Winter Season in Pakistan
Pakistan has a cool, dry winter starting from November in the North and December in the South but it gets progressively wetter during January and February especially in the western parts of the country. Snowfall is common in Northern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and Central Balochistan.
Winters are cold, with minimum mean temperatures in Punjab of about 4 °C (39 °F) in January, and sub-zero temperatures in the far north and Balochistan.
Moderate showers are observed in southern parts of Pakistan while moderate to heavy showers with heavy snowfall in the northern parts of the country. These westerly waves are robbed of most of the moisture by the time they reach Pakistan.
Fog occurs during the winter season and remains for weeks in upper Sindh, central Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab.
Winter in Pakistan brings new fashion of Clothes, Sweaters and Jackets with itself. As Fashion industry of Pakistan is improving and growing day by day it is also bringing frequent changes in Fashion. Every year you will find new styles and fashion. Different kind of Fashion Shows are organized to show the winter collection of Designers of Pakistan.
Ski Resorts of Pakistan are active in winter season. Although Pakistan in not having many ski Resorts. The only Ski Resort of Pakistan is in Malam Jaba. The Malam Jabba Ski Resort, owned by the Pakistani Tourism Development Corporation, had a ski slope of about 800 m with the highest point of the slope 2804 m (9200 ft) above sea level. Different kind of tournaments are organised for Ski lovers in Malam Jaba when winter season is started and the mountains of Malam Jaba are covered with snow.
Winter will bring different kind of seasonal fruits with itself. One the most famous fruit family of winter is Orange, Kino, Malta, Musami, Red Blood, Fruiter etc etc. Pakistan is the sixth largest producer of Kinow (mandarin) and oranges in the world, with 2.1 million tons. Pakistan world mandarin and oranges market share during the year 1997 was 0.9 percent and 3.6 percent in terms of value and volume respectively. Pakistan is also the largest producer of 'Citrus Reticula' variety (Kinow), this unique variety of citrus is indigenous to this part of the world. According to an estimate approx. 95 percent of the total Kinow produced all over the world is grown in Pakistan.
JALEBI is one of the most popular sweets in Winter.The sweets are served warm or cold. They have a somewhat chewy texture with a crystallized sugary exterior coating. It is used as a remedy for headaches in some parts of Pakistan, where it is placed in boiling milk and left to stand before eating.
Gajrela / Gajjar ka Halwa is another popular sweet of Winter in Pakistan. It is prepared from carrots.
Another mark of Winter, Landa Bazaar, famous for trading generally used articles, is dynamically keeping its attraction for middle income and the poor. Initially such kind of Bazars were started by the Afghan Refugees living in Pakistan. They used to sell smuggled goods mainly coming from Afghanistan. Now u can find these kind of bazars in every city of Pakistan.
Although these Landa Bazars are open 12 months but in winter season their sales on peak as middle income and poor people come to buy winter clothes from such bazars to save themselves from Cold.
In winter, different varieties of dry fruits are available in Pakistan such as pistachio, pine nuts, almond, walnuts, coconut, raisins, peanuts, apricot, dried dates, mulberry and figs. Use of dryfruit is also increased the winter season especially peanuts. In every market and bazar you will find people selling peanuts on push carts. Dry fruit is also exported to different countries of the world from Pakistan.
Chapli Kabab - Chapli Kabab is also a popular food in winter.
Winter Shawls are used by male and female to keep themselves warm in winter.
Revri - Another Popular sweet of Winter Season in Pakistan.
Chicken Corn Soup and Shakar Kandi, a 'hot food', is popular during the winters in Pakistan and is served with a sprinkle of lemon juice, black pepper and chat masala.
Most of the Pakistan like to enjoy the freezing winter nights with icecream.
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