Why Pakistan is just as beautiful as Switzerland

Published: March 10, 2015

A beautiful view of lake Saiful Malook- a popular tourist destination in Pakistan. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan is beautiful, it is utterly blessed!

We don’t just say it… it actually is.

When it comes to breathtaking landscapes and mind-blowing sceneries, Pakistan is absolutely matchless.

You think Switzerland is the most stunning place on this planet?

Think again…

1. Gwadar, Balochistan

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2. Bara Pani, Deosai

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3. Neelum Valley, Azad Kashmir

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4. Shangrila Lake, Skardu

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5. Deosai Plains, Northern Pakistan

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6. Dudipatsar Lake

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7. Fairy Meadows at night

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8. Hunza Valley

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9. Kachura Lake, Skardu

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10. Kalam, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P)

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11. Keenjhar Lake, Thatta, Sindh

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12. Kundal Shahi, Azad Kashmir

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13. Madyan, Swat, K-P

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14. Makran Coast, Balochistan

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15. Mubarak Village, Sindh

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16. Rohtas Fort, Punjab

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17. Saiful Malook Lake, Kaghan Valley

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18. Saindak and Reko Diq, Balochistan

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19. Sajikot Waterfall, Havelian, Abbottabad

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20. Shimshal Lake, Hunza-Nagar District

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21. Taobat, Azad Kashmir

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This post originally appeared here.

Parhlo

Parhlo

A social effort by the youth of Karachi and the rest of Pakistan to build a livelier society. They tweet as @parhlo (www.twitter.com/parhlo)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Fareed Khan Afridi.

    Breath taking views ! Have seen some of them. Rest are on the bucket list !Recommend

  • Hammad Mian

    I really like such articles that glorify the positive image of my country in this crucial time.Recommend

  • Jor El

    Its really beautiful, especially the heart shaped Shimshal Lake, Hunza-Nagar District …Recommend

  • Queen

    These pictures are really amazing! :) Love my Pakistan!Recommend

  • نائلہ

    Khuda jaanay kab dekhnay ka #mauka milay ga :(

    Pakistan Zindabad. Recommend

  • https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=8559594100366660134#allposts Supriya Arcot

    C’est incroyable !Recommend

  • https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=8559594100366660134#allposts Supriya Arcot

    C’est incroyable !Recommend

  • https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=8559594100366660134#allposts Supriya Arcot

    C’est incroyable !Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    Amazing, amazingRecommend

  • Milind A

    When did Azad Kashmir become part of Pakistan? I thought it was a disputed area and Pakistanis supported the right of Kashmiris for self-determination/independence…Recommend

  • Tracy

    It is unfortunate that it is not a tourist destination. Beautiful. <3 Recommend

  • Faisal

    Photoshop rockRecommend

  • Mano

    I would have been happier if the author had done more effort to find non-photoshopped pics of these places. They are beautiful even without photoshop :)Recommend

  • sam

    its good but don’t compare it with SwitzerlandRecommend

  • Fizz

    It is beautiful, of that there is little doubt. Is it however accessible and appealing for travellers? The thing about Switzerland is that the country has taken the time and effort to make even most remote places easily reachable – using a combination of superb train services, cable cars, hiking trails, buses etc. All of these are not only tourist friendly, but extremely family friendly as well. Pakistan really needs to do a lot more to not just attract people (it should start with the domestic population) but by building an entire industry and an eco-system of ancillary services all of which work towards providing a great experience for travellers, adventure seekers and the like.

    I won’t even get to the security aspects of some of these places. Gwadar in Balochistan? Really?Recommend

  • Concerned

    I don’t believe the Fairy Meadows Pic. That is of the Artic Northern lights which cant be seen in Pakistan. Puts this article and pics in doubt.Recommend

  • hassan

    Azad Kashmir is free kashmir with Pakistan. And part of kashmir is disputed . One free part of kashmir is with india tooRecommend

  • hassan

    northern lights are not depicted in that picture, you can see the stars and galaxy from naked eye due to clear sky and high altiude of13500ft.

    there is nothing wrong with the picture fairy meadows is the base camp for Nanaga Parbat.Recommend

  • Milind A

    Sorry, I can’t understand the concept of ‘Free’ Kashmir ‘With’ Pakistan?

    If Pakistanis genuinely care for Kashmiris, then this Azad Kashmir should be a separate country altogether – with its own constitution, rulers. All Pakistani Punjabi settlers should be sent back to Pakistan.
    Have this done and then come back to us asking for our Kashmir to be freed.
    BTW – We strongly believe in Kashmir being part of Indian Union…Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    Gwadar may be accessible soon. Chinese people moving in to develop it last I heard. Others are pretty dangerous I guess.Recommend

  • Aeronaut

    That’s milky way, not aurora borialis. And that’s absolutely clear atmosphere with no light pollution. Recommend

  • effi

    cameray ki safai…..High definition cameraRecommend

  • StarGazer

    Wow…seriously?????…..u can see milky way with Naked eye ???? Seriously??????Recommend

  • Khalid

    Pakistan has beautiful parts, calling it beautiful all together is not right and comparing it to Switzerland is just plain wrong.Recommend

  • Hamidah Fawad

    The route to Gwadar along the Makran Coastal Highway is actually quite safe and gorgeous. Honestly speaking the pictures don’t do it justice. Recently I visited a place called Kund Malir which is on the way to Gwadar and the scenic beauty of the place itself and others along the route was breathtaking and our cameras definitely didn’t do it justice. Most of these places are pretty much accessible at the right time of the year. I also believe that when you make it too easy for people to reach these places, they become commercialised and lose their rustic charm and beauty. This is what happened to Lake Saif ul maluk in Naraan and I am a witness to the commercialisation of this beautiful lake. Believe me, I would take the hardships that I faced to visit this place 25 years ago when it was relatively untouched than take the easy route available these days and see what has become of this place.Recommend

  • Hamidah Fawad

    I do. I have seen both the mountains of Switzerland and the beauty of Northern Pakistan. They are very much comparableRecommend

  • RFD

    Huh? Hindustan has a union ? At last count there were
    60 count again 60 separatist movements in Hindustan.
    Bharat’s Occupied Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, East Bengal
    Manipur, Bodoland, Nagaland all want to secede. Leave.
    Only the savage reign of terror by the Hindustani Army is
    keeping them in line,…but not for long.Recommend

  • Chitralwala

    That is only in your mind.Recommend

  • RFD

    Yes! You can see the Milky Way with the naked eye.
    But not from India. Because the religion forbids
    looking at the sky at night. You may go blind, is what
    the the swamis say.Recommend

  • Mobin

    The other day I went to the Masih colony in H-9. And the F-7 kachi abadi. Really picturesque. Better than switzerland on so many fronts.Recommend

  • Milind A

    Get your facts right – there are no separatist movements in Arunachal Pradesh. In fact the Arunachalis are jittery of China swallowing them up and are for India…

    And when was East Bengal (Bangladesh) part of India after 1947? That never belonged to us. It was part of your country and you couldn’t manage it..

    Next time be specific, else you make a laughing stock of yourself…Recommend

  • Maria

    In the 16th Pic, it ain’t Rohtas. It’s Katas Raj Temple near Chakwal :)Recommend

  • Fahad Zia

    Azad Kashmir has its own constitution and its own prime minister. Pakistanis cannot buy land over there. Azad Kashmir is more peaceful than the its counterpart in India.Recommend

  • Khwaja Ali Shahid

    Been to most of the places myself. No wonder Pakistan has unlimited natural beauty to offer for those who love. The picture number 16 which is showcased as Rohtas fort is actually Katas Raj Temples near Chakwal, Islamabad.
    I second the comment that these places are so beautiful even if the writer opted for non-photoshop pix..he would hv prove his point anyway.Recommend

  • Feya

    You can see the milky way with the naked eye along with a whole host of other galaxies – provided, of course, that there is no form of pollution (as Aeronaut has already stated).

    [FYI: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_galaxies#Naked-eye_galaxiesRecommend

  • Cosmo

    Kashmir is a part of India. Not inviting any debates on this.Recommend

  • Cosmo

    Pretty soon PoK will be free from Pakistan’s grip and will joi. Its motherland India.
    No arguments please!Recommend

  • Hello

    It’s not a great collection at all. I think you missed a lot of places worth visiting. Review your research. Half knowledge is dangerousRecommend

  • Lokesh

    Dear Fahad.. its same in Indian Kashmir.. Even Indians can not buy land in Kashmir..yes we called it chief minister but they are kashmiris only.. Indian kashmir is more disturb because of Pakistan involvement.Recommend

  • RFD

    Sorry to hurt your feelings. Sure It is hard to accept reality.
    Even when it’s staring you in the face,..hindus are just
    like any others, unable to face the truth. In the 60 or
    more insurgency movements you can add Kerala. And
    East Bengal means east more east, east of Bangladesh
    next to Myanmar. Like Tripura… you can look at a map.
    Are Bharatis allowed to look at maps? And Bharati PM’s
    are forbidden by China to visit Arunachal Pradesh.Recommend

  • Kotli

    there are no Punjabi settlers in AJK, people from mainland Pakistan can’t buy land in AJK.

    The natives of AJK are Pahari/Hindko speakers who are similar to Punjabis, that’s what many Indians confuse.Recommend

  • Pakhtun

    U Hella Funny :-)Recommend

  • Atif

    no debates.. yes sir.. you can go home now..Recommend

  • arun

    Pakistan also has or is having seperatist movements in Balochistan,Sindhudesh and Pashtunistan.Afghanistan also claims KPK and other pashtun terroritories of pakistan as they were occupied by sikhs and british empire from Afghan Durrani dynasty.On top of that pakistan has to fight never ending conflict with islamist fundamentalists like Taliban and Alqaeda.India also has problems but Indian economy is growing which is helping India spend more in reducing unemployment and improving security.Richer a country becomes,lesser problems it would have!!Recommend

  • arun

    Not all Indians are hindus and not all hindus are Indians. Its not India which is ranked #10 in the global failed state index. It is not India where children and civilians are being killed by suicide bombers. It’s not India which is one of most dangerous countries on earth. India has problems but India is concentrating in the right areas (economy) and it is showing results by reduced poverty rates,high gdp rates,increasing per capita and HDI and reduced internal security challenges.A country which spends money only for its security will never be secure that is what pakistan is today !!
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_Fragile_States_IndexRecommend

  • Imran

    Number 16 is not Rohtas its Katas Raj Temples and i doubt about 20 its not Shimshal lake either.Recommend

  • salman

    these claims have no legal value but what about kashmir?? u.n resolution have not been constructed for gilgit kpk or some other place but what about kashmir?? plz explain it…………if you talk about moments then india is on top of the list for separatist movements as one of your prime minister has been killed in a suicide attack?? if u talk about fundamentalism then have a look at current circumstances of india under MOODI …….what does international media say about this….plz explain ??Recommend

  • http://kashmirtravelguide.com Saqib Shafiq

    KashmirTravelGuide is offering these places to visit , i just go through this website.Recommend

  • Environmentawareness Frorum

    beautiful,but cannot visit due to security reasons, feel visa will not be granted however without visa your efforts for us to see, feel is quite great of you, such efforts do bring us near to each other through nature which proves cutting edges to remove misconceptionRecommend

  • Saba Malik

    it is very beautifulRecommend

  • Saif Jędrzejowski

    I live in Qatar, I have been to half of these places. they’re extremely beautiful and its like a different world. Everybody is busy in their own world and enjoying the views. Plus there is pretty good security in these places and you do not even have to worry about anything.Recommend

  • http://kashmirtravelguide.com Saqib Shafiq

    http://www.pakistantravelguide.pk is also offering visit to these beautiful sites.

    Loving it.Recommend

  • Helen Verrill

    Pictures of a beautiful country cause such an argument. No wonder there are wars. Can you not just enjoy the beauty ?Recommend

  • http://pakistantravelguide.pk Saqib Shafiq

    I do think Pakistan is really one of the beautiful countries of the world. i do feel Pakistan is home of natural beauty.Recommend