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Places to Visit in Swat

Places to visit in Swat

Posted By : Muhammad Sakhawat/ 23 0

Swat is the third largest district of KPK, with a population of 2.31 million, according to the 2017 census. The Afghans and Pashtuns communities occupy the valley, and the language is most spoken there is Pashto/Pakhto. This valley is famous for its mountain views, green meadows and lakes, which also bring a lot of tourists. Also, locally knows as Switzerland of Pakistan because of its natural beauty and lush green valleys. The distance from Islamabad to Swat is 250 Kms while from Peshawar it is 160 Kms. Tourists can explore over 100 archeological sites in the Swat valleys.  It is a place where visitors can enjoy hiking, trekking, and pleasant walks.

There are numerous tourist destinations in Swat. We have tried to cover a few areas in detail:

Kalam Valley

Kalam valley is a perfect combination of cold weather with picturesque locations. It is located at a distance of 99 km from the Swat Valley.  The places within Kalam i.e., Matiltan, Utror, Usho, and Gabral added more to the beauties of the Swat and the perfect place to explore enchanting sceneries. Tourists can enjoy fishing, hiking, and boating.

Walnut Heights Kalam gardern

Mahudand Lake

This lake is situated at a height of 9,603 ft and located in Kalam valley. It is enriched with green meadows and a must-visit place of Swat. Tourists can go camping in those green meadows, which is an ideal place to visit in midsummer. However, avoid visiting in winters as the lake is frozen and roads are blocks.

Mahodand-lake-kalam

Kumrat Valley

Kumrat valley is 386km at a distance from Islamabad, and it takes almost 9 hours to reach there. From Swat, it is only a one-hour drive and an ideal place for base camping. Tourists can see the abundance of lakes and water streams here.

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One might experience a comfortable and relaxing night in camping, but if you are not satisfied, then many resorts and guest houses are also available. In Kumrat valley, tourists can visit Do Kala Chashma, Katora lake, Kalkot Banda, etc.

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Madyan

Madyan is the famous hill station of Swat. This place is perfect for enjoying panoramic views, and it is surrounded by the swat river. It is also the place for its delicious mouthwatering trout fish. Even in summer, it has a pleasant atmosphere. The most eye-catching thing is the fluvial swat river in this place.

Read Also: Stunning Places to visit in Swat by AJK Tours

Bahrain

Bahrain is a place where two different rivers merge in one place. It is a hill station where tourists can experience the beauty of two rivers (Daral and Swat). Visitors can also do base camping as riversides. The climate is pleasant in every season. A must visit the place if you want to explore Swat truly.

Bahiran

Saidu Sharif

Saidu Sharif another place where all the administration work of the city is done. The name comes from a prominent leader known as Saidu Baba. Tourists can visit archaeological sites like Royal Palace, Swat Museum, Tomb of Saidu Sharif. One can explore different antiques of the Gandhara art and Buddhist Stu in the swat river.

Swat Saerena Hotel Saidu Sharif Pool

Malam Jabba

Malam Jabba is located at a distance of 314km from Islamabad and an extremely beautiful hill station of the Swat valley. The road to Malam Jabba is somehow curved and has steep paths, but no one can stop a beauty lover from reaching this marvelous destination.

All the essential and necessary facilities are available in Malam Jabba resorts. Most of all, trekking and sports facilities are a substantial attractive thing for many tourists. Malam Jabba is also known as skier’s paradise for its beautiful ski slope mountains.

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Fizaghat

Fizaghat, a first destination spot is Swat is located in the town of Mingora. The mouthwatering and delicious food along with the swat river makes this place a must-visit for every tourist. The places to visit in Fizaghat includes Mingora city, Marghazar white place, Budhkarha monastery and Odigram historical sites.

Rockcity Resort Fizaghat

Kundol Lake

Kundol lies in between the mountains of Hindu Kush mountains. This lake is surrounded by snow-clad mountains and its beauty enhanced with lush green forests. Tourists can enjoy base camping, fishing and the real beauty of the lake with naked eyes.

Kandol Lake

Swat Perks

The elevation of the swat valley is 975.36 meters which further goes to 2900 meters. The highest peak of Hindu Kush Range in Swat Valley is Falak Sher/Sar Peak which is of 5918 meters. The Malakand passes between Mardan and Swat and is 470m to 663 m.

Swat lakes

There are many lakes in Swat that attract tourists in this valley. Famous lakes include Mahodand Lake, Pari (Khapiro) Lake, Kundol Lake, Bashigram Lake, Spin Khwar (White Stream) Lake, and Daral Lake.

How is the weather in Swat valley?

The Swat and other tourist destination spots in Swat all lie above some sea level. The annual temperature stays between 13.4 °C | 56.2 °F.  The highest temperature is recorded in July i.e., around 24.1 °C | 75.4 °F while January remains as the coldest month with the temperature of about 1.5 °C | 34.7 °F.

Hotels in Swat Valley

Hotels in Swat are cheap and affordable than other destination spots. There are many good accommodation hotels available in different areas of the Seat Valley. Some are Swat Serena Hotel, Pameer hotel, Swat Continental Hotel, Hotel White Palace Swat, Thames Hotel, Sangam Hotel kalam, Rockcity Hotel, and many others.

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Roads to Swat Valley

The way to Swat and Bahrain is very smooth and in good condition. But kalam road is damaged and bumpy due to floods in the past.

Best time to Visit Swat

The tourists can visit Swat valley in any month of the year, but those tourists who want to explore every nook and corner of the swat valley like USHU forest and Mahodand Lake, then visit in peak summers. The ideal and most suitable time is from mid of July to the middle of September.

How to reach Swat

It takes approximately 140KM (1.5 hours) from Islamabad to Mardan. The further time takes 3.5 hours or 110 KM from Mardan to Mingora (Swat). People traveling in their vehicles should take Motorway 9M-1) to reach Mardan, where they can further go for Swat.

Is it Safe to visit Swat?

In the past few years, there were many accidents about terrorists. But, after military operations, this area is the most peaceful and high security to visit with friends and families. Minor accidents are almost happening in every small or big city, but this doesn’t mean that the place is not secure to visit.

Attractions for Foreigners in Swat

There a lot of attractions for tourists in Swat. They can visit Swat museum, recreation park in Fizaghat, Madyan (fish trout), Bahrain for base camping, kalam Valley for water streams, and waterfalls. Tourists interested in skiing and chairlift must make a trip to Malam Jabba.

Distances (Travel Time) to Swat

  • Islamabad to Mardan: 140Km, 1.5 hours Via Motorway (M-1)
  • Mardan to Mingora (Swat): 110 Km, 3.5 hours
  • Mingora to Malam Jabba: 45 km
  • Mingora to Bahrain: 66 km
  • Mingora to Kalam:  100 km

Tour Packages Swat

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Places to Visit in Skardu

Places to visit in Skardu

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Skardu is located at a distance of 291 Km from Islamabad, and it is famous for having the world Highest and Pakistan Highest K2 mountain.  Skardu is famous all over the world for climbing, mountaineering and hiking. Skardu is surrounded by Karakorum, Himalaya and Hindu Kush mountain ranges. Skardu has enriched culture and versatile traditions. Having landscape and scenic views and their best hospitality is the reason people are attracted and travel far away to enjoy the beauty of this region.

There are some of the best places for tours in Pakistan and Skardu is one of them. If you’re looking for some northern areas destination, then grab your travel bag and start your journey towards Skardu. It is a place with real natural beauty.

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Shangrilla Lake

Shangrilla lake is the best destination spot in  Skardu with an elevation of 2500 meters. This place is also known as “the Roof of the World” as it is located at some of the heightened peaks. After the Shangrilla resort, it became more famous, and thick alpine trees are also enhancing its beauty.

Tourists will never regret visiting this beautiful lake with manicured gardens filled with apples, cherries, and pears trees. Your vacations at this scenic view location will you a memorable experience.

Shangrila resort Skardu featured

Shigar Valley

Shigar valley lies in the beautiful mountainous views of the Skardu.  The valley opens the routes to the highest mountains of Karakorum. It is located at 170km from Skardu. Shigar Fort is the awarded world heritage site by UNESCO. The valley offers a wide range of beautiful things for tourists like hiking, trekking, and mountaineering. Shigar valley is highly inaccessible in the winter season due to heavy snowfall. Make sure to plan your trip well before coming to this area.

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Khaplu Valley

Khaplu valley, having an altitude of 2699m and is located at a distance of 103Km from Skardu and further takes two more hours to reach by Jeep. This area has its importance in terms of the trade route. Being famous for some historical sites like Chapleau Palace and Chaqchan Mosque (Chaqchan mosque is also the oldest mosque in the whole Gilgit-Baltistan). Tourists can enjoy beautiful landscapes, blue water, and waterfalls.

Basho Valley

Basho valley is located at 20km from Skardu. It takes approximately 2 hours to reach there on Jeep. Why should a tourist visit this valley? Alpine trees surround this valley, have pastures, waterfalls, and best for base camping.  This place is excellent for the visitors having an interest in trekking and climbing.

Basho Valley Skardu

Deosai National Park

Deosai is located at a drive of 2 hours from Skardu in Jeep. This place is famous for its beautiful wild forests and also known as the land of giants. Tourists can enjoy the beauty of Flora and Fauna, Golden Marmot, and can explore this beautiful place to its fullest.

Deosai

Skardu Perks

Skardu, the beautiful city of Gilgit-Baltistan, is situated at the confluence of two rivers 9Indus and Shigar) with an elevation of 2500 meters.

Skardu Lakes

Skardu has some beautiful lakes like Kachura lake, Sadpara Lake, Upper Kachura lake, blind lake. Tourists can enjoy many activities at these lakes like fishing, boating, camping, etc. Kachura lake is surrounded by many fruit trees full of apples, apricot, and peaches.

FAQs

How is the weather of Skardu?

In Skardu, the highest temperature occurred in summer season is 23°C (73.4°F), and lows go to 10°C (50°F). July remains the warmest month in Skardu, with typical rain of 21mm.

Hotels in Skardu

Many accommodation and hotels are available in cheap rates in Skardu. Some of the best hotels in Skardu are Hargisa hut, Shangrila resort, Shigar Fort residence, Skardu villas, etc.

Roads to Skardu

The road drive to Skardu is connected through Karakorum Highway. This road has no blockage or traffic problems unless the weather issues. Tourists are using this road all the way to travel Gilgit and further to Skardu. Tourists can also get any public transport from Islamabad or Rawalpindi to Gilgit and further take jeep or private transport to travel to Skardu.

Best time to Visit Skardu

The best time to visit Skardu is from March to May. As these seasons are preferring to explore the beauty of Skardu. During these months and summers, the hotel prices get double, and availability also becomes low. In winters or snowing days, the prices become stable as tourists slow down. But if you’re a snow lover, then visit this place.

How to reach Skardu

Skardu is accessible bey two modes of transport i.e., by road or by air. Tourists can avail of the services of a public bus from Islamabad. The bus takes you from the Karakoram Highway route. Another way is to reach through an airplane. During the flight, one can see a glimpse of Nanga Parbat and K2.

Is it Safe to visit Skardu?

On Oct 7, 2019, there were some restrictions and traveling in Skardu and its adjusted areas, but Skardu is entirely a safe and secure place to visit. In snowy and rainy weather, it is recommended to restrict your travel plans for this area.

Attractions for Foreigners in Skardu

Tourists can enjoy various kinds of activities here like trekking to K2 base camp, mountaineering, hiking, and fishing. Visiting flora and fauna or walking to Narsok is also a memorable thing for the visitor.

Distances (Travel Time) to Skardu

Islamabad to Kaghan/Naran Valley:  7 Hours by Road

Islamabad to Naran Valley (via Abbottabad) -To Skardu

  • Islamabad to Abbottabad:                                            2 hours 59 min (161.6 km)
  • Abbottabad to Naran Valley:                                       4 h 30 min (147.3 km)
  • Naran Valley to Chilas via Babusar Pass:                 114km, 4 Hours by Road
  • Chilas to Raikot Bridge:                                              56.4km, 2 Hours by Road:
  • Raikot Bridge to Jaglot:                                               30.8km, 45 minutes
  • Jaglot to Skardu:                                                          177km, 6 hours

Skardu Tour Packages

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Places to visit in Rawalakot

Places to visit in Rawalakot

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Rawalakot is located at a distance of 120 km from Islamabad. It is also known as Pearl Valley as almond blossoms in the valley gives the impression of pearls during the summer season. It is also the capital of the Pooch District. During summers, it is full of lush green fields and blooming flowers. This place has all the basic necessaries for tourists and an important place to visit because of its pleasant weather and extreme natural beauty. Cheap and best accommodation in the form of private houses, guest houses, and hotels are available for the visitors. There are many engaging activities like rock climbing, trekking, hiking, water-based sports, paragliding for adventure-loving tourists.

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The tourist’s spot in Rawalakot are the famous places to visit in Rawalakot:

Banjosa lake

Banjosa is a beautiful lake and situated at a distance of 19 km from Rawalakot city. This lake is surrounded by green mountains, and adjusted areas are the attractive spot for most of the tourists. Visitors can do boating, hiking, and enjoy the pleasant weather in every season.

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Banjosa-Lake-Rawlakot

Toli Pir

Toli Pir is 40km from Rawalakot city and located approximately 8800 ft above sea level. It is another beautiful spot where tourists can enjoy scenic views and hilltop. It is also the highest mountain of the Azad Kashmir. Tourists are advised to make a trip during the summer season as there is heavy snowfall in winters. Activities like paragliding, hiking, or trekking are beautiful things in these areas.

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Poonch River

It is located at a distance of 35-40km from Rawalakot district with an elevation of 886m above sea level. The most interesting fact about Poonch river is that it is situated half inside the Indian region and the other half in the Pakistan region. Many beautiful spots like Kotli, tata pani comes along the Poonch river and present an exquisite view for visitors.

Poonch River

Tatta Pani

Tatta Pani, an area famous for its unique hot water springs, which oozing out and then fall into the pouch river. This is how its name came as, in Punjabi, Tatta means “hot.” Some people also visit this place and take a dip of the bath into water. They believe that this water has some medicinal value, which gives relief to diseases like joint pain, fatigue, and skin diseases. However, for tourists, there are many enjoyable activities.

Dream Valley Resort

Dream valley resort is located at a distance of 128Kms from Islamabad. It has a lot of facilities and sports activities for local and international tourists. Being situated on the water dam, it is a peaceful and relaxing place for tourists. The facilities include boating, restaurants, huts, water park, and boating.

Nergola waterfall

Nergola waterfall is located at a distance of 120 KM from Islamabad. Tourists can enjoy this place by having an uphill walk, can do a BBQ near the scenic waterfall with beautiful weather and environment.

Nergola Waterfall

Koyian

Koyian is a dense and thick area cover with forests. It is 17KMs ahead from Rawalakot, but a beautiful and lovely place to visit. The AJK tourism department is working for more facilities and guest houses in this place. Tourists can enjoy hiking, mountaineering, and camping in this area.

Jandali

Jandali is located at a distance of 83KM from Islamabad. This area was highly affected by the 2005 earthquake, but still, this is a beautiful and attractive destination for tourists. An eye-catching part of the Azad Kashmir and captivates tourists from all around the world.

Rawalakot Perks

The elevation of the Rawalakot is 1,638 m from sea level and 120 Km away from Rawalpindi. It is connected with twin cities through Goyain Nala and also linked with Sudhnuti.

Rawalakot Lakes          

The Banjosa lake is the most famous in Rawalakot, while Nergola waterfall is also a famous tourist destination. The Banjosa lake is the captivating beauty of the Azad Kashmir and gives a delightful experience to every visitor.

How is the weather of Rawalakot?

The weather of the Rawalakot is mild to warm during spring and autumn, cold to snowy in winters and humid and a little bit hot during summers.  In summers, the temperature can rise to 38 °C  while it can drop in winter up to -1 °C.

Hotels in Rawalakot

Cheap hotels in Rawalakot is readily available. Some of the famous and comfortable hotels are Rawalakot International Hotel & Restaurant, Gulf Palace Hotel, Pearl International Hotel & Restaurant, Green Valley Hotel, Tourism Hotel, Cottage Rawalakot Guest House, 10, Swiss Cottage Guest House.

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Roads to Rawalakot

The road is smooth to Kahuta and in good condition to travel. But onwards, you may come across rough and hard pathways. Therefore, it is recommended to travel in a well-maintained vehicle so that you don’t have to face any difficulty.

Best time to Visit Rawalakot

The best time to exploring this tourist destination is from May to Oct. If you are a snow lover and want to experience tough cold weather, then make a trip from Dec to Feb. Otherwise, July to September is also good to enjoy monsoon weather.

How to reach Rawalakot?

Being located at a distance of 80Km from Islamabad. It is easily reachable by traveling in your transport or can also take public transport from Islamabad/Rawalpindi.

Is it Safe to visit Rawalakot?

Yes, it is very safe for foreigners to travel to Rawalakot after their LOI or NOC. There is no crime scenes or intense situation. Everything is in peace and perfectly fine for even solo female travelers.

Attractions for Foreigners in Rawalakot

There are many attractive activities for foreigners in Rawalakot like rock climbing, mountaineering, trekking, camping, hiking, paragliding, and water-based sports activities.

Distances (Travel Time) to

  • Islamabad to Rawalakot: 3 h 30 min (115 km)
  • Islamabad to Kahuta to Azad Patan to Rawalakot

Tour Packages Rawalakot

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Places to visit In Murree & Galiyat

Places to visit In Murree & Galiyat

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Murree is located at a distance of 21.3 km, with an elevation of 2,291m. It takes approximately 1 h 13 min from Islamabad. It is famous for its scenic vistas pine and oak forests. The word Galiyat is derived from the word “Gali” while the word Murree is derived from “marhi”.

Murree and Galiyat, both are easily accessible from twin cities.  Murree is also a transit point for passengers traveling to Azad Kashmir or Abbottabad. Both are popular hill stations, especially during winter snowfall and summer holidays. People come from different cities to spend their time in a calm and serene environment. Tourists can enjoy coffee shops, food restaurants, chair lifts, hiking’s, etc.

Especially the dense green trees, cold weather, fresh air, beautiful valleys, and the most important clouds on the road, these trees make you happily embrace you. Famous places such as Mall Road, Pindi Point, Kashmir Point, Patriata (New Murree), Ayubia, Nathiagali, Murree Hills, etc.

There are many picnic and honeymoon places in Murree. Tourists can visit mall road, Kashmir point, Nathiagali, Ayubia, Bhurban, Patriata, and many other beautiful spots.

Nathiagali

Nathiagali is another popular destination spot with an altitude of 2,410m (7,910 ft). It is accessible if you drive 35km from Murree.

 It is the second most popular tourist attraction in the area with an altitude of 2,410m (7,910 ft). Nathiagali is around 35 Km from Murree and 40km from Abbottabad. On your way to Nathigali, a person can explore many scenic beauties like Ghora Gali, Changla Gali, Dunga Gali, Bansra Gali etc.

Nathiagali

Thandiani

Thandiani is located at a distance of 31.3 miles from Islamabad, and height is about 2,750 meters (9,020 ft). These uphill climbs and top mountains give us an enjoyable and relaxing feeling. A tourist can explore lush forests, walking tracks, hiking, fresh air, plenty of blossom flowers, rolling hills on its way to Thandiani.

Thandiani

Mukshpuri Tops

Mukshpuri is situated at the top of the mountain with an altitude of 9600 feet. From the Mukshpuri top, one can see the fantastic and beautiful mountains of the Azad Kashmir. The route is steep and curves so better to ride by a horse. Otherwise, on the way, views are marvelous and mind-blowing.  The area has become a favorite spot for tourists.

Mushkpuri top

Harnoi

Harnoi is just 10km from Abbottabad. It is famous for its river flows, the water us cold and gives a great view to the visitors, especially in the summer season. They can enjoy water sports, including boating. One can sit around the riverside and enjoy small snacks or proper meals. The ilyasi masjid situated in this area is very famous and favorite for a snack known as “pakora.”

Harnoi

Ayubia & Dunga Gali

Ayubia and Dunga Gali, both are popular tourist spots. Ayubia is approximate 2 hours’ drive from Islamabad and is famous for the chairlift facility and walking track. This ideal is also ideal for the tourist who is looking forward to a one-day destination trip. While Dunga gali is situated on the Mukshpuri hill slopes. Tourists can enjoy the pipeline walking track or BBQ party with their family or friends.

Ayubia National Park

New Murree

New Murree, an exquisite mountain station, is just 15 miles away from main Murree. This area is full of beautiful landscapes, and in summer, tourists can enjoy lush green fields while in winter, most of the hills are covered in snow. There is also a cable car/lift, which brings an unforgettable experience for tourists.

New Murree

Kashmir Point

Kashmir Point is just 15 mins walk from the mall road. Its attract tourist from all over the world because of its highest location and beautiful scenic.  It is also a popular hill station where most of the visitors come from twin cities.

Kashmir Point

Bhurban

Bhurban is just 13 KM away from Murree and connects the main road to AJK. It has a green landscape and a pleasant atmosphere for 12 months. The PC hotel located at the Bhurban enhanced the attraction because of its luxurious facilities. The tourists planning to travel Murree must visit this place as this place is a must to see.

Bhurbhan

Mall Road

Mall road is the most famous market of the Murree you can further connect with other beautiful places. Here, you will see a lot of the hustle and bustle with a pleasant atmosphere and varieties of food. On this road, tourists can enjoy shopping as there are a lot of handicraft shops and jewelry markets. Tourists can also visit different restaurants, hotels, and guest houses for night stays.

mall-road-murree

Murree Perks

Murree is the most popular hill station in Pakistan. People from all cities love to come here. It is approximately 50KM from Islamabad. The area is cover with mountains, dense forest and forms a connection between Murree and Kashmir. This area is located at an elevation of 2300m from sea level.

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Murree Lakes

Recently a new lake named Samundar katha Lake is highlighted. It is situated a few kilometers away from Nathia Gali and a fascinating picnic spot with your family and friends. Tourists can do different activities like zipline, boating, horse riding, and some other water sports.

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How is the weather of Murree?

The weather of the Murree remains pleasant and fair throughout the year. Tourists who want to enjoy the snowfall must visit it during winters while in July, August, the temperature becomes relatively warm and hot sometimes.

Hotels in Murree

Hotels in Murree are available at cheap rates. Tourists can easily find out the best hotels in Murree. Some of the hotels available are Felton hotel, Faran hotel, Green hotel, Blue Pines hotel, PC Burban resort, Shangrilla resort, Metropole, and many others.

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Roads to Murree

There are four routes to Murree from the capital, Islamabad: it takes 1.30 hour to reach Murree from Islamabad via the old Islamabad-Murree Road, it takes 1 hour to reach Murree from Islamabad via the 4-lane Islamabad-Murree Expressway.

Best time to Visit Murree

Tourists can visit Murree at any season of the year. If a tourist wants to explore the real beauty of the Murree in snow falling, then visit in Dec, January, and February. Tourists are recommended to have warm clothes with them. They should bring a raincoat, socks, footwear and jackets with them.

How to reach Murree

Most of the visitors use their transport as public transport is limited and people coming from remote areas use their vehicles.

Is it Safe to visit Murree?

Murree is a safe place to visit. No crime incidents are happening at this place. Murree is entirely safe and secure to visit with family and friends.

Attractions for Foreigners in Murree

There are many beautiful things for tourists to do in Murree. Like, shopping at Mall road. Walk up till Kashmir point, can enjoy chairlift experience at Patriata, and also visit Sozo Adventure Park.

Distances (Travel Time) to Murree

Islamabad to Murree: 59 min (41.3 km) via Murree and Kashmir Rd

Tour Packages Murree

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Day trip Destinations from Islamabad

Day trip Destinations from Islamabad

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Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, is the gateway to the famed northern areas of Pakistan, where both locals and visitors like to unwind over the weekend. Life in Islamabad is more sedate than the faster-paced cities of Lahore and Karachi.

Islamabad Is the capital city of Pakistan located within the federal Islamabad Capital Territory. With a population of two million, it is the 10th largest city of Pakistan, while the larger Islamabad-Rawalpindi metropolitan area is the third-largest in Pakistan, with a population exceeding five million. The city is the political seat of Pakistan and is administered by the Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation, supported by the Capital Development Authority (CDA).

Rohtas Fort

Rohtas Fort is located in the city of Jhelum and is a great architectural and artistic example of early Muslims. Sher Shah Suri built this glorified fort, which leaves an impressive historical memory for the rest of the Muslims. It depicts how complex and unique was the architecture of the Muslim. However, it was constructed to suppress the local tribes of the Potohar region.

Anyone can plan a day destination trip to Rohtas Fort. Exploring Rohtas fort will bring you an impression worth visiting. Once, the Mughal Emperor Jahangir had also said about the construction of the Rohtas fort that, “the strength of it cannot be imagined.”

The foreigner tourists or local visitors can freely move in the premises of the Rohtas, as it is freely accessible and a great opportunity for the visitors who want to learn the legacies stories of Sher Shah Suri.

Rohtas-Fort

Taxila Museum

When it comes to a hub of Buddhism, then Taxila was a central place. It was famous for the art of sculpture, architecture, education, and buildings. It is 35-40 km away from Islamabad and a perfect destination to visit in a single day. Taxila Museum is considered to be one of the oldest museums in Pakistan. The items and articles at this museum are the masterpieces of the Gandhara civilization.

No one can deny the significance of the role of Taxila in implanting the roots of education. Taxila university has 10,500 students from all over the world. The subjects taught in this university include medicine, engineering, philosophy, politics, and many more. Any tourist with a love for historical knowledge can add this place in his favorite spot to visit. Taxila is a city with military and commercial importance.

Taxila Museum
Taxila Museum

The Salt Range and Khewra Salt Mine

The Khewra salt mines are the second largest mines in the world, while the first largest salt mine is located in Canada. The salt mine is situated in the Jhelum city; it went along with the river Indus. It is one of the archaeological value sites to visit and a popular destination today. With a historical viewpoint, most of the fort (Rohtas fort is also located near it) are built in the 10th century AD.

It is one of the archaeological value sites to visit and a popular destination today. It is approximately 154 km away from twin cities. People traveling from Islamabad can avail motorway M2 to reach the fastest.

Khewra-Salt-Mine

Khanpur Dam

Khanpur dam, which is 52 meters high, is just 20 km further ahead from the Taxila region. This dam was primarily built to store water for irrigation and other need of the people living around the Haripur or KPK areas. However, with the passage of time, the beautiful location attracts the visitors.

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Now, this place is considered to be a favorite natural recreational spot. Many sports and adventure activities are also attractive parts for the visitors as they can enjoy boating, fishing, camel ride, paragliding, cliff jumping, and many other related adventures. There is another spot, Mabali island  (a few mins more drive from Khanpur dam), offers water and land adventure, lakeside camping, or a couple of days out at romantic huts.

Khanpur Dam
Khanpur Dam

Mangla Dam

Mangla dam is located at a distance of 125 km from Islamabad, roughly 2.5-hour drive. Being so close to nature and largest earth-fill dams, and nearest to the historic site Rohtas and Ramkot fort. It is a beautiful day destination and also a highly secure and clear place to visit. It was constructed in the 1960s with the purpose of generating electricity, but this huge lake filled with deep and cold water attracts the tourist locally and the international level.

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Many attractive activities are at the Mangla dam like speed boats, fishing, water scooters, parasailing, etc. Mangla is located at a distance of 250 km from Lahore, roughly a 4-hour drive. One can opt for either the M2 Motorway or the GT Road. From Islamabad, the place can be reached in 2 hours.

Mangal Dam
Mangal Dam

Murree

Murree is famous for its snowy days and attractive hills. It is one of the favorite tourists and most visited too. Being located at a few mins drive from twin city, it is high in the access of the people from Islamabad.

Tourists can visit major places like Mall road, Patriata, Ayubia, Bhurban, and Nathiya Gali. Exquisite sceneries of these places make Murree an excellent place for trekking, eating traditional cuisine, and enjoying pine and oak trees with lush green pastures.

Patrita Murree
Patriata Murree

Kallar Kahar Lake

Kallar Kahar is located at a distance of 135 from Islamabad. It is an ancient lake that attracts national and international tourists to come and enjoy pleasant weather. Tourists can also visit adjusted areas like Khewra salt mines, Soon valley, Ketas templates, Mangla dam, etc.

Kallar Kahar lake
Kallar Kahar lake

Lahore

Lahore is the second-largest city of Pakistan and a center of culture and architecture. This is a perfect day destination to visit from Islamabad. The distance is about 378KM from Islamabad. Visitors can enjoy the glory Mughal garden, Badshahi mosque, Wagah border, and many commercial and shopping malls.

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Lahore

Day destination trips from Lahore

Day destination trips from Lahore

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Lahore, a place known for its traditional, art, history, and precious cultural values. It is also the second-largest city and a famous city after Karachi. The population of Lahore is approximately 8.5 million. People of Lahore are famous for their hospitality and big welcoming attitude for local or international tourists.

The choices for dining in, shopping malls, historical places, all suppress the elements of pollution and clogged traffic of Lahore. If you’re in Lahore and want to visit some long drive along with your loved ones. Then, here is a recommended spot that you can visit as a single day destination from Lahore.

  • Changa Manga

Changa Manga is 78.2 km from Lahore and a recreational spot near Lahore. Located at Kasur, this human-made forest was planted to obtain fuel. It was made during British rule, but now it is attracting visitors (local and international) and become a popular place to spend a day out with your family and friends.

Many activities and sports facilities are available for tourists. They can explore the wildlife park with a mini zoo, especially for kids. Other then there is a waterfall, a water turbine, swimming pools, and suspension bridges.

Changa Manga Forest
Changa Manga Forest
  • Hiran Minar

Hiran Minar was located at a distance of 40 to 50 km from Lahore and easily accessible in one hour. Mughal Emperor Jehangir built it in the memory of his pet antelope. The tower was 30-meter-high, and these days, it is a big shot for local and international visitors.

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Most visitors come here to have a proper photoshoot with their family and friends. They can have a good day out, the right place for picnic and trips.

Hiran Minar
Hiran Minar
  • Rana Safari Park and Resort

Rana safari park and resort was constructed in 2007 and 70 kilometers from Lahore. It is perhaps the best recreational and picnic spot for a day destination from Lahore. This park covers 14 acres of beautiful green lawns with varieties of wildlife animals to see. The visitors can see the number of animals such as peacocks, deer, ostriches, etc.

Rana Luxury resort has all sorts of entertainment and attractive facilities for visitors. They can enjoy swimming pools, boat rides, bonfire, horse and camel rides, and a designated BBQ area. Even people can arrange their love ones or kid’s birthdays in this resort premises.

Rana Safari Park and Resort
Rana Safari Park and Resort
  • Khewra Salt Mine

Khewra salt mine is the world’s second-largest and oldest salt mine with a 245 km distance from Lahore. It is situated at Mirpur, district Jhelum having an altitude of 945 feet. About 250k visitors visit Khewra mine every year.

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The visitors can see replicas models i.e., the high wall of china, Badshahi mosque, Minar e Pakistan and Sheesh Mahal. Visitors can enjoy the installed illuminated by colorful lights, replicas model, and electric train. They also provide services of male and female guides and a cafeteria for food enjoyment.

Khewra Salt Mine
Khewra Salt Mine
  • Jallo Park

Jallo Park is just 7 km from Lahore and was built in 1978. This park is cover with a huge area of over 461 acres. It is the closest day destination to visit from Lahore.

There are many recreational activities like sports complex, swimming pool, botanical garden, Coffee shops, boating and fishing facilities. If you are looking for a short distance trip from Lahore, then this park is the perfect place to visit.

Jallo Park
Jallo Park
  • Murree

Murree is at an elevation of 2300m above sea level and a popular hill station for the local and international tourists to visit and enjoy. It is highly coveted by dense evergreen forests. The snowfall season and Mall road enhanced the beauty of tourists in the winter season.

Tourists can do hoteling, can enjoy snow skating, chair lift. Some adjusted areas from Murree are Patriata and Kashmir point, where tourists can do Food BBQ and hike with their families and friends.

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Murree
  • Islamabad

Islamabad is the 9th largest city with a population of 1,014,825, according to the 2017 census. The distance of Islamabad from Lahore is approximately 378.0 km. This city is known for its several forests, large houses, elegant buildings, shopping malls. People live to live in this city because of its peaceful, safety and greenery atmosphere.

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In Islamabad, tourists can visit beautiful destinations as there is much to see. Islamabad has the Lok Virsa museum, eye-catching hiking stations like Daman e Koh and Monal. Other than that, Shakarparian, Rawal dam, Parliament house, and other foreign embassies is the reason that most of the people don’t regret visiting this city.

Islamabad
Islamabad
  • Neelwan Valley

Neelwan valley is located at the distance of 266.2 km from Lahore and 15Kms from a famous destination area known as Kallar Kahar. Both come under the district of Chakwal. It is an astonishing destination for a one-day trip from Lahore. Tourists can enjoy the downhill hikes while exploring some stunning waterfalls and ponds on their way. This valley knows for its clear and cold blue water ponds.

Neelwan Valley
Neelwan Valley
  • Soon Sakesar Valley

The soon Sakesar valley is located in Khushab district and an elevation of 5010 from sea level. It is 250km away from Lahore and consists of 31 towns and various outing spots. The valley is full of beautiful lakes, fertile fields, versatile mountains, landscape, historic sites. The place is perfect for the tourists who want to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the cities and want some memorable moments in the peaceful and natural beauty.

Soon Sakesar Valley
Soon Sakesar Valley
  •  Khanpur Dam

The distance of Khanpur from Lahore is 7 hours and another spot destination from Lahore. Every year the Khanpur dam festival held, which attracts local and international tourists. Tourists can enjoy worth enjoying activities at Khanpur. These include boating, paragliding, rock climbing, hiking, fishing, and other sports activities.

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Khanpur Dam
Khanpur Dam
  • Katas Raj Temple

Katas Raj Temple or Qila Katas is 27Km away from Lahore and is situated near Chakwal. The template is surrounded by a water pond named Katas. This archaeological site is an attractive place for tourists who are highly attractive in historical sites.

Katas Raj Temple
Katas Raj Temple
  • Rohtas Fort

Rohtas Fort is located in the city of Jhelum at a distance of 215.5 km from Lahore. This fort was constructed by a famous Pashtun ruler know as Sher Shah Suri to suppress the tribes of Potohar district. Tourists can visit this area as it has remarkable importance in history. UNESCO also engraved this building for its architecture and art.

Rohtas Fort
Rohtas Fort

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HONEYMOON Tour Packages from Pakistan

Honeymoon Tour Packages From Pakistan

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Beautiful Places in Pakistan for Honeymoon.

Venture into the wedded life deserves an unforgettable celebration in an exotic place. If there was a name to describe such a magical experience, it would be called Pakistani Honeymoon.

Home to paradises like Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir, Pakistan offers gorgeous places to honeymoon. Both regions sprawl across verdant valleys with romantic sceneries. There is no better place to celebrate love than in these windswept rolling hills. Robed in greenery or snow, these destinations are the best honeymoon places in Pakistan.

Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan Region.

Perched on a height of 2500m, Skardu is one of the most beautiful places in Pakistan for a honeymoon. The greenswards of this enchanting valley are home to luxury abodes like Shangri-La. Nestled on the shores of Lower Kachura Lake, the hotel enjoys a serene ambiance.

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It is surrounded by thunderous waterfalls and crystal-clear lakes. The beautiful scenery creates an intimate environment for the couples. These lush highlands are easy to reach. There are several available honeymoon packages from Muzaffarabad. They are convenient and affordable too.
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Chitral, Chitral District.

Located on the namesake river, Chitral is a lovely destination in northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Its snow-laden summits paint a picturesque scene before you. The valley is cupped in the foothills of Tirich Mir, which is the highest summit of Hindukush range. This is why the vantage place offers extraordinary sights. Newlyweds can enjoy picnics or boating alongside swans. They can spend time basking Sun or enjoying snow-capped views.
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Rawalakot, Poonch District.

Rawalakot is a saucer-shaped destination in the Pakistani district Poonch. Its mesmerizing natural beauty has earned a fitting moniker, “the Pearl Valley”. The town is 76 km away from the city of Muzaffarabad, thus easy to reach. Summer floods the surrounding valley with lush foliage. A variety of roses bloom across the town, creating a romantic setting. Several bazaars and other local markets dot the entire place.

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They add a boisterous dimension to its tranquility. Rawalakot is also encircled by many small hamlets, lakes, and towering trees. Newlyweds will find it a cozy nook here to celebrate their new beginning.
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Chikaar, Hattian Bala District.

Chikaar is a vast grassland located in Kashmir. In summer, it relishes mild temperature awash with warmth. Wedged between towering mountains, Chikaar teems with placid lakes, turquoise ponds, and breezy meadows. The panorama here is replete with such gorgeous landscapes and tourist attractions. Outdoorsy couples will find a lot to do and explore here. Chikaar offers several luxurious abodes to its honeymooners to ensure a comfortable sojourn.

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Fairy Meadows, Nanga Parbat Mountains.

The sweeping grasslands of Fairy Meadows are as magical as their name. Colloquially known as Joot, the place brims with eye-popping idyllic vistas. Tucked away from noisy urban streets,Fairy Meadows is lovely choice to celebrate a romantic sojourn. In addition to this, the valley is also a great choice for unconventional base camp honeymoon. Surrounding by snowy mountains, the place has boasts periglacial beauty. Couples can enjoy a quiet walk in its dense forests and stargaze late at night. Nothing get more romantic than a Pakistani Honeymoon!
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Neelam Valley, Kashmir

Accoladed as “Paradise of Kashmir”, Neelam Valley is named after the sapphire color of its river water. Wedged between towering mountains, the valley teems with placid lakes, turquoise ponds, and breezy meadows. The panorama here is replete with gorgeous landscapes of thick forests and foamy streams. Outdoorsy couples can dive deep into its natural beauty and explore the ancient architecture found here. In summer, the valley is robed in lush greenery, while in winter is pristine white in snow. You can visit the valley any time of the year and still find it as heavenly as ever.
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Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Nestled on the foothills of the Hindukush region, Swat is another destination renowned for natural beauty. The landscapes have earned the region the title, Switzerland of the East. Swat is home to over 10 valleys and hill stations. It has high snowy summits, alpine meadows, deep forests, and roaring rivers.

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Apart from its scenic destinations, there are also ski resorts and museums. You can traverse its tranquil forests, go picnic, explore the valleys, and later call it a day by taking a long walk on the moonlit riverside.
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Nothing gets more romantic than a Pakistani Honeymoon!

Travel tips worth remembering if you are backpacking Pakistan

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If you have decided to visit Pakistan, don’t lend your ears to what media is beating drums for. In fact, the truth is far more different. Pakistan is a beautiful place with rich culture, worthwhile traditions and hospitable people. People out there are super friendly and don’t forget they are listed among most happy nations in the world. They will make you laugh and make sure you feel like at home throughout your stay. Be that as it may, in order to travel safely and comfortably, consider these tips with a fine tooth comb and get yourself a tremendous tour of this incredible country. Off you go!

 

Entry Requirements

If you are backpacking to Pakistan, you have to follow standard rules and procedures. What you will be needing is a Visa, a valid passport and a return ticket and that’s that.

Be that as it may, check out for any extra requirement for your country from the Pakistan embassy inside your country. Once you have gone through the entry requirements, you are ready to take off. Here you go!

Packing Your Bag

Packing is the most important thing you need to carefully give a once over to. Pack all the clothes and necessary items you will be needing on the trip. For this case, don’t over pack as you might have heard the Spanish proverb “On long journeys, even a straw weighs heavy”, so consider applying it.

Don’t forget to pack your toothbrush and sunblock cream as there is intense sunshine in the summers. But what if you need to take gifts for your friends out there? Alright, if you have excess baggage with you that’s more than the limit allowed by your airline, you can get the services from a well-reputed cargo from UK to Pakistan company . There you go!

Make Several Photocopies of Your Passport

Now, this is the most important thing you need to keep a close eye on. Make multiple photocopies of all your documents like passport, visa and other travelling documents. You will be asked several times to get your documents checked and submitted at police posts if you are travelling to Northern areas especially. Just make 30 plus photocopies of your visa and passport if you are planning to visit Northern areas. Yes, you heard it right, I kid you not. 30 copies, Vola.

Be Aware Of Frauds and Pick Pockets

Don’t travel with plenty of cash on you. With that, don’t throw much money to beggars as the scammers and pick pockets can easily smell their pray. Just keeping enough cash on you will get the job done.

One more thing, keep the cash different places on your body so that in case you lose the money from one place, you can find from the other. It is recommended not to accept a free ride from the person you are unaware of.

Use Public Transport

Always use public transport while travelling inside Pakistan as it’s safe and inexpensive way. Pakistan offers a broad and diverse transportation system. Getting inside and around Pakistan is super easy. There’re airlines, trains, buses, autos, taxis; I mean everything is just right there, bang on! If you ask me, use public transport instead of hiring a taxi because it’s very expensive and the driver may hide his identity in order to make extra money by taking you to an unknown place.

If you want to save a few more bucks, then choose the train instead of buses. Be that as it may, that does not go for Northern areas. The main source of transportation in hilly areas is a four wheeler jeep and you have to hire it. Still and all, travelling around Pakistan is very much trouble free and cheap.

Staying Healthy In Pakistan

Cuisines of Pakistan are considered one of the most liked ones around the world. The food of Pakistan is pretty similar to that of India. That means, you will be soaked up in a spice-packed world. Chicken Biryanis, tikkas and jalebis; whoa. All these dishes will mesmerize you completely, for sure. Just try each and every dish of Pakistani cuisine and you would love it. Be that as it may, always eat freshly cooked food. Don’t eat food from the places open to flies and dirt. Added to that, always drink bottled water and avoid drinking tap water even if it looks clean.

Before planning your trip to Pakistan, pay a visit to your doctor and tell them about your visit and period of stay. Plus, ask for vaccination and proper medication, if required. That’s how you will be taking good care of your health in Pakistan.

Dress Modestly

You need to dress modestly while visiting Pakistan. In big cities like Lahore and Islamabad, you can wear whatever you want but we recommend to dress adequately. It’s a good idea to look like locals so consider wearing dresses like locals do especially if you are a female backpacker. People do stare in Pakistan, well, the truth hurts. To win yourself a comfortable and exciting tour of Pakistan, dress moderately.Straight after that, Pakistan is the country with rich culture and religious believes.

Covering all your body parts and wearing a scarf over your head while visiting mosques, shrines and holy places is mandatory, in case you are a female tourist. No ifs, ands, or buts.

Make Photos of All the Places You Visit

Don’t forget to pack your camera while arranging your traveling bag. An enthusiastic camera will help you create record of all the special and exciting moments you will spend in Pakistan. You will be finding a bunch of beautiful places such as hill stations, waterfalls, snow falls and holy places, so why not capturing them in your camera? That’s right in the block hole.

Straight after that, get your family and friends traditional gifts from Pakistan. There are a lot of items you can take back home from Pakistan. The most famous of these are dry fruits, handicrafts, sweets, pottery crafts and traditional dresses and caps.

So, the land of colorful and rich culture & picturesque mountains is calling you right away, off you go!

 

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