7 Wonders of Pakistan

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

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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.

5. Tharparkur

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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

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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

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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

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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) 

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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

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RTS — A Personified Prodigy

Life is a never ending set of countless events, interesting, boring, happy, sorrowful, passive and active as they might be, they always pass. I guess that is the very essence of life. Life has affected me in various form and aspects. A personal impression can merely cover a fragment of my experiences but I would like to share a much cherished fragment of my experiences today. In my journey so far, I have had many amazing friends, they have always been there for me. They have supported me, held me up just when I was about to fall, stayed with me when I needed someone to rely on. They offered me a shoulder when I wanted to cry, pushed me to be confident when I was too shy, and gave me a reason to live when I wanted to die. A good friend is what a true blessing is. As I like to say “Besides parents, a good friend and good food is all you need”. Saying all this, I think now would be a very good time to introduce a very special friend of mine, RTS.

We first met when I was 4. Strange as it may sound but I still vividly remember that day. I had returned home from school all sweaty and tired. As I entered the room, ready to whine out of the blue just as children at that age do, I saw her. It was magical, it was love at first sight. She was playing with my elder brother and I still remember the happiness on his face. I could tell that he too was in love with her as well. The excitement in our eyes was so genuine and pure as my mother recalls that day, she cannot resist smiling. Alas! Who could resist that allure and charm. Even strong men succumb to their emotions and feelings while we were just children. So I fell deep in love with RTS.

So began our affair. Whenever I talked to her, she responded back with the craziest excitement, we synchronized in magical ways. I understood her and she understood me perfectly. Everyone was in awe and they were happy for us. Some people did get jealous but that was just natural considering her charming personality. As I grew up, she was always there for me, helping me relax, compose myself, stay active and happy. My parents always thought of her as a strain on my studies, they said that she was taking too much of my time, that I shouldn’t spend more time with her. But I loved her too much, I couldn’t resist her and staying away from her even for a day was not in my control.

I remember that trip to Murree when my parents forced me to go with them. She said that she couldn’t come with me. I understood her reasons but I can still feel the pain of parting with her that day. Then I was off to Murree, those long days and sleepless nights. I missed her like crazy and I am sure she missed me too. God those four days felt like a year. But eventually we did get back together. How we celebrated that reunion. Those get togethers and all nighters were indeed special.

But as time passed, college happened and I could not give her the time I used to give her before. My intentions towards her were as pure and innocent as before but she started acting somewhat passively. We could not chat and have fun because of the workload college life has to offer. But I remember going to her sometimes alone at night and making promises to give her more time, my undivided attention and what not. So she came back to me. That was no less than a miracle and we became happy once more sharing the moments of life.

Then University happened, and with it came the pressure and responsibilities like never before. When I was with her I could not focus on my studies and when I was studying, all I could think of was her. It went on a while, me being stuck in the no man’s land. Then one day my mother came to me, telling me I had to either balance it out or to let her go. And I listened to her, after two years in University, I finally found a balance. It did come with a heavy price but that’s the price I had to pay. I only see her at weekends now but wherever I see her, it still makes my day. I still wish I could spend more time with her. I loved her, I still love her and always will. She is RTS (Real Time Strategy Game).

“The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do. ”
Michael E. Porter

-Syed Kamil Hassan

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