Blessed with picturesque natural beauty and dotted with historical forts and monuments, Pakistan has a unique character. The mighty Karakoram, the snow-capped Nanga Parbat, and the ruins of the ancient Taxila cast a spell upon the beholder. The cultural heritage of Pakistan and its hospitable people also draw tourists to this beautiful country. Here is a list of a few must-visit places in the country.
Lose yourself strolling along the narrow stone and mud walkways of Taxila, a noted archaeological site in Rawalpindi, Punjab. Around 18 locations in the area have been designated as World Heritage Sites, and just about 5% of these have been excavated. Watch a stunning sunset from the ruins of a Buddhist monastery or explore the nuances of its architecture.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in the bustling city of Lahore is the Lahore Fort. Relive history as you walk through this mysterious fort – enter the fort through the Alamgiri Gate, admire the beauty of the restored Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque), have a look at the Diwan-i-Aam (Hall of Public Audience), and make your way to the Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience).
Lake Saiful Mulk
Travellers often get mesmerised by the beauty of Lake Saiful Mulk; its still waters are surrounded by snow-capped mountains. As you hear the stories of fairies and princes associated with the lake from the locals and guides, don’t forget to go horse riding. You will get plenty of photo opportunities.
The Gojal Valley is a picturesque border area, which remains snow- covered all through the year. The valley is a collection of several small and large valleys, which share borders. Visit the Gulmit Valley, Passu Valley, Shimshal Valley, Chipursan Valley, and Misgar Valley. These are among some of the popular tourist spots in the area famous for scenic beauty.
The 13th century Baltit Fort in Karimabad, Pakistan, is a restored fort, which reflects impressive designs and structures. Travellers can see the old-world exhibits of clothes, old photos, utensils, and furnishings.
The Shangrila Resort is a paradise for nature lovers. It is located in Skardu, north of Pakistan. The journey to the spot offers you stunning views of streams, springs, and mountains. Shangrila is a popular tourist spot, which is mostly visited by honeymooning couples.
Visit the magnificent Rohtas Fort, an extraordinary structure reflecting expert military architecture. The Pashtun ruler, Sher Shah Suri began construction of the fort in 1543, which was completed by succeeding rulers.
Marvel at the vibrant lakes of the Naltar Valley, located close to Gilgit. The valley is a good place to seek solace in nature as you behold the beauty of the pine-covered surroundings.
Faqir Khana Museum
Faqir Khana Museum is a famous museum in Lahore. The museum is housed inside a small mansion and showcases the private art collection of around 13,000 pieces of the Faqir family. The museum contains direct or hand-me-down gifts of Sikh ruler Ranjit Singh, which include antiques, relics of the Prophet Mohammed, and a collection of Sikh weapons among other things.