As mercury climbs and the heat gets intense, we all have only one thing on our wish list: pack our warm clothes and head north to areas that remain relatively cooler. Or if ‘relatively cooler’ doesn’t excite you, how about escaping to a land covered in snow and ice, especially when you are baking right here?
And it’s not just about the cool weather. Pakistan has a lot to offer from scenic views of the beaches to the Karakoram ranges; from metropolitan cities to the enchanting valleys. So, while you are enjoying summer holidays, why not treat your visual senses to the picturesque beauty of the country and your taste buds to one of the most delicious cuisines in the world?
This post features some of the most fascinating, famous and some rarely spotted places from Pakistan that should be on your Summer 2015 bucket list.
1. Fairy Meadows
Fairy meadows, locally known as Joot, are lush green grasslands located near the base camp site of Nanga Parbat in the west. The grassland surrounded by dense alpine forest is now declared a National Park. The incredible view of Nanga Parbat truly makes it a Heaven on Earth.
Being the summer capital of Pakistan, Murree is the priority spot to escape from the summer heat for both local and foreign tourists.
Murree reflects its charm in its hill spots, waterfalls, green grasslands, thick forests, restaurants and cable cars. Book your top hotel in Murree with discounts up to 90% at Jovago Pakistan.
3. Leepa Valley
The astonishing valley is situated in Azad Kashmir. The natural beauty on display is heavenly. The scenic river locations, friendly people, and gorgeous flora and fauna have created another masterpiece of nature.
4. Snow Lake
Snow Lake is a favorite spot for foreigners. Also known as Lukpe Lawo, Snow Lake is actually a high glacial site at Karakorum.
If you are in for an adventure this summer, pack your gear and make your way to witness this breathtaking snowy, beauty. Even looking at the picture of this snow covered land gives you a cooling sensation.
5. Lahore Food Street
If you want to treat yourself to one of the best cuisines in the world this summer, Lahore should be your choice of destination. Being the food capital of Pakistan, Lahore has many outdoor eating places where you can treat your taste buds to food that is aromatic, appealing, and will leave you craving more. And there is nothing better than dining in Lahore Food Street with its colorful setting and breathtaking views of the Badshahi Mosque and the old city of Lahore.
So, if you are planning a visit to Lahore, you can find both guesthouses and best hotels, at affordable rates and near to Lahore airport.
Nathiagali is a picturesque hill station town that is situated at the mid-point between Abbottabad and Murree. This beautiful scenic town is home to pine and walnut trees that cover the hills of Miranjani. It is where the journey to paradise begins. One can view the snow covered peaks of the Himalayas on a clear day. With some of the most beautiful trekking trails, it lets you enjoy the wildlife that still thrives within its forests. Take the time to be one with nature and bask in its beauty.
7. Kalam Valley
How does the idea of eating freshwater fish on a ‘manja’ that is actually perched ON a gushing river sound to you? Yes, you CAN dip your feet in the icy cold water. And don’t forget those gorgeous sights of the gigantic mountains, lush green forest, the noisy, gushing Kalam River, and the waterfalls. A visit to the Kalam Valley, located in the northern upper reaches of the Swat Valley, and accessible through Mingora, will be something you will remember forever. It is a dream come true.
Shogran is a village situated on a green plateau in the Kaghan Valley, at a height of about 7,749 ft. above sea level. Once in Shogran, you will feel as if you are in a fairytale. While it’s a frozen beauty in winter, it is an oasis during summer. Surrounded by lush greenery, gorgeous flora and fauna that is unique to the area, beautiful waterfalls, gigantic mountains that cast a shadow over the valley and a view that makes you think you are in Europe – this is a place you will fall in love with.
9. Hunza Valley
Enveloped in the grand Himalayas and the vast Karakoram Ranges, this beautiful valley in the Gilgit-Baltistan region has been attracting tourists for years. Take a flight to Gilgit and hop on a car or bus to reach this stunning utopia. Once there, you will not want to go back home. Offering a whole new spectrum of colors, this is a place you will dream of settling in, away from the hustle and bustle of your city life. The beautiful sights of Hunza will stay in your memories forever, calling you back again and again. Book the best guesthouse in Hunza with Jovago.
These are all the reasons you should get away from your busy city life for a few days. And when you have Jovago, travelling is nothing but a breeze.