ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has tremendous potential for promoting tourism by virtue of its long

rich history, cultural diversity and captivating landscapes.

An official of Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) told that Pakistan is offering

numerous types of tourism that include nature, adventure, culture, heritage and religious tourism.

He said that Pakistan is the cradle of two ancient civilizations- the Indus valley civilization and

the Gandhara civilization.

andquot;In particular, the excavations of the Gandhara civilization represent one of the oldest remains of

the Buddhist culture in Asia and are special spiritual significance for the Buddhists. Then there

are monuments built by successive dynasties and rulers, particularly the Mughals. These include

the Royal fort, Badshahi Mosque, Shalimar Garden, Tombs of Emperor Jehangir and Noor

Jehan, Rohtas Fort and the Shah Jahan Mosque,andquot; he said.

The official said that Pakistan has the worldand#39;s highest mountains in a knot of four great mountain

ranges, the Hindu Kush, Pamir, Karakoram and the Himalyas. The country has the distinction of

having five peaks above 8,000 meters each including the second loftiest mountain of K-2, he


As an initiative to promote tourism industry and engage youth , PTDC in collaboration with

University of Management and Technology Lahore has launched andquot;Pakistan Tourism Friends


The members of the club can avail 20 perecnt special discount on room rent at all PTDC Motels

spread all over Pakistan.

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