After decades of political instability and security concerns that have left Pakistan off the list of all but the most intrepid travellers, the country is now on the brink of something special. Pakistan has opened its doors to travelers from all over the world thanks to increased security and political stability.
Pakistan is a beautiful country. Atop 108 peaks above 7,000 meters, including K2, the South Asian country’s mountain scenery is simply stunning. From bustling cities such as Islamabad and Lahore to the beautiful valleys in the north, Pakistan is the perfect destination for a unique getaway.
It can be difficult to choose from a long list of places to visit in this beautiful country, so take a look at our suggestions. Here are 10 of the best and most beautiful places in Pakistan.
1. Skardu. Landmarks of Pakistan
Turquoise waters, towering mountains, beautiful lakes and generous people, Skardu has it all. Spend a day or two exploring the beautiful village of Kachkhura, the Shangri-la resort and the sand dunes at Katpana village.
Enjoy an incredible experience as you watch the sunrise and sunset over the Indus River. To learn about the history of the region, visit the 600-year-old Harpocho Fort.
Shopping and dining in Skardu Bazaar are a must. Here you will find fantastic local gifts for your friends and family at home.
If you love trekking, you can’t help but hike across the glaciers to the base camps of some of the highest mountains in the world, including K2.
Your holiday is not complete without a visit to the surreal Deosai National Park and Satpara Lake.
2. Kalash valleys. Landmarks of Pakistan
Located between the Hindu Kush mountain range in Chitral. These beautiful valleys are home to the local and unique Kalash tribe.
The breathtaking beauty of the area, the meadows and the unique architecture of the houses make this place worth exploring.
Bamburet is the most famous among the Kalash valleys. But if you want to witness and experience the unique Kalash culture, head to Rambur and Birir.
The liberal people of Kalash are said to be descendants of the armies of Alexander the Great. Don’t miss the annual festival called Chilam Joshi if you visit in May.
3. Islamabad. Landmarks of Pakistan
The romantic city of Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, is a great place to relax and sightsee. The city is green throughout, with beautiful roads and highways and a clean, calm and serene environment.
You will enjoy exploring the moderately populated city. Cultural sites such as Pakistan Monument, Lok Virsa Museum and Faisal Mosque are famous places. Or you can simply hike the hiking trails in the picturesque and densely forested Margalla Hills and then drive to Monal at the summit. It offers a magnificent view of Islamabad and its surroundings. This is the perfect place to take Instagram photos.
Islamabad has endless gourmet options. Whether you want to try Continental or Chinese food or sample Pakistani, American, English or Italian food, Islamabad restaurants have it all.
Most visitors can’t help but fall in love with the beautiful park overlooking the lake and Shakarparyan, as well as the small but sophisticated village of Saidpur.
The best shops in Islamabad include Centaurus Mall and Safa Gold Mall.
4. Hunza. Landmarks of Pakistan
It is no secret that liberal, sympathetic and hospitable people live in Hunza. Nestled in the Karakoram mountain range, Hunza is made up of several colorful and stunning villages.
There’s so much like gardens, glaciers, a river, wooden bridges, and meadows surrounded by rugged and snow-capped mountains.
Witness a hypnotic sunset at Duikar, a small village perched above a valley. Get majestic views from the tops of Altit and Baltit forts. Or just stroll through the beautiful streets of Hunza and mingle with the locals.
Karimabad, the main shopping center of the valley, has many hotels, restaurants and shops. Before you leave, try the delicious local cuisine at the restaurants and shop for beautiful handicrafts.
5. Peshawar. Landmarks of Pakistan
Located northwest of Islamabad, Peshawar is a beautiful city with a history dating back to the 17th century Mughal Empire. This city is famous among tourists for its historical sites, shopping bazaars and food.
Just stroll through the streets and markets of Peshawar and try the famous Charsi Tikka for lunch at Namak Mandi. If you love lamb meat, don’t miss the traditional Dum Puht dish.
Peshawar has retained its medieval charm. Bala Hisar Fort and its fortifications still seem to be watching the famous GT Road. It was built in 1562 and this fort was the royal residence of the Durrani dynasty in Afghanistan.
Other historical sites in Peshawar include the Peshawar Museum, Buddhist Stupas, Khyber Pass and Jamrud Fort.
When it comes to shopping, you can buy many luxury items at a bargain price in Peshawar. Whether it’s the famous Afghan rugs at Shuba Chowk, gems at Namak Mandi and Peshawari Chappals at Jehangir Pura Market (Jahangirpur Bazaar), this city has it all. A visit to the historic Qissa Khvani Bazaar is also a must for shoppers.
6. Gojal Valley. Landmarks of Pakistan
Drive 20 km north of Hunza along the Karakoram Highway and you will find yourself in the beautiful Gojal Valley. Bordering the Chinese province of Xinjiang, Gojal is home to beautiful lakes, rocky mountains, glaciers and picturesque villages.
Driving north through several mountain tunnels, you will reach the famous Attabad Lake in the village of Shishkat. Among the rocky mountains there is this lake, which was formed after part of the nearby mountain collapsed, blocking the river flow. Known for its blue waters, this lake is a great place for Instagram photography, water skiing, and boating.
Next comes the picturesque village of Gulmit along the Karakoram Highway. Take the highway to forget all your worries, or go for a walk through the lush green village. An hour’s march will take you to the old settlement of Ondra, from where you can get a bird’s eye view of the surrounding villages and the famous Passu cones.
Other tourist destinations include the Hussaini Suspension Bridge, Borit Lake, Gulkin Glacier, Batura Glacier, and Khunjerab National Park.
7. Naltar Valley, Gilgit.
About 1 hour and 40 minutes drive along the Karakoram highway from Gilgit city will take you to Naltar. This remote valley is known for its pure beauty and serene atmosphere. Snowy peaks, landscapes, lakes, and vast forests make Naltar worthy of a retreat.
In winter, the Naltar Valley turns into a ski Mecca. The Pakistan Air Force operates the ski resort which attracts thousands of skiers from all over the world every year.
The magnificent Bashri Lakes offer breathtaking lakeside scenery, natural muddy trails, and glacial streams. This is a great place for a picnic. A jeep ride will take you to Lake Pari, a high mountain lake where you can go boating and walking around the area.
8. Phandar Valley, Gizer. Landmarks of Pakistan
The picturesque Phandar Valley is known for its colorful waters and dotted forests. The views are dramatic as is the atmosphere. The very first glimpse of the valley will relieve fatigue during the journey and energize you.
Phandar Valley is the best place for fishing, camping, swimming, hiking and nature walks. Phandar Lake with poplars on the shore offers mesmerizing views. You can experience an amazing boating experience in the dark blue, calm water of this lake.
The weather is mostly pleasant in summer, which is the best time to visit the valley. Phandar people are friendly and helpful. There are also many hotels and inns in the valley.
The Old City of Lahore is known for many tourist spots and activities such as historical sites, shopping and food. For gourmets, Lahore has endless options, but on the famous Food Street on MM Alam Road, you can taste all the famous dishes in one place. Landmarks of Pakistan
For people interested in history, art and architecture, Lahore Fort is a must visit. The legendary Mahmud of Ghazni built the fort in the 11th century. Visiting the Badshahi Mosque is another similar treat for tourists. If you are a shopaholic, head to the famous Anarkali Bazaar and Liberty Market.
Other places to visit in Lahore include Shalimar Gardens, Lahore Museum, Minar and Pakistan and the Waga border.
Think deep blue waters, white mountains, beautiful scenery and sand dunes. This is what you will see in Gwadar, a beautiful port city in the Balochistan province of Pakistan.
Get breathtaking views of the clear waters of the Arabian Sea as you watch the port of Gwadar. If that doesn’t enthrall you, head to the famous Hammerhead, a rock mass formed from a mud volcano eruption. Landmarks of Pakistan
The turquoise waters of Astola are easily accessible by motorboats. If you don’t like scuba diving, you can just go fishing or explore the waters to watch dolphins and turtles.
Other exciting tourist spots such as Omara Beach, the Sphinx of Balochistan, the statue of Princess Hope and Hingol National Park are sure to please you.