Home to gorgeous valleys, rugged peaks, beautiful lakes and stunning landscapes, Pakistan is one of the most underrated travel destinations in the world. The natural beauty of Pakistan makes it a hidden gem that is unexplored by many.
From ancient fortresses to beautiful mosques, majestic sceneries to breathtaking plains, here is a list of five must see travel destinations in Pakistan (in no particular order) that you should visit atleast once in your life.
Skardu, Gilgit Baltistan
From towering mountain ranges to beautiful plains, Skardu is a city in Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan, and serves as the capital of Skardu District. Surrounded by scenic mountains and lakes, with hospitable people around, one can’t help but feel they are in heaven.
You can spend a few days exploring the Upper and Lower Kachura lake (a picturesque mountain lake with the Shangrila resort); this place is perfect for honeymooners and trekkers.
After visiting the Shangrila resort, one can then visit the sand dunes of Katpana desert in the Katpana village. And how can one miss the spectacular Deosai National Park also known as ‘the Roof of the World’. A high-altitude alpine plateau with lovely views of seasonal blooms and wildlife, Deosai is an ideal place for camping and soaking in those picturesque sunsets and sunrises. It is a definite must-see destination when visiting Skardu.
From Eagle’s Nest, to the ancient Altit and Baltit Forts, there are several tourist spots in Hunza valley that are worth visiting. Be it the hospitable locals of Karimabad or the delicious walnut cake of Café De Hunza, this place steals your heart every time. To witness one of the most magnificent sunsets of your life, visit Eagle’s Nest Hotel, located in Duikar village at the altitude of 9043.3 feet (2850 m), making it the highest village in Hunza.
One must try the local cuisines and interact with the residents while strolling in the streets of Hunza. The handicrafts at the shops make for great gifts for people back home.
Gojal Valley is located 20 kilometers up north of Hunza on the Karakoram Highway. Home to the famous Attabad Lake in Shishkat village, Gojal Valley is home to many scenic locations, lakes and glaciers such as Borith Lake, Batura Glacier, Ghulkin Glacier, and Khunjerab National Park. Attabad lake is known for its deep blue waters and offers activities such as jet skiing and boating.
The lush green Gulmit village comes next and an hour-long trek can take you to the Ondra for a picturesque view of the surrounding, famous Passu Cones.
Phandar Valley, Ghizer
Known for its scattered forests and colorful waters, Phandar Valley is a must visit location, especially in summer. The soothing ambience and breathtaking views make you feel refreshed and energized after a long commute. Best known for camping, swimming, fishing, hiking and nature walks, Phander Valley offers boating in the deep blue still waters of the lake.
With many hotels and inns in the area, this place is one of the most popular tourist spots, especially during summertime.
About 200 kilometers long, the picturesque Neelum Valley runs North and North-East of Muzaffarabad and parallel to Kaghan Valley. Some of the snow-covered peaks in the Neelum Valley rise as high as 4000 m above sea level.
The enchanting streams, lush green landscapes and lofty hills of Neelum Valley make you realize what heaven must feel like. The valley is open for trekking for tourists to upto Kel, that is 155 km from Muzaffarabad.
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