Pakistan has been blessed with a diverse culture, people and landscapes. Pakistanis are a blend of their Harappan, Indo-Aryan, Indo-Iranian, Saka, Parthian, Kushan, White-Hun, Afghan, Arab, Turkic and Mughal heritage. Waves of invaders and migrants settled down in Pakistan throughout the centuries, influencing the locals and being absorbed among them. The land is divided into four provinces; Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa. The tribal belt adjoining KPK is managed by the Federal Government and is named FATA i.e., Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan have their own respective political and administrative machinery. Each province has been blessed with unique landscapes and landforms and further divided into districts and cities. The multi-cultural and multi-ethnic attributes add more to the flavors of Pakistan. Tourism is a rapidly growing industry in Pakistan. Ancient civilization ruins such a Mohenjo-daro, Harappa and Taxila, to the Himalayan hill stations attract those interested in field and winter sports. Pakistan is home to several mountain peaks over 7000m, which attracts adventurers and mountaineers form around the world, especially K2. Towards the north of Pakistan we find ancient fortresses, towers and architecture as well as Hunza and Chitral valleys. Pakistan is a treasure-house of Muslim art and architecture. Lahore is the cultural capital of the country, being a witness to the rise and fall of many Mughal dynasties. Monuments such as the Royal Fort, Badshahi Mosque, Wazir Khan’s Mosque and Tombs of Emperor Jahangir and Queen Noor Jehan further embellish the beauty of the Pakistan.
More prominent areas within each province are as follows:
Karachi, Thatta, Kirthar National Park, Hyderabad, Manchar Lake, Ranikot Fort, Sukkur, Rohri, Bhukkur Island, Gorakh, Moenjodaro, Tharparkar and Umerkot.
Lahore, Sialkot, Taxila, Kallar Kahar Lake and Ketas Temples, Khewra Salt Mines, Multan, Bahawalpur, Cholistan, Derawar Fort, Murree and The Galliyats.
Quetta, Pishin Valley & Bund Hushdil Khan, Ziarat, Sibi, Mehrgarh, Balochistan Coastline, Gawadar and Makran Coastal Highway.
Pehawar, Tarbela Dam Swabi, Attock Fort, Takht-i-Bhai, Swat, Shangla, Abbottabad, Shogran, Kaghan Valley, Balakot, Kawai and Naran.
Muzaffarabad, Neelum Valley, Jehlum Valley, Leepa Valley, Poonch & Sudhnoti, Bagh & Koti, Mirpur & Bhimbar and Mangla Dam.