Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province, is one of the four administrative provinces of Pakistan, located in the north-western region of the country along the International border with Afghanistan.
It borders Afghanistan to the north-west, Gilgit-Baltistan to the north-east, Azad Jammu and Kashmir to the east, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) to the west and south and Punjab and the Islamabad Capital Territory to the south-east.
The main ethnic group in the province is the Pashtuns, locally referred to as Pakhtuns, followed by many smaller ethnic groups, most notably, the Hazarawals and Chitralis. The principal language is Pashto, locally referred to as Pukhto and the provincial capital is Peshawar, locally referred to as Pekhawar.
Most Beautiful Places in KPK
The only ski resort you would find in Pakistanandthat is in Malam Jabba in KPK. It is comprised of 2 Buddhist stupas, 6 monasteries that you would find around it. Evident of such monuments being present at such altitudes signifies that this area in KPK has been home to mankind for over 2000 years.
This is one of the top attractions of Pakistan. The sea green, clear as crystal, freezing water surface amid gigantic glaciers is one part of it. A classic fable goes about this area of a prince and a fairy queen still residing and dancing above water surface every month on the 14th of the lunar calendar.
Nathyagali is one of the amazing areas in Pakistan. It is simply said that this area is a maze of scenic beauty. It’s a host of hiking and great weather that is a lot cooler because of its magnificent altitude. Nathiagali is located midway and an hour’s drive away from Abbottabad and Murree. Head out from May to September, it would be best suited since during these months the temperature is tolerable for a visitor generally in KPK. However, when you hear about fog here, take your steps back because visibility is reduced to a few feet only.
It is known to be the second-highest hill of Galya and located in the hilly areas of Abbottabad. Although there is an arduous journey of nearly 3 hours to the top, which takes your breath away – ascend as you have never had experienced before. Another trek follows from Dungagali to Mushkpuri, however, this one is more amiable and boasts an appealing sight of Ayubia National Park in KPK. This breath-taking location not only offers you its intrinsic beauty but also glimpses of surrounding places – so much to offer in one place.
Ayubia National Park
Covering an area of approximately 3128-hectare acres, this place is specifically one in KPK that is home to migrating birds and animals prone to extinction threat. The black bear and leopards dangle in common sight. Two species: Koklass Pheasant and Kalij Pheasant – specifically subjected to extinction – are found here. If you happen to be keen of hiking, tramp along the pipeline which leads to Dunga Gali after passing through Ayubia National Park. However, one must be sure since this 45-minute voyage can overwhelm with the picturesque beauty of River Jhelum and hills dressed in pine.
Swat is known to be Pakistan’s Switzerland, dedicated to being one of the greenest valleys and easily accessible areas. This place is ideal for archaeology, spending honeymoons, and hiking. Take a half-day tour to explore artifacts here, dedicate the rest of the hours witnessing the stunning show of nature as it happens. Swat Valley is a promise of dreams and attributed to one of the top attractions KPK.
Kalash Valley is as beautiful as its people. Situated in Chitral, it presents three valleys: Birir, Rumor, and Bumburet. The Kalash people originate from the oldest tribe of South Asia and assert their magnificent culture, language, festivals, and art along with the standards of global popularity in tourist attractions. Local people run the show here. Their hospitality is unique and part of what makes this area worth a visit. If you are fond of contemporary art and culture then head out to Kalash Valley in KPK.
This location finishes a league apart. Along with the standards of valleys, one may not find anything like Shogran. It opens an array of awe-inspiring features, from flora and fauna to primeval surroundings, making it a heart of greenery in KPK. Shogran is hardly a destination for trekker and encourages constant sightseeing via local facilities provided here. To reach here safe and sound, heading from Islamabad and through Kawai is a viable option. However, one must be concerned about the conditions of vehicles for commuting and required to be driven by experienced personnel.
Located about 31 kilometers from Abbottabad, this area is breath-taking and surely would curb the gasp out of you. The term “Thandiani” refers to “very cold”; no more can be said about the climate here. In summer, it is revived, colored green and altogether an alluring spot for anyone who wishes to see heaven on earth.
The expense of witnessing the wonder of nature is a strong willingness to contest the savage temperament welcoming any tourist here. But, it is all worthwhile when you are one of the few people to have magnificent pictures of this place in your camera. This area is mostly covered in snow, reaching via a tiring journey from