NEVER MISS THESE PLACES WHEN YOU TRAVEL TO PAKISTAN
Pakistan is among those areas of South Asia not much explored. Allah has blessed Pakistan with abundant natural and historical resources. But, the political instability affected it a lot. This reason has kept the country off the radar of the world explorers.
Pakistan is often linked with issues like terrorism, extremism, sectarianism, and many others. But in spite of all these issues, it has a lot to offer. Amidst all the chaos we have forgotten the beauty of our landscape. However, Pakistan is full of incredible locations and spectacular scenes. These will make you fall in love with this country. If you are a tourist or love traveling, then you must compile a list of places you plan to visit next year.
Adventures Dream often shares pictures of stunning tourist spots and historic places of Pakistan. In this way, we try to highlight the positive image of the country. There are hundreds of beautiful places in Pakistan to visit. But here we will share our top 5 destinations in Pakistan which you must visit in 2020. Your experience would be, indeed, unforgettable.
1- NEELUM VALLEY
Neelum Valley, a 144 km long bow-shaped area, is one of the most beautiful place in Pakistan. It is named after the river which has curves like a snake and has a blue color. Yet, some people believe that it was named after a precious stone called Neelum. It is also known as the “Paradise of Kashmir”.
Neelum Valley is in the Kashmir Region to the North & the North East of Muzaffarabad. It runs parallel to the Kaghan Valley. This valley is different from it by snowstorm covered mountain. out of which, some are 4000 meters higher than the sea level. It contains about 370 large and small villages, hills and mountains with great valleys. The valley has thick forests, streams, and rivers. This valley is full of amazing natural beauty. It attracts lots of tourists from within and out of the country. The valley can be approached from two different points. One from Kaghan Valley and the other is Noori Top. Besides these two, it has many other minor passes as well.
Neelum Valley is also famous for its mineral mines. From here, minerals are being transported to other cities of Pakistan. There is a tourist seventeen-century fort in Neelum. A chief of the Chak tribe, named Muzaffar Khan, built it. He constructed it to ward off the Mughal armies of Emperor Akbar.
There are many local fruits that have great taste including Apples, Apricots, and Walnuts which are world-famous. A large number of tourists visit it in summers. But, in winter, heavy snowing blocks the roads completely. The whole valley provides attractive and beautiful scenery. There is also a mountain “SARWALI” (6326 meters) which is one of the highest mountains in Azad Kashmir. The greenery, snow-capped mountains, and the fast-flowing river make us believe that we are in some part of Switzerland. Many tourists who have an interest in mountain tourism also come and enjoy here. The river is also famous for its fishing and it has Trout fish in plenty.
Places to visit in Neelum Valley:
Here is a list of the places that you should not miss while in Neelum valley.
- Ratti Gali
- Lake Sharda
- Kel / Arrang Kel
- Chitta Khatta Lake
- kutton Jagran Valley and many more.
2- HUNZA VALLEY
Pakistan is one of the few countries with such a dynamic landscape. It has rivers, deserts, lakes, waterfalls, springs, glaciers. We seem to have it all in plenty. The famous Hunza valley is often referred to as heaven on earth. Moreover, the grand Himalayas and the Karakoram mountain ranges have covered this valley. So, this place has been a great tourist attraction for many years.
Hunza is at a distance of 100 kilometers from Gilgit. The British embarked upon a mission to occupy Hunza and Nagar, known as the Hunza-Nagar Campaign in the 1890s. British soldiers led by Colonel Durand occupied Nilt Fort in 1890. After that, they proceeded to the Baltit Fort, but faced heavy resistance. The British gained complete control of Hunza and Nagar with little effort. After that, the Mir of Hunza along with his family, fled to Kashgar in China. And the Britishers declared his brother, Mir Muhammad Nazim Khan, the new ruler of Hunza.
You can live a comfortable life while being in your home in a large city. But as soon as you travel to the northern areas, you find that the real peace of mind is here. There was a time when people used to visit Hunza for restoration. They still do, but now the tourism factor has increased much more than before. From winters to spring, nature seems to be in a transition period. This place remains remarkable with every changing season.
Places to visit in Hunza Valley:
Following is a list of the places that you should visit in Hunza valley.
- Rakaposhi Peak
- Baltit Fort
- Altit Fort
- Rush Lake
- Attabad Lake and many more.
3- LAHORE (HEART OF PAKISTAN)
Lahore is the historic cultural center of the Punjab province of Pakistan. The city is full of beautiful architectures from back during the colonial time. It has plenty of museums for you to get yourself acquainted with the country’s past. So, it has a plenty of things to do for backpackers. If you are planning to visit Pakistan, Lahore must be one of the city on your list.
Anyone planning to visit Lahore should read this guide to have an adventure of a lifetime. Here, you will find all the information you need on what to expect while your trip to Lahore. Let’s begin shall we!
Lahore is the city of gardens. Lahoris love their parks. Parks are the few egalitarian spaces left to the poor and the middle-class. As urbanization and the construction of gated communities create communes for the rich. So, Lahore’s blue-collar workers have nowhere else to go but the parks. For instance, The Shalimar Gardens and the Bagh-e-Jinnah which are the major attractions for people on weekends.
You haven’t eaten until you’ve been to Lahore. Lahore has long made itself the food capital of Pakistan. Punjabi culture is all about food. It’s a fundamentally farming society. The Mughal kitchens and the ethnic Punjabis with roots in Kashmir have left their mark on the city’s food. Lahore is where I learned to speak Urdu properly although with a Punjabi inflection and to appreciate food. I spent a few years growing up in the old, crowded, market neighborhood of Icchra. The owner of my neighborhood dairy used to sell the perfect firni, a milk dessert, in clay dishes. From dessert to offal, Lahore is the answer to all your food aspirations. It has all from the grandiose dish of Siri Paye to the nankhatai biscuits at Khalifa Bakery. So, be prepare for extra-large portions of everything.
Places to visit in Lahore:
So, these places should be on your list while visiting Lahore.
- Badshahi Mosque
- Lahore Fort
- Shalimar Bagh
- Lahore Zoo
- Eiffel Tower Replica
- Army Museum Lahore
- Emporium Mall and many more.
4- SWAT VALLEY
Swat valley is one of the major tourist attractions of Pakistan. Swat is famous for its outstanding natural beauty. And this city is upon the upper portions of the Swat River. Moreover, Swat valley has one of the oldest civilizations history and one of the beautiful scenery one could ever see. It is present between the foothills of the Hindukush mountain range. It is the part of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. However, the location of the Swat valley has a major strategic importance. It lies in the region where South Asia, Central Asia, and China meet.
Swat valley can be reached through Peshawar, Rawalpindi, and Islamabad. Its distance from Peshawar is 151 km. And from Rawalpindi via Nowshera-Mardan and Malakand Pass, it is 270 km. So, we can find regular flights to Saidu Sharif, the capital city of Swat. When traveling through roads personal vehicles can be used. The traveling routes are open throughout the year. Nowadays public transport facilities have also improved. Daewoo buses are commonly used for traveling.
Moreover, from March till October, Swat has the best season for tourism. The valley welcomes tourists with its mountains, lush green forests, and running streams. Some of the major languages spoken in the swat valley area are Pushto and Kohistani. Nowadays, Urdu and English are also spoken by the locals.
Swat is a place for leisure Lovers, Hikers, and archeologists. There are many comfortable hotels where one can stay a while to relax. In Kalam, upper Swat, there are some very pleasant walks since the weather is pretty pleasant. So, one can easily walk over the hills for hours and enjoy the unspoiled nature. The Swat is a garden of Ashoka and was a prosperous land in the Buddhist times. There are at least 100 archeological sites in the valley and less than 10% of these are dugout. Therefore, one can explore some of those sites in a half-day tour of Swat.
Places to visit in Swat Valley:
So, here are a few must-go places that should be on your list while in Swat.
- Kalam Valley
- Kumrat Valley
- Saidu Sharif (Capital)
- Malam Jabba
- Kundol Lake
- White Palace
- Jarogo Waterfall and many more.
Gwadar is the most under-rated city in Pakistan. It is a city by the sea on the south-western coast of Balochistan, Pakistan. Gwadar is well known for its beautiful beaches and blue seawater. Now, a lot of travelers and explorers are heading to Gwadar for beautiful experiences. The city is on the coasts of the Arabian Sea opposite Oman. So, you can see lights from Oman port at night if the weather is clear. Gwadar was an overseas possession of Oman from 1783 to 1958. It is about 120 KM southwest of Turbat.
Gwadar is a rising harbor city on the south-western Arabian Sea-shore of Pakistan. Most of the province’s inhabitants are Balochs, Pashtuns, and Brahuis. Moreover, there are some smaller communities such as Iranian Balochs, Hazaras, Sindhis, Punjabis. Balochi, Brahui, Pashto, and Sindhi are the main languages in Gwadar. Gwadar Port also plays a prominent role in the economic development of the province.
Gwadar is the headquarters of the Gwadar District in Balochistan province. It has a population of about 50,000 people. The city is based on a plan. The warm water, deep seaport was finished in 2007. The harbor is 47 feet deep and handles the largest freight ships that arrive in Pakistan. Hence, the city is expanding as a trade center and a passage for Chinese oil imports. Gwadar has also been taking a growing position in China’s String of Pearls. CPEC project will connect Gwadar in the south-west of Pakistan to China. It will attract further tourism in the country by providing an improved infrastructure.
Places to visit in Gwadar:
Here is the list of places to visit while traveling Gwadar.
- Gwadar Bay
- Zalzala Island
- Gwadar Beach
- Astola Island
- Ormara Beach
- The Princess of Hope
- Hingol National Park and many more.
These are some of the best places to visit whenever you TRAVEL TO PAKISTAN as per my experiences.
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