Not so long ago a foreigner friend of mine came to visit Pakistan. Overwhelmed by what the country had to offer, she described the beauty of Pakistan in following words:
‘I have been to almost all the countries in the world but I would say Pakistan is a real gemstone in the crown of Asia. I rank Pakistan amongst the top five best tourist spots in the world because of its deep green valleys, high ice-capped mountains, serene lakes and stunning historical structures. I am simply stunned by the amount of things it offers to tourists.’
All of the above is true and for that you have to salute the relevant authorities in Pakistan which have been struggling hard to preserve the natural beauty of its northern areas. Pakistan is a country of diversity with several historical spots, amazing mountain ranges, lush valleys, fantastic landscapes, grand mosques, serene beaches and unique landmarks which are the key attractions for worldwide tourists to spend their holidays here. From boating to camping, picnic to hiking, mountain climbing to fishing and shopping to eating, Pakistan offers a plethora of activities for tourists.
Every year tourist and local visitors, colleagues, friends and newly married couples take a trip to the Northern Areas of Pakistan to breathe in the clean air and to admire the beauty of the nature which is at its purest, while those who want to enjoy the sun and learn about the real culture of the country travel to the hot South which is famous for its deserts. I am a Pakistani (feel proud of it) and I would like to share three places which make the top beautiful tourist sites in Pakistan.
Lake Saiful Muluk
Lake Saiful Muluk can be accessed though exhilarating jeeps ride from Naran to the north of Kaghan Valley. It is the highest still water lake in Pakistan and is surrounded by glaciers. For that reason the temperature of the site falls before zero degree at night. There is a fictional story famous about the lake that once a prince rescued a fairy, which jinn had held at this remote lake as a captive. The sheer beauty of this place is so enchanting that many people believe that fairies land on the lake on the full moon. It is indeed a magical place and to get the feel of that, it is best to stay here overnight and camp at the lake. You can also fish trout from the lake and cooking it yourself on brick stove.
Located on the Arabian Sea is the silver sand Clifton Beach in Karachi. The temperate of this beach remains moderate all the time so it is crowded throughout the year. Tourists can enjoy picnicking, swimming, camel and horse riding on the beach. There is also an amusement park which features an aquarium and Oyster Island. Tourists can also enjoy shopping from several stalls and small beach front shops displaying a variety of gifts and handicrafts made of shells. There’s also a beautiful fountain here! The beauty of fountain fixed at the sea jetting out sea water and illumined with white lights is unable to describe in words.
Shah Faisal Mosque
Located on elevated land in Islamabad and shaped like a Bedouin’s tent is the Shah Faisal mosque which is an architectural marvel. Covering an area of 5000 sq. m, Shah Faisal Mosque makes the largest mosque in Pakistan and has a grand prayer hall which can accommodate up to 10,000 people. Margalla Hills at the back, unique calligraphy, marbled floors, mosaics decoration and Turkish-style Chandelier – everything about the mosque is appealing for tourists. Tourists can observe true values of Islam and capture them in the photographs for memory.
Though there are innumerable tourist sites in Pakistan but these three are the most beautiful spots which tourists should never froget to visit in Pakistan.