Everything about the Best places to visit in Pakistan that worth your travel to Pakistan
Before diving into the topic, “Writing on Best places to visit in Pakistan” There is a need to elaborate on some facts about why you visit Pakistan and what are the main tourist places in Pakistan that you are going to explore in your proposed and planned days. Pakistan can never be explored in a few days due to some of the very important and interesting reasons.
Pakistan, famous for its amazing beauty. Known for its natural beauty, all seasons, soul-refreshing lush green meadows, long paved dramatic lakes, surprising meadows, vibrant hilly areas, pastures, and beautiful waterfalls.
Pakistan, where it is inexhaustible and never-ending beauty side by side there are millions of things to know about i.e. history of Pakistan, diversified cultures, variety of architectural arts, and hundreds of recreational places that are ultimately worth your visit to Pakistan.
Most Beautiful Places in Pakistan
Before visiting any place in the whole world. Every visitor/traveler is keen to know the security issues, services, people, culture, norms, and religions. So that they can prepare themself to act accordingly to avoid any hustle.
Once you planned to visit Pakistan. Note that Pakistan is a very welcoming country, hospitality is a unique identity. So plan a very detailed itinerary to locate every point as per your holidays. Mention the top visiting and best places of Pakistan in your top priority list.
In this article, you will be getting the most visiting and Best places to visit in Pakistan that are worth your visit. Since you have finally decided to leave to travel to tourist places in Pakistan. First, you should know you have to visit all provinces of Pakistan but just the top trending places so that you may cover important touristic areas within your planned days to avoid any inconvenience.
Places to visit from Karachi to khunjerab pass:
Let’s start the journey. The total journey from Karachi to Khunjerab Pass or Pakistan-China Border is around 30 to 35 hours in your direct car travel depends on your travel but varies as per short stays and night stays. During this whole travel, you will be covering 2143Km by road.
Famous roads of Pakistan to cover the best places to visit in Pakistan.
To get the amazing experience out of your travel in Pakistan. You will be traveling on worldwide known famous roads of Pakistan which are as below:
- National Highway of Pakistan.
- Motorways of Pakistan
- Karakorum highway of Pakistan (The 8th wonder of the world).
What should you know about Pakistan?
Before diving into the places to visit in Pakistan let’s get a general idea of what the country is like.
- You may travel in Pakistan by different mode of transport i.e. For air traveling’s (PIA, AirBlue, AirSial, Shaheen Airline) For Road traveling’s (Daewoo Express, Faisal Movers, Niazi Express, Natco) or by hiring dedicated/booked car/parado or cruiser.
- Online Payments can be done in major cities of Pakistan but many tour organizers and travel agencies have started accepting online payments but try to have cash during your visits to other town except big cities.
- Pakistan is stretched from the Arabian Sea (part of Indian Ocean) in South to the Himalayas in the North.
- Pakistan start from Arabian Sea and end in the mountains of Himalayas.
- A very ease of access to approach every region in the whole country with the tourist guide and information desks in the whole country.
- Pakistan government has started to uplifts the airports in the beautiful cities i.e. Peshawar, Skardu, Gilgit, Chitral etc. Skardu Airport has started to receive international flights this year December 2021. Other connected cities of Gilgit baltistan i.e. Gilgit will start international flights soon.
- Communication with tourist in every touristic is ease as there are trained guides and porters to help you get your travel to Pakistan done with successful and amazing memories.
- Many hotels, resorts and tour agencies not accepting reservations without any prior payments. Make sure you research well before opting any tour agency or hotel so that you may reserve hotel and Tour Company before you land in the country.
Beautiful Places to Visit in Pakistan:
We are diving into the checklist of the most famous places to visit Pakistan with respect to provinces so that you may plan your trip from province to province easily with time-saving. So we will start from the very capital of Pakistan and the most beautiful city of Pakistan The federal territory of Pakistan, Islamabad.
Federal Islamabad Pakistan:
Islamabad means the city of Islam, Islamabad capital territory, the planned and well-maintained city of Pakistan. Located near the beautiful hilly area of Margalla Hills. It is mostly crowded with Pakistani elites, diplomats, and foreign people.
The infrastructure of this city is attracting visitors coming to this incredible area and it developed in between the two provinces of Pakistan KPK and Punjab. Islamabad is also connected with the twin city Rawalpindi. Its population is around 1.015 million (2017) with an area of 906.5 km² with code 051.
Best places to visit in Islamabad Pakistan:
Below are the most famous places of Islamabad where travelers from around the world love to visit these places:
- Faisal Mosque (Jami e Masjid e Shah Faisal)
- Pakistan Monument
- Margalla Hills & Zoo
- Lok Virsa Museum
- Rawal lake view point
The nearest points near Islamabad are Murree, Khanpur Dam, Nathiagali, Taxila, etc.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Famous places to visit in Peshawar.
- Swat Valley
- Ansoo Lake
- Lake saif-ul-Malook
- Ayubia National Park
- Pipline Track
- Kalash Valley
Swat, the Switzerland of Pakistan. You might hear of this term just because it surprises every visitor with its dramatic beauties and one of the pure greenest valleys in the world. Swat has a lot of archaeological places from around 5000 years old. The fruit trees, gardens, lush green meadows, and snowcapped mountains feel like you are in the reality of your dreams.
Flights are operating to and from Swat. So it is an easily accessible point from the Federal Territory of Islamabad and is considered one of the famous touristic areas in the whole of Pakistan and Peshawar.
Peshawar City – Places to visit in Peshawar:
- Masjid Muhabbat Khan
- Peshawar Museum
- Peshawar Zoo
- Jamrud fort
- Sir Cunningham Clock Tower
Kalash Valley is surrounded by one of the longest and highest mountain ranges, the Himalayas. Bumburet, Rumbur, and Birir are the surrounded areas to visit with views of mighty Hindukush mountain.
This valley is known for the beauty and the beauty of the people living here. They live in wooden homes that dot the high hills. The women are known for their colored dresses and headpieces.
There are jeeps and cars for visitors to visit Kalash valley from Chitral, 2.5 hours away. The place Bumburet is the populated valley. Rumbur and Birir are less developed and popular for foreign travelers. Dur museum in Bumburet is an attractive and cultural museum that gives you information.
The best recommendation in the list of Best places to visit in Pakistan. Kalash would be the best point to cover in summer. The best time to visit Kalash is in their Chilam Joshi festival held in May, Choimus occurs for two weeks around the winter, and Uchau is celebrated in autumn. Tourists are always amazed at the colorful dresses, drinks, and dance
Famous Festivals of Kalash Valley:
Chilam Joshi Festival aka Kalash spring festival)
Wed 13 May – Sat 16 May
Festival of Uchal aka Kalash summer festival)
Thu 20 Aug – Sat 22 Aug
Festival of Choimus aka Kalash winter festival)
Tue 15 Dec – Tue 22 Dec
A 9KM uphill extreme adventurous road via safari jeep from naran is worth your trip. Few travelers would dare while traveling upward and how the drivers driving. But believe me you would be wonderful after covering the distance to saif-ul-malook.
Saif-ul-Malook is located in the district mansehra and region of Kaghan Valley.
The breathtaking views of saif ul malook and covered with mountains give a very dramatic view.
The reflection of surrounding mountains in the lake makes this lake a unique one in the list of Pakistan’s beautiful lakes.
Summer and spring is favorable season to visit. But pre-winter visits would give you some unbeliever experiences there.
It is covered in heavy snow during winters.
Shandur Top is often known as the roof of the world just like the stunning plateau of Deosai plans. It is located in the middle of Gilgit Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The historical polo match is being played named “Shandur Polo Festival” from hundreds of years. And the polo ground is considered the highest polo ground in the world due to its height at 3738m.
The best time to visit shandur Top is in the months between May to September.
Shandur polo festival is being held in the month of July every year. Rest of the season, the area is covered with snow.
You may reach to shandur top via Gilgit Baltistan and Peshawar side.
Siri Paye Shogran
A 7km distance from main naran road at the point of Kewai waterfall is shogran. From shogran there is also a 6KM jeep ride leads to the amazing Siri paye that is the roof of the Kaghan region. This is the most beautiful area in the start of kaghan valley having lust green pine forest and lush green hilly areas.
There is no hotel in siri paye. But there is a camping probability. Better you visit a day out and then move back to shogran which is having famous hotel chains from low to high categories.
Heading to more in the list of Best places to visit in Pakistan. There Gilgit Baltistan, which is located in the most northern part of Pakistan connecting Pakistan china border, India borders, Wakhan Corridor, Afghanistan bordering area and some parts of Russia. The capital of gilgit balitstan is Gilgit.
Gilgit Baltistan is known for its wonderful beauty, mighty mountains, worldwide highest peaks, highest plateaus, archaeological places, history, and diversified cultures.
Gilgit Baltistan has more than 100+ peaks above 7000 m and hundreds of unnamed and non-summited peaks.
Gilgit Baltistan is the region of the junction point of the world’s three highest mountain ranges (Karakoram Mountain ranges, Himalaya Mountain ranges, and Hindu Kuch Mountain ranges).
Gilgit Baltistan is the home of the world’s 2nd highest and most dangerous peak K2.
In the Karakoram mountain ranges, k2 is the highest peak which attracts hundreds of climbers throughout the world.
Nagar valley is known for adventure tourism and now it’s full operations for the tourism area. People love the amazing and natural lifestyle of people living there. The majority of the old people are 100 plus years due to organic foods and their healthy activities.
Nagar Valley is the land of mighty peaks, longest glaciers, highest lakes, amazing hiking trails, incredible meadows, historical forts and the home of the 27th highest peak Rakaposh Peak 7788m.
This valley has more than 18 7000 m peaks. The famous peaks are as below:
- Rakaposhi Peak
- Diran Peak
- Golden Peak
- Shaltar Peak
- MirShikar Peak
- Kepal Peak
Hunza Valley is the most famous and most visited tourist destination in the world of tourism. Almost every tourist has visited Hunza valley once for its cultural, beautified, and natural area.
It has amazing people, a natural environment, professional hoteling, and amazing historical forts.
Skardu Valley is going to be the capital of tourism in the near future and recently the government of Pakistan has announced the Skardu airport to the Skardu international airport.
It is the home of the world’s highest peak, k2, and only cold desert Katpana.
It has dozens of forts in the Baltistan region of Gilgit Baltistan. You may find the most famous areas of Skardu Valley in this article. Skardu Places.
Deosai Plains, Astore
Deosai is a high-altitude alpine plain which a wide range of beauties. Deosai is known as the “land of giants” You may reach Deosai from astore and Skardu valley located in the Astore District of Gilgit Baltistan.
It is the place of brown bears and even sometimes snow leopards.
Phander Valley is located in the Ghizer district of Gilgit Baltistan. It has known for the amazing trout fish, ariel views of phander lake and lush green plains.
One may feel a very peaceful life from the hustle of metropolitan cities.
Naltar valley is located in Gilgit region of district Gilgit. You may start your travel from either Gilgit, normal or from Nagar valley.
The Pakistan 2nd ski resort is located in naltar valley. Every year there is ski competitions happening and many skiers come from different countries.
You may reach to the beautiful and colorful satrangi or Rainbow Lake.
Concordia is the land for climbers and expeditions. Located in the far north of Pakistan. It is the most famous point to reach the world 8000’er five peaks from 14 on the planet.
Many climbers or even travelers love to just reach on to the Concordia to feel the essence of the climbing community.
Heading forward to sharing the best places to visit Pakistan in the Punjab Province side. It has mesmerizing beauty having roads, an exhibition of old art and wide history.
The historical and bordering city of Pakistan that has been beautifully maintained is Lahore City. It has amazing art from the Mughal era and popular sites from the ancient history of Mughals.
Famous places to see Lahore are:
- Minar e Pakistan
- Shahlimar Garden
- Old Lahore (Delhi Gate)
- Walled City of Lahore
- Badshahi Mosque
- Wazir Khan Mosque
- Wahgha Border
Bahawalpur, the city of nawab jof Bahawalpur. Bahawalpur is known for its Mughal architecture and the beautiful city designed by many palaces. (Mahals)
City of saints. Multan. It is the city of Muslim saints coming in their ages to spread the golden message of Islam. The forts, shrines, and mausoleums of the holy saints were constructed in the Punjab, Multan city.
The art Kashikari, blue tiles is very popular in the city of Multan. One may find the real essence of the Islamic feel by visiting the shrines of the holy saints.
Badshahi Mosque Lahore
If you have ever plan to a city tour and the stunning art from the Mughal dynasty. You must put Lahore in your priority list. Because this city will give the amazing and historical residence of the last Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and mosque 1672-1674.
It is the only largest mosque in the world to this day.
Badshahi Mosque has been constructed with red sandstone, marble and decorated with Islamic calligraphy.
Fort Rohtas (Qila Rohtas)
Fort Rohtas is located in the Jhelum district in the province of Punjab. This fort was constructed by Afghan ruler Sher Shah Suri 1in 1539-1545.
It has 12 gates and is built with masculine architectural style.
This city of Punjab is usually known for Buddhist tourism sites. It has amazing and powerful, well-decorated architecture in the whole world. PTDC has preserved this historical Buddhist asset for the tourism purpose to uplift the history that came from 3000 years.
It is just 35km from the Islamabad territory. Which is known as the center of Ghandhara.
This city is being monitored and maintained in the list proposed by UNESCO World Heritage from UNs in 1980.
If you stay in the Islamabad territory, one of the mesmerizing hilly areas is the Pir Sohawa. This area has been admired by many domestic and international tourists for its will reserved and peaceful nature.
Many people came for picnics to refresh the day out from the hustle of twin cities. It has breathtaking views where several restaurants are lineup for the day-out meal.
Azad Kashmir, Pakistan
Azad Kashmir the valleys of beauty, lush green mountains. Its capital and the gateway is Muzaffarabad.
The weather is perfect and lush green in the season of summer but many tourists are keen to visit in winter to explore the snowcapped areas of Azad Kashmir particularly the Neelam Valley.
Neelam Valley Azad Kashmir:
Neelam Valley is a tourist hub of tourists coming from the whole world. The Mughal emperor Hamayun has once said if there is any paradise on the earth. Kashmir would be so. Neelam Valley serves its guests at very nominal prices.
The popular and most visited areas in the Neelam Valley is:
- Ratti Gali
- Sharda University and settlements.
- Kutton Waterfal and village
- Keran LOC Sector
- Keran Village
- Kundal Shahi Waterfall
- Chitta Ghatha Lake
- Leepa Valley
Mirpur Division Azad Kashmir:
This division of Azad Kashmir has also amazing and beautiful places. i.e.
- Ramkot Fort
- Mangla Dam (largest Dam in pakistan)
- Fulpur Waterfall
- Saarda Point
Poonch Valley Azad Kashmir also inviting the tourist for the amazing site of:
- Bajosa Lake
- Ganga Choti
- Toli Peer
Sindh Province of Pakistan
Sindh is the third largest province of Pakistan with a population of 47.89 million in 2017.
The best places to visit in Karachi are as below:
Karachi, the formal capital of Pakistan
- Mazar –e- Quaid
- Mohatta palace
- Sea Viewpoint
Karachi the city of lights, is popular as the business hub. The Markets are always crowded. Karachi is located on the banks of Arabian Sea which gives an amazing life for the tourists. Must visit Clifton side and Sea View Side to know more about Karachi and its travel points.
Karachi foods are famous in Pakistan. The Karachi biryani, Karachi nihari, and other seafood are known for the fame of Karachi city.
Tomb of Quid-e-Azam (Mazar-e-Quaid)
The Sindh province of Pakistan is bestowed with the tomb of the founder of Pakistan Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah is laid in this beautiful city of lights a province of Pakistan. The tomb is constructed with the expensive white marbles by a well-known architect Mr. Yahya Merchant.
The visitor coming from the whole is strongly recommending to pay a tribute by visiting his tomb for this visionary, exemplary and brave leadership in the whole subcontinent. The only person who stood up in the whole Muslim community in the sub-continent to prove himself for the struggle of independence of Muslims in Pakistan.
Mohenjo-daro is the place where the Civilizations of the whole world started from Sindh. Its ruins are also worth seeing.
It is located in the southeast of Pakistan. This area is enriched with 250 BCE archeological sites.
Mohenjo-daro has been retained in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980. This area can be visited by the public and private transport. The most accessible and easily approached city is Multan City on the north side.
Ranikot Fort, the great wall of Pakistan just like the Great Wall of China. Ranikot is considered the second largest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China. It has been made for military purposes that is why it’s giving a clear and skillful are in the structure from the fort to the up mountains.
This site is worth to go see. The reason is rare people have visited this area and is the best secret of Pakistan. It is located in the district of Jamshoro Sindh, Sann region.
Balochistan is the widely largest area among other provinces but the least populated area. It is unique and famous for its amazing fruits, Gawadar port, beaches, coastal highway, and Hingol National Highway.
Major Places to visit in Balochistan are:
- Hingol National Park
- Ziarat Residency
- Pir Ibrahim Waterfall
Quetta is the capital of Balochistan and one of the historical cities. The Hazar Ganji shatranj national park is worth visiting in Quetta.
Hingol National Park:
Hingol national park is widely spread with a distance if 1650km and is the largest national park among others. The Makran coastal highway crossing this region which starts from Karachi covering 190 km. If you want a unique travel experience you would surely plan to visit this side of the area.
A beautiful city is enlisted in the best place to visit in Pakistan is ziarat. Which is famous due to the historic residency of the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Which is known as Ziarat Residency. One of the national monuments which have been widely visited by tourists.
Juniper forest covered this area which is most popular. The winter makes these junipers very unique which attracts travelers.
When it comes to the beaches, Pakistan has more than 24 beaches that make the seaside awesome. Kund Malir is a densely visited area largely occupied by a sandy beach located in Hingol National Park.
The marvelous Makran coastal highway connects coastal views and ends to the beautiful beach. Kund malir is 175 km distance from Karachi.
This point is an amazing picnic point from the crowd of city life. Kund Malir has resorts, dhaba’s, and truck stop.