Welcome to Pakistan

Pakistan ka matlab kya – Laa Ilaha Illal Lah was the slogan raised by the Muslims at the time of laying Pakistan’s foundation. Based on the two-nation theory, it got separated from India and then Pakistan; officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan came into being on 14th August 1947. Startling nature, diversified cultures, remarkable architectures, and flavorful food, Pakistan is a home of most friendly people. These are some qualities that encourage most people to travel to Pakistan. Want to know more? Let’s have a bird’s eye view to get some glimpses of my beloved country Pakistan.

Islamabad is the capital of Pakistan and has been ranked as World’s 2nd Most Beautiful Capital in the World. Why is it so? because of its beauty, safety and fascinating nature. World Crime Index report recently claimed it a safe city with 71 points on the Safety Index. It’s most visiting spots include Faisal Mosque that showcases a never-ending brotherly relationship with Saudi Arabia. It was built with the initiative support of King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz during his official visit to Pakistan. It was the biggest mosque in the world until 1993. Right behind Faisal Mosque, Margalla Hills, part of Himalayan foothills is located consisting of several Hiking Trails. Being a hiking lover, these hiking trails are always my best pick of the bunch and I prioritize them over other spots. Walking through these hiking trails you explore the amazing hilly areas. I met many foreigners, visiting these trails, making documentaries, reports and films to exhibit the mesmerizing views and scenes of Margalla Hills. Highly preferable to everyone reading this, visit these trails and enjoy the serenity of nature. Pakistan Monument being the national landmark with a museum symbolizes the amalgamation of Pakistani people. Moreover, Lok Virsa Heritage, Damn E Koh, and Rawal Lake are also sightseeing.

Location & Climates
The location of Pakistan appeals to an immense attraction by its neighbouring countries China, Iran, India and Afghanistan. Lying along a long coastal line with the Arabian Sea, Pakistan helps other landlocked countries to carry their trades in the sea. Bestowed with an adaptable climate, Pakistan enjoys all the four seasons and hence produces fruits and vegetables of every kind. The taste of Pakistani fruits is famous all around the globe and therefore, the demand is also very high. Delectable Pakistani commodities are accounted to be catalogued for export even before the crop harvesting process. People from all over the world prefer Pakistani fruits and veggies to other products of different countries.

Northern Areas of Pakistan
Northern areas of my country Pakistan are one of the beautiful landscapes of the world. Breathtaking views of different valleys leave you staggered and let you forget every other thing the very moment. Some of the jaw-dropping natural sceneries of Pakistan are:
Naran Kaghan Valley is the most renowned one having the phenomenal travel sight of Lake Saif ul Malook, Lulusar Lake, Babusar Top.
Swat Valley is another spectacular site to be visited. Malam Jabba, Kalam Valley, and Saifullah Lake are well known for dense forests and lush green fields along with deep blue water lakes.
Hunza Valley lying in the up northern areas of Pakistan near China also known for the Old Silk Route offers a wonderful panorama of culture and traditions. This valley allows the tourists to have a view of five peaks of 7000 and above height in the surrounding area. Rakaposhi viewpoint, Attahbad Lake, and Khunjrab Pass is one of the must-visit sites.
Chitral Valley also known as Kalash valley is famous for its unique culture, festivals, and traditions. Surrounded by Hidukash Mountain Range, this valley welcomes the tourist from all around the globe and lets them explore the beauty of Pakistan.
Skardu Valley, Fairy Meadows, and Neelum Valley in Azad Kashmir are also among most visited places holding charm and self-possession qualities.
The only thing you have to care about these valleys is the closing and opening time of the year due to extreme weather conditions. These valleys are the best tourist sites having a serene environment and natural beauty of Pakistan. People of these valleys are popular for their hospitality as they are always eager to guide you to turn the natural scenes of Pakistan inside out.

Historical Places of Pakistan
My country is full of historical places. The more you explore, the more you fall in love with it. Before it obtained its independence, many emperors and rulers have ruled here. These eras left innumerable landmarks in Pakistan. I’ve already told you about the historical places of Islamabad. Now let’s talk about some other cities:
Let’s start from Lahore, sacrificing a large area for the historical places. The most famous place is the Lahore Fort. You can easily come upon history, art and architecture at one place. Its gigantic building showcases the reign of Mughal empires who ruled over the Indian subcontinent for more than 2 centuries. Minar e Pakistan, Shalimar Gardens, Wagah Border, Sheesh Mehal, Jahangir’s Tomb and Lahore Museum are other places to visit.
Badshahi mosque Lahore, Masjid e Tooba in Karachi, Mahabat Khan Mosque in Peshawar, Wazir Khan Mosque Lahore, Shah Jahan Mosque in Thatta, Abbasi Mosque in Bahawalpur are a few from the list of sacred and exquisite ancient mosques of Pakistan.
Some of the commodious forts like Rohtas Fort, Altit Baltit Fort, Kot Diji Fort, Ranikot Fort, and Katasraj Fort are well known.
Mohenjo Daro in Sindh, Harappa in Sahiwal, Taxila Museum in Punjab, Takht I Bhai in Mardan, and Khewra Salt Mine hold a very special position when it comes to the historical places of Pakistan.

Pakistani Cuisines
Due to the particular herbs and spices, Pakistani food varies from one province to another. Punjabi food is famous for being spicy. Some of the finger-licking Punjabi foods are Sarson Ka Saag Aur Makki ki Roti with Lassi, Tandoori chicken, Chicken Tikka, Curry Pakora, Nihaari, Daleem, Kebabs, Mutton and Beef dishes like Karahi Gosht, Bhuna Ghosht and Paya. Desserts include Sheer Khurma, Firni, Jalebi etc.
Sindhi food is well known for its irresistible dishes like Biryani, Sai Bhaji, Koki and Curry Chawal.
Kpk province is prominent for its sizzling Chapli Kebabs. You can’t resist yourself from Kabuli Pulao, Seekh kebabs, Peshawri Naan, and Shinwari tikka.
Sajji, Dampukht, and Kaak are some of the mouthwatering dishes of province Balochistan.
Scrumptious flavours of Gilgit Baltistan include Harissa, Mamtu, Dawdoo, Chamus, and Chapshoro.
Azad Jammu Kashmir is prominent for its distinct dishes like Mutton Roghan Josh, Dum Aloo, Kashmiri Saag, Yakhni, Goshtaba, and Modur Pulao.
This is just a precise description of diverse courses from the eclectic menu of Pakistani Cuisine yet there are numerous others to mention and taste.
Pakistan is all in all a complete package to accommodate you. These are only a few small chunks yet there is much more to discover. To experience the true essence of Pakistan’s charisma, visit these places yourself, have an amicable meeting with the nation, taste the appetizing food and get amazed by the spectacular views of Pakistan.

Sidra Sabeen

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