Pakistan is one of the most remarkable countries in the world when it comes to natural scenic beauty and diverse cultural values. Although the Times magazine and foreign media has rendered Pakistan as a dangerous country, the tourism industry of Pakistan is expanding day-by-day. The towering mountains of the north, the splendid springs, friendly people and lush valleys invite people from all over the world.

The Chitral valley located amidst the mighty Hindu Kush mountains is truly fascinating. The valley can easily be approached via air from the historical city of Quetta. The ideal time to visit Chitral is from June to September. The population is about 159230. Most of the people speak and understand Urdu language while the local language is Khowar. The elevation of this valley is 1518 meters (4980 feet). In Chitral the famous sport is polo. Every year people from all over the country gather to take part in the Shandur polo contest which takes place on the highest polo ground of the world.

Another famous tourist destination is the Hunza valley. The valley is known through out the world because of the spectacular scenery of the surrounding mountains like Ultar sar, Rakaposhi, Ghenta peak and Hunza peak. The average height of these mountains is about 6000 meters. In the past Hunza was the name of a princely state bordering China and the local ruler was called as Thum. The elevation of Hunza valley is 2438 meters. It provides the quickest access to swat and Gandhara for persons travelling on foot. The ideal time to visit Hunza valley is from May to October. The people of valley are known for their friendliness and hospitality. The literacy rate of the valley is about 90%. The local language is Burushaski. In short the valley is Heaven on Earth!

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