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Pakistan Travel and Tourism Guide

 

 

The Natural  Beauty In Pakistan Knows No Boundaries.

This country is packed with places that are soothing to the soul, brimming with glorious mountains, to the thundering waterfalls and rich backwoods. Every feature possesses extraordinary sentiments of supremacy that cannot be delineated through any photography yet still win the hearts of many. Mother Nature has blessed this country with some glorious and jaw-dropping views of lakes and rivers which will make you fall in love with this piece of land. Pakistan has got it all!

Terrorism, corruption, sectarianism, load shedding, inflation, and extremism are the only issues that are depicted by the media and daily papers. Amidst all this chaos they have forgotten the most excellent places to visit in Pakistan. The people of Pakistan undoubtedly acclaim the fertile green valleys, delightful lakes, beautiful feral life and mountains as high as you can imagine.

Tourism is a big industry in the northern areas and Kashmir regions of Pakistan. Tourists belong to every part of the world travel to this country to get enthralled by the spectacular and rare tourist destinations. There are numerous campgrounds where the traveler appreciates photography and climbing outdoors. Among the standout spots in the world let us show you five mind-blowing tourist spots you must visit to capture the astounding natural beauty in Pakistan.

 

1.   Dudipatsar Lake

Dudipatsar Lake

“Dudi” means white while “Sar” means lake so this is where the lake got its name. The color of the snow covering the surrounding peaks gives a white reflection on the surface of the lake that seems as if the lake is brimming with milk. The location of this lake is near Lulusar Dudipastar National Park which is situated in the extreme north side of Kaghan Valley. This striking bluish green lake is located at the high altitudes due to which its water is freezing cold.

 

2.   Hunza Valley

Hunza

Gilgit district has this precipitous valley namely Hunza which is another startling place of Pakistan. Voyagers love this valley and consistently capture the eye-catching picturesque perspectives of this valley. Numerous significant spots are present in the renowned Hunza Valley that is famous for their splendid scenery.

 

3.   Katas Raj

Katas Raj

This is a temple which is situated in the Chakwal district of Punjab within a village namely Katas. Surrounded by clear blue water and remains of Buddhist Stupa, Katas Raj is a legacy that belongs to Hindu community and is among the seven ancient temples known as Satghara.

 

4.   Neelum Valley

Neelum Valley

Messy mountains, lakes, streams, springs and lavish green spots that can allure any traveler, sums up the beauty of Neelum Valley. It is a standout among the list of some glorious and eye-catching resorts in the world. The most acclaimed are Ratti Galli, Athmuqam, Karen, Noori top, Baboon, Neelum, Kutton Jagran, Sharda Fort, Arrang Kel, Taobut, Halmet, Surgon and many more.

 

5.   Ghizer River

Ghizer River

The gateway to central Asia is a small river, long in length yet small in width which is surrounded by Ghizer Valley is known as Ghizer River. It is a tributary of the Indus River that is situated in the Northern regions of Gilgit-Baltistan. Another name of this enchanting river is River Gilgit that attracts lots of tourists around the world.

 

Must-Have Gears for Tourist Photographer

A traveling photographer must have a standardized set of gears other than journey essentials in their bag. Few of the accessories and gears are highly necessary without which you cannot leave your home while others can serve to be useful in specific situations. Here I have the list of top-must to go gears for photographers who wish to capture the natural beauty of Pakistan in their camera lenses.

Camera

A mirrorless and lightweight DSLR camera are preferable to take on your trips that do not carry much of a weight on your shoulders. Few of the cameras that fall under this category are Nikon D5600 and Nikon D750 for landscapes. As a traveler has to carry lots of other weight that is a why a lightweight camera that takes less space is the best journey partner.

 

Lenses

The types and number of lenses that you want to take with you greatly depend on what you are planning to shoot. For Nikon lovers, your choice of frame can be 14-24mm F/2.8G to ultra-wide 24-120mm f/4G. The lightweight lenses available at BNW Collections mostly cover all your travel photography needs.

 

Camera Charger and Spare Camera Batteries

Always take 3-5 camera batteries plus the charger while traveling to spectacular tourists spots in different parts of Pakistan. Get authentic ones here.

 

LED Flash Light

Another must-have item in your travel bag is LED flashlight. It must not be heavy or large rather compact and powerful. You can even use a rechargeable one that comes cheap and works wonders. Here’s your way to pick one, shop here!

 

Travel Tripod

BNW Collections’ Travel tripod is another perfect travel companion for a photographer that should be small and super light to carry. Always check your tripod at the time of buying because the biggest issue with them is the shaky legs that happen while putting a heavier load.

 

Travel Camera Backpack

If you are shooting in local location then a shoulder bag is convenient however if you are traveling on longer routes then travel camera backpack is a must. This is because a shoulder bag is unable to accommodate lots of gear and secondly if you get it all loaded up with essentials, then it will be too heavy to carry on a single shoulder. It is best to carry a lightweight backpack for Photographer geeks.

 

Lens Cleaner and Microfiber Cloth

A good quality liquid solution for lens/filter cleaning and microfiber cloth is a must for proper cleansing of filters and lenses. Every time you travel make sure you have placed lens spray in a plastic container especially landing or flying from airports. Grab your cleaning accessories from BnW Collections must-haves.

 

USB Port Charger

Long tours necessities a USB Port charger in your traveling bag. The size of the charger is crucial yet more power is also required to charge pretty much anything. Most of the batteries come with a respectable one year warranty and have built-in protection from excessive overcharging and overheating.

 

If your traveling bag consists of all above-mentioned photography supplies then you are all set to go on a long trip to capture Pakistan’s stunning landscapes and charming sites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Naltar Valley

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Naltar Valley

 

Naltar Valley is situated in the north-west of Gilgit-Baltistan the 5th province of Pakistan (The Doorway of the World) and (The Township of the mountains). It is 40 km (25 mi) from Gilgit city across the nomal valley and its evolution is about 4,678 m (15,348 ft.).Naltar valley is well known for its beauty and it’s hi lakes. It is the most visiting area for the travelers across silk road, KKH( Karakorum highway) and now CEPC(China Pakistan economic corridor). People said it is the true paradise. That’s why every year more than fifty thousand visitors came to see its beauty and enjoy their summer holidays season. While in the winter season the national skating championship held on the 1st January to end of February every year.

Short History

It is being said through the ancient history Naltar valley is the very first discovered village and birthplace of Gilgit. The ancient people of Gilgit were hunters and Shepherds They lived in Wild areas they used meat and Butter as only food to survive. As the time reviled the people were developed and migrate toward the cities they learnt everything about the world until the day that they got there identity.  The Naltar valley is famous for many reasons but few reasons I covered are below.

 

1 Snow capped Mountains

naltar mountains

Both summer and winter the mountains of Naltar Valley is covered with snow.There are two peaks in Naltar Valley.Maharbani Peak or Palo Peak and the hight of this peak is about 5,639 m. This mountain range connected with Karakoram Rang. Shani Peak is a mountain in the south of Naltar. It lies in the west of Snow Dome and in the northwest of Mehrbani Peak. To its east flows the Shani Glacier towards Naltar Valley and the hight of this peak is about 5,029 m this Peak is also known as Khaltar Peak.

2 The valley when summer is in full bloom.

naltar valley in summer

Naltar Valley starts blooms at the end of March after a removed covered snow.the main attraction of Naltar Valley has caved Greenery and caved forest which is completely covered by Mountains.and the r flow from North to south at the center of the greenery.It’s also one of the main attraction points

3 Naltar Lakes

Naltar Lakes

Naltar Lakesaltar Valley is full of surprises.There are three Beautiful lakes in Naltar Valley known as Naltar lakes. Rainbow lake (Fish Lake)Lake at an altitude ranging from 3050–3150 m.Rainbow Lake is located at a distance of 12 kilometers (08 mi) from Upper Naltar (or the Naltar Bala) the road condition is not good from Naltar Bala to rainbow lake.The lakes are surrounded by dense pine forests, during winter it’s almost impossible to reach these lakes with any vehicles due to heavy snow.2nd one is Blue star lake the distance from Rainbow Lake to blue star lake is Approximately 1 Km North of Rainbow Lake.The quality of this lake is that its color is completely blue and the depth is very deep.The 3rd lake is also known as Bodroko Lake mean dusty black lake.Badroko lake is located at distance 0f 15Km from Naltar Bala and it is situated at the top of Kottay. Kottay is a name of a place which is covered with mountains.

4 The beautiful culture and people of Naltar Valley

people of Naltar Valley

Naltar is a rich culture and unique history. in Naltar there are two villages Naltar Pain and Naltar Bala and two ethnic groups speaking different languages Includes Shina and Gujjri.the current literacy rate of Naltar is 94%, compared with 45% in Pakistan in Naltar primary school enrolment is 100% for boys and 89% for girls.

5 Longest Chairlift in Gilgit Baltistan

Naltar chair lift

Naltar Valley is a home of all skiing activity in Pakistan.People can not afford skiing equipment because of its too much expensive. The ski chairlift has been installed in 2016 length 1.5 km its open now for Public too.

6 Peace

forest

Naltar valley is a such a peaceful Valley, The people of Naltar are friendly, loving and caring and the people of Naltar warmly welcome to a visitor.Because of Beauty Government of Gilgit Baltistan and Army are also engage issues of Naltar.

7: Climate

Naltar Climate

The climate in Naltar Valley is moderate during summers. The temperature in July-August reaches a maximum of 22 °C . If you are looking for a much temperate summer climate during your holidays, spend more time in Naltar Bala or lakes area because it remains much cooler even in summers.

8 Naltar Hydropower Projects

Naltar Hydropower Projects

Recently Government has constructed an 18 MW hydropower plant, Naltar Hydropower Plant-IV (operational since October 2007), near Naltar Pine, in addition to two smaller hydel power generating plants (Naltar I, II of 2.28 MW combined) already there, to fulfill the power requirement of the area as well as Gilgit. Naltar-III and Naltar-V Hydropower Projects of 16 MW and 14MW generation capacity respectively are under construction.

09 Wild Life

wild

If you want to see some of the very rare wild animals, you can find them in the Naltar Valley. The Lovely  Park is famous for harboring markhor and snow leopard are exist in Naltar Lovely Park.Park is situated beside ski slope under wildlife department.

10 International Ski slope

Naltar skiing

the resort is located, 40 kilometers northwest of Gilgit. It also serves as the main facility for the Ski Federation of Pakistan. It also hosted the 2016 Karakoram Alpine Ski Cup.Naltar is the oldest ski resort in Pakistan, however, is relatively less known and less developed than Malam Jabba ski resort. The major obstacle to Naltar’s development has been the dilapidated condition of the road leading from Gilgit to Naltar.

 

 

Nagar Valley

Heaven on Earth – The Nagar Valley – Reasons to Visit Nagar Valley in 2018

 

Heaven on Earth – The Nagar Valley

Nagar Valley is the prime attraction for tourists with spectacular sceneries of the surrounding mountains. A view of four 7,000 m high peaks, i.e., Rakaposhi, Diran, Golden, and Ultra, from various points of Hunza makes it unique. The valley is known for its delicious fruits, terraced fields, landmark monuments and also for its changing colors in various seasons. Burushaski and Wakhi are spoken languages of Hunza Nagar region but English and Urdu are widely used for communication with visitors. Nagar has been a state of equal status and importance as that of Hunza. Although the valley is spread in a vast region, however, the main village of Nagar is just opposite to Karimabad, across the Hunza River. Bar, Jaffarabad, Husanabad, Sikandarabad, Nilt, and Ghulmit are the major village in Nagar.

rakaposhi

Rakaposhi is a mountain in the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan. It is situated in the middle of Nagar Valley Nagar District and Danyore and Bagrote valley approximately 100 km north of the capital city Gilgit of the semi-autonomous Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistan. Rakaposhi means “Snow Covered” in the local language. Rakaposhi is also known as Dumani (“Mother of Mist” or “Mother of Clouds”). It is ranked 27th highest in the world and 12th highest in Pakistan, but it is more popular for its beauty than its rank might suggest. Rakaposhi was first climbed in 1958 by Mike Banks and Tom Patey, members of a British-Pakistani expedition, via the Southwest Spur/Ridge route. Both of them suffered minor frostbite during the ascent to the summit on June 25. Another climber slipped and fell on the descent and died during the night.

The impressive ice walls of Rakaposhi 7788 m. Rakaposhi is a mountain in the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan. It is situated in the middle of Nagar Valley Nagar District and Danyore and Bagrote valley approximately 100 km north of the capital city Gilgit of the semi-autonomous Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistan. Rakaposhi means “Snow Covered” in the local language. Rakaposhi is also known as Dumani (“Mother of Mist” or “Mother of Clouds”). It is ranked 27th highest in the world and 12th highest in Pakistan, but it is more popular for its beauty than its rank might suggest.

 

Rakaposhi was first climbed in 1958 by Mike Banks and Tom Patey, members of a British-Pakistani expedition, via the Southwest Spur/Ridge route.[3][4] Both of them suffered minor frostbite during the ascent to the summit on June 25. Another climber slipped and fell on the descent and died during the night.

Hopper glacier

hoper glacier

Hopper Glacier is located in the US state of Montana. The glacier is situated east of Sky Pilot Mountain in the Beartooth Mountains at an elevation of 11,000 feet (3,400 m) above sea level.

The Hopar Valley (Urdu: وادی ہوپر) is a scenic portion of the Nagar Valley in northern Pakistan. It is about 10 km away from Nagar Khas, the principal city of the Nagar Valley. Hope Valley is the site of the Spantik and Hopar (Hopper) glaciers.Hope Valley is a cluster of villages around a natural bowl at a bend of Bualtar Glacier. Opposite Hopar the white Bualtar is joined by the Barpu Glacier. This is a base camp for treks into the high, glacier-draped peaks called the Hispar Muztagh. The whole population of this valley is Burushaski speakers. Burushaski has always been a mystery for linguists. This valley has many natural resources and natural beauty but ignorance by the government and local politicians contributes to it not being realized for its potential.

 

Rush Lake Nagar Valley Pakistan Highest Lake 

rush lake

 

Rush Lake is a high altitude lake located in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan near Rush Pari Peaka at an altitude of 4,694 meters. Rush is one of the highest alpine lakes in the world. It is located about 15 km (9 mi) north of Miar Peak and Spantik (Golden Peak), which are in the Nagar valley.

Rush Lake and Rush Peak can be reached via Nagar and Hopar and via the Hopar Glacier (Bualtar Glacier) and Miar Glacier, which rises from Miar and Phuparash peaks. The trek to Rush Lake provides spectacular views of Spantik, Malubiting, Miar Peak, Phuparash Peak and Ultar Sar.

In winters Rush lake’s water freeze. The whole area becomes white and gives spectacular views that are beyond in description. The trek to Rush Lake can be reached without the need for a long and difficult climb. The treks provide some of most amazing mountains views on earth. The trek to Rush Lake provides magnificent and wonderful views of Spantik, Malubiting, Miar Peak, Phuparash Peak and Ultar Sar. Crossing glaciers, meadows and terraced fields of Karakoram mountains comes Rush Lake. Rush Lake offers the beautiful view with crystal clear water, surrounded by lush green slopes full of wildflowers and peaks as high as 7000 meters.

Its a 7 day trip from Karimabad (Capital of Hunza Valley).

Day 01: Karimabad-Hopar: Drive from Karimabad to Hopar.

Day 02: Hopar-Shishkin: It is a hot walk so keep your water bottles full. First, you have to cross Hoper glacier, then continue track along the lateral moraine (a mass of rocks) for about an hour and arrive at Shiskin.

Day 03: Shiskin-Barpu Giram: Trek over a stony and hot gully leads to Barpu glacier, then crossing Barpu glacier is bit steep and takes almost an hour or two.

Day 04: Barpu Giram-Rush Lake: It is an easy zigzag path; at the top of this path one can have extensive views of high mountains like Lupghar, Momhil, , and Bullring.

Day 05: Rush Lake Rest Day: A free day at Rush Lake; one can climb Rush Peak. It is an easy walk for superb views of Hispar Gorge and a 360-degree panorama of Golden Peak, Miar, all of Hunza with Ultar and Passu Peak, all of Nagar and mountains to the north of Hispar.

Day 06: Trek Rush Lake/Gutens (3/4 hrs) Day 07: Trek Gutens/Hopar (4/5 hrs) Walk down to Hopar and later drive to Hunza by jeeps.

 

Nagar Valley in autumn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hunza Valley is located in the extreme north of Pakistan in Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), fortified by the giant mountain ranges of Karakoram, Himalayas, Hindu-kush and Pamirs through the Wakhan Corridor and further north neighbored by the heavenly mountains of Tianshan and Kunlunsun and historic city of Kashgar. The legendary land of Hunza is most majestically placed on the roof of the world. It falls on a junction of old silk route, now replaced by the KKH, Karakoram Highway, “8th wonder of the world” snaking into the People’s Republic of China through the Khunjerab Pass 4733M, between Oxus and Indus. It is no doubt the SHANGRI LA, Heaven on earth.Hunza Valley in Autumn season

 

Hunza had been an independent state till 1974, ruled by the king,” tham”. Known for its far crag mountains, glaciers, men made oasis and fairy lands and known for bravery, hard work, longevity, hospitality and distinct cultural heritage, the people of Hunza have kept their autonomy for centuries and championed the ideals of freedom, equality, and peace in the region.Attaabad Lake(Newly formed on KKH)

 

Tour of Hunza commences with the visit of famous Baltit Fort 800 years old that has been restored by the Aga Khan Cultural Services. Altit Fort 900 years old that is located on the top of ruby marble rock cliff. The architure is clear indication of the Tibetan influence. This fort was built by the craftsmen from Baltistan when the ruler of Hunza has married a princess of Baltistan who bought with her many Balti craftsmen as part of her dowery to construct this fort. Ganish Fort is also worth to see that has been also restored recently. In Gulmit Village there is a local museum in the local traditional house with the unique collection of Hunza history, maps, utensils, musical instruments, a stuffed snow leopard, gems etc on display. You may visit Rock carving at Donaydas that is called Hunza scared rocks and ruby mine. You can have boat safari at the newly formed lake (Attabad Lake) due to the huge landslide that blocked the Hunza River.Hunza Valley View of Diran peak

 

The ancient “Silk Road” was lying buried in the history, mystery legends in some of the unbelievably terrible tales of the past. It is, however, possible to travel on Silk Road and visit the legendary city of Kashgar-China via Karakorum Highway (KKH) and Khunjerab Pass. In the annals of history the Khunjerab Pass and admired for pastures Autumn Season In Hunza Valley Rakaposhi (7788m)rather than the passage.