Why You Should Visit Pakistan
Pakistan is blessed with an abundance of natural wonders that must be seen to be believed, which is why it’s a bucket list travel destination. However, beyond incredible landscapes, there’s so much more to discover. As a traveler to the country, you’ll bask in the welcoming hospitality of locals while delving into history, nature, music, art and, ultimately, thrilling adventures.
Safety in Pakistan
Contrary to many media stories, Pakistan is a safe destination for travelers. Like many other countries popular with tourists, like Mexico and Turkey, security issues most often occur in the border regions and therefore have no impact on tourists.
While it’s advised that you don’t travel near Afghanistan border areas, the rest of the country is as safe as your own. To alleviate any concerns you may have, a fully-guided Pakistan tour allows you to experience this welcoming country in the company of local, expert guides. Once you’ve been once, you’ll experience the safe environment for yourself and it’s likely you’ll return, again and again.
A Hospitable Welcome
Visit Pakistan and you’ll be greeted with open arms by the hospitable locals. The Pakistani people are renowned for their kindness towards guests and tourists, no matter where you’re from in the world. You can expect huge smiles and often an invitation to dinner, as guests are viewed as a blessing and, consequently, shown loving respect.
In fact, Pakistani society at large is characterized by supportive relationships, and family values come first in life. From the quaint mountain towns of Hunza to the bustling streets of Lahore, you can look forward to experiencing the famous warmth of locals wherever you go.
Mind-Boggling Natural Wonders and Treks
When you travel to Pakistan get ready for awe-inspiring landscapes at every turn, with five of the world’s highest peaks, valleys, rivers, forests and glaciers. Perhaps the most famous sight is the towering, snow-covered K2 mountain range. It’s the second-highest mountain on earth and reaches an incredible height of 28,253 feet.
K2 is referred to as ‘Savage Mountain’ and is one of the most challenging and deadly ascents for even the most experienced climbers. However, you don’t have to go to the top to admire this stunning example of mighty mother nature.
The Trango Towers, in the Gilgit-Baltistan territory, are a stunning group of peaks with some of the highest vertical alpine climbs on the planet. If fairytale scenes enchant you, the Deosai Plains reach 13,497 feet above sea level, near the town of Skardu. In the summer months there’s an explosion of color with wildflowers, along with crystal clear rivers, canyons and wildlife.
If you’re a keen adventurer, you’ll love Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the north-west region, with mountains, lush valleys and hills for trekking and exploring. The area is also known for its ancestral roots, with Buddhist and Hindu archaeological sites, including Bala Hisar Fort, Butkara Stupa, Panjkora Valley and Sehri Bahlol. Then, there’s the Neelum Valley in Azad Kashmir, bursting with tumbling waterfalls, dense forests and glistening streams.
In terms of natural wonders, these destinations are just the proverbial “tip of the iceberg” when you visit Pakistan.
The Historic Silk Road
The historic Silk Road was traversed by Marco Polo, as one of the first European explorers to discover it. This ancient trade route once spanned the Orient, providing a link from the Roman Empire to the Imperial Dynasties of China. At the center of the route lies Karakoram, crossing the Indian Subcontinent, Central Asia and the Middle East.
Traveling to Pakistan today allows you to experience the Karakoram Highway, which runs the entire length of the country. Often named as one of the most impressive road trips in the world, it offers panoramic views of lakes, mountains, valleys and towns, while giving you the chance to follow in the footsteps of history.
Diverse Art, Architecture and Culture
Pakistan’s culture is a melting pot of influences, including Persian and Indian, along with Central, South and Western Asian. With so many ethnic groups, art and culture across the region offer a diverse blend of exceptional craftsmanship and style. Creativity is on display via ancient literature, poetry, music and architecture.
In terms of music, a Pakistan vacation introduces you to a range of musical styles, including Qawwali and Ghazal. The country has produced famous singers, like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and acclaimed poets such as Faiz Ahmed Faiz. You’ll also hear all your favorite modern genres, like blues, rock, jazz and funk.
Pakistanis are known for excellent craftsmanship, so, when you visit Pakistan you’ll find plenty of souvenirs to take home. Handmade items are popular throughout the world, including Punjab’s Multan blue pottery. Other treasures include handwoven carpets, leather products, wicker crafts, handmade jewelry, wooden pottery and marble crafts.
The amazing architectural heritage of Pakistan blends elements from Ancient Greece, Buddhism, the Mughal Empire and the baroque, neoclassical and gothic styles of the British Colonial period. Some of the most beautiful structures include Mohatta Palace in Karachi, Badshahi Mosque in Lahore and the modern wonder of The Pakistan Monument in Islamabad.
Pakistani cuisine is a true treat for your taste buds, with herbs, spices, cultures and history combining to create mouth-watering meals. Every region offers its own special flavors and makes the most of natural surrounds that provide fresh, local produce to enhance a huge variety of recipes.
For one, the country is the birthplace of the tandoor oven, which is used to cook scrumptious chicken, lamb and fish dishes, as well as different kinds of bread. When you visit Pakistan, you can try Biryani, with its delicious mix of yellow rice, juicy meat, spices and vegetables. Other popular dishes include Chicken Tikka, Seekh Kababs, and Haleem, with a blend of lentils, meats, spices and grains that tantalize your palate.
The Surprising Side of Pakistan
For many travelers, a Pakistan holiday evokes images of wonderful landscapes and a chance to experience a fascinating culture. While this is most certainly true, there’s a surprising side to Pakistan that enchants visitors. After enjoying historical places like Lahore, you can re-enter the modern world with international DJs, parties, theatre performances, musical events, cinemas and gourmet restaurants.
With natural wonders, welcoming locals, historic marvels and the best of the modern world, nothing is impossible in this incredible country, which is why you should visit Pakistan.