Of mountains & olive gardens – Pakistan’s tribal areas exude nature’s splendor

ISLAMABAD – From barren mountainous terrain to natural olive gardens, Pakistan’s tribal region exudes diversity in nature that has immense potential to attract adventure lovers.
“From South Waziristan to edges of Bajaur, the area has distinguishing beauty of stony mountains whereas the lush green valleys and natural olive gardens span over the North Waziristan and Orakzai districts,” Lecturer of School of Politics and International Relations at Qauid-e-Azam University Salman Ali Khan Bettani told APP.
Bettani said historical tourism attractions in Khyber District including train safari if revived could attract scores of local and foreign tourists.
He said tribal districts of the erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) have a lot of potential for tourism that can be tapped by promoting hotels industry, installation of chairlifts and arranging tour packages.
The erstwhile FATA has been known for conflict and chaos in the past and its natural beauty was camouflaged by political and security situation.
Bettani said the area was scenically  captivating and had got tremendous tourism potential.
He said since the region was changing, the enormous tourism potential must be explored and present the true picture of inhabitants who in reality are very hospitable, genuine and loving.
The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is making efforts for exploring potential at different tourist sites in merged tribal districts.
Senior officials of Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said 25 new tourist sites had been identified in the whole province so far. The tribal areas are beautiful with mountains, streams and other attractive locations.
They said proper master plan would be implemented in new destinations of the province to preserve natural beauty.
This is worth-mentioning that development authority for the seven merged districts of erstwhile FATA had conducted study for the identification of tourist destinations.
A Lahore-based consultant firm was tasked to identify locations in the areas.