2015 - Travel Pakistan

Kel Valley Azad Jammu Kashmir

Hunza Valley in Autumn

K-2 Siren of the Himalayas

Malam Jabba Swat Valley

Shangrilla Resort Skardu

Kohe Safed FATA

Passu Cones Gilgit-Baltistan

Nov 27, 2015

Gorakh Hill Station / Resort Dadu Sindh, Pakistan

Why you should visit Gorakh Hill?

In the scorching urban heat finding a place somewhat pleasant with breathtaking scenery and cold breeze is very difficult especially in the plain and arid areas of Sindh. But Gorakh hill station is the perfect place to enjoy the summer with your family and friends. It is not only the weather which makes the place special, it is about its landscape which makes it one of the best places to visit in Sindh. Its way from Dadu to top of the resort through canyons and the view of the sand dunes and sandy-brown and golden ridges along the road makes the trip memorable and worth remembering.  

Where is this place located? 

This place is located at Kheer Thar Mountain Range some 93km away from Dadu city. The place is famous for its pleasant weather during the summer and commonly known as Murree of Sindh. Actually, this resort is located on the border of Sindh and Balochistan provinces at the Kheer Thar mountain ranges. 

How to visit the resort? 

If you want to visit the resort there are many ways, means it depends on where are you coming from. Whether you are coming from Karahi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Nawabshah, Mirpur Khas, Sadiqabad or Rahim Yar Khan first you need to reach the Dadu city. Once you are in the Dadu city you can catch the road towards the Gorakh Hill from the Johi, a small settlement on the outskirts of Dadu city.

Once you have entered the route of Gorakh Hill from Dadu first you will pass through the desolate place where there will be very fewer signs of agriculture and you would observe small fields at the interval. Mostly the area would be barren with abandon sand. After few kilometers have been covered you will reach a small settlement known as Pandi Wahi which will be the last settlement until the top of the Gorakh Hill resort. From Pandi Wahi onward there will be no sign of life, what will observe will be the sandy brown ridges and deep ravines along the road.

The beauty of Gorakh Hill Resort road

The beauty of the road leading to the Gorakh Hil is beyond the description of words. The multihued ridges with mesmerizing beauty will leave you spellbound. Initially, you will pass through the deep ravines and you will be packed by the cliffs from two sides. Passing through deep ravines sometimes you will reach the top of cliffs and descend again into deep and dry valleys and you would feel like you have reached a stream but it would be dry at all. Once you transact the last bridge on a small dry stream every meter of the drive will lead you higher and higher towards Gorakh. Once you have transect the bridge you will now pass through the climax of the cliffs and you will have spectacular sight of the gorges and ridges in distant. From here onward the road will be in a zigzag pattern and after every few hundred meters there will be a turn on the road.

The mesmerizing top of Gorakh Hill

The sense of solitude and space you will find at the top of the resort will be beyond your imagination and what you need to do is, just experience the overwhelming attraction of the resort. You can have a birds'-eye view of the surrounding to memorize the sublime beauty of the mesmerizing scenery in your mind.

What to do at the top?

Once you are at the top there are many things you can do. But the first and the most important thing, if you want to experience the peace of mind at Gorakh Hill, is to observe the sublime beauty of the surrounding at the sunset or the sunrise. The orange and the red color of the ravines and the peaks at the sunset or the sunrise will be the best thing to observe, especially when the weather is somehow cloudy then the fiery red and the gold hues will be the best scene to have. 
If you want to have the alluring scenes of the deep ravines and peaks in a single glance than the "Benizeri View Point" will be the spot to have a deep look at the hills of Balochistan and Sindh in a single glance. 

Along with, if you have reached early and you have plenty of time, you can hike around and have a look at the shrubs and the bushes on the top. There are canteens, restaurants, tuck shops and huts if you want to eat anything. If you have a plan of staying there at the top for the night then you would observe the setting up of camps and lighting of bonfires. You can set up your camp and start stargazing at night once you are done with the bonfire. 

Condition of Road

Mostly people ask this question that is the road maintained or is the road dangerous to drive etc. Unlike in other parts of Sindh, this road is maintained in a good condition starting from the Pandi Wahi till the top of the resort. According to some news sources government of Sindh has spent Rs 600 million during the last ten years on this resort to boost the tourism in the region. The government is planning to install a helipad, an amusement park, and cable cars at the resort in the future. 

Nov 26, 2015

Satpara Lake Skardu Gilgit-Baltistan

Where is this located?

Satpara Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the Skardu city of Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. It is one the best places to visit in Skardu to enjoy the fishing and photography.

Some facts and history 

This lake is one the largest fresh water reservoirs in the Gilgit-Baltistan which supplies drinking and agricultural water for the Skardu city. This was initially a natural lake spread over a vast area of Satpara in the southern entrance of Skardu city. In 2008 an earth fill dam construction was started on the lake site to fulfill the water requirements of Skardu city because irrigation system in Skardu was not fully supported by other streams and electricity production was one of the major issues of the city. Construction of the dam now has almost completed adding 8 MG electricity in the grid system and providing water access to the arid area through a connected channel network.  

Satpara: Then vs Now

Satpara lake before 2008 was a different one than it is now. There was an Island in the middle of the lake but when the dam construction started it slightly submerged and now during summer time this Island is completely inundated by the water. So, the beautiful Island is no more there in the center. Also, there was a small hamlet on the eastern side of the lake and there was a PTDC motel at there. 

How to reach there? 

If you have visited Skardu then you shouldn't miss the chance to visit this spectacular lake. Visiting this lake is very easy because it is not at a long distance. It is just 15 kilometers from the downtown and within 20 minutes you can reach there at the lake. Even you can reach there by a motorbike ride. 

Other places nearby 

If you have made mind to visit the Desai Plains then on the way to Deosai you would have the chance to stay here for some moments because the same road links Skardu with the Deosai Plains. Deosai Plains is some 50 kilometers south of Skardu city and of course, if you have visited Gilgit-Baltistan and haven't visited Deosai Plains then you haven't visited the place which is actually the place which could be called the face and identity of Gilgit-Baltistan. 

Nov 24, 2015

Baltit Fort Hunza, Pakistan

Where is this fort located? 

Baltit Fort or Balti Fort is marvelous and an ancient fort in the Hunza valley in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan at a distance of about 100 kilometers from Gilgit and about 600 kilometers from Islamabad city of Pakistan. 

When was the fort constructed? 

The construction of the fort dates back to 1000 AD and since its construction, it has gone through several renovations, conversations and facade improvements. 

What is special about this fort? 

Unlike many other forts you would find in any part of the world this one is a unique fort in many terms, the reason many of the visitors enjoy the sublime beauty of the fort. The first thing when the word fort comes to the mind is that it should be fortified with big and wide boundary walls and spread over dozen hectares of land. Forts in different parts of the world had been built primarily for the defensive purpose, therefore, construction of high and wide walls around the fort has been a pretty common phenomenon. But this fort's history tells us a different story and the architecture and the landscape manifest the history.
The fort is on a hill top having a settlement on the front and a deep valley on the back of the fort. The fort is accessed by staircases made of stonework depicting the old-fashioned work of early days when there was no role of modern engineering in construction.

The architecture of the fort

The architecture of the fort is in Tibetan architectural design, you would find most of the forts in Gilgit-Baltistan in this style. But the fact behind the architecture of this fort is somewhat different and of course interesting as well. This fort is also known as the Balti fort, some historians think that the present day name "Baltit" has actually originated from the Balti Fort. Balti is a language which is spoken in the Baltistan region of Gilgit-Baltistan, a dialect of Tibetan language, and in recognition of the Balti language, this fort was named Balti fort. 
Actually, the story unfolds this way; a prince of Hunza married a princess from the Baltistan and the princess wanted to reside in a fort having Tibetan or Balti architectural style. So, to fulfill the wish the prince hired the Balti craftsmen from Baltistan for the facade improvement of the fort, although the fort already existed but not in Tibetan architectural style or might be there wasn't a worthy architectural design. So keeping the Balti people' work in mind or the Balti princess the fort was known by the name "Balti Fort" which later evolved into Baltit Fort. 

How to reach there? 

Reaching there is pretty easy, you can fly by air from Islamabad or enjoy the by road journey. If you choose the by air journey, you would be there in Gilgit within 45 minutes and from there it would take maximum 2 hours to reach the site of the fort from Gilgit city. If you choose the by road travel then it would take 20 hours to reach the Gilgit city and two more hours to reach the actual fort. 
For stay, you can choose either Gilgit or Hunza, both cities have numerous hotels and motels and you wouldn't face any problem in finding your choice of hotel whether in term of outdoor or indoor facilities or in term of food and much more. Our suggestions are, if you want to move ahead till the Khunjerab top at Pak-China border then staying at Hunza will be favorable because the accessibility from here would be easier and shorter. But if your plan doesn't include the visit to Pak-China border then staying at Gilgit will be suitable, especially if you are determined to visit any other famous tourist spot in Skardu, Astore or Ghizer etc.

Oct 21, 2015

Top 5 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Azad Jammu & Kashmir

Kashmir is known as heaven on earth. The panoramic valleys covered by evergreen forest, freshwater lakes, hundred of breathtaking streams and charming snowfall in winter really makes it part of heaven. If you want to witness the wilderness and serene beauty of nature in its purest form then Kashmir is the place you should visit. Its lakes of tranquil blue water reflecting the blue sky surrounded by the thick evergreen woods would mesmerize you in summer. Its heavily forested peaks with tracks for hiking and lush green grasslands with blooming flowers will welcome you with the fragrance of indigenous flowers. Its centuries old historical buildings will be the spots where you would find the marvel of ancient architecture which they have erected without any aid of scientific equipment. In fact, Kashmir is where you could enjoy all kinds of tourism if you are at vacation with your friend, family, or your fiance, this place should be your ultimate choice.

We have compiled top five beautiful places to visit here at the same page for the convenience of the visitors. 
To see the whole information about the places just click on the titles given.

                                                                  Neelum Valley

Tau Butt Neelum Valley

Gagai, Naeelum Valley 

Top 10 most beautiful places to visit in KPK, Pakistan

What are the places to visit in KPK?

If you are wondering what are the beautiful and mesmerizing places in KPK to spend your vacations or you want to visit the area with your family or friends then we are going to tell you that there are countless picturesque and serene landscapes in KPK to visit and once in life you must visit these areas. These are actually the part of the heaven where you would find a relief to your souls.
The best thing about the places in KPK is, they are accessible all round the year and provide the visitors the chance to visit the places according to their choices. For instance, if you like snow and you want to enjoy skiing or snow fighting then you can visit the Malam Jabba in winter where there is the international standard Skiing camp and trail. If you want the enjoy the hiking and tour via cable cars then you can visit the Ayubia. If you want to have the sight of crystal clear lakes then you can visit the Naran Kaghan valley. There are varying kinds of landscape and you can enjoy different kinds of tourist spots in different seasons.

To see the complete information just click on the titles given.

Mahodand Lake Swat

Oct 19, 2015

Top 10 most beautiful places to visit in Giligit-Baltistan, Pakistan

Are you planning to visit Gilgit-Baltistan this season and you are not sure what are the top places to visit, you don't need to be anxious,  we are here to guide you.
Gilgit-Baltisatn region is not only known because of K-2 or Nanga Parbat but in fact the region is where you can find almost all kinds of tourism depending on the seasons.
Before picking a tourist spot you must know that the places are season bound, you can visit the places all the round year but you wouldn't enjoy the way you should, therefore you must keep these things in mind. Actually the region has varying landscapes where you can enjoy skiing in winter to the fishing in summer and Jeep rally in desert to the mountain climbing. 

Summer season

The most favorable season to visit the region is summer i.e. from start of June to end of August in which you can visit every nook and cranny of GB. Whether you want to climb K-2 or visit Deosai Plains of Skardu, this season is the best. In winter almost entire of the region is covered by snow, especially the regions where K-2 and Deosai is located receives about 8-10 feet of snow and util the end of May these areas are not accessible at all. Other areas like Shangrilal Resort and historical building will be open and accessible if you arrive even before the May, but it would be better to visit in May or later. 

Spring Season 

The spring season in Gilgit-Baltistan spans over months. Spring in warm regions like Chilas and Gilgit starts in February and in remote areas of Baltistan region it is not until the  mid of April. During spring season  the cherry and apricot blossom would be the best to enjoy. It would be better to visit the region from mid March to Mid of April because during this season the blossom would be on peak and if you are visiting the Skardu region it would be the season of Noroz Festival (21st March). The region would be covered by the off white and pink flowers of cherry and apricot presenting picturesque and breathtaking view.  

Autumn season 

If you haven't witness the color of GB in autumn then you haven't experience the autumn in its purest form. The shedding of yellow, orange and red leaves from different species of trees and especially the giant eucalyptus trees would be the best scene to observe. The region would look like you have landed in a garden where there are different kinds of flowers on  peak bloom. 

Winter season 

In winter though the region is covered by snow and most of the places remains stranded but it is not like you cant visit the areas in winter. You can visit Gilgit and Skardu by air to witness the snowfall. The "Skiing Championship" is held in Naltar valley in Gilgit by the Pakistan Air force where you can enjoy skiing. Naltar valley has an international level skiing track and you can enjoy the cable cars as well. 
To see the detail just click on the titles given.
Shangrilla Resort in Skardu

Fairy Meadows in Diamer

Nanga Parbat ( 9th highest peak in the world)

Naltar Ski Resort

Deosai National Park Skardu

Shandoor Top / Shandoor Polo Ground

Baltit Fort Hunza


Manthokha Waterfall Skardu

Passu Hunza

Apr 11, 2015

Top 33 most beautiful place to visit in Gilgit-Baltistan

If you haven't been there in Gilgit-Baltistan and you want to know about the most beautiful nd spectacular tourist spots to visit in nearly future then here is the list of places. These places full of serene beauty and the wilderness you would find in these places will be one of the best experiences of your life. 

Shangrila Resort Skardu 

Upper Kachura Lake Skardu 

Deosai Plains Skardu 

Satpara Lake Skardu 

Katpana Lake Skardu 

Cold Desert Skardu 

Kharpocho Fort Skardu 

Shigar Valley 

K-2 Shigar Valley

Broad Peak Shigar Valley 

Gasherbrum 1 or K-5 Shigar Valley 

Gashebrum II / K-4

Shigar Fort, Shigar Valley

Khaplu Fort, Ganche 

Khaplu Valley 

Manthokha Waterfall Kharmang

Hunza Valley 

Altit Fort Hunza 

Baltit Fort Hunza 

Passu Village and Cones Hunza

Attabad Lake Hunza 

Rakaposhi Nagar Valley 

Handrap Valley Ghizer

Phandar Valley Ghizer

Nanga Parbat Diamer

Fairy Meadows Diamer

Rama Meadows Astore 

Rama Lake Astore 

Naltar Valley Gilgit

Minimarg Astore Valley

Rainbow lake Astore Valley