Pakistan is a country blessed with astounding natural beauty and minerals. Tourists from all over the world spread tales of the amazing allure this land possesses. As I traveled and searched this land of magic, I decided to make my very own list of the top few beauties of Pakistan and share them with you guys. Some of the places I am about to share have actually been visited by me while some are still on my to-visit list. I am excited to present the 7 wonders of Pakistan.
7. Nanga Parbat
Nanga Parbat, the embodiment of astonishment and wonder, is the ninth highest mountain in the world. It is the western anchor of the Himalayas around which the Indus River skirts before it debouches into the plains of Pakistan. The snow covered peak with clouds surrounding is an amazing sight to look at. One can have an amazing view from the Shogran resort of the peak and that was the spot where I stood and marveled at the captivating beauty of this wonder.
6. Mohen-jo Dharo
About 563 km from Karachi off the Indus Highway lie the world-famous ruins of Moen-jo-Daro which literally means the Mound of the Dead, now being preserved with UNESCO’s help. The museum at Moen-jo-Daro is unique and a visit takes you back centuries back when the location was a civilized city and a busy river Port. Air and train services from Karachi and an air-conditioned rest house have been built there.
Tharparkar is one of the five major deserts of the country and is the only fertile desert in the world. The name Tharparkar is derived from two words “Thar” meaning sand ridges and “Parkar” meaning to cross over. The desert lies in Interior Sindh with Mithi as its administration headquarters and stretches till the areas of Rajasthan and Gujarat in India.
4. Hunza Valley
The Hunza is a mountainous valley in the Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistan. The valley itself is a breathtaking sight The Hunza is situated north/west of the Hunza River, at an elevation of around 2,500 meters (8,200 ft). The territory of Hunza is about 7,900 square kilometres (3,100 sq mi). Aliabad is the main town while Baltit is a popular tourist destination because of the spectacular scenery of the surrounding mountains like Ultar Sar,Rakaposhi, Bojahagur Duanasir II, Hunza Peak, Passu Peak, Diran Peak and Bublimotin (Ladyfinger Peak), all 6,000 metres (19,685 ft) or higher
3. The Karakoram Highway
The infamous karakoram highway joins the friendly neighbours China and Pakistan via road. The Karakoram Highway (KKH) is the highest paved international road in the world. Connecting China’s Xinjiang region with Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistan, the road is a popular tourist attraction. Due to its high elevation and the difficult conditions in which it was constructed, it is referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World.
There are many other beautiful places in this amazing country and now finally, it is time to disclose the last two. So here are the top 2 in my list
2. Monal Resort
What can be said about this place, monal is a place of mesmerizing beauty. The resort sits on top of the hills of Islamabad, attracting thousands of tourists from all over the world. For me, it is among those few places where a person can always find peace and tranquility. The amazing view of the city of Islamabad is literally eye-candy. That is why it sits on the number 2 spot for me.
1. K-2 (Mount Goodwin Austin)
And finally, K-2 secures the number 1 spot in my list of the top 7 wonders of the world. It is the second largest mountain in the world. With a peak elevation of 8,611 m (28,251 feet), K2 is the highest point and the highest point One in every four people who have attempted the summit have died trying. It is more difficult and hazardous to reach the peak of K2 from the Chinese side; thus, it is usually climbed from the Pakistani side.
So, here are the top seven attractions in Pakistan for me. I am open to your feedback and suggestions which might alter or add to my list. Hope you guys enjoyed it 😀
–Syed Kamil Hassan