Pakistan is the 6th largest country by population in South Asia. When we think of Pakistan, all we can relate it to is terrorism, corruption, inflation, and extremism. Yes, Pakistan is facing some challenges but still it is the safest country to visit, people here are friendly and will go out of their way to help a stranger. Pakistan has not received sufficient spotlight as much as it sincerely deserves! This country is a powerful mix of culture, history, and nature waiting to be explored. Since traveling in Pakistan is heard much less than other countries, here is our sincere effort to encourage you to visit some captivating destinations which will surely make your heart wanting to come back again and again.
Pakistan is the home of many terrains and landscapes. This country has rivers, mountains, picturesque valleys, and historical monuments for the people looking to escape their routine life. In a country of many dazzling and interesting places to see, here are some good places to start.
Neelum Valley, Azad Kashmir
Azad Kashmir is known for its beauty and has many valleys. Neelum valley is one of the most beautiful valleys of Azad Kashmir and is often called the paradise of Kashmir. It has several small freshwater streams, mesmerizing forests, rich green mountains, and a river. Here, you see cascades falling down the immense mountains. The transparent water of these waterfalls flows over and splashes with rocks before blending with the muddy water of River Neelum.
Excellent panoramic beauty, humongous lush hills, wild and loud Neelam river, thriving forests, clear and calm water lakes make this valley a dream come true. It is a must to see places in Pakistan.
Shangrila Resort, Skardu
Shangrila resort is a hotel situated along Lower Kachura Lake. This fine resort is about 18 km from Skardu. You have a clear view of the Karakoram mountain range from here. It is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the natural beauty. You can also see other places in Skardu that are a paradigm of beauty and serenity.
Shangrila is a paradise on earth for tourists. It is a famous tourist spot in Skardu. You will find accommodation of your choice here whether it be warm rooms, suits with terraces or lounges or cottages with balconies all facing toward the lake and dazzling view of Karakorum mountain range. Accommodation services are provided by 4 restaurants, 1 of which is a plane and 1 is on the lake. You can enjoy a hot cup of coffee with a snake of your choice any time thanks to a 24-hour coffee lounge service.
The Karakoram Highway
The Karakoram Highway is certainly among the few things that come to mind when thinking of Northeastern Pakistan and for good reason. It is appraised as one of the extraordinary engineering achievements of the 20th century. Some sources are also pushing it to be the eighth wonder of the world.
The Karakoram is the highest road in the world and it does not come without dangers. The road is extremely traitorous and requires a vehicle that can hold on its own against the tough terrain. Avalanches and snowfalls can occur at any time and can block the road. You can see a marvelous view of K2 along the way which makes it a popular tourism route.
Murree is a small town located on a mountain at an altitude of 2,291 meters. It is about 30 Km from the northern part of Islamabad. It is a famous place among Pakistani families and tourists. It was once a charming place but growing popularity has changed its look drastically as now most of it is covered with large hotels to accommodate visitors.
Pindi point is visited by every visitor. There are chairlifts here which go about 1.5 km up and down on the hill. These chairlifts are also the only way of traveling for children below to go to a school for education. You will find a coffee shop, playground, and many people offering you a ride on a horse. Kashmir’s point also offers a beautiful panoramic view of the mountains, it is known as Kashmir point because Kashmir mountains can be seen from here. There are two routes toward Kashmir’s point from GPO. Both routes offer an excellent view of muree so the best thing to do here is taking one route up to Kashmir point and take the other route coming back to enjoy what each road has to offer.
Mall road is famous for shopping, the best time to visit the market is when the sun is down. Enjoy the shopping, pleasant atmosphere, and delicious Pakistani food on mall road.
Lahore is an excellent mix of culture, art, and heritage. Here you can see many attractions that brag about the legacies of the Mughal Empire and British Rule from forts, parks, astonishing mosques, zoos, museums, and delicious food. A few days at Lahore will not be enough to explore it.
There are too many things to do and places to see in Lahore from gorgeous gardens, Lahore Fort, Minare Pakistan, Shahi Mosque to the shopping places including historic Anarkali Bazaar, Mall of Lahore and Liberty Market. And do not forget to visit the food street on MM Alam Road to enjoy mouthwatering food. When in Lahore you must visit Wagah Border and witness Guard Ceremony.
Islamabad is the capital of Pakistan. It is a peaceful city with a lot of greenery. Islamabad should be the second city to visit on your list after Lahore. One of the most visited places in Islamabad is the Faisal Mosque located at the base of Margalla Hills. You can spot the mosque from a long distance due to its four towering minarets. Margiela hill is also a popular place among hikers. Faisal Mosque is the largest mosque in Pakistan.
Daman-e-Koh is another place that should not be ignored. From Daman-e-Koh you can view the whole landscape of the city. There is also a great museum Lok Virsa where you can find out more about the culture of different groups of people living in Pakistan.