A country with an exotic landscape and magical beauty is none other than Pakistan. The majestic mountains, captivating water, chromatic deserts, and surreal culture of the inhabitants. All of this makes up most of the Northern Areas of Pakistan. This is the reason it is the core attraction for tourists. The beauty of this region compels everyone to visit it, though much of it is still unexplored yet. That is why wanderlusts always find multiple reasons to revisit the Northern Areas. Every seasonal climate of Pakistan molds the Northern Regions into the perfect gateway for having the best vacations. That sums up all the reasons, why this Ramadan you should plan to travel to the Northern Areas of Pakistan.
The Exotic Places of Northern Areas
It is located on the outskirts of Gilgit at a distance of 34 km from Karakoram Highway, Gilgit. The venture of going to Naltar Valley is full of thrill and enjoyment. To a certain point, the car is no longer reachable and jeeps take the passengers further way up. Where once reached, makes the visitors be in awe of its enthralling forest, majestically shaped mountains, and entrancing running water.
Hunza, a place famous for its exquisite nature, is claimed to be the heaven on Earth. It is at an elevation of 2,438 m in the Northern Gilgit Baltistan and bordering China in the North-East. The people of Hunza are very much concerned about the beauty of this region. Thus, make the effort to not be negligent towards preserving it. Hunza valley has beautiful meadows laden with exquisite flowers, a mesmeric crystal blue sky covering, and lush green mountains.
Nagar is an entrancing place lying in the vicinity of enticing peaked mountains. It is situated at a height of 2,438 m and is on the way from Karakoram Highway to Gilgit. Rakaposhi, Diran, The Golden, and Rush Peaks are situated in Nagar and are famous high mountain peaks. They add up to the beauty and reasons for visiting it. Nagar confining all of the spectacular nature makes it a place worth visiting.
Attabad Lake lies at a drive of half an hour from Hunza, Gilgit Baltistan. Its acquired beauty is the reason for making it a famous touristic spot. This lake always amazes tourists by showcasing crystal turquoise water in summer and smooth frozen surfaces in winter. Attabad Lake is a recreational place all year long, where tourists can experience different activities and make many fun memories.
Khunjerab Pass is a mountain pass that is eminent in Pakistan as well as labeled as the highest border-crossing pass in the world. This pass has a height of 4,693 m in the Karakorum mountain ranges and is located on the Northern border of Pakistan and the South-West border of China. The location of this pass allows mesmeric sightseeing from its significant altitude.
Rama Lake lies at the of top Astore Valley, which is home to majestic oak trees and some greenery. It is the adjoining result of three small lakes and is located approximately a 20 mins drive from fairy meadows. This lake is surrounded by a thick forest that comprises pine, juniper, cedar, and fir trees. The snow-peaked mountains complement the urge to visit Rama Lake and the weather of this region also makes it worth traveling here.
Some places are just magical and don’t exist in reality, whereas this is not the case when it comes to Deosai. Because visiting the beautiful Deosai makes you wonder whether you are in a reality or a fantasy world. In Gilgit Baltistan, at a height of 4,114 meters, lies a mesmeric plateau known as Deosai. Its altitude makes it the second-highest plain in Pakistan and the beauty is also the reason for the inhabitants of the beautiful flowers and wildlife.
Khaplu is a town that runs the administration of Gilgit Baltistan and has many places that are captivating to the eyes which see and the people who visit. It comprises the peaks of Chogolisa, Karakoram, and Masherbrum, along with the beautiful valleys of Shyok and Hushe making it one of the best trekking sites in Pakistan. The natural beauty of Khaplu is at its peak and it also has the flowing rivers of Shyok and Thalle. Apart from natural sites, Khaplu also has an enthralling Chaqchan mosque constructed by the first Islam preacher and a beguiling Raja Palace, which is the best Tibetan-style building in Pakistan.
In northern Gilgit Baltistan, lies the enthralling place of Shigar. This place gains prominence from its Shigar river, Shigar valley, and Shigar district. The entrancing Shigar river is formed by the melted water from the glaciers of Baltoro and Biafo and it flows through the fascinating Shigar valley. Finally, it reaches the Indus river in the Skardu valley. It also allows access to the high mountains of Karakoram including K2.
Katpana desert, the highest desert in the world, is located in Skardu and has an altitude of 2,226 meters above sea level. This desert, also known as the Cold Desert, has an extraordinary and unusual ring to it. The large dunes covered with snow add up to the beauty and also increase the urge of visiting this enthralling and fascinating place.
In the Eastern Karakoram range, at the line of control of Pakistan and India, lies a beguiling Siachen Glacier. Its significant identity is because it is the longest glacier in Pakistan and the second-longest in the world’s nonpolar regions. This place has the element of mesmeric natural beauty and also enlightens patriotic spirit among the nation. Both of these factors make Siachen a place worth visiting.
Upper and Lower Kachura Lake:
In northern Gilgit, lies the Kachura lake. Which exists famously due to its scenic location and the enchanting element of natural beauty. This lake is divided into two portions the Majestic Upper and Lower Kachura Lake. The Upper Kachura lake, irrespective of the fact that it is not been fully discovered by tourists yet is still considered to acquire beauty and exquisiteness to the fullest.
Written By: Aleen Tariq