Pakistan is a country of astonishing beauty and diversity, not to mention
clear blue skies, stunning mountains and friendly, courteous people.
Pakistan displays some of Asia’s most magnificent landscapes as it stretches
from the Arabian Sea, its southern border, to some of the world’s most
spectacular mountain ranges in the north. Pakistan is also home to sites
that date back to word’s earliest settlements rivaling those of ancient
Egypt and Mesopotamia.
Pakistan is a land of infinite options. You can mingle with the crowds in
one of the
more sophisticated beach resorts or wander
through the historic cities like Lahore, Harappa, Moenjodoro. If it’s an activity
holiday you’re looking for, Pakistan is one of Asia’s premier trekking and
Nowhere in the world is such a
great concentration of high mountains, peaks, glaciers, and passes except in
Pakistan. Of the 14 over 8,000 meters high peaks on our earth planet, four
occupy an amphitheatre at the head of Baltoro Glacier in the Karakoram
Range: K-2 (8,611 meters, originally called Chogo-ri which in Balti language
‘king of the mountains,’ of all the world’s mountains second only to
Mount Everest), Gasherbrum-I (8,068 meters), Broad Peak (8,047 meters) and
Gasherbrum-II (8,035 meters). There is yet another, which is equally great,
Nanga Parbat (8,126 meters), located at the western most corner of the
Himalayas. There are 42 other peaks which are higher than
all the highest peaks of the other continents. In addition to that,
there are 160 peaks over 7,000 meters and 700 others over 6,000 meters. The
Northern Pakistan is also home to some of the longest glaciers outside Polar
region; Siachen (72 kilometers), Hispar (61 kilometers), Biafo (60
kilometers), Baltoro (60 kilometers) and Batura (64 kilometers).
Besides the high
mountains, Northern Areas’ longest glaciers including the Godwin Austin,
Abruzzin and Baltoro which meet at Concordia forms the largest glacial lake
at a height of 4720 meters.Two
more ranges, by unique comparison minor in size, thrust their sinews and
limbs into the Pamir Knot: the Pir Panjal with its peaks of just over 20,000
feet, and China’s celestial mountain, the Kun Lun. Where these ranges merge,
they form what many regard as the most impressive landscape that sometime
recalls Shangri-La. This concentration makes northern Pakistan a trekkers’
valleys of Hunza, Shigar, Khaplu, Ishkuman, Naltar, Gilgit, Skardu, Chitral,
Kalash and the glacial lakes like Kachura, Satpara,Lalusar, and Saiful Muluk
add unmatched grandeur to the beauty of the rugged mountains. The Northern
Areas with its flora and fauna; the wildlife which can be seen in the form
of snow leopards, ibexes and urials; and the variety of people who live in
these areas with their diverse cultural heritage and millennia-old
civilizations form a paradise for the tourists, trekkers, and mountaineers
from all around the world.
You could try your hand at big game fishing or horse riding, learn how to
windsurf or water ski. Other unmissable experiences include Qawwali
(Pakistan’s answer to soul music), country fairs where centuries-old folk
traditions are lovingly reenacted, and mouthwatering Pakistani and Moghul
foods. Pakistan is a country ripe for discovery.
Located in South Asia, Pakistan shares an eastern border with India and a
north-eastern border with China. Iran makes up the country’s south-west
border, and Afghanistan runs along its western and northern edge. The
Arabian Sea is Pakistan’s southern boundary with 1,064 km of coastline.
terrain varies from rugged and mountainous to flat, alluvial
plains. Karachi, the largest city in Pakistan, is
situated on the shores of the Arabian Sea near the mouth of the Indus.The
streets are lively with hundreds of street restaurants, teahouses, samosa
and juice stalls. Boats can be hired to sail out of the harbor.
Lahore, is a historic, bustling city with buildings of pink and white
marble. There is plenty to see: bazaars, the Badshahi Mosque – one of the
largest mosques in the world and an example of Moghul architecture rivaled
only by the Taj Mahal.
Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan since 1963, and Rawalpindi, are both located on the Potohar Plain. The old part of the town
boasts fine examples of local architecture and the narrow streets are
crammed with bazaars where craftsmen are still using traditional methods.