- Traveller by Condè Nast hails Pakistan as the “adventure traveller’s must-visit” country.
- The magazine compiles its list by examining holiday destinations that are geographically diverse, as well as offer a range of trips, from eco-tourism to adventure.
- The magazine also credits the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to Pakistan this autumn for putting the country back into the spotlight.
(Karachi) The measures of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government to boost tourism in the country appears to be bearing fruit as one of the leading US travel portal,Traveller by Condè Nast, has rated Pakistan as the ‘best holiday destination for 2020’.
The magazine compiles its list by examining holiday destinations that are geographically diverse, as well as offer a range of trips, from eco-tourism to adventure.
In a feature published on its website by authors Lizzie Pook and Tabitha Joyce, the magazine hailed Pakistan as the “adventure traveller’s must-visit” country.
While highlighting the beauty of Pakistan the authors wrote, “Thwarted by tales of terrorism and Taliban rule, Pakistan’s tourism industry has been stymied for the past two decades.”
They added that despite these concerns, the country’s “ancient valleys [and] relaxed visa restrictions were finally bringing it back into focus.
“Pakistan has more peaks taller than 22,965ft than China and Nepal combined, making it an almost magnetic spot for adventure travellers and intrepid hikers,” they wrote.
“Visitors can follow in Michael Palin’s steps while traversing the 12,250ft Shandur Pass, home to the world’s highest polo field, or meet with the Kalash people of the Hindu Kush, famed for their cowrie-shell headdresses and brighter-than-bright embroidery.”
The magazine stated that the country’s majestic mountain ranges aren’t the only attraction. “In Lahore, the sight of 100,000 worshippers crammed into the sandstone 17th-century Badshahi Mosque will leave you breathless, while Mughal-era architectural masterpieces stand resplendent on bustling street corners,” it stated.
The magazine also credits the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to Pakistan this autumn for putting the country back into the spotlight.
In addition, to Pakistan, the magazine’s list advises travelers to seek out Kyoto, Japan; Rijeka, Croatia; Panama; Rabat, Morocco; British Virgin Islands; Frisian Islands, Denmark; Qingdao, China; Lebanon; Portland, Maine, U.S.; Dakar, Senegal; Egadi Islands, Sicily; Paris, France; Siargao, Philippines; Galway, Ireland; Kangaroo Island, Australia; Salvador, Brazil; Armenia; Kyrgyzstan; Plymouth, U.K. as top holiday destinations for 2020.