Tourism In Pakistan
Pakistan exhibits some of the earliest human settlements, and it is the epicenter of various religions. It has far more unimaginable mind-blowing landscapes, extraordinary trekking, a multitude of cultures, music, food, and a long tradition of hospitality and generosity. Pakistan is really an exclusive country as it has virtually all sorts of climates. Islamabad, Karachi, Peshawar, Lahore, and Multan are the main cities of Pakistan which have all the modern facilities of life, with business centers, latest infrastructure and all sorts of hotels..
There are many beautiful spots in Pakistan.The cultural and physical diversity of Pakistan has developed the country into a tourist hot spot for foreign travellers as well as adventurers. It has some of the most attractive mountainous ranges and some of the highest mountain peaks over 7000 m, around the world. The northern parts of Pakistan have many old fortresses, towers and other architecture as well as the Hunza and Chitral valleys.
Lahore is the second largest city of Pakistan as is known to the Cultural Heart of Pakistan. It has the site of Alexander's battle on the Jhelum River. Lahore as a cultural capital has many examples of Mughal architecture such as Badshahi Masjid, Wazir Khan Mosque, Shalimar Gardens, Tomb of Jahangir and the Lahore Fort.
Rawalpindi is known to be a famous hill station stop for tourists before setting out to Murree, Bhurban, Patriata, Northern Areas, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
The romance of the historic Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province is timeless and legendary.It is known as the tourist hotspot for adventurers and explorers. The province has a varied landscape ranging from strong mountains, valleys, hills and dense agricultural farms.Kalam in Khybar Pakhtunkhawa Pakistan, was a popular tourist destination famous for its terrain, view and natural beauty. Another most important city in the province is Mansehra. The city is a major stop for tourists setting out to the Northern Areas and Azad Kashmir. The city is connected by the famous Karakoram Highway which ends up in China. Along the route there are several stops including the Kaghan Valley, Balakot, Naran, Shogran, Lake Saiful Mulook and Babusar Top. There are also several other sites within the province which attract a large number of tourist every year including Ayubia, Batkhela, Chakdara, Saidu Sharif, Kalam Valley and Hindu Kush mountain range in Chitral.
Karachi is the largest city of Pakistan. It has been ruled under a number of tribes which meant the city is home to a number of cultural sites including, Mohatta Palace, National Museum of Pakistan, Empress Market, Frere Hall, Jehangir Kothari Parade, Karachi Municipal Corporation Building and the Hindu Gymkhana. There are also several beaches within the city, like Clifton Beach, French Beach, Sandspit Beach and Manora Island. Another speciality of this city is that it occupy the iconic tomb of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.
Major cities of Pakistan are equipped with well known hotels around the world. Most requested hotels in Pakistan are Pearl Continental Hotel, Marriot Hotel, Avari Hotel, Envoy continental Hotel, Sheraton hotel, Islamabad Hotel, Sarena Hotel and Shangrila Hotel. The Sarena Hotel, Marriott Hotel, Crown Plaza Hotel, Best Western Hotel in Islamabad is special for executive class and meets all needs of the businessmen.Cresset Travel services has contracted rates with most of these hotels of Pakistan.There are many travel agencies which provide packages and arranged tours.
In 2009, Pakistan was ranked as one of the top 25% tourist destinations for its World Heritage sites. Pakistan received more than 500,000 tourists annually. However, this number has now come down to near zero figures since 2008 due to instability in the country cuased by floods and terrorism that have caused massive destruction across the country and declaring Pakistan as unsafe and dangerous to visit.
Pakistan is a developing country and needs Foreign Exchange for planning and developing projects. Promotion of tourism can help us greatly in this matter. Also tourism will expand the hotel industry in the country. The development of tourism will mean the development of good relations with others.
Tourism is a critical source of revenue generation and therefore a major component of economic development.
In this respect, there is a need that government should attract tourists to Pakistan by initiating the sponsorship of new businesses within the tourist market. Building and maintaining the road and air networks to meet international standards. The maturation of human and natural resources can also contribute in development of this feeble industry. Advertising campaigns need to attract tourist by developing holiday packages tailored to explore the greater regions of the country.
The truth is Pakistan could be — should be — an incredible tourist destination.