The beautiful valleys of Pakistan are covered with sparkling glaciers; snow White Mountain caps, crystal clear lakes, beautiful landscape and stunning view of rolling mountain ranges.
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(By Zarina Patel ) Pakistan is blessed with all bounties of nature. The scenic beauty of Pakistan is one of the world’s must see tourist destinations. The beautiful valleys of Pakistan are covered with sparkling glaciers; snow White Mountain caps, crystal clear lakes, beautiful landscape and stunning view of rolling mountain ranges.
The beautiful valley of Azad Kashmir is located at the north and north-east of Muzaffarabad. The presence of 240 km long deep forest, picturesque scenery, milky white waterfalls, unpolluted atmosphere, charming streams, green hills, crystal clear river makes it one of the world’s highly attractive sight for tourists around the world. Here the temperature ranges from 18c to 30-degree calcius. Some of its famous places are Athmuqam, Kutton Jagran, Karen, Neelum, Ratti Galli, Baboon, Noori top, Sharda, Sharda Fort, Sharda University (The Oldest University of Sub-Continent) Kel, Surgon, Halmet, Taobut and many more.
The beautiful valley resembles with the Shangrila of James Hilton’s novel The Lost Horizon. Hhunza valley is one of the best photogenic sights on earth and regarded as the heaven on earth. It is surrounded by the snow mountains. The Hunza is situated north/west of the Hunza River, at an elevation of around 2,500 meters. Hunza Valley is the land of apricot orchards, peaches, apples, mulberry, walnuts, and grapes. The peaks which surrounds the valley are Ultar Sar, Rakaposhi, Bojahagur Duanasir II, Ghenta Peak, Hunza Peak, Passu Peak, Diran Peak and Bublimotin (Ladyfinger Peak), all 6,000 meters (19,685 ft) or higher.
The valley is also known as “the land of fairies”. It is one of the most popular summer holiday spot of Pakistan where tourists enjoy hiking, fishing, and tracking. It is a 160 km long alpine-climate valley in Mansehra District of the KPK province. The valley is famous for its pine forests, alpine meadows, clear lakes, and cool mountain streams. The main attraction of the valley is the legendry Saif-ul-Maluke lake. “The lake is surrounded by impressive snow clad mountains and crowned by the summit of Malika Parbat (Queen of the mountains). The highest peak in Kaghan valley, the majestic Malika Parbat has a height of 5291 meters.” Shogran village is the most beautiful place in Kaghan valley. This village, surrounded by peaks and forests. It hosts the famous Siri Payee lake mountain with wonderful views at its top.
The Kalasha valley comprise of three main valleys Bumburet, Rumbur and Biriu in Chitral District. The valley offers the tourists serene beauty, lush green areas and fruit farms and historic cultural diversity. A legend says that one General Salik Shah, who was called by the Greek as General Sulfurous with five soldiers of the legions of Alexander of Macedon, settled in Chitral and are the progenitors of the Kafir Kalash. The Kalash are infamous for their festivals. There are three tourist attraction festivals. First is the Joshi, which is celebrated in May and marks the arrival of spring. People wear new clothes and women accessorize heavily, girls are sent to the hillside for dancing and singing. Women decorate their houses and collect milk from the cattle, One-year-old babies and their mothers are also purified in this festival.
The second festival is Uchau which takes place in mid August. Kalash celebrate Uchao to pay homage to Almighty because of grapes and other ripe fruit.
The third festival is Choimusk, it is the most important festival held in mid December. Choimusk is a winter festival celebrated to welcome the New Year. The entire population remains indoors. It is celebrated by feasting, drinking and merry making. It is thanksgiving function for their bumper crops, fruits, animals and eatable stores for winter. Winter is full of snow, rain and cold winds.
The historic valley is surrounded by the world’s oldest juniper forest. The juniper tracts along with its rangelands, cover an area of approximately seven hundred thousand acres of which 2.30,000 acres are the State forest. Average age of the extremely slow growing juniper trees is 300 years. The refreshing climate of the valley is pleasantly cool even during the hot summer months and gets enjoyable snowfall from November to March.
The valley is a heaven for hikers, nature lovers and hunters. There are many lovely walks through the wooden glades. Huge gorges and passes constitute a feature of the scenery. The valley is a treasure of Wild Ash; Wild Almond; Olea species; Khujak, large-sized honey-flowers, and lush green grass. ‘Shinshoab’ a lavender-like wild bush, looks lovely in twilights. Ziarat is also famous for its sweet apples, black and red cherry. The cherry season lasts from the 1st to 15th of July.
Quaid-e-Azam residency with its lush green lawns, chinar trees and flower gardens commands a striking view of the whole valley. It is of historical importance, as the Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the Founder of Pakistan, stayed there during his last illness.
Skardu is the main town of Baltistan along the wide bank of the river Indus. Skardu is the largest district of the Northern Areas. Baltistan is home to some of the highest peaks in the world, the Karakoram Range, Skardu is very popular with mountaineering expeditions.
It is equally popular with high altitude trekkers, who treks to Baltoro Glacier, K2 Base Camp and Concordia. Skardu by road, lies approximately 5 hours away from Gilgit and 10 hours drive from Besham. A daily flight to and from Islamabad is also in operation. The flight is always subject to weather. Skardu has a character of its own and has very interesting scenery.
The Indus becomes wide and still here. The town is surrounded by dry rugged mountains and sand dunes. The Skardu region has the four of the world’s fourteen Eight-thousander peaks (8,000 m and above) this makes it a heaven for trekkers expeditions enthusiasts and mountain climbers. (Business recorder)