Natural beauty has no match wherever you go. Pakistan is enriched with many awe-inspiring places to visit, especially in the northern areas of Pakistan and Kashmir district. All over the globe, this part of Pakistan is highly famous due to the enormous mountains, mighty rivers, lush green valleys, beautiful lakes, and outstanding wildlife.
Ranging from the steep peaks of the Karakoram to the fertile Indus River plain, Pakistan is the place of amazing landscapes diversity. As it has a rich cultural heritage, primaeval Silk Road, and ruins of Mohenjo-Daro keep on enchanting visitors, venture further afield and explore a less known, wilder Pakistan.
Lakes in Pakistan
In Pakistan, there are some of the most stunning artificial and natural lakes in the world. You will also experience lots of impressive glacial lakes are also in the country. Chitral is the northernmost area of Pakistan, which has more than 137 glacial lakes. Here is a list of some remarkable lakes in Pakistan:
This lake, also known as Lake Gojal, is referred to as its mountain background and exclusive blue colour. The lake exists in Gojal Valley, and a landslide dam made it in 2010. In Gilgit-Baltistan, Attabad Lake is the biggest lake. This lake covers an area of around 5.2 sq miles. Approximately, it reaches a depth of 330 ft and roughly 13 miles of length on the first week after the avalanche began to flow over the dam, somewhat flooding Gulmit and immerse lower Shishkat. Now, the lake is approximately 358 ft deep.
Saif ul Malook Lake
The source of the river Kunhar is Saiful Malook, which is located in the northern parts of the Kaghan Valley closeby Naran town. One of the highest Pakistani lakes is Saiful Malook, and it meets at an elevation of about 10,578 ft. This lake is about 50 ft deep while covering an area of around 1.06 sq miles. Glacial moraine made this lake, which blocked the water of a stream that was flowing through Kaghan Valley.
Neelum valley is around 200 kilometres long and located to the North and North East of Muzaffarabad.
Both Neelum and Kaghan Valley ran together and split only when snow-covered mountains, more than 4000 meters above the level of the sea. It has remarkable scenic comeliness, panoramic scene, lofty hills on both sides of the strepitous Neelum River, abundant green forests, charming streams, and appealing circumventions make the valley a dream come true.
Mosques of Pakistan
From the early beauty of Wazir Khan in Lahore to the revolutionary lines of Faisal in Islamabad, Pakistan has some of the unique mosques of the world.
The magnificent Badhsahi Mosque in Lahore is one of the most amazing Islamic sites in Pakistan. It is an awe-inspiring spot to visit for British royals. In 1991, Diana Princess of Wales visited, and now Prince William and Kate visited during the tour of Pakistan in 2019.
In 1673, Badshahi Mosque was built, and for more than 300 years, it remained the largest mosque in the world until the Faisal Mosque completed in 1986. Up to 95,000 worshippers can gather in the 26,000 sp m courtyard of the mosque.
Having strikingly amazing design, encouraged by Bedouin tents, Faisal Mosque always has been a mosque apart. The Saudi King Faisal bin Abdulaziz gave his name to the mosque, and it rules the landscape of Islamabad from its eminent position at the bottom of the Margalla Hills.
A Turkish architect, Vedat Dalokay, designs this shiny and contemporary place. Controversially, this mosque has no auditorium, and it covers the four 88m high minarets ascend skywards, the huge 5,000 sp m prayer hall can occupy 100,000 worshippers, and there is an architectural dip to Kaaba. At the centre of the most imperative mosque in Mecca, the building found the Great Mosque of Mecca.
Historic Sites of Pakistan
You can explore some of the most amazing sites in Pakistan that UNESCO highlighted. These places include palaces, historical settlements, and religious sites. All of these places have a remarkable link with the past of Pakistan, and visiting them will definitely make you feel honoured.
Tomb of Jahangir
For the Mughal Emperor Jahangir, in the 17th century, the Tomb of Jahangir was made. Since 1637, it is situated in Shahdara Bagh in Lahore, Punjab, together with the Ravi River banks. This building has an awesome interior that extensively embellished with marble and frescoes. Besides, the exterior is enriched with pietra dura. The tomb, in combination with the bordering Akbari Sarai and the Tomb of Asif Khan, is a branch of an assembly currently on the uncertain list for UNESCO World Heritage status.
Mohenjo Daro is located in the Indus Valley, and the ruins show one of the substantial initial confirmations of urban development. This place dates back to 3000 BC and is simply enormous. As it is one of the first cities, the site displays confirmation of intricate street and drainage systems. Although no obvious traces of temples or tombstones, archaeological findings are indicative of riches, such as gold and lapis lazuli.
A remarkably huge, ancient, and sophisticated collection of tomb monuments at Makli Hill is surprising. This place is located outside of Thatta and becomes the biggest Muslim cemetery formation existing today. The site is an epitome of the Sind province and its golden era, which lasted across four centuries from the 14th to the 18th.
Taxila is one of the most visiting sites in Pakistan, and generally, it is known as one of the most important archaeological sites in Asia. The exact representation of the unreliable levels of progression between the 5th century BC and 2nd century AD, during this time, the site was at its peak. Taxila was a university as well as an educational centre for Buddhists when it was active. Also, it grabs the attention of pilgrims from all over Asia.
Palaces of Pakistan
Many beautiful palaces are there in Pakistan. Each one of them has Islamic styles of architecture, mirror-work, stonework, carved marbles, delicate designs, and glass mosaic take them to the next level and make them the magnificent palaces of Mughal period landlords.
In Bahawalpur, Noor Palace is a Pakistan Army owned palace that was designed in 1872. Just like an Italian Chateau on neo-classical lines, it was built at a time when advancement had engraved. The Nawabs of Bahawalpur lived there during British Raj.
Several stories related to its construction exist. Nawab Adnan Abbasi VI claimed that the palace was made for his wife. However, she lived there for one night, as she came to see the adjacent graveyard from her terrace, she refused to live there, and so it remained vacant during his reign.
In Bahawalpur city, the Darbar Mahal is a historic fort. In Asian history, this city has deep roots and known as one of the most significant trades and cultural hubs in local history. Pakistan Army controls the Mahal, but its grounds are really attractive tourist spots. As they represent propinquity and a wonderful view of the architecture that looks like the ancient Mughalai Forts.
Shivratan Chandraratan Mohatta built this palace, who was a determined self-made businessperson from Marwar, as his summer home in 1927. However, for only around two decades before the independence of Pakistan, Mohatta enjoyed this palace and left Karachi for India. In the tradition of stone palaces in Rajasthan, he built the palace with pink Jodhpur stone together with the local yellow stone from Gizri.
This mixture gave the palace an exclusive look in a graceful neighbourhood, characterized by Mughal architecture that was situated not far from the sea.
Forts of Pakistan
Pakistan is enriched with some of the most scenic travel destinations as well as it has some remarkable historical monuments. In combination with these historical gems, there are several forts and castles sprayed across the country.
In Bahawalpur, Punjab, the Derawar Fort is a huge square fortress. The forty bastions of the fortress are visible from a distance in the Cholistan Desert. The walls are up to 30 m high that has an edge of 1500 m.
Rai Jajja Bhatti built this fortress, who was a Rajpoot ruler of the Bhatti clan. In the 9th century, it was built as an honour to Rawal Deoraj Bhatti, who was a king from the region around Jaisalmer and Bahawalpur.
Near the modern town of Jhelum in northern Pakistan, the Fort at Rohtas is one of the most prominent and most formidable forts in the Indian subcontinent. Still, this is one of the least known forts. It has around 5 km long perimeter, but it was made in 20 years and then got abandoned.
Bala Hisar Fort
The striking Bala Hisar Fort and bleak ramparts of it still appear to keep an eye on movement together with the Grand Trunk Rd. In 1526, Babur first made a fort hereafter detaining Peshawar. For the Afghan Durrani dynasty, it was a royal residence before being detained, trashed, and rebuilt in 1834 in mud by the Sikhs. Now, it is the headquarters of the Frontier Corps.
Altit Fort Hunza
Among the steep peaks of northern Pakistan, the natural splendour of Hunza Valley and position on the Central Asian Silk Route has collected travellers, mountaineers, merchants for centuries. Far beyond its ideal glaciers, turquoise lakes, and fertile apricot farms, the region is enriched with cultural heritage.
The thousand-year-old Altit fort and 700-year-old Baltit fort in central Hunza, both are some of the oldest standing monuments and proof of the feudal regime of the valley.
Here comes the end, but don’t think it is the end of Pakistani beauty. Pakistan has many more places and things than all the above mentioned. Keep yourself updated with new data.