The Northern Areas of Pakistan refers to the collection of spectacular territories located in the north of Pakistan. These northern areas are known for their wonderful scenic beauty, majestic snow-capped mountains, lush green forests, gushing rivers/ streams, and diverse wildlife, and are commonly known as the heaven of nature in Pakistan.
The tourist attractions and holiday hill stations in the northern areas of Pakistan are renowned for their outdoor activities such as mountaineering, rock climbing, mountain biking, trekking, skiing, paragliding, ice-skating, rafting, and heli-skiing.
The northern areas also known as “The land of nature and adventure” are the dream destination of nature lovers and attract tourists from the rest of Pakistan and from different parts of the world.
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History & Geography of the Northern Areas
Historically, (in 1948) the geography of northern areas of Pakistan was outlined mainly including the Gilgit-Baltistan regions. These regions i.e. Baltistan (Divisional Capital Skardu), Gilgit (Divisional Capital Gilgit), and Diamer (Divisional Capital Chilas) were kept under the direct control of the federal government. In September 2020, Pakistan decided to elevate Gilgit-Baltistan’s status to that of a full-fledged province.
Although, in history, the geography of the northern areas of Pakistan was deemed to include the Gilgit-Baltistan regions. However, from the layman’s standpoint especially when referring to tourism in the north of Pakistan, other neighbouring areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa providence such as Swat, Kumrat Valley (Dir), Chitral, Kohistan, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Naran Kaghan, etc. are also referred to as northern areas of Pakistan.