Alhamdulillah, our country is rich with some of the world's most breathtaking travel destinations. As Pakistanis, it is truly a privilege to live in a country that is home to places like the Gorakh hills, the Deosai Plains, Attabad Lake and Malam Jabba, to name a few. However, it is our duty to remember that while tourism is important for the development of these areas and the betterment of the people who live there, it is equally important to ensure that we visit these destinations responsibly, making sure that they remain as beautiful as they are. Fulfilling this responsibility will be vital to protecting these resources for our future generations. Our calendar this year celebrates the beauty in Pakistan and highlights our responsibility for sustainable tourism.
Malam Jabba is a famous Hill Station and a ski resort in Swat. There are breathtaking mountains, picturesque valleys, green lush forests, and other natural attractions in Malam Jabba and it is a popular tourist destination during both summer and winter.
Attabad lake is listed as one of the five best tourist sites of Pakistan in ‘The Guardian’. Along with a view of the majestic Karakoram range, the lake offers a range of recreational activities including jet ski, fishing and boating.
There are more than 80 active mud volcanos in Balochistan’s Miani Hor-Hingol Valley region that only erupt mud and methane gas. The most famous is the Chandragup group of Mud volcanos in which the tallest volcano is around 300 feet tall with a 50 feet diameter.
At an elevation of 4,114 meters, Deosai Plains are one of the largest high-altitude alpine plains in the world. The plains are covered with lush greenery and clear blue water streams and are only accessible during the summer season.
Ushu is a beautiful village situated in KPK, known for its dense forest of Pine trees. During winter, the Ushu Glacier blocks the only road from Ushu to Mahodand lake and this path only opens again during summer when the snow of the glacier melts.
Fairy Meadows are wide grassy meadows surrounded by a dense alpine forest fed by waters from a glacier formed by the Nanga Parbat. It is said that there are very few places in the world that match Fairy Meadows in natural beauty, serenity and grandeur.
Mahodand Lake is surrounded by meadows, mountains and dense forests and is known for its breathtaking scenic beauty, freezing water and abundance of trout fish.
Passu Cones are a visually breathtaking collection of pointed peaks in the Karakoram mountain range near Passu Village in Gilgit Baltistan. They are called cones because of their pointed peaks which look like cones and are one of the most striking landmarks on the Karakoram Highway.
At 2,200 meters above sea level, Katpana desert is the highest desert in the world. The granules of sand in Katpana desert are white, not yellow, which has marked this desert as a wonder on earth.
Hiran Minar is a Mughal era complex built by the Mughal emperor Jahangir. It was constructed in about 1607 CE in memory of his favourite Hiran named Mansraj, whose grave is in the Hiran Minar.
Also known as the ‘Murree of Sindh’, Gorakh Hills is a high-altitude 1,734 meters plateau in Sindh and is famous for its pleasant weather. Its elevation gives it a special climate, with sub-zero temperatures during winter and generally below 20 °C (68 °F) in summer, making it a popular tourist spot.
With an elevation of about 2,750 meters above sea level, Thandiani is a cold hill station situated in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Thandiani is characterized by excellent weather and lush greenery in the summer months, and snow-covered vistas and hills in the winter.