The four seasons of the year are a blessing of nature for human beings. There are only a handful of countries all over the globe that are able to experience all four seasons and enjoy the various offerings as a result of the changes in weather.
Pakistan is one those countries that is blessed with the opportunity to enjoy all four seasons. Various natural wonders that the country has to offer, enthrall travelers. Winter is upon us and we bring you a list of 8 destinations in Pakistan that are a must visit in the cold season.
1. Hunza Valley
Referred to as heaven on Earth, Hunza is situated at an approximate distance of 100 kilometers from Gilgit. Hunza is a valley in the region of Gilgit Baltistan and is situated at the North/ West side of the Hunza River. The valley is surrounded by various mountain peaks and provides a stunning view in the winter season when the snow encases these mountains in a white blanket. Cold yes but definitely an experience one needs at least once in a lifetime!
2. Ziarat Valley
Ziarat valley is located in the Ziarat District, Baluchistan. It is basically a hill station that is located at an altitude of 8000 feet. The valley is home to the world’s second largest Juniper forest with some of its trees being the oldest in the world. A stunning view, which is certainly enchanting, is provided to the travelers when the area is covered with a blanket of snow in the winter season.
3. Leepa Valley
Located at a distance of 45 kilometers from Muzaffarabad, the Leepa Valley is considered to be one the most stunning wonders that Azad Kashmir has. The valley is surrounded by mountains. The pine trees which cover these mountains provide an attractive pull in the winter season when snow decides to wrap them in its white blanket.
The capital city of Baluchistan, which is the largest province of Pakistan. The city is famous for the Pashtun delicacies that comprise of delicious fruits, both dry and fresh. As a result, Quetta is known as the fruit garden of Pakistan. Although it gets pretty cold in the winter season, Quetta offers an alluring sight to the travelers that makes it a must-visit destination.
5. Malam Jabba
Malam Jabba is the only ski resort in Pakistan and is a popular tourist destination where tourists head to in order to enjoy the winter season. It is equipped with various tourist facilities including chair lift, ice-skating rinks and skiing platforms.
‘Malka e Kohsar’ – Murree is Pakistan’s most famous tourist destination and it is flooded by tourists in winters. It receives good snowfall in the winter season which is its biggest attraction besides being easily accessible and economical. Changla Gali, Dunga Gali, Bara Gali, Pindi Point, Patriata and the iconic Mall Road are the most popular areas of Murree Hills that are covered with a blanket of snow in winters.
7. Pir Sohawa (Islamabad)
Located at the top of Margalla Hills, this place offers a panoramic view of Islamabad and is home to the original location of the famous restaurant Monal. It is the go-to-resort with a mind-blowing view of the pristine capital city of Pakistan. Winters are especially fun here as it gives you option of fine dining there with best view possible.
8. Gorakh Hill (Dadu)
Who says Sindh doesn’t have its own hill station? It does actually and all you need to do is to travel to Dadu to witness it. Also known as ‘Murree of Sindh’, Gorakh Hill station lies on the border of Sindh and Baluchistan. It receives minimal snowfall but temperature in winter falls below zero and you find yourself in an icy, cold night!
Cost: You can check the fares of these places on Daewoo’s website if you’re planning to visit by a bus or else the train fares are starting from 2000 to 6000 for these places. Travelling by air becomes a bit boring for these places as you won’t be able to see the beauty of your journey.