Tourism is on the rise in Pakistan and the incumbent Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government is bringing in reforms and policies to make the country a heaven for tourists.
While there’s a long way to go, the steps are being taken to promote tourism in the country.
The northern areas of Pakistan including Galliyat, the northern districts of KPK, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, have a huge potential to attract foreigners as well as local tourists.
The crystal clear lakes surrounded by snow-capped mountains offer exhilarating views with gushing water streams and rivers which truly mesmerize travelers.
In another attempt to promote the tourism industry, the KPK government has launched its official tourism app named KPTourism, which helps you to explore cultures, landscapes, wildlife and much more all while interacting with other travelers via social feeds.
You can download the Android app here.
The app offers a simple yet effective user-interface which is pretty much self-explanatory owing to the fact that it follows the guidelines of Google Material Design.
In the bottom bar, there are three tabs:
- Social Feeds
- Explore KP
To access the social feeds and profile, you need to create an account. Note that you can also use the app as a guest.
To sign up, you will have to specify the account type i.e. ‘User’ or ‘Tourist Operator’.
The homepage comes with plenty of options and useful information. It has the following tabs:
Once you tap on a place under the ‘Places’ tab, you will see a number of options including about, attractions, events, images, videos, blogs and points of interests.
Under the attractions tab, you can find all the valleys, waterfalls, lakes, snowfall areas, and options for different activities such as fishing and hiking, etc.
For instance, here are the said options for Swat Valley:
The best thing is that you will find the directions for a particular place, both within the app or you via Google Maps.
Additionally, the application gives you an option to contribute as well.
For example, if there are no images or videos for a particular place, you add items there if you have been to that place.
You can add places, attraction points, events, tour plans, blog posts, and whatnot.
All in all, you can find everything related to a place in KPK where you plan to travel next.
More such apps, or a single app for Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and even for the tourist places in Punjab and Sindh need to be developed for the convenience of tourists.