There’s something for everyone in Pakistan, brimming with culture, history, shopping, lakes, mountains and more. Political issues and the media really do the country a disservice.
It snows in the winter, has many points of natural beauty and is a relatively unknown spot for great outdoor activities and watersports.
Keep reading for five must-see places in Pakistan!
Many people don’t realize that Pakistan is a country with a dynamic landscape. Hunza Valley has grown in popularity in recent years, and is considered by some to be “heaven on earth”.
You can barely begin to imagine the beauty of the lush green hills, the sun setting over the mountain tops or the lights from the buildings at night nestled amongst the tall trees, entirely hidden away from the rest of the world.
There are many tours and trails around the valleys and even up the mountains if you’re up to the challenge! For less exertion, head to the fruit orchards or one of the nearby lakes.
If you’re looking to unwind and feel an insane amount of wanderlust, this is the place.
Visit in the spring to see the flowers in bloom. Or in the fall to witness some of the world’s most breathtaking foliage and hues – prepare to be amazed!
The Badshahi Mosque
Also know as the Royal Mosque is Lahore’s most famous landmark and attraction, the mosque is the second largest in the country and South Asia and fifth largest in the world.
To appreciate the sheer scale of this architectural masterpiece, the four mini turrets of the mosque are almost 14ft taller than the Taj Mahal and the inside space of that could fit in the Badshahi twice over.
The gateways, walkways and gardens surrounding the building are a beauty to behold in themselves. But inside the mosque, the true majestic nature shines through with marble inlays, stone carvings, and embellishments inspired by cultures such as the Greeks and Indo-Asians, showing the many influences that came to Pakistan.
Better known to visitors as Flagstaff House, the former home of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, this was his personal home in Karachi from 1944 until his death in 1948. The Pakistan government conserved the property in 1985 to serve as a tribute museum.
The property has been preserved as it was when Ali Jinnah resided there. With personal items, photographs and even clothes on display, it provides a deeper insight into his life and how society evolved.
It’s a must for anyone who appreciates aesthetics, history buffs and is an antique lover’s delight.
There is so much to do in Karachi that only mentioning Quaid-e-Azam House would be selling you short. Karachi is a hub of activity, with many cultural points of interest, outdoor activities and entertainment.
Karachi also boasts several beaches, which many tourists don’t think would be a possibility on a trip to Pakistan!
Sandpit Beach is a popular tourist spot, or for a quieter stretch of sand connected to the Arabian Sea visit Clifton beach instead – you may even see some camels. Fancy seeing some more animals? Head to the zoo or safari park.
A Punjab city situated on the banks of the Chenab river with the 5th largest population in Pakistan.
Positioned on the bend of the five central rivers of Pakistan, Multan is a dry port famous for crops, such as mangoes, guavas, pomegranates, wheat and more. The market speaks for itself.
Multan is also home to some of the most ornate buildings in Pakistan.
Bazaars, mosques and shrines are scattered throughout the city with small shops, trade stalls, street performers and a large art community. There’s a very calm and spiritual vibe, with all faiths and backgrounds living harmoniously.
Perhaps it’s something to do with the ancient tombs here? Or maybe it’s because Multan sits just down river from Muzaffargarh, one of the world’s oldest cities dating back over 6000 years?
What cannot be denied is that Pakistan is a place that is worthy of anyone’s travel list!