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Places To Visit During Winters

Winters are all about the cozy vibe and relaxation. The chill weather, a warm cup of tea are great to make any day. While cold weather can be enjoyed at home, certain places offer breathtaking views during winters that are indescribable. 

Pakistan is home to many natural wonders and it hosts many spots for recreation. If you are planning a vacation during winters in Pakistan and are looking for places then we have got you covered. 

In this article, we have mentioned the 10 best places to visit in Pakistan that can make your winter vocations worth the effort. 

10 Places to Visit In Pakistan During Winters 

Below are 10 places you should visit if you are planning a winter vacation. 

  • Malam Jabba
  • Murree
  • Neelum Valley
  • Astor Valley
  • Hunza Valley
  • Quetta
  • Swat
  • Nathiagali
  • Leepa Valley
  • Kalam Valley

Now let’s get into their details. 

1. Malam Jabba

It is a serene hill station located in the Hindu Kush Mountain range, and at a distance of 300km from Islamabad.

The Malam Jabba Ski Resort and the Jarogo Waterfalls are famous attractions in the area. Malam Jabba is accessible year-round and offers skiing, trekking, chair lifts, ice skating, and sightseeing opportunities to tourists. 

Famous hotels in Malam Jabba include Pearl Continental, PTDC (owns the Malam Jabba Ski Resort), and the Crown Palace Hotel. 

2. Murree

Murree is the most visited and loved hill station for people living in Lahore, Islamabad, and other nearby cities. It is located in the Punjab Province, in the Rawalpindi district. It is accessible, commercialized, and has tons of places to eat, shop, and tour. 

Popular places include Mall Road for shopping, Pindi Point and Kashmir Point. Popular hotels in Murree include Pearl Continental in Bhurban, the Arcadian Blue Pines Resort, and the Lockwood hotel. 

3. Neelum Valley

Neelum means Blue Gem. The valley is located in the northeast of Muzaffarabad in Azad Kashmir. The Neelum River flows through it and is a popular site to visit. 

The valley offers forests, streams, and mountain views that are great for calming the mind and for taking a rest from the busy city life. 

The Sharada Peeth in Sharda is a historical site that hosts ruins from the past. Other major locations include the Kutton Waterfall, Upper Neelum, Ratti Gali Lake, and Baboon Valley.

4. Astor Valley

The valley is located in Gilgit-Baltistan and is at the eastern face of the Nanga Parbat which is also known as the killer mountain. The place offers great trekking venues and a new cultural experience which is very refreshing. 

The trading route that connected the Indian subcontinent with Gilgit Baltistan is a great place to visit as it takes you back in time. If you want to visit a more crowded site then Rama Lake, Rupal, and Deosai Plains should be on your list as they are beautiful places to make great memories. 

5. Hunza Valley

Hunza is probably a place every Pakistani has heard of a million times and would want to visit at least once. It is a mountainous region located in Gilgit-Baltistan and crosses the northern and western banks of the Hunza River. 

Hunza is famous for its breathtaking views that are pleasing to the eyes and calming to the soul. Places like Diran Base Camps and Rakaposhi are also quite popular and should be visited along the way. 

6. Quetta

Quetta is the capital of Balochistan which is the largest province of Pakistan in terms of area. The city is known as the “fruit basket” of Pakistan as it produces fruits like peaches, melons, cherries, pomegranates, etc. 

The beautiful fruit gardens are a sight to see making Quetta a great destination to visit. It receives snowfall during winters so you won’t miss out on that if you are hoping for a fun time in the snow. Hotels like Serena, Reliance hotel, and Zulfiqar Hotel are a few of the many places you can stay for a great time. 

7. Swat

Swat is known as the mini Switzerland of Pakistan for its natural beauty. It has it all, mountains, valleys, meadows, rivers, and lakes. Also interesting from the archeological perspective. It is believed to be the house of 1400 monasteries and stupas from Buddhist culture. 

These were used as places of worship and to spread awareness regarding Buddhism. Popular places in Swat include Saidu Sharif, the Mingora City and Bazar, the Swat Museum, Murghzar White Palace, Shingrai Waterfall, and the Shingardar Stupa.

8. Nathiagali

A great place for hiking and sightseeing, Nathiagali is another very popular tourist destination close to Murree. It is situated in the Galyat Mountain Range and is close to many hill stations. That makes it an ideal place to visit if you want to see multiple places at once. 

Hiking in the winter season can be a problem due to heavy snowfall but you can still watch the snow-covered mountains from a resort or cottage and relax!

Places like Nathia Gali Bazaar and the St. Matthews Church can be visited year-round and should be visited at least once. 

9. Leepa Valley

The valley is located in Azad Kashmir. The area receives snowfall year-round with apple and rice fields adding to the beauty of the valley. The line of control can be seen from any point in the valley which is something you shouldn’t miss. 

The area also has green fields and wooden houses with a simple vibe that is soothing and relaxing. You can only visit it during early winters but if you want to visit a place not filled with tourists and in its true form, then you should consider paying a visit. 

10. Kalam Valley

The valley is located in the upper parts of Swat. It is packed with dense forests, snow-covered mountains, glacial lakes, and truly mesmerizing landscapes. The weather in winters is harsh but is tolerable as it drops to 1 ͦC. 

The locals in the area are very kind and hospitable. Popular sites to visit near the area include Matiltan, Usho, and Utror. Lakes like the Mahodand and Kundol Lake are also worth visiting. 

Conclusion 

In this article, we took you through 10 places that are great for a fun trip during winters. While places like Murree and Nathiagali are more accessible and commercialized, the places which are far off north, hold the true beauty of winters and snowfall. 

While these places are open during winters, it is best to visit these places in the early part of winters so you can travel more conveniently. But, if you want to enjoy the winters to the fullest, going in peak winters is a great idea! 

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