Pakistan is like a hidden treasure. To discover it, you first have to seek it. Comprising 108 peaks, in which lies some of the highest mountains like K2 (Ranked No 2 in the world), Nanga Parbat (Ranked No 9 in the world), Broad Peak (Ranked No 12 in the world) and the list goes on. The history between Pakistan and Tourism goes way back. Starting with 383,000 tourists in 1994 to 1.9 million tourists in 2018, Pakistan surely has come a long way. International Magazine Forbes ranked Pakistan as “One of the Coolest places” to visit in 2019. View 10 coolest here
Other renowned magazines like US travel Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler ranked Pakistan as the top tourist and best holiday destination for 2020. View detail here
Even foreign Vloggers like Eva Zu Beck, Brooke Saward, Jordan, Kristen, and Siya have acclaimed Pakistan as the Best Tourist destination. So, here are some Best tourist spots to visit in Pakistan.
Best Tourist Spots To Visit In Pakistan
People living in Pakistan or even outside of Pakistan must have heard or read somewhere about the natural beauty of Gilgit Baltistan. Earning the title of “Capital of Tourism,” Gilgit Baltistan is home to many mountains like K2 and a broad peak. It is definitely one of the best tourist spots to visit in Pakistan. Gilgit Baltistan is not only famous for its scenic lakes. Gigantic mountains, green valleys but also for its culture, people, and history. Here are some must-see places in Gilgit Baltistan:
It would not be wrong to say that Hunza Valley, which is also known as “Heaven on Earth” is the most stunning valley in Pakistan. Hunza Valley is situated at a drive of 3 hours from Gilgit. And is one of the safest places in Pakistan to visit. The beautiful valley of Hunza is plenty to captivate any beholder. Even Forbes asked tourists to visit Hunza. Till now, whoever visited Hunza has sung the praises of that place. Attabad lake, Baltit and Altit fort, Khunjerab Pass are some of the must-go places in Hunza.
You can’t just complete your Gilgit Baltistan tour without visiting Skardu. Skardu is by far the most beautiful city of Gilgit Baltistan. Having four of the World’s 14 eight-thousander peaks (Mountains higher than 8,000meter). Skardu generally attracts the attention of mountaineers and climbers. Making Skardu the main expedition hub and a great tourist spot in Pakistan. Not to mention the aesthetic places of Skardu like Shangrilla Lake. Deosai National Park, Cold desert which all are an epitome of beauty.
Deosai National Park
Located in Skardu, Deosai National Park is a great gathering point for all the wild-life lovers. Deosai National Park is also known as “Land of the Giants” and is currently the 2nd Highest Alpine (Valley of the Alps) plateau and home to Fauna and Flora. Here you can find many declining Fauna like snow leopard, red fox, gray wolf, Himalayan Ibex, Ladakh Urial, etc. Thus, a great tourist spot to visit in Pakistan for wild-life fanatics.
Next on our list of, “Best tourist spots to visit in Pakistan” is none other than the scenic Swat Valley. Located in Northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Swat Valley is widely known as “Mini-Switzerland” because of its snowy mountains, and bewitching landscapes. The snow-capped mountains of Mankial and Flaksair also add to the beauty of Swat. Tall Pine trees, Kalam, Kumrat valley, skiing in Malam Jabba, all these places make Swat one of the best tourist spots in Pakistan and an epitome of beauty.
Situated in Upper Swat, Kalam Valley is the soothes place you can find. The calm and serene atmosphere of Kalam is enough to make it on our list of the best tourist spots in Pakistan. Surrounded by enchanting lakes, waterfalls, and mountains, Kalam should be your next tourist stop. Not to mention the rivers, formed by the melting of snow and the most mesmerizing Mahodand Lake which lies 30 kilometers North of Kalam. The calmest hill resort you should choose is Miandam.
This charming valley situated in the Mansehra district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is also known as the, “Valley of the Alps”. Followed by an earthquake in 2005, Kaghan Valley is visited by thousands of tourists every year. When it comes to Kaghan Valley, it is considered the best of the best among the Mansehra district. Kaghan Valley is most prominent for its glaciers, waterfalls, crystal like-lakes, ansu Lake. And Kunhar River which flows amidst the valley. The most famous and most exotic lake present in Kaghan is Lake Saif-ul-Maluk, which is surely a feast for the eyes.
It is considered as the most beautiful lake in Pakistan. Lake Saif-ul-Maluk is absolutely one of the best tourist spots to visit in Pakistan. The etymology of the name comes from a surreal story of a Prince named Saif-ul-Maluk who fell in love with a Fairy at the lake. The best time to visit the lake is in the month of June, July, and August. In the month of May, the lake is completely frozen.
Babusar Pass also known as Babusar Top has the deadliest mountainous slopes in the World. For some, it can be a trauma, but for others, it can be a thrilling adventure. Named, “Babur Top” after the frequent use of Mughal Emperor Babur. This scenic pass is located at the North of Kaghan and at an elevation of 4173 meters. Having the most relaxed environment, Babusar Pass is one of the most famous tourist spots in Pakistan. This is the destination which you surely can’t miss. The best time to visit in July.
One of the most underrated tourist spots In Pakistan, Kalash Valleys is home to 3 different valleys of Bumboret, Rumbur, and Birir. Rumbur is the most magnificent valley among them. People living in the Kalash Valleys are known as Kalasha. There are different speculations about Kalasha’s origin, some say that they are the descendants of Gandhari and others say that they are the descendants of a drifting Eurasian tribe. Located in Chitral valley, Kalash is one of the most beautiful valleys in Pakistan. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, and Kate Middleton also visited the Kalash Valley.
These places only amount to a fraction of Pakistan. Places like monuments, tombs, and cities like Muzaffarabad, Murree, Karachi, Lahore, and the 2nd most beautiful Capital in the world “Islamabad” are all worth visiting.