Despite extreme pessimistic attacks from Western media, Pakistan has its place at the top of tourist destinations in the world. It has everything that a tourist would love to see. It is blessed with four seasons, rivers, lakes, mountains, deserts, plains, and what not. It is full of culture, tradition, and diversity. One cannot get bored of its picturesque sites, lively sceneries, fascinating greens, and compact cities.
If you are also planning to visit Pakistan and cannot decide which places are worth seeing, do not be confused. Although Pakistan has hundreds of alluring destinations, here are the five best places to visit in the country.
The word ‘Mohenjo-Daro’ means ‘mound of the dead. If you love history and archeology, you should never miss this city while visiting Pakistan. It was built in 2500 BCE. Evidence of Indus Valley Civilization has been found in this city that increased its importance internationally. It was actually discovered in the 1920s after the years of its destruction. In 1980 Mohenjo-Daro was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Factors like residences, public houses, wells, sanitation, drainage system, and shops reveal that it was the modern city of its time.
When you get to this place, do not forget to visit the Mohenjo-Daro Archeological Museum. This museum has antiques and objects from ancient times, including maps and pictorial illustrations, which are indeed a feast for the eyes.
Khewra Salt Mine
Luckily, the world’s second-largest salt mine is located in Pakistan, which is said to have been discovered in 326 BCE by the troops of Alexander the Great. It is the main source of salt for the whole country. More than 250,000 tourists visit the mine every year. This salt mine is 114 miles away from the capital of the country and lies in the foothills of the Salt Range. Here you will see saltwater pools, caves, and thousands of miniatures made of salt. Besides enjoyment, your trip to the quaint Khewra Salt Mine will be educational as well.
To freshen your soul, the valleys of Naran, Kaghan welcome you with meadows, mountains, and lakes. It is not only loved by the people abroad, but the residents of Pakistan also dream of visiting this enchanting place, especially during summer when most other parts of the country are extremely hot. Lake Saif ul Malook, Ansoo Lake, Dutipastar Lake, and Lulusar Lake are the unspoiled, fascinating, and vibrant destinations here.
With almost three hours of a hike from the trailhead, you will reach this unmatchable beauty of the planet. Its lush green lakes will never fail to impress you. From there, you can have an enchanting panoramic view of the favored Nanga Parbat, which is the world’s 9th highest mountain. Wouldn’t it be lovely to witness this many close-ups? You will feel a strange unbreakable attraction to this place once you visit it. You will see a lot of climbers here passionate about summiting the mountain.
Moreover, you can enjoy the menacing view of enormous bright
stars at night that you will never see anywhere else.
Swat valley is also known as the “Switzerland of Pakistan,” and this name was given by Queen Elizabeth II when she visited this place in 1961. She named it so because there is much similarity between Switzerland and Swat. Saidu Sharif is the capital of Swat which is also a reminder of Buddhism in the region. You will also find thousands of artifacts and historical objects of the Buddhist era in the famous Swat Museum.
This valley is just like a paradise on earth. Visitors have so much to explore, including the wildlife. This region is so picturesque due to its surreal breathtaking landscape. You will find calming rivers, great springs, drizzling waterfalls, and freshwater lakes here. The enjoyment doubles because of the pleasant weather. Whether you plan a honeymoon or come here for a picnic, you will cherish this place forever in your travel diary. Enjoy hiking, camping, trekking, car riding, and much more. This place is also famous for sports. Tourists around the world come here in winters to enjoy curling, snowboarding, ice hockey, ice skating, and skiing.