Allah Almighty blessed Pakistan with a wide array of beautiful landmarks. Not only do all seasons show themselves in our country, it has also been ordained with a distinctive biodiversity. Long gone are the days when Pakistan was regarded as one of the worst tourist spots. Now, BBS has declared that Pakistan is a travel gem and is one of the world’s most exciting travel destinations right now.
Pakistan is home to a number of captivating landscapes. This includes the high peaks of the Karakoram range along with the fertile Indus River plain. Moreover, Pakistan’s rich cultural heritage, ancient Silk Road, and other landmarks like the ruins of Mohenjo daro and such still continue to enchant travelers till this day.
From the Arabian Sea to the tall peaks of the Himalayas, National Geographic gives insight into some natural wonders of our beautiful land.
Deosai National Park [Summer’s Palace]
A backdrop of snow-dusted mountains arises from the alpine plateau of the Deosai National Park. This has been named the “Land of the Giants.” This bewitching landmark is home to Tibetan wolf, Himalayan ibex, Tibetan red fox, and golden marmots etc. Though, the government granted this biodiverse spot the status of protected in 1993. This was done to protect the endangered Himalayan Brown Bear. The park also had a nomination for World Heritage Status in 2016.
Nature’s wonder in Northern Pakistan is a place associated with fairy tales and local legends. According to one version of the legend, a prince fell in love with a beautiful princess. But there was a giant who also fell in love with the princess. The giant held the princess captive. On one fateful day, the prince freed the princess and ran away with him. Seeing this, the giant, in a fit of fury, flooded the valley with his tears, creating the lakes with his tears. Visitors from all around the world today come to witness this wonder of nature.
The Makran Coastal Highway is a scenic drive that starts in Karachi and runs through Gwadar to the Iran border. Unique lunar rock formations line a section of the highway known as the Buzi Pass in Hingol National Park. Natural rock sculptures, such as the sphinx-shaped “Lion of Balochistan” are found along the highway.
Hunza Valley is a beautiful mountainous valley in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. Don’t let the “valley” confuse you though. Hunza is, in actuality, a massive district made up of numerous valleys and villages. It is also home to snow leopards, markhors, ibexes, and red-striped foxes.
Hingol National Park
It is Pakistan’s largest national park extending hundreds of miles along the Makran Coast. Hingol National Park has a variety of topographical features and habitats. The diverse wildlife along with the active mud volcanoes are its most renowned features. Sindh leopards, chinkaras, honey badgers, and Indian pangolins also call this park home.
Baltoro Glacier is one of the world’s largest valley glaciers. Pakistan’s eastern Karakoram is the location of the Baltoro Glacier. While difficult to access, it is still one of the most highly trafficked regions in Pakistan. This glacier gives rise to the Shigar river i.e. to a tributary of the Indus River. Not only is Baltoro Glacier’s scenery known far and wide today, its meltwater, which is a source of life for the Northern Pakistan’s people, is also one of its known features as well.
Attabad Lake is a beautiful and serene lake found in Hunza, Gilgit Baltistan. Although it is bewitching in its beauty, its origin story is not-so-lovely. A massive landslide at Attabad Village created the lake in January 2010 when it flooded nearby towns, whilst blocking the flow of the Hunza River, and displacing thousands of people. People remember it as the Attabad Disaster today. Despite all of this, Attabad Lake has now become one of the biggest tourist attractions in Pakistan.