Pakistan

Pakistan is located in Southern Asia and borders on the Arabian Sea. Its neighbors are India on the east, Iran and Afghanistan on the west and China to the north. Visiting Pakistan will take you to the birthplace of civilization and a strategic center of historic trade routes. It is a country with a very diverse geography with mountains, deserts and ocean.

Attractions

 Karachi

As a vacation destination, Pakistan has a lot to offer. Karachi, the capital of the Sindh province is a bustling city with sunny beaches. Visit the National Museum, Hill Park and tee off at one of the championship courses.

Take a short trip to the Chaukundi Tombs, just outside the city. The slabs here date back to the 16th century and feature superb carvings and engravings in floral motifs and animal designs.

 Haleji Lake

The largest water fowl preserve in Asia, this lake is home to over a hundred thousand birds that fly down from the north in the winter. It is a true paradise for birdwatchers.

 Moenjodaro

This is the location you want to visit to see the famous Indus Valley Civilization. Here you will find Archaeological Museum. See the mud-baked buildings around a large building that was probably a palace in ancient times.


Travel to Pakistan

There are 16 major cities in Pakistan with international airports. You can make your reservations to fly into either of these. It is best if you book with a tour group, rather than have to find your way around the cities and country on your own. Driving here, when you don?t know you way around, could be hazardous.


Visas

All tourists must have a passport valid for six months, with plenty of pages left to stamp. You must also present a copy of your itinerary and a return plane ticket when you enter the country.


Language

In the larger cities, English is widely spoken. Although Urdu is the official language, Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashtu and Balochi are also spoken throughout the country.


Safety

Pakistan is a country in a volatile situation. Constant conflict with India over Kashmir and the problems in neighboring Afghanistan mean you have to watch yourself when you are travelling here. The al-Qaida terrorist cells are active here and target foreigners.

You should avoid drinking tap water and rely on bottled water. It is available everywhere, but you have to make sure that the bottles are properly sealed.


Food and Drink

American and international cuisines are widely available in the larger cities. However, you will not be able to get any pork, because this is a Muslim country. The traditional cuisine is based on curry or masala sauces, which is hot and spicy. Most meals consist of chicken, lamb, shrimp and a wide choice of vegetables.

Desserts include pastries and such traditional food as shahi tukray, which is slices of fried bread cooked in milk or cream and sweetened with syrup. The main drink in this country is very sweet tea. If you want to buy alcohol, you can do so at the hotel, but you need to have a permit issued by the Excise and Taxation Office.


Shopping

The markets are wonderful places to find unique treasures. At first glance you might think they are just stalls where cloth is sold, but once you wander through them, you can find delightful jewellery boxes, unique pieces of furniture and beautiful pieces of brass. Purchase exquisite carpets and embroidered linen that you will be thrilled to show off in your home when you return.
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