Gilgit-Baltistan

Gilgit-Baltistan is a major mountaineering hub in Pakistan. One of its greatest attractions is the Nanga Parbat, or the “Naked Mountain.” With its height of 8,126 meters (26,660 feet), it is the ninth tallest mountain in the world.

Nanga Parbat has what is often called the highest mountain face in the world: the 4,600 meter (15,000 foot) Rupal Face.

Although beautiful to look at, this gigantic bulk of rock and ice is no novice’s adventure; it is known by many to be a killer mountain. In 2010, a movie named “Nanga Parbat” depicted the true-to-life tragic story of two brothers, Reinhold and Gunther Messner, who tried to climb the deadly mount. Only one of them made it back alive.

Gilgit-Baltistan is also the jump-off point to a number of nearby historic places and tourist attractions.

For instance, located 10 kilometers (6 miles) away is a marvelous 7th century engraving of Buddha near the Kargah Nullah ravine. The Taj Mughal, built some 700 years ago, is another monument that you can visit. The monument is located about 30 kilometers (17 miles) from Gilgit town.

Other places of interest you can go to from Gilgit-Baltistan are the beautiful mountainous town of Gahkuch , which is an ideal place for trekking, and Naltar Valley, where several rest houses, hotels, a lush green forest, and even a ski slope can be found .

Lahore

Lahore is the second largest city in Pakistan.

Its main attraction is the Badshahi Mosque, or the King’s Mosque. Completed in 1673, it is one of the biggest mosques in the world.

There are also many beautiful architectural sites that Lahore has inherited from the British colonial rule. A few examples of these sites are the University of the Punjab and the Lahore High Court.

The city’s other big attractions are its arts, cuisine, festivals, film making, and music. Lahore, after all, is the cultural heart of Punjab. This is unsurprising, for there are a myriad of poets and artists in the city.

Karachi

Quaid-e-Azam Mausoleum, the tomb of Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, is a prominent and impressive landmark of Karachi. This white marble marvel is 43 meters (141 feet) high and occupies an area of 75 square meters (807 square feet). At night, this amazing structure is illuminated by spotlights that make it visible even from miles away.

If you want to take a closer look at Pakistan’s ancient heritage, you can visit the National Museum of Pakistan. Rich galleries display ancient coins and writings, Islamic artwork, Gandhara sculptures, and Indus artifacts.

The Tooba Mosque, locally known as the Gol Masjid, is one of the biggest single-dome mosques in the world. This pure white marble structure has a diameter of 72 meters (236 feet), with its walls balanced in such a way that they need no central pillars. Five thousand people can fit within its central prayer hall, and the acoustics is so well designed, a person speaking at one end of the mosque is clearly audible on the opposite end.

Thatta

In the town of Thatta, you will find the Shah Jahan mosque, a grand structure made in 1647 during the reign of Shah Jahan, who also built the world-famous Taj Mahal in Agra, India. The mosque features blue glazed tiles and red bricks that form around a hundred domes.

Another popular attraction is at the nearby Makli Hills, where a vast necropolis – one of the largest in the world – lies in an area with a diameter of around 8 kilometers (5 miles). Here you can view more than a hundred thousand graves, including many imperial mausoleums and the tombs of some Sufi saints.

Islamabad

Islamabad literally means “abode of Islam.” It is the capital of Pakistan.

Islamabad is home to Faisal Mosque, named after Saudi Arabia’s King Faisal bin Abdul-Aziz, and one of the biggest mosques in the world. The mosque covers an area of 5,000 square meters (54,000 square feet), with four minarets, each 80 meters (262 feet) tall. The main prayer hall’s capacity is 10,000 persons; a total of 264,000 more can fit in the mosques grounds, courtyard, and porticoes.

If you love flowers, then you would very much enjoy going to the Rose and Jasmine Garden. This 20, 360 square meter (219,153 square foot) garden boasts of around 250 different varieties of roses and a dozen types of jasmines. In the spring, you might even catch a flower show.

If you want to see Islamabad all at once, go for an eagle’s eye view from the 609 meter (1,998 foot) high Shakarparian hills. The site features a terraced garden, wooded walkways, and cascading waterfalls. It offers an excellent view not just of Islamabad but also of Rawal Lake and the city of Rawalpindi.

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