General Travelling Tips for Pakistan - 2024

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General Traveling Tips for Pakistan

Pakistan – the land of soaring mountains, vibrant cultures, and warm hospitality – is shedding its old misconceptions and emerging as a top tourist destination. In the past years, Pakistan has emerged as a tourist country with a 115% increase in foreign tourism in 2023. The country is filled with mesmerizing places and landscapes. So, if you’re planning to travel to Pakistan, here are some general tips and insights on what the country has to offer!

Why Choose Pakistan?

If you’re looking for an unforgettable adventure unlike any other, Pakistan should be at the top of your travel list. Here’s why;

  • Recognition and Promotion of Tourism: Conde Nast Traveller awarded Pakistan the title of “Best Holiday Destination.” Moreover, the country has taken many steps to promote tourism, such as developing new infrastructure and introducing competitions, exhibitions, and other preservation of its already established resources.
  • Diverse Landscapes: From the majestic peaks of the Himalayas and Karakoram mountains to the beautiful beaches of the Arabian Sea and the vast Thar Desert, Pakistan has a stunning geographical variety.
  • A Culture Like No Other Country: Pakistani culture is a blend of ancient traditions, Mughal influences, and modern life. You can explore historical sites and cultural festivals and be welcomed by a nation known for its hospitality.
  • Safe For Tourists: Pakistan is a safe and secure country for tourists. However, we recommend always taking safety precautions while on tour, no matter what country you’re visiting.
  • Amazing Food: Food is an integral part of Pakistani culture, and a trip here wouldn’t be complete without indulging in its diverse and flavorful cuisine. From spicy biryani to mouth-watering gulab jamun, the country is a haven for food lovers. 

These are the few reasons we could jolt down on why you should be visiting Pakistan ASAP!

Accommodation Options in Pakistan’s Major Cities

Pakistan caters to a range of travel styles and budgets with its diverse accommodation options. Here’s a breakdown of where to stay in the three main cities;

Karachi – The Bustling Metropolis

  • Luxury Experiences: Experience the charm of Karachi at the Pearl Continental Karachi, offering stunning sea views and impeccable service.
  • Budget-Friendly Options: For a comfortable and affordable stay, consider guesthouses like the Karachi Backpackers, a popular choice for budget travellers.Tips to Visit Karachi

Lahore – The Heart of Punjab

  • Luxury Experiences: The Oban Hotel stands out for its perfect blend of contemporary comfort and traditional charm.  Located in the heart of Lahore, it provides easy access to historical sites, bustling bazaars, and the city’s best food scenes.  Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or a first-time visitor, our Hotel offers a convenient and comfortable base to explore captivating Lahore.

  • Budget-Friendly Options: For a budget-friendly option, consider guesthouses like the Hotel Platinum a popular spot for backpackers and budget travellers.Things to do in Lahore

Islamabad – The Modern Capital

  • Luxury Experiences: Experience modern luxury at the Serena Hotel Islamabad, a prestigious hotel offering stunning views of the Margalla Hills.
  • Budget-Friendly Options:
    For a comfortable and affordable stay, consider guesthouses like the Islamabad Backpackers, a popular choice for budget travellers.

Shakarparia view point, Islamabad

So, pack your bags and get ready to discover the magic of Pakistan!

Essential Travel Tips for Pakistan

Here are some essential travel tips to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey:

  • Visa Requirements: Check visa requirements for your nationality in advance. Pakistan has simplified the visa process for many countries, making it easier than ever to visit.
  • Best Time to Visit: The weather varies depending on the region. For cooler temperatures, plan your trip for the spring (March-May) or autumn (September-November) months. However, the northern mountains are best explored during the summer (June-August).
  • What to Pack: Pack modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees, especially when visiting religious sites. As Pakistan is a Muslim country, people may find revealing clothing inappropriate.
  • Currency Exchange: The Pakistani Rupee (PKR) is the national currency. Exchange your currency at reputable money changers. ATMs are available at every nook and corner in major cities. However, some cash is carried to smaller towns and rural areas.
  • Local Transportation: Taxis, rickshaws, and public buses are readily available in most cities. For longer distances, consider domestic flights or air-conditioned coaches. Moreover, you can book online rides like Careem, Uber, and Yango to avoid the hassle of bargaining with drivers.
  • Staying Connected: Purchase a local SIM card upon arrival for affordable data and phone calls.
  • Local Language: Try to learn a little Urdu – Pakistan’s national Language, to communicate with the locals better. This will help you in not getting scammed in the country. 

Keep the above-mentioned tips in mind while travelling to Pakistan. 

Pakistan’s Hidden Gems

While the usual tourist destinations hold their own charm, consider venturing off the beaten path to discover Pakistan’s hidden treasures:

  • Mohenjo-daro: Explore the ruins of this ancient Indus Valley civilization, a Heritage Site dating back to 3,000 BC.
  • Kalash Valleys: Enjoy the unique culture of the Kalasha people, a fascinating ethnic group residing in the Chitral region.
  • Fairy Meadows: Hike to the breathtaking Fairy Meadows, a scenic plateau nestled amidst the majestic Himalayas.

These are the few hidden gems one should visit while travelling to Pakistan!

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