Pakistan is not all what the news channels and newspapers portray it as. There’s a lot more to it apart from just terrorism, politics, and all sorts of other problems. You must have had at least one person say the following to you when you asked him/her to visit Pakistan: “Visit to Pakistan? It is too dangerous.” But how can one just jud ge the situation of Pakistan without coming here? It isn’t as bad as it is portrayed to be. And so what if Pakistan is facing problems? No country is problem-free.
So if anybody plans on giving this country a visit, here’s a list of places that must be visited:
1) Lake Saif-ul-Malook: This beauty is located at the northern end of Kaghan Valley. It is in the north-east of Mansehra Division of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. Not only the mountains surrounding it make the place beautiful, but its reflection in the lake is definitely breathtaking! Su mmers are a good time to go here using the jeeps. However, in winter, it can take quite long to get here and sometimes the jeeps aren’t a good option considering slippery paths.
2) Concordia: This Mountaineers paradise is located in the extreme north of Pakistan along the borders of China. Pakistan bears five of the tallest 14 mountain peaks of the world, and four of these can be seen from Concordia.
3) Deosai: Referred to as the ‘land of giants’, this beauty is situated in the Astore District of Gilgit-Baltistan. It is on the boundary of Karakorum and western Himalayas. It is home to various kinds of flowers, countless species of animal, including the brown bear and snow leopard. It is the highest plateau in the world. So if you wish to see wildlife in Pakistan, this place cannot be missed.
4) Kalash Valley: Resting in the Chitral District, this heaven is home to the Kalasha tribe. They construct their homes with logs on the hill sides. The valley is not only famous for its beauty but also the colorful lifestyle, cult ure and festivals.
5) Shandur Top: Located in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s Chitral area, Shandur Top is thought to be the highest polo ground in the world. Although snow keeps the place covered in snow in winter, Shandur Top turns into a lush green scenery in summer. Every July, Shandur Polo Festival is held here and is an attraction to tourists and natives. It is difficult to get here in winters considering the heavy snowfall and slippery tracks, but in summers visitors use jeeps to reach it.
6) Gorakh Hill Station: Did you know that the province of Sindh has its own hill station? All you have to do is travel to Dadu to see it. It is Sindh’s highest point and lies on the border of Sindh and Balochistan. Although the roads to this place are in poor condition, when one reaches Gorakh Hill Station, the journey becomes worth it.
7) Badshahi Masjid (mosque): Lahore is home to some of the most beautiful architectural and historical sights. This mosque dates back to the Mughal era. Built in Emperor Aurangzeb’s rule between 1672-74, it is one of the biggest mosques in the world. It is entirely made of marble and red sandstone. The walls and roofs of prayer halls are decorated with Islamic calligraphy.
8) Qila Rohtas (Fort Rohtas): The historical garrison fort is located near Jehlum, Punjab. It was built on the orders of Afghan ruler Sher Shah Suri (1539-45 AD) to serve as a huge fortified base for military operations. Rohtas Fort has the following 12 gates, all of them are built in ashlar stone. The fort is an example of masculine architecture. Qila Rohtas was designated a World Heritage Site in 1997. This spot is heaven for history lovers.
9) Hingol National Park: This is one of the largest national parks in Pakistan. It rests on the Makran Coast in Balochistan. The topographical features vary from barren forests in north to cooler regions in the west that have regular rainfall. They are home to different plants and animals. Hingol National Park is known to support at least 35 species of mammals, 65 species of amphibians and reptiles and 185 species of birds.
10) Wagah Border: This is the border between Lahore, Pakistan and Amritsar in India. It is famous for its daily flag-lowering ceremony which is carried out by both countries before sunset. The gates are unlocked and the soldiers from both countries carry out a parade which then leads to lowering the flags, folding them, handshake between soldiers from either side and shutting the gates. All of this is witnessed daily by spectators in Amritsar and Lahore every day, with chanting and singing.
11) Taxila: According to Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation, Taxila is the abode of many splendid Buddhist establishments. Over 3000 years old, it is the main centre of Gandhara. It is 35km from the capital, Islamabad. It was designated a World Heritage Site in 1980.
12) Mazar-e-Quaid: This is the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam, founder of Pakistan, located in Karachi, Sindh. It is made of white marble and was designed by architect Yahya Merchant. While on a visit to this beautiful country, one cannot escape without visiting the founder’s grave. It is not only beautiful but also a place to remember the person who was behind Pakistan’s independence.
13) Mohenjo-daro: It is an ancient Indus Valley Civilization city that flourished between 2600 and 1900 BCE. Located in the Larkana district of Sindh, Mohenjo-daro means ‘mound of the dead’. Although no greenery around, this dry landscape is a beauty itself and its history is what makes it standout today.
14) Tharparkar: This is a desert, and obviously different from the rest of Pakistan. Here, tourists not only get a chance to see hills of sand, but also experience life in mud houses with camels around. Thorny bushes and cactus plants will be seen everywhere in the desert. Regardless of the heat during the day, the nights are the best as they are cool. It is always nice to see how people in different climates and landscapes are living their lives.
15) Pir Sohawa: This tourist spot stands on the Margalla Hills of the capital. It is admired for not just the magnificent view but the leisure walks. It is an ideal place for picnics, enjoying the breeze and witnessing a breathtaking view from an elevation of about 5000 feet. In the deep valleys of Pir Sohawa are thatched mud houses and along the road are some restaurants. After monsoon rains the jungles in the hills of Pir Sohawa turn lush green.
Pakistan is the beautiful place but i have some problem that in which part of pakistan is neelum valley situated ??
I am afraid you forgot to mention Soon Valley, Specially sakesar in Soon Valley.
It feels good to see these admirable places of Pakistan on one web. Of course there are many more but its good that some one has tried to share few of them.
I returned from Pakistan last week after visiting the Swat Valley area. Last year visited the Gilgit and more northern areas, many that are listed here. Wonderful country with awesome people, food, hospitality and scenery. Thank you Pakistan for making me a welcome guest. I will come back again and again.
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Whether 10 days enough to visit most of that places???
HI, my Friend and i are going to Pakistan this January and i can’t find any information on where is good then? We want to go and see all these beautiful valleys and mountains but in January will they still be so pretty or all bare? We want to go to Gilgit, Fairy meadows etc but i think fairy meadows will be out of season and not green :( anyone have any knowledge to help us know where will be green and beautiful at this time?
Hi becca, its quite difficult to visit upper northern areas of Pakistan in winters because of heavy snow fall, land sliding and roads are blocked due to same. I suggest either you delay your plan or if you still want to come in january then chances are you will miss some beautiful places.
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Amazing places u listed… Ya…u missed some but that the ‘ll be next time..
Inshaallah m gonna visit Deosai and Concordia…
best for our kind
Fairy meadows and deosai are best missing places…
Fairy meadows and deosai is missing …
luking totally amazing……..
Want to visit Pakistan….
Well!This list is TOTALLY wrong no good order!where are himalyas? Where is arang kel?Where is neelum valley?Where is khunjerab pass?Where is Sharda?Where is Swat !etc
U also forgot wher is Kashmir
Where is AJK ? Neelum ? You must be kidding .
in pakistan aproximately 200 km from islamabad via muree AJK strts from KOHALA,muzafrabad and neelum strts from,kunda shahi, keran,athmuqam, sharda.
I recently visited Derya Neelam ,Kohala picnic p.t .
InFACT its amazing place .
Pakistan is so incredible and fill with so much beauty and so many wonderful people.
Where is kashmir?
I like beautiful Pakistani tourist place
kashmir boundry 100 km far from islamabad via muree motorway and starts from kohala. then smooth road untill muzafrabad.
God give us these beautiful places so these haven’t every country but sarrowfull things are that we have not good and sincear politician I salut to army which save over country from terrorism and international enemies
Amazing view I was totally saw only just tharparkar but mindblowing I love it and my cell num
Really appriciable. In next phase please do consider Azad Kashmir specially Neelam Valley. Sharda is recommended both from historical and tourist prospective.
lo0ve my c0unter nd missing it to0 muCh want to0 come back in pakistan to0 see all places which are very beautifull !! there is no0 doubt that pakistan is to0 beautiful ,, i wish to0 c0me back and visit all places so0n :)
these are very beautiful places !! i wish to0 see these places , when i c0me back in pakistan !! missinG my cOutry :)
proud to be a pakistani , thx sheema
Its a very informative and interesting article. I really found it a valuable input for the promotion of tourism in Pakistan. Infact at government leval a lot of efforts are required as no serious steps/ initiativs have been taken in this regard. I appreciate your efforts.
I enjoyed learning more about Pakistan!! It was interesting to me!!*
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sindh and southern punjab :/ ?
Its good but skardu should also be included
people have dfrnt views about dfrnt sides………….. but list has only 15 places & surely all places r perfkt choice…. yes there r many many places in Pakistan, coz our country has a long list to watch……
thank you for looking after our lovely Pakistan when most of our loving Pakistanis are fighting amongst themselves over stupid controversies.
You forget the name of KHEWRA.
In Khewra, Punjab have a world second Largest and oldest salt mine.
Faisal mosque Islamabad also deserves to be in this list.
Dear this is so impressive but places like kalam and Bahrain in swat is missed which is in fact injustice kindly mention them as well
Hi there! Thank u for reading this. I know i didn’t mention them. Sadly, I could only list 15 in this one. Next time, i will add these
Totally missed out kashmir and sawat.
Next time, I will surely add the ones not listed here. Sadly, I could only put down 15 places here.
Superb Places you have selected but you should have included Noor Mahal, Bahawalpur, Darawar Fort Bahawalpur
Surprisingly enough I dont see anything from the coastal areas. In my opinion places like Hawks Bay and Sea View are also worth visiting. Plus… I would also vouch for Michni Post on Pak-Afghan Border. The place has a historical value too!
Totally agreed but consider Gwadar as well
still most of view points r missing like thandiani, galliaat,tooli peer,naran,kalam ….etc
I wish one day i reach that lovely places. Thank you for sharing .God blessed all
My bf is from pakistan. He and his friend always said that their country got a nice places . One day i will go there.
Beautiful Pakistan…@ from Bangladesh…..
Thanks brother . Still its yours. come n enjoy the beauty
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Good work but you missed out some places like ”Shangrilla Resorts ‘& Hunza Valley”. They must be added in the list. :)
Yes 100% agree. In my opinion Hunza Valley is most beautiful place in Pakistan to visit.
Hi Talha, thank you for reading this. Yes I know i’ve missed out on a lot of places. They are just too many. :)
We need to show the world what treasures we hold, so that tourism may thrive again
Though many more spots can be added and the list can go on and on :-)
U should also mention the Para chinar area of kuram agency FATA. Natural paradise area of FATA
Beautiful places for Pakistan mashallah
There is more places to visit
1. kheer thar mountain
2. Rani kot fort
Superb list of places to see, InshaAllah I’ll be visiting these places soon.
I have been 3 times in Pakistan. I have seen some of the places indicated in the article. So beautiful places. I promised myself to return to Pakistan one day and visit again other areas of your lovely country
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Why you have to act so stupidly man…
we will be pleased to recieve you again
I’m sure, you will….
We will again welcome you with more love and respect madam. thank u for liking our country.
Most Welcome any time.
Nice to hear that :) Luciana :)
thanks for your support and most welcome
You are most welcome MAM. :)