In spite of the way much of the world has come to view Pakistan, the sixth most populous place in the world, it still attracts thousands of visitors annually. Its diversity of culture, landscape and attractions draw people from all over the globe each year.
In the northern area of Pakistan, namely the Gilgit – Baltistan region, is the Hunza Valley. It’s an absolutely brilliant and unique place, from which visitors can see more than a half dozen spectacular mountain ranges including Darmyani Peak and Bublimating Peak (LadyFinger Peak). It is believed that the valley was the inspiration for James Hilton’s mythical valley, Shangri – La, in his 1993 novel, Lost Horizon.
The Shalimar Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is another of Pakistan’s impressive attractions. Construction of this Persian garden began in 1641 A.D. and took over a year to complete. The gardens form an oblong parallelogram that includes 3 terraces, one above the other. Aside from the trees and other natural life that grows here, the most striking features are the 5 water cascades, and the 410 fountains that eloquently flow into marble pools.
The All Pakistan Women’s Association (APWA) shop is a must for any visitor to Pakistan. This shop carries gold and silver jewelry, hand-carved wooden items, items made from camel skin, brassware, carved silverware and a host of other items. All the wares found at APWA are of top quality. In addition to this shop there are many other shops located in the city’s main market area. After you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped take a break and try some of the local cuisine.
For an up-scale experience, visit one of the high-end hotel restaurants or the shopping district in Zamzama located in Defence. There are also many quaint coffee shops and budget restaurants found all over Pakistan.
Find cheap flights to Pakistan. More than 25 airlines fly to Pakistan, most arriving at Karachi. Pakistan International Airlines also has direct flights from New York, Toronto and the main Mediterranean and European cities.
Accommodations in Pakistan include many international four and five star hotels, complete with all the amenities as well as short-term apartment rentals, guesthouses and hostels. There are even campsite accommodations for the outdoor enthusiast.