Nature has blessed Pakistan with unique landscapes: high mountains, plateau plains, deserts and alluring sunny beaches are found here. However, more than 50 percent of its area is mountainous, particularly its northern and north-western regions, which possess the most fascinating mountains on Earth.
To promote Pakistan’s unique wonders, the prime minister launched the “Visit Pakistan” marketing campaign in 2007. This campaign involved various events throughout the year including fairs and religious festivals, regional sporting events, various arts and craft shows, folk festivals and several openings of historical museums.
As a result, the World Economic Forum’s Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report in 2009 ranked Pakistan in the top 25 percent of tourist destinations for its World Heritage sites ranging from mangroves in the south, to the 5,000-year-old cities of the Indus Valley Civilization which include Mohenjo-daro and Harappa.
The country was indeed at the center of various religions and settlements long before the creation of the nation that exists today. Currently, Paki- stan has six major cultural sites that are categorized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the archaeological ruins of Mohenjo-daro of the Indus Valley Civilization, the first-century Buddhist ruins at Takht-i-Bahi and neighboring city remain at Sahr-i-Bahlol, the ruins of Taxila from the Gandhara Civilization, the Lahore Fort and Shalimar Gardens in Lahore, the historic monuments of the ancient city of Thatta, and the ancient fort of Rohtas.
Pakistan is subdivided into four provinces, one federal capital territory, and a group of federally administered tribal areas. Among other highlights, the Islamabad Capital Territory is home to the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, while Balochistan is the largest province by geographical area, constituting approximately 43 percent of the total area of Pakistan.
Also, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province is located in the northwest region of Pakistan. It is known as the tourist hotspot for adventurers and explorers, thanks to its varied landscape ranging from rugged mountains, valleys, hills and dense agricultural farms. One of the most important cities in the province is Mansehra. The city is a major stop for tourists setting out to the Northern Areas and Azad Kashmir. The city is connected by the famous Karakoram Highway which ends up in mainland China. There are also several mountain passes that run through the province. One of the most famous is the Khyber Pass which links Afghanistan with Pakistan. The trade route sees a large number of trucks and lorries importing and exporting goods in and out of the region.
Furthermore, Punjab is the secondlargest 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. Tourism in Punjab is regulated by the Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab. The provincial capital, Lahore is the second largest city of Pakistan and is known to be the cultural heart of the country.
The Khyber train safari was a tourist train that ran between Peshawar and Landi Kotal through the Khyber Pass in Khyber Agency, Pakistan. The railway was closed in 2006 due to the washing away of railway track and bridges by a flood.
Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, remembered as the founder of the Pakistani nation, worked himself to death, contributing more than any other man to Pakistan’s survival.