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10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

by in Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Photo Blog, published, Punjab, Sindh, Travelogue

Traveling and taking photos all across Pakistan, its really difficult to conclude which places are my favorite or which place actually took my breath away. However, I have selected few photographs out of my archive that i can say actually are overwhelming not because of the popularity of the place or the tourism it receives yearly, but because of the moment that made me feel astonished. Here is the list of 10 breathtaking spots around Pakistan.

1. Sheikh Badin Hill Station – Khyber Pakthunkhwa.

Sheikh Badin Hill Station – Khyber Pakthunkhwa. 10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Sheikh Badin Hill Station-Khyber-Pakthunkhwa, Pakistan

 

Nothing can beat the feeling of being at an entirely isolated place, on top of a mountain having a bird eye view of magnificent mountain range and surrounded by cool breezes sitting at this Charpai. For me such a place offer a sense of tranquility, an opportunity to indulge yourself in a deep thought and think about this mighty creation. It is more than 100 year old long forgotten hill station made during the British era in mid 19th century.

 

2. Islamabad Cityscape from Daman-e-Koh View Point.

Islamabad Cityscape from Daman e Koh View Point 10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Islamabad Cityscape from Daman-e-Koh View Point, Pakistan


For me viewing the Islamabad cityscape from Daman-e-Koh was not really striking unless you wait for the perfect light, wait for the sun to set and observe how magically the clouds get mix with the orange and bluish tone of sky. Sunsets and twilights are one of the most appealing light conditions that sparks me to take photos.

3. Twilight at Clifton Beach Karachi – Sindh

Twilight at Clifton Beach Karachi Sindh 10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Twilight at Clifton Beach Karachi – Sindh, Pakistan


Clifton beach is one of the most favorite places of mine in Karachi, especially for shooting the sunset. You get to have every kind of human subjects from every walk of life at the beach. Being a nature enthusiast, I always look for how nature can change the landscape and make it delightful for us. Have you ever experienced twilight at Clifton beach? It’s rare but I am fortunate enough to experience this sundown at the beach quite often. The world around you totally changes from a real world to a Magical fantasy of blues, oranges and silhouetted living creatures.

 

4. Lion’s Face, Hanna Urak – Wali Tangi Valley – Balochistan

Loins Face Hanna Urak Wali Tangi Valley – Balochistan 10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Loins Face, Hanna Urak – Wali Tangi Valley – Balochistan, Pakistan

I have spent my childhood in the middle of dry mountains of Quetta city.Hanna Urak & Wali Tangi Valley used to be the only nearby picnic. However I started trekking in Balochistan quite late and discovered this Loin’s face naturally encarved on a huge mountain in Wali Tangi. I wonder how no one talked about it, never mentioned it anywhere or at least no one has yet marked the place. A part from that,  you can observe an enormous mountain far behind in the background that actually reminds me of old Malbaro TV ads that made me fanaticized climbing that mountain. I still wish to do so.

 

5. Rain at Astore Valley – Gilgit Baltistan

Rain at Astore Valley – Gilgit Baltistan 10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Rain at Astore Valley – Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan


Rain has always been a part of my inspirations. To read, to write, to travel and to photograph. It makes me feel to the fullest of my creativity, especially when it rains in tranquil morning. I love the fragrance when a tiny droplet falls on the soil making it semi-muddy, the freshness all around.  One breath taking moment that made me awestruck was when a flock passed by my jeep, I felt the rain drops on my car’s wind screen and the rushed shepherd was a cherry on top in that whole scene, especially when you experience it in the middle of green mountains with snow top in summers.

 

6. Hunza Valley from Baltit Fort – Gilgit-Baltistan

Hunza Valley from Baltit Fort – Gilgit Baltistan 10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Hunza Valley from Baltit Fort – Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan


Hunza, one can only enjoy the spectacular view of the valley once you climb up to the top of the valley where lies Baltit Fort. Being a photographer, I was looking for a view to actually capture a photo that can show the valley as well as a glimpse of the fort in one picture. Framing the valley in these arches from inside the fort helped me to communicate what I wanted.

 

7. Shingrilla – Skardu – Gilgit Baltistan

Shingrilla – Skardu – Gilgit Baltistan 10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Shingrilla – Skardu – Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan


How comforting it is when you actually experience and see the place that you’ve always been seeing printed on calendars, watching it on TV or going through a post card in a book shop. Shangrila it was for me. I even didn’t remember the name when I first showed a post card picture to my taxi driver and asked him to take me there. Being a student, I didn’t have or can say I never wanted to spend that much money to actually stay there. However I enjoyed its view from a hotel on the other side of the lake.

 

8. Ziarat Valley – Balochistan

Ziarat Valley – Balochistan 10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Ziarat Valley – Balochistan, Pakistan


The famous view point of Ziarat has an astonishing view of the 2nd largest juniper forest in the world that is more than 4500 years old. Have you ever imagined a Juniper forest and a Hill station in Balochistan? I never thought about it unless I discovered while doing excursion photo trips in Balochistan. One could only feel the smell of these juniper trees all around if you are there.

 

9. Chitral Valley from my hotel room of Hindukush Heights – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Chitral Valley from my hotel room of Hindukush Heights – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Chitral Valley from my hotel room of Hindukush Heights – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan


Yes, it’s real. In reality there are hotels and resorts having rooms with such a magnificent view. Even I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first entered this room at Hotel Hindukush Heights located in north of Chitral Valley. I have spent almost 3 full days in this room with that spectacular view. All I did was reading travelogues and having lots & lots of teas. The best thing about this view was that it gave different feelings and moods at different time of the day. I loved it at sunrise and sunset every day.

 

10. Multan Clock Tower – Punjab

Multan Clock Tower – Punjab 10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Multan Clock Tower – Punjab, Pakistan


While wandering in the city of heat and shrines and searching for historical places, I came through this wonderfully built clock tower built during the British Empire. The tower itself will not give you an awestruck moment unless you wait for the perfect light right after the sunset and let the heavy traffic of Multan move around the tower. The contrast between an old British architect and the current hustle bustle of the city is a must watch.

(The article was originally published in the June 2011 edition of Xpoze Monthly Magazine Pakistan)

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24 Responses to “10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan”

  1. From Carol Jones:

    I love the Lion’s head rock with the mountain behind. I am always enchanted when rocks resemble living creatures. Also, I like the Ziarat Valley shot of the juniper forest. It looks like you must have been sitting on a cloud to take this picture! Those are my favorites. I want to visit them when I go to Pakistan. I might not have the stamina to hike there though. I’m not a mountain climber. Thanks for these pictures. =)

    Posted on 02. Aug, 2011 at 9:45 pm #
    • From danialshah:

      @Carol Jones: Hi Carol, thank you. Hope you visit Pakistan soon :) and don’t worry there are always alternatives to go in mountains :)

      Posted on 03. Aug, 2011 at 4:42 pm #
  2. From Bahadur Ali:

    Bravo Brother… Good stuff, K2 Coming up?

    Posted on 08. Aug, 2011 at 12:46 pm #
    • From danialshah:

      @Bahadur: Soon :) :)

      Posted on 08. Aug, 2011 at 4:18 pm #
  3. From Saghir A. Khatri:

    Salam danial bhai….

    one word to express your collection

    “AWESOME”

    Regards,
    Saghir A, Khatri

    Posted on 09. Aug, 2011 at 6:15 am #
  4. From The Cheetah:

    Exquisite!

    Posted on 27. Aug, 2011 at 1:30 pm #
  5. From Ussama Sajid:

    aaala collection….

    Posted on 31. Aug, 2011 at 8:00 pm #
  6. From Tazeen:

    Excellent Danial. I am a fan.

    Posted on 08. Oct, 2011 at 5:41 pm #
    • From danialshah:

      Thanks Tazeen :)

      Posted on 12. Nov, 2011 at 4:53 am #
  7. From Tazeen:

    is that really ur photography unbelieveable! Am a fan.

    Posted on 08. Oct, 2011 at 5:46 pm #
    • From danialshah:

      @Tazeen: you have a doubt? :) ;)

      Posted on 12. Nov, 2011 at 4:53 am #
  8. From فیصل:

    Being from DIKhan, I have heard of sheikh badin many times but unfortunately haven’t visited it yet. you have rekindled my desire to visit this place.
    Another place you may want to visit if already haven’t (and I have to, too) is Toshangi gorge in Sind.
    http://pakistaniat.com/2008/05/23/toshangi-gorge-the-grand-canyon-of-sindh/

    Posted on 18. Dec, 2011 at 1:26 pm #
    • From danialshah:

      @Faisal: Thank you Faisal. Yo should go to Sheikh Badin. I must say. It is like heaven specially if you drive from the hustle bustle streets of D.I. Khan. Thank you for sharing about the grand canyon of Sindh. I shall be considering it :)

      Posted on 20. Dec, 2011 at 8:08 am #
  9. From Meraj Khattak:

    Amazing pictures I must say. I have been to some of the places and they are worth it.

    I especially like Shaikh Badin view. Looking forward to see it some time soon inshAllah.

    Posted on 09. Feb, 2012 at 1:06 pm #
    • From danialshah:

      @Meraj: it’s accessible :) and easy to go to Sheikh Badin. I can guide you if you plan to go :)

      Posted on 16. Feb, 2012 at 4:12 pm #
  10. From Hanny:

    Have always wanted to visit Hunza Valley and Skardu! I do hope that I can land there one day! :’)

    Posted on 08. May, 2012 at 8:41 am #
    • From danialshah:

      @Hanny: Skardu is pretty acccissible via a short flight from islamabad and if you are lucky you’ll get to see a glimps of k2 in your flight :)
      Let me know if plan to visit :)

      Posted on 08. May, 2012 at 9:17 am #
  11. From Mydah:

    Danial thankyou so much for ALL these captures. My heart melts at the very beauty this land houses.I mean.. uff!! Breath-taking is such a small word for all this.. its just surreal! Bless you for bringing out this side of Pakistan. Makes me fall in love with my land every time I see your work. Lots of prayers for your endeavours! :)

    Posted on 09. Jun, 2012 at 5:13 pm #
  12. From Qandeel:

    Great job!!! words truely are’nt enough to say anythig about this level of beauty…these are the kind of pictures u keep on staring for a min and nothing comes up in ur mind xcept to be there instantly!!! Awesommmely captured!!! keep travellin:) and bringing up the beauty of our land to the people who have stopped believinng:)

    Posted on 10. Jun, 2012 at 5:18 am #
  13. From syed aiyaz:

    Really Nice Effort man

    Posted on 06. Sep, 2012 at 10:04 am #
  14. From Danyal:

    You should go to Swat Valley.

    Posted on 06. Sep, 2012 at 11:58 am #
  15. From Nabiha Zeeshan:

    Gilgit Baltistan! What a beautiful beautiful place!
    *sigh* Your blog posts make me want to become the wind and travel all across Pakistan.
    Please add a “+1 this” button for Google+ sharing. Thanks :)

    Posted on 08. Sep, 2012 at 5:39 am #
  16. From Momina:

    Can’t stop staring. Good job(y)
    Simply breathtaking. Suprisingly, I’ve been to most of these places, and you’ve captured the serene beauty majestically.

    Posted on 15. Sep, 2012 at 6:39 am #

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