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Five Places to Visit in Pakistan

Often overlooked as a travel destination, Pakistan is a thrilling destination packed with culture, history and beautiful nature that is waiting to be explored. Here are some places that is worth the visit and might even place Pakistan on your bucket list!

 Gilgit-Baltistan

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A geological beauty that shows off an unforgettable landscape, Gilgit-Baltistan is adored by many, including mountaineers and trekkers. One of the more popular destination is the Hunza Valley, also nicknamed as the Shangri-La of Pakistan.

The landscape consists of layers and layers of stunning sceneries of mountainous peaks, forts, and vibrant patches of flora that has made it popular among many travellers, all of which have claimed that the area is safe.

Another known destination in Gilgit-Baltistan is the Skardu District. Home to crystal clear lakes, picturesque deserts and villages is what makes Skardu a unique and fascinating beauty. Mountaineers would be pleased to learn that Skardu is where the base camp for some of the world’s highest mountains such as K2 and Gasherbrum.

Lahore

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A harmonious mix of culture, art and heritage, Lahore is boasts the legacies of Mughal Empire and the British Raj. Lahore is also filled with enchanting attractions such as gardens and parks, grand mosques and splendid cuisines.

From the Lahore Fort, the glorious scenery of Shalimar Gardens to the historical Minar-e-Pakistan, staying in Lahore for less than a couple of days may not be enough for you to discover its full beauty.

The enchanting and elegant mosques of Lahore is definitely worth the visit. Its charming architecture will leave anyone in awe. Lets not forget the plethora of restaurants on M M Alam Road and Food Street to fill your stomach to your heart’s content.

Azad Kashmir

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If you thought Gilgit-Baltistan was stunning enough, make your way to Azad Kashmir and bask in natural beauty of the area. In the capital city, Muzaffarabad, you can trek up Pir Chinasi that has a peak of 2,900 meters and has one of the best panoramic views of the city.

Get enticed by the lush green forests and the cool waters of Neelum Valley, Jhelum Valley, Leepa Valley and Sharda Valley. These valleys also hide serene lakes such as the Ratti Gali lake and the Shounter Lake.

For foreigners travelling t Azad Kashmir, do take note that you must acquire a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs in Islamabad. This may take a while to be processed so do plan accordingly.

Karachi

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Formerly the capital of Pakistan before losing the title to Islamabad, Karachi remains to be the largest and most populated city in the country and is also economic hub. Karachi has become one of the cosmopolitan cities in Pakistan, and is called home by many nationalities such as Punjabs and Sindhis.

The city has numerous landmarks and monuments that reflects the love and admiration of Pakistan’s founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Such building including the Wazir Mansion, Quaid-e-Azam Mausoleum and the Bagh-e-jinnah, also known as the Frere Hall Garden.

Karachi is a city of charming architecture with splendid interiors. Such marvels is the Mohatta Palace located in the wealthy district of Clifton. The palace was constructed during the roaring 20s by a wealthy businessman who wanted to save his wife from suffering a serious illness. The palace used to receive a lot of wind from the sea, but now because of the numerous high-rise buildings, the winds barely reach the palace.

Despite being renamed, Qasr-e-Fatima, and being handed over to the Pakistani government, the history behind the palace remains together with its name, Mohatta Palace.

Islamabad

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Pakistan’s capital city, Islamabad is a peaceful city surrounded by calming nature. Despite it being the capital city, Islamabad is a traveller’s favourite right after Lahore. One of the most visited places is the Faisal Mosque. Built with a white exterior and is guarded by four towering minarets.

The mosque is the largest in Pakistan and sits on top of the foothills of Margalla Hills, which itself is a favourite among hikers.

Around the mosque, you can make your way to Saidpur Village where you can see the old and new blend together despite being an informal heritage site. If you walk up to Daman-e-Koh, you will be able to see a panoramic view of the capital city. A five minute drive from the Lok Virsa Museum, there is a blooming-flower structure that signifies the country’s provinces.

The four large petals are for Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khuber-Pakhtunkhwa while the three smaller petals are for Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Kashmir and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

 

 

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