Tourism in Pakistan is on its peak these days. Tourists from all around the world enjoy visiting different areas of Pakistan. Pakistan is a country which offers top adventure travel destinations. There is no doubt that Pakistan is diverse geographically and has several cultural heritage sites that tourists can visit. It is expected that by 2025 tourism will contribute about Rs 1 trillion to Pakistani economy. With that being said the government of Pakistan has also ended the requirement of a NOC to visit certain areas of Pakistan for the foreign tourists.
Pakistan is naturally beautiful country. It offers four seasons. Thus people living there can enjoy different seasons all year long. They get to smell the natural fragrance of flowers in spring, hear the rustling of dry leaves in autumn, drink hot beverages in the cold wintery nights and visit chilly hill stations during the hot summers. There are many attractions in Pakistan that tourists would love to see especially its northern areas as it is famous all around the world due to the high mountains, green valleys, and beautiful wildlife. Here are the ten most beautiful spots in Pakistan that you must visit.
Khewra Salt Mine
Khewra salt mine is known to be the second largest salt mine in the entire world, thus visiting it could be an amazing educational experience. It is situated in the province of Punjab around the Salt range which is 184 kilometers far from Islamabad. It is the major tourist attraction as each year about 25,000 tourists visit this salt mine. Tourists can see a vast amount of salt, several saltwater pools, and small salt structures in the Khewra Salt Mine.
Mohenjo Daro, Sindh
If you are a history geek, then you should not pass up the chance to visit the archaeological site Mohenjo daro that is situated in Sindh. Thorough research and study led to the conclusion that these ruins used to be a part of the Indus Valley Civilization. This city was abandoned in 1900 BCE and was not discovered again until 1920. In 1980, UNESCO declared Mohenjo daro as the World Heritage Site which can be visited through both private and public transports.
Tharparkar is another great tourist attraction that is situated in Sindh. Tharparkar is a rural area that consists of several towns and villages. Tourists tend to visit this area during Monsoon rains to experience how this dry dessert turns into an oasis. All year the people living in Tharparkar experience hot and humid weather, but it is the time of joy when the monsoon comes as it helps in irrigating their land.
Visiting Gilgit Baltistan is the popular choice of most tourists as it offers them beautiful scenic views and adventure. It is situated in the north of Pakistan. Thus it is the home of a vast number of mountains which are more than 20,000 feet high. K-2 and Nanga Parbat are also located here. The world’s highest polo ground Shandur is situated in Gilgit Baltistan. You can also check out the gorgeous turquoise-hued Attabad Lake. If you love skiing, then you must travel to the Naltar Ski Resort in Gilgit Baltistan.
Shangrila Resort, Skardu
Take a small turn on the Karakoram Highway after Jaglot, and you will reach Skardu. It is a seven-hour long journey during which you will be met with beautiful streams and generous people who are always there to guide the tourists. When you cross the wooden bridge over the Indus River, you will arrive at the Shangrila Resort that is, without doubt, a paradise for tourists from around the world.
Neelum Valley, Azad Kashmir
Neelum valley is known to be one of the most beautiful valleys found in Azad Kashmir. You will have to travel north end of Pakistan to experience the freshwater streams, lush green mountains and cataracts falling down the mountains. The milky white water flows over the roads, splashing the rocks on its way when it finally mixes with the muddy waters of the Neelum River. You should visit the neelum valley in summers.
Lake Saif ul Malook
Lake Saif-ul-Malook is located in the north of Kaghan Valley. It encompasses mountains and an unquestionably gorgeous lake in the middle of the high mountains. People tend to visit lake Saif-ul-malook in summers by traveling through their jeeps. However, in winters it is quite risky to travel to lake Saif-ul-malook in a jeep. It is incredibly calming to sit on a rock and put your feet in the runny and cold water.
Badshahi Masjid, Lahore
Lahore is the home to the beautiful Badshahi Masjid. This masjid has delightful architecture and great sights. It was built in the times of the Mughals. It is made of marble and red sandstone. The lobbies are engraved with mind-blowing Islamic calligraphy that people love to see whenever they visit the Badshahi Masjid. It is great to know that in the current time, Badshahi Masjid has turned into the most demanded masjids for conducting nikkah and photo shoots. Many desi eating spots around Badshahi masjid are famous for their mouthwatering food items.
Mazar-e-Quaid is a great tourist spot, and it holds a sentimental value for the citizens of Pakistan. It is located in Karachi and is made from white marble. Yahya planned to build it. It is always a great idea to visit the most loved places in any country. Quaid is the person who was the reason behind the freedom of Pakistan.
Monal Restaurant at Margalla Hills
Monal is one of the most visited places in Pakistan. Not only tourists but the residents of Pakistan are attracted towards this spot situated in Margalla Hills, Islamabad. It offers a grand view where youngsters and adults pose for pictures. You can also take a relaxing stroll to calm your nerves while enjoying the breeze that touches your face smoothly. Monal is at the height of 5000 feet. Thus it surely is a long ride to take.