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You might be one of those enthusiastic travelers who have seen photos of epic snowy mountains and jaw-dropping views, archeological ruins, and shrines of Pakistan. You might also hear about the mesmerizing tales of infinite hospitality and cultural diversity. You might read the articles by Forbes, Condé Nast Traveler, and some other travel magazines that laud Pakistan as the next superlative tourist destination. If now you are planning to visit Pakistan, so let me tell you are on the right track
A decade back, the matchless natural beauty, diverse cultural richness, and unparalleled hospitality of Pakistan has been outshined by security concerns and regional insecurity. But now Pakistan has been declared as the safest tourist attraction.
Here are some fantastic facts and unique aspects of Pakistan that add exquisiteness to our world and make it worth visiting the place again and again.
The world’s most beautiful country with such a diverse landscape is one and only Pakistan. You can find every tourist attraction in Pakistan from mountains to valleys, rivers to the sea, desserts to the island, and cultural heritage to archeological ruins.
1. Famous Cities to Explore
Explore Pakistani cities such as Islamabad, Lahore Karachi, and Multan. Islamabad capital city is modern and offers you world-class tourist attractions, fines restaurants, and contemporary buildings such as Faisal mosque and centaurs Mall. Lahore is a blend of old and modern lifestyle. It offers you UNSECO listed historical buildings such as Shahi fort and Shalimar Gardens, bustling markets, a bunch of mosques, vibrant food culture, and more.
2. Northern and Southern Areas of Pakistan
To explore the natural beauty of Pakistan, come and visit the northern and southern areas of Pakistan.
Lush green valleys of Gilgit Baltistan, such as fairy meadows, Rama valley, and Astore, will mesmerize you with breathtaking views and exceptional beauty. There are more than 1500 lakes in Gilgit Baltistan, including Attabad lake, Shangrila Lake, and many more. Similarly, you can visit “Swat, kalam, and Malam Jabba.” You can go camping, rafting, boating, trekking, enjoying local food and many more fun activities.
3. Swat, Malam Jabba and Kalam
Swat Valley is located approximately 250 kilometers away from the capital city Islamabad. It is also known as Switzerland of the East”. It offers you refreshing meteorological conditions, deluxe green pine trees, snowy peaks, and the crystalline river waters. Kalam is an enchanting valley surrounded by stunning, tall mountains, lush green woods, deep lakes, and beautiful waterfalls. It offers tourist activities like skiing, snow sports, trekking, chairlift rides, sightseeing, and many more adventures. You can also visit Narran and Kaghan valleys, Azad Kashmir and Neelam valley also.
4. Historical and Religious Tourism
On the other hand, Pakistan offers historical tourism, as it has five thousand years old Indus Valley Civilization, Mohenjo-Daro, and Harappa, which is one of the oldest civilizations. You can visit several historical places in Lahore also. Pakistan also offers religious tourism as it has various sacred sites for Hindus, Sikhs (Nankana Sahib), Sufis (Multan), and then Buddhism (Taxila).
5. Astola Island
If you are visiting Pakistan first time, then don’t forget to discover the mesmerizing charm of the country’s coast in the south by visiting the Astola. Astola is Pakistan’s largest off-shore island located in Baluchistan. It’s strange rock formations, and the crystal-clear turquoise water will take your breath away.
Pakistan and its local community are absolutely brilliant. Most of the people you’ll meet will be genuinely generous, friendly, and interested in helping you. Most importantly, all Pakistanis are hospitable; whether you are visiting northern areas or traveling through the cities, you will find them cooperative and cordial if you are lost or doubtful about anything local. They will love to help you out, and most interestingly, everybody understands English in Pakistan.
Most travellers’ especially solo female travelers’ primary concern is the security situation of Pakistan. No doubt, Pakistan’s law, and order situation was a cause of concern a few years back. The good news is that now the security situation has improved considerably all over Pakistan. Female solo travelers can visit Pakistan without any fear, as Pakistan has massive respect for females. Still, there are certain tribal areas where female solo travels are not advised to go alone.
if you are a foodie and traveler simultaneously, then a trip to Pakistan provides you to equal opportunities to enjoy the traditional cuisine and explore the beauty of Pakistan.
Pakistani food is famous for its particular use of all sorts of herbs and spices. Every traditional dish is made of different sorts of conventional spices and has special concoction. These traditional recipes have been improved through generations to yield an impeccable taste. Each dish, whether it is desi style lentils, chicken or lamb roast, trout fish has a particular taste, and you enjoy every single bite. Pakistan is also famous for its traditional sweets like jalebi, Gulab jamun Sohan halwa, and many more. These sweets are made with distinctive recipes and topped with a hodge-podge of nuts. You can also enjoy organic farm fresh fruits all over Pakistan according to seasons.
You can’t explore the true beauty and cultural diversity and richness of Pakistan in one visit. Foreign visitors who are visiting Pakistan the first time has so much to explore and have to make multiple visits to explore the true tourist spirit of Pakistan and Pakistani people. Feel relax and make an immediate plan to explore the diverse land of beauty and culture.
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