PAKISTAN AS BEST HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS FOR 2020. The goal of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led government to boost tourism in the country seems to be bearing fruit, as the Conde Nast Traveller, a luxury travel magazine aimed at upmarket tourists, has named Pakistan as the destination for which its editors are most excited not only in the coming year but also in the next decade.
In a feature published by Lizzie Pook and Tabitha Joyce on its website, Pakistan was hailed by the magazine as the country “must-visit adventure traveler.”
“Thwarted by the tales of terrorism and Taliban rule, Pakistan’s tourism industry has been stymied for the past two decades,” she said, adding that despite these concerns, the country’s “old valleys[ and] relaxed visa restrictions” finally put it back in focus.
“Pakistan has higher peaks than 22,965 ft compared to China and Nepal combined, making it an almost magnetic spot for adventure travelers and intrepid hikers,” she said.
“Through the 12,250 ft Shandur Pass, home to the highest polo field in the world, tourists can follow the steps of Michael Palin or meet the Kalash people of the Hindu Kush, famous for their cowrie-shell headdresses and brighter-than-bright embroidery,” he added.
Yet, according to Conde Nast Traveller, the magnificent mountain ranges of the country are not the only draw. “In Lahore, the sight of 100,000 worshippers crowded into the 17th-century sandstone Badshahi Mosque will leave you breathless, though Mughal-era architectural masterpieces will shine on busy street corners,” it said of Punjab provincial capital.
Jonny Bealby, founder and CEO of Wild Frontiers, an adventure tour operator, told the magazine that he saw substantial improvements in the tourism industry in Pakistan.
“The emphasis on security measures that saw the British FCO[ Foreign and Commonwealth Office] raise its advice against travel to large parts of the north, and the election of Imran Khan, who promised to increase the number of international tourists, has already had an impact,” he said.
“Hardy travelers can find that little has changed since the Mughal period — with the peaks ‘ gemstone mines, fairy meadows and winding paths worn into the ground by heavy-laden yaks — while the Karakorum is one of the world’s most impressive highways, stretching up from the north-west frontier and cutting into the ancient rock.”
According to the publication, the list is compiled by exploring geographically diverse holiday destinations and offering a selection of journeys, from eco-tourism to adventure.
However, the list of the magazine recommends travelers to check for Kyoto, Japan; Rijeka, Croatia; Panama; Rabat, Morocco; British Virgin Islands; Friesland, Denmark; Qingdao, China; Lebanon; Portland, Maine, USA; Dakar, Senegal; Egadi Islands, Sicily; Paris, France; Siargao, Philippines; Galway, Ireland; Kangaroo Island, Australia; Salvador, Brazil; Armenia; Plymouth, U.S. As 2020’s top vacation destinations.
The list includes 20 different holiday destinations, and for adventure travel, Pakistan has been classified as number one.
It was collected taking into account the geographically diverse destinations, ranging from eco-tourism to adventure.
This is a welcome sign for the country that has seen an influx in recent times of international tourists and travel bloggers.
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Condé Nast Traveler describes Pakistan as an adventure traveler’s must-visit place.
The country is finally getting the focus it deserves, reads a feature published on its website due to the relaxed visa restrictions and high-profile royal visit.
The magazine says people are supposed to visit Pakistan as it is a country of beautiful landscapes.
“Pakistan has higher peaks than 22,965 ft compared to China and Nepal, making it an almost irresistible spot for adventure travelers and intrepid hikers.”