Gorgeous, stunning, enchanting – words fails to describe this land! We’re talking about a country in South Asia that is dotted with emerald lakes, snow-capped mountains, lush forests, crystal-clear rivers, unspoiled coastline, and verdant meadows! We’re talking about Pakistan – its natural beauty will bowl you over!
Brimming with stunning views and sights, Pakistan also offers plenty of archaeological ruins for history enthusiasts and a wide range of adventure activities for those seeking some thrill. With its rich culture, friendly people, lip-smacking food, and never-seen-before landscapes, Pakistan is guaranteed to leave you awe-struck.
There are several reasons to take a trip to this South Asian nation, but we’ve shortlisted the best few. Hence, do not visit Pakistan until you see this list of amazing places that the country is blessed with!
7 best places to see in Pakistan
1. Hunza Valley
Hunza Valley is ‘the’ most scenic place to visit in Pakistan. Period. Located in the Gilgit district, this valley can give tough competition to many European towns. The landscape is unbelievable with spots that are just unreal; take Attabad Lake for instance, it is surreal and transports you to another world. The villages here are rustic with super-friendly, cultured locals. The water that flows through Hunza valley needs a special mention – the melted Himalayan water is laden with rich minerals which is the key to the longevity of Hunza’s people. Apparently, the beautiful people of Hunza Valley are said to be the descendants of Alexander the Great! If you’re looking for best places to see in Pakistan, Hunza Valley should top your list!
2. Siri Paye
The meadows of Siri Paye are a must-visit while touring Pakistan. Serene and scenic, Siri Paye is located near the famous hill station of Shogran in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. Though picturesque, this area is not easily accessible; steep mountains, narrow, winding roads – it’s an uphill task in true sense to reach Siri Paye. But the very sight of its freshwater ponds, wild yellow flowers in full bloom, and green grass, will instantly make you forget your long, tedious journey. During winters, this region gets covered in heavy snow, while summers are pleasant and welcoming.
3. Arang Kel
One of the most picturesque towns of Pakistan, Arang Kel is also one of the most difficult to reach. Located at an altitude of 8,379 feet, this village is a hit among hikers. Known as the “Pearl of Neelum Valley,’ the town is surrounded by pine trees. This quaint town nestled in the Neelum Valley is great to spot the endangered musk deer. The houses here are unique in their own way – the top floor is for families while the animals are kept on the ground floor. Arang Kel is undoubtedly one of the best places to see in Pakistan.
4. Lake Saif-ul-Malook
Heaven on earth, Saif-ul-Malook lake is nothing short of a dreamland! Surrounded by Malika Parbat, the crystal-clear, emerald lake is the highest alpine lake in Pakistan. Located in Kaghan Valley, near the town, Naran, the lake is a paradise for those who love camping, especially when the sky is lit with stars. Fishing and boating are the key activities that have tourists coming to this “Lake of Fairies” over and over again.
Tranquil, charming with vast lands of wilderness – Skardu is definitely the place that deserves a mention on this list. A popular town of the Gilgit-Baltistan region, Skardu is situated in the Skardu Valley, and has been captivating visitors by its beauty. The main attraction, Shangri-la resort is built along a pristine lake, giving its guests no reasons to complain. The shimmering lake Kachura is just 32 kms away from the town. Fishing, boating, trekking and various other activities will keep you engaged, in case you ever tire of admiring the surrounding beauty.
6. Shandur Pass
Located in Chitral at an altitude of 12,200 ft, the Shandur Pass hosts the famous Shandur Polo festival. The first polo match was held in 1936 and is still celebrated with the same fervour and zeal by the tribes of Gilgit and Chitral. Often referred to as the “Roof of the World“, Shandur Top is another highlight of this region, offering breathtaking views. One of the most beautiful lakes in Pakistan, the Shandur Lake at the top of the pass, is equally magnificent and a beauty to behold! This plateau is accessible between April and November. Paragliding, sailing, and boating are the key activities that draws crowd in numbers.
Shandur Polo Festival 2019: 5-13 July
7. Makran Coast
In the province of Balochistan lies an unspoilt coastline with beaches that are hard to miss. Yes, we are talking about Pakistan’s Makran Coast. The rugged terrain with barren mountains surprise you with a stunning coastline. Pasni, Ormara, and Gwadar are few of the pristine beaches that lie on the strip of this coast. The Makran Coastal Highway is a scenic road ideal for a road trip, so make the most of it.
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You’re as awestruck by Pakistan as we are, right? It is rare to come across a destination that makes you fall in love with it instantly! If you are passionate about travelling and ready to go great lengths to find a new, exciting place, you have found your next holiday destination!