Starting from the scratch, what comes into your mind when you hear the word “Pakistan?” All the negative aspects of it come rushing to your mind and filling your heart with agony and distress.
The terrorism, inflation, lack of resources, citizens begging for justice, bourgeoisies crushed to death by the higher power. That’s it?
Well, that has been fed into our minds by constant priming. Though that is a true “single aspect” that we only focus on, hence ignoring the immense heavenly beauty lying parallel to it.
Well today, let me enlighten you with the irresistible splendor you have been missing out on. Following are 16 tourist places you MUST visit in 2018!
Just a drive of 40 km away from Gilgit and you will experience such colorful lakes in Naltar valley. You will see that this valley is covered with pine trees.
This place is famous for producing yummiest potatoes all around the world. The perfect combination of colors will make you fall in love with it.
No one would possibly think that this place exists within this world as the gorgeousness will leave you speechless.
Neelam Valley, Azad Kashmir
Contrary to the Keran- part of Kashmir held by India. Heading towards the north side of the Muzaffarabad till Tau Butt- a valley is extended to almost 240-kilometers, known as Neelam Valley also called “The Blue Gem Valley”
Though Kashmir is the embodiment of beauty itself, there’s no place in Kashmir that isn’t worth visiting but this valley has outstood among all. Mountains covered with the bed of grass, freshwater streams running through. Water, as pure as glass splashes with the rocks and joins the muddy river further. One can never come back from Kashmir without visiting this place.
Shangrila Resort, Skardu
As you move towards the extreme side of Pakistan, which is Skardu. You will come across a central valley of Gilgit Baltistan filled with uncultivated beauty and tranquility.
As you turn towards Skardu from Karakoram highway you will be welcomed with numerous streams, springs and humble local people of that area.
A famous tourist spot is located in Skardu “Shangrila” which is only 25 minutes by car. You will reach there as soon as you cross the wooden bridge built above the Indus River, gushing with impassioned water.
There’s a very prominent rest house in Shangrila loved for its hospitality and perfect location. (You can see that in the above picture as well).
Living in different places of Pakistan divided by provinces and further into cities, did you ever wonder where Pakistan actually begins? It right here, “Gojal Valley” also known as upper Hunza. It borders 3 sides of different countries. Pakistan, China at Khunjerab pass and Afghanistan at chipurson valley. It’s approx. 15,397 feet above the sea level.
The marvelous shift of colors of mountains and the lakes in this region will make your heart throb! This multi-regional journey is worth your time.
This mesmerizing view of Deosai plains is one of a kind. This place is located on the boundary of the western Himalayas and Karakorum highway.
The mountains here are iced for 8 months of the year and for four months of summer it hosts beautiful wildflowers laid on the bed of green grass making an experience unforgettable for the rest of the life.
Surprisingly, not a single tree is found on these plains.
One of the world’s highest lake is located here, known as “Sheosar Lake” it’s deep blue water will surely captivate your soul!
You will find yourself surrounded by this place if you go a bit ahead of Rama village. To be exact it is 11 kilometers away from Astore.
This is a place that will make anybody to stay for a while and never think of going back again.
Streams flowing with crystal clear water, sheep grazing contently, beautiful pine trees adding beauty and Nanga Parbat’s ridge adding bloom to the view will make you reflect back to check if it’s real or just a dream. Chongra’s peak covered with ice will also be witnessed once you reach here.
Once you reach Shogran-encapsulation of heaven on earth, there’s no way that you would be headed back without going to siri paye. A plateau on top of Hindu Kush is one of nature’s sweet treat for tourists.
You will often find yourself surrounded by clouds and fog, which will make you wonder if your feet are really on the ground or not.
You will see a couple of ponds filled with water, handsome horses wondering about and the gaze of yellow flowers will make you never return back to anything less. Additionally, Makra peat will also be set as a backdrop.
Ayun and Bamburet Valley
Ayun and Bamburet valleys are among 3 Kalash valleys. Ayun is a village of Chitral. It is located 12 km towards the south of the city.
As you can see the color shift of mountains from blackish grey to green patches from place to place is just so exquisite that words alone won’t be enough to describe its charm. The valley is also filled with greenery with a calm yet impassioned river Bamburet flowing amidst of the valley.
White Palace Swat
An amazing attraction for tourists is the white palace Marghazar. It is located in swat district that only km away from Mingora, which is a commercial city in Swat.
Marghazar is often visited for its pleasant weather. Its beauty is not limited just to summers but it looks bewitching even in winters after the snow is bathed upon this place by Mother Nature.
This handsome palace was built in 1941, made from the same stone a Taj Mahal. It has some historic importance as well.
This mystery-like place is attractive enough for visitors to come by (though it lacks visitors), especially the ones traveling near the area of Sindh or Balochistan. It forms up to be the natural border between these 2 provinces.
This place is stretched across 150 miles. People usually come here due to streams, springs and its historical location.
This includes mountain ranges such as Gorakh Hill, Kutte Ji Qabar, and Bandu Ji Qabar.
Mubarik Village Karachi
Karachi- the city that never sleeps is famous for its fashion and film industry majorly. But it also has a room for serenity and solitude.
The moment you stand on the shore, the beautiful crystal clear water will run towards you to kiss your feet softly giving you the kind of peace and pleasure you are always longing for.
Being the second largest fishermen village in Karachi, it borders with Gadani (Balochistan).
Rural Areas near Punjab River
Ever season in Punjab comes with its charm and uniqueness. Rejuvenating the people living around as well as making them wealthy and happy due to its fertile soil and beautiful lush scenery.
Sialkot, a city is also known as the centre of artisans is surrounded by banks of river Chenab.
24 kilometers from Sialkot, the river Chenab flows from Marala thus making the soil fertile all along.
Ghanche District near Gilgit Baltistan
This place has a charm that it speaks itself. You will find the kind of serenity here that words alone cannot do justice to.
The beautiful valleys, reflect the nature of people living there. Warm and welcoming.
Khaplu is the central location of this district. And it is a beautiful landscape with high summits, accompanied with crystal clear waterfalls.
If you move further from Khaplu, it will lead to curvy roads which will lead you to the delta of river shook, there it splits and flows through the river plain.
People usually have minor settlements on the bank of river shyok.
This historical fort has many mysteries within which have not been unraveled. It is the largest fort in the world. Though not many visits this place, but it is a place worth visiting for the ones who keep interest in anthropology and mysteries of earliest times.
You can reach this fort easily through Karachi highway.
Unlike any other place in Pakistan, Bahawalpur has an exquisite taste in royalty. It has a rare combination of beautiful lush fields surrounded by river Sutlej as well as beautiful palaces all around. You will get a pinch of class as well as simplicity of nature parallel once you visit this city. It even has desert areas at places.
Here’s a good news for people who look forward to visit Sindh.
Sindh- a place well known for its harsh and dry climate has a few perks too. There’s this place in Sindh where it actually “Snows”. Surprised? I can understand.
Gorak plateau is a part of Kerthar mountain range that is situated at the height of approx. 15,666 feet. It covers both Sindh’s border as well as Balochistan in the west.
Summer vacations are on their way, so what’s your next destination?