Breathtaking Destinations to Explore in Northern Pakistan

Nestled between India, Afghanistan, China, and the Arabian Sea from one side is Pakistan, a beautiful country in South Asia and one of its top traveling destinations. The country, especially its northern areas that are made up of mountains, valleys and plateaus is a piece of heaven of on earth with its natural beautiful and untouched environment.

The country of rich and diverse history, breathtakingly beautiful Mughal architecture of beautiful old mosques, halls, palaces, monuments, mausoleum, skyscrapers, cathedrals, and religious monasteries will have a pupil-dilating effect on you and will make you feel like you have stepped into another world.

Traveling to Pakistan

However, Pakistan is more about the natural beauty in its northern areas than its famous architecture and landmarks. With every New Year, more and more people make resolutions to travel to fascinating places around the world. Pakistan is blessed with amazing places that people from all over the world travel to. Every year, hundreds of Europeans travel to Pakistan through UK travel agency in winter and spring to spend time in nature in northern regions of Pakistan and Kashmir areas.

A dose of nature

Spending time in nature can not only improve mental health problems, reduce health risks, anxiety, and depressions but also helps improve your blood pressure and other heart-related problems. Apart from physical, nature has a way of connecting with the spiritual cell on a greater level.

The breathtakingly beautiful mountains, extravagant valleys, rainforests, lavish springs, volcanoes, lavas, stunning untamed life and places where the sky touches the earth are some of the places found on the lands of Pakistan.

Here is a list of some of the most beautiful and top breathtakingly beautiful destinations to explore on your trip to Pakistan, the land of the pure.

Hunza Valley

Located in the northern part of Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan is the mountainous valley of Hunza. Karimabad is the main town and capital of the valley and amongst the top tourist destination in Pakistan. The picturesque valley is not only known for its greenery and scenery but also its people, whose friendliness and hospitality is a song you will sing for months after you leave the paradise. Some of the most stunning places you can visit while you are in Hunza are Duikar, Eagle’s Nest, Rakaposhi, Diran, Ladyfinger, Hunza peak, Ultar sar, Attabad lake, Karimabad market, Baltit and Altit fort etc. From Hunza, you can travel to Naltar valley in Gilgit.

Fairy Meadows

Locally called Joot, Fairy Meadows is as enchanting of a place as its name suggests. Located in the Diamer District of Gilgit-Baltistan, it is known for its stunning lush green grasslands and World’s ninth highest mountain Nanga Parbat, also known as the Killer Mountain. It was named by an Austrian climber Hermann Buhl in 1953 because he saw nature playing peek-a-boo with the mesmerizing scenery.

Deosai Plains and National Park

Deosai, or more commonly known as the land of giants is one of the most beautiful places in not only Pakistan but the world. This place is a never-ending desert of grass, hills, and lakes, and the scenery is beyond any description of words. Located at an average altitude of 13,000 feet above sea level, Deosai is rich with exotic flora and fauna. Its flora and fauna include wildflowers, red fox, golden marmot, wild horses, gray wolf, Ladakh urial in the foothills, snow leopard, and a number of birds. Due to its remoteness, Deosai sees few tourists each year, which is why it is one of the few places on earth that are preserved in their natural states. There are established campsites in this place, where you can easily find accommodation, food, park rangers, and some guides to make your stay memorable. So whenever you are visiting Pakistan, do visit Deosai.

Ansu Lake, Naran Valley

The name comes from the tear-like shape of the high-altitude lake. Situated near Malika Parbat in the Himalayan range, Ansu Lake is 13,927 feet in the Kaghan Valley. The lake was tucked away even from the eyes of the locals and was only discovered in 1993 by Pakistan Air Force Pilots.

Kalash Valley

The valley of Kalash is basically an extremely old Greek development, the general population of which is called ‘The Kelash’. Their religion, culture, and traditions is a phenomenon in its own. The houses are built with harsh formed logs and the Kelash are known for celebrating festivals like the Uchal Festival, Phoo Festival, and Chomos Festival etc.

Murree

Nestled in the Himalayan foothills is Murree, one of the most magnificent urban city of Pakistan. The bustling summer resort in northern Punjab has a picturesque and pleasant scenic place that attracts tourists from all over the world.

Shangrila resort, Skardu

An epitome of tranquility and wild, Skardu is another mesmerizing valley of Gilgit-Baltistan. It is a home to beautiful streams, springs, and lakes and the resort is one of the top accommodation choices for tourists in Skardu.

Taobutt, Neelum Valley in Azad Kashmir

Located in the heart of Azad Kashmir, Taobat is a mystical village in Neelam Valley. It is a land of beauty with people who are warm and friendly. Enjoy your time in the village that climbs the glorious mountains and clear cool water from the glaciers that surrounds it in serenity. You can spend the nights in the lodges and enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful river view that will make your stay worthwhile.

Siri Paye

Home to a number of freshwater bodies, green mountains, and snowcapped peaks, Siri Paye is a high mountain lake at an elevation 10,032ft above the sea level. It stands in time to show off its peaceful environment and natural beauty that will soothe your soul heal any broken heart.

The little lakes of Siri Paye have seen an influx of tourists for its monsoon, snowfalls, stallion rides, avalanches, hail storm and yellow blossoms blooming all over the green mountains just in time for spring.

 By Yougeshwar Hari

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