Tourism in Pakistan
Tourism is considered as the backbone for a strong economy. Tourism can add up a good amount to the economy annually. Pakistan has a marvelous tourist points and reasons for tourist to visit. Pakistan has the most beautiful scenes and mountains, plateaus and deserts. Not only nature has given us the benefit but Pakistan has been blessed with many religious and sports related tourist point.
Conde Nast Traveler, a luxury and lifestyle travel magazine has ranked Pakistan as the best International holiday destination. Pakistan is mentioned as best comes out on top owing to its ancient valleys, relaxed visa restrictions and Royal Family members Prince William and Kate Middleton’s also visited this year.
The website stated:
“This remarkable country is finally getting the focus it deserves. Because this is a place of exquisite landscapes, where green spaces are overlooked by towering mountains. In fact, Pakistan has more peaks taller than 22,965 feet than China and Nepal combined, making it an almost magnetic spot for adventure travellers and intrepid hikers”
British Backpackers Society (BBS) earlier this week has declared Pakistan as the world’s third highest potential adventure destination for the 2020.
“After counting the votes from its membership of adventure travel experts from around the world, the BBS is delighted to announce that Pakistan has been awarded the third place in the ranking.”
Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) had set up 27 motels and 3 restaurants for the convenience of these foreign tourists, PTDC need to intensify their marketing ability in order to attract tourists from countries like, China, Middle East Korea, Japan and many other countries.
Importance for Economy:
Tourism is measured to be the major sources of economic progress. It not only encourage employment opportunities as well as income. Tourism increase the foreign exchange income in form of import and exports. Tourism also encourage small local markets and businesses. Plus it can also have rapid economic development which encourage more opportunities for foreigners. And attract foreign investment as well.
According to a report by World Economic Forum, the direct contribution of tourism industry in Pakistan in year 2015 was Rs328 million constituting to 2.8 percent of the total GDP. Current Government of Pakistan has planned a ten year road map to energize tourism industry. Tourism industry in Pakistan was striving hard for years because of terrorism and un stable political system. They have design a National Tourism Strategy ( NTS) which will increase industry competitiveness and ensure maximum utilization of Pakistan’s natural, cultural, historical and geographical assets. Only KP Govt allocates a record 20bn for Sports, Tourism for next fiscal year-2019-20
Development of tourism industry in Pakistan can bring a immense change to the economic stability and status of the country. This requires a wide range of budgets and tastes, and a wide variety of resorts and hotels , basically infrastructure development. It can further be enhance by positive and good marketing strategies.
What Pakistan offers in name of tourism?
Pakistan being a nature blessed country also have multi- culture and multi ethnicity. This makes Pakistan a beautiful and attractive for tourist to plan a holiday. Say it to be Karachi to Gwadar and Khyber to Hunza (Gilgit). Lahore is a complete glimpse of Mughal era. Every part of Pakistan make it beautiful because of diversified culture, hospitality and language.
Pakistan has been a blessing for the neighboring countries like Afghanistan and Bangladesh for medical treatment in Pakistan. They are not only provided with best medical facilities but the language numerators are also present in the hospitals for their help.
Pakistan has been the center of religious tourism for different religions as well.
Muslims have numerous shrines of Saints in Pakistan. People globally visit these shrines and the annual festivals are arranged in these shrines. These Sufi saints are known for promotion of peace, love, enlightenment for the world. These shrines are not only visited by Muslims but people of different beliefs. Their final resting place are these Shrines as following.
Shrine of Data Ganj Bakhsh Hajveri, Lahore
It is one of the oldest Shrines in the region. The shrine of Data Ganj Bakhsh Hajveri is located in the Lahore. Abdul Hasan Ali and he was given the title ‘Data’ for his humanity and generous nature. He spread Islam all over the region. The tomb of Data Ganj Bakhsh was constructed by Sultan Zakiruddin Ibrahim of Ghaznavi with white marble.
Shrine of Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ghazi, Karachi
It is believed that this shrine is responsible for protecting the city of from cyclones and other cataclysmic events. It is the most visit shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi is the country. Every year, massive celebration to commemorate Abdullah Shah Ghazi also happens here every December and is completed in three days.
Shrine of Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, Sehwan Sharif
Syed Muhammad Usman Marwandi known as mystic Lal Shahbaz Qalandar the famous Muslim saint was born in 1177 in Iran. He was an outstanding Sufi poet and writer who travelled all around the Muslim world and later on settled in Sehwan Sharif. The followers visit every Thursday there is sound of dhamaal that is the music played by thumping giant drums during Maghreb.
Shrine of Sachal Sarmast, Khairpur
Sachal Sarmast last peace place is Khairpur, Sindh. Born Abdul Wahab was a honest spiritual. His work has been translated into seven languages including Sindhi, Seraiki, and Persian.
Shrine of Hazrat Bahauddin Zakaria, Multan
Multan is known as the city of saints every street of this city is the final resting place of the renowned Sufi saint Hazrat Bahauddin Zakaria. A building with an recognizable look of red bricks the shrine was built in 1267.
Hindu Religious Places
List of five famous Hindu temples of Pakistan are as following:
Hinglaj Mata Mandir
Hinglaj Mata temple is a famous powers of Goddess Sati. This is a cave temple situated near river on the Makran coast in the Lasbela district of Balochistan.
Panchmukhi Hanuman Mandir in Karachi
One of the oldest temples in Pakistan almost 1500 year old in Soldier Bazaar. It is a special temple as it has natural statue in the world of Hanuman that is not man-made.
Katas Raj Temples
Katas Raj, is a Hindu pilgrimage having several temples linked to one another by in one place at few steps. Hindus believes says that Katas Raj pond was formed after Lord Shiva tear fall on the death of Sati, his wife and that tear made the pond after the tear directly fall on the earth. The water of the lake is considered very previous and pure.
Multan Sun Temple
This temple is 5000 year old Sun Temple of Multan, also known as the Aditya Sun Temple. The Sun Temple at Multan is known to be made by son of Krishna for relief from the symptoms
of his leprosy.
Varun Dev Temple
Varun Dev temple is located at Manora Island Karachi is dedicated to the Lord of the Seas known as Varuna. One of the thinkers says that it was built for encouragement of trade activity in the Indian Ocean back in 1917-1918.
Sikhism Religious Places
Gurdwara Panja Sahib, Hasan Abdal, Rawalpindi
Almost 45 km from Capital of Pakistan, the small town located on G.T road is the Hasan Abdal. The small town is of immense importance because of its running waters and springs. It is culturally rich and populous town, The Sikh “Gurduwara (Temple) of Panja Sahib” located at Hasan Abdal is the famous Sikh pilgrimage. These pilgrims visit in April every year. A lot of sikh population resides in this town. This is known for a large stone with hand print of Guru Nanak Sahib. A three storied temple 1928 in gray sand stone was build and is same in design after the style of the Samadh of Maharaja Ranjit Singh at Lahore.
Samadh of Maharaja Ranjit Singh: (1780-1839) Lahore
A powerful ruler of the Sikh reign is situated opposite the Lahore Fort. His Samadh occupies the spot where he was cremated.(burnt). The design of building is mixture of Hindu and Mughal era. This building was built in 1848 A.D by Kharak Singh son of Ranjit Singh. Eleven smaller knobs exhibits ashes of four queen and seven slave girls. The inside of the Samadh is decorated with fresco pertaining to Sikh gurus.
Nankana Sahib (Nankana)
In 1469, Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikh faith was born in Nankana Sahib.The name of the place at that time was Rai Bhoi di Talwandi. There are several shrines connected with the memory of Guru Nanak Dee’s childhood. The Gurdwaras had to be abandoned in the aftermath of the Partition in 1947. They are now looked after by the Government of Pakistan. Nankana Sahib is one of the three places which can be visited periodically by bands of Sikh pilgrims with the approval of the Government of Pakistan. This place is of immense importance because of birthplace of Guru Nanak.
Guru Nanak spent last 18 glorious years of his life in this area. It is considered to be the second religious site for Sikhism after Gurdwara Janam Asthan, also in Pakistan, which was built on the site where Guru Nanak was born. The existing Gurdwara in Kartarpur was built in 1925 after the original was effected by floods and is restored by the Pakistani government in 2004. This is not only of importance for Sikh community but also historically tense relationship between India and Pakistan. The two countries first discussed the corridor in 1998, and then again in 2004 and 2008, but these talks never led to anything concrete. But in 2019 the doors of Kartarpur corridor is opened on 550th Birthday of Guru Nanak Sahib.
Buddhist Religious Places
Taxila is located from Capital of Pakistan almost 35 kms away. Taxila was center for Buddhist sculpture and education between 600 BC and 500 AD. More than fifty sites are there. Some of the Most important sites include Dharmarajika, Stupa, Bhir Mound, Sirkap, Jandial Temple, and Jaulian Monestery. Taxila museum has best displayed sculptures of that time.
Takht-i-Bahi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is another major area of Buddhist sculptures. Another Buddhist site of archaeological and historical is in Takht-i-Bahi. It is around 170 km fromcapital of Pakistan, located in KP. The site comprises ruins of an ancient Buddhist times situated high a 152-meter hill. This belongs 1000 BC to 7th century even its is believed thatnAsoka the Great built stupas was at Takht-i-Bahi.
Pakistan and its Northern part is gifted with most mesmerizing geographical features in the world. The spectacular mountain ranges, Karakoram, Himalayas and Hindu-Kush. In an area about 500 Kms in width and 350 Kms in depth, is found the densest collection of some of the highest and precipitous peaks in the world, boasting more than 160 peaks above 7000 M. Mountaineering in Pakistan is an thrilling affair. Pakistan is home to five of the 14 highest peaks in the world. Two of them are K2 (8611 meters), which is the second highest peak in the world and Nanga Parbat (8125 meters), which is also known as ‘Killer Mountain’. There numerous peaks above 6500 to 7700 meters are also there. Mountaineers around the world specially from Nepal visit Pakistan for this reason.
The Shandur Pass polo event is considered the world most marvelous and big sport event in the world. The New York based magazine goes on to praise the serene Shandur Pass, which is home to the world’s highest polo field. This event is organized in Shandur in July every year and Internationally the polo lovers come and join this event. This free-style game is played between teams from the districts of Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan.
In Pakistan, Hunting is a passion for hunters. The trophy they have must be from Pakistan, Pakistan have interesting prey. Himalayan ibex, Markhor, Sindh ibex, Punjabi urial and Blue Sheep where else on the world have these beauties. The best horns of record were taken in Gilgit in 1907 and measured 60-3/4 inches (154.3 cm) (Rowland Ward). According to data of 2018, The licences for trophy hunting include four Astore Markhor, 14 blue sheep and 95 ibex. The licence for hunting Astore Markhor was obtained at $11,000, the highest rate in the history of the region. The rate for permit of hunting Astore Markhor has been fixed at $75,000, for blue sheep $8,000 and Rs100,000 for ibex.
Moreover Pakistan needs to ease up visa limitation. The logistics and infrastructure around the country improvement through dedicated services for the tourists and pilgrims, such as separate services for foreigners at airports.