When you see Pakistan appear in the news, its rarely shown in a positive light. In fact, with the way the media shows this country is as if it were constantly being attacked and bombed. But Pakistan is much more than what is commonly known about it. It is a land rich with history, hospitality, and culture. Here is why you should visit this amazing country at least once in your life.
Everyone is familiar with the cuisine of India. What many do not know is that both Pakistan and Bangladesh were also once part of the Indian subcontinent, and the rich and vibrant food traditions arising from the kitchens of emperors and nawabs stull flourish today in all three countries. There are some distinct differences developed in the cuisine due to partition, but all three countries are home to a vast and detailed food culture. In Pakistan, you will find mouthwatering biryani, flaky samosas, golden jalebi dripping in a sugary sauce, a rainbow of halva topped with slivered almonds, creamy chicken karahi, and pillowy naan. Once you taste it, you will never forget the adventure it took your taste buds on.
The land of Pakistan is ancient and was home to one of the world’s oldest and greatest civilizations, the Indus Valley Civilization. Their relics and fossils as well as their construction is available in many museums today. This civilization was advanced for its time, as seen by their plumbing and water drainage system, as well as their beautiful handicrafts. Today, you can witness their history at the archaeological sites of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Pakistan.
Pakistan is a mountaineer’s dream come true, as it is home to some of the tallest and most stunning mountains in the world, such as the K2 also known as the Godwin Austin Mountain (which is part of the Himalayas). Tirich Mir, part of the Hindu Kush Mountain Range, is also found in Pakistan. Three of the world’s tallest mountain ranges, the Karakorum, the Hindu Kush, and the Himalayas all lie in Pakistan. The country is also home to great mountaineers such as Ali Sadpara, SaminaBaig, and Nazir Sabir. Moreover, the northern areas of Pakistan boast beautiful mountains and valleys, and the capital city of Islamabad also has stunning mountain views.
The Salt Mines
Salt is an important commodity to humans and was once considered extremely expensive. Pakistan boasts the world’s second largest salt mines known to humankind, known as the Khewra Salt Mines in the province of Punjab. The mine is home to the famous pink Himalaya salt and also functions as a popular tourist destination in the country. It is rumored to have been discovered by Alexander the Great, when his army’s horses began licking the stones. It began to be traded during the time of the Mughal Empire. Currently, it houses miniatures of Pakistan’s famous attractions, such as Minar-e-Pakistan, made from salt.
The Highest Polo Ground
Among the many wonders of Pakistan is the world’s highest polo ground located at Shandur Top. The Shandur Polo Festival is held there every year since it first began in the year 1936. It functions as a popular festival and attracts many visitors who cone from all over the country for the games as well as the cultural shows and music.
Everyone who has ever visited this country never forgets the hospitality of the people of Pakistan. Tourists are much loved here, and locals go out of their way to help show them around or recommend interesting places to see. It also helps that tourists need to worry little about language barriers here as one can always find someone who is easily able to communicate in English.
When you think of shopping destinations, you definitely do not think of Pakistan. But many are unaware of the fabric and embroidery traditions of the country, which have carried on from Mughal times. Pakistani women love their embroidery and here you can find gold and silver zardozi work, as well as the traditional glass embroidery. Visitors also love to buy the traditional, brightly hued shoes known as khussa as well as gorgeous Pakistani jewelry.