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Officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Pakistan is a country in South Asia that has a rich history that dates back to the earliest civilizations. Largely due to its strategic location, the area of present day-Pakistan was once home to several ancient cultures and ruled by numerous empires and dynasties. It is also the site of the famous Khyber Pass, the military route that many invaders used throughout the centuries. Pakistan’s ports played a major part in the famous ancient Silk Road trade route which linked Asia and Europe.

Geographically, Pakistan is one of the most beautiful places to visit. It has an amazingly diverse blend of landscapes varying from plains to deserts, forests, hills, and plateaus ranging from the coastal areas of the Arabian Sea in the south to the mountains ranges of Karakoram in the north.

Pakistan offers many amazing opportunities for outdoor adventures like trekking and hiking. The Gilgit-Baltistan region, with its beautiful lakes and mountain peaks reaching up to 8,000m is a popular destination for mountaineers, trekkers, and tourists. The surrounding area also features trails for horseback riding and mountain cycling. K2 – the world’s second-highest mountain – is in Gilgit, as are some of the largest glaciers outside the polar regions.

With a population exceeding 180 million people, Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world. The majority of its people are Muslims, but Pakistan is also home to many other regional indigenous people. About a third of the population live in urban areas, with the rest live in the rural regions. Pakistani people are warm and hospitable, and tourists are usually met with genuine friendliness and enthusiasm.

The capital city of Islamabad, established in 1966, is a modern planned city that features contemporary architecture and wide tree-lined streets. This metropolitan city has many art galleries, shopping malls.

Pakistan has many important cultural sites including UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are well-worth a visit. From the commercial bustle of Karachi to the rugged landscapes of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the ancient bazaars of Quetta, this beautiful country has so much to offer its visitors.

Top attractions

The unique Shah Faisal Masjid is one of Asia's largest mosques and has a distinct blend of ultramodern and traditional architectural design styles. Unlike the traditional domes found in most mosques, the Faisal Mosque has a sloping roof which is said to be modelled on a desert tent. Nestled at the foot of the Margalla Hills in Islamabad, this huge mosque can accommodate tens of thousands of worshippers in its prayer hall, verandas and courtyards.

Lahore is Pakistan's second largest city and cultural capital. It was the cultural center of the Mogul Empire and thus has many notable examples of Mughal architecture. Wazir Khan's mosque, which was built in 1683 is considered one of the most beautiful mosques in all of South Asia. Lahore Fort is a major landmark and historical attraction in Lahore. Built in 1566 by Akbar the Great, it is believed that the site conceals some of Lahore's most ancient remains.

Another popular attraction in Lahore is the Shalimar Gardens, which were originally laid out in 1642 by Mogul emperor Shah-Jehan. The garden is surrounded by high walls and a watchtower at each of the four corners. The garden is used as the site of regular special state receptions.

Taxila Museum in Punjab, houses many of the significant finds from the Taxila ruins, particularly from the Kushan era. It features Ganharan art, and showcases collections from Buddhist, Hindu and Jain religions, including exquisite stone Buddha sculptures, silver and bronze artefacts and ancient coins.

Cuisine

Although lesser known than other Asian cuisines, Pakistani cuisine is a distinctive and rich blend of various cultures and cooking traditions across the region. Its local dishes use large quantities of aromatic spices and herbs. Yougurt is also a common ingredient in their dishes. Try the famous haleem, known as the king of curry, a rich stew that is traditionally cooked for up to eight hours and pair it with naan or roti. Southern Pakistan cuisine is more exotic and highly spiced, as compared to the northern dishes which generally features different types of barbecued meat.

Flights to Pakistan

Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad are the main gateways to Pakistan by air. Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore, is the country’s busiest airport renovated with a new terminal for international arrivals and departures.

Benazir Bhutto International Airport in the capital is currently undergoing some upgrading as it has been criticized for its inefficiency and grungy state. Jinnah International Airport in Karachi is served by many international airlines is served by many international airlines and is also the main hub of the national carrier, Pakistan International Airlines.

Getting Around

Getting around Pakistan has become much easier in recent years with a marked improvement in their road and rail network. Air travel is also well-developed and there are numerous domestic and around 11 international airports in the country. Pakistan International Airlines serves many domestic destinations and is the only airline to serve the three airports in the north of interest to trekkers or climbers.Majority of the travel between cities in Pakistan is by bus. Local rickshaws and taxis are also widely available for short distance travel.

Pakistan is truly an amazing country blessed with all seasons, diverse cultures, and glorious history. Despite being in a tough region, it is generally a safe place for a holiday. It is best to take ample precautions and a local guide and keep informed of the travel advisories and sensitive areas, and you’ll be well on your way to discover Pakistan!

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