Pakistan is a large country in South Asia, and it is old as life itself in the region.This is because within its mountainous boundaries on one side and its desert dunes on the other, it contains a multitude of cultures stemming from a great variety of cultural groups.You need to visit Pakistan at least once in your life because of the soul of the people and beauty of its natural landscape topped with the fascinating aspect of its rich culture and sure to make an experience you will always treasure.
Each culture group weather they live in the northern mountain peaks or the southern desert land brings with them age-old traditions, fascinating, all varieties of food, bright clothes, and enchanting myths, creating a land of unprecedented uniqueness.
As a Pakistani, l saw a lot of things in my life from violence to the most peaceful unity I have ever seen. Living in Pakistan is not black and white, it is like a rainbow with fifth additional colors.
Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is the 6th most populous country in the world. It is an area of 796,095 sq. km. It is the country in South Asia and has five provinces (Balochistan, Sindh, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Gilgit Baltistan).
Population: 201 million
Language: Both Urdu and English are official languages. Urdu is also its national language but different languages are spoken in different provinces.
Currency: The Pakistani rupee (PKR) its official currency
Capital: Islamabad is the country’s capital and Karachi is the largest city.
The Entry Requirements for Pakistan Tourism
Pakistan started using a system of e-visa in 2019.The electronic visa allows its holder to remain in the country for no more than 30 days, and it is a single-entry visa. Extensions are possible, but the period varies depending on nationality. The e visa is valid only at specific points of entry.
While the visa policy of Pakistan includes multiple documents that can get you in depending on nationality (visa on arrival, ETA for a visa on arrival, etc.) what interests you the most is that almost all nationalities that are required to obtain a visa to enter Pakistan can apply online for one.
There are a few exceptions, of course, but if you find yourself in need of standard visa , you must go to the nearest Pakistani embassy and obtain one. There are 15 such nationalities.
Best Time for Tourist to visit Pakistan
High season: May-October
Low season: November-April
All-season: May-October (summer) November-April (winter)
The best time to visit Pakistan depend on where you wish to travel. May-October generally the best season to visit, as the weather is dry and rather warm throughout the country.
If you want to visit the north-west regions of Pakistan like Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, October-February would be a good time to travel, as the weather will be cool enough for you to enjoy the trip.
As far as attractions are concerned, we believe that Pakistan is a massively underrated country. What you should know about it is that Pakistan is one of the very few countries that includes all forms of geological structure.
It has sea, desert, dry mountains, green mountains, ice-covered mountains, waterfalls, rivers, forests, etc.
Pakistan is also the home of the Second Highest Peak in the world, K2 with 8,611 meters. However, you may not enjoy the climate while in Pakistan. It is mostly hot and dry, but it depends on where you are going. Don’t be surprised if your destination required thermal clothes and winter boots.
One of the things you will love most about Pakistan is its natural wonders. For one thing, you can explore the wonders of Karachi. It used to be Pakistan’s capital city. Located on the shores of the Arabian Sea, it is the largest city in the country. You can visit the Quaid-e-Azam’s Mazar, which is the mausoleum of the founder of Pakistan. It is made entirely of white marble, and the African arches are magnificent. You can also visit the National Museum, Alladin Amusement & Water Park, Hill Park, and many more.
Top Tourism Places for Visit in Pakistan
Whenever we think of Pakistan, all that comes to our mind is terrorism, extremism, corruption, sectarianism, load shedding, and inflation but despite all these issues, we immensely love our country.
Admit all the chaos we have forgotten the beauty of our landscape. Pakistan is full of breathtaking locations which will make you fall in love with this country all over again.
Here’s a list of destination from Pakistan which you must visit in next year.
1 Naltar valley
2 Neelum valley, azad Kashmir
3 Shangrila resort, Skardu
4 Gojal valley
5 Deosai plains
6 Rama meadows
8 Ayun and Bamburet valley
9 White palace swat
10 Kirthar area
11 Mubarak village Karachi
12 Rural areas near Punjab River
13 Ghanche district, Gilgit Baltistan
14 Ranikot fort
16 Gorak hill
The Shah Faisal Masjid in Islamabad is a mosque worth visiting as well. It is a large building which has four 88-meter minarets and a desert tent-like structure. That is the primary prayer chamber, and it is so large that it can accommodate one hundred thousand people. You cannot go inside, but the outside view will suffice.
If you go to Pakistan, and you feel adventurous, you cannot leave without exploring some of its mountains. Pakistan has some of the highest in the world in Kashmir. The Baltoro Glacier, as well as the Batura Glacier, are the largest that are not located in polar areas.
The Chitral, which are Hindu Kush Mountains, is also worth seeing. The area is wild but beautiful. Kalash people live in the region, which is the last of the non-Islamic tribes of Kafiristan. What you will love there are the hot springs as well as the rivers which are filled with trout.
There are many gorgeous places you can see in Pakistan; you should know that the country is world-renowned for trekking and hiking . You can go horse riding or rent a bicycle. The markets and bazaars are filled with tourist trying to find the best deals on beautiful products.
Also, you can take organized tours of Pakistan, as well as helicopter tours. Few things compare with flying over a snow-covered desert.
Food in Pakistan
The food in Pakistan is delicious. Most meals consist of kebabs which start from mildly spicy to really hot. It depends on the area you plan on visiting. It is not recommended to drink tap water at all. You must keep in mind that ice is made from it, so you should avoid that as well. The water is known to carry tuberculosis.
Safety in Pakistan
People used to say that the risk to travel Pakistan were over-hyped by the media, however recent years have seen a marked upsurge in political and sectarian.Pakistan has been a target for terrorist attacks for many years, but the situation seems to be improving.Even so, you should stay away from military convoys because they are often a target to suicide bombers. Some roads may read in English that no foreigners are allowed, so you should listen to that. Lastly, stay away from any social protests or political demonstrations.
The Unique Hospitality
Hospitality is the first thing you hear when talking about Pakistan. Whether you live in the country or a foreign if someone is telling you something good about Pakistan this is the first thing they speak of. Hospitality is the backbone of Pakistani culture. Anyone who comes from abroad is pleasantly surprised at how all the locals go out of their way to be hospitable to their guests. Whether you are in one of the major cities or backpacking in the Northern areas, anyone who crosses your path will tell you all you need to know about the area and the conversation will always end in them inviting you as a guest to their house for either tea or dinner. There is hardly anyone who does not offer foreigners a sightseeing tour of the area in which they are staying so that they can see all the unique things that are unknown to travelers.
Pakistan has four provinces, with each having its own culture, traditions, dialect, and palette of food and art. This cultural diversity stems from the ethnic variation causing it to have profound long-lasting effects on the entire culture as a whole.
If you travel across the entire country, crossing over to each different province is almost like to go a new country where you will notice in the way people look, dress, speak and behave. This diversity is what enriches the variety of food we have, the great range of music and instrument we play, the enriched variety of songs and literature we read as well as a great number of local dialects we own. It is a truly fascinating experience because you can experience a multitude of unique cultures under the umbrella of one collective culture, making your trip a lesson in diversity.
You would be better off if restricting yourself from talking about politics, especially about Pakistan’s relations with Israel or India. Pakistani people are incredibly proud, and such discussion can turn passionate or even violent.
Pakistan may be a sensitive country to visit, but as long as you respect the culture and avoid the conflict zones, you should have a lovely time there. The scenery is fantastic, and nature really does put on a show in Pakistan.