Pakistan – The Beautiful


August being high on patriotism for Pakistan is owing to Independence Day feels. First half of the month is spent humming patriotic songs, celebrating the essence of Independence, talking positive, rejoicing beauty of Pakistan and vows to explore it more but sadly the enthusiasm fades away after mid-August. I am no different either but this year August and Independence Day celebrations were little different for two reasons:

  • Had a trip to Northern Areas during first week of August
  • Came across Initiative to Promote Beautiful Side of Pakistan through Blogpost

First things first, thanks a lot Saima Karim for the idea & nominating me in the post. So, here’s Pakistan – The Beautiful as I see It. Pakistan is blessed with scenic beauty & variety of flavors from snow-covered mountains to Lakes to lush green plains to agri-lands to deserts to rivers to the Sea! Lets pledge to explore & rejoice Pakistan.

Pictures are not in order of liking disliking I’ve randomly pasted the links from my Instagram and wrote a slight narration.

Islamabad

As the name goes; Islamabad the beautiful need I say more. I consider myself blessed to have born & being raised in this beautiful city. I couldn’t decide which picture to post from Islamabad then came up with this one. Its my daily view from my work-station. Yes! Imagine how lucky I am =D (Not bragging, Just Kidding)

Northern Areas:

Still can’t get over my visit to northern areas, we are so blessed with scenic beauty, lush green plains, river waves splashing across banks and clouds hovering over sky high mountains having few homes here & there, streams flowing from mountain tops making perfect waterfall scenes, a lake here and a lake there: that’s my #Pakistan I always wondered why people compare northern areas with Switzerland now I know!

Babusar Top is some 13,700 ft above sea level. Its gateway to Gilgit Baltistan. The drive from Naran valley to Babusartop is the real deal. You feel like saying Masha’Allah, Alhamdulillah on every step its so breathtakingly beautiful. We’ve been reading and hearing stories about Naran Kaghan since childhood like fairy-tales and reality is no different. Beautiful lakes, mountains, streams and what-not.

Rafting with my 4 years old was highlight of the Naran trip hence included.

Karachi

Every time I visit Karachi I find a new reason to appreciate & love the city. Karachi is ‘love at first sight’ phenomena. Unlike Lahore you can never tell why you love Karachi but you cannot just ‘not Love Karachi’. It is mini Pakistan you find every flavor of Pakistan in Karachi not to mention Karachi is foodies-Capital of Pakistan.

Few months back I wrote “Karachi is like getting married, everything looks great in start, then you start noticing shortcomings and after sometime you get used to it”.

I have many pictures from Karachi but for me Karachi is and always will be Quaid-e-Azam’s city.

Multan

The city of saints. Famous for Sohan Halwa & Mangoes and notorious for being extremely hot. I don’t know how but when I first visited this city it seemed like I belong here. City is a perfect blend of modern & ancient city. On one hand old bazars & gates like Lahore and on the other hand you see modern construction overhead bridges & underpasses everywhere. People and Siraiki language are as sweet as Multani Mangoes. This picture was taken during my visit in 2016 in front of Multan’s landmark Shah Rukn-e-Alam’s tomb. Being at the tomb is an altogether different experience that I won’t ruin by explaining in words.

Murree

Murree is every Pakistani’s go-to place for vacations. Or if you ask any Pakistani to close their eyes and imagine what comes first when you say ‘hill station’ or ‘snowfall’ or mountain, I’m sure majority will say “Murree”. Apart from other perks of being born & raised in Islamabad we used to visit Murree almost every other weekend its hardly an hour’s drive. Everyone knows about the place. I love this picture because it features Abdul Wasay and his excitement for snow filled lands can never be explained 🙂

Pirchinasi (AJK)

Pirchinasi, the name always appealed me. Almost planned to visit Pir chinasi every time I visited Muzafarbad but I couldn’t. And one fine morning in August 2016 we set foot for Pir Chinasi. One word: Amazing! Here’s link to the blog-post I wrote afterwords – just in case. In short, Pir Chinasi is peak of the mountain some 9300 Ft high above sea level and once you reach up you realize this looking downwards at the neighboring mountains.

Lahore

Lahore is Lahore, no questions asked. I’ve lived in Lahore for almost three years and got to know the city & its people and trust me it lives the reputation. Probably world’s most accommodating & chill city in Pakistan. Not saying which one’s number #1 but Lahore, along with Karachi is also foodies-capital of Pakistan with lovely local cuisines, unique taste and variety of options.

I wrote two pieces about Lahore back then (12) just in case you want to read. This picture was taken during family visit to Lahore last year December, have uploaded few more from the same trip on my Instagram.

Gujrat

Gujrat is my hometown, both my parents hail from town near Gujrat city. Though I never lived their but the sense of belonging is very much there. Its like a second home despite I know very few people or places there. These green fields define central Punjab. Gujrat is famous for Rice, Fans and Shoes Factories. If you ever visit Gujrat, do try world famous Shahi Gol Gappay.

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Trip to village.

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Abbottabad

As far I remember Abbottabad is our stop on way back from Naran/Kaghan or Nathiagali since forever. Ilaysi Masjid is an old architecture and a natural stream still flows through the mosque When we were kids there used to be a pond right across the mosque which they have turned into a parking space and hanged overall structure outside 😦 I took my kids to see the place on our return from Naran Trip, they were excited like I used to be in childhood, ran across halls of Masjid and performed ablution from stream water offered asr prayers and enjoyed Ilyasi Masjid’s world famous “pakoras” 🙂

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This is #IlyasiMasjid, Abbottabad in the background. As far I remember this is our forever stop on way back from Naran/Kaghan or Nathiagali. Ilaysi Masjid is an old architecture and a natural stream still flows through the mosque When we were kids there used to be a pond right across the mosque which they have turned into a parking space and hanged overall structure outside 😦 I took my kids to see the place on our return from Naran Trip, they were excited like I used to be in childhood, ran across halls of Masjid and performed ablution from stream water offered asr prayers and enjoyed Ilyasi Masjid’s world famous “pakoras” 🙂 #travelgram #traveldiaries #foodie #desifood #snacks #historic #nostalgia #blogger #travelblogger #parent

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Nathiagali

I’ll simply tell how my father explained Nathiagali to my son “It’s Murree’s elder sister“. A Very beautiful hill station almost on an hour’s drive from Murree. Among other things their Patakha Chicken is very famous. This picture was taken somewhere between Nathiagali & Ayubia on Pipeline track – its a very beautiful track, if you haven’t already do explore this one! Here’s complete account of what I was doing there.

I regret not putting up pictures from other cities I visited & loved completely. I have to explore more of Baluchistan, AJK, Gilgit Baltistan and KPK. Because I believe we are blessed with scenic beauty across Pakistan every corner of Pakistan is extremely beautiful, unique & precious. Lets explore & rejoice Pakistan.

That was Pakistan how I see now I further nominate Hina Safdar, Hina Tabassum, Seemab Kausar, Sana Malik, Amber Zulfiqar & Nabeha Latif to write a post and share how they see Pakistan.

Meanwhile here’s Eva Zu Beck (foreigner girl with Kiki challenge video in PIA aircraft recently)’s reasons to love Pakistan:

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