Often plagued with political instability and conflict, Pakistan is otherwise, a gorgeous and beautiful country. This South Asian country is bordered by India to the east, Afghanistan to the west, Iran to the southwest and China in the northeast respectively. Pakistan is not only high on natural beauty but is also dotted with several historical gems that makes it a worthy destination to visit.
Kick-start the trip by heading over to the dynamic capital - Islamabad. With its exquisite architecture, evergreen parks and world-famous cultural sites, this metropolis is sure a dream to visit. Some of the sights to be visited are: Daman-e-Koh - a terraced garden with gorgeous panoramas over the city. Be sure to visit the ethereal Faisal Masjid, one of the fascinating looking mosques in all of Asia. A few of the other attractions worth visiting are: Natural History, Lok Virsa Museum and National Gallery of Pakistan.
A trip to Pakistan is incomplete without heading over to Lahore. It is the capital of Pakistan's Punjab province. Walk around marveling at some of the nation's finest architecture. Some of the attractions worth visiting are the UNESCO designated Shalimar Gardens and the incredible Badshahi Mosque, showcasing a brilliant representation of Mughal architecture. Some of the other interesting points to view comprise of the Gate of Chauburji, Mughal Jahangir's tomb and Gawalmandi Food Street, which serves some of the finest fare in the land. Don't forget to visit the amazing Karachi.
Perched on the shores of the Arabian Sea, Karachi is Pakistan's biggest city and former capital. Some of the places of interest includes the incredible Quaid-e-Azam's Mazar, National Museum of Pakistan, Port Grand, Sadaar Bazaar and Clifton Beach. It would be a shame to miss out on visiting the amazing Qila Bala Hisar fort, which was utilized by the King Timur Shah Durrani (1773-1793) as the winter capital of the Afghan Durrani Empire. The fort can be glimpsed in the old town, which is packed with ubiquitous donkey carts, ancient bazaars and traditional Mughal architecture.
Be sure to visit the ruins of Mohenjo-Daro. Dating as far back as 2600 BC, Moheno-Dara is an interesting archeology site in Singh province. It houses one of the globe's first major settlements prior to it being abandoned in the 19th century. Today, only ruins remain and they are in shambles. But this UNESCO World Heritage Site is well worth the visit. Those who love nature would love to catch a glimpse of five of the globe's highest peaks and many of the planet's biggest glaciers. Those heading over to Kashmir can view some of the tallest mountains in the world, including the renowned Nanga Parbat and the second-highest mountain in the world, K2.
When it comes to shopping, be sure to be on the lookout for carved wooden tables, trays, onyx ware, silver trinkets, pottery, camel-skin lamps, woodwork, brassware, glass bangles, gold ornaments, hand-embroidered shawls, rugs and carpets, silk, cashmere shawls and saleem shahi slippers with upturned toes. As for cuisine, be sure to indulge in Chappali (beef kebab) and a peshawari nan, Kheer (rice pudding) served in a clay pot and Biryani (seasoned rice with mutton, chicken and yoghurt).
The stay options in Pakistan are abundant with the best luxury hotels, cheap accommodations and rental apartments available for the tourists to decide which kind to opt for depending on their budget.
Pakistan experiences three seasons; winter (November to March), summer (April to July) and he monsoon season (July to September). The best time to visit the country would be during the summer months as the temperatures are relatively pleasant.