Dubai, Paris, Istanbul, London… our dream vacation maybe. Perhaps we forgot the beauty God has blessed Pakistan with. Mostly we think of the northern areas when we think of the beautiful areas of Pakistan. Well here is a list of some beautiful and historical places we forgot:
- Great wall of Sindh
We all want to visit the Great Wall of China don’t we? Well here’s another fact Ranikot Fort is also known as The Great Wall of Sindh is the world’s longest fort with a circumference of approximately 26 km or 16 miles. Since 1993, it has been on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is reputed to be the largest unexplored fort in the world. The purpose of its construction and the reason for the choice of its location are still unknown. Ranikot is the most talismanic wonder of Pakistan and Sindh Province. Visible from five kilometers, its massive undulating walls twist and dip over the hills. With the circumference of about twenty kilometers, its walls, built with dressed sandstone and reinforced with 45 bastions along the outer wall, of which 7 are rectangular and the remaining are round. All modified through the ages to accommodate the use of gunpowder, this perhaps makes it the largest fort in the world.
- Mubarak village, Karachi
An hour’s drive from the city’s center, Mubarak Village is also Karachi, but not as much. Although Mubarak Village is also part of the metropolis, it survives without any facilities—no drinking water, electricity, gas, health, education… Mubarak Village is like an oasis in the wilderness. The road leading to it passes through dusty terrain, with gusts of wind carrying sand to welcome each guest. The place is a natural harbor with rocky hills at one side, with calming the water near the shore and allowing fishing boats to anchor. The water here is jeweled shades of blue and the sand has not yet lost its color like the rest of industrialized Karachi.
- Ghanche Valley
Ghanche District is the easternmost district of the Northern Areas, Pakistan. Historically Ghanche is one of the most important districts in Gilgit Baltistan. Yabgo Dynasty once ruled whole Baltistan. It was one of the powerful kingdom in Gilgit Baltistan. Yabgo Khar also called Khaplu fort is one of the monument of that era. Khaplu fort has recently been restored by Agha Khan Cultural Foundation.
4-Noor Mahal, Bahawalpur
Noor Mahal (Noor Palace) is a palace located in Bahawalpur, Pakistan. Built in 1875 AD, the palace is nearly one hundred and fifty years old, and, is the most recent monument in Punjab to be notified under the Antiquities Act. Although there are several stories told in Bahawalpur about the construction of Noor Mahal but among all, famous legend is that Nawab Subah Sadiq Muhammad Khan IV laid the foundation for constructing this palace in honor of her wife. Noor Mahal was designed by Mr. Hennan, who was a British Engineer and was working as a state in engineer in Bahawalpur. The building covers an area of 44,600 square feet (4,140 square meters). It is a double story building with a basement as well. There are 32 rooms in the building, having 14 in basement. It contains 6 verandas and 5 domes.
- Gorakh hill
Gorakh Hill is a high altitude (5,688 ft (1,734 meter) plateaus in Sindh. The Hill Station receives winter snowfall and is among one of the only places in Sindh to have snowfall in winters. The mountains were completely covered with a blanket of snow in 2008 winters.
- Naltar Valley
Naltar valley is very close to Gilgit and Hunza. It is 40 km (25 miles) from Gilgit and can be accessible by jeeps. Naltar is a forested (pine) village recognized for its flora and fauna and terrific mountain scenery. In the Naltar valley there is a lake known as ‘Bashkiri Lake’. It is at a distance of 32 kilometers (20 miles) from Naltar Bala. This lake gives a breathtaking and amazing look both in the summer and as well as in winter. The road from village to “Lake” is nonmetallic and narrow along with a stream throughout this road coming from the mountains. A lot of attractive scenes are there along this road.
- Siri Paye
The name may sound weird to you. Paye’ means “high grazing ground” in Hindko language. Paye is a lush green meadow at an altitude of 2800 meters above Shogran plateau. In spring Paye blooms with flowers of different colours and with a backdrop of white Makra Peak; Paye becomes the ultimate weekend destination form the capital of Pakistan. In winters it becomes wide meadow of snow. While ‘Siri’ means ‘lake’; its a small lake situated before Paye meadows. In winters Siri gets frozen in such a way that one can walk over it.
- Neela Wahn, Kalar Kahar
I myself belong to the area of Kalar Kahar and have a special attachment to this place. I have discovered the enormous beauty of Kalar Kahar and the tribal areas above and found this place to be one of the most mesmerizing place of the area. There is absolute calmness and peace as there are almost no tourists. You have to hike for about two to three hours down the hill. The journey is amazing because of the beauty of the hills. At the end it’s all worth when you reach the pond. There are several waterfalls, the water is crystal clear and the greenery is priceless. Also the water is said to have healing powers.
- Hingol National Park
Hingol National Park is located along the Makran Coast in Balochistan. It is one the most exciting and adventurous spot, adorned with a variety of topographical features. Hingol Park is best known for supporting the rare species of Sindh Ibex, Balochistan Urial and Chinkara Gazelle.
10- Gojal Valley
Gojal also known as Upper Hunza 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.
That’s not it! Pakistan is gifted has uncountable splendid places which can’t be counted. So next time try a different place maybe?
By Rabeet Tariq