Top places to visit in Northern Pakistan

The northern natural regions of Pakistan include Gilgit- Baltistan, Azad Kashmir, northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and north Punjab Province. There are many heavenly sites in Pakistan which you should visit and here we will tell you about those places.

The Ratti Lake:

The Ratti lake is a glacier lake which is in the Neelum Valley, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. The lake gets its name from the dark red flowers that are spread all over the mountains. The red flowers enchant its beauty. Ratti lake is a true wonder of nature as it is surrounded by the green mountains and fed by the water from the surrounded glaciers. The flora and fauna found at the Ratti Gali lake are renowned throughout the world for their beauty. To reach the lake, you must take an awesome as well as a bit cheap ride of two hours.


Skardu is in the 10 kilometers wide by 40 kilometers long Skardu Valley, at the confluence of the Indus and Shigar Rivers at an altitude of nearly 2,500 meters. Skardu is basically the gateway to all the other attractions and places across Baltistan which is part of Gilgit- Baltistan. This is where you must come if you want to access places like K2, Deosai planes or even Nanga Parbat. Skardu is a city which has so many beautiful sites all in one, here we will tell you about some beautiful places in Skardu.

Safrana Desert:

Starting off from the Safranga cold desert of Skardu. It is in the middle of Karakorum mountains. It’s mesmerizing cold nights and magnificent sandy views makes it a majestic place to visit.

Buddha Rock:

Buddha rock is an actual stone carving that depicts the Buddha. This statue was created in the 9th century, that’s about 1200 years ago. Given the fact that Pakistan is the Islamic Republic and probably not very wide known for religious diversity, this is surprising. But it is only of many Buddha rocks dotted amongst the Northern parts of Pakistan.

Lakes of Skardu:

The Sadpara Lake, bright blue surrounded by the glacier mountains and carrying enchanted lake in its middle. There are few others beautiful lakes too like Upper Kachura Lake and lower Kachura Lake also known as Shangrila Lake. It is a breath-taking place in Pakistan and a popular tourist destination and has a unique restaurant or a coffee shop that is built on the fuselage of aircraft that has crashed nearby in 1950. The Lower Kachura Lake It is a heart shaped lake with some amazing resorts.

Shigar Fort:

Shigar Fort is a 17th century fort which is kind of nestled in the middle of mountains and its name apparently translates into “Rock Fort” or “The fort on the rock”. It was recently restored by the Agha Khan foundation and now there is a lovely boutique hotel in the fort. That means guests can stay inside the fort in the fort rooms. But is is quite expensive like $150-$225 per night.  Its route is also very dangerous.

If you are going to Skardu from Islamabad by road it will take almost 20 hours and that is without the possibility of land sliding.  But along the way, you would be able to see some incredible places including the valleys of Naran and possibly Kaghan as well as Babausar pass.

Naran is a residential area in upper of Kaghan Valley. The delightful perspectives, waterways and lakes have awesome perspectives in Naran valley. Babusar pass is basically a road that goes up to 4,170 meters. Then you will have to pass apart of Karakoram Highway, which is probably the most scenic road of the world. And if you fly from Islamabad to Skardu it will cost you around $200 by you will also enjoy some beautiful views from window. You fly into Skardu amongst some of the world’s majestic peaks like Nanga Parbat peak.

Attabad Lake:

The Attabad Lake is a glorious remainder that there can be beauty in tragedy. You can enjoy a boat ride. The magnificent blue water and embracing landscapes turns the simple boat ride into a memorable experience. And the good thing about it is that it is safer and easier to travel though. You can even reach the sight in your own local car.

Hunza Valley:

Hunza is a mountainous valley in the Gilgit- Baltistan region of Pakistan. The Hunza is situated in the extreme of Northern pat of Pakistan, bordering with the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan and the Xinjiang region of China. Hunza valley is a delightful place in Pakistan. The tourists visit this place and catch the wonderful pictures of this valley. There are such a significant number of spots in Hunza valley that are renowned for their awesome scenes. The main towns, villages and valleys in Lower Hunza are Nasirabad, Mayoon, Hussainabad and Khizerabad. The main towns, villages and valleys in Central Hunza are Aliabad, Dourkhan, Karimabad, Baltit Fort, Altit, Altit Fort.

Lake Saif-ul-Malook:

It is in the North-East of Manshera Division of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa region. Not just the mountains encompassing it make the place wonderful, however its appearance in the lake is unquestionable amazing! In winter, it can take very long to arrive and in some cases the jeeps aren’t a decent alternative thinking about dangerous ways.


Rawalakot is a town in Azad Kashmir, and it is in an excellent valley encompassed by slopes, which is found 80km far from Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Rawalakot is a mid-year going by point. The winters in Rawalakot are frosty and nippy.


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