As I sit here putting this piece together, sifting through a carefully curated collection of photos that now exceeds 1000 images; it saddens me that a stunningly picturesque country like Pakistan, with its diverse cultures, people and landscapes, doesn’t have a tourism industry to be proud of.

Tourism in Pakistan has been stated by the Lonely Planet as being “tourism’s ‘next big thing’ for more years than we care to remember. But world media headlines always send things off the rails.”

Judging by the places below we can’t help but think, what a shame that is…The Naked Wall in Nanga Parbat
Credit: Reinhold MessnerBijnot Village in Rohi Desert
Credit: Tariq Hameed SulemaniThe Cold Desert of Skardu
Credit: Yasir NisarThe juncture of the three greatest mountain ranges in the World: the Himalayas, the Karakoram and the Hindu Kush
Credit: Jan GasiorTaobut in Neelam Valley
Credit: Shafiq AhmadDerawar Fort
Credit: Yasir NisarRawal Lake
Credit: Shakeel L.Lower Topa in Murree
Credit: Sami YazdaniNaran Amir
Credit: Mukhtar MughalLansdowne Bridge of Rohri
Credit: Agha Waseem AhmedRiver Swat
Credit: Gulraiz GhouriDeosai Plains
Credit: Ahsan MansoorParas, Kaghan
Credit: Shehzaad MaroofA cabin in PTDC Motel in Naran
Credit: Jawad ZakariyaAmazing Salt Range on the M2
Credit: Khan Kiyani