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Best Places to Visit in Pakistan

If the glamor and mystery of Pakistan are high on your travel list, these beautiful places in Pakistan should find a place on your itinerary when planning your trip.
Compared to many other countries, Pakistan’s tourism industry is poorly understood, making it even more jaw-dropping for its immensely dazzling beauty when you first see some of the country’s natural wonders and historic cities.

From the palaces of ancient kingdoms to the crystal clear waters of vast valleys, Pakistan really has it all. It is both unique and fascinating and breathtaking.
Pakistan’s most beautiful sights

Have a look at our list of the Best Places to Visit in Pakistan and make your trip enjoyable.

30 Best Places to Visit in Pakistan

Here are the top 30 Most Beautiful and Best Places to Visit in Pakistan:

1. Naran Kaghan

Naran and Kaghan are incredible tourist destinations located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. These valleys are ideal for nature lovers. They offer flowing rivers, miles of meadows, snow-capped mountains and breathtaking lakes.

The valley is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country. This region is rich in natural beauty. It consists of clear rivers, grassy green grass and snow-capped peaks.

Visitors can enjoy beautiful lakes such as Saifmalu Lake, Lulusar Lake, Aansoo Lake (Lake of Tears), and Dutipatsar Lake. This valley attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world every year. It is the main destination for summer trips, preferably from May to September.

2. Shogran Valley

Shogran is a hill station in the Kaghan district. Filled with luxury hotels and motels, it’s the perfect place for a family vacation. Similar to the Naran Kaghan area, Shogran is also brimming with tourists during the summer months.

One of the main attractions in Shogran is Siri Paye Meadows. Visitors can enjoy hiking, trekking and climbing in the area. The area also often hosts music festivals and concerts. This is a healthy space that offers joy and lasting memories for families, explorers and music lovers.

3. Skardu Valley

Skardu is a scenic valley and the capital of the Baltistan region. It is filled with rugged natural beauty, refreshing springs, blue lakes and the Rocky Mountains. The valley is also home to a major urban center of strategic importance as Skardus connects Pakistan to China, Afghanistan and India.

It is a major attraction for thousands of hikers each year. The region is at an altitude of 2,286 meters above sea level, behind the peaks of the Karakoram Mountains. Visitors can enjoy the hospitality of the Balti people, taste amazing authentic cuisine, and enjoy the beauty of affordable hotels and inns.

4. Chitral Kalash

Chitral is a quaint town nestled under the majestic Hindu Kush mountains. A tough, welcoming and hospitable community live. A two-hour drive from Chitral you will reach Kalash, a UNESCO heritage site with a thousand-year-old culture. There are about 5,000 people in Kalasha and until today they live just as they lived centuries ago.

Every year tourists visit to be inspired and witness their traditions and culture. Women wearing traditional costumes with small hats and colorful embroidered black clothes, made by the unique and talented women of the Kalash. Men and women get together and dance at every festival.

These people fed their goats, worshiped their gods as a community, and planted crops throughout the year. This is one of the most unique places in Pakistan to get a glimpse of the way of life of ancient cultures.

5. Neelam Valley

Neelum Valley is located in Azad Kashmir, near the capital city of Muzaffarabad. Neelum Valley literally means Valley of the Blue Stones.
It is one of the most beautiful places in Azad Kashmir. It has freshwater streams, clear rivers and beautiful forests. Like the rest of Pakistan, the people of Kashmir are very hospitable and warm towards their guests.

You can find accommodation at very cheap prices in Neelum. Summer is usually overcrowded and you should visit the area between September and October for a peaceful and serene experience.

6. Badshahi Mosque

The Badshahi Mosque is a remnant of the great Mughal dynasty that ruled the Indian subcontinent for nearly three centuries. This is a historical monument that is home to over 100,000 worshippers.

It was built by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. Representing the magnificent Mughal architecture, the mosque is located in a paddock with four minarets and three domes. It is also home to the relics of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

It is decorated with beautiful floral patterns and fine calligraphy. This mosque is a UNESCO heritage site and has been well preserved by the authorities.

7. Arang Kel

Arang Kel is a small village in Neelam. Also known as Neelam pearls. This beautiful village is located about 8000 feet above the mountain. Arang Kel is 5 hours drive from Muzaffarabad and the scenic route is a real miracle to witness.

Kerr is isolated from the rest of Kashmir and is full of green pastures and greenery. Kyle is home to some of the rarest wildlife, horses and birds.
You can find accommodation in a comfortable hotel or chalet, spend some quiet time with your family, hike on many beautiful trails or hike in the mountains.

8. Attabad Lake

In 2010, the village of Attabad was buried by a large landslide. The disaster killed 20 people and burned 26 homes. Landslides in the region caused the Hunza River to turn into a reservoir. The waters of this natural dam quickly reached a depth of more than 300 feet and exceeded 21 kilometers.

Over time, an area of ​​magnificent beauty was taken from the disaster. Attabad Lake is characterized by its shimmering turquoise blue turquoise waters among the numerous hills.
The lake is now the livelihood of the Attabad people, with small hotels and inns nearby. Visitors can enjoy jet skiing, fishing, boating, and many other recreational activities.

9. Shandur-Hundrup National Park

Sandur Pass is located between Chitral and Gilgit and is a plateau approximately 4,100 meters above sea level. The Sandur area is accessible between late April and early November. It is only accessible by jeep and is a 168 km drive from Chitral.
This area is also known as the “Roof of the World”. It is home to some of the most resilient yet generous people in the world.

Teams from Chitral and Gilgit Baltistan will play during the annual Sandur Polo Festival. There are seven competitions and three days between July 7 and July 9 each year.
It is the highest polo field in the world. Tourists can come here to taste delicious food, watch exciting polo games and enjoy the hospitality of the Pakistani people.

10. Khaplu

Khaplu is a small remote village near Skardu. It has picturesque terraces where various crops are grown. It used to be a famous and wealthy kingdom for Khaplu rulers.
Over time the place has eroded and this beautiful village has not been recognized by the outside world. More recently, Aga Khan has been involved in renovating Kapulu and restoring the famous Khaplu Palace to its former glory for tourists and tourists alike.
Guests can stay in sophisticated hotels and enjoy small villages and hospitable communities.

11. Pir Sohawa

Pir Sohawa is a picturesque attraction in the capital city of Islamabad. It is a well-known attraction with a high reputation among foreigners, diplomats, tourists and guests visiting the capital. This green area is full of scenic restaurants with stunning views of the city, especially at night.
It is always full of tourists, guests and families due to its magnificent view, delicious food and peaceful atmosphere. This is a must-visit place in Islamabad.

12. Bahawalpur

Bahawalpur is an ancient city located in the state of Punjab. It is located among the arid landscapes of the Cholistan Desert, close to the border and near the Indian border. It was once a monarchy that encompassed the Indian state of Rajasthan and was part of Rajputana, ruled by Nawabs and Nizams.

The city is full of historical monuments and old buildings such as Noor Mehal. The city is a snapshot that takes you back to the time of the ancient kings who once ruled the region.

Bahawalpur also has other impressive historical sites such as the famous Drava Fort, which dates back to the 9th century. The castle is surrounded by a 1.5 kilometer wall along with an impressive 30 meter high castle. It is an awe-inspiring monument that represents centuries of magnificence.
Farid Gate in Bahawalpur and the royal tombs inside the Delaware Fort are also must-sees in Pakistani history.

13. Ranikot Fort

Ranikot Fort, also known as the “Great Wall of Sindh”, is the largest fort in the world. This is an amazing building located near Jamsholo in the state of Sindh.
Although difficult to access due to the poor development of the area, Ranicott Fort remains a must-see beauty in Pakistan if you visit Sindh. Look for a local guide to assist you.

The castle stands defenseless in the middle of nowhere. Although the purpose of the fort is unclear to archaeologists, it is a symbol of pride for the people of Sindh. It has stood the test of time and has stood for almost two centuries.

14. Baltit Fort

Baltit Fort is a 700-year-old historical building located in Hunza. The castle was once the administrative center for the rulers of the region. The governor, known as Dapeng, ruled for hundreds of years.

In 1954, Dapeng left the fort and moved to another palace built nearby. In the next half-century, the castle lost its splendor.
Today, the Aga Khan Foundation has restored the castle to its former glory. This is done to preserve the beautiful culture of Hunza. It took several years to renovate the castle, but it is a proud icon of the area.

Baltit Fort is a major tourist attraction and a prime example of Pakistan’s efforts to preserve its natural and cultural heritage.

15. Swat Valley

Swat Valley has a rocky past, but the present and future shine brightly. This magnificent valley in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province is nothing short of a fairy tale.
Imagine the bright green fields and forests, the picturesque villages and the blue-hued rivers so clear and bright that you won’t think they are real!

The true beauty of Swat can be found around the town of Kelam, which is a base for exploring the beauty of the valley. Here are 3 places not to be missed in Swat Valley:

Boyun Village

The Boyun, also known as Green Top, is just a short drive or uphill walk from Kalam town. When you finally reach the top, you’ll have panoramic views of one of the most expansive and beautiful villages I’ve ever seen, and sweeping views of the valley below. Boyun is an easy day trip from Kalam.
Swat Valley – what could be more beautiful!?

Kandol and Spindhor Lakes

These mountain lakes are a 2-hour drive from Kalam. These days Kandol Lake is accessible by jeep tracks and is much more commercial, while Spindor is only a 2 hour walk away. Wherever you choose to visit, these two places are definitely one of the most beautiful places in Pakistan.

Ushu Forest

This well-preserved forest overgrown with juniper trees is a great place to get lost. The road to the forest continues until several villages along the Kalam River.

16. Hunza Valley

The exquisite Hunza Valley – is a must-visit place in Pakistan.
If you’ve lived in Pakistan – or read anything about the country – you’ve almost certainly come across the name Hunza. Don’t be confused by the word “valley” – Hunza is actually a huge region made up of many valleys and villages. Some of the most beautiful spots in Hunza, part of the ancient Silk Road, are:

Passu Cones

Passu Cathedral is a natural work of art and one of the most recognizable scenes in Pakistan. Although overnight stays are no longer allowed in Pasu village, the cones can be seen from far away from Gurmit village. The most iconic view of the cathedral is from the Karakoram Highway, about an hour’s drive from the city of Gilgit.
Passu cones in Pakistan in autumn.

Lake Attabad

A lake that doesn’t look real…even if you’re standing in front of it. Attabad was born out of tragedy when a major landslide occurred in 2010. The flow of the Hunza River was blocked and the now famous lake was formed. Its azure turquoise waters make it one of the most beautiful places in Pakistan.
Hunza Valley is one of the best places to visit in Pakistan.

Eagle’s Nest

Want to see one of the most spectacular sunsets in the Hunza Valley? Head to Eagle’s Nest during prime time! The name derives from a nearby luxury hotel/restaurant, but you don’t have to go there for the view.

17. Yarkhun Valley

While relatively unheard of and forgotten compared to the most famous tourist attractions in Pakistan, I consider the Yakhun Valley to be the most beautiful place I have visited in this country. Located in the Upper Chitral region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Yarkhun dazzles with its mountains and untouched villages.

If you don’t have your own vehicle, it takes some effort to reach the valley that stretches for several kilometers past the administrative town of Mastuj. If you have one, the ride won’t be all that bad – just be prepared for most dirt roads!
If you go all the way to Yarkhun, Gazin’s side valley is definitely worth the detour. Here you can see the mountains of the Thoi Pass, a high-altitude mountain pass connecting Upper Chitral to the Yasin Valley in Gilgit-Baltistan.

18. Phander Lake

Phander Lake in Phander Village is incredibly beautiful. The cyan lake sits quietly among the light green trees, like a landscape painting. As beautiful as it is, Lake Vander doesn’t come close to tourist numbers as the more popular Lake Attabad.

During the 4 days that Phander was resting by the lake, I did not meet any other tourists. If you visit, I highly recommend staying at the Lake Inn, which is just a short walk away and charges 1,000 rupees per night.
There are also expensive (Rs 5,000) PTDCs overlooking the lake, but Lake Inn hospitality and value dominate.

19. Broghil Valley

The Broghil Valley is located in the north, very close to Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor, and was previously only accessible on foot or on horseback. Today, the once-hidden place can be reached by a dangerous jeep route – but it still only sees a handful of tourists during the months when it’s not frozen with snow.

Currently, it is unclear whether foreigners will be allowed to visit Broghil. (Be sure to check before you go to the Deputy Commissioner’s Office in Chitral if you insist.) But Pakistanis – check out this beauty! The valley is home to numerous high-altitude lakes, yaks, and vast green pastures, all set against the backdrop of spectacular mountain ranges 13,000 feet above sea level.
Also, a day’s hike from Lashkargaz, the last village in Brogir, will take you to Lake Karambar, one of the highest altitudes in the world!

20. Lahore

Lahore is one of the most beautiful cities in Pakistan. A city… what do you mean? Yes, Lahore may be a metro, but its treasure trove of historical sites definitely makes it one of the most beautiful places in Pakistan. Lahore was a Mughal city and many of his works still exist.

If you’re wondering what are the best places to visit in Lahore, hold tight because there are so many!
Among the city’s most famous monuments are the Badshahi Mosque, the Wazir Khan Mosque and of course the Lahore Fort. Add dozens of well-preserved mausoleums, living shrines and Havelis to Havelis and you have the cultural capital of Pakistan.

21. Hingol National Park

Hingol National Park is technically in Pakistan, but it looks more like the planet Mars! The park covers more than 6,000 square kilometers and includes incredibly unique rock formations, expansive canyons, numerous animal species, and even a mud volcano.
Moreover, part of the national park is right next to the coast and adds the ocean to all other assets. While it may seem completely out of this world, Hingol is just a 3.5-hour drive from Karachi, Pakistan’s most populous city.

Pakistanis should have no problem getting into the park, but foreigners have mixed experiences. Some accompanied by locals were able to spend an evening/weekend in the park, while others were only given a day off. There is no public transport in the park, so you must use your own transport.

22. Kalash Valley

Consisting of Bomboret, Rumbur, and Birir, the Kalash Valley is home to the Kalash people, a religious and ethnic group in Pakistan with their own faith, culture, and language. The valley in which they live is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in Pakistan – not only because of its natural beauty but also because of the beauty of Kalash.

Especially Rumble Valley is very impressive. Here, beside the Kalash River, miles of dusty roads and mountains rumble. The Kalash live in wooden houses clinging to the mountains, and these women are known for their brightly colored traditional dresses and headdress like no other in Pakistan.

Located just 2.5 hours’ drive from the city of Chitral, one of the valleys is easily accessible these days. If you decide to head to Rumbur, spend the day hiking up the valley. Rumbur’s last settlement, Sheikhandeh, is an ancient Nuristani village whose inhabitants migrated across the Pakistani border hundreds of years ago.

23. Deosai Plains National Park

Deosai is often called the roof of the world. A kind of. At 4,117 meters (13,497 feet) above sea level, this massive plateau is Earth’s second-highest plateau and is only truly accessible during the summer months.

Vast emerald green meadows, snow-capped peaks and sparkling blue lakes greet the visitors of this beautiful site. Himalayan brown bears call Deosai their home and are noticed by many tourists – watch out for them if you’re camping!
The park charges an entrance fee of Rs 1,000 for foreigners and Rs 40 for Pakistanis.

24. Gorakh Hill

Hills in the desert… yes, the Gorak hill station is in Sindh, but it’s definitely high up as part of the Kirthar mountains. At 1,734 meters (5,689 feet), the summit offers some of the most beautiful scenery in southern Pakistan. This is the perfect place for a weekend camping trip.

Gorak Hills is about an 8-hour drive from Karachi, but only 2-3 hours from the metropolis, making the latter a better place to start your journey. There is no public transport, but there are lounges for those who do not want to pitch a tent.

25. Shimshal

While a bit remote compared to some of the other beautiful tourist destinations in Pakistan on this list, the Shimshal Valley is well worth the effort. Known as a major adventure destination, the area is particularly popular with climbers and mountaineers.
But for adrenaline junkies, Shimshal is not one of the most beautiful places in Pakistan.

Summer has come and the village itself is sacred. Incredibly, it relies almost entirely on solar power! Easier trips to nearby yak farms can also be arranged, such as enjoying the epic scenery of ocher flowers and fields.

26. Shah Jahan Mosque

Thought all Mughal ruins were in Punjab? Think again! Shah Jahan Mosque, also known as Jamia Mosque, is located in Tata town in Sindh province of Pakistan. It is known to have the most exquisite tile work in all of South Asia. Blue and sandstone colors adorn the interior of the mosque and are sure to surprise anyone who visits.

The mosque was built by Shah Cihan when he took refuge in Datta in 1647 and still maintains its striking shape. Although Sindh may seem far from the mountains, the excellent art here makes it one of Pakistan’s most beautiful tourist destinations.

27. Fairy Meadow

While a little touristy (and expensive), Fairy Meadows is an absolutely fantastic place. The turf offers stunning views of Nanga Parbat, the 9th highest peak in the world.
Fairy Meadows is a bit difficult to reach. The journey begins with a jeep ride on one of the most dangerous roads in the world and ends with a 5km walk. Rent a campground or bring your own equipment and enjoy a night or two at some of Pakistan’s most breathtaking scenery.

Currently, it costs about 8,000 rupees ($51) for a jeep to enter the lawn and walking is prohibited. Fortunately, it is possible to share the cost with other travelers.
Travel to the fairy pastures via the magnificent Karakoram Highway.

28. Chapursan Valley

Like Broghil, the Chapursan Valley borders Wakhan in Afghanistan but is further east. Seen by only a handful of tourists, this stunning collection of villages and landscapes is one of the most remote places you can visit in Hunza.

Chapursan is home to the Wakhi people, a Wakhi-speaking people belonging to the Ismaili sect of Islam. With clear blue skies, huge mountain peaks, vast lakes and little commercialization, the Chapursan Valley in Pakistan is as beautiful as they come!
To reach it, you first need to go to the town of Soest, which is close to the China-Pakistan border. If you have your own vehicle, you can go there. Otherwise, shared jeeps leave from Soest at around 6 am daily.

In the valley, don’t miss Baba Gongdi Temple, a mystical Sufi temple dedicated to a saint said to have magical powers. Don’t forget to make friends with Yak too!

29. Khunjerab Pass

This ravine is not for the faint of heart. Located at approximately 4,600 meters (15,397 feet) above sea level, this popular tourist destination connects Pakistan with China and forms the world’s highest paved border crossing.

Many went to the border to take pictures at the official gate surrounded by high hills and meadows. As for transportation, it is best to go on your own, as bus tickets will be expensive. Hitchhiking is also an option for adventurous travelers as it is located on most of the Karakoram Highway.

30. Rakaposhi Base Camp

For all those hiking lovers – it’s for you! The Rakaposhi Base Camp Trek can be done in one day, even for beginners, and offers some truly insane views of the 7,800-meter Rakaposhi peak!

Nothing beats getting up close and personal with the Pakistani giant. The trek starts from Minapin village and it takes about 4 to 5 hours for those in good physical condition to reach the top of the mountain.
While camping is possible, the descent is much faster, making the entire journey from there and back a reasonable day. Due to extreme weather conditions, hiking is only possible between May and October.

31. Margala Hills

Islamabad may be a dazzling “new” city, but did you know it still has a lot of hills to climb? Margala Hills cover over 12,000 hectares and include several hiking and jogging trails.
Climb the heights of Islamabad in ways you don’t know. Few places in Pakistan are this close to the city yet so connected to nature.

32. Rohtas Fort

Say hello to one of Pakistan’s most beautiful places – this time a 16th-century fort that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rohtas Fort is located near Jhelum in Punjab, about 4 hours from Lahore and about 2 hours from Islamabad.

The castle is one of the largest in the subcontinent and remains in exceptional condition despite its age. Hours can be spent wandering around the massive structure, a beautiful relic that almost seems to take visitors back in time.

It’s easy to get lost in walls and doors all day. Note that the fort charges an entrance fee of 500 rupees for foreigners and 20 rupees for Pakistanis.

33. Naltar Valley

The Naltar Valley is approximately 54 km (34 mi) from the city of Gilgit in Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan region. This popular tourist destination is known for its magnificent forests, crystal clear lakes and winter ski resorts.
While many tourists come just to ski, I think the true magic of Nalta can only be seen during the summer months when the lakes melt and the forests are at their most beautiful.

This magnificent valley can only be reached by jeep, but Gilgit has public transport. There are many hotels and hostels for tourists to stay in the two villages of the valley. Avoid visiting in May and try to come in the fall to avoid the peak tourist season. You may be lucky enough to catch epic leaves in late October.

34. Katpana Desert

Pakistan’s beautiful places truly encompass every imaginable landscape, including the cold Katpana desert. Although it has all the characteristics of a “hot” desert, what makes Kapana stand out is its height. In fact, it is covered with snow in winter.

Said to be the coldest desert in the world, the dunes at this height look truly unique. Few countries can claim to have something so rare. Travelers can easily reach Kapana Desert from Skardu as it is only 30 minutes away from the hotel. Don’t expect public transport though.

Conclusion:

Hope you like our choice of the best places to visit in Pakistan. If you think there are some more beautiful places to visit in Pakistan, we should cover them. Write us below in the comment box.

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