List of Top 83 Mesmerizing Valleys in Pakistan

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Pakistan is a country blessed with the most beautiful sceneries. The country is home to breathtaking lakes, mountain ranges and mesmerizing valleys. These valleys stretch beautifully across the country in all the provinces. From the jaw-dropping Khaplu Valley in Gilgit Baltistan to the stunning Kaghan Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the dreamy Neelam Valley in Azad Kashmir, you’ll find a number of lush valleys in every province of Pakistan. You might also end up in a valley which not many tourists have seen before. Yes, it’s true. There are a lot of valleys in Pakistan that are still undiscovered. Every year, thousands of tourists visit Pakistan to taste the beauty of nature this country has to offer. Luckily, Pakistan is blessed with 83 valleys and more are on their way to discovery. Here is a list of all the valleys of Pakistan, within their provinces:

VALLEYS IN KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA:

  1. Allai Valley: Allai Valley, commonly known as the Allai tehsil or district, is located in the Batagram district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as North West Frontier Province). This valley had always been ruled by the Khan of Kalat and the Khan’s of the area, but after independence, it soon merged with Pakistan. However, the culture of the Khan’s is integrated within this valley. People like to visit this valley for its historical and cultural outlook and believe to find the residents welcoming.
  2. Kaghan Valley: The Mansehra district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has always been famous for its beautiful valley; Kaghan. The Kaghan Valley’s highest point is the Babusar top or Babusar Pass, which is a popular tourist spot. This valley is known for its lakes and small riverine, and the famous Brown Trout and Mahseer fish are found here. The Kunhar River flows through the Kaghan Valley and irrigates it. If you’re getting tired of the hot summers, then heading to Kaghan Valley is the best you can do.
  3. Swat Valley: Situated in the Malakand division of KPK, the Swat Valley is based on the upper portion of the Swat River. The name Swat holds etymologic importance, and is derived from the Sanskrit word “Savastu” meaning “clear azure water” and is also rumored to be derived from “Shveta” meaning “white”. The name itself depicts the valley, which is surrounded by snowy tips and the Kalam region. The Swat valley holds one of the most beautiful tourist spots in Pakistan, including Jarogo Waterfall, Utror and Kalam Valley. It is also home to Malam Jabba (a beautiful hill station), Fizagat Park and Marghazar (famous for its white Palace or Sufaid Mahal built by the Wali, and the rumored residence of Queen of England and Prince Philip. The Queen also declared it the “Switzerland of Pakistan”. If you want to try skiing, then this valley will fulfill your desire.
  4. Chitral Valley: The Chitral Valley is the capital of Chitral district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and holds the Chitral River, which flows from northern KPK. This valley holds the entrance to Arandu (a beautiful valley), Drosh (one of the most beautiful towns of Pakistan) and serves as one of the most popular tourist spots. This valley has majestic history; as it depicts the culture of Raees, and the Buddhist emperor Kanishka. Visiting this valley is bound to bring you serenity.
  5. Panjkora Valley: The Panjkora Valley holds the infamous Panjkora River, which flows from the northern districts of KPK. It overlooks the Hindu Kush mountains, and holds the historical civilization if Gandhara. This valley leads to Timergara, a local grave site, and is a major archaeological site. The Talash Valley is situated near the Panjkora Valley. The valley holds many famous fishes including the Trout fish, the cyprinids, and the snow trout.
  6. Battagram Valley: The Battagram district of Hazara Division is known for its valley, the Battagram Valley. This Valley is approximately 75 kilometers from Mansehra. The Battagram valley is famous for its livestock and the Choor valley, which connects it to the Allai Valley. Many tourist companies arrange trips to Allai and Battagram valley, and prove to be one of the most relaxing and thrilling trips.
  7. Bumburet Valley: The Bumburet Valley is the largest valley of the District Chitral, and is located in the Kalasha Desh of Chitral. The Bumburet Valley highlights snowy tips, and join another small valley called the Kunar Valley. This valley also provides a connecting route to a province of Afghanistan.
  8. Kalash Valley: The Kalash valley is a huge valley which consists of other valleys; the Battagram valley, the Biriu valley and the Kunar Valley. The Kalash Valley ranges are also called the Kalasha Valleys, and hold the unique culture of the Kalash people. The Hindu culture can be found in these valleys, and they have become one of the most attractive tourist sites of Pakistan.
  9. Rumbur Valley: The Rumbur valley is also one of the small valleys accommodated in the Kalash Valleys. It is situated in Chitral district and serves as a common vacationing spot.
  10. Khot Valley: The Khot Valley is a small inhabited village, near the Hindu Kush range in Chitral. The town of Khot attracts several tourism agencies and is known for its peaceful environment.
  11. Konsh Valley: The Konsh Valley holds many historical, national and touristic places. These include the Battal town, which is the headquarters of the valley, and the Silk route which passes through the valley, connecting Pakistan and China via the Karakoram mountain ranges. It serves as an important valley regarding livestock and holds magnificent forests. The crops of maize, potato, wheat and some vegetables are grown here. If you are anywhere en’route Karakoram Mountains, then this valley is the perfect resting spot.
  12. Marandeh Valley: A small but equally important, the Marandeh valley is situated a few kilometers from the Konsh Valley. This Valley serves similar purposes to Konsh Valley, and is a silent tourist spot.
  13. Miranzai Valley: The Miranzai Valley is commonly called as Hangu, and consists of two smaller valleys. It is situated in the Hangu and Kohat district of Pakistan in the KPK, and is an important and gorgeous tourist spot.
  14. Shaikhdara Valley: The Shaikhdara Valley is in the Kohistan district of KPK, and is the most popular valley there. This valley holds many gorgeous and beautiful sub localities; including Peeranokilay (a developed area), Takki, Bhoin (a field top on the mountain tops), Kaarin, Baanw, Ghain Bhoin, and Dabru (small plain field).
  15. Shinkari Valley: The Shinkari valley is a small valley locates in the Kohistan area of Pakistan. This valley is also called the “country of the Shins” by the local people and is one of the small valleys through which the Karakoram highway passes. It is located in the Indus valley and therefore connects to the Indus River. The Valley is small and attracts little tourist attractions, but is still a remarkable place.
  16. Siran Valley: In the Mansehra district of KPK, Pakistan, there is a small valley called the Siran valley. This valley is named after the Siran River, which flows through it. This river is an attractive site, but the Siran valley is not famous for its river alone. The valley consists of many beautiful meadows; namely the Khanda Gali Meadows, Kunali Meadows, and Musa ka Musallah. It also has Pleja Meadows, Mundi, Dhor, Aram Gali, Ziarat and more. This valley is ideal for a visit if one wants to see meadows and historical places.
  17. Tikri Valley: A small town in the Battagram district near the Battagram valley, Tikri was named after its inhabitants; the Tikri Gujjars. These Tikri Gujjars ruled the Gurjara Pratihara Kingdom, and their cultural values can still be seen even after all these centuries. The valley is surprisingly known for it hosts; the Malkal, Naror and the Ashlor, who are all humorous and kind. Tikri valley is considered an ideal spot for vacationing if the tourist wants to reside in a welcoming area.
  18. Gabral Valley: A small village in the Kohistan district of Pakistan, Gabral valley is irrigated by Gabral River and mildly by a neighboring River; the Utror River. The Gabral valley consists of only a few hundreds of houses and a few farms. It neighbors the Utror Valley, and is extremely beautiful.
  19. Kalam Valley: A commonly known name; the Kalam Valley is located near the Mingora city of Swat, and is known for its luscious green fields and mesmerizing lakes. It also consists of many forests and meadows and is a gateway to the valleys Ushu and Utror. The famous tourist spots include Gabral hill station, Ushu hill station, Matiltan glaciers and forests, and Kundol Lake and Mahodand Lake.
  20. Bahrain Valley: The Bahrain valley is a small town located in Swat, and is named after Bahrain meaning two rivers. This valley is irrigated by two rivers; the Daral River and the Swat Rivers. The Bahrain valley serves as a base camp for Daral and Saidgai lakes-which are popular in their own magnificent way.
  21. Mankyal Valley: The Mankyal Valley is a small administrative unit-valley of Swat, and serves as a politically important place. The Mankyal valley is short of tourist attention, but those who have been there had always returned with heartiest moods.
  22. Madyan Valley: A popular hill station, the Madyan valley is small and is a popular tourist destination. The Madyan valley is the home of the delicious trout fish and is famous for its clear lakes which flow throughout the valley. Tourists love to visit this small valley just so they can witness the beauty of nature.
  23. Bishigram Valley: The Bishigram or the Beshigram valley is little known as a valley and more as a river. This small valley is located near the Madyan valley, and is home to several trips.
  24. Tirat Valley: Located in Swat, KPK, the Tirat Valley is a small village, located near the Madyan valley. This valley is recognized easily from afar because of the huge dome and minar of the local Masjid-e-Jamia, and this valley is considered the core and the heart of the upper Swat Valley.
  25. Broghil Valley: The Broghil Valley is a dual valley, which is also considered as a huge park. This valley is located near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, therefore is considered to be one of the places from where the snowy mountain ranges are near. It consists of a cold lake called the Karambar Lake, which is not only famous for its pristine water but is also considered to be Pakistan’s second highest lake. The ChitiBoui glacier also lies in the Broghil Valley.
  26. Palas Valley: A well-known tehsil and valley, the Palas Valley is located in the districts Kolai and Palas of KPK. The Palas Valley houses impressive fauna and flora, including the musk deer, the Himalayan monals, and Western tragopans.
  27. Kumrat Valley: In the upper district Dir of KPK, lies the Kumrat Valley. A picturesque valley completely filled with scenic pastures and snowy mountains, the Kumrat valley pulls tourists from all over Pakistan and even some foreign countries towards its mesmerizing and alluring weather. The endangered Deodar forests are grown throughout this valley, therefore this valley is as important as it looks. It is home to the Jazz Banda or the Jahaz Banda; a beautiful meadow which serves as the residence of several tourists and vacationers.
  28. Utror Valley: The Utror or the Atror valley of Pakistan is another valley which is housed in the upper Dir district. This valley is only a few kilometers from the Kalam valley and the Saidu Shareef. This valley also befalls on the river Kundol, and consists of huge, green pastures.
  29. Marghazar Valley: The Marghazar valley is also called the Marghuzar valley, and is only thirteen kilometers from Saidu Shareef. The name of the valley literally translates to ‘Green Land’, and it is blessed with cold springs, snow clad mountains and small meadows. The highest peaks of the region; the Ilam or the Elum Ghar Mountains are also located in this valley.
  30. Jarogo Valley: The Jarogo valley is considered one because of the scenic and the gushing waterfall; the Jarogo Waterfall, which means “Broom” in Pashto language. The Jarogo valley holds the highest waterfall of Pakistan, and this valley is a few kilometers from Mingora. People also believe that the Jarogo waterfall was named after a Hindu woman called Jarogui, who was quite respected and popular in her times. The Jarogo Valley serves as one of the most beautiful valleys in Pakistan.
  31. Gabina Jabba Valley: The Gabina Jabba Valley is mostly called as the Gabin Jabba Valley. The name of the valley has been derived from Pashto and it means “honey marches.” This valley is medically important as it grows many medical plants, and researchers have come from beyond to conduct their researches. Moreover, the valley is filled with honey bees and leads to the Daral Lake.
  32. Miandam Valley: The Miandam Valley is located in the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountain ranges, and is also medically important. Similar to Gabina Jabba, Miandam Valley consists of many medicinal plants and is globally important. The Miandam valley attracts more researchers than tourists, but its scenic attributes are what make it a must-visit spot.
  33. Ushu Valley: The last valley of KPK, the Ushu or the Usho valley is less than ten kilometers from Kalam, and is famous for the dense white clouds and cold weather. The Ushu Valley consists of the Mahodand Lake; which is the main tourist attraction spot. Ushu Valley consists of the Jabba Zomalu Lake, and the Ushu glacier.

VALLEYS IN GILGIT BALTISTAN:

  1. Ishkoman Valley: Ishkoman valley lies in Gilgit Baltistan, in the north of Pakistan and joins Afghanistan and Pakistan through borders. Although not commonly known as a tourist point, Ishkoman valley enthralls hearts with its mountains and allows tourists to experience a place which not only borders a country, but also the snowy tips of Pamir and Wakhan. Home to thirty villages, this valley is bound to win your hearts.
  2. Khaplu Valley: A small town within the valley of Gilgit Baltistan, Khaplu lies to the north of Pakistan and is a few miles from Skardu. Khaplu Valley holds more than just icy mountains, as it was once considered the second largest kingdom in the regional dynasty. Khaplu Valley also gained recognition from Forbes magazine, which declared it the coolest place for tourists. It has several tourist places including Hanjor, Chaqchan Mosque, Shyok River and Thoqsikhar.
  3. Gorikot/ Astore Valley: The Astor or the Astore Valley is one of the ten districts of Gilgit Baltistan, and has a historical meaning to it. It is rumored that a Persian adventurer Ghazi Mukhpun’s son ruled the Astor valley. The Astor Valley holds three smaller valleys; the Rama Valley, Rupal Valley and the Domel Valley. This valley also consists of the Rainbow Lake; and the Allah Wali Jheel; a small Lake which is thought to spell the Arabic word Allah when looked at a particular angle. Astore valley is also considered the base for the Nanga Parbat.
  4. Rama Valley: The Rama Valley is a small valley within the Astore Valley, and is due to the Rama Lake. The Rama valley is also a famous place for trekking.
  5. Domel Valley: The Domel Valley is also named as the Minimarg Valley, and became the centre of Pakistan-India contention. However, a Dunya news Blog considered this valley to be “Piece of Heaven in Pakistan” and is connected to the Rainbow Lake.
  6. Shigar Valley: The Shigar Valley is known for the Shigar River, which waters it. This valley comprises of Askole; a small hilly town and is famous for it being a gateway to K2. The valley includes Tisar Village, Shigar Bhasha valley road, Sesko Village and Bisil. The Shigar Valley is famous for its abundance of minerals.
  7. Gilgit Valley: Named Gilgit valley after the Gilgit River, this Valley lies in the Gilgit district. This valley is linked to many valleys of Gilgit Baltistan and is a famous tourist attraction.
  8. Hunza Valley: Located in the extreme northern area of Gilgit Baltistan, the Hunza Valley borders China, the Pamir Mountain range, and Nagar Valley. It includes several valleys and villages. These include the Misgar Valley, Chiporsun Valley, and the villages of Gulmit, Sost, Khyber, Shimshal, and Passu. It even holds the famous Jamalabad Fort.
  9. Misgar Valley: The Misgar valley is located to the edge of the Hunza Valley, and is important for its connection to the Silk route, the Mintaka Pass and the Kilik Pass. Commonly misinterpreted as a part of Hunza Valley, the valley serves as one of the entrances to the Hunza Valley.
  10. Chiporsun Valley: The Chiporsan or the Chiporsun Valley is located in the upper Hunza, and consists of eight far-placed villages. This valley is the most northern part of Pakistan, and marks the end of the northern part of Pakistan.
  11. Nagar Valley: A beautiful valley near the Gilgit valley, Nagar Valley houses the Rakaposhi Mountains of Karakoram mountain range. These Rakaposhi Mountains are counted as the 27th highest in the world. The Nagar valley is famous for the Rakaposhi Park; a community park and the mountains are home to the endangered species including the Marco Polo sheep, brown bears, and snow leopard and wild wolves.
  12. Skardu Valley: Five hours from Gilgit, the Skardu Valley is a popular mountaineering expedition valley, which is irrigated by the Indus and the Shigar River. The Skardu valley serves the purpose for trekking site for many tourists, and lead to K2 Base, Concordia and the Baltoro Base. Skardu is the largest district of Gilgit Baltistan.
  13. Rupal Valley: The Rupal Valley is located near the Gorikot Valley in the Astore district. It lies in the south of the Nanga Parbat, and includes the Rupal glacier, the Rupal River and the Laila Peak.
  14. Yasin Valley: The Baba-e-Yasin, Worshigum or the Yasin Valley is the highest valley of the Hindu Kush Mountains in the Gilgit Baltistan. It includes four villages namely the Yasin village, Selgaan Village, Sultanabad Village and Thoi Valley.
  15. Naltar Valley: Accessible by jeeps and forty kilometers from Gilgit, the Naltar valley is basically a huge skiing site. The Naltar Valley has two villages; the Naltar Pine and the Naltar Bala. There are many hydropower projects in Naltar which were recently started, and the Naltar Wildlife Sanctuary was also constructed here. Naltar valley is home to some famous nationals including the Vancouver Olympic participant Muhammad Abbas, Pakistani alpine skier Amina Wali and her sister; South Asian Winter Games gold medalist Ifrah Wali.
  16. Bagrot Valley: A valley in the Karakoram ranges, and irrigated by the River Bagrot, the Bagrot Valley lies near the Nagar, the Shigar and the Naltar Valley. It is a famous tourist and vacationing spot and is important economy wise too.
  17. Chorbat Valley: The Chorbat Valley lies in the Khaplu tehsil, and is the nearest to the Ladakh mountain ranges which befall in India. This valley was caught up in the India-Pakistan war of 1971.
  18. Haji Gham Valley: A small town in the Skardu district, the Haji Gham or the Haji Gam Valley runs west to the Satpara Lake. The Haji Gham valley is important for many of those who want to reach the Sadpara; a way to the Deosai (the second highest plain of the world). The Haji Gham Valley is called as the Blue Area of Skardu, and it is famous for its cuisine which includes the Ghee Ga Bayi and the Cha Ga Dodoori. The Haji Gham valley is also considered as a most wonderful place in regards to education and accommodation.
  19. Hispar Valley: The last valley of the Nagar Valley, The Hispar valley is the first trekking site form Skardu, and the last from Biafo Glacier of Siachen. The Hispar Valley is mainly important only for trekking, as it is too cold to stay during the winters.
  20. Hopar Valley: A part of Nagar valley, the Hopar valley houses the famous Spantik or the Golden Peak glaciers. There are additional glaciers in the area called as Hopar glaciers. The Hopar valley is at the bend of the Baltoro Glacier, and is a base camp for trekking into the Hispar Muztagh. There are three glaciers within the valley; Hoper Glacier, Mier Glacier and the Barpu Glacier. It consists of famous tourists spots including the Rush Hopar Lake or the Rush Lake Hopar, which is one of the highest alpine lakes in the world. Many wild animals including the snow leopard, Himalayan ibex, fox, retch and the national bird of Pakistan; Chakour are found here.
  21. Kharkoo Valley: The Kharkoo Valley neighbors the Khaplu valley through the bank of Shyok, and is a hotter valley than the rest of the valleys of Gilgit Baltistan. The legend says that the name of the valley is derived from the word “Khar” meaning Fort and the Koo stands for below. This valley can give hard access to Siachen glacier, and has many famous sites. These famous sites include the Kharkoo Ghola, Ranga, Shai Polo Ground, Sogha Fish form, Garbong Aol, and Lahar Huring.
  22. Kunar Valley: The Kunar Valley is located in both Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the center of it lies the Kunar River which joins the Kabul River upfront. Most of the valley is dry, and has limited vegetation, but the Watapur district in which the valley lies is known for its crop fields and lands.
  23. Hushay Valley: The Hushay or the Hushe valley is famous in Gilgit Baltistan for its high mountains. The valley is unique in itself as it is surrounded by several mountain peaks including the Murtaza peak, Laila peak, K6, K7 and the Masherbrum Mountains.
  24. Thalay Valley: On the bank of Shyok River lies the Thalay valley, and it consists of several fruit farms, meadows, pastures. The Thalay valley comprises of three inner valley lakes, all of which make the mark for beautiful lakes. The Thalay Valley receives abundant water from glaciers, therefore it is a very fertile land. It holds infrastructural and agricultural importance in Gilgit Baltistan.
  25. Thagus Valley: The Thagus Valley is a small valley located in Gilgit Baltistan, and houses many agricultural lands. The Thagus Valley is rarely visited by tourists, but it is accessible through the local tourism agency.
  26. Makheli Valley: A recently found valley, the Makheli valley was not initially well known. However, this valley surrounds the village of Makheli, and is agriculturally important. There is little information about Makheli valley, but those who have been there and the locals are sure that this valley is a delight to visit.

VALLEYS IN AZAD KASHMIR:

  1. Leepa Valley: Leepa Valley is a name that many tourists are familiar with, but there is more to Leepa Valley than just fame for tourism. Situated near Muzaffarabad, this valley has always been important to Pakistan historically. The Line of Control can be seen from anywhere within the valley, and the valley is surplus with rice and apple fields. Tourists from all over come just to see the pretty and traditional wooden houses that have been built on its lush green fields.
  2. Samahni Valley: Samahni Valley is located on the LOC of Azad Jammu Kashmir and is a small valley of only 35 kilometers long. However, by the total area covered, this valley is considered the largest valley of Kashmir. This valley holds many beautiful sceneries, but it is also enriched with the Mughal culture as it is home to Baghsar Fort. Baghsar Fort lies on the Baghsar Lake and was built by Mughal rulers. If you really want to go to a place which is cold and historical, Samahni valley is your place.
  3. Bandala Valley: Locater in Azad Kashmir, the Bandala Valley might just be the liveliest valley you can visit. The valley overlooks the Reech Pahari (Bear Mountain) and is blessed with countless streams and lakes which cascade into it. These streams and lakes are a topic of excitement among the youth and are also rich with fishes. The Bandala Valley is home to numerous animals and birds, including the Bird-of-paradise, falcon, and eagle, Pythons, Hyenas, Peacocks, Quail and more. If you are a true nature fan, then you must visit Bandala Valley! And what’s more, they have hundreds of mango trees!
  4. Kas Chanatar: Located near the border of Punjab, Kas Chanatar is a valley situated within Azad Kashmir and is surrounded by villages on both of its side. This place is commonly remembered with the remains of the Mughal Empire, as many stone walls and buildings built by Mughal emperors still can be seen. This valley consists of many animals, including jackals, wild pigs and boars. If you really want to witness an amorous valley, then all you have to do is visit Kas Chanatar.
  5. Pathika or Pattika Valley: Although much cannot be said about this valley, its undeniable charm and beauty will definitely make you want to hop on the next tour bus to here. The Pathika or the Pattika Valley is in Muzaffarabad. Tourists love to visit the place for its serenity and simplicity.
  6. Bagh Valley: Bagh Valley got its name from the famous tale of a garden (bagh) which was planted by the then landowner, which is now a forest. Bagh valley is linked to Muzaffarabad via Kohala and Sudhan Gali, and is situated itself in Azad Kashmir. This tehsil of Azad Kashmir is surrounded and bounded by Pakistan’s district and province, namely the Rawalpindi district, Abbottabad district and Punjab province. This valley also holds a famous archeological site called the Bagh fort.
  7. Jhelum Valley: Every Pakistani is familiar with the Jhelum valley, and it is not difficult to understand why. The Jhelum valley is surrounded by cold yet green mountains and is one of the prettiest valleys of Pakistan. Holding the Jhelum River, this valley serves as one of the most commonly visited tourist spots in Pakistan. Its luscious green mountains also hold many tourist attractions including the Awan Patti, Chakothi, Hattian Bala and more. Its university campus present in Hattian Bala is considered one of the most beautiful setup. This valley is accessible to the Leepa Valley, the Gari Dopatha and Muzaffarabad.
  8. Neelam Valley: Another famous name, the Neelam Valley is one of the most beautiful valleys of Pakistan, and attracts thousands of tourists each year. The previously Kishan Ganga; now Neelam River flows through this valley and irrigates its land. Many tour operators arrange trips to this valley because it holds many beautiful places. These places include the Arang Kel (an extremely beautiful village), Chitta Kattha Lake, Ratti Gali Lake, and Dhani waterfall, Athmuqam (the local headquarters), Halmat, Dowarian, Kel, and Karan which are all magnificent villages.
  9. Banjosa Valley: The Banjosa Valley is an artificial valley, near the Neelam Valley, and is made by the artificial lake of Banjosa. The Banjosa Lake is only a few kilometers from Rawalakot and is known for its romantic environment. Surrounded by dense trees of pine, and huge mountains, this valley is a small one which holds its tourists and guests in beautiful guest houses.
  10. Bhana Valley: The Bhana Valley is a small valley located near the Banjosa valley, and is accessible to tourists for its cool climate. Many tourists like to visit the Bhana Valley and once you visit this beautiful place, you will not want to go back!
  11. Shounter Valley: The Shounter Valley lies near the Neelam valley, and is popular for its lake, the Shounter Lake. This lake not only holds the glacial flow of the alpines, but also grows the rare Iris Hookeriana flower species. This lake is accessible from the Kel village of Neelam Valley, only through jeep tracks, and is a glacial lake. This glacial lake attracts many tourists to the Shounter Valley, and this valley is definitely going to ease and comfort you with its cool.

VALLEYS IN BALOCHISTAN:

  1. Quetta Valley: The Quetta valley is the provincial capital of Balochistan and is the largest valley present in the province. Unlike some valleys, Quetta valley holds an entire city and is considered to be spread over the largest area compared to other valleys. The Quetta valley is covered with snowy peaks almost all year, and the temperature in summer does not rise above 30°C average. The Quetta Valley holds the infamous Hanna Lake, which serves as a major tourist spot and can even be used as a local skating rink in the winters. Other major tourist spots include the Askari Park, the rebuilt Ziarat residence of the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and its famous sports complex. Quetta is accessible through several cities via the railway, and even air.
  2. Urak Valley: Urak Valley is located near the Quetta valley and only a few kilometers from the Hanna Lake. This valley is majestic in itself as it is the spot from where tourists can visit Hanna Lake, the Hanna waterfall, and the famous Wali-Tangi dam. This valley also is agriculturally important and produces the best apples in the province. It also grows other fruits. If you have a knack for waterfalls and love to witness them, then all you have to do is head for Urak Valley!
  3. Chamman Valley: The Chamman or the Chaman Valley is located near the border of Afghanistan, and is the second largest city tehsil in Balochistan. The Chaman Valley does not usually exceed 30°C of temperature, and the lowest temperature can go to -10.5 degrees. This valley serves as an important trade route, and tourists love to visit the football grounds here. If you are a true sports fan, then the football grounds and the famous boxing club here in Chaman valley will definitely mark up!
  4. Moola Valley: A small and hidden ravine in the famous Khuzdar district of Balochistan, the Moola Chotok valley is bounded by waterfalls, tall trees and mountain cliffs. This valley is home to numerous salt lakes, salt mines. And cascading waterfalls. It holds the beautiful village Jahan, which serves as a major camping site. However, it can get extremely hot during the summers and extremely cold during the winters, so you have to plan the best time to visit.

VALLEYS IN PUNJAB:

  1. Dhan Valley: Dhan Valley is commonly called as the Dhan Kahon, and is located in the middle of the Potohar Plateau. This valley holds the city of new Chakwal, and its history can be traced to Zaheer-ud-din Babar. It holds the way to the Jhelum River, and is industrially becoming important day by day. This city and valley are famous for its bulls, quails, ground nuts and the beautiful local chappal (shoe). If you want to visit somewhere where you do not feel away from home, then this valley will tick your box.
  2. Phugla Valley: This valley is located near the Balochistan province in Punjab, and the Taunsa Sharif in Pakistan. This valley is divided by a stream called the Drug Lahar. The northern Phugla Valley and the Southern Phugla valley, both serve as the home of traditional majors, captains, police officers and army officials. Its rocky stream is filled with fishes, and people like to come up here for picnics and fishing.
  3. Soan Sakaser Valley: Soan Sakaser valley is in the salt ranges near the Potohar plateau, and is home to many salty lakes which are formed because there is no water drainage. This valley is surrounded by mountains and is famous for its two lakes or riverine; Khabikki Lake and Uchhali Lake. The name of this valley is meaningful in Sanskrit language (Soan meaning Beautiful, Sakaser meaning Buddha-pond). It is famous for its springs and waterfalls and attracts thousands of tourists to its Sultan Mehdni Chashma, Jahlar Lake, Arkanda Fort, Kanhatti Gardens and more. If you are adventurous and like to take trekking and camping trips, then visiting this valley might be your best move.
  4. Soon Valley: Soon valley is the most important valley of Punjab for tourists. This is the only valley in Punjab which receives snowfall and holds historical value for its radar station placed by the Pakistani Air Force. This valley also holds the famous Hindu temple, Amb Shareef, and serves as the most visited valley of Punjab. Its culture is integrated within the valley, and tourists come to enjoy the famous Luddi folk dance, and drum and shehnai (oboe Hindu) music. The lake Ucchali also emerges in this area and attracts people from all over.
  5. Chamkoon Valley: The area of Dhok Naghial, Jhelum in Punjab is highlighted by the presence of the Chamkoon Valley. The Khewra mine (salt mines) of Pakistan and the Pir Syed Ghulam Haider Shah Shrine is situated in the Chamkoon Valley. There is never a day in this valley when it is not full of tourists, as it not only holds a majestic Shrine, but also holds the worlds’ second largest salt mine. If this does not convince you, the Salt mine in the valley is known for healing several health problems including asthma and chest infections.

VALLEYS IN FATA (FEDERALLY ADMINISTRATED TRIBAL AREAS)

  1. Kurrum Valley: Kurrum Valley is the sole valley of the Kurrum district, which lies within Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but became a district of FATA after 2018. The name Kurrum was derived from the river which flows in it, called the Kurrum River. Kurrum valley overlooks the Sufaid Koh Mountains, and this valley is known for its famous Parachinar Cantonment, which is the cantonment of the army. This attracts tourists from all over as they can visit the cantonment and learn about the history of the valley. This valley’s district also has four dams and serves as a major tourists spot.
  2. Tochi Valley: The Tochi Valley is commonly called the Zamin-dawar or the Dawar in local language. This valley holds historical importance as the routes taken by Shah Mahmud Ghaznawi and inscriptions of ancient language were found here. This Valley is located in North Waziristan, and is one of the main center of attention of valleys of FATA. The famous Tochi River flows through this valley, and is a source of irrigation.
  3. Tirah Valley: The Tirah Valley lies in the Khyber Agency, or in Kurrum and borders the province of Afghanistan. It is one of the most fertile valleys of FATA, and is overshadowed by mulberry, walnut, timber trees and even is the home of olives and pomegranates. The Barra stream flows through this valley and connects it to Peshawar. This valley is a site of attraction during the cooler months, but tourists prefer to stay away during the summer season for its homeliness to mosquitoes. However, worry not because in the cooler months, you can visit the Barra stream and the surplus fruit trees!
  4. Khanki Valley: The Khanki Valley is considered a part of the other three valleys, mostly the Tirah and is a small valley which serves as a peaceful tourist vacation spot. If you do not like crowded tourist spots and want to visit a place that will definitely get you peace, then this valley is your destination to be!