Pakistan is one of the few places in the world that possesses all sorts of landscapes. Pakistan is a land full of mountains, plains, hills, plateaus, glaciers, rivers, coastal areas and deserts. The combination of all of them makes Pakistan one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
Most scenic National Parks in Pakistan
The more you explore, the more astound you will be. But feeling confused where to go? So, here we are to guide you to visit the 10 best national parks in Pakistan for extreme adventure.
1. Khunjerab National Park
Khunjerab National Park is one of the most beautiful national parks of Pakistan. It is located in Gilgit-Baltistan near Khunjerab Pass. It is the third largest national park of Pakistan. It was inaugurated on April 29, 1979, by the then Prime Minister of Pakistan Z. A. Bhutto. This park is especially famous for snow leopards.
2. Deosai National Park
If you are a true adventurer, you must visit Deosai National Park. It is located in the district of Skardu. Deosai itself is the second-highest plateau in the world. This makes the National Park even more attractive. It is widely spread over an area of 3000 sq. kilometers. It is almost 30 km away from Skardu city. The major attraction for tourists in the park is Deosai lake. Deosai lake is one of the highest lakes in the world.
3. Hingol National Park
Talking about National Parks of Pakistan, how one could forget about Hingol National Park. Hingol national park is situated in Baluchistan near Makran Coast. It is the largest national park of Pakistan. Hingol National Park was established in the year 1988. It is almost 190 km away from Karachi. It contains a variety of wild animals, birds, and reptiles.
4. Machiara National Park
Discussing the natural beauty of Pakistan, how could one forget about Kashmir? Machiara is one of the most beautiful National Parks of the world. It is located in Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir. It is a famous spot of Neelum Valley. Machiara National Park is one of three globally significant national parks selected for a Global Environment Facility sponsored project.
5. Ayubia National Park
Ayubia National Park is one of the most visited national parks of Pakistan. It’s a protected land that covers an area of 8184 acres. In 1984, it was declared as the national park and was named after Ayub Khan, the second president of Pakistan. It is at an elevation of approximately 8000 feet. It is located in Abbottabad district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
6. Hazarganji-Chiltan National Park
Hazarganji-Chiltan National Park is located in Mastung District, Quetta, in the west of Baluchistan. This park was established in 1980 for the protection of Markhor, National animal of Pakistan. It covers the vast land of 325000 acres. This park also offers a museum, rest house and numerous picnic spots widely spread, to the tourists.
7. Margalla Hills National Park
In the capital city of Pakistan, Islamabad, Margalla Hills National Park is widely spread at the foothills of Himalayas. This park was established in 1980. It covers an area of 31148 acres. Margalla Hills National Park possesses numerous renowned hill stations like Daman-e-Koh and Pir Sohawa along with lake view park, shakarparyan, and other picnic spots. Some of the rocks of Margalla Hills are as old as 40 million years. It is believed that once these hills were under the sea.
8. Kirthar National Park
Kirthar National Park is located in the Kirthar Mountains in Karachi and Jamshoro Districts It was established in 1974 and extends more than 3,087 square kilometers. Kirthar National Park is the second biggest national park in Pakistan after Hingol National Park.
9. Lal Suhanra National Park
Lal Sohanra is a national park of Pakistan located in Bahawalpur region of Punjab area. It is one of the biggest national parks in South Asia. Lal Sohanra covers more than 153000 acres of land. It is known for the diverse landscapes which include a mixture of desert, forests, and water.
10. The Chitral Gol National Park
The Chitral Gol National Park is situated in Chitral District in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. It is next to the Chitral River, at a separation of two hours’ drive from the Chitral city. Until 1983, Chitral Gol was thought to be the private property of the Mehtar of Chitral. The status of the National Park has been in a dispute between heirs of Mehtar family and the Government of Pakistan. It is between the elevation points of 1450 metres to 5000 metres. It covers an area of 19151 acres.