The image of Pakistan portrayed to the whole world through the hands of the media is one that no resident of this country can be proud of. But apparently, God did not take this image into account when granting this country with more than its fair share of natural beauty. This article contains only six of the many eye capturing and breathtaking places that Pakistan is proud to show off.
Pakistan has a number of stunning valleys, enchanting the tourists with awe, but the importance of the valley of Ziarat lies in the Junipers forests. Peaking just above 8200 feet above sea level, this ancient valley is situated around one hundred and twenty two kilometers north of Quetta. The specialty of this valley is the fact that it contains the second largest Junipers forest in the world. Some of the trees in this forest were sowed as long as 5000 years ago.
The city of Ziarat is also famous because Muhammad Ali Jinnah resided in a residency in Ziarat in his last days. This residency was built in 1882 by the British and was used by the British governor generals up till independence in 1947.
The scintillating river Swat, runs from the Ushu range of mountains to the spread of the Swat valley, also known as the Switzerland of Pakistan. What sets this valley apart from the rest is its brilliant lush green color. The main town that is closest to this valley is Mingora but it is more famous for being located in the middle of the Hindukush mountain range.
This valley is the ideal place to go for archeologists, hikers and leisure lovers. Kalam, upper Swat, contains beautiful hills with mood lifting weather and it is a dream for those who like to take evening walks.
Lake Saif ul Muluk
Lake Saif ul Muluk is a world renowned lake in the great north of Pakistan and it has a place in the top five tourist spots of Pakistan according to the Guardian. A bumpy and adventurous 45 minute Jeep ride up from the Kaghan valley, in the north east of the Mansehra district of KPK will take you to one of the most talked about spots in all of Pakistan. Once you get out of your jeep, you will automatically draw in a deep breath of fresh air when you see this tremendous lake sitting between tall snow-capped peaks. The luminous blue sky covering this gift of God is the icing on the cake.
Your tour of Pakistan would be incomplete without sitting on the edge of the lake, letting your eyes wander around the mountainous cover, and maybe even paying one of the baba jees a hundred rupees to tell you the mystical tales about the origins of the great lake.
The Hunza Valley, often refered to as heaven on earth, is a grandiose mountainous valley in Gilgit-Baltistan, stretching from Khizerabad, through Nasirabad, Murtazaabad, Attabad to Khunjerab. It consists of numerous high peaks consistently ranging over 6000 meters. These include the Ultar Sar, Rakaposhi, Bojahagur Duanasir, Ghenta Sar, Hunza Peak, Darmyani Peak, and Ladyfinger Peak.
One of the main places to visit in the Hunza Valley is the 12th highest peak in Pakistan, Rakaphosi. It is a part of the Karakorum Mountain range and it 7788 meters high. The meaning of Rakaposhi is “Shining Wall” because it is surrounded by glacier valleys like Bapru and Bagrot.
This valley, also known as the Blue Gem of Pakistan is the definition of serenity. It is located in the north east of Muzaffarabad where it stretches for nearly two hundred kilometers. Cutting through the mighty Himalayas, this sparkling body of water shows off its grand scenic beauty, surrounded by colossal hills, exuberant green forests, charming streams and a pleasant atmosphere to top it all off.
This valley is connected to the city of Muzaffarabad via Neelum Road and it is separated from the Kaghan valley by breathtaking snow covered mountains. Apart from dipping your feet in this magical valley, you can also visit the Sharada Peeth, a temple on the banks of the Neelum dedicated to the goddess Sharda.
Fairy Meadows Nanga Parbat
Fairy Meadows is the charming and glittery welcome to the jaw-dropping mountain range known as Nanga Parbat. The mountains sit in the background of this colorful destination, making it one of the most picturesque places for tourists to visit.
North from the Meadows lies the Raikot glacier, replete with dark, dangerous crevasses, hit by frequent avalanches and covered by fifteen meters of ice spears. The Nanga Parbat mountains present a mighty challenge to those who wish to climb them and it is known that one in every five people who go up these mountains never descend them. Reinhold Messner, the first mountaineer to ascend the world’s largest fourteen peaks had to be nurtured back to life after he lost seven of his toes and his brother during his confrontation with Nanga Parbat.