Most of the time reality is way different then the long kept perception. This can be said about the small South Asian Country Pakistan. For a true traveller the travelling is not a journey but a way to know cultures and their traditions, and let people know the world through their traveling tales.
While planning to the world popular tourist destinations for a change travel to explore and look into some splendid destinations of Northern Areas in Pakistan. As a tourist with a craving to know more, once you visit your thoughts will be that, Pakistan is one underrated tourist Destination. Still having second thoughts, well, here is a list of twenty four travelling destinations of Pakistan that will change your mind.
- Roof of the World Shandur Lake:
Shandur Lake is located in the District Gilgit Baltistan of Pakistan in high mountain pass connectng Chitral and Gilgit. It is also called the “Roof of the world“. It is one of the most beautiful Lakes of Pakistan. The top is flat and a plateau. It can be crossed between late April and early November. The place is mostly famous because of the Shandur Polo Festival. The highest polo ground in the world at 3,700 meter is located here.
- Astonishing Mushkpuri Trek (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa):
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Mushkpuri the 2nd highest hill of Galyat, located in the wonderful Hills of Nathiagali-District Abbottabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. It is approximately 9452 feet (2,800 meters) above sea level. Mushkpuri trek is a blessing for tourists. It is an easy trek of 3 hours with magnificent sceneries all the way to the top. The total climbing distance is 4 kilometers (2.5 miles). The splendid spiralling trek through lush green forest starts from Nathiagali. During winter the combination of snow flakes, pine trees and grassy land all the way along is astounding .It is a perfect place to breathe in some fresh air and enjoy natural sceneries. The sound of birds in deep silence casts a spell capturing ones soul to feel the power of nature. It is ideal to be alone in woodland forest and spend some time with nature.
- The Hilly Area of Thandiani:
Thandiani or Thandyani is a beautiful Hilly Area located in Pakistan. Thandiani literal meaning is “Cold”. It is located at about 2700 meters above sea level. The Thandyani Hills can be reached through Abbotabad District. It is around about 1 hour and 30 minutes on a good decent road. Thandiani is considered by an excellent weather and lush greenery especially in the summer months. This hilly place is surrounded by Pine Forests. At one side of the road it offers beautiful views of Abbotabad city. At other side you may have lovely scenic views and breath-taking scenery of hill stations of Pakistan.
- Manthoka Waterfalls (Skardu):
This beautiful Manthoka Waterfalls is located near the Madupur, Skardu, Gilgit Baltistan in Pakistan. The waterfall is a big waterfall with a height of about 180 feet. This beautiful place Manthoka is about 40km away from Skardu, Baltistan. The place is awesome and ideal for camping and fishing. The waterfall looks eye-catching
- Beautiful Kalam Valley in Swat:
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Kalam Valley is located across the Swat River in Swat, in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Kalam Valley is famous for its magnificent waterfalls, lakes and lush green hills. It is 270 km drive from Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. It is one of the popular destinations for tourists. At 29 kilometers (18 mi) from Bahrain and about 2,000 meters (6,800 ft) above sea level, the valley opens out, providing rooms for a small but lush plateau above the river. In Kalam, the two rivers (Ushu and Utrot) join to form the Swat River.
- The Unspoiled Village Khanaspur in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa:
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“Khanaspur” or sometimes spelled as “Khanispur” located in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan is an outstanding example of the immaculate beauty of the northern areas of Pakistan. Khanaspur once a detachment of British infantry is today a popular tourist mountain resort town of the Galyat area of Hazara region which falls in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Khanaspur is a settlement in Ayubia, Abbottabad District. Khanaspur is located at an altitude of about 2250 meters (7500 feet).
- Ayubia National Park:
The park is known for cloudy and pleasant weather in summer and very cool winters Ayubia National Park is another fascinating destination of Pakistan. Since 1984, previously known as Ayubia, was declared as a National Park. The destination is located at an average elevation of 8000 feet. The main purpose of extension of Ayubia National Park is the conservation of temperate forests.
- Hidden Gem of Pakistan Anakar Valley (Swat):
Anakar valley is a hidden gem of Pakistan and not known to the world. Although, Anakar Valley is not less in natural beauty than any other praiseworthy natural site on this earth. You can see for yourself in the captured sceneries that how beauty talk halts. Anakar Valley is situated at almost an hour drive from Kalam, a tourist attraction in Swat which is also known as Switzerland of Pakistan. The valley contains some astonishing views and scenes. It was a long planned trip of some friends who wanted to unravel the natural beauty of Pakistan and I would like to share that we were not at all disappointed. The people of Anakar Valley are very welcoming and friendly.
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- Mirror Reflection of Lulusar Lake (Kaghan Valley):
You cannot miss the Mirror Reflection of Lulusar Lake. The expedition of a traveller never ends and turns into wanderlust. Lulusar Lake as the name indicates is one of the highest point lakes in the world. “Sar” is a Pashto word for top. The crystal clear water gives a mirror reflection in the alluring surroundings.
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- Worlds Scenic Hairpinned Roads of Babusar Top:
This is a great spot that can be explored on the way to Gilgit. Babusar Top can be reached by Babusar Pass; the winding road is known to be one of the worlds scenic hair pinned roads. Babusar Top is a junction that connects Chilas (Karakaram Highway), Naran and later on leads to other destinations including Gilgit, Hunza and Skardu. The views from the top are amazing, floating clouds, cool breeze and marvellous landscape is all one can see. Look for yourself in the pictures and you will know what I am referring to, it was a heavenly piece of earth with beautiful views wherever you see.
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- Invigorating Attabad Lake (Gilgit Baltistan Hunza Valley):
Attabad Lake is one such invigorating place where you can enjoy a boat ride and look at jaw dropping snow topped mountains and bracing landscapes turning a simple boat ride into a memorable experience. The boat ride at Attabad Lake is one thing you must do if you are visiting Hunza. Attabad Lake also known as Gojal Lake is located near Hunza Valley, one naturally blessed part of northern areas of Pakistan.
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- The Pacifying Shogran (Kaghan Valley):
A place which will make you forget all the worries and stresses of a routine life is Shogran. The Beautiful Shogran village situated on a green plateau of Kaghan Valley in northern Pakistan at a height of 7,749 feet or 2,362 meters above sea level. The beauty of shogran is beyond the explanation of words with surrounding peaks and forests. The flowing Kunhar River at the east adds a calming effect to the location of Shogran.
- Shounter Valley (Azad Kashmir):
Shounter Valley is located in Upper Neelum Valley, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. From Shounter valley, one can cross the Shounter Pass to go in Astore valley at Rattoo. May to August is the best time to go to that place. It can be gain access to through a jeep track from Kel which only gets opened for a few months of the year. A best place for camping lovers, as camping is mainly common here; no such accommodation facility is available. Shounter Lake is the among the top tourist attraction here. A Shounter Lake is a small but very lovely lake in the Shounter Valley, Azad Kashmir. It can be accessed through a 2-3 hours of jeep journey from Kel (Upper Neelum valley) via Domail. The road though gets opened only for a few months only in summers.
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- Beautiful Lalazar (Naran):
For the travellers who love to hike their way towards beautiful destinations. Lalazar is one great spot. Lalazar – located in Naran, Beautiful Kaghan Valley, Pakistan. It is the second most visited tourist destination in Naran after Saiful Muluk. Lalazar is located on the other end of Lake Saiful Muluk, over the mountain. A large green plateau gives a lovely view of the valley below. The place can be reached through the deadliest track on jeep with several twists and turn. For hiker lovers, there is another track – 5 hour hike – over a mountain pass from Lake Saiful Muluk. You may find a guide.
- Shangrila Resorts (Skardu):
Shangrila Resorts is located at a drive of about 20 minutes from Skardu, Pakistan. It is also known as “Heaven on Earth”. The peaceful place was called Shangri-la, a Tibetan word meaning “Heaven on earth“. Shangrila was built in 1983 with the inaugural of the first Resort Hotel in Skardu, Baltistan by Brig. (Retd) Muhammad Aslam Khan of Pakistan Army. It is situated at a height of 2500 meters. The area is more commonly known as “The Roof of the World“.
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- Murree (Queen of Mountains):
Murree is a Hill station Located in Murree District (Sub Division of Rawalpindi District), Pakistan. It is the popular tourist destination of Pakistan located in the north-west Himalayas at an estimated altitude of 2,291 meters (7,516 ft). Murree is one of several hill stations made by the British in the Himalayan foothills during the 19th century. The other well-known is Shimla, summer capital of the Rajisthan India. Murree was founded in 1851. The city is packed with forests of pine and Oak. Alongside goes the main road, the Mall. There are the most important commercial establishments, the Post Office, General Merchants with European goods, tailors and a millinery or hat store.
- Nathia Gali (Hazara):
Nathia Gali or Nathiagali is an exhilarating a hill station in Hazara, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Located at a distance of 34 kilometers from Murree the place is known for the hill views and lovely weather. It is also a great hiking spot. There is also a market with traditional items of Nathia Gali. This destination is mostly crowded with tourists that come from different parts of the world.
- Hunza Valley (Gilgit-Baltistan):
Hunza is an isolated land in the northern Pakistan and this is the main reason it is still able to hold on to its cultures and tradition. Hunza Valley is located in north of the Hunza River, at an altitude of around 2,500 metres [8,200 ft], It is the mountainous valley in Gilgit in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. It is also a very famous tourist destination because of the spectacular and wonderful scenery of the surrounding mountains like Ultar Sar, Rakaposhi, Ghenta Peak, Hunza Peak, Passu Peak, Diran Peak and Bublimating all 6,000 metres [19,685 ft] or above. The Beauty described as Paradise on earth. Hunza Valley is access-able via Regular bus and van services which operate between Gilgit and Central Hunza.
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- Heavenly Neelam Valley (Azad Kashmir):
The valley located in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan, the heavenly Neelam Valley is a dream come true for a traveler. Neelam Valley has a total area of 144 km long bow-shaped intensely forested region in Azad Kashmir. Neelum Valley is situated at the North & North-East of Muzaffarabad, in a row parallel to Kaghan Valley. Outstanding scenic beauty, panoramic views, soaring hills on both sides of the noisy Neelum River, lush green forests, charming streams and attractive surrounds make the valley a dream come true.
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- Deosai National Park (Skardu):
Deosai National Park is located in the valley of Skardu, Astore District of Gilgit-Baltistan province, in northern Pakistan. A place is said to be Heaven on earth. The National park is located on the Deosai Plains of the Kashmir region. The word Deosai means the “Land of Giants.” The Incredible beauty of Deosai is one of the most beautiful places of the world. The place can be reached by jeeps or through horse and very few will ever get to see.
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- Sheosar Lake:
Sheosar Lake (which is also called Shausar Lake, Blind Lake) situated in Deosai Natural Park; Pakistan at an elevation of 4,142 meters (13,589) is one of the nature marvels. The lake reflects different patterns with changing seasons. Sheosar Lake either ice covered or filled with greenery is a refreshing for tourists visiting the Gilgit-Baltistan province of northern Pakistan.
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- Rama Meadows (Astore):
Rama Meadows is a heavenly place for camping. You can enjoy clear skies and lush scenic views. Rama Meadows is located near Astore in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. It has landscapes covered with oak trees, pine, cedar, fir and juniper trees. Camping at the side of refreshing Rama Lake is also an amazing experience.
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- Fairy Meadows:
The Enchanting Fairy Meadows is a natural grassland located to the north of Nanga Parbat (elevation 26,660 ft, 9th highest in world and 2nd highest in Pakistan) overlooking majestic Rakhiot glacier in Diamer District (Gilgit,Baltistan). The name of the invigorating fairy meadows was given by German climber Willy Merkl, who was highly impressed by the splendour and beauty of this place. The name was derived from German origin word Marchenwiese which means fairy-tale. Fairy Meadows is known as Joot and Fantori by the native people.
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- Lake Saiful Muluk (Naran):
Lake Saiful Muluk is the lake of fairies as narrated in the fairy tale “Saiful Muluk” by the famous sufi poet Mian Muhammad Bakhsh. This beautiful Lake Saiful Muluk is one of the best Tourist Destinations in Pakistan. This Lake is located at a distance of 10 km from Naran at an altitude of 3500 m. It provides with the amazing view of the 5290 m high Malika Parbat (Queen of the Mountains). The Lake rests in the wonderful Kaghan Valley. Saiful Muluk is one of the most beautiful lakes of the world. Lake Saiful Muluk is one of the Finest worth watching Tourist Destinations.
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