Eid is over but the holidays aren't. Kids have almost three months of vacations and they are demanding their parents to take them somewhere. After all, they want to have something to tell their friends when they go back to school. And parents also wait for these vacations to get away from the heat and chaos of city life and turn to the mountains. There are many beautiful places to visit in Pakistan but some of them are not suitable for family trips, while some have gotten too crowded over the years and are unable to offer you the escape from noisy city life that you are craving. Also, when planning a family trip, you must keep a few things in mind. For starters, you can't select a location that requires traveling conditions not fit for children. If there are no pit stops on the way, they will get tired and you will get tired trying to handle them. So, make sure you plan well and make space in your schedule for rest.
Now, let's move on to the locations. Here are the best places to visit in Pakistan this summer:
1. Kaghan Valley:
Yes, everyone wants to visit the famous lake Saif-ul-Malook but that's not the only sight Kaghan has to offer. The valley is also known for the Kunhar River that flows through it. It makes Kaghan the best place for the fishing enthusiast as the brown trouts can be found in abundance in the river. With a height of 13,690 feet, Babusar Top is the height point in the valley. But a day-long jeep trip to Babusar Top will allow you the opportunity to make stops at the beautiful Lalazar fields and the small town of Jalkhad. Lalazar is a favorite spot of hiking lovers while Jalkhad is an ideal place for families who are on their way to Babusar and need sustenance on the way. You will also see the never-ending Lulusar lake on your way to the top. You can make this one day trip with your family and spend the rest of your days shopping in the town of Naran or take each day to visit one place and enjoy the scenery as much as you can.
2. Azad Kashmir:
There is nothing you can't find in Kashmir from greenery to lakes and forts to mountain tops. Everyone has heard of the Neelum Valley and yes, it should be a part of your trip but the places you must visit in Azad Kashmir this summer include the cold and beautiful Toli Pir and Shounter Lake. The ideal time to visit Toli Pir is now, you can enjoy the scenery without having to face too cold temperatures. You can camp around Shounter Lake and teach your children the joys of living among nature. If you want a history lesson while in Kashmir, don't forget to visit the Ramkort Fort. Bordered by River Jehlum, the fort is the place where you won't be able to stop yourself from taking tons of pictures.
When in Skardu, you can't miss the opportunity to visit the Lower Kachura Lake. You may have seen this heart-shaped lake on the internet many times but there is nothing like seeing it with your own eyes. And your kids are going to love this place. You can also stay at the famous Shangrila Resort which is built on the fuselage of an aircraft that had crashed nearby the place. In Skardu, you can also visit other mesmerizing places like the sand dunes and Katpana Lake.
But what you must not forget to do while in Skardu, is visit the Deosai plains. They are the second highest plains in the world. You can start your journey towards the plains from Skardu. They have an area of 3,000 kilometers and are home to snow leopards, Tibetan blue bears, and other wild animals. Skardu fort and Shigar fort are also the two places in Skardu that your kids, and you, will love. Their architecture is bound to make people nostalgic for the old times, even if they hadn't lived through them.
Pakistan has a lot to offer when it comes to tourist locations but the places mentioned above is where you should start. Once you get your family into traveling, you can visit these places every chance you get. Happy traveling!