The Indus river nourishes Pakistan


I was amazed when I first saw a huge, broad construction with whitewalls sparkling as if they'd been showered in milk. Gates almost three times my height attracted me towards them. My curiosity left no option for me to turn back. As I entered, the chandelier at the ceiling made me feel as if I was in heaven. It was a masterpiece. And below this masterpiece I saw a grave where the founder of Pakistan rested in peace. It was the great tomb of Quaid-e-Azam. This tomb along with some other interesting examples such as Minaar-e-Pakistan, Shah Faisal mosque, contributes to the assets of tourism in Pakistan. In addition to this nature has endowed a great diversity to this small piece of land. Mountain ranges like Himalaya and Hindukush, rivers like Indus and Sutlej, and archeological sites like Moen Jo Daro make Pakistan a complete tourist place.

Imagine the greatest source of light, the sun, setting down and combining with water to signal the end of the day, thus rendering the sky in unforgettable shades. I just captured a beautiful description of a beach in Karachi. Nature has given this busy city the wealth of beaches where people enjoy tides of water and horse rides on the sands. The pleasing scenes of sunrise and sunset take the tourists into a new world and leave no doubts in the words by Robert: "Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think."

Where Pakistan has a calming place like the beach for our relaxation, there are also places like Moen Jo Daro which make one wonder what led to the destruction of such an organized city. The answer is still ambiguous. The ruins tell us that a civilized society had existed there long time ago. "Moen Jo Daro or Mohan Jo Daro is one of the oldest and most mysterious archeological sites in the Southeastern province, Sind of Pakistan. It is quite a site to see, since its maps make us wonder how such an advanced urban civilization could exist just about 5000 years ago."(Panhwar).

Moving in the northerly direction from Sind province leads the tourist to the largest populated and the most beautiful province of Punjab. The Shah Faisal mosque shines like the sun, making the capital of Pakistan, Islamabad a compelling place to visit. Shah Faisal mosque is the largest mosque in South Asia, and the sixth largest in the world which makes it an ethnic tourist spot. It occupies 5,000 square meters area of Pakistan. The mosque can accommodate around 300,000 devotees. Moreover, inside the mosque, guests can find General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq's small mausoleum.

Unlike Islamabad, Lahore is itself a world of interesting places including Lahore fort, Minaar-e-Pakistan, Badshahi Mosque, and Wagha border. Lahore was a thriving cultural center of the great Mughal Empire. Mughal Emperors beautified Lahore with palaces, gardens and mosques, and each landmark has a story associated with its creation. The Lahore Fort also known asRoyal Fortwas constructed by the Mughal Emperor, Akbar the Great. The famous Sheesh Mahal or Palace of Mirrors is in the north-east corner of the Fort. This is the most beautiful palace in the Fort and is decorated with small mirrors of different color sets.Badshahi Mosqueis across the courtyard from one of the gates of the Lahore Fort. The Mosque is made up entirely of sand-stone, and was built by Emperor Aurangzeb, the last of the great Mughals, in a record time of the two and-a-half years. It has a beautiful gate-way which measures 21.33 meters in length and a courtyard that measures 161.5 x 160.6 meters and is said to be the largest mosque courtyard in the world for outdoor prayers.Minar-e-Pakistanis a new landmark in Lahore and stands in the Iqbal Park to commemorate the date when resolution of separation was passed back in 1940. Tourists have commented that continuously looking at it gives them sore necks because of its massive height. Just 30 kilometers from Lahore is the Wagha Border that separates Pakistan from India. It becomes skeptic that a person visiting Lahore can miss the energy and enthusiasm during the flag hoisting and lowering ceremonies at Wagha Border. This is the place where the soldiers from both countries stand head to head.

Punjab remains incomplete without discussion of "aab" which means water. River Indus is the main river in Pakistan and one of the largest rivers in the world. "People call it the Lion River in Tibet, following a mythology that says the river flows from the mouth of a lion. Between the Himalaya and Karakoram ranges, it flows from the direction of the rising sun and people call it the Eastern River accordingly ("The Indus"). The source of the Indus River is the Tibetan plateau and the river is then fed by glaciers from the Himalaya and Karakoram Mountains and Hindu Kush mountain range. It is one of the great rare examples of nature.

With the discussion on water, Lake Saiful Muluk also comes first to mind. This is the place where a fish underwater can be seen through the pure water with the naked eye. And in winters the snow on water makes the scene immensely pleasing. GeographicallyLake Saiful Mulukis found at Khagan Valley's northern end. The multiple glaciers surrounding the lake add even greater depth and greatness to the lake. Also there are several hotels and lodges that offer accommodations to tourists.

A country with such versatility having glaciers, rivers, and historical places is always interesting to visit. Although the government does not spend much on tourism, nature has blessed Pakistan these characteristics by its birth. A tour to Pakistan leaves everlasting imprints on minds of tourists, and the beautiful sights unknowingly attract tourists to come to see this awe-inspiring country.


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