The northern areas of Pakistan are often compared to Switzerland or other such tourism havens of the world, and for good reason. The breath-taking natural scenery combined with a pleasant to cold temperatures, they are an ultimate travel destination. So, if you are also planning a trip and are not sure which way to go, then this list of some of the most picturesque places in Pakistan will surely provide you with some ideas.
Legend says that Lake Saif-ul-Mulook was created by fairies for the handsome prince Saif-ul-Mulook. I don’t know how true this is, but one thing’s for sure – this lake should definitely be on your list of places to see. You won’t regret it. The water is crystal clear and is surrounded by mountains from all sides. The reflections from the green mountains and the sky, give the water a very surreal sea-green tinge that you won’t find in many other places. The lake is situated at a distance of approximately a drive of 45 minutes from the nearest town, Naran. However, you can only drive on this road with a jeep or a similar 4-wheel drive vehicle. Alternately, you can also hike up the mountains but that will take quite some time.
Naltar valley is just 2.5 hours away from Gilgit. This valley is popular due to the many colorful lakes you can find here along with the some of the tastiest potatoes in the entire world. The omnipresent pine trees, give Naltar Valley a surreal feel along with an air that smells fresh and enticing. It is hard to not fall in love with this place after seeing it just once.
Chitral is yet another place in the northern regions of Pakistan that everyone must see. It is a popular tourist attraction thanks to the pleasant weather it has all year round, coupled with plenty of scenic beauty which includes gushing streams and rivers along with lots of natural vegetation. Chitral is an ideal tourist location for all of you who love to hike and trek because you will have plenty of opportunities to do that in Chitral.
Neelum Valley, Azad Kashmir:
The word ‘Neelum’ translates to blue gems in English. So, Neelum Valley is basically called the blue gem valley, and given the scenic beauty of the place, the name is quite appropriate. The valley stretches out for 240 kilometers and is home to quite a few water bodies such as brooks, streams, and a river, along with plenty of lush vegetation on the mountains. Driving through this valley, you get to drive past gushing streams of milky white water. The roaring sounds of the water against the rocks will transport you to a different place.
Shangrila Resort, Skardu:
Skardu is one of the most popular tourist spots in Pakistan. Thanks to the trifecta of scenic beauty, tranquility and gorgeous weather, Skardu is often flocked with tourists during the summer months. The Shangrila resort in Skardu is the ultimate place to stop and admire the view after the long drive. Although Shangrila restaurant provides a lot of breathtaking scenery, the highlight of the place is the restaurant which is basically a reconstructed aircraft.
Babusar Pass / Top:
The Kaghan valley is full of tourist attractions. One such attraction is Babusar Pass or also called Babusar Top. As the name suggests, it is situated on a mountain peak so once you are here, you can see miles upon miles of mountains and breathtaking sceneries rolling out in front of you. The road snaking in between the mountains makes for quite a splendid view. You can expect chilly to cold weather here all year round and can even expect snowfall in the middle of summers. Babusar Top connects the Kaghan road to the Karakoram Highway (KKH) so you can also see one of the finest specimens of engineering after visiting Babusar Pass.
Nestled between the Karakoram and the Himalayas are the Deosai Plains. At a height of 4000 meters or more from sea level, this place is completely covered in the snow for a large part of the year. For the 4 months or so, when there is no snow, the plains are instead covered with a large assortment of flowers in every shape, color, and size. These flowers which are set against a backdrop of snow peaked mountains offer such a breathtaking view that you will remain entranced the whole time you are there. The Deosai Plains also include the what is probably highest lake in the world called Sheosar Lake.
Choose any one of these places the next time you want to have a road trip of a lifetime. We can guarantee you will have an amazing experience.