Pakistan is a country in South Asia with many beautiful places to explore and visit. You can explore the world’s 2nd largest salt mine as well as the world’s 9th largest desert. There are 4 provinces & 4 administrative regions in Pakistan. Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa & Balochistan are the 4 provinces. While the 4 administrative divisions are Gilgit & Baltistan, Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Federally Administered Tribal Areas(FATA) & Islamabad Capital Territory.
Although, there are a number of famous tourist spots in Pakistan. We are stating rather lesser known areas to explore in 2019. These areas are not quite famous but are rather beautiful. First of all, I must stat the numbering is just a serial counting not based on any/all classifications.
1. Soon Valley, Pakistan
Soon Valley is situated in Khushab District of Punjab Province. Khushab is located on Sargodha-Mianwali Highway. Soon Valley is a tehsil of the Khushab District. It is almost 90 KM in length. The valley is blessed with lakes, ponds, forests and mountains. Nowshehra is the capital town of the valley. Sakesar is the highest point in the valley. Pakistan Air Force has established a Radar and Communication setup at Sakesar. The largest lakes in the valley are Uchhali and Khabekki Lakes. Both of these lakes are Wild Life protected areas, so you can’t do any sort of hunting. There’s a Mughal era garden in the valley, Kanhatti Garden. There’s a beautiful waterfall in the garden. Remains of a centuries-old fort are just beside the khabekki lake at Akrand. That’s enough for now. Now go and explore more out of this valley yourself. You can read our traveller’s guide here.
2 – Murree Hills, Pakistan
‘Malka e Kohsar’ – Murree is Pakistan’s most famous tourist destination and it is flooded by tourists in winters. It receives good snowfall in the winter season which is its biggest attraction besides being easily accessible and economical. Changla Gali, Dunga Gali, Bara Gali, Pindi Point, Patriata and the iconic Mall Road are the most popular areas of Murree Hills that are covered with a blanket of snow.
3 – Nathiagali
Nathiagali is one of the best picturesque hill stations of Pakistan which is clad in pine, walnut and oak maple trees. Those who are adventurous, and love trekking and snow visit Nathiagali as it gives them awesome experience of climbing Mukshpuri top. In winters, when it receives snowfall, it offers some wonderful sights to the visitors.
4 – Swat Valley-Malam Jabba
The ‘Mini-Switzerland in Pakistan’, Swat Valley is amazingly beautiful and perfect for your winter travels. It offers serene locations with large variety of destinations thus making your winter holidays an epic and memorable experience. Malam Jabba is one and only skiing resort in Pakistan which is heaven for ski lovers. Malam Jabba was even called a “Posh Resort” by the Los Angeles Times newspaper.
5 – Neelam Valley, Leepa Valley (Azad Kashmir)
‘God’s Paradise on Earth’, Kashmir is blessed with the awe-inspiring beauty. Its Neelam Valley receives heavy snow during winters and has various locations where sightseeing and adventure lovers love to go which are mostly, Sharda, Kutton and Keran. The eye-catching locations of Leepa Valley enthralls you with its beauty of everything and when covered in white blanket in winters it’s simply breathtaking.
6 – Ziarat
Ziarat is an exceptionally beautiful holiday resort in Baluchistan and its scenic beauty offers a special charm to visitors in winter. Nearly every visitor from Karachi to Quetta takes a break at Ziarat and why not as it offers peace and keeps you hooked with its beauty. With a well wooded residency, it is surrounded by hills and receives enough snowfall in winters.
7 – Pir Sohawa (Islamabad)
Located at the top of Margalla Hills, this place offers a panoramic view of Islamabad and is home to the original location of the famous restaurant Monal. It is the go-to-resort with a mind blowing view of the pristine capital city of Pakistan. Winters are especially fun hereas it gives you option of fine dining there with best view possible.
8 – Gorakh Hill (Dadu)
Who says Sindh doesn’t have its own hill station? It does actually and all you need to do is to travel to Dadu to witness it. Also known as ‘Murree of Sindh’, Gorakh Hill station lies on the border of Sindh and Baluchistan. It receives minimal snowfall but temperature in winter falls below zero and you find yourself in an icy, cold night!
9 – Quetta
The capital city of Baluchistan, which is the largest province of Pakistan. The city is famous for the Pashtun delicacies that comprise of delicious fruits, both dry and fresh. As a result, Quetta is known as the fruit garden of Pakistan. Although it gets pretty cold in the winter season, Quetta offers an alluring sight to the travellers that make it a must-visit destination.
10 – KALASH VALLEY:
Kalash Valley is known for its unique culture and tradition. This valley in Chitral district is famous the world over, not only for its beauty but the unique tradition and religion the people of this area follow. The Kalash women’s long embroidered dresses and their culture makes this valley a must visit for all tourists. Whether vagabonds or history lovers, a visit to Kalash valley will not only soothe your mind but would let you experience a unique lifestyle, something all tourists crave for. The Kalash celebrate Joshi Festival during winters, So why don’t you visit this valley and witness the beauty by yourself?