The land of ad­ven­ture and na­ture

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From the mighty stretches of the Karako­rams in the North to the vast al­lu­vial delta of the In­dus River in the South, Pak­istan re­mains a land of high ad­ven­ture and na­ture. Trekking, moun­taineer­ing, white wa­ter raft­ing, wild boar hunt­ing, moun­tain and desert jeep sa­faris, camel and yak sa­faris, trout fish­ing and bird watch­ing, are a few ac­tiv­i­ties, which en­tice the ad­ven­ture and na­ture lovers to Pak­istan. Pak­istan of­fers tourism in var­i­ous ar­eas in­clud­ing Eco and En­vi­ron­ment; Spir­i­tual; Her­itage; Sports and Med­i­cal.

Gil­git Baltistan

Gil­git Baltistan is the cap­i­tal of tourism in Pak­istan. Gil­git Baltistan is home to some of the highest peaks in the world, in­clud­ing K2 the se­cond highest peak in the world. Gil­git Baltistan is rich in land­scape, moun­tains, lakes, glaciers and val­leys. Gil­git Baltistan is not only fa­mous for its moun­tains - it is as beautiful as their land­marks, cul­ture, his­tory and peo­ple. K2 Base­camp, Deo­sai, Nal­tar, Fairy Meadows and Hushe val­ley are the most beautiful places to visit in Gil­git Baltistan.

Balochis­tan

Balochis­tan is the largest prov­ince by ge­o­graph­i­cal area of Pak­istan, con­sti­tut­ing ap­prox­i­mately 43% of the to­tal area. Balochis­tan is home to one of the old­est Ne­olithic (7000 BC to c. 2500 BC) sites in ar­chae­ol­ogy. Mehrgarh and Nausharo was an an­cient city linked to the In­dus Val­ley Civ­i­liza­tion. An­cient sites dat­ing back 800 years are the Naush­er­wani tombs at Qila Ladgasht. There was also an an­cient port at the site of Oraea which proved to be a use­ful port dur­ing the Hel­lenis­tic civ­i­liza­tion.

There are a num­ber of moun­tain passes within Balochis­tan. The Bolan Pass has been the main en­trance to the provin­cial city of Quetta. There are sev­eral oth­ers in­clud­ing Lak Pass, Kho­jak Pass and Har­nai Pass. The Balochis­tan coast­line ex­tends from the Sindh prov­ince to the Ira­nian bor­der mea­sur­ing a to­tal dis­tance of over 750 km. The city of Gwadar holds the largest port in the prov­ince which is based near the an­cient area of Makran. Pasni is an­other beautiful medium-sized town fa­mous for fish­ing. Along the Makran Coastal High­way there are sev­eral rock for­ma­tions as well as Kund Malir and the Hin­gol Na­tional Park.

Khy­ber pass

Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa is lo­cated in the north­west re­gion of Pak­istan. It is known as the tourist hotspot for ad­ven­tur­ers and ex­plor­ers. The prov­ince has a var­ied land­scape rang­ing from rugged moun­tains, val­leys, hills and dense agri­cul­tural farms. The re­gion is well known for its an­ces­tral roots. There are a num­ber of Bud­dhist ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites from the Gand­hara civil­i­sa­tion such as Takht Bhai and Pushkalavati. There are a num­ber of other Bud­dhist and Hindu ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites in­clud­ing Bala Hisar Fort, Butkara Stupa, Kan­ishka stupa, Chak­dara, Pan­jkora Val­ley and Sehri Bahlol.

Haripur

Pun­jab is the se­cond largest prov­ince in Pak­istan. It is known for its an­cient cul­tural her­itage as well as its re­li­gious di­ver­sity. The lands of Pun­jab have been home to a num­ber of re­li­gions and civ­i­liza­tions. The In­dus Val­ley Civ­i­liza­tion once ruled the re­gion and a sig­nif­i­cant ar­chae­o­log­i­cal find was dis­cov­ered at the an­cient city of Har­rapa. The Gand­hara civ­i­liza­tion was also quite dom­i­nant in the north­ern re­gion of Pun­jab at the site of Tax­ila. Sev­eral other civ­i­liza­tions such as Greeks, Cen­tral Asians, and Per­sians ruled Pun­jab leav­ing a num­ber of sites which still ex­ist to­day.

Sindh

Sindh is lo­cated in the south-east­ern re­gion of Pak­istan. The prov­ince is known for its re­li­gious her­itage and rapid-ur­ban­iza­tion. The prov­ince is home to the an­cient In­dus Val­ley Civ­i­liza­tion. Mo­henjo-daro near the city of Larkana was one of the largest city-set­tle­ments in South Asia and is an of­fi­cial UNESCO World Her­itage Site.

The Chaukhandi tombs are an­other ex­am­ple of an­cient Sindhi and Balochi her­itage lo­cated near the town of Landi. An­other an­cient city, Aror, lo­cated near the city of Sukkur is also a fa­mous tourist spot for its ru­ins. Kahu-Jo-Darro is a fa­mous an­cient Bud­dhist ar­chae­o­log­i­cal site near Mirpurkhas were a Bud­dhist stupa was ex­ca­vated.

The first ar­rival of Islam in the South Asia took place in Karachi, Sindh, Pak­istan. There has been a num­ber of sites within the prov­ince that have led ar­chae­ol­o­gists to sug­gest this.

Makli Hill is one of the largest necrop­olises in the world. The site is home to a num­ber of an­cient tombs and graves of Is­lamic dy­nas­ties. The Talpur Mirs of Hy­der­abad also left a num­ber of sites in­clud­ing, Tombs of Talpur Mirs, Faiz Ma­hal in Khair­pur, Qasim fort, Pacco Qillo and the Kot Diji Fort in Kot Diji.

An­other fa­mous fort built dur­ing the Islam in­va­sion was the Ranikot Fort. Like other prov­inces, Sindh has a num­ber of cul­tural shrines and mau­soleums in­clud­ing Thatta, Shah Ab­dul Latif Bhit­tai, Lal Shah­baz Qa­lan­der, Shah­ja­han Mosque, Mazar-e-Quaid, Mi­nar-e-Mir Ma­sum Shah, Bham­bore and Garhi Khuda Bakhsh. The North­ern part of the coun­try is sur­rounded by the Hi­malayas, Fer­tile, green, moun­tain­ous val­leys are char­ac­ter­is­tic of north­ern ar­eas ge­og­ra­phy, mak­ing it one of the most beautiful re­gions on the sub­con­ti­nent.

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