Hidden Gems of Pakistan That Should Be On Every Explorer’s List!

Here are some of the most iconic and hidden gems of Pakistan that should be on every explorer's list.

Pakistan is a country rich in national treasures ranging from beautifully carved landscapes and scenic beauty that are un-explored and un-appreciated. The treasures held by our country are incomparable to any other place, whether it be having the second highest mountain range of the world, K2, or the most crucial trade route of the world, the Silk Route, Pakistan is home to all. Here are some of the most iconic and hidden gems of the country, which should be on every explorer’s list.

Deosai National Park and Plains

Also known as the “Land of the Giants”, the Deosai Plateau is situated in Gilgit Baltistan. These plains are situated at (4,114m) above sea level and are the second-largest plateaus of the world. Deosai is the combination of two words ‘Deo’ (giant) and ‘Sai’ (shadow). For centuries, it is believed that this place is haunted by giants, thus the name ‘The Land of the Giants’ came into being. The weather is quite unpredictable here, winters are very harsh and sometimes it even starts snowing in summer. However, these plateaus are accessible only during the summer which is why the locals call it the “Summer’s Palace”. It hosts a wide range of beautiful flowers of all hues and colors. The Deosai National Park was also established in 1993 to protect the survival of the Himalayan brown bear and its habitat, to ensure its chances of survival. Also, the biodiversity hotspot is home to the Siberian Ibex, Kashmir musk, Himalayan wolf, Snow leopard, Himalayan Marmont, and over 124 types of migratory birds. The park was also nominated for World Heritage status in 2016.

Hingol National Park

Declared a national park in 1988, Hingol National Park is Pakistan’s largest national park extending hundreds of miles along the Makran Coast. The Park offers a sanctuary to endangered wildlife in Pakistan, home to mammals, aquatic animals, reptiles, plants, and migratory birds. Marsh crocodiles are also regularly sighted along the coastline of the park. Moreover, Hangul Bay is home to aquatic life, including Indo Pacific dolphins and green & olive turtles. The park is also famous for its active cluster of mud volcanoes, one of which is a famous volcano, known as Chandragul, a sacred annual pilgrimage site for thousands of Hindus. There is also a Hindu temple nearby, the Hinglaj temple.

Baltoro Glacier

The Baltoro Glacier is one of the longest glaciers outside the polar regions, located in the Gilgit- Baltistan region of Pakistan. It is one of the world’s largest valley glaciers. Despite being rather difficult to access, it is one of the most traveled to glaciers in Pakistan because of the scenery provided by K2, Broad Peak, and Gasherbrum peaks at its figurehead. Not only does it provide a stunning view but also acts as a life source to a large portion of northern Pakistan’s population that depends on meltwater from the Karakoram glaciers.

Makran Coast

Makran Coastal Highway is a scenic drive along Pakistan’s Sea coast. The route starts off at Karachi, linking the city to the port town of Gwadar, and is one of the greatest infrastructural achievements of the country. After the completion of the Makran Coastal Highway, the average journey time between Karachi and Gwadar has been reduced to 6 hours, which used to take about two days before the highway was built. Natural rock sculptures, like the sphinx-shaped “Lion of Balochistan” can also be found along the journey.

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