Pakistan to Attract Thousands by Religion Tourism

ISLAMABAD: As we reported earlier about the growing Travel and Tourism scene in the country. In addition to this, Pakistan has another niche that can be worked out to attract thousands of visitors simply by regulating or streamlining Religion Tourism.

The article focus is on: Religion Tourism in Pakistan and also discussing improvement pointers in he very regard. Let’s discuss this in detail.

Yesterday we informed our readers about the number of people traveling to Northern Areas of Pakistan. Let’s dig out another topic further connected wit the string of Travel and Tourism in Pakistan. According to Wikipedia religious tourism, also commonly referred to as faith tourism. It is a type of tourism, where people travel individually or in groups for pilgrimage. Moreover, the world’s largest form of mass religious tourism takes place at the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Source: Wikipedia

First of all, Pakistan has been a hosting land for many ancient civilizations. Right from Indus Valley deep in to Sindh and Gandhara civilization including Buddha up in the north. They are found especially in the mountains of Swat area, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. An official of Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) was telling told TrulyPakistan correspondent last Tuesday.

While today’s Pakistan was ordeal of religions including Hinduism, Buddhism and crib of another, Sikhism. All having rich culture and arts history here. They all have their holy places still exist here in Pakistan. Furthermore, Religion Tourism can play a vital role if promoted and prompted worldwide. Pakistan receives thousands of pilgrims visiting their holy places every year as religion tour.

Religion Tourism in Pakistan - TrulyPakistan

Religion Tourism in Pakistan – TrulyPakistan

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Probably, A proper structure given to Religion Tourism can earn Pakistan incredible increase in travel and tourism in the country. The country potentially reap enormous benefits as it was home to some of the holiest sites for Sikhs.

Most of all, holy places in Pakistan like Gurdwaras at Nankana Sahib and Hasanabdal attracts great number of Sikh pilgrims from all over the world. These are on top of the religion tourism by Pakistani people visiting shrines of Sufis and saints. All of these tourists visit shrines including Data Ganj Bakhsh, Shah Hussain, Mian Mir, Bahauddin Zakaria and Baba Farid Ganj Shaker in Punjab. Furthermore, Sindh also attracts travelers at the shrines of Shah Abdul Latif Bhatai and Lal Shahbaz Qalandar. Multan is known as the city of saints as well. It attract thousands of people every year increasing the scope further of religion tourism.

Religion Tourism has a very strong linkage with cultural heritage as well. We see a lot of tourists attracted towards the structures build in Mughal Era. They stand out in architectural beauty alongside serving as a symbol of culture. Mosques like Wazir Khan in Lahore, Shahi mosque in Chiniot and Shah Jahan mosque in Thatta are a few examples of rich culture of the society. All these structures acts as improvising effect for religion tourism.

Shah Jahan Mosque Thatta - Religion Tourism - TrulyPakistan

Shah Jahan Mosque – Religion Tourism – TrulyPakistan

Picture Credits: Dawn News

PTDC Making Efforts to Improve Religion Tourism in Pakistan

So, Pakistan can connect well in the religion tourism market. Potentially could contribute and generate tons of revenue for the country. Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) is making efforts along with provincial governments for promoting religion tourism in Pakistan as they mention. They aim to device proper strategy for attracting more and more people from across the world.

TrulyPakistan’s Take on Religion Tourism

Finally, TrulyPakistan believes that Tourism in any shape is important. In addition, Adventure tourism, Eco Tourism, Outdoors or even Religion Tourism should get roots in the country. This can help creating an eco-system for Travel and Tourism in Pakistan.

This article first appeared in Associated Press of Pakistan (APP), August 2016.
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