Why Should Pakistan be Your Next Travel Destination? for this post title, I have many reasons to tell you in this post. I live in Karachi the mega international city of Pakistan. Until very recently, I was myself confused about the security situation in Pakistan. Then, on 15 April 2016, I decided to do a countrywide tour of Pakistan myself and was surprised to see the beautiful and adventurous parts of the country. In that tour, I visited Swat, Malakand, Peshawar, Abbottabad, Murree, Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Multan, Faisalabad and Lahore. I’ll share my personal experience with you from a touristic prospective.
Though, I didn’t visit the very famous attractions such as Gilgit Baltistan (You can Google it), Naran, Kaghan and Balakot etc. I also didn’t visit the very famous Kashmir valley located in the Northern parts of Pakistan. Kashmir is a great touring point in Pakistan. However, I’ve so much information to share with you in this post.
Why Pakistan Should be Your Next Destination?
I have many reasons to defend my title of this post. Pakistan is one of the low-costing countries in the world. Pakistan’s city Karachi is the most cheapest/affordable city in the world to live (Source Here).
Not only that, most of Pakistani cities are very affordable including Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Lahore.
How much did you spend last time in Dubai for a 7 days tour? and how much in Pattaya or Phuket? in half of that money you can have a 15 days amazing tour to Pakistan.
Secondly, as Pakistan has been considered one of the dangerous destinations for travelers by western media for many years, and that was certainly true a few years ago. But now the security situation is better for traveling, so you can happily pack your bags.
And if you still feel fears, then it’s time for you to visit Pakistan and see it with your own eyes.
Will there be any other adventure rather than this? to visit a place you are not sure about 🙂 for me as a regular traveler, such a place is a blessing about which I’m not 100% sure. That’ll be a true adventure my friend 🙂
Pakistani foods are very famous across the world. Not only Pakistani food, in Pakistan, you can find Afghan food, Indian food and even the great Chinese food. Are you a food enthusiast? come visit Pakistan.
My third reason is accessibility, Pakistan is accessible via Dubai (2 hours), New Delhi (1 hour), Colombo (3 hours), Bangkok (4 hours), Kuala Lumpur (5 hours). Located in the Heart of Asia, it’s easily accessible.
If you are planning to visit UAE or India or Sri Lanka or Thailand or Malaysia then why not have a short tour to Pakistan’s big cities i.e Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad and Faisalabad. And if you truly want to have an adventure then visit Murree, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Naran, Kaghan, Skardu, Deosai and Kashmir (Just Google these places).
My fourth reason is the hospitality, people in Pakistan will welcome you with open heart. You’ll be treated as a guest by everyone and everywhere you go. Believe me dude 🙂
The reason for this is that, foreigners are very rare to find in cities like Karachi and Lahore. Take advantage of this opportunity, and select Pakistan as your next destination to be treated as a special person. My American friend PJ Entrepreneur who visited Pakistan last year can be asked about the special treatment he got in Karachi.
My last reason, but not the least will be the misconception of not finding the colorful life which most of the travelers look for in destinations like Bangkok, Istanbul, Amsterdam, Dubai, New York, Pattaya, Phuket, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai and Colombo etc.
My dear friend, as it’s Islamic Republic of Pakistan, those things happen here too, but secretly. So if you know the game, you can play the game here too the same way you do it in Colombo or Mumbai. Do you want me to tell you the whole procedure?? no man, indication is enough 😀
Pakistan is actually offering you a lot in very reasonable price, you just need to decide your date of arrival. You can search on internet for booking hotels, renting a car, take a tour package and everything you name it. Pakistan now has it all. Official Government Website for Tourism.
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My Countrywide Pakistan Tour
I packed my bag on 15 April in Karachi, I took a flight from Karachi to Peshawar which cost me $80. If you book your flight a few days ahead of your travel date, then you’ll get it cheaper. From Karachi to Peshawar the flight duration is 2:00 hours and I recommend traveling with Air Blue.
Peshawar is one of the historical cities located on the Khyber Pass, this city was a major location for “The Great Powers“ to enter South Asia from Central Asia. The city works as a door to enter South Asia from Afghanistan.
My 1st Destination Swat
I visit Peshawar once or twice a year, as my relatives live there. But this time, I wanted to visit Swat, which is called the Switzerland of Pakistan. I reached there on 18 April during a sunny day, the journey from Peshawar to Swat was 4:00 hours via private passengers car. It cost me only $6 for a luxury travel.
In Swat, I have many friends and students. One of my friends Aftab wanted me to stay with him, so went to his house in downtown Mingora (Mingora is the financial hub of Swat). He arranged a meetup at night with a nice dinner near the Swat River. I enjoyed spending the first day with Aftab Ahmed, where we were joined by Hamdiullah (my student), I stayed the next day with Hamidullah in his village Ningulai.
I stayed in Swat for only two days, in which I visited the Kabal and Mingora as well as the famous Marghuzar White Hotel. Due to shortage of time, I didn’t visit the famous Malam Jabba, Kalam, Behrain and Madyan. I’ll visit these places in my next visit. An appropriate dress code for Swat will be a Jeans and T-shirt.
My 2nd Destination Abbottabad
On 20 April, I came back from Swat to Peshawar. And on 21 April, I took the DAEWOO bus from Peshawar to Abbottabad. It cost me only $8 for 4:00 hours amazing journey.
The road is a fantastic motorway and on both sides, you’ll see greenery. I saw Nowshehra, Attock and Haripur on the way to Abbottabad. You feel a true adventure while passing through these cities.
Abbottabad was the first city in Pakistan which impressed me very much. The reason is because it’s both green and modern. You can find every modern facility in this beautiful city. Pakistan’s largest military academy “Kakul” is also located in Abbottabad. Infrastructure of Abbottabad is not less than capital Islamabad.
I reached Abbottabad in the evening time, my friend Faiz Muhammd received me there. He was a nice and humble guy. We stayed there in a hotel which cost us $18 per night. The room was very comfortable and had all basic facilities such as WiFi, shower, hot water and drinking water.
The next day in the morning, I visited the very famous tourism point called “Shimla Pahari” in Abbottabad. From that location, you can view the whole city, it’s a great point to take some pictures and videos.
My 3rd Destination Murree
The same day, we hired a van for only $25 and started our journey towards Murree. On the way, we saw Harnoi which is another beautiful location in Abbottabad. Then in Bagnotar village, one of my online friends Aamir Awan met me in the way.
This whole road from Abbottabad to Murree is like traveling in your dreams. It’s really enjoyable and attractive. The weather is cool here even in June and July. People from across the country visit Murree and Abbottabad in large numbers during the summer season.
Our next stop was Donga Gali, which is an awesome point for picnic or hiking. As we had booked the van for the whole journey, so we used to stop wherever we wanted.
Our next stop was Nathia Gali, which is another countrywide famous location for tourists. I never saw such a place in Pakistan, and I never thought Pakistan would have such a beautiful place. But it all was happening now, and I was loving it.
Our next stop was Ayubia, which is another cool and fantastic place, as it has many attractions and facilities such as cable car etc. We stayed there for an hour and half, and really enjoyed our time there.
Our final destination was Muree, we reached there in the mid of the day, it was a sunny day and the weather was very cool in Murree. We booked a hotel there for only $10 bucks. The hotel room had all the basic facilities such as shower, hot water and WiFi.
In Murree, you can find luxury hotels and villas. Murree can be your dream destination for a holiday, it’s just 2 hours away from Capital Islamabad. As it’s 6,600 feet above sea level, so the weather is always very cold.
The very famous points in Murree are Mall Road, The Shopping Center on Mall Road, Kashmir Point, The Cable Car and Nathia Gali, Donga Gali, Ayubia etc are also part of the Murree city. The Cable Car is of world standard and same like the Genting Highlands in Malaysia.
We stayed in Murree only for two days and one night. The reason was; I wanted to go back to Karachi as soon as possible because I had left some important stuff there. So the next day on 22 April, I came to Islamabad the capital of Pakistan.
My 4th & 5th Destination Islamabad/Rawalpindi
Islamabad and Rawalpindi are twin cities. They are just connected with each other. If you are not a local resident of ISB or RWP then you don’t feel when you enter ISB, and when RWP. Islamabad is a world class city similarly like Washington DC. As it’s all green and clean. Rawalpindi is also very developed now, and very clean as well.
In Rawalpindi, my friend and student Ehsan was waiting for me at Daewoo terminal. The Daewoo bus cost me Rs400 – $4 from Murree to Islamabad. But I’ll not suggest Daewoo from Muree to ISB, as it’s expensive. You can go using Faisal Movers which will cost you half ($2).
Ehsan bhai gave us a nice ride in his car, he showed us the famous places in Rawalpindi such as the DHA, Bahria Town, Askari 9, Chaklala Scheme, Jinnah Park and Ayub Park. I was amazed to see the rapid development of Rawalpindi city. There is also a beautiful Metro Bus system in RWP/ISB.
In Rawalpindi, we got a hotel room for only $8, it again had the basic things i.e WiFi and hot water. I stayed there for 2 days, and the last day we stayed with our friend Khurram Shehzad in Rawalpindi.
on 23 April, we explored the beautiful Islamabad. We first visited the Centaurus mall, which is the largest shopping mall of the country with a unique design. It was a hot sunny day there, here I met my friend Muhammd Yousaf. We then went to the top of Margala mountains. And our last stop was the famous Daman e koh.
Ismalabad City view from Daman e Koh!
Islamabad is truly a world class city. The best thing is that the city is all green and clean. The roads are very wide and policing is professional. I always enjoy my stay in Islamabad.
The next day, I had a meetup with my friends and students in F9 Park in Islamabad. And on 25th April, I came back to Karachi via Air Blue flight PK 402. The reason was to reach Karachi and take Rest.
My 6th Destination Multan
Again on 13 July, I restarted my Pakistan tour by reaching Multan. I went to Multan by air, and the flight cost me only $53, it was the cheapest flight of my life in Pakistan. As this the only thing which is expensive in Pakistan. Multan airport is an international airport handling several flights a day.
My friend Sohail Sardar Baloch was waiting for me there at the Airport along with Tanveer Nandla’s team at Multan International Airport. When I came out of the airport, I felt like I came to Dubai. It was very hot and sunny day in Multan. The temperature was touching 40 C.
We reached to the restaurant for meetup with my friends and students in Multan. After taking the meetup, we went to a college 15 KM away from Multan, and stayed there for night. The next day, we explored the Multan city, but since it was very hot day, so I didn’t enjoyed it much.
Multan is a historical city famous for religious Islamic scholars from the ancient times. It’s the financial and educational hub in the southern Punjab province of Pakistan. The great powers and empires also have their existence in Multan, which can be seen in the historical signs. In Multan, there is a ready metro bus transportation system which is supposed to be launched this year.
My 7th Destination Faisalabad
Multan to Faisalabad was a 4 hours journey which cost us $6 via Daewoo express. We reached at Faisalabad at night time, and our friend Inaamul Haq Mansoor was waiting for us with Arbaz Abid at the bus terminal. Faisalabad has also become a modern city in Pakistan with a great infrastructure.
Faisalabad impressed me very much. The city is rapidly growing and it’s very clean city. There are so many restaurants where you can find almost every food. I stayed in Faisalabad for only one day, but that was enough to explore the city with the help of Inaamul Haq and the great Arbaz bhai.
Faisalabad is the third most populous city in Pakistan, and this city is very famous for industrial infrastructure. The city is named after “King Faisal” of Saudi Arabia.
My 8th Destination Lahore
Lahore is called the heart of Pakistan. I reached there at night from Faisalabad, the journey was only 2 hours and the Faisal Movers bus cost us only $2 per person. Lahore is the capital of Punjab province as well as the financial and educational hub for the same province.
Lahore is a historical city since the ancient times. It was the center of power for many empires such as the Sikh Empire, Durrani empire, British empire and the famous Mughul empire. I visit this city every year, and I always get amazed to see the progress and development in Lahore.
In Lahore, you’ll find the modern infrastructure as well as the historical places such as the Badshahi Mosque, Wagah border, Shalimar Garden, Minar e Pakistan, the Lahore fort and many other historical points. The modern Lahore is outside the old city.
Lahore is also a green and clean city. The weather is hummed and hot in the summer, but very cool in the winter. You can find almost every modern facility in Lahore. Lahore is famous for its food in the whole country. Lahori people are also very chilled and playful.
Summary and Your Turn!
This was almost a 20 days Pakistan tour in which I visited some of the famous Pakistani cities. Somewhere I stayed with friends and somewhere in hotels. But the whole tour cost me only $300 which also includes the flight fare from Karachi to Peshawar and from Islamabad to Karachi. Will you believe this? that’s true dude 🙂
Next is your turn, when are you going to decide Pakistan as your next travel destination? tell me this in comment and if you need any further help regarding Pakistan tour then do let me know. I’ll always be at your service 🙂
Note: Videos will be attached to this post very soon and that’s a due course, as I have to edit the videos before uploading them to YouTube and then attach to this post. Do visit this post in a few days.