Pakistan is truly blessed with all the gifts nature can grant. The scenically acclaimed sites in this country have made it a prime destination for eco-travelers but the ranging landscape; from hot deserts to snow covered peaks, has it made it both difficult and crucial to limit one’s must-see list to the absolute bests.
In this post we attempt discuss the 5 most stunning destinations in Pakistan that reflect the country’s true beauty and diversity – Prepare to be awe struck!
- Saif-ul-Muluk Lake
The picturesque view of this mountainous lake is indescribably calming and pleasing, and with the soaring mountains lying in the backdrop the whole place looks surreal! Saif-ul-Muluk Lake is located in the Kaghan valley of the Mansehra district and is an absolute must see!
- The Kalash Valley
Lying in the Chitral district of the KPK province the Kalash valley is predominantly inhabited by people belonging to the Kalashi tribe who are known to lead very humble lifestyles.
You’ll find small houses built on hills, locals dressed in traditional and vibrant clothing and the whole valley will be covered in rich scenery. The Kalash valley is best described as nature’s paradise, which lies alien to the hustle and bustle of the city!
- The Cold Desert
I know what you’re thinking, “What in the world is a cold desert?”
This oxymoron is not just an expression, but a literal explanation of the Katpana Desert in Skardu.
Sand dunes surrounding the river Indus give Skardu the appearance of a typical desert but the weather begs to differ. Skardu paves the way to the Hindukush and Karakoram Range, where 14 of the eight thousander mountains are located, including the second highest peak in the world – K2.
Understandably, the area possesses its fair share of mountainous peaks despite the desert landscape, and it is these very peaks that are responsible for the cold winds and weather.
- GWADAR BAY
Residing in the mountainous terrain of Balochistan, Gwadar is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. The golden sand and crystal blue water makes it the perfect place for a relaxing holiday. Fishing is also a very popular activity at Gwadar, so do grab a sailboat from the shore and try your luck in catching a bite!
- THE MANTHOKA WATERFALL
This majestic waterfall is located in Skardu, Gilgit Baltistan. It is surrounded by rich forestry, green pastures and snow capped mountains. The waterfall gushes with water all year round and particularly picks up volume in the summers. Water can be seen flowing into to the rivers and valleys of the surrounding areas in plain sight – The whole view showcases as to how systematically nature operates, and is incredibly calming and magical to witness.
All in all the type of diversity that Pakistan is blessed with definitely makes it a worthwhile destination to visit. Every place and every view has something different to offer, and it only makes sense to first explore the beauty that lies in our own country before we venture off to explore the world!
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