None of us have ever really explored Pakistan and discovered its hidden gems and pearls. While we appreciate the beauty of K2, walks along the shorelines of the Arabian Sea and spend our summers in Murree, we often overlook some of the most unusually sublime destinations.
Have a look at these superb ‘secret’ spots of Pakistan.
Up in the north, there is the amazing artificial lake in Azad Kashmir, near city of Rawalakot. It is located at an altitude of 1,981 meters. Banjosa Lake is a breath of fresh for the smothered souls of cities. The beautiful lake is encircled by dense pine vegetation and humungous mountains.
With its stunning valleys and settlements inhabited by the most hospitable locals, Ghanche district is a sight on its own. The district headquarter is Khaplu which is famous among tourists for its stone buildings, apricot trees, and camping sites. The most popular tourist spots in Ghanche district include Chaqchan Mosque, Khaplu Palace, and Shyokriver.
Literally meaning very cold when translated from the Urdu language, Thandiani is a hill station which is famous for its low temperatures even during the summer season. You can visit this place to escape the harsh glaring sun and to easily keep you fast without feeling dehydrated. Apart from the cool temperatures, the hill station offers scenic views to tourists with its deep forests and a variety of fauna and flora.
Uchali Lake has to be one of the unique lakes of Pakistan. Located in Soon Valley, the saline lake offers a tranquil ambiance to its visitors.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is famous for its gorgeous mountains and thick alpines. However Takht-i- Bahi takes you on a trip to the past. Also, feeding the knowledge-hungry souls, Takh-i- Bahi was first a Zoroastrian complex which, after the later arrival of Buddhism, was then converted into a Buddhist monastic complex. It is dated to the 1st century BCE. The complex is regarded by archaeologists as being particularly representative of the architecture of Buddhist monastic centers from its era. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.
This ruined city can definitely tell stories of a lot of battles and religious just by being there. It was associated with Khushan Dynasty and later by Hun rulers.