Thursday, January 20, 2011

My beautiful Pakistan

From the deep blue ocean and seashores of the Arabian Sea in the south, to deserts of Sind and Balochistan, lush green plains of the Punjab and snow clad mountains of Khyber Pakhtunkwa province in the north, Pakistan is a tourists’ haven. It provides such diversity in its landscape and landmass that an onlooker is simply overawed.

K2 by Raja Islam

Pakistan is home to some of the 8,000 meters and above summits with K-2 being the second highest peak after the Mt. Everest. The three famous mountain ranges of Himalayas, Hindukush and the Karakorum meet in Pakistan. The awe inspiring green mountain valleys have some of the spectacular lakes, like the Saif-ul-Malook (at 12,000 feet), Satpara and Kachura, with their bluish water reflecting the sun rays that blind the onlookers.

Lahore and surrounding areas are the showcase of the Mughal architecture while Karachi is home to some of the finest Victorian architecture. The all earth mountains along the Makran Coast have Sphinx like natural features and also a woman shaped feature known as the Princess of Hope.

One really has to come and see the beauty of Pakistan – something that has got nothing to do with the Taliban or the War on Terror. Herein under are some of the many spectacular compositions that reflect the true majesty and grandeur of Pakistan’s landscape.

K2 is the second-highest mountain on Earth after Mount Everest. With a peak elevation of 8,611 metres (28,251 ft), K2 is part of the Karakoram Range, and is located on the border between the Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County of Xinjiang, China, and Gilgit, in Gilgit-Baltistan of Pakistan.

Princess of Hope
Princess of Hope by Raja Islam

This natural princess like feature is located on Its on Makran coastal highway (N-10), linking Karachi to Gwadar Port. It got its name when famous Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie visited it and named it so.

The sprawling city of Lahore behind its iconic buildings
The sprawling city of Lahore behind its iconic buildings by jzakariya

Lahore stretches out behind the Badshahi Mosque and Minar-e-Pakistan. This photo also affords an excellent view of the Lahore Fort and its Alamgiri Darwaza, the Samadhi of Ranjit Singh, former Governor of Lahore, and the Gurdawara alongside it are also seen.

Derawar Fort, Cholistan, Pakistan - March 2008
Derawar Fort, Cholistan, Pakistan - March 2008 by SaffyH

To the southeast of Dera Nawab, on the edge of the Cholistan Desert, make an exciting day’s outing from either Ahmadpur East or Bahawalpur. The massive Derawar Fort towers over the surrounding semi-desert and is visible from miles around. The huge walls, supported by enormous round buttresses, stand 40 meters (130 feet) high and are 1.5 kilometers (a mile) in circumference. 

The drive, for four-wheel drive vehicles only, take from one to two hours from Ahmadpur East, depending on the state of the road and the route your guide has chosen for you. The last 25 kilometers (15 miles) are across desert.

Where nature talks
Where nature talks by Mirjee

Shangrila Lake or Lower Kachura Lake is a part of the Shangrila resort located at a drive of about 20 minutes from Skardu (nearly 2,500 m or 8,200 feet) town. It is a popular tourist destination, and has a unique restaurant that is built on the fuselage of an aircraft that had crashed nearby.

Fascinating Land of Passu
Fascinating Land of Passu by !shtiaQ Ahmed

Passu Peak (7284 m), Passu Batura Trek, Village of Passu, Gojal, Pakistan.

The true reflection!
Hiran Minar (The Deer Tower), Sheikhupura, Punjab, Pakistan

Hiran Minar is a unique place constructed by the Mogul emperor Jahangir in memory of his dearest deer which died accidently.

Vigne Glacier and gasherbrum
Vigne Glacier and Gasherbrum by Asif Saeed

Half Frozen Dudipatsar Lake
Half Frozen Dudipatsar Lake by . : Khalid Khan

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