09 must-visit places in Pakistan

Pakistan is not only what you see on the news channels every day. It’s a lot more than the terrorism, politics and all the hundreds of other problems. When we talk about visiting other places like Paris, Switzerland and America, we forget how beautiful our own country is and how much we are missing by going out to find beauty.

May it be the mountain peaks in the northern areas or the busy city lights in Karachi, the country will summon you under its charms completely!

Well then if any of you decide to take a road trip or a Pakistan tour, these places below are a must visit!

  1. Concordia

A mountaineer’s heaven, the mountain top is in the far north of Pakistan where it borders China. You can have a breathtaking view of the fourteen mountain peaks our country bears.

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  1. Kel Valley 

One of the most beautiful and fascinating places in Kashmir, the valley looks like a miniature of heaven.

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  1. Deosai Plains

Also known as the land of giants, these plains are located in the region of Gilgit Baltistan, also the second largest ones in the world. The place is famous to be visited during summers and springs for its fauna and colorful flowers!

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  1. Kaghan Valley

One of the most striking places in the world, Kaghan valley is located in Mansehra, a small district in Pakistan. With its splendid and speechless beauty, the valley is a very famous tourist spot.

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  1. Baltit Fort

An ancient fort located in Hunza Valley locates back to 700 years and its beauty is incomparable.

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  1. Lake Saif-ul-Malook 

This beauty located in Mansehra is surrounded by many mountains, however the reflection in its lake is the most magnificent thing you’d ever come across!

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  1. Shandur Top

Known as the highest polo ground in the world, is located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Covered in snow during winters and sparkling with lush green grass in summers, this place is a prevalent tourist destination.

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  1. Hingol National Park

One of the largest national parks in Pakistan, Hingol is known to support 35 species of mammals, 65 species of amphibians and reptiles and 185 species of birds.

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  1. Wagah Border

This is one place where every Pakistani can feel the adrenaline rush into their veins. The air there is, is filled with zeal, enthusiasm and most of all, love and patriotism. A place bordering India and Pakistan, thousands of people all across Pakistan wish to go there once!

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Things like these enlighten the pride I feel in my heart for my country. It makes me believe how there are places still completely pure of the dirt and germs spreading like wild fire among us. After all, as the famous quote goes:

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.”

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10 Things You didn’t Know About Kishore Kumar

Today we celebrate the 85th birthday of the singer, Kishore Kumar. The singing legend gave us innumerable hit melodies in his career spanning for decades. Even after 26 years of his demise, his melodies are still thoroughly enjoyed by all the music lovers.

Below are 10 things not everyone knows about the famous Kishore Kumar.

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  1. Winning the Filmfare award eight times, the man now has an award named after him. ‘The Kishore Kumar’ award is commemorated by the Madhya Pradesh government.
  2. The legendary singer married four times in his life. Out of which two of them ended up in divorces.
  3. Leading a solitary life, Kishore Kumar did not have many friends, which is not a surprise. Thus he called trees his closest buddies.
  4. Initially, before he started play back singing, Kishore Kumar used to imitate the style of K.L Saigal. It was S.D Burman who advised him to develop his own style.
  5. Also, Kishore Kumar stopped singing for Mithan Chakraborty for some time as his third divorced wife, Yogeeta Bali married the actor. However he could not do that for long.
  6. Kishore Kumar’s marriage to Madhubala in 1958 was highly opposed by his family.
  7. He perfected the yodeling style of singing. A unique style he learned from Australian music.
  8. Rajesh Khanna and Rahul Dev Burman were two of the only closest people to Kishore Kumar.
  9. Kishore Kumar died on his brother’s birthday from a heart attack, prior to which he wanted to Khandwa, his native place.
  10. As fate had it, Kishore Kumar’s last song was sung for Mithan Chakarborty, alongside Asha Bhosle.

The talent of Kishore Kumar can be figured from the fact that he excelled not only as a singer but also actor, lyricist, producer, composer and writer. He truly is a pride for the Indian cinema and today on his birthday we pay tribute to him.

Akhlaq Ahmed; The Pride of Pakistan

One of the most well-known singers of Pakistan, late Akhlaq Ahmed has given many hit melodies to Lollywood like “Sawan aye sawan jaye” and “Na sona Na Chandni”. Indeed he was one of the most respectable singers of the Pakistani Industry.

He was born in Delhi and started off his career as a stage singer in the 1960s in Karachi, where he was a member of a famous singing group with two other legendary artists, Masood Rana and Nadeem. With approximately 300 songs to his credit, his voice was highly renowned in the industry.

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According to a recent interview conducted with his son, we get to know Akhlaq Ahmed’s story of his first recording. According to his son, the man had a very close friend who worked at the Pakistan International Airline, who had some close contacts and got him an audition. The first ever song sung by Akhlaq Ahmed was Sawan aye Sawan jaye composed by the famous Robin Ghosh. The song was a block buster and from here started the journey for this exceptionally artistic man.

His first ever film song was Raastey ka Patthar, a track from the movie with the same title. Akhlaq Ahmed won the Nigar Award for the best singer eight times (three times in a row), his unique voice was prodigious which could never go unnoticed by many Composers, hence the number of songs he has sung.

Strictly speaking, Akhlaq was an ordinary man and a very supportive father, though a little strict, as his son tells. He was a very devoted man and his ability to devote stanch attention to his job brought him hordes of success. He always sang with understanding and depth and cast his fans in an intricate spell that lasted even after the song ended. I could safely say that his voice was a flawless and beautiful creation of God.

Unfortunately, Akhlaq spent the last few years of his life fighting the terrible disease of blood cancer. His wife, an employee at PIA admitted him at a hospital in London. She was indeed a fearless and valiant lady who stood by her spouse, steadfast in even the hardest of times.

At the time of his demise, Akhlaq was 53 years old, his son was in his late teens by then. It was 4th of August, 1999 when this great voice of Pakistan was silenced.

At an interview with The Diplomat, Afaq Ahmed, Akhlaq’s son said few things about his father.

“He was very down to Earth, would always talk to his fans and never had a “star” attitude.”

Akhlaq Ahmed, not only adored our hearts with his heartwarming voice, but also taught us a lesson before leaving the world. When things get tough, you have to believe in yourself and hang in there, along with your loved ones because they are the ones who’d give you strength. Eventually things get better.

Today on his sixteenth death anniversary, we pay tribute to the prodigious voice and personality of this man. He may not be with us today physically, but he would always be cherished in all of our hearts. After all he is our nation’s pride.

10 Inspirational Quotes from Disney

None of us is ever old enough to get over Disney. I can still not watch lion king without bawling my eyes out. Neither can I stop rooting for Anna from Frozen. In times of hardships or happiness, these movies have stuck with us through it all.

Here are 10 best inspirational quotes from your all-time favorite Disney movies.

1. “Oh yes the past can hurt. But you can either run from it or learn from it.” Rafiki to Simba – Lion King

The old chimpanzee taught us that sometimes you cannot step into the future without letting go of the past.

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2. “Ohaha means family, family means no body gets left behind. Or forgotten.” –Lilo and Stitch.

Little Ohaha and Stitch taught us how family is the most important thing at the end of the day. After all blood is thicker than water!

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3. “A little consideration, a little thought for others, make all the difference.” – Winnie The Pooh.

This is the basic concept of humanity we all have to grasp in today’s world. All we need is a little heart.

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4. “Love is… putting someone else’s needs before yours.” – Olaf, Frozen

The snowman went ahead and told us what love is in one line. Something people have been trying to do since decades.

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5. “Just keep swimming.” –Dory, Findinng Nemo.

Indisputably we all adored Dory in the movie. Thus, all we’d do is… swim.

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6. “As the years go by, our friendship will never die, you gonna see it’s our destiny, You’ve got a friend in me.” – Buzz Lightyear, Toy Story

The bromance shared between Buzz and Woody is one of a kind which is unsurpassed. Atone point or the other, we all have wanted a friend like them. After all… ‘To infinity and beyond!’

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7. “Adventure is out there.” – Ellie, Up.

Life is in itself a voyage. And it’s never too late to embark upon it, like Carl did.

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8. “Never grow up.” – Peter Pan.

There is a child somewhere hidden down there in each and everyone of us. All we have to do is keep it alive and let it do its work.

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9. “Different but bestfriends.” – Monsters Inc.

James and Mike show us what real friendship is. Friendship does not have specifications, its just about someone sharing the same craziness as you do, or even more!

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10. “Our fate lives within us, you just need to be brave enough to see it.” –Princess Miranda

Miranda taught us how courage helps us change out own fate.

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Movies are adaptations of real life people and incidents. All these characters live within us, we just have to glance in our souls and let them take over.