It goes without saying that Pakistan is the cat’s whiskers for the ones who love to see marvels of Mother Nature and for metrosexuals too. From the yummiest food to traditional dresses, Pakistan is one of its own kind. Let me breathe.
Pakistani people have placed high in the list of happiest nations in the world which is why they are super hospitable and cool. We’ve got your work cut out for you if Pakistan is the next place on your bucket list and you aren’t sure what to expect. So, without further ado, let’s get started:
Food and water
Well, to be brutally honest, you can make the argument that Pakistani cuisine is one of the most finger-licking foods in the world. From spice-packed Korma to yummiest milk desserts, you can find everything in accordance with your taste and capriciousness- no ifs, and, or buts about it.
Stay away from unhygienic food (street food that’s open to flies and dust). Almost all the cities are fighting with the problem of clean drinking water, so you are advised to not even go near to tap water. Always, always keep bottled water on you. Other than unhygienic food, don’t forget to try out street food from different cities of Pakistan. You would do it with your eyes shut once you’ve got your hands on it, No kidding.
What to Pack?
As said earlier, climatic remains divergent in Pakistan because of its diverse geographical and climatic features. So, you must pack keeping in view the places you want to pay a call to and the time of the year you are backpacking Pakistan. Remember, don’t over pack. Just try to keep super necessary stuff on you and keep the things as simple as possible. Everything is available in Pakistan easily so why fill your rucksack with unnecessary stuff? Just be take note of what is most important and single out the things one by one.
It will take some doing but you’ll end up packing in an adequate way so there’s no point having trouble with access luggage. On the off chance the excess baggage is doing your head in, nothing is to worry about. There are a bunch of cargo companies that offer the services of cargo shipping to Pakistan.
Traveling around Pakistan
Well, Pakistan possesses an immense road and railways network so there’s no point having trouble in moving around Pakistan. That said, you’ve got trains, buses, flights for longer journeys and taxis, autos and bikes for inter-city travel.
We sing praises for trains in case of long journeys (just like if you are traveling to Karachi from Lahore or Rawalpindi). This way, you’d end up saving quite a lot of money and enjoy the journey too (though it’ll be slower than buses). Flights and buses are easily accessible too but they are expensive means of traveling in Pakistan. So, choose transportation that better suits your budget.
Prices and Bargaining while shopping around from local markets
Well, well, well. It looks quaint but bargaining is widely practiced in Pakistan in particular when buying from the local shops. Yes, you read it right. You’ll witness people bargaining while shopping around from the local markets. That’s not gross. That’s how the thing works in Pakistan.
So, do bargain while buying from the local shops if you want to save yourself from paying three times the actual cost (and it’s fun too, I kid you not).
Skardu- incredible presentation of Nature
Skardu, the capital of Baltistan is located at the exposure of 7500 feet above the sea level behind the lofty peaks of Karakorum. It is in the center of risky frontier land, the center of trade, transportation and gateway to one of the planet’s most delightful landscapes. Skardu has located at a distance of 241 km from Gilgit and 783 km from Islamabad. The drive to Skardu along the narrow gorge of the Indus River is simply unforgettable and adventurous.
Skardu becomes an impressive landscape due to the juxtaposition of sand dunes and snow-capped mountains. How striking it is! Skardu has a historic Fort at the top of the ridge known as the Castle of Mindoq. There are two lakes which add more beauty to Skardu: Kachura Lake and Sadpara Lake. Skardu is the getaway to the chief mountains and all-region is recognized as a bouldering and trekker’s utopia. Skardu is a place that must be on your bucket list if you are visiting Pakistan and that’s that.
Khamush Waterfall- fascinating you towards its grandeur
Keen-sighting a waterfall up can be one of life’s most incredible practice. As a matter of fact, even no two waterfalls are unerringly alike – they can be shrill or gigantic, or Pacific. If you’ve seen one, you might want to see all the others and that’s for sure.
Fortuitously, Pakistan is blessed with some of the most marvelous waterfalls on Earth. These are such sights you need to feast your eyes on them. The striking and breath-taking Khamush Waterfall, Skardu Baltistan is located 120km away from the Skardu City, in the center Baghicha Valley District Kharmang. It’s among the few highest waterfalls in the whole Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan.
The Awe-inspiring Natural Beauty of Pakistan- Azad Kashmir
If you want to see the blessing of nature in Pakistan, instantly plan your trip to the northern areas. The first place you should make a visit to is Azad Kashmir that is also known as Heaven on earth.
On the map, Azad Kashmir looks a small belt of land, be that as it may, traveling from one place to another can be highly time-consuming due to mountainous terrain and unpaved roads. As you go deeper into Azad Kashmir, three things are there which strikes your mind, heart, and eyes: The mind-blowing natural beauty; simplicity and loving nature of inhabitants and many tourist facilities.
The Luxuriant green lands, hilly valleys, alluring rivers, flourishing meadows, and the picturesque spots make it one of the most divine regions of Pakistan.
The spellbinding vertical alpine-Trango Tower
The Trango tower is situated in the Baltoro Glacier region, in the Gilgit-Baltistan territory. It is the most remarkable vertical alpine climb in the whole world. It has captivated and enthused alpine climbers around the globe to achieve its nearly impossible climb to the top. In the surroundings of the enormous mountain ranges of the Karakorum, the Trango Tower stands straight with all the persistent pride and enormity of a Greek God.
It is a hypnotic sight and an arduous climb as it is absolutely vertical and its sheer glory makes it stand out amidst the complete range of peaks that surround it.
Soon Valley- tranquil natural beauty
Soon Valley is a magnificent piece of serene natural beauty which includes striking lakes, springs, forests and many archaeological places. If you have only one day from your time plan, do visit in a scheduled way to explore this beautiful and appealing valley. There are many captivating sites for the tourists which include Uchali Lake, Khabeki Lake, Kanhatti Garden, and Nursing Pahar.
The highest mountain of the Soon Valley is the Mount Sakesar, which is at 5,010 feet above sea level. It is the only peak in this part of the Punjab which receives heavy snowfall in winters.
Lake Uchhali is the most gorgeous saltwater lake, with lifeless water where no aquatic life exists, in the southern Salt Range in the base of the Mount Sakaser. Lake Khabikki is one more saltwater lake in Soon Valley. It is one kilometer wide and two kilometers in length. These lakes attract thousands of seasonal birds each year as well as rare white-headed ducks from Central Asia. At that time, these lakes bids more colorful and splendid picturesque views to capture in your camera.
Hunza Valley- the paradise on the planet
The much notorious Hunza valley is often referred to as paradise on the planet, wrapped in the grand Himalayas and the Karakoram mountain ranges, this place has been great tourist desirability for many years.
While leaving Gilgit City an hour drive at Karakoram Highway there is a point known as Rakaposhi View Point, a small place where we can gape Rakaposhi. Blue sky and mountain roofed with snow is the first attraction of Hunza Valley.
Fatimabad is famous due to the multiplicity of Cultures practiced there and ancient leaders feel proud to rule here. People of Karimabad always keep smiles on their faces and have a modern lifestyle, live in small colonies, ensure a welcoming gesture and are extremely friendly. Travelers love the way people of Karimabad live, which makes it a hot and fascinating place in Pakistan to pay a visit.
Foreign and local tourists relish their time being there, striking to sentry children playing football and gazing tourists speculating to explore sites. In Hunza Valley, Karimabad is a sweetheart to sight.
All in all, it is only one side of Pakistan, what to say about the historical places and other places to visit like a sea view and Gwadar port? Well, don’t take my word for it and experience the real magic yourself.