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Pakistan; a land of hidden beauty May 06

Whilst the whole world’s eyes are on Pakistan for its role in the war against terrorism,and millions of searches are carried out every day on the internet by the people who want to know about Pakistan, I believe it is the great opportunity for me to put some information together to help people with their quest,and bring their attention towards the natural beauty ,cultural heritage, and rich history Pakistan has to offer to an open minded traveller.

Pakistan is a land of variety. This region is often reffered as a ‘museum of races’. Modern 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 through out the centuries, influencing the locals and being absorbed among them. Thus the region encompassed by modern-day Pakistan is home to the oldest Asian civlization (and one of the oldest in the world after Mesopotamia and Egypt), Indus Valley Civilization (2500 BC – 1500 BC).www.tourism.gov.pk

De Blij Muller, historian and geographer branded the historical embodiment of the land when he said, “If, as is so often said, Egypt is the gift of the Nile, then Pakistan is the gift of the Indus.” The earliest evidence of humans are pebble tools from the Soan Culture in the province of Punjab, dated from 100,000 to 500,000 years ago. The Indus region was the site of several ancient cultures including Mehrgarh, one of the world’s earliest known towns, and the Indus Valley Civilisation at Harrappa and Mohenjo-Daro.

History tells us that the main reason for almost all the super powers in the history to invade the area(modern day Pakistan) was its location. Emerging super power China in north of Pakistan, India in the east, Indian Ocean in the south , Iran in the southwest and Afghanistan in the West makes Pakistan a place of importance not only geopolitically but in terms of cultural diversity as well.
The landscape of Pakistan ranges from lofty mountains in the north, the Karakoram and the Himalayas, through dissected plateaus to the rich alluvial plains of the Punjab. Then follows desolate barrenness of Balochistan and the hot dry deserts of Sindh blending into miles and miles of golden beaches of Mekran coast.

Pakistan is situated between latitude 24 and 37 degrees North and longitude 62 and 75 degrees East. The country borders Iran on the West, India on the East, Afghanistan in the North-West, China in the North and the Arabian Sea in the South. The great mountain ranges of the Himalayas, the Karakoram and the Hindukush form Pakistan’s northern highlands of North West Frontier Province and the Northern Area; Punjab province is a flat, alluvial plain with five major rivers dominating the upper region eventually joining the Indus River flowing south to the Arabian Sea; Sindh is bounded on the east by the Thar Desert and the Rann of Kutch and on the west by the Kirthar range; the Balochistan Plateau is an arid tableland, encircled by dry mountains. Its total area is 803,940 Sq.Km and total land area is 778,720 Sq.Km. (including FATA and FANA). Source
www.toursim.gov.pk

Northern areas of Pakistan are the only place on the planet earth with such a high concentration of high peaks (68 peaks higher than 7000 m,8 peaks 8000 including K-2 the second highest peak in the world).This region is rightly called the heaven of mountaineers . Nothern areas of Pakistan are also home to some of the most ancient society on the planet(look for Kelash Valley and people,who are thought to the direct decenents of the Greeks who invaded this region with Alexander the great and unbelievably still practice thousands of years old rituals.)
To sum up today’s article it is worth mentioning that Pakistan offers and great amalgamation of ancient cultures and modernity to its visitors.

P.S.Thanks for all your comments and criticism,its highly valuable to me
Happy Traveling
Imran Naeem
www.comparethetravel.com

Important websites
http://www.pakistan.gov.pk/
http://www.embassy.org/embassies/pk.html
http://www.pia.gov.pk

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