Winter Tourism 2024 Kicks on from 23rd December in Pakistan

Winter tourism is kicking on in Pakistan on December 23, it’s likely that various destinations like Murree, Pirchinasi, Shogran , Keran, Swat Kalam & Malam Jabba and activities have been planned to attract visitors during the winter season. Pakistan has several picturesque locations that become even more enchanting during the winter months. From the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas and Karakoram ranges to the scenic valleys and historical sites, there’s a lot for tourists to explore.

Activities such as skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating, and trekking can be appealing to winter tourists. Additionally, cultural events and festivals might be organized to showcase the rich heritage of the region.

If you plan to participate in the winter tourism activities in Pakistan, make sure to check for any travel advisories, weather conditions, and safety guidelines. Enjoy your winter adventure in Pakistan!

Swat Valley is indeed considered one of the best destinations for winter tourism in Pakistan. Known as the “Switzerland of Pakistan,” Swat Valley is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, snow-covered peaks, and picturesque landscapes. Here are some reasons why Swat is a top choice for winter tourism

Pakistan Travel Guide’s Recommendations: What we recommend is the 7 Days Winter Package for our clients to avail , which is very well crafted itinerary , Families and friends will enjoy getting this plan.

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Places for Snowfall tour in Pakistan

For winter holidays main attraction for vacations is Snowfall if you live in Pakistan and looking for destinations to sight snowfall then please read this article. Let’s have a look at our company profile, Pakistan Travel Guide is leading travel agency in Pakistan offering hotel bookings and excursions to Northern areas of Pakistan. The company is working from last six years and on the comparison, it’s best service provider in the field of tourism.
Let’s see the top destinations for snowfall tours

1. Murree and Galyat

Murree and Galyat are altitudes of more than 6000ft and on every rain predictions between December to March Snowfall is expected. 20 December to 20 January is the peak season for tours to these areas.

Murree GalyatPeer Chanasi

Peer Chanasi 9,500 ft altitude and offers panoramic views of snow over trees and road all over. A small hut of tourism department facilitates tourist who visits Peer Chanasi. Saran is the place where you can go if heavy snowfalls in the region, and it’s only 45 minutes drive from Muzaffarabad.

Pir Chanasi

3. Malam Jabba

Skiing makes Malam Jabba hottest destination for winters, although there is no choice of overnight stay still chairlift and skiing fascinate a lot to local and international tourists.

Malam Jabba Swat

4. Toli Peer

Rawalakot is about 3 hrs drive from Islamabad, in Rawalakot main attractions in winters are Banjosa Lake ( Which remains frozen from 25th December to 20/29 January. Toli peer remains covered with snow over the season and about 2 hrs drive from Rawalakot.

5. Shogran

A small hill station which is famous for heavy snowfall in winters, one of the best things about Shogran is that it remains open throughout the season and it’s easily approachable.

snow at shogran

Places for Snowfall tour in Pakistan

  1. Murree and Galyat

  2. Peer Chanasi

  3. Malam Jabba

  4. Toli Peer

  5. Shogran

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Top 15 Places to visit in Lahore

Lahore capital city of Punjab is well known for its historical places, culture, landscapes, and sky scrapers. Travelers rapture in winters for spicy foods and basant festivals, people of Lahore are very jolly and live hearten. This city is also an economic corridor of Pakistan and serves as exporter of major products. If we talk about Gardens then Shalimar Garden is love, talk about architecture then Wazir Khan Mosque and Lahore fort is master piece, talk about symbols of nation then Minar e Pakistan is sky scraper, talk about history then Hiran Minar speaks about decades earlier stories, Talk about butterfly then named it Jallo Park. Explore Visit Top 15 places to Visit in Lahore

1.BADSHAHI MOSQUE LAHORE

Top architecture, religious and peaceful place in Lahore to visit is BADSHAHI MOSQUE, five time a day Muslims used to pray but for tourist it’s an master piece of architecture.
BADSHAHI MOSQUE LAHORE

2. WAZIR KHAN MOSQUE

Oldest carved architecture in city of Lahore named WAZIR KHAN MOSQUE.

WAZIR KHAN MOSQUE LAHORE

3.TOMB OF JHANGEER

Rest place of great emperor JHAHNGEER

tomb_of_jhangeer

4.LAHORE FORT

The first defense of Lahore from intruders in past times called Lahore Fort.

LAHORE FORT

5.RANJIT SINGH TEMPLE

Temple of Mr. Ranjit Singh

RANJIT SINGH TEMPLE

6.NAULAKHA PAVILION

NAULAKHA PAVILION

7.QUAID E AZAM LIBRARY

Library named after Quaid e Azam Muhammad ALI Jinnah an architectural place.

QUAID E AZAM LIBRARY

8.HIRAN MINAR LAHORE

Hiran Minar a Master piece of love.

HIRAN MINAR LAHORE

9.LAHORE FOOD STREET

At night street lights up to bring some tasty cuisines of Punjab full of spices and sweets.

LAHORE FOOD STREET

10.WAGHA BORDER LAHORE

India and Pakistan border where every day flag ceremony performed by both countries.

WAGHA BORDER LAHORE

11.LIBERTY MARKET LAHORE

Market with lights and looms where shopping is major attraction.

LIBERTY MARKET LAHORE

12.GRAND MOSQUE BAHRIA TOWN

One of the biggest mosque of Lahore with modern day architecture

GRAND MOSQUE BAHRIA

13.EMPORIUM MALL LAHORE

Biggest Shopping Mall of Lahore where branded and local products are available.

EMPORIUM MALL LAHORE

14.ALYANTO CAFE

A place where cafe is served with charm and delight.

ALYANTO CAFE

15.LAHORE SIGHTSEEING BUS

If you want to travel across Lahore to some historical sightseeing places then this ride is for you.

LAHORE SIGHTSEEING BUS

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TIPS FOR FOREIGN TOURISTS TO PAKISTAN

Tourism in Pakistan gets flourished during 1970s when a large number of foreign tourists thronged the country. The choice was limited as the tourists opted to visit the Khyber Pass, Peshawar, Karachi, Lahore, Swat and Rawalpindi. A few of them were interested in the ruins of the Indus Valley Civilization such as Mohenjo-daro, Harappa and Taxila while the others were attracted to the Himalayan hill stations.

Pakistan is blessed with the highest mountain peaks such as K2, Nanga Parbat, Rakaposhi etc. which are the major attractions for the adventurers and mountaineers from all over the world. The Northern Areas of Pakistan are the home of old civilization, models of ancient architecture, the valleys of Hunza, Chitral & Kalash, a small pre-Islamic tribe. In the Punjab province, there are sites of Alexander’s battle on the bank of River Jhelum, the historical city of Lahore & its Mughal architecture such as Badshahi Masjid, Shalimar Gardens, Tomb of Jahangir and the Lahore Fort. Last but not the least, to explore the beautiful, mystic and breathe-taking places of Azad Kashmir fills the charm in the life.

Tips for foreign tourist in Pakistan

Hundreds of thousands of foreign tourists come to Pakistan every year before the instability in the country as many countries of the world declared Pakistan an unsafe and dangerous place to visit. The situation is under control now but still tourists should take some precautionary measures before going to the below mentioned areas, to avoid any mishap. Travelling to Pakistan is mainly safe yet there are some suggestions for the foreign tourists, which are issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

  • Tourists should avoid some areas of Karachi.
  • Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
  • Districts of Charsadda, Kohat, Tank, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Dera Ismail Khan,Buner and Lower Dir in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
  • The city of Peshawar and Southern Districts of the city, including travelling on the Peshawar-Chitral road via the Lowari Pass.
  • Northern and Western Balochistan.
  • Travelling on the Karakoram Highway (KKH) between Islamabad and Gilgit.
  • The Kalash Valley, the Brumbret Valley.
  • Arandu District in the South and West of Chitral in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
  • The city of Quetta.
  • The city of Nawab Shah in Sindh Province and area in the North of Nawab Shah.
  • Interior Sindh.
  • Travelling to Azad Kashmir is quite safe yet the journey requires an NOC to get there, due to the sensitive nature of the area.
  • Pakistan is prune to natural disasters such as earthquake, land-sliding and floods. Tourists should aware of the necessary safety measurements and security procedures.
  • There might be a risk of terrorist attacks, kidnapping and sectarian violence in some areas of Pakistan. Western nationals should beware of these acts and be vigilant enough to take appropriate security precautions. Tourists ought to contact the concerned authorities before visiting to such places and should follow the advice of the authorities and refrain from going to the crowded areas.
  • World Health Organization has warned of Polio Virus presence in Pakistan, so it recommended, before departing the tourists who have spent more than 4 weeks in Pakistan, will produce a valid vaccination certificate to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for Tour Operating Companies on how to cope with all kinds of political, economic and business related security risks.
  • Take out comprehensive travelling and medical insurance before leaving for the destination.

By taking above mentioned steps, you are secured to travelling anywhere in Pakistan. Have a safe and enjoyable journey.

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Team Building Activities for Day away

ACTIVITIES FOR AWAY DAY FOR NEELUM VALLEY, SKARDU, HUNZA, SWAT, NARAN KAGHAN, KASHMIR.

Scavenger Hunt:

All the participants would be randomly divided into four/five groups. A color would be assigned to each team of which they would be wearing wrist ribbons of. The teams would decide their own names and slogans as-well.

After the teams are ready and pumped, they would be provided a list of 20 interesting team buildingactivities to do (according to the venue) of which the teams have to complete at-least 15 in 1 and a half hour. The first team to do at-least 15 wins. A lot of the activities in between are humorous, exciting and would leave the teams with a lot of memories to take back home. E.g taking a picture of the entire team’s shadow in the air (while jumping).

Minute-to-win-it:

Teams would gather together, in a competitive environment all the members would be gathered around the middle for 15 minute-to-win-it games. For each little competition one team member would step up while the rest of the team would be cheering and rooting for their player. For each little game the team would get one point. The team with most points by the end of the game wins. The activities are easy and interesting, e.g. Mummify a team mate with tissue roll in 1 minute, or Coke Monster.

Quiz-Up:

For this game, the teams will settle down in silence, and there will be a set of 30 questions which require humor, good IQ and a good memory of previous events to be answered correctly. It’ll be a classic competition where the fastest team to blow the whistle gets to answer first. Each question carries one point and the team with the most points by the end wins.

Tug-o-war:

A Tug of war tournament would be all about the team with strength and endurance. Swinging drastically out of the corporate culture this game may sound absurd but the adrenaline rush backed by intense competition makes it one of the most classic competitive team building battle of all time.

Karaoke Night:

A guitar player and a keyboard player will be playing music in the background and it’ll be a free-for-all activity for anyone to come on stage and sing their heart out to their favorite songs.

We can turn this into a competition as well and give it a funny name like “Local Idol”.

Music night:

Live music acts can be arranged for a relaxing evening of your favorite genre (e.g Sufi, bhangra, pop rock). We also have various known artists on our panel that can be arranged for a concert.

Tambola:

Tambola is another name for the game of Bingo. The rules are very simple in this game of chance and any number of people can play, making it a popular game for large gatherings where people get the chance to win various prizes.

Archery:

Conducting an archery event will be one of the unique activities we can bring to the people. It will include proper training for each individual, and then later we can commence into a tournament where each individual will get an equal chance to take part in the tournament. The winner will be rewarded with exotic prizes.

Parlour Games:

For every game round won by a team, the team wins one pendant. Team with most pendants in one hour wins prizes.

◦Dumb Charades: A game in which words and phrases are expressed by a player without saying anything. And their team mates are to guess the word. The word is randomly designated to each team. The team to guess the word in the shortest period wins.

◦Movie Trivia: The teams are given a few clues for every movie and the team to guess the most out of them wins.

◦20 Questions: One player is chosen to be the answerer. That person chooses a subject (object) but does not reveal this to opposite team. The opposite team players are questioners. They each take turns asking a question which can be answered with a simple “Yes“, “No or “Maybe”. If the team guesses the subject in 20 questions, they win.

– Small board and card games can also be included for the people in their idle time.

– Can also include sports items in case someone wants to play volleyball, football or cricket.

– If the venue allows, we can also build a large bonfire everyone can sit around and enjoy their meals, music or tea.

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NAUKOT LEEPA VALLEY

 Naukot is an alluring and beautiful valley in Leepa Valley, which lies at an elevation of 2,133 metres (6,998 feet). It is the ancestral home-town of Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif (Prime Minister of Pakistan). It is accessible through Reshian and Dao Khan. It is 105 kilometres (65 miles) away from Muzaffarabad (the capital of Azad Kashmir) and it is located along the Line of Control (LOC). It is 8 kilometres away from main bazar of Leepa and it remains snow-stricken throughout the winter season. The tourist season starts from May till November.

Leepa Valley is a former Princely State of Azad Kashmir and it is connected to Muzaffarabad through Naili, Reshian Gali (elevation: 3,200 metres) and up to Dao Khan where downward journey gets started towards the Leepa Valley (elevation: 1,677 metres).

Naukot is very fertile and rich Valley and its real charm lies in its rice fields which are real summer treat. The variety of its rice especially the “red” rice is its specialty. Its tasty, mouth-watering and aromatic fruits especially Cherry and Apple are all time favorite. The wooden structure of the houses in the valley is the master-piece of the typical Kashmiri architecture. The Walnut of Leepa is widely appreciated everywhere and is even exported to the various countries of the world. Every family of Naukot has an asset of walnut trees in its possession and they earn a handsome profit from its export. Their living standard is significantly higher than that of the people of other areas of the Valley. Besides its Walnut, Cheery and Apple, the valley produces best quality honey.

Majority of the people (up to 90%) in Naukot area are Kashmiri speaking; Hindko is spoken here as well. However Urdu is spoken and understood widely. The population of the valley consists of 75,000 inhabitants and their earning source rely on farming, cattle rearing, business and marketing (walnut, fruits, honey) and tourists services. They are mainly self-employment.

There is a small hydro-electric project in the Leepa Valley and it is producing 2MW electricity. The electricity, generated here, is supplied to the local population.

The highest peak is of the Leepa Valley is Shamsa Bari, which remains snow-capped all the year round.

A metaled road along the right bank of River Jhelum leads to Reshian through Muzaffarabad, Garhi Dupatta, Dhanni Baqalan, Hattian Bala, Neili and Saien Bagh, Reshian, Dao Khan and finally the Leepa Valley. From here, Naukot is only 8 kilometres away to the main bazar of the Leepa Valley.

From Reshian, the gateway to the valley, there are three different routes which reach to Leepa;

  1. The Defence Road, which connects with the valley at Hanjna.
  2. Barthwar Gali.
  • Bali Camp.

Accommodation:

A Tourist Rest House and the Forest Rest House are providing accommodation facilities to the tourists. But their number increase manifolds, Tourism Department of AJK provides them with Tent Service as a substitute.

Naukot village leepa valley

100 year old wooden house

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KHARI SHARIF MIRPUR AZAD KASHMIR

Khari Sharif is a famous place in Mirpur, Azad Kashmir. It exists between Mirpur and river Jhelum and an agricultural land. Khari Sharif consists of about 80 villages. Its distance from Mirpur city is 8 kilometres and it is famous for the Shrines of two renowned Sufi Saints; Peer-e-Shah Ghazi (Qalandar Dumriyan Wali Sarkar) and Mian Muhammad Bux. Mian Muhammad Bux was not only a Sufi Saint of Qadri descendant but also a prominent poet of Punjabi and Pahari Languages, particularly he is an acclaimed poet of the legendry folklore “Saif-ul-Malook”. Din Muhammad was Khalifa of Dumriyan Wali Sarkar and in the downstream his Khalifa was Mian Shams-Ud-Din, who had three sons, namely Mian Bahaval Bux, Mian Muhammad Bux and Mian Ali Bux. The ancestors of Mian Muhammad Bux migrated from Gujarat, Pakistan to Mirpur, Azad Kashmir and got settled there. He belongs to the Gujjar Tribe and his sub-cast was Poswal. “Poswal” is the origin of the Arabic word “Boswal”, which means “one who asks questions”.

Mian Muhammad Bux, who wrote the famous folklore Saif-ul-Malook, is buried there in Khari Sharif. Saif-ul-Malook is a tale of a Prince who fell in love with a fairy called Badi-U-Jamal whom he saw in a dream. It is a series of chronicles of his journey, in search of the fairy and the spiritual lessons as well. Saif-ul-Malook is widely read and appreciated in all over Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Pakistan. A Council is working for the progress of Mian Muhammad Bux Poetry, specifically the Saif-ul-Malook.

Author: Fehmeeda Farid Khan

khari Sharif Mirpur

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How technology reforming tourism in Pakistan

Over the past ten years, the tourism sector has grown to become a pillar of the Pakistan economy, driven by political cooperation, social change and far – reaching advances in technology; both in communications and infrastructure.
This article looks at some of the major issues related to technology, innovation and their impact on domestic tourism as a whole.

The Process of Traveler’s Booking System.

How Online Booking Companies working in Pakistan ?

  • Online Setup Like Website
  • Online Marketing via (GoogleFacebook, Twitter,etc )
  • Tourist Stations Ground work

Among the cyclical succession of symbolic terms that have become part of global tourism discourse, ‘innovation’ and ‘technological change’ have started to occupy a privileged place and it is highly likely that they are here to stay.
It is not surprising, since both are central to improving business and destination competitiveness and as such, to improving the tourist’s experience.

The advances in connectivity and processing power that have been made in ICT in recent years are undeniable. It is also true that the expansion of broadband is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century which, once it has been overcome, will bring an end to the ‘plague of distance’ which exists in many parts of the world. This will bring us closer to becoming the more equal and cohesive society that we dream of, in which access to the Internet really does become a citizen’s right and which contributes to democratization and to widening the horizons of citizen participation.

At the same time the ‘smart world’ in which we live whose landscape –albeit in a permanent process of evolution is becoming friendlier, offering clearer, solutions which serve to reduce time and money and opening new paths towards the personalization of products and services.
The world in which we live – in spite of its many inequalities – offers an immense space to increase travel, since many barriers which used to prevent or slow global travel are gradually falling.

Today, tourism activity is increasingly being shaped by price comparison and combination technology; new applications for mobiles that offer a wide range of opportunities are being developed; social networks are consolidating themselves within a more transparent market in which citizens are able to provide services together; changes in the concept of the value chain are producing new business models. In short, change is becoming more obvious and constant, just like the opportunities that it is creating.
For tourism, the there are multiple challenges
To understand the main trends that are affecting supply and demand.To manage change in the external environment while evolving at the same rate. Improve the capacity for tourism organizations to respond to demand through policies that better integrate diverse interests, taking into account the whole range of a destination’s potential.

In the end, we have no other choice but to understand and manage change, and implement the innovation that comes as a result of cultural change. We must commit ourselves to ensuring that change helps to build a better, more accessible, more inclusive, more creative, more ambitious, tourism that is founded in a firm belief in ethics and social cohesion. As a result, tourism will long continue to be an activity of dreams and of social opportunities.

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