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Destination: Pakistan

WHY TO VISIT PAKISTAN

Karachi is the biggest city in Pakistan: very large and full of contrasts, it houses bazaars and modern shops, as well as various monuments and sites to visit, such as the Quaid-l-Azam mausoleum, the Masjid-i-Tuba mosque and Its magnificent dome, the Holy Trinity Cathedral, St Andrew's Church, the Zoo, the Zoroastrian Silence Towers, Clifton Beach and Manora Island beaches, the Saddar neighborhood and its markets.

Another important city, Lahore, which turns out to be the cultural center of Pakistan, and also the most frequented by travelers. Very pleasant thanks to its gardens, one admires also its constructions which offer a mixture of colonial and Mughal architecture, its animated streets and its bazaars. You will love the neighborhood of the Mall and its very English atmosphere, the city museum, exciting with its Hindu and Buddhist statues, the beautiful Altchison College, the Fort, its gardens and palaces, and you will love to stroll in rickshaw in the old City enamelled with mausoleums and mosques.

Punjab is a peaceful and fertile region where you will visit Bahawalpur, a rich and welcoming city, then the Lal Suhanra National Park and its natural reserve, as well as Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

The Karakorum Mountains are a popular destination for travelers who enjoy sports challenges, with its K2 summit, the second highest peak on the planet.

Kashmir has magnificent landscapes, which are unfortunately outside the security zone of this country, but you can however discover the Neelum valley, for walking and fishing, the Jhelum, as well as the mountains covered with forests more to the south.

Peshawar will seduce you with its old town, and from there you can reach the nearby Swat valley, with its beautiful landscapes, as well as the Chitral region, full of green valleys from which spring hot springs, then the Indus Koshitan , Its vertiginous summits and its abyssal canyons.

WHAT TO SEE IN PAKISTAN

Top destinations in Pakistan are:

  • Lahore
  • Lake Saif-ul-Malook
  • Concordia
  • Deosai
  • Kalash Valley
  • Shandur Top
  • Jehlum
  • Gorakh Hill
  • Hingol National Park
  • Wagah Border
  • Taxila
  • Mohenjo-daro

WHEN TO GO TO PAKISTAN

Best period to visit Pakistan, you will choose according to the place to visit, rather between November and April for the south, and from May to October for the north.

Three seasons cut the year: a cool season between October and February (with dry days and cool nights), a hot season from March to June (warm and humid), and a distinctly wet season from July to September. Varies from region to region.

Following a list of typical festival and celebrations of Pakistan.

  • Eid-Ul-Fitr: Eid-ul-Fitr is a religious festival for Muslims and it is celebrated at the end of Ramadan after fasting and on 1st of Shawwal of every Islamic month. People celebrate this festival with lot of keenness and joy. Girls wear henna on their hand on chand raat which is the last night of Ramadan.
  • Eid-ul-Azha: Eid-ul-Azha is another Eid is about observing the great sacrifice that was offered by Prophet Abraham (A.S.) celebrated on 10 Zilhaj on 12thmonth of Islamic Calendar. People get together for collective prayers in masajids and make sacrifice of goats, sheep, cows or camels. Their meet is distributed among the family relatives, friends and poors.
  • Shab-e-Barat: This is another religious Cultural Festivals in Pakistan which is celebrated on 14th of Shabban of Islamic Calendar. On this night, people offer prayersand send sweets and dishes to their relatives and children play with fireworks.
  • Ashura: Commemorating the death of Hazrat Imam Hussain, Grandson of Holy Prophet Mohammed. Two highly emotional days of mourning with processions and public display featuring "self-flagellation" Observed throughout Pakistan. The most unusual & colorful blend haunting blood sights, decorated horses, flags & life size models of shrines. This festival is celebrated by the Shiats Muslims only.

HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH PAKISTAN

To travel in the country, the airway is very convenient and inexpensive. There are also buses, trucks and jeeps that make the journeys by road, despite the bad state of it, especially in the mountains. In the cities there are buses, taxis, rickshaws and horse-drawn carts.

by plane, main airports are

by train

by car

GENERAL INFORMATION ON PAKISTAN

country entry requirements: passport + visa (check your visa requirements)

health tips & vaccination: drink only bottled water and avoid ice. Vaccine against cholera, typhus, hepatitis A and B and malaria prophylaxis are recommended.

local currency: Pakistani Rupee

local time zone: GMT+5

electricity: type C, D, G and M (230 V, 50 Hz)

mobile phone operators:

WHAT TO DO IN PAKISTAN

typical food in Pakistan

  • Chappali (beef kebab) and a peshawari nan
  • Kheer: rice pudding served in a clay pot
  • Biryani: seasoned rice with mutton, chicken and yoghurt
  • Fried fish and rumali roti (a Karachi speciality
  • Sag gosht: spinach and lamb curry
  • Shish kebab: charcoal-grilled meat on skewers
  • Shami kebab: patties of chopped meat fried in ghee or butter
  • Halwa: desserts made with eggs, carrots, maize cream, semolina and nuts
  • Tea: drunk strong with milk and often very sweet
  • Sulaimani chai: black tea with lemon
  • Kawa: green tea
  • Roh: a sugarcane juice
  • Pakola: a carbonated cream soda sold in cans across Pakistan

souvenirs from Pakistan

  • carpets and rugs
  • silk
  • cashmere shawls
  • saleem shahi's (slippers with upturned toes)
  • topis (woollen hats)
  • leather chappals (shoes)
  • chadors (light woollen blanket)
  • leather goods
  • carved wooden tables
  • trays
  • onyx ware
  • silver trinkets
  • pottery
  • camel-skin lamps
  • woodwark
  • brassware
  • glass bangles
  • gold ornaments
  • hand-embroidered shawls
  • salwar kameez (a long tunic to wear on pants)

SIMPLE DICTIONARY

Hello: Āssālam 'alaykum

Goodbye: Khuda hafiz

How are you?: Kya haal hai?

Thank you: Shukriya 

What is your name?: Ap ka nam kya hai?

How much is it?: Yeh kitne ka hai?

Sorry: Maf karna

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