Has Pakistan potential to become a tourist paradise?
The natural foothills of Pakistan are covered with icy mountains, wide rivers, fertile plains, vast deserts, and deep seas. Despite this, the tourism industry has never fully flourished.
Many countries of the world have promoted tourism on an industrial scale and made it a major source of foreign exchange.
That is why there is a possibility of significant development in the field of tourism in Pakistan by 2025 at the government level.
Things that attract tourists include beautiful scenery, historic buildings and areas, rare objects, ancient traditional festivals, religious and spiritual sites and the final resting places of celebrities, and some sightseeing celebrities.
Fortunately, Pakistan is one of the countries that have all the aforementioned accessories to attract tourists from all over the world.
Its natural foothills are covered with icy mountains, wide rivers, fertile plains, vast deserts, and deep seas. Despite this, the tourism industry has never fully flourished.
In order to know what are the obstacles in the development of tourism in Pakistan which have been preventing it from becoming an industry, it is necessary to consider some reasons.
Conditions for a Tourist Paradise:
When a tourist chooses an area keeping in mind the desires, he must see the availability of these important things:
- How safe that area is?
- How easy it is to get there and get around
- What are the facilities locally including the guide and how friendly the people are toward the tourists?
- What are the transportation arrangements in the area and how satisfactory is the hygiene situation?
- Local currency exchange centers are located at appropriate locations
- How effective is the first aid and rescue system in case of an emergency?
Undoubtedly, Pakistan has all the elements that can be an attraction for a foreign tourist.
If one wants to touch the high snowy peaks, the five mountains above eight thousand meters called eight thousand, challenge us to come head over heels.
Not one or two, but five of the 14 mountains in the world, 8,000 meters high, stand proudly in Pakistan.
The world’s three highest mountain ranges, the Himalayas, the Hindu Kush, and the Karakoram, meet in Pakistan.
The world’s second-highest peak, K2, is found here. Lake Saiful Muluk, Dev Sai, Shandor, Kalam, Skardu, Shangri-La, Kailash, Swat, Malam Jabba, and many more places are full of attractions for the lovers of natural beauty.
Cholistan and Thar Qudrat, full of desert spells, have given us. Here are the forts of Dravida and Rani Kot that stun the human intellect.
Five thousand years old, Harappa, Mohenjo-Daro, and Mehrgarh ruins are here.
Here are the beautiful hospitable people of the Kailash Valley with blue and green eyes, claiming to be the descendants of Alexander the Great’s companions.
Is Pakistan really rich in natural and geographical resources?
“Pakistani talent and natural resources have not been used for development”
The world’s tallest polo ground is Shindoor.
The world’s second-largest salt mine, Khyura, is located in the same country and has its centuries-old magical colors wrapped in its caves.
A visit here becomes a lifelong experience.
The last resting place of Sufis for travelers seeking spiritual destinations is Data Ganj Bakhsh, Madhu Lal Hussain, Baba Guru Nanak, Rehman Baba, Mian Muhammad Bakhsh, Shah Rukn-ud-Din, Shah Abdul Latif Bhattai, and Abdullah Shah Ghazi.
Here are the graveyards of Chokhandi and Mukli, which are considered to be unique in the world. It is said that there are two and a half Qalandars in the world, so one of them, Lal Shahbaz Qalandar is sleeping here in Sehwan Sharif.
Here are the characters of Heer Ranjha, Sohni Mahiwal, Mirza Sahib, and Sassi Pannu, romantic stories that take human love to the level of inspiration.
The city of Sohni on the banks of the Chenab, Gujarat, the mausoleum of Mai Heer, the masterpiece of its time, and the monuments of Bhambur, and the Tala Jogis are unique attractions for those who have a heart.
The rebellious Balha Shah of his time, whose songs are sung all over the country, is making a permanent stop here in Kasur.
In Jhelum, Katas Raj, and Fort Rohtas are waiting for curious souls.
It is a fact that Pakistan came into existence in 1947 but a fact is even older that every step of the cultural color spread on this earth has existed for thousands of years so its roots in the world of history are much deeper and stronger.
Tourist Destinations in Pakistan:
There is no shortage of tourist destinations in Pakistan.
In Lahore, Badshahi Masjid, Shahi Qila, Shala Mar Bagh, Ranjit Singh’s Mari, about a thousand kilometers long coastline in the south, besides two deep-sea ports, Karachi and Gwadar are here.
Large ships and small boats float on these waves, but cruises from Karachi to Dubai are unthinkable.
In addition, the potential for religious tourism in Pakistan is immense.
On one side is Katas Raj which Hindus consider one of their most sacred places and on the other side, Kartarpur is the holiest place for Sikhs.
In addition, there is no shortage of attractions in the country in the interest of Buddhists.
One of the oldest schools in human history is in Taxila, in the same country. The stories of Gandhara and Buddhism are engraved all over the country.
The modern city of Islamabad, located at the foot of the Margalla Hills below the high northern mountains, is also the capital of Pakistan.
In its footsteps is the ancient settlement of Saidpur, with a temple on one side and a gurdwara on the other, whereby now millions of people have bowed their heads.
The question is why this country could not become a tourist’s paradise in spite of all these treasures.
The answers are many. One is that despite the improvement in the law and order situation, the outbreak of the coronavirus has cut off tourism around the world and Pakistan has also fallen victim to it.
But if we look beyond the current barriers on a permanent basis, there are several major reasons:
One is that today’s world is the world of marketing. In order to sell a place’s beauty product, it needs to be properly advertised according to international standards.
You have to look for opportunities to improve your image and make your presence felt. Appropriate arrangements have to be made for security and in exceptional circumstances.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Internally, one of the major reasons is the safety of relatively dangerous mountain passes. In some parts of the north, this work demands a lot of attention.
In addition, the attitude of the locals towards the tourists is friendly but the general condition of cleanliness in some historical places is also unsatisfactory which is why it is not considered necessary to improve it.
In the end, it is only a matter of time that apart from the government level, the ‘Star of the Nation’s Destiny’, that is, every citizen in his own individual color also has a responsibility to improve the overall image and cleanliness, then more and more tourists from all over the world visit this unique land. Can benefit from the beauty of a unique piece of land.