When people think of Pakistan, they associate it often with negative things. Yes, unfortunate things happen over there. But I really don’t want this article to be something negative. I rather highlight the positive parts of my country and the beauty of it. I have been there so many times and the people over there are nothing, but kind and hospitable. They are inviting and welcoming. Pakistan is so much more than the political instability and unrest. They say you know nothing about a country, until you travel to that place.
What many people don’t know about Pakistan, is the beauty it possesses. Pakistan is such a diverse country. Pakistan has beautiful nature, mesmerizing scenery, high mountains, major deserts and a vibrant city life. Pakistan is full of culture, amazing foods and has so much history.
These are the 8 spots you must visit when you plan on going to Pakistan:
Heaven on earth, that’s what Hunza Valley is often referred to. Hunza Valley is located in the Gilgit-Baltistan region and is very well known for its astonishing mountains. The many mountains there are the reason of Hunza being so famous. Beside the mountains, Hunza is full of nature and scenery that people describe as unforgettable. There are cute little bazaars and some forts in the different villages. Hunza Valley has tremendously developed over the years and is doing more to attract tourists. But with its wonderful forests, clear rivers, flowers, hotels, gardens and of course the mountains it’s not difficult to attract them.
This breathtaking mosque located in Lahore, attracts many tourists. Lahore is known for beautiful architecture and is full of historical sights. The Badshahi mosque is one of the most important and famous landmarks in Lahore. This mosque has one of the biggest plaza around the world, where more than 50000 people could fit. This beautiful mosque was built between 1671-1673. The structure and design of the mosque was influenced by the Mughal architecture. The Badshahi mosque is entirely decorated with red sandstones and marble.
Murree is located in the district of Rawalpindi and near the capital of Pakistan, Islamabad. Murree is known for its wonderful hills and the snowfalls. Murree is already popular and a well visited spot in Pakistan. Murree is popular for its natural beauty, snowfalls in the winter, greenery spots and breathtaking views. In the summer Murree has a warm and pleasant climate, perfect for spending your holidays.
Pir Sohawa is a tourist spot situated on the Margalla Hills. Beside the leisure walks surrounded with wonderful views, this place is ideal for picnics but also great for enjoying your meal in cute restaurants. During the daytime you can enjoy the pleasant breeze, listen to singing birds and watch the amazing wildlife. During the evening, a beautiful view of the city lights in Islamabad can be witnessed from an elevation of about 5000 feet. After the rainfalls, the hills in Pir Sohawa turn beautiful green
Swat Valley is the mini Switzerland of Pakistan. The beauty of this place is indescribable. People all over the world come to this area for witnessing the beauty of Swat Valley. There are many attractions and there even is a famous ski resort. Hiking, paragliding, trekking and even watching the Swat river flow are activities you can enjoy.
Neelum Valley, a bow shaped valley, is situated in the north of Azaad Kashmir’s Muzaffarabad. The meaning is literally the blue gem valley. The scenery is wonderful with towering hills and panoramic views. Here you can find lush green mountains, forests, milky white waters flowing, freshwater steams and a river. In the summer the weather is perfect and also the best time to visit.
Shangrila Resort, Skardu
A vacation in the Shangrila Resort is a once in a lifetime experience. This resort is located at a height of 2500 metres and is known as the roof of the world. They describe it as a fairyland due its natural beauty. They have a luxury accommodation which include lake side cottages, v.i.p. suites and presidential suites. There are also many activities, you will never get bored. There are boating and tennis options, indoor games, a large zoo, facilities for meetings, trout farm and a hatchery.
The Kalash Valley is one of the most colorful and eye-catching valley of Pakistan. The Kalasha, A Greek civilized tribe has a very unique and traditional culture. The people are very hospitable and friendly. Tourists who visit the Kalash Valley become one with the locals, their dance and their culture. This place is only reachable by road through the area of Ayun, using local transportation. This valley has amazing sceneries, forests and a beautiful river.