We often have to justify our needs, requirements, demands etc. but we are hardly ready to be questioned about our reason to love. It is the emotion which runs through the veins with the blood.
Fields of Hockey, Cricket, Squash, Snooker and Chess are witnesses to the capabilities of people in this land; a leader of unmatched caliber in the region or perhaps the world; the land of roaring rivers, exotic valleys and beautiful deserts. The land opened its arms for all races and religions. Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism etc. the message of love for humanity is the crux of all these religions and my land aborbed all this love. The land which produced literature depicting love, classic masterpieces of Waris Shah, Bhitai, Rehman Baba, Sachal Sarmast etc.
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Kalam is the main town of Swat Kohistan. Kalam is inhabited by Kohistanis having their own language and customs. Beautiful valleys of Ushu (2286 m), Utrot (2225 m) and Gabral (2550 m) are accessible from here through thick pine forests. The rivers offer good chances for trout fishing.
Pakistan is a land of diversity and has been blessed with an abundance of natural beauty and awe-inspiring outdoor areas. From the unspoilt golden beaches of the Makran Coast, across the desolate deserts of Baluchistan and Sindh and through the fertile plains of the Punjab onto the mighty snow capped peaks of the Karakorams, Pakistan is a land of many lands. The vast contrasts in the landscape are matched only by the diverse cultures of all the people who have chosen to settle here: at the crossroads of Asia. Pakistan’s vast deserts and plains, and its rugged hills and towering mountains, have conspired with the legacies of the region’s rich past to provide a fascinating land in which to travel. On one hand is the brutally stark yet splendid isolation of the Northern Areas and of Baluchistan wild deserts while on the other is a remarkably sophisticated and complex cultural heritage which provides Pakistan with the right to claim to have been a veritable cradle of ancient civilization.
Lake Saiful Muluk has a touch of the unreal about it, nestling 3,200 metres high in the shadow of the Malika Parbat (Queen of the mountains) 5,291 metres high. You can go boating on the lake and hear the local legend about Prince Saiful Muluk who fell in love with a fairy. Further up are quaint woodland villages; Battakundi, Burawai, Besal Gittidas and Lalazar.
The Shigar Fort is an old fort of Pakistan and Baltistan located in the town of Shigar. It was built in 17th century by the Raja of Amacha Dynasty of Shigar. The fort has been restored by Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan (AKCSP-P), the Pakistan arm of the Aga Khan Historic Cities Program. After restoration, the Fort was converted to a museum and luxury hotel managed by Serena Hotels.