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It's located 60 miles north of Islamabad, the national capital of Pakistan.
You won't need to be stuck in a car all day to witness a bit of nature. Just 15 miles out of Balakot, Machiara National Park is a superb place to sit back and unwind. More tranquil surrounds are waiting for you at Lake Saiful Mulk, 30 miles away.
Are you a keen sports fan? Then you'll want to look up the event schedule at Nelum Stadium, located 15 miles to the southeast in Muzaffarabad.
Do you like the sound of the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Black Fort? These fantastic attractions are in Muzaffarabad, located just 16 miles southeast of Balakot. Or maybe Ashoka Rocks and Sikh Fort appeal more to you? To see them, go to Mansehra, 17 miles southwest.
Go on an adventure and see some sights in Abbottabad. This destination is 30 miles away and close to the Ilyasi Mosque, Raees Khana Bazar and Shimla Peak. That said, you shouldn't forget about Bazaar and Gurdwara either.
Turn your journey through this part of the world into an unforgettable experience with a day of rock climbing or mountain climbing. They're both popular outdoor pastimes here.
Spend some time wandering around the wonders of the region's art museums, history museums, art galleries and craft workshops.
Pack your sunglasses and take a breath of fresh air at one of the surrounding area's pleasant outdoor attractions. Its open-air markets are just waiting to be explored.
The area has a rich background. Spend a day or two checking out the surrounding ruins, traditional villages, old towns, fortresses and archeological sites. Don't stress if there isn't much information online — the locals are sure to have a few tales to tell!
If you're curious about the local faith, organise a visit to some mosques. Even if you don't experience a spiritual awakening, there's a good chance you'll find some peace of mind.
Delight your taste buds and fill your Instagram feed with mouthwatering photos by feasting on some of this destination's finest food and drink offerings. Just don't forget to hashtag "yum"!
Want to know about the surprises you'll discover on your dinner plate? There's a chance they'll include lentils, pulses or even both.
Ask one of the locals for a meal suggestion and naan (flour dough) will likely be among the first things they point you to. Korma (meat) is another of the region's signature foods you might like to bite into.
We don't think you'll need too much persuading to have a bite of gulab jamun (deep-fried dough in sugar syrup), a sweet treat that'll make you want to pack everything up and settle down here for good.
Don't forget to mark the 23rd of March in your diary. To the locals, this means one thing — Republic Day. A significant day of festivities, this is a marvellous time of year to visit the country.
It's not easy to bid farewell to a region as rich and beautiful as Pakistan, but it will always be there for you to come back to.
When it's time to fly back home, give yourself ample time to get to Benazir Bhutto International Airport (ISB). Situated 65 miles to the south from downtown Balakot, this is the closest terminal.