Located at the crossroads of Central, South and East Asia, Pakistan is a historically rich country on the ancient trade routes of the Khyber and Bolan passes. It’s home to fascinating cities, arid desert landscapes and ancient ruins, as well as soaring Himalayan mountains that include the mighty K2.
Things to do in Pakistan
Whether you want to explore its cultural cities or drive one of the world’s most epic highways, Pakistan offers surprises around every corner.
Visit Islamabad. Serving as Pakistan’s purpose-built capital, Islamabad is a modern city framed by the western foothills of the Himalayas. Marvel at the soaring minarets of the Faisal Mosque and soak up the city views from Daman-e-Koh, then admire the majestic nighttime illuminations of the Pakistan Monument.
Hike Fairy Meadows National Park. Sprawling near the base camp of Nanga Parbat, Fairy Meadows National Park is a scenic grassland and deservedly popular trekking destination known for its unparalleled views of the 8,125-metre-high peak. Surrounded by thick alpine forest, it lies in a valley fed by the Raikot Glacier, with its picturesque stream flowing into the River Indus.
Get cultured in Lahore. Centred around a historic walled city, Lahore has been a cultural hub in Pakistan for more than 1,000 years. Discover the Mughal and Sikh legacy of the UNESCO-listed Lahore Fort and marvel at the Badshahi Mosque with its dazzling architecture that combines red sandstone and white marble.
Drive the Karakoram Highway. Forming part of the historic Silk Road, the Karakoram Highway traverses lush river valleys carved by glacier-fed rivers, all while offering unparalleled views of the Himalayan Mountains. Visit the old summer capital of Gilgit and cross the rope bridge near Passu, then explore the hiking trails of “Little Tibet”.
Getting around Pakistan
Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport, Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore and Islamabad International Airport are the main points of entry to Pakistan, with international train links also available to India and Iran. Trains and buses connect cities and towns throughout the country while auto-rickshaws are plentiful in most metropolitan areas for getting around.