6 Pakistani tourist spots you should have on your bucket list

Published: April 10, 2018
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Near Saiful Muluk Lake. PHOTO: HASSAN SAJID

Near Saiful Muluk Lake. PHOTO: HASSAN SAJID

Near Saiful Muluk Lake. PHOTO: HASSAN SAJID Satapara Lake. PHOTO: HASSAN SAJID Saiful Muluk Lake. PHOTO: HASSAN SAJID En route to Hunza Valley. 
PHOTO: HASSAN SAJID Deosai National Park. PHOTO: HASSAN SAJID Top view of Babusar Pass. PHOTO: HASSAN SAJID Attabad Lake. PHOTO: HASSAN SAJID

KARACHI  : From pleasing landscapes to stunning sceneries, Pakistan is home to many mesmerising locations.

While its diverse cultural heritage, breathtaking Karakoram views and enchanting ruins of ancient archaeological cities continue to excite travellers, a much lesser known part of the country sits in all its glory waiting to be visited by adventurous voyagers.

Forget Switzerland or Greece, here we have handpicked our six favourite spots that should be on your bucket list in case you need to unwind.

1. Hunza Valley

En route to Hunza Valley. PHOTO: HASSAN SAJID

En route to Hunza Valley. PHOTO: HASSAN SAJID

Located in the mountainous valley of Gilgit-Baltistan, Hunza is home to several picturesque riverbanks and hills. With vibrant colours surrounding the exotic scenery, it definitely makes it to our holiday wishlist. Snow leopards, markhors, ibexes and red-striped foxes can also be found in the region.

2. Saiful Muluk Lake

Saiful Muluk Lake. PHOTO: HASSAN SAJID

Saiful Muluk Lake. PHOTO: HASSAN SAJID

Next is a classic. Lake Saiful Muluk or Saiful Muluk Jheel is situated in the northern end of the Kaghan Valley, near the town of Naran in the Saiful Muluk National Park. With crystal clear water, surrounded by sky high mountains, travellers from Pakistan and globally make sure not to miss out on this extraordinary sight.

3. Attabad Lake

Attabad Lake. PHOTO: HASSAN SAJIDAttabad Lake. PHOTO: HASSAN SAJID

Known for its turquoise waters which cut the dramatic terrain, Attabad lake has a rather interesting story behind its formation. It is a lake in the Gojal Valley, Hunza, that was formed in January 2010 by a landslide dam, displacing thousands of residents. The lake has since become a tourist attraction itself for its phenomenal scenery.

4. Babusar Pass

Top view of Babusar Pass. PHOTO: HASSAN SAJID

Top view of Babusar Pass. PHOTO: HASSAN SAJID

Situated in the north of the Kaghan Valley, Babusar Pass is based in between mountains and grasslands. Like Kaghan, thick forests surround the tourists’ pathway to the valley itself, especially on the higher slopes.

5. Desoai National Park

Deosai National Park. PHOTO: HASSAN SAJID

Deosai National Park. PHOTO: HASSAN SAJID

Also referred to as the ‘Land of the Giants’, Deosai is a high-altitude national park, located in northern Pakistan in the Skardu district of Gilgit-Baltistan. The lush green park is accessible to tourists only in the summer. The Tibetan wolf, Himalayan ibex, Tibetan red fox and golden marmots are the main wildlife in the region.

6. Satapara Lake

Satapara Lake. PHOTO: HASSAN SAJID

Satapara Lake. PHOTO: HASSAN SAJID

It is one of the largest fresh water lakes located in the northern areas of the country. The lake offers ample opportunity for trout fishing, boating and rowing. It provides fresh water to the neighboring population of Skardu. Driving to this beautiful location from Skardu will not take you more than a few minutes.

How many places will you visit?

Pictures by: Hassan Sajid.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Malik
    Apr 11, 2018 - 1:40AM

    How about the hotels to stay with family & kids ? What are the prices normally ? I guess the road all the way to Giligt is good & then from Gligit to Chitral is also good ? We are planning a 2 week trip with family .. What should be the cost esitamte for such a trip? Recommend

  • yasiry2j
    Apr 11, 2018 - 9:36AM

    i think writer only mentioned places which she knew about, many places like banjosa lake and places from kashmir & balochistan are missingRecommend

  • Atif Ejaz
    Apr 11, 2018 - 12:26PM

    The writer has very limited or no knowledge about tourist places in Pakistan. She probably has employed her personal experience in writing this article. Recommend

  • Aziz
    Apr 11, 2018 - 2:40PM

    Pakistan is blessed with divers beaut like green mountain of AJK, KP especially Neelum, Swat, Dir, snow mountains of GB, dry mountains of GB , KP and Baluchistan, plains of Sindh and Punjab but the only thing somehow, we lacking is tolerance, acceptance for diversity in our society and peace…Recommend

  • Ajmal Khan
    Apr 11, 2018 - 3:47PM

    Ziarat is home to one of the oldest living fossils on Earth – the ten thousand year old juniper forest – a UNESCO world heritage. It was also Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s retirement resort. His residency is a national monument of Pakistan.Recommend

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