Gilgit-Baltistan: Infrastructure is a pre-requisite for Tourism

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Islamabad—Experts believe tourism in the country despite being marked with enchanting natural attractions would not be able to register growth until a viable infrastructure is put in place to facilitate tourists. They have underlined for good infrastructure for promoting tourism, and argued tourists were more concerned about comfort before kicking off journey to any destination.

Immaculate roads leading to tourists’ locations, which also feature quality hotels and other facilities as allure the travellers as the sites they visit. Good infrastructure could be the reason for any destination to witness high number of visitors, and bad infrastructure could discourage tourists’ flow to an enchanting site. “Infrastructure is a pre-requisite for tourism,” Najib Khan, Vice President of Pakistan Private Tour Operators Association said.

He said much of Pakistan’s highly sought after locations, especially in Gilgit Baltistan were hard to access due to either rugged terrain or dilapidated roads. He cited example of 4,114-metre-high (13,497 ft) Deosai National Park, second highest plateau in the world. The park protects an area of 3,000 square kilometres and is well known for its rich flora and fauna of the Karakoram-West Tibetan Plateau alpine steppe ecoregion.

In the Spring season it is covered by sweeps wildflowers and a wide variety of butterflies. Deosai Lake, or Sheosar Lake from the Shina language meaning “Blind lake” (Sheo – Blind, Sar – lake) is in the park. The lake is at an elevation of 4,142 metres (13,589 ft), is one of the highest lakes in the world. Located near the Chilim Valley on the Deosai Plains, the lake’s length is 2.3 kilometres (7,500 ft), width 1.8 kilometres (5,900 ft) and average depth 40 metres (130 ft). “Tourists from around the world had poured this region if it was easily accessible,” Najib said.—APP


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