Pakistan is a land blessed with tons of natural resources and yes of course beautiful natural land is also in abundance. Pakistan has four seasons: Spring, Autumn, Winter and Summer.
While mostly countries have only one type of land (mountains, plains, desserts), Pakistan has all most all types of lands including fertile plains, mountains, desserts, deltas, forests, plateaus, sea and rivers. You would be amazed to know that Pakistan has the World’s second highest mountain K2 and world’s 17th largest desert and 9th largest subtropical desert “Thar Desert”. Not only that Pakistan has the largest irrigation system in the world that consists of rivers, canals, dams and pounds/lakes.
Now that we have mentioned major features of Pakistan it’s time to discuss the “Top 10 Natural Places in Pakistan You Should Visit in 2017.
1) Naltar Valley
Famous for it’s colorful lakes Naltar is a pine forest village located 40km (25 miles) from Gilgit. Transport is available from Gilgit to Naltar but during a specific time after that own arrangement. It can be reached through jeeps.
Another reason for it’s popularity is magnificent mountain scenery and wildlife. There are ski lifts under the ‘Ski Federation of Pakistan’. Ski competitions are held at Naltar under the supervision of PAF.
Naltar Bala and Naltar Pine are two villages of Naltar valley. Covered with pine trees, these villages doesn’t seem to be a part of this world. If you really want to experience paradise in this world, you should visit Naltar once. This place will make you fall in love with it.
2) Ayun and Bumburet Valley
The Bumburet valley joins the Rumbur valley at (1640 m), and then joins the Kunar Valley at the village of Ayun (1400 m), some 20 km south (downstream) of Chitral. To the west the valley rises to a pass connecting to Afghanistan’s Nuristan Province at about 4500 m.
The valley is inhabited by the Kalash people, and has become a tourist destination. It is also the largest valley of Kalash Desh in Chitral District. No words can do the place justice, to describe the beauty of the mountains that surround it. There is a sense of serenity the mountains provide to the tourist, the beauty completely enchants you. Barren mountains surrounding lush green fields making the view stand out in the most spectacular way.
3) Neelum Valley
Neelum Valley is a 144 km long bow-shaped thick forested region in Azad Jammu and Kashmir in Pakistan Administered Kashmir. It is named after the Neelum river, which flows through the length of the valley.
In Neelam valley there are dozens of beautiful and historical places, Sharada Peeth in Sharda and Janawai town is one of the most beautiful and historical place in Neelam valley. Valley posses four major lakes names: Chitta Katha Lake, Shounter Lake, Ratti Gali Lakes and Saral Lake.
Excellent scenic beauty, panoramic views, towering hills on both sides of the noisy Neelum river, lush green forests, enchanting streams and attractive surroundings make the valley a dream come true.
Its not an exaggeration — really, one should visit and see for themselves. The Deosai National Park and the Sheosar Lake are the literal personification of Wordsworth’s poetry.
Deosai is located in Pakistan, the majority of which falls in Skardu district. Deosai is the combination of two words ‘Deo’ (giant) and ‘Sai’ (shadow). For centuries, it is believed that this place is haunted by giants, thus the name ‘The Land of the Giants’ came into being. The weather in quite unpredictable here, sometimes it starts snowing in summer. Sunlight and clouds seem to play hide and seek here, with the sun shining one minute, and overcast in next.
This area remained uncrossable for ages due to abundance of variety of wildlife here. Icy winds, thunderstorms, and presence of wildlife make it impossible to dwell here even in this age, that’s why Deosai is mostly uninhabited.
5) Swat Valley
Swat is a river valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. It is the upper valley of the Swat River, which rises in the Hindu Kush range. The capital of Swat is Saidu Sharif, but the main town in the Swat valley is Mingora.
No matter what people say, Swat has successfully captured so many hearts around the world. Swat is well known as “Mini Switzerland of Pakistan”. It has various tourist attractions such as Mahodand valley and lake, Ushu forest, Kallam Valley, Malam Jabba (Famous ski resort in Swat Valley), Madyan, Swat & Kalam, Bonir, Der and many other naturaly beautiful sites.
6) Shangrila Resort, Skardu
A vacation spent at Shangrila Resort is a once in a lifetime experience that one would want to relive again and again. Located at a height of 2500 meters, this area is more commonly known as “The Roof of the World”.
From Islamabad there is a daily Air Bus A-320 flight and ATR, which takes 45 minutes, flying over the most spectacular Himalayan, Karakoram and Hindu kush ranges from where you can see the tallest peaks in the world, flying over the Kaghan valley, Chilas and then following the mighty Indus river, skimming past Nanga Parbat the 9th Highest peak in the world, which is called the killer mountain at a height of 26,660 feet, flying north and entering the valley of Skardu which is the capital of Baltistan.
It is a popular tourist destination, and has a unique restaurant that is built on the fuselage of an aircraft that had crashed nearby.
7) Gojal Valley
Gojal: Where Pakistan Begins is a valley situated in the far north of Pakistan. It borders Pakistan and China at Khunjerab Pass and Afghanistan at Chipurson valley. It is the largest tehsil of the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan – 15,397 feet above sea level — and remains covered with snow all year long.
Comprising of various small and large valleys within itself, Gojal successfully captures the beauty from each and makes it one of the major places one has to visit. From river Hunza to the Passu settlement to the Gulkhin settlement, the beauty surpasses any of our expectations.
8) Paye: Shogran
Shogran is a hill station situated on a green plateau in the Kaghan Valley, northern Pakistan at a height of 7,749 feet or 2,362 metres above sea level. Shogran is located at a distance of 34 km away from Balakot. The road from Islamabad to Kiwai is metalled and measures 212 km.
Shogran had seen an influx of tourists, who trampled over its beauty, leaving it jaded. Siri Paye, nonetheless, still retains its strong attraction for tourists as a green plateau on top of the Hindu Kush. Engulfed in clouds and fog more often than not, it entices many as a rendezvous which allows one to observe Nature play peek-a-boo.
Hotels and motels are available at affordable costs. The local people are friendly and peaceful. It is accessible in the summer. It attracts families and explorers alike. You should not miss a trip to Forest Rest House.
Here, you see numerous small ponds filled with freshwater, meet horse-riders wandering about, and smell wild yellow flowers blooming everywhere. With the Makra Peak set as a backdrop, the beauty of the Siri Paye meadows comes to life.
9) Guraiz Valley
Located in between the border of Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan, this valley is divided between Azad Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and Indian Occupied Kashmir. Guraiz valley is a beautiful valley with lush green valleys and densely forested areas. Due to restriction placed by the army on being located on the Pak-India Border, this place is hardly visited, however one can visit this heaven on earth with the permission of the army and enjoy one of the most beautiful places of Pakistan.
Rakaposhi is a mountain in the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan. It is situated in the middle of Nagar Valley and Danyore and Bagrote valley approximately 100 km north of the capital city Gilgit of the semi autonomous Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistan. Rakaposhi means “Snow Covered” in the local language. Rakaposhi is also known as Dumani (“Mother of Mist” or “Mother of Clouds”). It is ranked 27th highest in the world and 12th highest in Pakistan, but it is more popular for its beauty than its rank might suggest.
The people of Nagar have dedicated the Rakaposhi range mountain area as a community park. The Minister for Northern Areas inaugurated the park. The Rakaposhi mountain range is the home of endangered species such as Marco Polo sheep, snow leopard, brown bear, wolves and many other species.