By Fatima Shaheen Niazi
Whoever has travelled around Pakistan, knows how amazing the lakes, valleys, mountains and historic monuments scattered across the country are. Of course, like most of the residents, the cities I started exploring initially were Islamabad, Murree, Bhurban, Lahore, and Karachi. This is because my parents didn’t like to travel long hours in a car and were focused on easy and luxurious trip.
However, when I started travelling alone, I realised there are hundreds of other places in Pakistan that everyone needs to explore too. Though time and money don’t allow me to travel as much as I want to, there are some spots in the country that I am adamant on visiting.
Here’s my wish list. Have you been to all these great locations?
Though I have been to Islamabad many times, I have unfortunately never been to the historic site of Taxila. Somehow luck wasn’t with me during my travels to Isloo and I never had a car at my disposal long enough to make the journey towards the ancient place.
Taxila is such an important visit to me since the origin of the city goes back to 1000 BCE. Some of its ruins literally date back to the time of the Achaemenid Empire in the 6th century BCE. Taxila was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.
I have been obsessed with Skardu since I saw the photo of Shangrila resort and the beautiful lake next to it. After further researching on the city, I found out about the Deosai plains, the wildlife in the region, and numerous glorious lakes. The only reason why I haven’t been able to visit Skardu yet is because of the costing – I specifically want to stay at the Shangrila resort and it is extremely expensive.
Though none of my friends have ever been Swat, just the constant news updates of the ancient Buddhist monuments being discovered in the city is enough to make me want to plan a trip to Swat. Since I love museums and history, some digging into the city revealed that it has several sites that are visited by history buffs from all over the world.
Though I visited Hunza a few years back and had the pleasure of staying there for two weeks, my biggest regret is not having seen Naltar lake while I was there. Unfortunately, during my visit, the excessive rain had ruined the roads leading to the lake and the villagers of the region felt it was too risky of a journey to make.
What’s so special about Naltar? The blue and bright green coloured lakes, of course!