Highlights & Tourist Attractions & Polular Destinations of Pakistan !
– Explore Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan since 1963, and Rawalpindi, both located on the Pothowarvlakte. In the old part of Rawalpindi will find fine examples of local architecture and in the narrow streets you will find many bazaar where craftsmen still use traditional methods.
Islamabad has a spacious feel, with parks, gardens and fountains and all under the silhouette of the Margalla Hills. Amidst this lies Daman-e-Koh, a terraced garden where you have a wonderful view over the city. Another attraction in Islamabad is Shah Faisal Masjid (mosque) which can accommodate 10,000 believers.
– Take a day trip to the Rawalmeer. This lake is about 8 km from Islamabad offers various possibilities for water sports and picnicking.
– Visit Karachi, the former capital of Pakistan. Karachi is Pakistan’s largest city and is located on the Arabian Sea near the mouth of the Indus. Very worth seeing is the beautiful Quaid-e-Azam Mazar, the mausoleum of the founder of Pakistan. The building consists entirely of white marble and has impressive north African arches and magnificent Chinese crystal chandeliers. The changing of the guard, three times a day, it is the best time to visit the mausoleum. Other sites worth a visit are the National Museum in Karachi, the city park, the zoo and the beach at Clifton.
– Check out some of the highest mountains in the world in Kashmir, including the famous Nanga Parbat and the second highest mountain in the world, K2. You will also find the two largest glaciers outside the polar regions, the Baltoro Glacier and the Batura Glacier.
– Discover Punjab. Lahore is a historic, bustling city with buildings of pink and white marble and there is really too much to see: bazaars, the Badshahimoskee (one of the largest mosques in the world, and an example of Moghularchitectuur which is matched only by Taj Mahal) , beautiful Shalimartuinen, National Museum of Archaeology and the Gate of Chauburji. Near Taxila are two interesting opgegravingsplaatsen, Jaulian and Sirkap, both dating from Buddhist Gandhara period.
– Travel around in the Sindh region, known for its remarkable light. The two main places of interest are Mohenjodaro, a settlement of 5,000 years, and Thatta, with its mausoleums and mosques.
– Follow the Karakoram Highway. In the 60s and 70s, gave the Pakistani and Chinese authorities jointly to an asphalt road between Rawalpindi and Islamabad (Pakistan) and Kashgar (Xinjiang province in China). This unique road follows the ancient Silk Road on a breathtaking route through the mountains as Himala, Hindukush, Karakorum, Kunlun and Pamir. The road runs along the Indus and the Gilgit and Hunza valleys. Today the road is popular among tourists who cycle or walk along entire route and the route is also used by hajis (Muslims make a pilgrimage to Mecca).
The best time to travel the Karakoram Highway is the period between September and October, and because of the altitude level and the difficult terrain, it is highly recommended to only in organized along the Karakoram Highway to travel.
– Visit Peshawar, the capital of the North West Frontier Province. The city is surrounded by high walls with 20 entrance gates. This is the area of Pashtuns, or Pathans as they are also called. The lawns and parks in the city reminiscent of the old colonial days. Many of the surrounding area is still under the jurisdiction of tribal law. These areas can only be licensed by the relevant authorities visited. Many of the men of the strains carry firearms, as this is the normal decoration for a Pathan warrior.
– Visit the wild and beautiful area of Chitral in the Hindu Kush Mountains north of Peshawar. This area is inhabited by the Kalash people, the last of the non-Islamic tribes of Kafiristan. The valley is known for its hot springs and trout-filled rivers.
– Visit a cricket or polo match. Polo is particularly popular in the northern cities of Gilgit and Chitral.
– Go Skiing at the resort in Malam Jabba Karakoramgebergte.
– Go rafting or canoeing. Both sports are gaining populaiteit on the rivers in northern Pakistan.