Pakistan Sightseeing Places

Best time to go to Pakistan

The best time to travel to Pakistan depends on which part of the country you want to visit. Generally speaking, the regions of Sindh, Baluchistan, Punjab and the south-west frontier province are best visited in the cooler months between November and February. Then it gets uncomfortably hot. The northern north-west frontier province, the northern areas, Azad Jammu and Kashmir are usually best to travel from May to (occasionally stormy) October. The trekking season lasts from late April to late October, with the best conditions from mid-June to mid-September. The weather can be a bit stormy at this time, but the mountainous areas are usually accessible.

Try to avoid visiting Pakistan during Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. During Ramadan, daytime activity is kept to a minimum and food can be difficult to find. In addition, you should not eat publicly during the day, this could be considered offensive.

Pakistan Sightseeing Places

Money

Currency: 1 Pakistani Rupee corresponds to 1,000 Paise

Currency abbreviation: PKR (ISO code), Re. (Singular), Rs. (Plural) – ABBREVIATIONFINDER.ORG

Banknotes are in circulation worth 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1,000 and 5,000 rupees. Coins are used in amounts of 1, 2 and 5 rupees.

Exchange rate:
October 2009
1 US dollar = 83.3 Pakistani rupees
1 Euro = 122.5 Pakistani rupees
1 Swiss franc = 90.9 Pakistani rupees

Sightseeing

Pakistan is an interesting country with many different sights. Don’t miss the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad and the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore. Both mosques are not only the largest in the country but are also among the largest Islamic places of worship in the world. Sufism is particularly practiced in Pakistan. Therefore, a large number of shrines dedicated to the holy men of Sufism can be visited throughout the country.

Also worth seeing is the Masjid e Tooba one of the most beautiful mosques in the country.

If you want to have several sights centered on one place, Karachi is the right place for you. In the city there are e.g. B. to see the largest port in the country and the Qualz-e-Azam’s Mazar. The Qualz-e-Azam’s Mazar is the mausoleum of the founder of the country of Pakistan. The mausoleum is made entirely of white marble.

Don’t miss the ruined towns of Moerjodaro and Taxila. But not only these two are world heritage sites in Pakistan, there are many more. The ruins of Takht-I-Bahi, the fortress and the Shalimar gardens in Lahore, the ruins and death city of Thatta, as well as the Rohtas fortress are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

An absolute highlight is the Fort of Lahore. It was built entirely of white marble in the seventeenth century. The interiors are richly decorated and there are artistically designed parks around the fort.

But nature lovers are not neglected in Pakistan either, as the country has some natural beauties to offer. So you should definitely not miss the Damam-e-Koh. The Damam-e-Koh is an artistically landscaped garden. The Rawal Lake and the Swat Valley are also worth a visit.

The Kashmir area has some of the highest mountains in the world to see. The best known among them is the Nanga Parbat.

Islamabad in Pakistan

Islamabad

The capital of Pakistan
The capital of Pakistan “Islamabad” is a fairly young city with around 800,000 inhabitants compared to other cities in the world. The city is located below the Margalla hills, over 95% of the population is Islamic.

Islamabad’s landmark
The impressive Shah Faisal Mosque rises in northwest Islamabad directly in front of the imposing Margalla Hills. The architecturally remarkable and gold-decorated sacral monument is one of the largest mosques on earth. Around 74,000 devout Muslims find space in the building, which was completed in 1984. The fascinating building encloses an area of ​​5,000 square meters and was equipped with four 90-meter high minarets.

The shape of the prayer hall is based on the triangular tents of the Bedouins and extends 40 meters into the sky at its highest point. In the interior hangs an oversized, 30-ton chandelier, which was made in Austria. The mosque is a central place of life in the Pakistani capital.

Saudi-Pak Tower The
Saudi Park Tower, created by Nayyar Ali Dada, is an office building (based at the UN) in the Blue Area. The tower is a local landmark and impresses with its massive exterior. Its beige construction was decorated with traditional Islamic blue tiles. The tower, which is one of the largest buildings in Islamabad, is also one of the best secured buildings in the city.

Blue area
Islamabad’s business district is called the “Blue Area” because it was highlighted in blue in the original plan of the construction of the Pakistani capital. The Blue Area is characterized by clean and spacious streets as well as the many green areas that it runs through.

Lok Virsa Museum
This museum offers countless insights and information about the different lifestyles in the parts of Pakistan.

National Art Gallery
The four-story National Art Gallery unites 14 individual galleries under the roof of a modernist cube structure

Pakistan’s Natural History
Museum This museum in the Pakistani capital exhibits exhibits on the country’s rich flora and fauna. Minerals and fossils can also be seen.

Caravan Park
This park is only open to foreigners. It is very exclusive and secure and offers many amenities that make every stay a little experience.

Daman-e-Koh
This is a very popular vantage point in Islamabad, which is located north of the capital in the Margalla Hills. The viewpoint is divided into two picnic areas, both of which have good parking facilities as well as restaurants and cafés.

Fatima Jinnah Park
Islamabad’s public “green lung” is said to be one of the largest parks in Southeast Asia. It was named after the younger sister of the Pakistani founder.

Zoo
The Islamabad Zoological Garden, established in 1978, spreads out in the Margalla Hills. He is committed to accommodating the animals that live in him in areas that are as close to nature as possible. Various animals can be observed and marveled at in the zoo, such as lions, leopards, foxes, birds and elephants.

Karachi in Pakistan

Karachi

About Karachi
Karachi is the largest city in Pakistan and the capital of the Sindh province. Until 1959 it was the capital of the country. The Pakistani city is located on the edge of the delta of the Indus River, which flows into the Arabian Sea. Karachi lies between many hills. Two rivers flow through the Pakistani city, the Malir and the Liari. The city has an area of ​​3,527 square kilometers and is inhabited by 12.8 million people.

Attractions

If you want to learn more about the history of Pakistan and South Asia, you have a large selection of different museums in the city that deal with precisely this topic. The most interesting museums are the National Museum, the Mohatta Palace Museum, the Pakistani Air Force Museum and the Pakistani Naval Museum.

National
Museum: In the National Museum you can marvel at a variety of exhibits, including everyday objects and art objects from Islamic and Buddhist culture. The highlights of the museum are the sculptures of the Buddhist Gandhara culture.

Mazar-e-Quaid: The Mazar-e-Quaid is the mausoleum of the founder of the country of Pakistan. The building was built in the 1960s and was built entirely of white marble. The park around the museum is illuminated with strong headlights in the blue hour.

Masjid-e-Tooba: Masjid-e-Tooba is another interesting attraction in the city. This is an Islamic church built in 1969. The diameter of the mosque is 72 meters and its minaret is 70 meters high. The sacred building is said to accommodate up to five thousand believers.

There are many more historical buildings to explore in Karachi. But also the green areas the Pakistani city are worth visiting. There are numerous gardens and parks in the city that are ideal for relaxing after long sightseeing tours. Interesting parks are the Burns Garden, Hill Park or Aziz Bhatti Park. For visitors to Karachi who are here with their families, a visit to the city’s zoo, opened in 1893, is highly recommended.

Beach holidaymakers will love Karachi. Here is Clifton Beach, which is said to be the longest beach in the world. There is a wide range of entertainment options for tourists and families on the beach.

Lahore (Pakistan)

About Lahore
Lahore is a city in Pakistan. The city has an altitude of 217 ü. NN. It is located near the border with India, directly on the Ravi River and is the second largest city in the country. Lahore is considered a cultural, culinary and industrial hub in northern Pakistan.

Since the eleventh century, Lahore has boasted that it is one of the spiritual centers of Islam on the Indian subcontinent. There are several mosques in the Pakistani city. Most come from the Mughal era. The most interesting mosques from this period are the Badshahi Mosque and the Pearl mosque, built in the seventeenth century.

The artistically designed Shalimar garden in Lahore is definitely impressive. This was created between 1585 and 1598 when Lahore was still the magnificent capital of Pakistan. At that time, Lahore was the symbol of unlimited power and almost inexhaustible wealth for the Europeans.

Lahore Akbar, the founder of the Mughal splendor, owed her wealth at that time and the excellent development of that time.

The English also conquered the city in 1799. In 1848 Lahore was the capital of the Sikh Empire. The city has been the scene of exciting events over the centuries and can look back on an eventful history.

Another attraction of Lahore is the city’s oldest and most prestigious educational institution. The University of the Punjab was founded in 1882.

One should know that the city is the stronghold of the Pakistani film industry. Based on Hollywood or Bollywood, Lahore is often called Lollywood. Even if high-quality films are produced in the city, they do not achieve an international reputation. The Pakistani film industry has been in decline for years.