Pakistan is the world’s top tourist destination for 2020 by Conde Nast, a US travel magazine. From the enormous stretches of the Karakorams in the Northern areas to the vast plains in the southern half, Pakistan offers you a complete tourism package. Topographically, Pakistan is highly blessed. In the North, few of the world’s highest mountain ranges such as the Himalayas, Karakoram and Hindukush lay. Moving down from the mountainy North, there are coniferous forests, vast plains and plateaus, deserts, and a coastline merging into the Indian ocean. Apart from this, there many historical buildings and archaeological sites. Trekking, mountaineering, white water rafting, hunting, mountain and desert jeep safaris, camel and yak safaris, are few of many enjoyments. Apart from a great diversity in flora, Pakistan is home to many exotic animals such as Markhor, Indus river dolphin, and even Blue Whale.
The northern part of Pakistan has some of the most beautiful places on the entire planet. 5 of the 13 highest mountain peaks in the world are present in Pakistan, the second-highest mountain K2, and the ninth highest mountain Nanga Parbat. Mountain climbers worldwide visit these challenging mountain ranges and have the time of their lives. Miranjani, Mushkpuri, and Fairy Meadows are dazzling trekking places.
Many breathtaking valleys such as Hunza Valley, Bumburet Valley, Chitral valley, and Kaghan valley look like heaven on Earth’s face. Tourists from all over Pakistan and even abroad visit these places and are astounded by nature. These places offer astonishing scenic views, mountains, lakes, greenery, glaciers, glimpses of village life, and much more. Hunza valley even has two forts: Altit and Baltit that intensify the beauty. Present in the very heart of these towering mountains is some of the most beautiful lakes in the world, such as Saif-ul-Mulk, Lulusar lake, Satrangi lake, and Upper Kachura lake. Some of the longest glaciers such as Siachen, Biafo, and Baltoro, are also located in Pakistan. The northern part of Pakistan is an amazing and beautiful place to visit and is full of adventure and nature’s best work.
Vast plains and plateaus
Pakistan is also home to many vast plains and plateaus. The Balochistan plateau has a beautiful lake, Hamman Mashkel lake. The salt range is another fascinating place. It is one of the hottest and driest areas of the country, but to one’s amazement snow is found in the hills of Skesar. Khewra Salt Mines, the biggest salt mines in the world are a must-visit place. Katas Raj is the most significant Hindu temple of many other temples present in this region. North of the salt range, Potwar Plateau, is another tourist destination. Internationally recognized Ramsar sites and Kallar Kahar are located on this plateau. Diverse wildlife such as Chakor, Chinkara, Hare, Porcupine adds to the beauty of this place. Two UNESCO World heritage sites, Rohtas Fort and the city of Taxila, are located on this plateau with the latter having some ancient Buddhist remains.
Pakistan’s deserts cover almost 10% of the country’s landmass and featuring historical sites and rarest wildlife species. Thar desert is one of the most populated and least inhospitable deserts. The inhabitants bring a lot of cultural diversity, and there are colorful and joyous festivals all over the year. Surviving the scorching heat are found some the rarest animals on planet earth such as Blackbuck, red fox peacock, and harriers. Cholistan desert is famous for its local handwoven blankets and jewelry made from silver and gold. It is also a habitat for diverse wildlife such as black vulture, Saker falcon, Russel’s Viper, and a migratory bird called Houbara bustard. The magnificent and with a perfectly symmetrical architecture, Derawar fort adds to the historical significance of the Cholistan desert. 305 km long, the Thal desert offers a great view of sand dunes.
1050 km long coast of Pakistan has various landscapes such as sand beaches, rock cliffs, bays, lagoons, and mud volcanoes. Famous beaches of Pakistan include Clifton, Hawks Bay, Somani, Hingol River, and Gwadar. Mesmerizing landscapes and coastal scenery at Jiwani and Pasni-Astola islands is unmatchable.
Historical places and archaeological sites
Pakistan is a country rich in cultural and historical diversity. Located in Sheikhupura is the tomb of “Mansraj,” a pet deer for the Mughal emperor Jahangir. Wazir Shah Mosque, built-in 1634 by Shah Jahan, is another beautiful place to visit situated in Lahore. While still in Lahore, Tomb of Jahangir and Shalimar Gardens are two other must-visit places. Makli Necropolis, located in the city of Thatta, is the world’s largest funeral site. Two of the most famous and ancient archeologist sites, Mohenjodaro and Harappa, which were part of the remarkable Indus Valley civilization, are also present in Pakistan. Other notable places include Noor Mahal, Minar-e-Pakistan, and Takht-i-Bahi, where the remains of Buddhist monasteries are the center of attention.
Pakistan is one of the most beautiful places to visit, and one can have the time of their lives in this rich-in-tourism country.