Tourism Potential Investment Opportunities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (NWFP)
Nature has gifted Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with rich cultural and tourism friendly environment. It has the potential of becoming a big tourist attraction in the world, due to its scenic beauty, geographical location, climate and natural resources.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is exceptionally rich in terms of multitudes of tourist attraction. The essence of this attraction is visible from the remarkable natural picturesque comprising beautiful rivers, splendid water falls, spell-bound lakes mostly in the mountainous region and green valleys in most parts of the province. Due to its geographical location, Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa has had been a confluence of different civilizations which flourished and vanished with the passage of time.
The quasi contiguity of the province, with the Central Asian states and with xiangiang province of China attracted many migrants, businessmen, warriors and fortune seekers in different ages for settlement. The interaction among different races and their co-existence led to a rich cultural heritage. The glimpses of such heritage are evident from the Ghandhara archaeological sites at Gur Khattree Peshawar, Takh-Bahi (Mardan), Seri Behlol (Mardan), Shabaz Gari (Mardan) Nimo Gram Buddhist Stupa (Swat), and collection of Ghandhara art preserved at Swat Museum, Chakdara museum (Dir Lower) and Peshawar museum.
• The total area of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is 100200 sq.km
• Northern Zone: A mountainous region full of natural picturesque having 5 small and big rivers.
• Mid Part: It comprises of Peshawar Valley, a seat of different civilizations.
• Southern Zone: Rugged dry hills and vast gravelly plains with patches of alluvial agri fields.
• North of province is exceptionally rich in picturesque and alluring landscape, exotic valleys and dense pine forest.
• The natural lakes and thick forests of the province are safe heaven for eco tourism.
• Ghandhara remains testify the rich cultural heritage of the province.