The word tourism is derived
from a word “Tour” which is derived from an old English turian. The concept of
word tourism is derived from Latin word.
Though tourism is an activity of traveling towards a peaceful, dynamic
adventures, attractive places, making memories and much more. Tourism can be
domestic or International, while mostly those who are the part of tourism are
couple of pairs, business meetings and group of young energetic youth. They can
be from both the sides domestic or international.
Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) is the tourism body of ministry
of tourism government of Pakistan. Pakistan provides a variety of locations for
the tourists to visit and explore. Luckily Pakistan is among those countries
which are blessed with bare expanses of desserts, snow capped mountains, and
beauty of luscious green valleys and bare Rocky Mountains with vast areas of
barren land, sunny beaches and mysterious caverns.
According to statistics, about 378,000 visitors were entertained by Pakistan in
1995; the value for International tourist number of arrivals in Pakistan was
966,000 in 2012. Over the past 17 years it reached a maximum value of 1,161,000
in 2011 and a minimum value of 369,000 in 1996. Experts predict that it will
rise to 2,000,000 in 2025. The latest value for International tourism, receipts
(current US$) in Pakistan was $971,000,000 as of 2014. Over the past 19 years,
the value for this indicator has fluctuated between $1,127,000,000 in 2011 and
$492,000,000 in 1999. International tourism, receipts (% of total exports) in
Pakistan was 3.18 as of 2014. Its highest value over the past 19 years was 6.19
in 1997, while its lowest value was 3.12 in 2013.
Pakistan has been graced by Almighty ALLAH with amazing and wonderful beauties
of nature. But the most beautiful place in my eyes is Naltar valley which is
situated in Gilgit Baltistan. It’s a dense pine forest valley with magnificent
landscapes and wildlife. Naltar is 40 km from Gilgit and can be reached by
jeeps. Nowadays, there is a base camp of Pakistan Air Force at Naltar and it is
also famous for its Ski resort and the Ski contests which are conducted by Ski
Federation of Pakistan with the cooperation of Pakistan Air Force.
Naltar is filled with lush green meadows, Rocky Mountains, beautiful lakes and
unique views. This valley is the home of excellent alpine beauty. This Lake is
also known as ‘Bashkiri Lake’ and situated at a distance of 32 kilometers from
Naltar Bala. The visit of Naltar valley is incomplete without seeing the blue
and crystal waters of Naltar Lake. All the way which leads towards the lake is
nonmetallic and narrow alongside a stream which is flowing from the mountains.
The Naltar valley contains exceptional wild life. The most famous is the
Himalayan Yak and the amazing Golden Sparrow. This valley observes the average
Rainfall of 410 millimeters per year that is why it is covered with thick woods
of pine, spruces, rowan and juniper.
Education rate in this valley is very poor. A government high school and a NLI
public school is there at Naltar Bala and a middle school for girls is under
construction. The Naltar Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in the valley
that was established on 22 November 1975.
This Valley is famous for its colorful lakes. I have never seen something more
beautiful than this Valley. It doesn’t seem to be a part of this world. World’s
tastiest potatoes are cultivated here. If you really want to see a heaven in
this world, you should visit Naltar Valley. This place will make you fall in
love several times as well as the beauty of this place can’t be express or
written in words.