Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Top 10 Best Places to Visit in Pakistan

Pakistan is very popular among tourists all over the world. In words of the magazine “Lonely Planet”, it is the tourism industry’s “next big thing”. Tourism in Pakistan had such great potential but unfortunately, because of the political instability and rising extremism, Pakistan missed out the golden opportunity. But still Pakistan attracts tourists from all over the world. Pakistan has been blessed with so many natural places, ranging from deserts to the world’s second highest peak, K2. It is really hard to make a top ten list regarding the best places to visit in Pakistan. This is because their are so many great places to visit in Pakistan. With so much natural beauty, it is no wonder that Pakistan is one of the most popular tourist destinations for tourist all over the world. I must say again that it is very difficult to list the top ten best places to visit in Pakistan because there are so many great places that one can visit in Pakistan.

10. Shogran Valley
Shogran Valley is situated on a green plateau and has the height of 2,362 meters above sea level. It lies near Kaghan Valley and people visitng Kaghan/Naran always visit Shogran becasue of its majestic beauty. People who visit Shogran usualy come to the beautiful Siri Lake and Paya which offers breathtaking view of scenic beauty.

9. Neelum Valley

Neelum Valley is situated in Azad Kashmir and is heaven on earth. It stretches 144km and is filled with dense forests. Places like Kel, Sharda are majestic in beauty and offer breathtaking view of greenery. It is one of the most beautiful places in the world and anyone visiting Azad Kashmir must visit this heaven on earth.

8. Snow Lake

Snow Lake is located 16,000 feet  above sea level. It lies in the Karakoram mountain range.  Conway, a visitor, described Snow Lake as “beyond all comparison the finest view of mountains it has ever been my lot to behold, nor do I believe the world can hold a finer.” It is very difficult to reach there and only around 200 people reach there annually but those who do say its a dream.

7. Deosai National Park

Deosai or “Land of Giants” is situated in Skardu at an elevation of elevation of 4,114 meters. It is the second highest plateau in the world. The Himalayan Brown Bear is found here. Deosai Lake can also be visited which again is a marvel of nature.

6. Ansu lake

Ansu or Ansoo lake is one of the most beautiful lakes of Pakistan. It is of tear shape, that’s why it is called Tear Lake. It is located in Kaghan Valley and offers breathtaking view. To reach Aansu lake you have to trek for around 5 to 6 hours and cross three mountains on foot but once you see the lake, all tiredness goes away.

5. Lake Saif-ul-Malook

Lake Saif-ul-Malook is located in Kaghan valley and is a famous tourist destination in Pakistan. The weather is pleasant and the scenic beauty just takes your breath away. According to the locals, the impact of beauty of the lake is such that it is believed that fairies come down during full moon.

4. Swat

Swat is also known as the “Switzerland of Pakistan” because of its scenic beauty. It is a famous tourist destination. It is located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and possesses great natural beauty like mountains, clear rivers and lakes and green meadows. There is also a skiing resort in Malam Jabba for tourists.

3. Hunza

Hunza is located in Galgit-Baltisatan at a height of 8,200 ft. The valley is a popular spot for tourists because of the spectacular scenery. The people of Hunza are very friendly and hospitable.  In fact Hunza has the highest literacy rate in Pakistan.

2. Concordia

Concordia lies in the heart of Karakorum range. 4 out 14 of the worlds’ 8000s are situated here. Those tourists who don’t like climbing can come here and enjoy breathtaking views. K2 is also located here.

1. Fairy Meadows

Fairy Meadows or “the heaven in earth” is located at the west of Himalayan range. Fairy Meadows has lush green meadows and and it is a very relaxing place. The view of Nanga Parbat is indescribable. Legend says that this is fairies’ heaven. The jeep trek to reach Fairy Meadows  is thrilling and  a point comes that jeeps no longer can go forward. There one has to walk or ride a horse to reach Fairy Meadows. One can camp or stay in cottages built for the tourists.  April to August is the best time to go to Fairy Meadows.
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