Visit Pakistan For A Memorable Vacation Trip

If you have a small budget and want to visit a country with diverse culture, unspoiled natural beauty, ancient history, centuries old traditions and the delicious food, then there is no place in the world better than Pakistan. The people of Pakistan are so friendly, helpful and hospitable with foreign tourists that you will not only enjoy your stay in this country but also take back home the sweet memories of your visit.

Most foreign tourists are afraid of the security situation in Pakistan and thus avoid visiting this country. In fact, the situation is not really as bad as being projected by the media reports. Pakistan is overall a safe country for foreign tourists though some parts of the country are not safe and must be avoided. I am giving below some safe and worth visiting places. This will be helpful in planning your visit to Pakistan so that you have the safest, most beneficial and enjoyable vacations.

Islamabad

Start your visit from Islamabad, the green and beautiful capital city of Pakistan. Some of the most interesting and must visit places of Islamabad are: Lok Versa Heritage and Museum, Pakistan Monument and Museum, Lake View Park, Saidpur Village (an old beautiful village of the Mughal era), Faisal Mosque (the largest mosque of South Asia). If interested in hiking then there are many hiking routes in the scenic Margalla Hills. Pir Sohawa, on top of Margalla Hills, is another place worth visiting. You can have lunch or dinner at the restaurant there and enjoy the delicious food as well as the fascinating view of the city.

Taxila

If you are interested in the archeological sites, dates back to Buddhist era (600 BC to 500 AD) then go to Taxila, a historical city 35 km away from Islamabad. There are 50 archeological sites scattered in an area of 30 km around Taxila. Some important sites are: Bhir Mound, Sirkap, Jandial Temple, Jaulian Monastery and Dhamarajika Stupa and Monastery. The great Gandhara civilization ruled this part of the world for over 1000 years. If you are in Taxila then you must visit the Taxila Museum which has a great collection of about 4000 Gandhara Art items including the stone Buddha sculptures.

Murree, Patriata, Ayubia

Only 35 kilometers away from Islamabad is the beautiful hill station Murree, called the Queen of the Hills. You can enjoy whole day there walking, hiking, riding the chairlifts or do the shopping. There are many shops on the Mall Road and in the adjacent streets that offer a lot of merchandize of tourist attraction. Many hotels and restaurants are also situated there.

Another beautiful place Patriata (also known as New Murree), is 15 km away from the main Mall Road, Murree. Patriata attracts lot of tourists due to its height and the cable car/chairlift that gives great view of the green hills and the forests. Ayubia National Park is 25 km from Murree and is well known for its picnic spots, hiking places, trails and a chairlift that takes the tourists to a nearby summit for a scenic view of the surrounding hills.

Khewra Salt Mines

Khewra Salt Mines, the world’s second largest salt mines, are 190 km away from Islamabad and the travel distance is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes by road. These mines were discovered by the soldiers of Alexander the Great, who noticed their horses licking the salt rocks while staying at Khewra. In the 13th century, the commercial salt mining started in Khewra. During the British colonial rule, the mines were modernized with the building of tunnels, rail link, electricity and a soda ash plant.

In 2002, the old portions of the mines were converted into a popular tourist destination that attracts around 200,000 visitors each year. Tourists can walk into the tunnel or take a train ride upto the main recreation area where everything is artistically created with white, pink and red salt. There is a mosque, a model of Minar-e-Pakistan (Pakistan Tower), Shish Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) a post office, a restaurant and stalls selling decoration pieces created out of salt rocks. The reflection of light, through the crystal clear salt, make this area look like a fairy tale place where fantasy becomes a reality. There is also Assembly Hall, Brine Chambers, Pulsarat (25 feet long bridge without pillars), salt ponds illuminated with fancy lights and a tree root that does not catch fire. Guides are available there to answer your questions and to give you detailed information about the mines.

Lahore

A 4 hour drive by a car or a luxury bus on the motorway can take you to the heart of Pakistan, the historical city of Lahore. If you are in Pakistan and did not see Lahore then you have seen nothing. Lahore is the centre of educational institutions and universities, historical sites, tombs and shrines, mosques, gardens, arts and literature, folk music and culture, festivals and foods. Some must see places are: Shahi Qila (Lahore Fort), Badshahi Masjid, Shalimar Gardens, Lahore Museum, Tomb of Emperor Jahangir, Data Darbar (Shrine of a Sufi Saint Data Gang Bakhsh who lived there more than 900 years ago), the old walled city and the food streets. People of Lahore welcome foreign tourists wholeheartedly and are very friendly with them.

Kaghan Valley

Kaghan, 270 km from Islamabad is a popular summer resort. It’s a 160 kilometer long valley, starting from an elevation of 2,134 feet upto 13,690 feet. The pine forests, alpine meadows, flowers, crystal clear lakes, and cool mountain streams of the valley all welcome you to enjoy your vacations in this natural wonderland.

The town of Naran in the Kaghan Valley, is a place where most tourists like to stay to enjoy short one day trips to Lake Saiful Muluk, Lalazar, Lake Lulusar and Babusar Pass. Most visited place is the legendary Lake Saiful Muluk which is surrounded by impressive snow clad mountains and crowned by the summit of Malika Parbat (Queen of the Mountains).

Shogran is, no doubt, the most beautiful plateau in the valley due to beautiful natural landscape with wild flowers and lush green meadows. A wonderful excursion trip by jeep from Shogran through an eight kilometer rough road takes you to the height of 2300 feet to the siri and paye, a lush green meadow, from where you can have a spectacular view of Malika Parbat.

Malam Jabba

Malam Jabba is 300 km from Islamabad and it takes 6 hour and 30 minutes to reach there by road. It is an excellent ski resort situated 8,700 feet above sea level, giving great view of the Karakoram range and black mountains. The resort has a ski slope of about 800m which is facilitated with a chairlift. The highest point of the slope is 9,200 feet. There is a smaller slope with ski-lift for amateur skiers as well. It has two trekking trails that pass through Ghorband valley (18 km) and the Sabonev Valley (17 km). Around Malam Jabba area there are two Buddhist Stupas and six monasteries dating back more than 2000 years.

Gilgit Baltistan

Gilgit can be reached from Islamabad in one hour by air and 20 hours by road. Located in the north of Pakistan, the region of Gilgit Baltistan is a paradise for mountaineers and trekkers. The area is surrounded by some of the world’s highest mountain peaks with a height of over 8000 meters. Apart from majestic mountains, the second highest mountain of the world, K2, is located in the Shigar Valley. Some of the largest glaciers outside polar regions are also situated in Gilgit region along with 2200 sq. kilometer of snow covered area; 119 lakes; diverse flora and fauna and 6500 sq. km of forests. The region is well known for its splendor and fascinating scenic beauty. Here the world’s three mightiest mountain ranges: the Karakoram, the Hindukuch and the Himalayas meet.

There are several tourist attractions relatively close to Gilgit city which are worth visiting. These are: Naltar Valley, Hunza Valley, Nagar Valley, Fairy Meadows, Shigar town, Skardu city, Haramosh Peak in Karakoram Range, Bagrot-Haramosh Valley, Deosai National Park, Astore Valley, Rama Lake, Juglot town, Phunder village, Yasin Valley and Kargah Valley.

 

Top Reasons Why You Should Visit Iceland

Even the most experienced travelers will assert that Iceland is incomparable to any other country on the planet. The incredible beauty and strength of its natural elements make Iceland unique and vibrant.

Why should you be planning tours to Iceland? Here are some reasons:

Northern Lights

Due to its exceptional geographical position, Iceland Tour is one of the best tours in the world to experience the aurora borealis. These mystical solar lights impressed anyone who has seen them for thousands of years. It is an indescribable spectacle of nature that you will not be able to forget.

Fantastic landscapes

Iceland has recently become a popular destination for directors to film their blockbusters. The country has been the location of famous films such as James Bond, Batman Begins, and Oblivion with Tom Cruise and even Games of Thrones. The lunar landscapes, ice lagoon, and other wonders, are indeed helping to make the country the ultimate travel destination.

The divine natural hot springs

What would Iceland be without its natural hot springs? Adored by both visitors and locals, hot springs are places where everyone can revel in and appreciate the beauty of the present moment. Even better! You can enjoy it throughout the year and literally everywhere, given that there are hundreds scattered across the country.

The adventure!

Planning tours to Iceland bring together the finest treasures of our planet earth: volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls, small Scandinavian fishing villages, fjords, desert, black sand beaches etc. en route for adventure! You can also fully appreciate these Landscapes during a horseback riding on a typical Icelandic horse or during a hike on the most typical trail of the Land Mannalaugar world.

Nature in its pure state

Pure water, fresh air and geothermal activity that respect the environment make Iceland as the ideal destination to absorb all the strength and beauty of nature.

Its capital city Reykjavik

Its capital, Reykjavik, is absolutely charming, pleasant, sure, trendy and bubbling with energy! The city is full of colorful Norse houses, stylish cafes and charming local shops. Moreover, the architectural jewel of the Harpa, the beautiful bay, and the dominant Esja Mountain contribute to add an irresistible magic to the atmosphere of Reykjavik.

The Icelandic geniuses

Icelanders are happy people! Iceland has been one of the top 10 countries in the world for years. This is not surprising, given that the country is based on a developed economy, an excellent health system, long-established peace and a much-unpolluted environment. The icing on the cake is also the most egalitarian country in the world for women!

It’s not so cold!

Due to its geographical position, there is a tendency to think that Iceland is a very cold country. This shot needs to be wiped out right away. The current flow of the Golf Stream, which originates in the Caribbean, flows to the Icelandic coast, which contributes to greatly moderate its climate throughout the year. As a result, in winter the temperature in Iceland rarely falls below -5 degrees. So you can be assured that it is much, much, colder in Montreal or New York!

 

Why Every Family Should Visit to China in Their Lifetime

You may be too excited to go to China or maybe you like the idea of shopping. Want to make a long trip, but you are not sure that China is the place for you. Here are some reasons you will soon leave for China.

Listen often talk about China in the news. China is everywhere. But if you want to understand a little ‘more this state that has the fifth population in the world, you have to go to China and start to see why all the love.

I like to travel, I have children, but I realize that traveling with them is difficult, as the hours of sleep are less and less, you always need diapers and the list goes on. But I love traveling with children, through their eyes I love to see the world and I love to go to places where I know they are welcome.

If you also have the same story or you are planning a family trip to Great Wall hiking in China then you must read this.

China is a place where children are welcome and it is on a par with Italy and Greece. No one will bother you if your child tantrums or buzz in the hotel or when you’re at dinner. Why China should be on your hit list, here are some reasons.

Food

Forget what they say about Chinese food. You can also take a culinary tour to really get to the kitchen. The Chinese cuisine is varied and suffers its landscapes that change constantly. The Shanghai cuisine is sweeter, while that of China is spicy.

Culture

China has 5.000 years of history that will surprise you, amaze you and you will love the most. An example of the great Chinese culture is the Wilder Great Wall Hiking Tours, a colossal operation for which it is worth thousands of kilometers to visit it.

Landscapes:

China has magical landscapes. It is no coincidence that James Cameron has decided to shoot in the park Hunan some of the scenes of Avatar. Why the different regions of China have a wealth of beautiful and fascinating landscapes: forests, sparkling lakes, roaring waterfalls and snowy peaks in the nature reserve of Jiuzhaigou, Karst Limestone Mountains in Guilin area, high plains that pass through Tibet, to name a pair.

Architecture

Because, with some of the buildings and monuments most recognizable in the world, from the ancient Forbidden City to the modern skyscrapers of Shanghai and Pudong, a trip to China is mandatory for anyone interested in the city and rural architecture.

Ethnic groups.

Because in some of the most rural parts of the country, there is a large number of ethnic minorities. Many of the same tribes that are found in Laos, Cambodia and Thailand, have also been established in Yunnan Province and also in Guizhou and Guangxi. Many still wear their traditional dress and then a visit to these regions is to be considered a multi-colored trip!

The cities

Because China is rich in huge cities, probably the three most famous are Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. All three are excellent destinations to observe the commotion around them although, of course, some of the best cities for shopping and dining.

Zhen Lei is a travel lover and a former writer. I like to write about various destinations in world & especially I love to visit Great Wall of China. This article is about Great wall hiking tour.

 

The Best Time To Visit Jim Corbett National Park

What Is The Best Time To Visit Jim Corbett National Park? Find Out:

Spread over finished delightful ranges of Pauri Garhwal, Almora and Nainital of Uttarakhand state in India, Jim Corbett National Park is an expansive and engaging site and is among the most established stops in India. This stop is for the most part perceived for Project Tiger which is a venture on India’s imperiled Bengal tiger. Along these lines, it is not only a recreation center, but rather a major and eminent tiger save also which covers a zone of 1318.54 sq.km in which 520 sq. km is the fundamental region and remaining part is support region. The recreation center is named after Col. Jim Corbett since 1956.

Along these lines, the visit to Jim Corbett National Park is really huge and life-changing. It stays open from the mid of November to the mid of June months. Be that as it may, there is a Jhirna zone in the recreation center that remaining parts open for entire year long. The renowned Birjani zone of this stop respects the guests from mid of October to mid of June months and Dhikala zone enables guests to visit inside from November 15 to mid of June. Amid storm period, the street of Dhikala and Birjani zones escape. In addition, after the dusk, the doors of the recreation center get finished and no drive off is permitted that time.

Right Season to Plan Your Visit to Jim Corbett National Park

Winter Season – Within October to February

In winter season or a time of October to February, you will discover this stop a genuine homestead delightful and concealed feathered creatures. Along these lines, for birding, this is the most spellbinding period as right now, you will meet inconspicuous assortment of winged creatures there. Other than winged creatures, you can locate superb Bengal tiger meandering around the recreation center in the winter season. Along these lines, there are high opportunities to have a characteristic sight of imperiled tiger at that point. Generally around evening time, the temperature of this stop goes down to 5 degree Celsius. In any case, the day time is very soothing and wonderful. In the day time, creatures turned out for lazing around in sun; so you can spot them effectively there.

Rainstorm – During July to September Months

Despite the fact that the rainstorm season is not that engaging time for guests to come over Jim Corbett National Park, yet we recommend you to visit amid this time on the off chance that you don’t incline toward going by this site in swarm. In this season, for the most part the group gets declined. In this way, we should state that it is a perfect season to have astonishing trekking knowledge. Around then, the general climate has an engaging emanation as the temperature drops. It is said that in stormy season, the creatures make the most of their mating time. Along these lines, voyagers can get involvement of this minute too. In spite of the fact that we ought not neglect to say that meeting this season goes with an incredible danger of avalanches and soil disintegration. Consequently, it can be a little unsafe too. In any case, the magnificence will be at its top with intriguing greenery and stunning vegetation around.

Summer Season – During March to June Months

The time from March to mid of June is called summer season in India. Amid the late spring season, the temperature remains very high. In day time, the climate turns out to be excessively hot and singing that may go up to 40 degree c. Along these lines, in this time, the creatures and different tenants of the recreation center experience the ill effects of the outrageous warmth of sun.

This season is called to be the best going to season as it enables guests to get the a large portion of the creatures occupying in the recreation center. Come amid this season here and appreciate stream boating and have an exceptional meet with imperiled creatures and winged animal species intently.