The Province You Didn’t Know About by Agha Sarmad

Gilgit–Baltistan is an autonomous self-governing region which unconstitutionally is often referred to as the 5th province of the State of Pakistan. For many people, this might be just a northern territory with perpetually snow-capped peaks and scenic beauties, but this … Continue reading

Pakistan – An eye-catching beauty by Ujala Sabir

27.03.2014

Beauty of Pakistan

 

 

Beauty of Pakistan

 

 


 

Beauty of Pakistan

Northern Area

 

Pakistan, is known worldwide for its natural beauty and atmospheric serenity. Here I am going to explain some of the beauties that I remember from my to-ing and fro-ing in the area in the past. The beauty of the Pakistan landscape lies in the light, unlike any other tourist region in world. Fiercer, stronger, and sharper light silhouettes the mountain resort and scattered houses on slopes in ever-changing patterns against the skyline. The sunlight plays with the green nooks and crags of the landscapes, tossing out long shadows that ripple across the green gorges, sometimes through tall pine and fir trees. It turns the hills from opal in the morning to sapphire to gold to silver and finally to dross before descending swiftly in a bright red ball in the evening.

 

 

Beauty of Pakistan

Whereas the beauty in most places in the world has been marred by the detritus of tourism, one can still find secluded places in Pakistan — relatively quiet where one can find privacy as well as unmarred vistas of the green hills. Away from the hustle and bustle of the life in the fast lane, one can enjoy a sense of solitary elation at that height — to meditate, and have a rendezvous with life. No hurrying up. It is the light of sculptors, not painters, who love the soft diaphanous hues and tones. Out of that light comes the great image of green hills and the long, clean lines of the spurs separating craggy countryside from the plains. The northern highlands include parts of , Karakorum and Himalayas Ranges. Pakistan is home to many beautiful lakes Manchar Lake, Ansoo Lake, Saif-ul-Malook Lake, Attabad Lake. Other than these beautiful landscapes, Pakistan owns world’s most wonderful heritage. Whether its Archaeological Ruins at Moenjodaro, Buddhist Ruins of Takht-i-Bahi, Remains of Sahr-i-Bahlol, Taxila, Badshahi Mosque, Lahore fort, Shalamar Gardens or Rohtas Fort, they depict outstanding cultural or natural importance. Visible cultural fusion takes place in areas that see heavy tourist traffic from all over the country and abroad. Hill-village culture is gradually changing, from plain rustic to urban. Walk on any of the trails interlacing the area, talk to the locals, maybe in one of the many makeshift tea houses doing business in a nowhere kind of place, or take up any of the serene hikes, and you will find them politically alive and well aware of the hot national and international issues, discussing these in pleasant Punjabi blended with flavours of Potohari and Kashhmiri dialects. Talk about green mountains or sandy deserts, a deep blue sea or breath-taking view of lakes and rivers, small villages with mud made houses or amazingly structured buildings and roads – one can experience all this in Pakistan only.

Beauty of Pakistan

Pakistani food
Pakistani food is considered to be the best food in the world. Pakistani cuisine is a refined blend of various regional cooking traditions of South Asia. It is known for its richness and flavour. Pakistani food greatly reflects the country’s ethnic and cultural diversity. Food from the eastern provinces of Punjab and Sindh and Mughlai are similar can be highly seasoned and spicy, which is characteristic of the flavours of the South Asian region. Food in other parts of Pakistan, particularly Balochistan, Kashmir, Khyber Pakhtunkha, and the Tribal Areas, involves the use of mild aromatic spices. International cuisine like Chinese, Thai and other continental dishes is also available in almost every city in Pakistan. Fast food trend is highly growing in Pakistan and is readily available.  Pakistani food differs from region to region and even from home to home.

 

Beauty of Pakistan

And in Pakistan one can not only see but also feel and smell it everywhere. Other than the hilly landscape, the beauty of Pakistan lies in the people who live there. In the area, one sees mostly older men and women strolling along the contours or working in fields or following fodder-laden donkeys coming down from the hills, repose written all over their faces. Younger ones usually move out to cities in search of better opportunities. The locals are amazing people. Resilient! There are many secrets hidden behind those silent smiles — secrets and strengths. In my experience, the people of Pakistan can go to extremes to ensure their hospitality is perfect. Despite of many social and economical problems, people of Pakistan love their country in true sense and are always ready to die for it.