The Northern Areas of Pakistan are a collection of distinct administrative territories bordering each other. These northern areas are known for their wonderful scenic beauty, majestic snow-capped mountains, lush green forests, gushing rivers/ streams, and other natural wonders in Pakistan. The tourist attractions and holidays 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 are 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 were 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 Valley, Kumrat Valley (Dir), Chitral, Kohistan, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Naran Kaghan, etc. are also referred to as northern areas of Pakistan.