Pakistan is the most beautiful places in South Asia
. It is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty. Traveling to Pakistan is, definitely, the ultimate experience and adventure. Pakistan is a land of rich historical heritage, diverse culture, high adventure, and unmatched
natural beauty. the ice-capped gigantic mountains
, lush green valleys, meadows, and lakes with crystal clear waters are mesmerizing and till compels tourists to stay in Pakistan.
Weather conditions in Pakistan
The weather conditions in winters are not comfortable for traveling to Pakistan. Many of the natural scenic beauty is covered with snow during winters. So If you are planning a trip to Pakistan then plan between May October
. As the snow melts by that time, the weather is dry and warm throughout the country. Also read:-Neelkanth Mahadev Trek
Pakistan Visa Policy
As a rule of thumb, a Pakistani visa can only be applied for from your home country or place of residence. The toughest part would be to get a visa, not your safety. It will be difficult for you to get a tourist visa. Pakistan does not issue tourist visas to Indian citizens, the same is true for India. If you have family or relatives in Pakistan, then they can invite you on a visit. You can also get a business visa if you have business contacts in Pakistan. If you are traveling Pakistan on a British passport, then you need to get a Visa before traveling. Journalists visa generally have additional travel restrictions. As the general criteria for visa applicant, the travelers should have six months of passport validity at the time of visa application
. In case a traveler is having National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP), then they are permitted to stay in Pakistan for an unlimited period and can enter Pakistan visa-free. Also read:-Easy way to apply for Passport
Jinnah International Airport or Karachi airport is the largest, busiest international and domestic airport. Pakistan has several international Airports like Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, Gwadar, Islamabad, Gilgit and Muzaffarabad Airports. Travelers can fly from different regions to Pakistan. It offers both domestic and international air services.
Pakistan Train Routes
Train routes-From India the train routes to Pakistan need special mention. The Samjhauta Express commonly called the Friend Express is a bi-weekly train Wednesday and Sunday run between Delhi
and Attari in India and Lahore in Pakistan. It is officially known as the Delhi-Attari or Attari-Delhi Express
. The actual Samjhauta Express runs from Attari to Lahore, although the passengers are checked at Wagah, the first station on the Pakistani side.
Places to Visit in Pakistan
Pakistan is full of breathtaking locations which will make you fall in love with this country all over again. When Pakistan is on your wish list, then this list of places will be worth seeing and will guide you to enjoy the scenic beauty of Pakistan.
The Naltar valley is located at the drive of 2.5 hours from Gilgit. The worlds tastiest potatoes are cultivated in this region. This beautiful location is covered with Pine trees and Naltar Valley
is famous for colorful lakes. Naltar valley is the experience of heaven in Pakistan. The Naltar valley is referred to as Magic Carpet in Pakistan. The tourist journey to Naltar valley starts by leaving behind the Karakoram Highway at Gilgit for an adventurous two-hour jeep ride. The central area of Naltar Valley is known as Naltar Bala, this area will leave you to spellbound with its scenic beauty. The three magnificent lakes, collectively known as Bashkiri Lakes. Located at a distance of 13km from Naltar Bala. The forest pine village is 40 km from Gilgit. Naltar pass is reached by jeeps only. Its full snow-covered place in winters. During the winters, Naltar offers a wonderful experience of skiing on its famous slopes that attract tourists by the droves. Visting Naltar valley is an exquisite experience. The beauty of the region must be experienced in person to fully appreciate it. The only hurdle to enjoying natural beauty is the rough roads. The entire region is not so well developed but tourist can get few hotels for accommodation in Naltar Valley. Also read:-Valley of Flowers Trek
Neelum Valley, Azad Kashmir
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Neelum valley is the blue gem valley of Pakistan. Bordered by Kaghan to the west, Indian held Kashmir to the east and Gilgit-Baltistan in the north lays the majestic Neelum Valley. The valley is named as Neelum valley as the Neelam river which is the life-sustaining support water source for the locals is having bluish-green water. The glances of sunlight pierce through the lush green from pine and deodar forest. Terrace farming is common in many parts of the valley. As long as the natural ecosystem is not compromised, Neelum Valley is sure to remain one of the most exquisite parts of Pakistan.
Shangrila resort, Skardu
Skardu is the central valley of Gilgit. Skardu is an epitome of beauty, serenity, and wilderness. In the northern part of Pakistan surrounded by Karakoram and Himalayas Skardu is located. It is the center for trekking, trailing and climbing journeys. The Heavenly Shangrila Resort is built on a beautiful lake and its just a 35 minutes drive from Skardu. The resort is famous for boat riding. Its calmness, scenic beauty makes the tourists fall in love with the mesmerizing beauty.
The Gojal is a place where Pakistan begins. Gojal is the largest tehsil (sub-district) of Gilgit-Baltistan sharing borders with Afghanistan and China. The Karakoram Highway which connects Pakistan to China also passes through Gojal Valley and enters China at Khunjerab. This is the most beautiful places in Pakistan. The Gojal valley has gorgeous valleys that house lofty peaks, striking glaciers, frozen lakes, and eye-catching scenery. The valley is home to the ethnic groups of Wakhi, Burushaski, and Domaki. These ethnic groups are the core beliefs in education. They are very kind and hospitable.
Deosai plains top the list of places among the breathtaking tourist's attraction of Pakistan. Deosai, in local Balti language, is called Byarsa, meaning summer place is the second highest plateau in the world after the Chang Tang in Tibet. It is famous for its flora and fauna. Deosai National Park is at an average elevation of 4,114 meters above the sea level. Deosai Lake or Sheosar Lake from the Shina language meaning Blind lake is in the park. The lake, at an elevation of 4,142 meters, is one of the highest lakes in the world is about 2.3 km in length, 1.8 km in width and the average depth is 40 meters.
Siri Paye is a high mountain lake at an elevation of 3.058m (10,032ft) above the sea level, located in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The average gradient is 11.2%, with some sections up to 15%. The Siri Paye has always spellbound the tourists visiting Pakistan as a green plateau on the top of Hindu Kush. The Siri Paye is a place engulfed with clouds and fogs, it seems that nature is playing peek-a-boo. The prime attraction of Siri Paye is small freshwater pounds., wild yellow flowers and horse riding.
This beautiful place is full of natural enchanting beauty. The tourist traveling to Pakistan will have a treat to the eye. Rama Village is just 11 km from Astore. Just above the Rama Village the Rama Meadow is a located, it is serene and beautiful plain. The tourists can have the charming view of ice-cold and milk-white water flowing in streams, sheep and cows grazing in peace, pine trees, Chongras ice-covered peak in the background, and Nanga Parbats southern ridge.
White Palace Swat
The White Palace of Marghazar was built in 1940 by the first king of Swat. White Palace Marghazar is the only breathtaking location in the Swat district thats situated at a distance of around 12 km from the city of Mingora. The tourists love the natural beauty and pleasant weather of Marghazar. In winters the Palace looks enchanting after the snowfall. Also read:-Best Places To Visit In Shimla & Around December
Food, Drinks in Pakistan
Authentic Pakistani cuisine is very rich. The Pakistanis are fond of oily cooking. In the Sindh province and Islamabad, you can find liquor stores. In the rest of the country, alcohol is only available on the black market. Chai is very famous among locals. When you travel to Pakistan try to avoid salad, food stalls with flies (they are hard to find) and dont drink tap water.
Accommodation in Pakistan
In Pakistan, there is a lot of domestic tourism, so most touristic areas are filled with hotels for absolutely every budget, from hostel to mid-range and luxury rooms
. The cheap hotels starting from INR 1481
, the luxury hotels range starts from INR 5924
. The hotel rooms are negotiable in Pakistan. Safety and Security while traveling To Pakistan Pakistan is not a dangerous place but one should be cautious while traveling to Pakistan. Dozens of Pakistan police are available to help you in an emergency. A traveler should carry the copies of passports and visa while traveling to Pakistan. At some check posts, you need to show. Most educated people speak good English but Urdu is a common means of communication among locals. Urdu is the official language too. Pakistan is blessed with excellent tourist spots nearly all over the country. Historical places merge into natural sights in the most appealing manner. Pakistan has the sights worth-seeing at Banbhor, east of Karachi, with its famous museum. Makli in Sindh has the largest necropolis (large graveyard east of Karachi), with its famous museum. The beauty is unparallel and of course worth seeing. The northern part of Pakistan is more frequently visited by travelers. The travel and hotel facilities at tourist sites are not very encouraging. then the general social, political and economic conditions have not been favorable even to the citizens. Also read:-Do You Plan To Trip To Srinagar, Kashmir? Here You Should Know A Few Tips, Both For Domestic And International Travellers