If truth be told, people know very little about the kind of charm Pakistan holds for tourists. According to a survey, the number of the foreign tourists in Pakistan is increasing with every passing year. The country is dotted with lush landscaped gardens, high mountains, beautiful sceneries, historic sites, mosques, architectural marvels, breathtaking natural beauty, lakes and people whose sheer beauty cannot be described in words.
Whether you are a fun loving, adventurous, shopaholic, or a romantic, a single visit to Pakistan can provide you enough pleasant memories to laugh a lifetime. A tourist when asked about his experience of visiting Pakistan said, “Pakistan is the real city of dreams and during my few days trip I could not do all that there is to enjoy in Pakistan, I am planning to spend my next vacations here as well.”
If you are also planning to visit one of the historical places of the world, keep Pakistan at the top of your priority list. There are many places in Pakistan, which make some of the all-time best tourists’ spots. I am elaborating five spots situated in its various cities, which you should never miss while you’re there.
Shahi Qila Lahore
Lahore Fort, also known as Shahi Qila, is situated right in the front of the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore. This Royal architectural masterpiece is approximately 1400 feet long and 1115 feet wide. It was build by the Mughal Emperor Akbar and later on Jahangir and Shahjahan added Sheesh Mahal and other palaces to it.
The supreme historic work of the Islamic architecture, landscaped gardens, Royal palaces, baths, fountains, and retiring rooms take you to the Mughal period. There is also a museum inside the fort, which features relics of the Sikh periods and Mughal regime.
The site of Lake Saif-ul-Malook, known as the land of fairies, is situated five miles away from Naran at a height of 10500 feet above sea level. From Naran, you can either reach the lake by riding a horse, trekking or hiking. The water of the lake is clear with slightly greenish tone that comes from the “Malka Purbat Mountain” standing across the Lake.
The spot provides spectacular camping, eating and recreational opportunities for the tourists so the government is planning to open hotels for them. Before sunrise, the image of the mountain can be seen in the water of the lake. This magical view captivates the minds of people.
Faisal Mosque, the largest mosque in Pakistan, is located at the foot of Margalla Hills in Islamabad. The King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz funded its construction and in his honour, the name “Shah Faisal Masjid” was given to this mosque.
This mosque is designed in the shape of the Bedouin’s tent by a Turkish architect. Since the mosque is situated at an elevated land, it depicts the real sacredness of the mosque. The architecture of the mosque is a perfect blend of modern and unique design. The lecture hall, library, café, and a museum are the main attractions of the tourists at this religious site.
Nathia Gali, a hill station in Hazara, is situated between Abbottabad and Murree and is known for its pleasant weather, beautiful hiking tracks, awesome shopping opportunities, and scenic beauty. Nathia Gali, during summer months, attracts not only foreigners but a large of number of local tourists from other cites.
Nathia Gali is peaceful and much more beautiful than Murree and makes the best spot for having barbecues parties, games nights, bonfires, and trekking expeditions. There is also a mini shopping street in the hill station, which provides endless shopping opportunities to the tourists.
Kalash valleys are located in gorges of Hindu Kush Mountains at a distance of 25 km from Chitral. All three Kalash valleys, Birir, Bumburate and Rumboor, are at an hour’s drive by jeep from Chitral. Along with the scenic beauty engulfing the whole area, the living style of the Kalash people is also worth seeing.
The heritage, culture, and language of the Kalash people are unique. Tourists can enjoy playing with the local kids of the valley and drink their local hooch. Kalash valleys’ people are normally very hospitable and despite being poor, do not hesitate to open their houses for tourists for a cup of tea or a hearty meal.
After reading this, if you have made up your mind to enjoy your vacations in any one of the above-mentioned places, reserve your seat and get ready to spend a magical vacation in Pakistan.
William King is the director of Pakistan real estate and mainly deals in Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore real estate. Being an entrepreneur and passionate blogger he likes to share his knowledge and expertise with the industry people by writing for various related blogs.