Take a look at the below list of the Top 10 Best Natural Places to Visit in Pakistan 2017. When most people hear or think about Pakistan, their first thought is terrorism. They also associate this incredible country with extremism, corruption, and other negative images. While it is true there is a lot of chaos, the reality is this country has some of the most beautiful landscapes that are nothing short of breathtaking. There are numerous locations you can visit that offer a natural beauty not found anywhere else on the globe. If you are planning a trip and are looking to see incredible scenery with stunning tourist spots you should consider one of these top 10 best natural places to visit in Pakistan 2017.
List of Top 10 Best Natural Places to Visit in Pakistan 2017
10. Neelum Valley
The Neelum Valley stretches for 240 kilometers and is sometimes called Tau Butt which literally means the Blue Gem Valley. This valley is known as one of the most beautiful valleys of Azaad Kashmir and has been named after the Neelum river that runs through it. Inside of it are several brooks, forests, a river, lush green mountains, and freshwater streams. The Neelam road connects the valley from Kei to Muzaffarabad. This road is well maintained and considered suitable for any kind of transport. You can travel by bus between these two cities during good weather. Traveling from Kei to Keran is not as suitable and not as well taken care of. In the winter months, this road will block due to the heavy snow that drops and it is difficult to reach the upper parts of the valley. Horses or jeeps are available and much better suited to reach the most remote areas of the valley.
9. Gojal Valley
Bordering China and Afghanistan is the Gojal Valley. At the China border, this valley reaches over 15,000 feet above sea level. The Gojal Valley is also called, the Upper Hunza and is found in the far north of Pakistan. This valley was once home to Kirghiz nomads who used the area as winter pastures. Today you will find the Karakoram Highway running through the valley. This highway crosses through the bluish waters of the Karakul Lake, areas where wild mountain camel live, and settlements of nomads. On this highway, you will come up to the Khunjerab Pass which is the border between Pakistan and China. The Karakoram Highway literally runs ‘through’ the Karakul Lake. When the lake was created, the highway became submerged and transportation on it is now suspended at this point. To cross the lake you will have to travel to the Hussaini Village where you will again find the highway.
The lake itself has a dark history. It is said to have drowned several villagers and is now affecting trade with China. Boats are now being used as traffic to transport goods across it. What has some considering the creation of the lake a disaster, with the increased business in boating, some are now calling it a blessing.
8. Rama Meadow
Traveling a bit outside of the Rama Village, you will discover a beautiful plain known as the Rama Meadow. This meadow features white water flowing in streams, cows and sheep grazing among pine trees, with ice-covered peaks in the background. This area is thickly forested with huge pine, juniper, fir, and cedar trees. It is located about 3300 meters above sea level so is mostly snow covered during seven to eight months of the year. Summer finds this area lush green which the local shepherds find very favorable.
7. Ayun and Bamburet Valley
This valley is located 12 kilometers south of the village, Chitral. Those who have experienced a visit here say there are no words to describe the beauty of this area. Mountains surround the valley which is picturesque with its lush greenery giving you a sense of solitude and calm. The Bamburet Valley joins the Rumbur Valley and is inhabited by the Kalash people who have made it into a tourist destination.
6. Kerthar Area
The Kerthar Area serves as a natural border between Sindh and Balochistan. This mountain range features the Gorakh Hill, Bandu Ji Qabar, and Kutte Ji Qabar. It has some of the most breathtaking beauty where you can find historic locations, springs, and streams. Few tourists have traveled to see this incredibly beautiful area despite the efforts of locals who strongly encourage tourists to visit.
5. Rural areas on the Punjab River
There are countless areas on the Punjab River which boasts fertile land and lush green farms. Nature paints this area with incredible colors every season. You will not believe the vivid colors of springtime here when winter finally comes to an end. The Punjab area is known as the land of happiness, color, and food. It is also home to the Harike wetland that holds numerous species of flora and fauna. This is a fantastic place to visit if you are a wildlife photographer or nature lover.
4. Naltar Valley
This valley is famous for it colorful lakes and is located 2.5 hours out of Gilgit. Some who have visited this valley say it appears to not be a part of this world with its pine tree covered landscape. The area can be reached by jeeps and you can enjoy the magnificent mountain scenery and wildlife sightings. There are three lakes located in the valley. The road to the lakes is nonmetallic and runs along the side of a stream throughout the whole length.
3. Deosai Plains
The Deosai Plains borders the western Himalayas and Karakoram with no point lower than 4000 meters above sea level. Snow covers this region eight months out of the year. The rest of the year, you can find beautiful flowers of all colors and hues. What you won’t find in this area are trees as there is not one single tree in the whole of Deosai Plains. One of the highest lakes in the world is located here called, Sheosar Lake and has incredibly blue water. Snow-covered mountains are in the background of the lake creating one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
This area as seen an increase of tourists which have not favored it as they have left it jaded. It still remains a popular and strong attraction for visitors. Its green plateau on top of the Hindu Kush is often engulfed in fog and clouds and allows one to see Nature play peek-a-boo. There are numerous ponds which are full of freshwater and you can often see horseback riders wandering the area. The Makra Peak provides an outstanding background to the numerous yellow flowers that bloom below it.
1. White Palace Swat
This is the only breathtaking place in the Swat District located 12 km from the city of Mingora. Visitors come here for the natural beauty, pleasant weather and historic White Palace which was built in the Swat state era. This Palace isn’t just beautiful in summer; it remains a top attraction even during the winter, especially after a fresh snow has fallen.
From this list, you can see Pakistan is home to several attractive and beautiful places to visit. These are delightful and charming sites that you can only visualize in a dream so you must consider them for your next travel and make them a reality. When you plan a tour consider one of these top 10 best natural places to visit in Pakistan 2017.