The north of Pakistan is considered to be the Switzerland of Asia and is regarded as one of the hottest tourist attraction in the world. However, I believe that backpacking in Pakistan is not complete unless you pay a visit to some beautiful villages located in deep Punjab and Sindh. These villages not only depict a strong sense of cultural pride and perseverance but, are also utterly beautiful and worth exploring.
A Word of Recognition
My strong recommendation not only come from my experiences, but some of the enthusiastic backpackers have already tasted and admired the majestic experience of Pakistan’s village life. A Swedish backpacker who fell in love like many others said,
“These villages give me a sense of purity, simplicity and serenity. I am impressed by the gratitude, hospitality and resilience of these villagers protecting their culture and norms against all the bizarre international happenings. I was respected, loved, cared and made friends, so will definitely visit again”.
Top Things to Do
Now, as I hope that I have convinced you, the best time to visit is in the harvesting season of rice that arrives by Mid-March and continues till the end of April. The celebration is on its peak and there is a lot of stuff to relish.
I am listing down some of the top things to do:
Watch a Kabaddi Match
Kabaddi is not just sports for these villagers, it’s their passion. They participate with full zeal and zest. During the harvesting season, there are tournaments in which various teams hailing from different villages participate for the glory and honor of their villages. The heat and intensity of the battle field is also loaded in the supercharged spectator crowd with a mission to keep the morale and spirit of their teams up. The victorious team is rewarded with immense respect and celebration.
Attend the Cattle Race
Cattle race is another major event in the harvesting season. In central and southern Punjab normally the contestants are bulls, whereas in Sindh the race generally between camels. The race is a fascinating event to attend because of a unique blend of emotions. As the bulls are near to the finish line, there is happiness, hope, joy, dignity, fury, anticipation and regression mixed in the atmosphere.
A Walk Around the Fields in Morning
The morning walk around the fields in early morning will bring solitude to your soul. The fresh air and morning breeze mixed with the singing of birds drenched in pleasant smell of sunflowers gives an ecstatic feeling.
Relishing Some Desi Cuisines
These villages are also rich in culinary arts. The traditional foods and cuisines are extremely delicious and mouthwatering. Some of these foods are exclusive and you may not find them in any restaurants. Give a try to Kurry, MissiRotian, Saag with a jar of lassi by the riverside. If you are a true foodie, you will definitely love this place.
Hunting in the Woods
For a little thrill and adventure, you can try your luck in hunting. The woods outside of the villages are a home for many birds and animals, so, is a perfect hunting spot.
However, for this you must take police and local authorities in confidence and must not violate animal rights and harm endangered species.
Playing Cards with the Villagers
These villagers are very simple minded friendly people, but are very sharp at playing cards, even chess. Normally, all villagers gather at a certain spot by the day’s end where they play cards, drink tea and have a chit chat full of jokes and humor.If you think you are smart, challenge them to prove you metal.
Sleeping Under the Open Sky
After a long day of exploring, relax and try to sleep under the open sky. The stratosphere is pollution free, so you the sky is loaded with stars wishing you a goodnight sleep. Lay on the mat and gaze up the sky, you can feel all tensions and worries of your life melting away.