by Amna Tanveer Khan
It won’t be a stretch to say that Pakistan has it all, from snow capped mountains to great uncharted deserts, mineral laden fields, undiscovered salt mines, lakes that leave the onlookers mesmerized and other natural possessions that all Pakistanis take pride in. A lot of effort is being put into the infrastructure to make these places and sceneries accessible, not only for locals but foreigners alike.
Today we focus on some of the famous roads that are taken by many on their adventures to various parts of the country, offering breathtaking views straight out of your favorite travel movie.
Makran Coastal Highway
Classified as one of the most striking coastal drives, Makran Coastal Highway, also known as the N-10 is a 583 kilometer long road. It runs from the biggest city of the country, Karachi to the newly developing trade city, Gwadar, with Ormara and Pasni falling on the way. This particular road is rightfully a symbol of honor and happiness for all Pakistanis since its creation in 2004 because now people have the chance to roll their windows down and breathe in the scent of the sea without having to worry about the unconstructed-road dust getting everywhere. Along the twist and turns, you also get to bask in the glory of the magnificent Agor Mountains.
The highway is known not only for being the highest paved international road connecting Pakistan and China but also because of how it was brought to existence. The road spreads from Hasan Abal, a village in Punjab to Khunjerab Pass, lying at an altitude of 4,693 meters, later crossing into China to become China National Highway. Karakoram Highway offering a gorgeous view doesn’t come as a surprise due to the fact that it is built through the Karakoram Mountains and the Himalayas. On this journey, experience Pakistan like never before from peaking mountains to spellbinding lakes, the evergreen hills and enthralling valleys.
Pir Sohawa Road, Margalla Hills
You cannot visit Islamabad without having visited or hearing about this well-known tourist spot. At a distance of 13 km from Islamabad, lies this beautiful location. On the way to Pir Sohawa, you get to breathe in the clean air of the mountains while at night, witness the twinkling lights of the capital city that stretches far and wide. Daman-e-Koh, a renowned point among the tourists, is also situated on this very road. Despite some of the sharp turns, this road journey is full of adventure because on some lucky days, you might also get a visit from some of the local monkeys residing in these hills so keep a lookout.
The Road to Neelum Valley
With beauty comes the hard task of seeking it out and so is the case for this road offering stunning views wherever you look around. Titled as one the most beautiful roads in the country, it takes to an equally breathtaking valley situated in Azad Kashmir. Meandering right along the pristine Neelum River, this pathway stretches parallel to the Indian border. If a person is looking for some soul searching while also keeping their adventurous spirit alive, this road is for you. The lush green valleys and the hypnotizing lakes are enough to make you fall hard for this journey and the destination that follows.