Sunday, 26 March 2017

Pakistan's north is heaven on earth

Close your eyes, and think of heaven on earth! Surrounded by mountains; sitting by the lake drinking tea; plucking mulberries from the trees; stargazing from a rooftop; sitting on a hill watching the sunrise. Think where would you find this place? Maybe Europe or Australia? No, this is Pakistan. I've been there. This is what you discover when you take a trip to the Northern Areas of Pakistan. The phantom-white mountain reared into the sky, the lakes glimmer in the callow light of dawn, the malachite-green fields covered in a bright sheen under the sun.

Moreover, Hunza Valley was reportedly the inspiration for the paradise of 'Shangri La' in the book 'Lost Horizons' by James Hilton.

It is a place not only renowned for its spectacular natural scenery, but also for its phenomenal literacy rate. Hunza, located in Gilgit-Baltistan, is a territory that emphasises gender equality and education for all, more than anything. Almost everyone in Hunza can read and write. Every child is encouraged to attend school up to at least high school from which many continue their education further on.

During my short trip to Gilgit-Baltistan, I have found it to be the best tourist destination. Pakistanis should explore it. It is more beautiful than Switzerland. Add it to your bucket list of places you want to visit for your next summer vacation. You will not be disappointed.

(Source: Khaleej Times)

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