A country enriched with the Natural Blessings
The image of Pakistan is presented darkened and the opposite of what it really is. Pakistan is the place of pious people with its breath-taking landscapes; everyone around the globe is fascinated by it. No doubt, a time was there when it was unstable regarding peace. But now everything is on the track and Pakistan has emerged as a centre of Tourist attraction due to the hidden beauty present in this country.
The total contribution of Tourism has risen to 5.8% of GDP in 2018 as compared to the previous year and is forecasted to rise 7.4% of GDP in 2028.
Pakistan is among few countries of the world that are blessed with all four seasons. In addition, this country is not only crowded with ancient buildings and Historical places but also enriched with the natural beauty scattered all around it.
Before moving into the country to discover the hidden sights which can be a result of your comfort and unexpected stunning memory, you must be aware of some useful tips to be safe and relaxed.
Pack your bag according to your compulsion
The very first thing after you have checked for your passport, Visa and ticket is the packing of your luggage and other useful gears you may need there. If you are travelling in winters your luggage can weigh more than to travel in summers as lightweight clothes consume less space in the bag.
On the off chance, the weight of your bag exceeds than the limited quantity, you have many options to send excess baggage thorough an independent company that offers cargo to Pakistan.
Advance Booking of Hotels to stay safe
It can be very hectic and time wasting for you to move with your heavy luggage, here and there in search of a suitable hotel for your stay. So to avoid this headache search online for a hotel that is nearer to the most of the places you are going to visit. Even you can take benefits of discounted prices offered online.
Make up your mind to see some unseen world
This can be thought to be an awkward thing that what to make up mind for? Definitely, it is quite simple. Just stop thinking and making images in your mind. Be ready to see some unimagined things. This tip can be more joyous if applied practically.
Basic knowledge of the local language can be useful
You need not to hire a guide, to understand what people say, and depend upon him/her. You need to learn some basic Urdu language words, rest Pakistani can understand English too. This can be an entertaining and adventurous thing to learn a third language. It can be surprising the local people there.
Now it is the time to walk into beautiful Pakistan, to learn about the captivating place there.
Naltar Valley-an isolated sanctuary of Sheer Beauty
An isolated sanctuary of sheer beauty, Naltar lies tucked away from the hustle bustle of the towns and cities of Gilgit-Baltistan. Cuddled up among snow-topped peaks and towering forests, the valley is home to what is denoted as the tastiest potatoes in the world.
During the winter season, Naltar provides a delightful experience of skiing on its eminent slopes that attract tourists by the droves. The ski resort is run by the Pakistan Air Force, along with the newly installed ski lifts that take skiers to the top of the slope.
Naltar is home to three glorious lakes known collectively as the Bashkiri Lakes. Situated at a distance of 13km from Naltar Bala, it takes about an hour of travelling on unpaved roads to reach them. All along the route, which is a dirt track, icy streams can be seen flowing across the green valley floor. Due to the plentiful vegetation, these are ideal grazing grounds, attracting the local nomads who visit here with their cattle.
Ansoo Lake- jaw-dropping hidden wonder of Pakistan
Ansoo Lake or literally “Tear Lake” because of its shape that appears to be like a tear, is considered as one of the highest lakes in the Himalayas because of its altitude, about 14000 feet above sea level. Ansoo Lake is in the heart of Kaghan Valley of District Mansehra, KPK. It is to be found near Malika e Parbat (Queen of Mountains) which is the highest elevation in the Kaghan Valley.
Ansoo Lake is not viewable in winters due to fog or rain so you need to be really lucky if you want to witness the beauty of the Lake. Tracks leading to the Lake are fine-looking as well. For tourists, best time of the year, where they can feast their eyes on the beautiful experience of this place without engulfing in fog or rain, is in the months of June, July and August.
Shahdara Valley-a glimpse of heaven on earth
Shahdara Valley is a natural hidden beauty in the lap of Islamabad. It is said to be a glimpse of heaven on earth. It situated 10 km from President House Pakistan, 7 km from Barakhao-a hub station amid Murree Rawalpindi and Islamabad, and 15 km from Faizabad bus station, Islamabad. Shahdara Valley is to be found in Margalla hill, northeast of the President House, Prime Minister House, Parliament house and Diplomatic Enclave.
Shahdara is a small stream which passes right behind the Quaid-e-Azam University and has become a very appropriate picnic spot.
Shahdara is a Water Source or we can say a Fountain in the suburbs of Islamabad. This is a modest, silent, Close-to-Nature Environ and comforting place. If you are exhausted and looking for a place to unwind, then a day-long trip to this place will surely help you. There are a few street-food points that serve your desires. It is highly recommended for tourists as well as families. In summers, most people visit this place to enjoy a touch of coolness.
Moola Chotok Khuzdar-the hidden pearl of Baluchistan
Moola Chotok is located nearly 85 kilometres from Khuzdar city, is regarded as the hidden pearl of Baluchistan. Locally recognised as ‘Moola Chotok’, the heavy valley fascinates tourists with its crystal clear waterfalls, bumpy rocks, sparkling streams and enthusiastic greenery.
Moola River that drifts between the mountains, during the course of the year, is the largest river of Khuzdar region. Palm trees mark the rocky beach and bring round the wind. The spangled clean water is far and wide used for irrigation purposes. Chotok marvellously falls between the two hills into a stream of cool water. It is one of the biggest waterfalls of Baluchistan.
The river and streams are booming with various kind of fish distinctive to this area. This wonderful place in the middle of nowhere is excellent for a tranquil vacation.
Pir Ghaib Waterfalls-a clean blue water scenario
Pir Ghaib Waterfalls Quetta is a stunning cascade, situated in Bolan Valley, about 70 km from Quetta, Baluchistan, Pakistan. It has an amalgamation of many ponds and streams to become a renowned clean blue Pir Ghaib Waterfalls established for the nature lover visitors. It is a hidden site to be explored by the only who wanted to be calm in the cradle of beauty.
Although, Quetta is one of those cities of Pakistan, which has most striking places to visit. If you want to soothe your eyes by watching the Pir Ghaib Waterfalls, must have a long wheel jeep, which will have reached by the book, safe and sound to the destination.
Moreover, tourists can enjoy around a long walk along with their families and friends, its surroundings are enclosed with lush greenery and palm trees which add beauty to this place. Most of the time nature lover visitors caught these memorial moments in their cameras in a very effectual way.
Astola Island- a hidden gem of Pakistan
Can’t you just portray yourself chilling at this place with a cold ass drink in your hand, that too without having to pay shit loads of money as you would have had you gone to one of those messy Thai beaches? Astola Island is a small deserted Pakistani island in the Arabian Sea almost 25 km south of the nearest part of the coast and 39 km southeast of the fishing port of Pasni, Baluchistan.
The colour of the water and pattern of the beach deviates all over the day depending upon the tide. The seabed is observable to about the depth of 20 feet. There is no standing structure on the island with the exception of the remnants of a lighthouse the government had built in 1983.
You can enjoy diving including to view so many multi-coloured fish. The scenario of the Island is just captivating and moving you away from all the cares of life.
Shandur-a natural beauty depicting place
The Shandur Pass is one of the chief mountain passes of Pakistan. Also, one of the natural beauty depicting place to visit in Pakistan. It is mainly uninhabited and passing through its snow-covered slopes in winters is a terrifically challenging adventure. The polo ground is about 168 Km from the main town, Chitral and is reachable by jeep. The road is blocked during winter due to heavy snow.
Shandur is known to be the Highest Polo Ground on Earth. It is located about 3738 meters above sea level between Chitral District and Ghizer District of Gilgit-Baltistan. It is called the ‘Roof of the World’. The top is flat, a plateau and one can go across between late April and early November.
Its beauty attracts tourist from all over the world. Moreover, each summer, a massive festival is organized here called as Shandur Polo Festival. A polo match is played between different districts of Gilgit-Baltistan which not only becomes the pleasure of local people but for the tourists too. There is no restriction for anyone, the game is free to watch for all.
All these places are just a few. Pakistan is really enriched with profound beauty. There is a need to explore the beauty of nature enclosed in it. Try new things and meet new people because it is the key to understand this beautiful world.
This article is written by Isla Oliver. She herself is a fond of Travel and loves to share her experiences. Currently she works for a company that specialises in sending cargo to Pakistan from UK. In her line of service, she has visited Pakistan several times, hence she wrote this article on the basis of her experience.