The country of stunning landscapes and mountains, an unending supply of gastronomic delights, the nicest people you’ll ever meet, sparkling shrines, forts that date back 400 years, and much more. Despite being blessed in many ways, the rarely visited South Asian country still avoids the annoyances of mass tourism. Travelling in Pakistan is like entering a different world, one that will draw you the moment you first experience its synchronised beauty and chaos. Alpine lakes, ruins of old civilisations, untamed beaches, and the chance to meet friends by just walking outside your front door may all be found in this varied nation.
The Hunza Valley‘s residents have lived in the shadow of Pakistan’s formidable Karakoram Mountains for millennia. The many valleys that make up the larger Hunza area could not even be reached by automobile before the Karakoram Highway was built in the late 1970s. Think of the Western United States before colonial expansion and the development of rudimentary road networks in the early 19th century to get an idea of how remote some of these villages in Northern Pakistan are. Hunza served as Pakistan’s equivalent of the “wild west” for so long that much of its distinctive cultural identity has persisted. The Hunza region’s residents are reputed to have some of Pakistan’s highest life expectancy rates. Diet certainly plays a significant role in this, as most foods in Hunza were formerly produced locally and organically without harmful chemicals. Older adults working hard in their industries well into their eighties are likewise not unusual to witness.
The impressive structure known as the Mohatta Palace, situated on a sizable estate of around 12000 square yards, was constructed in 1927 as the seaside residence of Rai Bahadur Seth Shivratan Mohatta, a wealthy Marwari merchant in Karachi. No money was wasted in creating this stunning tower, seen by the outstanding craftsmanship of the building and the high quality of the materials used, in addition to the love and care shown on it. Since it aspires to be an establishment of renown on a global scale and a representation of the commitment and promise of the city, Karachi’s residents have reason to be proud of the Mohatta Palace Museum. Without the help of the Federal Government, the Government of Sindh, and the major donors who support the goal of making Karachi a symbol of cultural resurgence, none of this would have been possible.
Casual and knowledgeable visitors can engage in various activities at the Mohatta Palace Museum. In particular, families and schoolchildren are welcome, and trips may be scheduled in advance.
Swat Valley; The Switzerland of Pakistan
The Pakistani capital city of Islamabad is only a few hours’ drives north along the Peshawar Road from a series of stunning natural landscapes. The Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, is a starting point for exploring the chain of natural beauties. Swat Valley is called the “Switzerland” of Pakistan due to its picturesque landscape and snow-capped mountains. The Valley was formerly a Taliban stronghold, and peace did not come until Pakistani military troops carried out special operations and cleaned up the whole region. It is now fully secure, quiet, and one of the top tourist destinations in the nation for both domestic and international visitors. Swat attracts visitors for many reasons than its picturesque landscapes. Other cities and tourist destinations, such as Malam Jabba, Kalam, Bahrain, Madyan, Khwazakhela, Mingora, and Saidu Sharif, are distinctive and worth visiting. These locations have various rich and varied cultural contributions from different civilisations. For instance, various artefacts, including coins from the time of Alexander the Great, have been discovered in Minor (ancient name Masaga), located along the road from Mingora to Bahrain.
The last resting site of Pakistan’s founder, Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, lies in Karachi. The Jinnah Mausoleum, also known as Mazar-e-Quaid, is one of Karachi’s most popular tourist destinations. The mausoleum’s design and construction were finished in 1971 after beginning in 1960. The mausoleum, a recognisable emblem of Karachi, is a popular tourist destination in Pakistan. The mausoleum also houses the tombs of Liaquat Ali Khan, Nurul Amin, Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar, and Fatima Jinnah, widely known as the “Mother of the Nation” and Jinnah’s sister.
Tourists that wish to experience tradition, culture, and history all in one location frequently visit Multan. It ranks Pakistan‘s seventh-largest city and is renowned for its ancient landmarks and stunning architecture. Multan is also referred to by the general public as the “city of saints” due to the many graves there. Some well-known tombs in Multan include the Shah Rukn E Alam Tomb, the Van Agnew Monument, the Shrine of Shah Yusuf Gardezi, the Tomb of Shah Shams Sabzwari Tabrez, the Mausoleum of Bibi Pak Daman, and the Tomb Shah Ali Akbar. Although the town welcomes visitors all year, the ideal time to go is from October to March.