Travelling to Pakistan for a foreigner can be a really different experience. Well, where else would they find puddles filled with water and mosquitoes?? (HEHE! Just kiddin), Honestly, where else would they find truck art and delicious desi food ?.
Pakistan is generally famous for its Karachi food, Culture, truck art, and the beauty of the northern areas. But there’s obviously more; I mean, every country is famous for that one city or one tourist attraction but there’s always so many other things to see, know and experience altogether.
When it comes to tourism, there is so much more to Pakistan then Gilgit, Karachi and Lahore. What’s more? Let’s see.
Yup! Lahore Gets it. Known to be famous for the city that’s rich in color, food and cultural heritage. The Royal Fort, Shalimar Garden, Badshahi Mosque, The Pakistan Fort, Anarkali Bazaar, Shahjehan’s Moseleum, Mochi Gate(Cobbler Gate), Lahore has it all. on the contrary, Lahore Metropolis is like no other. I hate to say it, but it even beats Karachi. So basically, visiting Lahore is like taking a tour of miniature Pakistan (I wish there was a miniature Pakistan).
Famous for a number of major tourist attractions of the country; Fairy Meadows, Mount K2, Mount Nanga Parbat, Cold Desert, Abbottabad Lake and Deosai National Park. Fairy meadows is a beautiful palace in the heart of Gilgit valleys where tourists go and camp. The place is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and greenery. The visitors just forget everything and let the nature do the magic. K2,(or Mount Godwin-Austen) is the second highest mountain in the world, and Pakistan is proud to have possessed that beauty. It is always snow-capped, or I should say snow blanketed, surrounded by other mountains and clouds, it almost looks like a scene from a fairytale. Nanga Parbat being the third highest mountain, is just as breath-taking as the former.
*Sigh* Don’t you just want to sip on a cup of nice Tea over here? :’)
3. Naran & Shogran
Another valley in the northern areas of Pakistan famous for its beautiful lakes, waterfalls and valleys. These areas are generally open for tourists from April to October. The major tourist attractions are Lake Lulusar, Lake Saif ul Maluk, Siri Paye and Babusar Top.
4.Islamabad- The Capital of Pakistan
Islamabad is known as the peaceful-city of the country. People living in this city are early sleepers and early risers. The metropolis is kind of a hybrid of traditional values and ultra-modern lifestyle. The place is proud to bear the majestic Shah Faisal mosque, a mosque that has no pillars. Peer Sohawa (also known as Daman-e-Koh) is another place which makes the Islamabad trip worthwhile. It is a hill top garden and viewing point; the place has a beautiful garden, a couple of restaurants and a balcony from where the panoramic view of the entire city can be enjoyed. It kinda reminds me of standing at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and watching the whole city from a distance. Another landmark that stands tall in Islamabad city is the National Monument. It is a heritage museum located at the Shakarparian Hills in Islamabad.
5.Karachi- The Business Capital of Pakistan
Karachi is the hub of mouth-watering food and Holy Grail for shopaholics. There are a few notable tourist attractions in the city, just a few things here and there really. The Jehangir Kothari Parade, Mazar-e- Quaid, Habib Bank Plaza, Mohatta Palace Museum, Port Grand and the DHA food street are the absolute go-tos, but unfortunately they are the only go-to. But Wait! That does not make Karachi any less interesting. You wanna see the real Karachi life? You go to Tariq road, you visit empress market and burns road, you eat off the kiosks, you sit in the rickshaw. I mean there’s malls and fancy restaurants everywhere, but cheap thrills are the real deal over here.
Multan is known as the city of Sufis(Dervish). Just like Cairo and Istanbul, the place is home to a lot of ancient forts, mosques and tombs. The architecture is unique and eye-catching. The city is also famous for its traditional dessert- the Multani Halwa.
7. Mohen jo daro
Mohen Jo Daro (the city of the dead) is an archeological site in interior sindh- Pakistan. The site is basically the remains of the Indus Valley Civilization. It is a major tourist attraction and a great place for archeological research.
A hill station in the interior Sindh, situated at an elevation of about 6000 feet is the first place that comes to mind when Karachites want to relax. It is pretty near compared to other places, and a road trip to Gorakh is something no one wants to miss out on.
Apples! The first thing that I think of when anybody mentions quetta is Apples! The place is best known because of Apples!! Oh im gonna cryyyy!! ….Ahem.. anyway, So yes! The city Is famous for its mouth-watering fruit, mostly apples , grapes and apricots.
One of the major tourist attractions in the city is the Anna jheel (Anna lake). It’s a beautiful lake hidden somewhere in the trees and the kids can totally go in for a quick dip. (matter of fact, I did when I was young).
Attraction number 2 is the Railway track through Bolan pass, more famously known as the Mushkaf tunnel. Not to brag, but its better than the Karakoy-Istiklal Tunnel in Istanbul. Enough said.
10. KatasRaj Temple- Chakwal
Haaaaa, the Katasraj temple! I literally go into a dreamland whenever I think of the place. Katasraj is a Hindu temple located in Chakwal- Punjab. It dates back to the Mahabharata times and looks like a painting rather than an actual site. There is a variety in the architectural styles of the complex and I would be lying if I said it didn’t remind me of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movies.
Sooooooo yeah, these are the places that i have enjoyed going to the most in my country. Well obviously there’s a lot more but then you can’t know everything until you’re actually here. So C’mon foreigner friend! Pack your bags and let us welcome you.
You may be surprised, you never know………