region and bordering with the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan and the Xinjiang region of China. Karimabad is capital and main town of Hunza which is known as most popular visiting and most attractive destination of Hunza. Hospitality and friendliness of people of Hunza Valley is famous all over the world.
Hunza is mainly divided into three main Regions
Upper Hunza
Centre Hunza
Lower Hunza

Upper Hunza
Upper Hunza is also known as Gojal which is a beautiful valley. Three different linguistically people are existing in this valley Burushaski speakers, wakhi speakers and dialect Domki.
Centre Hunza
Two different linguistically people are existing in this valley Burushaski speakers and Domki speakers. This valley starts from Murtaza abad and consist of Murtaza abad, Hassan abad, Ali abad, Dorkhan, Shiras, Garelth, Hyder abad, Ganish, Karim Abad (Baltit), Momin Abad, Altit, Ahmed Abad, Gama Sareth and Attabad. Attabad is last area of central Hunza
Lower Hunza
Shina is main local language of this area. Lower Hunza starts from a village Khizir abad and ends at Nasir Abad. It is composed of Khana Abad, Mayoon, Hussainabad, Khizir abad and Nasirabad.


Wonderful attractions of Hunza are


  • Borith Lake
  • Ultar Sar

Swat

Swat is also called ‘East Switzerland ‘because of its magnificent landscapes and with the red hut cottages that remind us Switzerland. Swat Valley is located in Khyber Phatunkhawa province of Pakistan. Tourist amazement is at its peak at every point of Swat valley. In Swat valley Tourists observe the unique combination of white and green surroundings made of the lush green forests and snowflakes all over the year but summer months from May to September is the best season to travel when a traveler can enjoy fishing and boating also.

Stunning destinations of Swat are
  •      Kalam Valley
  •      Kumrat Valley
  •      Madyan
  •      Bahrain
  •      Marghazar
  •      Saidu Sharif
  •      Mahodand Lake
  •      MalamJabba
  •      Fizaghat
  •      Kundol Lake

Islamabad Capital of Pakistan

Islamabad is the only city of the world which is made to use as capital of some country and is model city of modern Pakistan. It is the second most beautiful capital in the world. It has vast and clean roads which are connected together like are spider web. Beautiful buildings are designed in different zones. Islamabad is greenest city of Pakistan because green vegetation is sprinkled all over the city. To keep it noise free and clean rickshaws are banned. It is well developed modern beautiful and attractive in all the ways. Rawalpindi is the twin sister city of Islamabad which is not as clean as Islamabad so always prefer the accommodation in Islamabad instead of Rawalpindi because that makes a big difference.
March to May and September to October is the best time to travel in Islamabad when the weather is most comfortable and pleasant. Travelers of Northern areas of Pakistan passes through Islamabad from April to October when ways are open and snow is melted to different stunning destinations and hidden beautiful areas of Pakistan.

Stunning destinations of Islamabad to visit are

  • Pakistan Monument
  • Daman-i-Koh
  • Margalla Zoo
  • Faisal Mosque
  • Shakarparian
  • Lok Virsa Museum
  • Rawal lake

Lahore

Lahore is called the heart of Pakistan. It is the capital of Punjab. Lahore is also 2nd most populated city of Pakistan and is 16th most crowded city of the world. Lahore is reflective of history of subcontinent. Lahore is political center and is cultural and economic hub from previous 1000 years. Mughal Empires played a significant role by constructing stunning buildings and forts to make the Lahore more beautiful. These constructions are art sample such as Wazir Khan Mosque is unique in its design, Shalimar garden is trade mark of love, Hiran minar is one of beautiful decade’s sooner stories. Now these buildings, gardens, mosques and forts are history of Lahore, of Punjab as well as of subcontinent.  History of declaration of Pakistan is also saved in the shape of Minar e Pakistan.
Most impressive visit able and stunning destinations of Lahore are
  • Masjid Wazir Khan
  • Badshahi Mosque
  • Shalimar Gardens
  • Sheesh Mahal
  • Lahore Museum
  • Lahore Wagah Border
  • Food Street and M M Alam Road
  • Lahore Fort
  • Anarkali Bazaar and Liberty Market
  • Walled City of Lahore
  • Minar e Pakistan
  • Mini Golf Club
  • Lahore Railway Station
  • Chauburji
  • Daata Durbar
  • Delhi Gate
  • Jehangir’s Tomb
  • Lahore High Court

Karachi

Karachi is the largest city of Pakistan. Its population is 25 million so it is world’s 2nd most populous city with the area of over 3,527 km². There is lot of attractions for tourists, variety of activities and tourist spots in Karachi. Karachi is called city of lights which never sleeps. Karachi has ideal environment for tourists with beautiful beaches and stunning architectures. It was first capital of Pakistan.

Some of the gorgeous   tourists attractions in Karachi are
• Pakistan Maritime Museum
• Quaid-e-Azam House Museum
• Turtle spotting at Turtle Beach
• PAF Museum
• The Chaukhandi Tombs
• Quaid’s Mausoleum
• Frere Hall
• The ruins of Bhambore
• The National Museum of Pakistan
• Empress Market
• Mohatta Palace
• Port Grand
• Ibn-e-Qasim Park
• Do Darya
• Arabian Sea Country Club
• Hindu Gymkhana
• Cape Monze Beach
• Defence Authority Marina Club
• Churna Island and its water sports

Mohenjo Daro

Mohenjo Daro means Mound of the Death. Mohenjo Daro is one of the oldest civilization of the world which is about 5000 years old. This city was established between 2600 and 1900 BCE. Mohenjo Daro is located in Larrkana district of Sindh Pakistan. It is the oldest Indus civilization in south Asia. ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations  are   contemporaneous with Mohenjo-daro so it is one of the world’s first cities. The discovery of Mohenjo-daro opened new door for the archeological and historical world and showed hidden aspects of 5000 old civilizations.

Neelum Valley


Kaghan Valley



Hunza Valley



Swat


Islamabad


Lahore


Karachi


Mohenjo Daro


Northern Areas of Pakistan



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