Winters are just around the corners, and you might have already started marking places where you can spend your winter vacations. Although relaxing in the house and roaming with friends is a great idea, you must know that December and January are the months when you should never overlook the most enhancing tourist destinations in Pakistan. Here we are to assist you in making a plan for spending the best vacations in winter with your family this year.
Best Places to Visit in Pakistan During Winter
These are some of the most popular winter holiday destinations in Pakistan that you should visit this winter.
- Nathia Gali
- Malam Jabba
- Kalam Valley
- Gorakh Hill
- Cholistan Desert
When you think of enjoying winters in some hill station, Murree is the first place that comes to your mind. It is the most renowned weekend getaway for people living in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
Murree is surrounded by lush green pine forests and mountain peaks, and it remains a perfect tourist hotspot throughout the year. In winter, it turns into a wonderland as mountain peaks are covered with snow. If you are looking to visit a place in winter that is also not far away, you must see Murree.
Some of the major tourist attractions in and around Murree include Mall Road, Pindi Point, Kashmir Point, Chattar Park, Bhurban, Ayubia and Patriata.
Nathia Gali is another most renowned winter holiday destination in Pakistan. It is known for landscapes, hiking tracks, tourist attractions etc. It is located in the Galyat range, comprises various hill stations, and is about 7,900 feet above sea level. The weather remains constantly cool in Nathia Gali, but it drops down to -8 degrees Celsius in winter. You can enjoy hiking there, but in winter, it would be challenging as well.
It is located in the Hindu kush mountain region. It is one of the best places to visit in Pakistan. It is located 50km away from sadu sharif in Swat Valley. It is such an attractive place that thousands of local and international tourists visit Malam Jabba every year. Also, you do not find it challenging to find good hotels and restaurants there. It takes a little over two hours to reach Malam Jabba top from Mingora, about a 3-hour drive away from Peshawar.
People love to visit Kalam Valley in December in Pakistan. It is also located in Swat Valley. Its breathtaking landscape, rivers, dense forests, glacial lakes, and majestic snow-clad mountain peaks. The beauty of Kalam Valley is enough to put you speechless.
Kalam Valley is situated at an altitude of about 6,600 feet, where there are numerous hotels and restaurants. In winter, the temperature drops to 1-degree Celsius, which is much better than in other areas of Gilgit Baltistan.
If you don’t want to drive such a long distance, you can book seats in private coaches and buses that travel to the area from Islamabad, Peshawar and other nearby cities.
Chitral is located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which is another excellent place to visit in Pakistan during winters. It is about 4,900 feet above sea level, all surrounded by the magnificent Hindu Kush range. It served as the capital of the princely state Chitral until 1947. Now it is the capital of Chitral state where you will find Kalasha Valleys. In Chitral, there is always a heavy snowfall; hence it is challenging to trekk there. But it will be the best place to ski in winter. Some of the main tourist attractions in and around Chitral include the historic Chitral Fort, Chitral Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, the Old Royal Fort in Mastuj, Chitral Gol National Park and most importantly, the famous Chitral Polo Ground.
Gorakh Hill is widely known in Karachi, Hyderabad, and nearby areas. It is also considered one of the best weekend getaways near Karachi. In the entire area of Sindh, it is the only place where people get to see some snow and feel some winter vibes. If you live in Karachi and plan to enjoy some budget-friendly trips this winter, then gorakh hill would be the best option.
In winter, you should visit the Cholistan desert if you are fond of exploring old forts and love stargazing. People usually do not prefer to visit in winter, but this place does wander in winter, and you will be amazed by the cold and surroundings in winter evenings there. It is located near Bahawalpur, and anyone living in Punjab near Bahawalpur should visit the Cholistan desert at least once.