Tourism is undoubtedly is an industry that can fetch an attractive number of visitors in the country. This will surely result into more spending in the country. This spending will originate from the much needed foreign currency influx. Pakistan is blessed by the 4 seasons with topography of great variety from warm beaches to snow ridden mountain peaks. Here we have the beautiful deserts and lush green valleys.
The prime minister has recently indicated that the vital aspect of our new tourism policy will be a focus on religious tourism. The capital of Ghandara civilization Taxila, which was the centre of Buddhism at one point in time, will be revived.
Recently a 40ft Buddha statue near Haripur has been discovered. It is the world’s largest sleeping Buddha which will soon be shared with the the world.
The Sikhism is among the prominent religions in the sub continent and Sikhs live everywhere in the world. The two most important and the holiest sites for Sikhism, Nankana Sahib and Kartarpur are also in Pakistan. There are some more places that are important for them. Similarly one of the most holiest place for Hindus named Katas Raj is also in Pakistan.
And then there is Sufism. The Muslim sufis have a lion’s share in spreading Islam in sub continent. The Pakistan has multiple revered sufi sites where annual celebrations called Melas are big tourist attractions for a hilarious spiritual experience.
Pakistan is a country having some of the oldest living cities like Multan, Thatha, Lahore and Peshawar. Some of them having history of about 2500 years.
There are some other abandoned attractions like Moenjodaro, Harrapa and Mehr Garh. These sites can attract large number of tourists, scholars and researchers, if equipped with facilities and introduced properly to the world. The Government is seriously planning to launch a tourist web portal where all such places and attractions will be “brought onto the map”.
Pakistan’s potential for beach tourism remains untapped and there are many investors interested to take a stake in its development.
People are completely clueless to the skiing opportunities in Pakistan. Pakistan’s gradient from K2 to the coastline is the steepest, with various sites and weather patterns to experience along the way.