The land of Pakistan is blessed with unparalleled natural beauty. The country boasts of some of the world’s best tourist attractions especially the snow-covered northern areas.
Every year the lush green valleys, breathtaking mountains, panoramic views and mighty rivers welcome thousands of visitors from both within the country and abroad. Although it’s difficult to rate the places and compile a top 10 or top 5 list since every place is beautiful in its own way, here is a brief description of Pakistan’s top five places that must be visited at least once.
1. Kalam, Swat
Situated along the upper reaches of Swat River and some 29 kilometers from Bahrain, Kalam is the most beautiful valley of Swat. Famous for its magnificent lakes, waterfalls and lush green hills, it is a major attraction for travelers. The area remains covered with snow for most of the year and received heavy snow fall. Unless someone wants to enjoy snow or snowfall, the best time to visit the place is from June till August when the weather is pleasant and offers a great respite from the sweltering heat of the cities.
2. Mushkpuri, Abbotabad
Since Muree has become a mainstream tourist destination and is always crowded, Mushkpuri is coming in the limelight. From Nathiagali, passing through green pine forest, lays the 4 kilometer long track to Mushkpuri top. Breathtakingly beautiful, the trek is carpeted with flowers and is full of greenery in the month of September which happens to be the best time to visit this place. Since not many people take the pain to hike to the top, the place is peaceful and offers a great site for camping, bonfire and star gazing.
3. Deosai, Gilgit
A treeless wilderness and also the world’s second highest plateau, Deosai is a heaven located at the boundary of Himalayas and Karakoram. Situated in Gilgit-Baltistan, Deosai Plains are famous for the rich fauna and flora, especially the wildflowers and butterflies that roof the plateau during spring time. There’s Deosai National Park and Sheosar Lake that are major attractions for visitors. Best time to visit the plains is from mid-June till August.
4. Kalash Valley
Kalash Valley constitutes three valleys of Chitral namely Bhunbret, Rumbur and Birir. The valley is inhabited by the only pagan tribe of Pakistan that claims to be the descendants of Alexander the Great. Kalasha people are known worldwide for their distinct traditions, customs, colorful dressing and festivals. The women and young girls of Kalash wear black robes adorned with cowrie shells, with pearl necklaces around their necks. Around the year, Kalashi people celebrate three major festivals; Joshi, Uchau and Caumus, which attracts foreigners as well as locals.
5. Neelum Valley, Kashmir
No list about places to visit in Pakistan is complete without Neelum Valley which is usually but rightly referred to as the heaven on earth. Running parallel to Kaghan Valley in KPK, Neelum Valley is blessed with scenic beauty, dense forests and breath-taking views. The most attractive spots to visit in Neelum Valley are Sharda, kel, Arang Kel and Tao Butt.