Tourism not only plays an essential role in a country’s economy but it also has a very positive effect on a traveler’s health. Seeing different cultures and places, meeting people from assorted backgrounds and communities and eating different types of cuisines has always been the enthusiasm of humans. Health, travel, and tourism are quite interrelated and even hold each other’s up. In most cases tourism assists health in its different forms even if it’s physical, mental or spiritual. Physical health is related to exercise which by itself is included in tourism, such as hiking and swimming. Mental health is related to hangout, tranquility and serenity which is the theme of tourism as, fresh air and greenery. Spiritual health – to uplift – has different ways but traveling and pondering are part of them which in fact come under tourism, in particular, reflecting upon beauty, far long chain of mountains and vast creation of the creator.
Subsequently, if we take the tourism and specify it with our country Pakistan so what Pros and Cons do, we have? Nonetheless, to go further first we have to look into the beauty of our country in a descriptive way. There are numbers of distinct places but I want to go through one of them. Let’s start with the alluring image of “Kumrat valley” located in Upper Dir Kohistan. The distance to Kumrat valley from Peshawar is more or less 333 KM. With a bit innovation on its way when you reach to a place called “Chuckyatarn” – the threshold of Kohistan – you will see a door which exactly reminds “Babe Khyber”. The ears are knocked repeatedly by the silent voice of Kohistan’s river. The eyes feel a bit horrified when they see darkness on the summits of mountains. The inner feels cold when it inhales the cool breeze. Having that feelings you will reach to “Sheringle”, a market for the near residents. Different shops gathered by gloomy and jolly faces. The main gate of “Benezir Butto University” catches the eyes. Leaving the market, again you will follow the narrow road – surrounded by walnut trees – on the bank of the river. On the way modesty and complete Hijab of Kohistani women can be seen. You will experience – if stayed at night – the hospitality, simplicity and love of Kohistani people…. At last, there will reach a place called “Tal bazar”, which is the gateway of Kumrat valley. After taking a bit rest, the journey starts on an impaired and broken road. The car stumbles colossal times down but it will be forgotten by the beauty and greenery of Kumrat valley. The eyes get astonished when they come across a huge jungle and bluish water. The towering trees cuddle closely as they might meet after a long time. In the midst of the jungle, one might fail to see the sun clearly. The serenity, calmness and darkness might give you goose bumps.
Going through the forest and vast creation will automatically increase your spiritual health and relationship with the creator. At last, will reach a place famous by “Black water”, which is a small dig filled with blackish cold water. River’s Bluefish water goes smoothly ignoring human recreations, Deodar trees reside on the edge of the river even captured the peripheries of mountains, Snow’s chunks reflect on the apex of lofty mountains. Collectively, all these gorgeous sceneries make Pakistan as a temporal Paradise.
As well as that, if we look at the economic benefit of tourism in our country, the direct contribution of travel and tourism to Pakistan’s GDP in 2016 was $7.6 billion (PKR 793.0 billion), constituting 2.7% of the total GDP, according to world travel and tourism council. If the Government focuses on tourism, provide facilities to these hidden beauties, can easily reinforce our better economy.
In contrast to all these traits, there is one peculiar loophole in tourism which is the impact of foreign culture on our society. Youths have to be mindful that we shouldn’t adopt the outsider’s way of fashion, because it wouldn’t make them interested in our culture due to duplication. Proudly, we should preserve our own culture under Islamic tradition, and let the foreigners take our culture to their societies by our sublime characters. Altogether, being residents of the world – let alone just Pakistanis – our responsibility is to take care of our planet and its essence, which will compel the success to come to our temporal Paradise in any way, shape or form.