A lot of stories have been heard from people who live and rejoice those places in Pakistan as a tourism hub. In Pakistan, tourism was at its peak in the 60s and 70s. There were times when Pakistan was merely considered in a foreign tourist destinations list, but with time Pakistan has started catching people interest on the internet through social media like Facebook, Instagram, etc. Lots of tourist around the world started to find out the sleeping identity of Pakistan. There came an article named “Pakistan tourism: a sleeping giant” in Australian magazine which threw light on the hidden beauty of Pakistan which itself is a treat for tourists. Pakistan is considered to be a country where one can enjoy all kind of seasons. This is rarely possible but in Pakistan people can enjoy dry cool winter which runs from December to February; a hot spring from March to May; rainy summer season which goes from June to August, and the departing period of October and November. Pakistan has a lot of places to visit which attracts tourists a lot. Places like Ziarat, Toli Peer, Swat, Kaghan, Neelam Valley, Hunza Valley, Gilgit, Leepa Valley, Kel Valley, Deosai Plateau, etc is a cause of attraction for so many people around the globe. Foreigners especially came to visit these breathtaking views.
There were times when Pakistan depicted as a devastated country as media portrayed its bad side which almost reduce the tourism to non-existent. Due to the bad reputation, a very trivial number of travelers and backpackers who are a die-hard fan of traveling, pay a visit to Pakistan every year. Though it is true that Pakistan has been agonizing through a terrorist war and also been suffering a deceived leadership for so many years, many governments came and departed without considering the fact that Pakistan is suffering an enormous backlash not just in the tourism industry but in other fields too. Social media and travel agencies played an important role to evaporate all the fears it had once and once again the tourism industry flourished.
It is a very true, enlightening, life-changing, surprising and equally frustrating experience to travel in Pakistan. It is the best place to explore for those who want some real adventures. Here is the reason why one needs to visit Pakistan
People are hospitable
Pakistani folks are considered to be the most hospitable, overwhelming, kind, and welcoming in nature. People say that among Iran, Iraqi Kurdistan, and Sudan, Pakistanis are the most welcoming and friendly. Looking into the active streets of Lahore to the quaint mountains of Hunza, almost every person offers the best they have to the tourists. Chai is considered to be the favorite drink in here so it is a tradition to offer at least chai to every person who visits Pakistan that most of the times people who flew to Pakistan almost lost count of free cups they had. Chai is being called a way of life in Pakistan.
The safest place for tourist
There was a time when Pakistan got hit by terrorist attacks due to the negligence of government but it’s not just Pakistan who is fighting terrorist but every country has those conspirators who need to be cleared out soon and one more thing which everyone needs to consider at least that no one is safer sitting home. This is media who is ruling our minds these days which by the way we should not let our lives influenced. In real, Pakistani people are anti-terrorists and their forces are currently fighting to kick the Taliban out and save the country and its people.
Land with amazing views
Pakistan is the country with the most amazing views which becomes more beautiful with the weather swings especially Kashmir and Northern areas of Pakistan have been always most visited places of Pakistan. The whole Kalash valley looks like paradise on earth because it has green land and beautiful sceneries. The hills around are naturally green which can be seen everywhere in Kalash Valley. Kaghan Valley is placed on the mountains green fields which are 160 KM wide. In the Winters, Snow covers all the land with it and makes it look more beautiful. Arang Kel is a lush green village, hill station and tourist spot in Neelam valley, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. Lulusar is a group of snowy mountains, it is famous for its beautiful eye attracting mountains that never get dries in every summer. Kalam is an attractive and best place for locals and tourists. It has awesome weather in the summer. Kalam valley and surrounding mountains of Kalam are very beautiful and natural. Kalam is very famous for its waterfalls, lakes and lush green hills, and it is 270 Kilo Meter away from Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. It is a very popular destination for tourists.
The history of transport in modern-day Pakistan dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization. The major road was the Grand Trunk Road which was customized in the 16th century by Sher Shah Suri and used throughout the Suri and Mughal periods. Trees were planted, and mosques and temples built along the road. Caravanserais were built for travelers to spend the night. Airways and Railways were established during the British Raj. In Pakistan, the first railways were built from 1885. The construction of motorways began in the early 1990s, with the idea of building a world-class road network and reducing the load on the heavily used national highways throughout the country. The first motorway was named M2 which was the first motorway that completed in 1998, linking the cities of Islamabad and Lahore. Pakistan began to restructure the National Highway during the 1990s, throughout the country specifically to important financial, cargo and textile centers. The National Highway Authority or NHA is responsible for the maintenance of all national highways in Pakistan
Travelling is cheap in Pakistan
Pakistanis considered being the second cheapest country to travel too. The estimated weekly budget is around $100 which includes transport, food, accommodation, and other activities as well. It is better to become friends with Pakistani locals as there are lots and lots of things which they can deal better than those who are not a part of this place. Pakistani people are unbelievably kind and hospitable that they will not let you pay for food. Accommodation can be expensive in some parts of Pakistan but that can be managed too. If you are in the northern areas then camping is the best option despite spending money on accommodation.
Lahore, being the capital city of Punjab, has a rich history as it has successively served as a regional capital of the Shahi kingdom in the 11th century; the Ghaznavids in the 12th century; the Ghuris in the 12th and 13th centuries; and, the Mughal empire in the 16th century. During the Mughal era, numerous gardens were built thus giving it the title ‘City of Gardens’. The Walled City of Lahore has numerous monuments built during the same era. The Royal Trail that starts from Delhi Gate and leads all the way to Lahore Fort is rich in architecture, local culture, and historic significance. The Walled City of Lahore Authority is the prime organization for looking after the preservation and restoration of these sites. In 2012, Shahi Guzargah project was launched which was aimed at restoration of the Royal Trail and removal of encroachments.
Pakistan is a country blessed with a coastal belt of about 700km. Unfortunately, the efforts to harness this great tourism potential has not been harnessed yet. Other than a deep-sea port of Gwadar, the geo-strategically important province of Balochistan is home to other beaches as well. Ormara, Paani, and Jiwani are the cases in point. Efforts to harness this great tourism potential were lackadaisical. Pakistan, today, is at a turning point. With CPEC in its offing, it will finally be able to materialize the benefits from its strategic location. Having said that, the long-term plan of CPEC includes tourism as a major pillar. The hitherto unseen beaches of Pakistan will finally be converted into modern tourist spots.
From the last couple of years Pakistan tourism is considered to be the best. It’s easy to get a Pakistani visa with no major restriction, tourists came to experience Pakistani hospitality and enjoy a glimpse of its beauty. All one need a visa, passport and air tickets to visit Pakistan to stop by some beautiful places like Leepa Valley, Astola Island, Taobat and Gilgit Baltistan, etc. according to a survey, around 0.2 million people visited Pakistan in the last couple of years and the growth is increasing every year. In short, Pakistan is a most recommended place with the best of nature, having historically magnificent landscapes, most hospitable people and a most valuable place to spend your money on.