Why visit Pakistan? (part 5)

Why visit Pakistan? (part 5)

10: Its food is incredible

The food in Pakistan is just spectacular – spicy, rich, sweet, and more. There are savory curries, fresh fruits, grilled skewered meats, biryanis, etc. here.

There were some times while you are traveling in Pakistan that you go out of your way to look for the best possible morsels. You see, Lahore has fantastic (and spicy!) dishes, particularly on Food Street. We want to recommend to you as well that just about everyone visits Haveli Restaurant. Yet, the best Pakistani food which you may ever have is at one roadside stop outside of Narran – here, the karhais are just so damn great.

11: Multi-cultural awesomeness

Ceremonies, Festivals, weddings, and parties…

This country tends to be mentioned in the media as being one place of religious intolerance. It is far from true – here, you can find Muslims, Hindus, as well as Christians living side by side in a lot of cities.

Here, the ethnicity is diverse, too. People from the East tend to be more Punjabi, and the West tends to be more Aryan (like Iran). Also, the North tends to be more Turkic. There are even various tribal groups still living – they are mostly undisturbed, within some remote parts of the country…

Traveling in Pakistan is getting assaulted from all sides by tastes, new colors, sights, and smells. You will truly feel like you are getting back to the adventuring raw spirit, and you will be fascinated by the numerous colorful characters you meet upon your travels here.

12: There are still untouched communities

Do you know The Man Who Would Be King epic? The hidden hill tribes of Pakistan and Afghanistan indeed partly inspire it. In the film, two British ex-soldiers go to one remote part of Hindu Kush, searching for glory and treasure. 

Why visit Pakistan? (part 4)

Why visit Pakistan? (part 4)

8: Traveling here can be cheap

It is one of the cheapest nations you may have been to. You can visit here on a budget of about $100 a week – it will cover food, transport, accommodation, and many awesome activities.

If you make Pakistani friends, they may insist on treating you to anything. Pakistanis are often generous, and although we may try on a lot of occasions to pay for dinner, your hosts may not allow it.

Accommodation here can be quite expensive, yet there are multiple places that you can camp. Also, finding a couchsurfing host is easy. Make sure you pack the tent if you desire to save money on accommodation.

Trying to organize your solo adventure tours here can be quite a hassle. For example – it may be pretty easy to visit Everest through one trek in Nepal, but K2 requires far more logistics. Owing to the bureaucracy and costs, many visitors will probably eventually be part of one organized tour in Pakistan.

9: Your Fantastic Treks

This country has some of the best trekking in the world, even better than Nepal. A multitude of treks are genuinely stunning; you can do there in Pakistan – from multi-week expeditions to simple day treks. Not all, even the laziest of backpackers may have the chance to appreciate some genuinely stunning terrain.

As you are backpacking in Pakistan, you can go on a few stunning treks, for instance, a hike to Fairy Meadows – the legendary one where you can spend about three days soaking in the stunning views of Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest mountain in the world. You can also have the spot entirely to yourself in the low-season, and you may need to trek through waist-deep snow for being there. It is a peaceful, unique place.

Why visit Pakistan? (part 3)

Why visit Pakistan? (part 3)

5: It was the British Raj’s part

Pakistan has been one part of the British Empire for a while. That is why English has been widely taught in schools as well as being often the functional language for all business as well as political dealings. For people on a tour of Pakistan, they can feel free to communicate with the locals.

That said, it pays to pick up a little Urdu. People here will be impressed when hearing you speak it. Usually, they will show you with huge smiles and compliments. 

6: Its Silk Road

To visit Pakistan means stepping back into history’s pages. Marco Polo was among the first European explorers to deal with The Silk Road – it is known as one ancient trade route which spanned the Orient, connecting the Roman Empire’s treasuries to China’s Imperial Dynasties.

At the heart of the trade route lies the Karakoram – one pivotal crossroad between Central Asia, The Indian Subcontinent, and The Middle East. 

Today, the Karakoram Highway runs the country’s length and offers stunning views, great motorbike adventures and the opportunity to follow in the history’s footsteps.

7: Drive on the world’s highest road

The Karakoram Highway is famous as one high-altitude road which links Pakistan to China. Notably, it is the world’s highest paved road and Pakistan’s economy’s vital artery. Trucks keep following this route and transporting items between the Asia countries.

Not all, the Karakoram Highway is breathtaking! You see, the road itself directs straight through the mountains’ heart and offers their unrivaled views. You will be able to see Rakaposhi, the Khunjerab border, and the Passu Cones, all without leaving your car!

In general, a tour on KKH of Pakistan should be on the bucket-list of any motorist. It has been one of the most outstanding roads ever.

Why visit Pakistan? (part 2)

Why visit Pakistan? (part 2)

2: Great Landscapes

It should be the most beautiful country in the world.

Even the most illiterate readers of the map may know that this country is well known for its mountains, rivers, forests, valleys, and glaciers. It has more than the fair share of wondrous tourism and sites.

Five of fourteen highest peaks in the world, inclusive of the famed K2, are seen in Pakistan. If you like climbing or trekking, this country should be your next destination.

We have traveled to many countries, and we can safely say that this one is the most beautiful we have ever visited. Many unclimbed peaks are waiting for you to conquer.

3: Nothing is impossible in Pakistan

The chances are, while you are in Lahore, word will get out that one backpacker is visiting and, before you know it, you have been invited to one exclusive party that is held in the middle of nowhere,

You will pass one small army, prove you are on the guest list. Then, you will be into a crazy party. An international DJ, many young, rich and beautiful people, trippy lights as well as energizers to keep you going.

4: It is safe

Undeniably, Pakistan sometimes becomes hit by terrorist attacks, yet, right now, countries around the world are probably fair game. While the media feeds on prejudice, you should not allow yourself to be influenced.

People here are anti-Taliban and willing to do anything to keep you safe and sound at all costs.

You may be assigned one police escort. It does not need to mean you are in danger. But it means the police branch here desires to keep you safe.

You may find yourself to have some bodyguards. You can make friends with them fast even though they do not speak English.

Why visit Pakistan? (part 1)

Why visit Pakistan? (part 1)

Have you traveled in Pakistan? When you first told your Mum that you planned to travel to this country as part of your hitchhiking adventure over The Middle East, was she somewhat skeptical? She may be wondering why you will visit Pakistan. Pakistan is usually portrayed as one of the war-torn hellholes. Yet…

Visiting this country is a unique experience. It is probably frustrating, life-changing, enlightening, and surprising. It is the ultimate destination for your backpacking, and if you are one avid fan of a real adventure, you should travel here.

The reasons are:

1: Its people are amazing

Plus, they wish you to enjoy Pakistan.

People here are undoubtedly the kind, welcoming, and hospitable folk that you have ever met. From Lahore’s bustling streets to Hunza’s quaint mountain towns, every time local persons spot you, you will, without fail, get rewarded with a big grin and usually an invitation to dinner. You may lose count of the number of cups of free chai that you drink yet it may be a lot.

There may be occasions that one kindly man invites you to visit his family from a small mountainous village, and you may want to stay for long there – trekking on the nearby glaciers as well as playing cricket with others. If you are lucky enough, you will make many friends on your travels, yet the friendships you get in Pakistan may be among the most genuine you have ever made. People here are simply warm-hearted.

You will be able to couch surf your way around the country, getting welcomed into many homes of strangers who will always insist on feeding you like a king as well as showing you around their local town. You will not be able to wait to come back to see your many friends again.

Things to Keep in Mind before Flying to Pakistan

Things to Keep in Mind before Flying to Pakistan

Things to Keep in Mind before Flying to Pakistan

Pakistan, the South Asian country, looks like a charming place with its beautiful women, scenic locales, majestic mountains, many old monuments and numerous modern architectures. However, flying to the country might not be a very pleasant experience unless you have some idea about the local culture and customs. As they say – “East is East and West is West”. If you are from a western nation, here are a few things to keep in mind before flying to Pakistan.

Entry Requirements

If you are a foreign national, such as a British, you need to apply for a visa. The Visa is an obligatory document for any foreigner who visits the country. Any violation of the visa will lead to a detention or fine. If you are a Briton, make sure that your passport has at least 6 months of validity from the time of making the visa application.

Climate

The country enjoys the best climate in the December – Mid-March period, which is the winter season here. In the plains, the weather is most favorable with days being a little cold and the maximum temperature being about 21 ° C throughout Pakistan. The nights, however, are slightly colder. In the hill stations, the maximum temperature is around 10 ° C. At night, snowfalls are common in the hills. The season is typically dry, with the weather being sunny, pleasant and cool.

The nation experiences monsoons during July to Mid-September and the weather is very dry in Mid March to June and Mid-September to November. You should try to avoid travelling to Pakistan during these times.

Health & Safety

Before you board flights to this country, you should make sure that you are fit medically and all your vaccinations are up to date. Pakistan experiences many floods throughout the year, and this increases the risks of various water-borne disorders. As a traveler, you must take care of this.

Keep in mind that Pakistan is prone to terrorist attacks. Try to avoid the Azad Kashmir, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province and the Balochistan province where violent protests and demonstrations are common. You should also try to be aware when you visit restaurants, shopping malls, markets etc given that all areas of the country are prone to sectarian violence and terrorism. Try to avoid public events, large crowds of people and demonstrations, as these can quickly get violent – often with very little warning. Avoid staying out late during the night.

Traditional Pakistan food

Traditional Pakistan food

These are some tradional dishes of Pakistan food that you should definitely try if you have a chance to visit Pakistan

1. Biryani

This is one of the must try dishes if you have the opportunity to travel to Pakistan. This is a mixture of yellow rice mixed with beef or chicken. The reason that rice is eye-catching is because of the spices and herbs. They also add a little lemon, tomato, ripe potatoes to increase the attractiveness of dishes.

2. Tikka Chicken

Tikka Chicken is one of the most popular foods when traveling to Pakistan. Chicken bones will be taken out, cut into small pieces and marinated in saucepan in the refrigerator about 6 hours. After marinating the chicken, then they cook it. Sauces for Tikka chicken include traditional hereditary spices which is very rare, including blue sauce, red sauce and white sauce.

3. Seekh Kabab

Seekh Kabab is a smoked meat which is baked directly on fire to create a crunchy flavor. Although originated in the Middle East but this is quite popular dish in Pakistan. If you want to taste Seekh Kabab when traveling to Pakistan, you can easily find this type of food on the streets.

4. Channa Chaat

“Channa” means green peas, one of the most popular snacks in Pakistan. Green beans are mixed with different vegetables such as tomatoes and onions. When traveling to Pakistan, it is recommended that you should try this unique dish.

4. Aloo Keema

Aloo Keema is a popular dish, used in Pakistani meals. This dish is made from potato and minced lamb or chicken curry, though simple but Aloo Keema has a very unique dish and has delicious flavor.

5. Samosas

This is a light snack made from triangular triangles wrapped in green capsicum, a small chopped herb and boiled potatoes. You can also add different types of meat such as lamb, chicken and beef. This dish makes visitors fascinated when traveling to Pakistan.

Where Do People Enjoy Nightlife in Pakistan?

Where Do People Enjoy Nightlife in Pakistan?Pakistan, in recent times, has grabbed the headlines mostly for all the wrong reasons. The strict Islamic laws and rules against music and entertainment make many foreigners believe that the country is all about guns and terrorism. So it is really surprising for them to know that the nation also has many entertainment venues that come alive at night, and offer a nightlife that is hard to imagine for many. In Pakistan, nightlife is more than dining out, shopping and taking walks in the park.

Lahore

This is the most popular city in Pakistan to come alive during the night. The most attractive night spots in the city include the Liberty Market and the Fortress Stadium. It has many beautiful shops and restaurants. In the last few years, the local music bands such as ‘Junoon’ have mad e their presence felt in this city as well as elsewhere in Pakistan. This band enjoys a very strong fan following in the city, and it regularly performs here – singing hits such as “Sayonee, Chain Ek Pal Nahi”, “Yaaron Yehi Dosti Haye” and “Zamane Ke Andaaz Badle Gaye”.

Karachi

After Lahore, it is the 2nd best city where locals enjoy nightlife. It has major shopping markets that stay open until 12 am. Shops do not close here until 2 am during the winter vacations. The Zamzama Street, Schoen Circle, Clifton and Park Tower are some of the most attractive night spots in this city. Such areas are usually regarded as extremely safe, and the Seaview and Defense regions are especially safe. The 2nd largest water fountain of the world has been constructed before the Clifton Beach by the Karachi Port Trust. This fountain has water shooting over 600 ft up in the air. During the night, the entire fountain is illuminated with big white lights. The light can be viewed along the entire sea shore at Seaview and Clifton Beach.

Islamabad

Officially, Pakistan is a dry country with no alcohol being served here – given that Islam prohibits drinks. However, you can come across some clubs. Most of these are private clubs while some are run by big hotels. The majority of customers in such clubs are rich foreigners. In Islamabad, one can visit the Marriott Hotel to shake a leg at the famous disco named “The Bassment”. Singles with deep pockets are regular customers of this club, which is manned very strictly by security personnel.

What are the Important Valleys in Pakistan?

What are the Important Valleys in Pakistan?

What are the Important Valleys in Pakistan?The South Asian country of Pakistan has a varied geography, and its northern side is surrounded by mountains. It has many valleys that are loved by locals, and many indigenous populations live and thrive in these places and enjoy a serene lifestyle.

Neelum Valley

It is situated in the Azad Jammu & Kashmir, in the District Neelum. This is the most popular valley for tourists in the Azad Jammu & Kashmir. Some of the most famous spots of the valley include Kel, Sharda and Athmuqam. Kel is the highest spot of this valley, and it stands at a height of 2097 m above the sea level.

Kaghan Valley

It is located 270 kilometers away from the city of Islamabad. It is situated in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, in the Mansehra District. The valley is known for its cool mountain streams, crystal clear lakes, flowers, alpine meadows and pine forests. The Lulusar Lake, Piyala Lake, Dudipatsar Lake, Aansoo Lake, Malika Parbat, Lake Saif-ul-Malook and Naran are some of the most famous spots in the valley. The Babusar Pass is the valley’s highest point, and stands at a height of 4,170 m or 13,690 feet above sea level. The most famous summer resort here is in Kaghan. The valley spreads 160 km in length. Tourists come to the town called Naran, from which they can take short single-day trips to Babusar Pass, Lake Lulusar, Lalazar and Lake Saiful Muluk.

Fairy Meadow

This is a lush green plateau. It is situated in Gilgit Baltistan’s Diamir District, close to the Nanga Parbat. Tourists have to reach this place first before reaching Nanga Parbat. The place is situated at a height of 3,300 m above the sea level. Due to heavy snowfall during winter, it stays closed for foreign as well as domestic tourists.

Hunza Valley

It is situated in the northernmost region of the Northern Areas of Pakistan, and stands at a height of 2,438 m. It is mainly snow-covered during the winter season, and is wrapped in lush vegetation in summer. Once, this was a princely state. However, in 1974, the valley lost its princely status and joined with the Pakistani government. The indigenous population in this valley comes to life during the spring season after a very long winter with freezing temperatures.

The country also has many other important valleys, such as Naltar Valley, Nagar Valley, Bagrot-Haramosh Valley, Astore Valley, Yasin Valley and Kargah Valley.

What are Some Important Mountains of Pakistan?

What are Some Important Mountains of Pakistan

What are Some Important Mountains of PakistanLocated in South Asia, Pakistan is a nation bordered with mountains in the north. To its north, there lies the vast stretch of Karakoram. There are mountains here that look beautiful but are hazardous to climb. Find out about some of the most important mountains of Pakistan.

K2

The mountain is situated in the District Skardu of Pakistan, in the Gilgit-Baltistan area, on the border of China and Pakistan. This is also referred to as the ‘Savage Mountain’ given that it is very difficult to ascend, and the death rate is the second highest while climbing the peak. 1 out of every 4 climbers on K2 dies. This is the second highest peak on the planet, right after Mount Everest. It has a total height of 8,611 meters or 28,251 feet. The mountain is mostly climbed from the side of Pakistan, given that climbing from the Chinese side is very hazardous.

Nanga Parbat

This is regarded as the most hazardous out of all the mountains that are above 8,000 m in height above sea level. Thus, it is popularly referred to as “The Killer Mountain”. It is situated in the Gilgit-Baltistan area, and its exact location is in District Diamer. It is the 9th highest mountain of the world, and has a total height of 8,126 m or 26,660 feet.

Gasherbrum I

It is the 3rd highest mountain in Pakistan and the 11th highest on the planet. It stands 8,080 meters tall above the sea level, and is also referred to as “K5”. Similar to K2, it is situated on the China – Pakistan border in Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan. The American, Pete Schoening, was the first person to climb this mountain in July 1958.

Gasherbrum II

It is the 5th highest mountain of Pakistan and the 13th highest peak in the world, standing as high as 8,035 meters above the sea level. It is also known by the name “K4”. The Austrian, Fritz Moravec, was the first one to climb this peak in July 1956 along with two other men. The mountain is climbed mostly from the south-western direction, given that it is relatively less hazardous to climb the peak from that side.

Broad Peak

It is the 4th highest peak of Pakistan and the 12th highest mountain in the world. Broad Peak is 8,051 meters above the sea level, and is situated 8 km away from K2. The mountain owes its name to the fact that its summit is broad, over 1.5 km in length. It is also known as “K3”. Fritz Wintersteller, an Austrian climber, was the first one to climb the peak successfully in June 1957with 3 other men.