Cheap Flights to Pakistan
Flights to Pakistan
Discover Pakistan, a country blessed with an abundance of incredible beauty. From spectacular snow-clad peaks to barren deserts, lush forests to sunny beaches, atmospheric bazaars to stunning architecture, grab a taste of this little-known travel destination.
In Islamabad, see the magnificent Shah Faisal Mosque and eat kebabs at Rawalpindi Rajah Bazaar. Explore the Margalla Hills and the Taxila Museum, and escape the heat at Murree and other hill stations along the Galis. In Lahore, wander the Old City, historic fort and Badshahi Mosque. Watch spinning Sufis, listen to qawwali songs, and visit the tombs and shrines of Multan and Uch Sharif. Experience the entertaining border-closing ceremony at Wagah, and tour the huge salt mine of Khewra.
Booming Karachi offers fusion Mughal-Gothic architecture, people-watching at Clifton Beach, and ferry trips to Manora Island. See the extraordinary ruins of Moenjodaro, and the beautiful blue-tiled Shah Jahan Mosque in Thatta. Near the remote frontier of Quetta, travel with caravans through the Bolan Pass, relax at the hill station of Ziarat, and check out the cattle fair at Sibi. Trek the Hindukush Mountains and the Kalasha valleys, through the Khyber Pass to the Afghan border. Visit the atmospheric Old City of Peshawar, and relax in laidback Chitral.
Take in the awe-inspiring scenery of the Karakoram Highway; along the way, experience polo tournaments in Gilgit, the Baltit Fort of Karimbad in the famed Hunza Valley, the hair-raising Two Bridges walk in Passu, and the trekking capital of Skardu in Baltistan, before finally crossing the China border at the high-altitude Khunjerab Pass. In Northern Pakistan, experience the beautiful lake of Rush Phari, summit treks to Ultar, and the vast Batura Glacier. View the peak of mighty Nanga Parbat from the enchanting streams and forests of the Fairy Meadow.
Domestic flights link the major cities; otherwise, trains are a good way of getting around. Long-distance trains have sleeper cars, but are often crowded, so do book in advance to secure your seat. Long-distance buses are cheap, but not always comfortable and bus stations can get chaotic.
Hiring a car and driver gives you a good balance between flexibility, comfort and cost, but make sure the driver speaks some English and knows the routes you'll be traveling. In cities, other than local buses, there are also taxis, three-wheeled auto-rickshaws, or motorcycle taxis. Be sure to agree on a fare before getting on.
- Do dress conservatively, especially for women. Cover up with preferably loose-fitting clothes.
- Do drink bottled water always. If you have a delicate stomach, always eat at a proper restaurant.
- Don't go to famous attractions on weekends if you can avoid it. Weekends, especially Sunday afternoons, are when Pakistanis visit, and places can get very crowded.
- Don't forget to stand when the national anthem is played. Everyone around you will be doing the same, so just follow suit.
The Karakoram Highway is often described as "the eighth wonder of the world”. Connecting northern Pakistan with Xinjiang province in China, the world’s highest paved road is a true feat of engineering. At almost 800km long and rising to a spectacular 4693m, it cuts through extraordinarily difficult terrain. Visit now for an incredible scenic journey!
Pakistan's national dress is the salwar kameez - a long, loose-fitting tunic worn with baggy pants that narrow at the ankle. Comfortable, easy to move in, with an adjustable waistline and made with fabrics to match the climate, the salwar kameez may just be the perfect thing to wear while traveling in Pakistan.
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