There were good times when tourists from different parts of the world used to visit Pakistan. After 9/11 tourism was converted into terrorism and not only foreigners but also local tourists became reluctant to pay a visit and explore the cultural, hill stations, beautiful lakes and scenic beauty of our country. The most horrible incident happened at the Nanga Parbat base camp in 2013 when 10 climbers and a local guide were killed by militants dressed in local Gilgit scout dresses.
International trip advisory sites and the governments of various countries warn tourists for coming to Pakistan. This affects the tourism to very much extent. According to an international organization on tourism, Srilanka was way behind Pakistan in 2010 but Srilanka topped in South Asia in getting the maximum tourists in 2015.
Now after operation Zarb-e-azab, the law and order situation started getting better day by day. The local people also started visiting different areas in vacations and on Eid Holidays. In our recent visit to Hunza, we had told by the locals that the number of tourists is started increasing after a long time. According to a survey more than 25 lac people visited Swat this Eid. There were warnings to the people not to come to Swat as the roads were blocked and hotels were full.
When you are in Pakistan or planning to come to Pakistan for tourism you got plenty of options. Starting with Azad Kashmir, you can visit Kel, Arang Kel, Taobut, Ratti Gali, Tolipeer, Leepa Valley, Peer Chinasi, Shonter Valley, etc. In Gilgit Baltistan, you can visit Hunza, Hooper Valley, Astore, Skardu, Deosai, Attabadd Lake, Shandur, Fairy Meadows, Nanga Parbat base camp, Naltar, etc. While visiting KPK you have options for Nathiagali, Chitral, Kailash, Mushkpuri, Lake Saiful Malook, Anso Lake, etc. Punjab can entertain you with historical places like Wazir Khan Mosque, Tomb of Jahangir, Lahore Fort, Rohtas Fort, etc. You can enjoy Ziarat, Astola Island, Mehgarh, Gwadar and coastal Highway in Baluchistan. Tourist can also go to the past while visiting Mohenjodaro, an old civilization in Sindh. Sindh also has Clifton beach in Karachi, keenjhar lake, Frere Hall, etc.
The government of Pakistan should invest in tourism and develop infrastructure that can help and attract the foreign tourists in visiting the places. This can add heavily in our GDP and can create more business and jobs helping the poor people of these areas. KPK government has been praised by international media also on planting the billion tree in the province to help in the betterment of the environment and the effects global warming. We look forward towards the administration of other provinces also to plant more trees and make sure that no tree should be cut down for the individual or commercial purpose.