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PAKISTAN
Vacations and Sightseeing

Basic information
Official languageUrdu, English
CapitalIslamabad
Area796.095 kmĀ²
Population228,327,090  (2021)
CurrencyPakistani rupee  (PKR)
Web.pk
Code.PAK
Tel.+92

Cities in PAKISTAN

IslamabadKarachi

Vacations and Sightseeing

Pakistan is currently a far from obvious destination for tourists, due to major terrorism threats. Please consult the advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before your departure. Below are the most important cities and places of interest in Pakistan.

Islamabad is the capital of Pakistan. The attraction of Islamabad is a combination of modern and ancient Islamic architecture. The Saudi Pak Tower is an example of the integration of modern architecture with traditional styles. This beige building is the tallest building in Islamabad and is lined with blue tiles according to Islamic tradition. Other examples of interwoven Islamic and modern architecture include the Pakistan Monument and the Faisal Mosque. Read more on the special Islamabad page.

Karachi is a famous national and international tourist destination and offers a range of different attractions. The main museum of Karachi is the National Museum of Pakistan, other famous museums are the aviation museum and the maritime museum. Read more on the Karachi page.

The old city of Lahore looks like a medieval costume drama, with horse, donkey and ox-drawn carts transporting everything from piles of hay to blocks of ice. In the narrow streets of the spice market, you will see large burlap bags for all sorts of extravagant spice treatments. The incredibly beautiful Mogul buildings of Lahore Fort and Badshahi Mosque are must-sees.

Taxila is just a short drive from Islamabad, this is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. There are 18 sites in this area. They are listed as world heritage sites, but only 5% have been excavated. You can watch the sunset over the remains of a Buddhist monastery or walk the streets of an excavated Persian city knowing that two older ones are still buried beneath it.

The Karakorum Highway opened in 1986, the KKH, as it is affectionately known, is the highest road in the world, winding through the Karakorum Mountains and connecting with China via the Khunjerab Pass at an altitude of almost 5000 metres. It is the only road to the tourist attractions of the northern areas, but the driving is dangerous and an adventure in itself. Along the road you will see a few hundred spectacularly painted Bedford trucks. Hundreds of metres below the road, the Indus cuts a path along grey silt beaches.


Sources

Elmar Landeninformatie

CIA - World Factbook

BBC - Country Profiles

Last updated May 2024
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