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The Stunning Landscape of Pakistan

Edited By: Krista Mc'Farlene
 When we think of Pakistan, what comes to mind when one watches the media is terrorism, extremism, corruption, and inflation. Yet, despite all the issues, there are many beautiful spots this country has to offer. In fact, amidst all the chaos is a beautiful landscape and plenty of breathtaking locations that will make you fall in love with this country. Here are 10 stunning spots to visit in Pakistan:
 
1. Naltar valley
Pakistan

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This valley is famous for its colorful lakes. It is situated a 2.5-hour drive from Gilgit and is best known for its delicious potatoes. The valley is covered with pine trees. It's so beautiful, many say the valley doesn't seem to be part of this world. 

2. Neelum Valley, Azad Kashmir
Pakistan

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This valley is opposite the Keran sector of Indian-held Kashmir. The valley stretches out for 240km. It is also known as the Neelum Valley, which means Blue Gem Valley. It is one of the most beautiful valleys of Azaad Kashmir and hosts several brooks, freshwater streams, forests, lush green mountains, and a river. 

3. Rama Meadow
Pakistan

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Just ahead of Rama Village, which is 11km from Astoria, is a beautiful and serene plain called Rama Meadow. The Rama meadow is a site to see, from plain, ice-cold water flowing in streams, sheep and cows grazing in peace, pine trees, Chongra's ice-covered peak in the background and Nanga Parbat's southern ridge in view. 

4. Ayun and Bamburet Valley
Pakistan

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Ayun district is a village of Chitral and is located 12 kilometers south of the city at the confluence of the River Bamburet. Few words can be used to describe the beauty of the mountains that surround this village. Beyond the Ayun Valley is the Bamburet Valley, one of the three Kalash valleys. It's a 2-hour journey to Bamburet from Chitral. But is certainly worth the trip as Bamburet is a picturesque place with lush greenery and mountains that give you a sense of calm and solitude. 

5. Kirthar area
Pakistan

Farooq Somroo

This mountain range includes the scenic Gorakh Hill (5700), Kutte Ji Qabar (6877) and Bandu Ji Qabar (7112). This region is known for its breathtaking beauty, and for its rich history. It is spread across 150 miles and is an ideal tourist spot due to several streams, springs and historic locations. The local population is eager to welcome visitors!

6. Mubarak Village Karachi
Pakistan

Shameen Khan

This is the second largest fishermen village in Karachi, bordering with Gadani (Balochistan), the landscape encircles a stark contrast of golden hills and turquoise clear waters, beneath the expansive blue sky. 

7. Bahawalpur
Pakistan

Usman Miski

The princely state in Punjab boasts a treasure of historic buildings, monuments, and parks that you may have never heard of. This city is located along the left bank of the Sutlej river. Along with desert areas, this city is known as the land of lush gardens that soothe your eyes while the splendor of the palaces won't fail to impress you. 

8. Gorak Hill
Pakistan

Amir Riaz Somroo

Snowfall in Sindh sounds like a fantasy. But there is one place in Sindh where it really snows in winter, to the extent that in 2008 the mountains were covered with a layer of snow. Gorakh is a scenic plateau situated at a height of over 5,688 feet and is part of the Kirthar Mountain Range, that covers the entire Sindh's border with Balochistan in the west. 

9. White Palace Swat
Pakistan

Amjad Ali

This breathtaking location, in Marghazar, is known for its natural beauty and pleasant weather. Most tourists that come to this area, do so to visit the historic White Palace (1941), built during the era of Swat state. The palace is enchanting no just in the summer, but remains so during the winter, especially after snowfall. 

10. Paye
Pakistan

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Siri Paye retains its strong attraction for tourists as a green plateau on top of the Hindu Kush. It is engulfed in clouds and fog more often than not. Here, you will also see numerous small ponds filled with fresh water, you will meet horse riders wandering about, smell wild yellow flowers and just soak in the beauty of this magical place. 

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