In the western part of the world, Pakistan is known for all the wrong reasons due to the negative portrayal in the media as a war-torn area. On most of the government travel advisory sites, it is stated to avoid all travels, due to which tourism in Pakistan is almost non-existent for the most part. However, recently the negative image of Pakistan is changing rapidly partly due to the new Prime Minister Imran Khan (Former World Class Cricketer). Pakistan made it on the Forbes list of places to travel in 2019. Since last year many foreigner travelers have visited Pakistan and have been positively overwhelmed by their experience. If you are a true traveler then you know, you have to experience it to believe it. Let me give you thirteen reasons why you should visit Pakistan.
1. Natural Beauty 😍
Pakistan is home to some of the worlds grandest natural areas, from the K2 mountain to the turquoise Attabad lake. Pristine plateaus, lush valley, sandy beaches, and icy glaciers provide stunning once in a lifetime view that should be on every traveller’s bucket list. Eight of the world’s highest mountain peaks are located in Pakistan! It is the perfect destination for ambitious climbers and trekkers.
2. Vibrant Culture🤩
The amazing and diverse culture can be experienced throughout Pakistan. Each province and city has a culture of its own, from Peshawar in the north to Karachi in the south. No one city is the same! Pakistan is home to more than 15 different ethnic groups all of which boast beautiful cultural diversity to the country and its traditions.
3. Mouth-watering cuisine!🥘
Who loves food? 🙋If you want your taste buds to tingle feel the taste of heaven, you should indulge in the delicious and savory food of Pakistan (and thank me later). Every region has its own signature dish that one must try at least once. Pakistanis love their Chai (Tea), everywhere you go people will hand you a cup of tea to sit and have a chat with them. From mouth watering chapli kabab to tangy haleem, to sweet Jalebi, every corner in Pakistan is filled with a vibrant food culture that leaves all travelers wanting more! Street food and restaurants both are an integral part of the vibrant food culture in Pakistan.
4. Arts & Handicrafts 🎨
Pakistan has the finest artistry, craftsmanship, and handicrafts. One of the unique traction is the decked out vibrant trucks. Jaw-dropping artwork, engraved designs, and symbols represent Pakistan. You can take a smaller version of this phenomenon with you as a souvenir.
5. Rich History ✍
Not many people know about the rich and colorful history of Pakistan. The world’s oldest civilization, the Indus Valley Civilisation was found here. Peshawar is the oldest living city in South Asia, boasting a recorded history that goes back as far as at least 539 BC. 🤯 Echoes of colonial history can also be found throughout the country as Pakistan was part of the British Raj and part of the expansive Mughal Empire. Pakistan is one of the world’s top destinations for history buffs.
6. Sports Lovers 🏏
Pakistani people are die hard and passionate sports fan. The national sports of Pakistan is field hockey and the most popular is cricket. Other sports like polo, squash, billiard, and Kabaddi are also popular. Pakistan has claimed many titles and trophies under their belt. You can visit many tournament and matches on your trip and even participate in some along the way with the locals!
7. Religious Monuments 🕌
Pakistan is home to remarkable religious monuments from different religions. The Islamic heritage in Pakistan is Incredible. Magistic mosques will feed your soul. The Sufi shrines will transcend you. The incredible Temples will leave you in awe. Pakistan is the birthplace of Sikhism and Guru Nanak Sahib. Pakistan has many beautiful Gurdwaras. Pakistan has a rich Buddhist Heritage as well.
8. Insane Hospitality 🤗
The hospitality of Pakistani people is unlike anything you have experienced before. Some tourists have burst into tears by this overwhelming feeling, as mentioned on their social media. People of Pakistan respect and goes above and beyond to treat their guest well. Although, the entire nation is hospitable Peshawar stands out the most for their unselfish and unforgettable hospitality.
9. Adventurous Treks 🗻
Eight out of the world’s 20 tallest mountains are located in Pakistan. This can be the epicenter of the world’s trekking, adventure, and mountain tourism. The Grand Canyon of Pakistan called the Hingol National Park in the south can be a perfect winter escape and the cold desert Katpana Desert or Biama Nakpo in the north can be a perfect summer camping site.
10. Highest highway in the world 🛣
A road trip on the high silk road of the world with majestic views is like a dream. The Karakoram Highway is often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world due to its high elevation and the difficult conditions in which it was constructed. Along the highway, there are more than 50,000 pieces of rock art and petroglyphs. The earliest date back to between 5000 and 1000 BC, the carvings were left by traders, invaders, and pilgrims who passed along the trade route as well as by locals.
11. World Largest Fort 👮♀️
Ranikot Fort AKA The Great Wall of Sindh is the world’s largest fort. I bet you didn’t know that. The Fort Measures 31 kilometers (91 mi) in length, connecting several black mountains of the Kirthar Hills along contours.
12. Enchanting Music 💃
Pakistani music is one of the most enchanting music one can experience. From Sufi music to ghazal to pop and now rap, Pakistan has it all. Regional music in Pakistan has such a charm that you won’t be able to stop yourself from dancing on traditional music. Legends like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Mehdi Hassan, Noor Jehan, Abida Parveen, Rahat Ali Khan, and more recent music icons like Atif Aslam, Ali Zafar, Qurat Ul Ain Balouch, Momina Mustehsan, to name a few, are well known around the world.
13. Cheap / Affordable Travels 🚌
The best part of traveling to Pakistan is that it is cheap. Pakistan is one of the best places for budget travelers and backpackers. Half of the time you won’t even have to pay because of the hospitality of the Pakistani people. If you have Pakistani friends you might have experienced that hospitality already. Most localities are relatively inexpensive when it comes to food, shopping, and accommodations. Having said that price also varies on your traveling style, some places can be pricey and more on the luxury side of traveling.
Now, have I convinced you to visit Pakistan? Pakistan is a very underrated country due to its bad reputation negative representation in mass media. However, one should never judge a book by its cover! Good and bad things happen to anyone, anywhere in this world. Nowadays, every country is subject to good and bad facets. Pakistan is as safe a country, as any other country in this world. It’s time to pack your bags and explore!
Sea to Sky Pakistan offers small group tours all over Pakistan. Whether you are an adventure freak or love exploring the culture, we got you covered. We have worked really hard to make sure you have the best trip of your life. We offer custom tours as well, shoot us an email if you have more questions.