We often get amazed at the foreign places shown in television ads and promotions. Be it Malaysia, Singapore or New York, we tend to get fascinated by its captivating beauty and charm. However, while praising these foreign cities for their pulchritude, we must not forget that we have so much of our own to be lauded. Pakistan has been an attraction for numerous tourists throughout the years owing to its scenic and natural beauty. Apart from being an attraction for foreigners, our natural heritage also serves as a tourism point for locals who want an escape from the sweltering heat and multitudinous load shedding hours. These local attractions can be the perfect resort for spending the summers and vacations. So here are the top ten beautiful places in Pakistan.
The capital of Murree Tehsil and the place referred to as the Queen of Pakistan’s Hill Stations is one of the largest resort towns in the area of Galyat. Most of the tourists visiting Murree also go to Bhurban, which is located at a distance of 13 kilometers from Murree. Mall road, chair lifts, pleasant summers and snowy winters make Murree a place not to be ignored.
Apart from its natural charm, this hilly and chilly area offers numerous winter sports and trekking activities. One can relish the joy of river water rafting, heritage tourism, fresh water lakes and visiting exquisite gardens and parks. With the pleasant and soothing weather, one can enjoy the Kashmiri cuisine which includes Dam Aloo, Tzaman, Rogan Josh, Yakhiyn and Hakh.
Naran is basically a village located in Kaghan valley. It consists of various hotels ranging from luxurious to very reasonable and cheap motels. To give tourism a more cultural and traditional touch, tent motels are also there which rent tents for the visitors to stay in.
Hunza is located 112 kilometers north of Gilgit, Baltistan. The weather remains pleasant throughout the year however the winters get extremely cold and chilling. Precious stones and remarkable handicrafts are one of the attributes of this place. The Hunza valley is surrounded by mountains like Rakaposhi, Ultar Sar, Hunza and Diran peak, which rise above 20,000 feet. Apart from the refreshing view and spectacular beauty, the people of Hunza are also considered to be very beautiful at heart, generous and friendly.
Located in the NWFP, the valley of Kaghan comprises of alpine meadows, pine forests, mountain streams and crystal clear lakes. If you wish to please your eyes with some captivating and breathe taking natural heritage and rich green meadows, then Kaghan is the place to visit.
Other than the scenic loveliness, the people of Kalash, known as Kalasha, are quite amusing. Nature plays a significant role in their daily lives. Various sacrificial events are held as a gesture of gratitude for the abundant resources of their valleys. The main festivals held in Kalash are Joshi, Uchau and Caumus festival.
4- Nanga Parbat
Nanga Parbat comes under the Himalayan Mountains. It is solitary range of peaks surrounded by rivers Indus and Astore. Literally known as the ‘Naked Mountain’, also known as the ‘Killer Mountain’, Nanga Parbat has been one of the deadliest mountains for the climbers. It is a hub for serious and adventurous climbing. Another preeminent feature of the Nanga Parbat is that it is one of the two peaks, in the world that have a ranking of above twenty in both the highest mountains and the most prominent peaks, in the world.
3- Saif ul Malook
Lake Saif ul Malook, or locally known as Jheel Saif ul Malook is one of the highest lakes in Pakistan. It is located at the Northern end of Kaghan, near Naran. The lake water is crystal clear and gives a greenish tone. The weather is moderate at day time but drops below zero as the night falls. Multitudinous glaciers surrounding the lake are a source of keeping the water very clear. The surreal beauty has made people believe that fairies come down to the lake in full moon.
Skardu is the largest district of the Northern areas. Numerous trekking and adventurous spots are a specialty if this place. Skardu also serves as the gateway to the mesmerizing snowy peaks including K2, Broad peak and the Tango towers. Visitors can also enjoy the scenic beauty of Satpara and Kachura lakes located near Skardu. Not to be forgotten is the Shangrila resort located at a distance of 20 minutes from Skardu. This unique restaurant is built on the fuselage of an aircraft that had crashed nearby. The overwhelming view will beguile and captive you in its charm.
Also known as Udyana and Suvastu in ancient sources and commonly referred to as ‘paradise on earth’, the valley of Swat is located in the Provincially Administrated Tribal Area (PATA) of the NWFP province. Swat has always been a tourist attraction owing to its scenic pulchritude. Swat comprises of attractions like Malam Jabba, Miandam, Madyam, Kalam, White stream lake and Daral lake. However, Army operation in Swat deteriorated the prospects of tourism in a place which once used to be a hub of tourism.