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Pakistan Destinations

Destination is the intended end point of a journey or other travel or a Tourist destination.

  • Tourism in Pakistanis a growing industry. In 2010, Lonely Planet termed Pakistan as being “…tourism’s ‘next big thing’ for more years than we care to remember. [But] world media headlines [always] send things off the rails”. This geographically and ethnically diverse country has much to offer; from natural beauty, historical heritage to cultural diversity. According to the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017 released by the World Economic Forum, the direct contribution of travel and tourism to Pakistan’s GDP in 2015 was US$ 328.3 million, constituting 2.8% of the total GDP.By 2025, the government predicts tourism will contribute ₨1 trillion (US$9.5 billion) to the Pakistani economy.
  • In October 2006, one year after the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, The Guardian released what it described as “The top five tourist sites in Pakistan” to help the country’s tourism industry.The sites included Lahore, the Karakoram Highway, Karimabad and Lake Saiful Muluk. To promote country’s unique cultural heritage, Pakistan launched the “Visit Pakistan” marketing campaign in 2007. This campaign involved events throughout the year including fairs and religious festivals, regional sporting events, arts and craft shows, folk festivals and openings of historical museums. In 2009, The World Economic Forum’s Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report ranked Pakistan as one of the top 25% tourist destinations for its World Heritage sites. It ranged from mangroves in the south, to the 5,000-year-old cities of the Indus Valley Civilization which included Mohenjo-daro and Harappa. The main destinations of choice for tourists to Pakistan are the Khyber Pass, Peshawar, Karachi, Lahore, Swat and Rawalpindi.

  • Chaukhandi Tombs in Sindh
  • Alamgiri Gateat Lahore Fort in Punjab
  • Naltar Valleyin Gilgit-Baltistan
  • Buddhist ruins at Takht Bhai in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
  • Dhirkot Park Bagh, ajk
  • In 2016, foreign tourists visiting Pakistan stood at 965,498.Pakistan’s tourism industry attracted an estimated of 1.1 million foreign tourists annually in 2011 and 966,000 in 2012 contributing $351 million and $369 million respectively.Before declining to 565,212 in 2013 which contributed only $298 million, in 2014, Pakistan received 530,000 foreign tourists contributing $308 million. By comparison, Pakistan’s domestic tourism industry is estimated at 50 million tourists who travel in the country on short trips usually between May to August. The largest tourism inflow in 2010 was from United Kingdom, followed by United States, India and China.

 

Whenever we think of Pakistan, all that comes to our mind is terrorism, extremism, sectarianism, corruption, load shedding and inflation but despite all these issues, we immensely love our country.

Amidst all the chaos we have forgotten the beauty of our landscape.

Pakistan is full of breathtaking locations which will make you fall in love with this country all over again. If you are a tourist or love travelling then you must compile a list of places you plan to visit next year.

 

Natural beauty is un matched. Pakistan have world most beautiful places for visit, specially at its best in northern areas of Pakistan and Kashmir region. This part of the country is famous all around the world because of sky high mountains, lush green valleys, mighty rivers, beautiful lakes, and amazing wildlife. There are many best camping sites in Pakistan where tourist can enjoy hiking and camping. The Pradise on Earth ‘Neelum Valley’ Mini Switzerland ‘Swat Valley’ and Mountain Kingdom ‘Hunza valley’ are the major tourist attractions in Pakistan. All these places are real natural beauty of the world. Here, below is a list of top 10 Best Natural Places to Visit in Pakistan. The naturally beautiful places of Pakistan, you will not found these beautiful places all over the world.

Swat Valley

Swat is a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan. It is the upper valley of the Swat River, which rises in the Hindu Kush range.

Swat Valley, Mini Switzerland of Pakistan has many attraction for visiting such as Mahodand Valley & Lake, Natural Ushu Valley & Ushu Forest, Malam Jabba (Famous ski resort in Swat Valley), Madyan, Swat & Kalam Vallies, Bonir, Der and many other naturaly beautiful sites.

Kaghan Valley

The Kaghan Valley is a beautiful valley in the north-east of Mansehra District . It attracts many tourists from not only Pakistan but also from the whole world. Laying in lower Himalayan mountains range, the Kaghan valley, famous for its bewitching splendor and natural beauty, is one of the most charming tourist resorts in scenic Hazara division. There are many beautiful and attractive spots like Shogran, Jared, Naran,Lake Saiful Muluk, Lake Dudipat Sar, Lake Lulu Sar, Babusar Pass and much more to do.

The country’s attraction range from the ruin of Mohenjo-daro and Harappa, to the Himalayan hill stations, which attract those interested in winter sports. Pakistan is home to several mountain peaks over 7000 m, which attracts adventurers and mountaineers from around the world, especially K2. The north part of Pakistan has many old fortresses, ancient architecture and the Hunza, Chitral valley, home to small Kalash people community and Fairy Meadows, Diamer District of Gilgit Baltistan. The romance of the historic Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province is timeless and legendary, Punjab province has the historic city Lahore, Pakistan’s cultural capital, with many examples of Mughal architecture such as Badshahi Masjid, Shalimar Gardens, Tomb of Jahangir and the Lahore Fort. Before the global economic crisis Pakistan received more than 500,000 tourists annually since 2000.

 

Famous Religious Destinations in Pakistan

Pakistan is blessed with various landscapes that allure tourists to visit the country. Apart from these natural wonders, the country is home to various heritage sites that are important to people belonging to different faiths. As a result, Pakistan has seen a huge influx of religious tourists, over the years, who visit the country to perform pilgrimage of their respective Holy places.

In view of this, it won’t be wrong to say that Pakistan is on the bucket list of travelers belonging to various faiths. To help all those pilgrims out there, Jovago Pakistan brings a complete guide on the famous religious destinations in Pakistan.

 

  • Hassan Abdal & Gurdwara Panja Sahib

Situated at a distance of 48 kilometers from Rawalpindi, this site is considered to be one of the most sacred places of Sikhs. This place got its name from the hand-print, belonging to Guru Nanak,  that is imprinted on a rock placed in the center of the Gurdwara.

  • Katasraj Temple

The stunning temple surrounded by crystal blue pond is a sacred site for the Hindu community. It is situated in the Katas village of Chakwal district. The pond is surrounded by Buddhist Stupa and Satghara, which comprises of seven ancient temples. It is believed that the pond possesses the power to wash away all the sins of a person if he baths in it.

 

 

  • Gurdwara Janam Asthan

As the name suggests, this is the birthplace of Guru Nanak who was the founder of Sikhism and is therefore of utmost importance to Sikhs. It was constructed in 1600 CE and is situated at a distance of 75 kilometers from Lahore.

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