Top 10 things to do in Pakistan

Pakistan

Rich in culture and history, varying climates and terrains, and home of 5 out of only 14 'eight-thousanders' on earth.

Pakistan is a country.

Pakistan (i/ˈpækɨstæn/ or i/pɑːkiˈstɑːn/; Urdu: پاكستان‎ ALA-LC: Pākistān, pronounced [pɑːkɪst̪ɑːn] ( listen)), officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (Urdu: اسلامی جمہوریۂ پاكستان‎ ALA-LC: Islāmī Jumhūriyah-yi Pākistān), is a sovereign country in South Asia. With a population exceeding 180 million people, it is the sixth most populous country and with an area covering 796,095 km2 (307,374 sq mi), it is the 36th largest country in the world in terms of area. Pakistan has a 1,046-kilometre (650 mi) coastline along the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman in the south and is bordered by India to the east, Afghanistan to the west, Iran to the southwest and China in the far northeast. It is separated from Tajikistan by Afghanistan's narrow Wakhan Corridor in the north, and also shares a marine border with Oman.

The territory that now constitutes Pakistan was previously home to several ancient cultures, including the Mehrgarh of the Neolithic and the Bronze Age Indus Valley Civilisation, and was later home to kingdoms ruled by people of different faiths and cultures, including Hindus, Indo-Greeks, Muslims, Turco-Mongols, Afghans and Sikhs. The area has been ruled by numerous empires and dynasties, including the Indian Mauryan Empire, the Persian Achaemenid Empire, Alexander of Macedonia, the Arab Umayyad Caliphate, the Mongol Empire, the Mughal Empire, the Durrani Empire, the Sikh Empire and the British Empire. As a result of the Pakistan Movement led by Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the subcontinent's struggle for independence, Pakistan was created in 1947 as an independent nation for Muslims from the regions in the east and west of Subcontinent where there was a Muslim majority. Initially a dominion, Pakistan adopted a new constitution in 1956, becoming an Islamic republic. A civil war in 1971 resulted in the secession of East Pakistan as the new country of Bangladesh.

Pakistan is a federal parliamentary republic consisting of four provinces and four federal territories. It is an ethnically and linguistically diverse country, with a similar variation in its geography and wildlife. A regional and middle power, Pakistan has the seventh largest standing armed forces in the world and is also a nuclear power as well as a declared nuclear-weapons state, being the only nation in the Muslim world, and the second in South Asia, to have that status. It has a semi-industrialised economy with a well-integrated agriculture sector, its economy is the 26th largest in the world in terms of purchasing power and 45th largest in terms of nominal GDP and is also characterized among the emerging and growth-leading economies of the world.

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Top 10 things to do in Pakistan

Naran, Kaghan Valley

Naran, Kaghan Valley
Naran is a medium sized town in upper Kaghan Valley in Mansehra District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of the Pakistan. It is located 119 kilometers from Mansehra city at the ...

Karachi

Karachi
Karachi is capital of province Sindh as well as the largest and most populous metropolitan city of Pakistan and the main seaport and financial centre of the country. Karachi is ...

Sialkot

Sialkot
Sialkot is the capital city of Sialkot District in the north-east of the Pakistani province of Punjab. It is the 13th most populated metropolitan area in Pakistan and is located ...

Murree

Murree
Murree is an exurb of Islamabad and the administrative centre of Murree Tehsil, in the Punjab province in Pakistan. It is in a subdivision of Rawalpindi District and includes the ...

Islamabad

Islamabad
Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan located within the Islamabad Capital Territory. It has a population of 2 million and together with its neighboring twin city of Rawalpindi, the greater ...

Lahore

Lahore
Lahore ; Urdu: لاہور‎ ALA-LC: Lāhor IPA:  is the capital city of the Pakistani province of Punjab and the second largest metropolitan area in the country. It is the largest ...

Peshawar

Peshawar
Peshawar is the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and the administrative centre and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. ...

Chitral

Chitral
Chitral , is the capital of the Chitral District, situated on the western bank of the Chitral River , in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. It also served as the capital of ...

Quetta

Quetta
Quetta is the provincial capital and largest city of the Balochistan province, Pakistan. Quetta is also known as the Fruit Garden of Pakistan, due to the numerous fruit orchards in ...

Abbottabad

Abbottabad
Abbottabad /əˈbɒtəbɑːd/ is a city located in the Hazara region of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, in northeastern Pakistan. The city is situated in the Orash Valley, 110 kilometres north of ...

Gwadar

Gwadar
Gwadar , is a planned free trade port city on the southwestern warm water Arabian Sea coastline of Pakistan in Balochistan province. It is the district headquarters of Gwadar District ...

Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi
Rawalpindi, commonly known as Pindi, is a rapidly growing city in the Pothohar region of northern Punjab, Pakistan. It is located only 14 kilometres south from the capital city of ...

Nathia Gali

Nathia Gali
Nathia Gali or Nathiagali is a mountain resort town or hill station in Hazara, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. It is a part of the Galyat range, where several hill-stations are situated, ...

Kalam, Swat

Kalam, Swat
Kalam is an administrative subdivision of Swat District in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.Kalam is along the upper reaches of the Swat River in Swat Valley.Kalam is known for ...

Faisalabad

Faisalabad
Faisalabad formerly, Lyallpur, is the third largest metropolis in Pakistan, the second largest in the province of Punjab after Lahore, and a major industrial center in the heart of Pakistan. ...

Gujranwala

Gujranwala
Gujranwala also known as the 'City of Wrestlers' is an industrial city in Gujranwala District, Punjab province of Pakistan. It is the fourth-most-populous Pakistani metropolitan areas, and is one of ...

Ziarat

Ziarat
Ziarat is the capital of Ziarat District, Balochistan, Pakistan. It is located at 30°22'47N 67°43'38E with an altitude of 2543 metres and is a famous holiday resort of Balochistan. Ziarat ...

Multan

Multan
Multan is a city in south Punjab, Pakistan. It is Pakistan's fifth largest city by population and has an area of 133 square kilometres. The city is located on the ...

Sukkur

Sukkur
Sukkur , formerly Aror and Bakhar, is the third largest city of Sindh province, situated on the west bank of Indus River in Pakistan in Sukkur District. However, the word ...

Bhurban

Bhurban
Bhurban is a small town and a hill station in Punjab province, Pakistan. The resort town is named after a nearby forest. It is located approximately 9 kilometres from Murree ...

Mansehra

Mansehra
Mansehra / Hindko dialect Urdu: city is located at in Mansehra District, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. It is very near Abbottabad city. It is a major stop for tourists on ...

Khewra Salt Mine

Khewra Salt Mine
The Khewra Salt Mine is located in Khewra, north of Pind Dadan Khan, an administrative subdivision of Jhelum District, Punjab Region, Pakistan, which rises from the Indo-Gangetic Plain. It is ...

Bahawalpur

Bahawalpur
Bahawalpur , located in Punjab, is the 12th largest city in Pakistan. In 2007, the city's population was recorded to have risen to 798,509 from 403,408 in 1998. The city ...

Kallar Kahar

Kallar Kahar
Kallar Kahar , is a town and subdivision of Chakwal District in Punjab, Pakistan. It is also capital of Kallar Kahar Tehsil. It is a tourist destination located 25 kilometres ...

Sargodha

Sargodha
Sargodha is a city and the administrative centre of Sargodha Division located in the Punjab province, Pakistan.Sargodha is the 8th in the List of most populous cities in Pakistan and ...

Taxila

Taxila
Taxila is a town and an important archaeological site in Rawalpindi district of the Punjab province in Pakistan. Taxila is situated about 32 km north-west of Islamabad and Rawalpindi; just off ...

Hyderabad

Hyderabad
Hyderabad is the second largest city in Pakistan's Sindh province and the fourth largest in the country. ...

Thatta

Thatta
Thatta , , is a city and capital of Thatta District and will be capital of announced Banbhore Division. It is a historic town of 220,000 inhabitants in the Sindh ...

Chakwal

Chakwal
Chakwal , is the capital of Chakwal District, Punjab, Pakistan. It is located 90 km south-east of the federal capital, Islamabad and is named after Chaudhry Chaku Khan, chief of the ...

Jhelum

Jhelum
Jhelum is a city on the right bank of the Jhelum River, in the district of the same name in the north of Punjab province, Pakistan. Jhelum is known for ...

Sahiwal

Sahiwal
Sahiwal , is a city in central Punjab, Pakistan. It presently is the administrative center of Sahiwal district, and previously was that of the former Sahiwal division. Sahiwal is approximately ...

Balakot

Balakot
Balakot is a town in Mansehra District in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The town was destroyed during the 2005 Kashmir Earthquake, but was later rebuilt with the assistance of ...

Gujrat City

Gujrat City
Gujrat , is a city in Punjab Province of Pakistan and is 17th to 20th in the List of most populated metropolitan areas in Pakistan because Jhang, DG khan and ...

Larkana

Larkana
Larkana was established and inaugurated by the former Prime Minister of Pakistan Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto on 20 April 1973. It was the fourth public medical college to be established in ...

Dera Ismail Khan

Dera Ismail Khan
Dera Ismail Khan , often abbreviated to D. I. Khan, is a city in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan. It is situated on the west bank of the Indus River, 200 miles ...

Mirpur Khas

Mirpur Khas
Mirpur Khas is a city in the province of Sindh in Pakistan. It is the capital city of Mirpur Khas District. It is the fourth largest city in the province ...

Mardan

Mardan
Mardan , known as The city of hospitality, is a city and headquarters of Mardan District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan. It is the de facto headquarters of the Yousafzai ...

Harappa

Harappa
Harappa west of Sahiwal. The site takes its name from a modern village located near the former course of the Ravi River. The current village of Harappa is 6 km from ...

Rahim Yar Khan

Rahim Yar Khan
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Dadu, Pakistan

Dadu, Pakistan
Dadu , , is a town in Sindh, Pakistan. Dadu is the capital of Dadu District. The town is located at 26°44'0N 67°47'0E with an altitude of 24 metres and ...

Uch

Uch
Uch or Uch Sharif Urdu: اوچ شریف‎ is 73 kilometres from Bahawalpur in Bahawalpur District, South Punjab, Pakistan. Uch is an important historical city, having been founded by Alexander the ...

Saidu Sharif

Saidu Sharif
Saidu Sharif The main city in the Swat district is Mingoara, however the city of Saidu Sharif is widely regarded as an administrative hub for the Khyber Pakthunkhwa government.It's GPS ...

Hingol National Park

Hingol National Park
Hingol National Park or Hungol National Park protects 1,650 km², and is the largest National Park of Pakistan. It was established in 1988.GeographyHingol National Park is located along ...

Nankana Sahib

Nankana Sahib
Nankana Sahib , , is a city and capital of Nankana Sahib District in the Punjab province of Pakistan. It is named after the first guru of the Sikhs, Guru ...

Sehwan Sharif

Sehwan Sharif
Sehwan is a city located in Jamshoro District in the Sindh province of Pakistan. Sehwan town is of great antiquity and stands on the west bank of the Indus, 80 ...

Kharian

Kharian
Kharian is a city of Gujrat District in the Punjab province of Pakistan. Kharian is the capital city of Kharian Tehsil, which administrates all of the numerous surrounding villages and ...

Umerkot

Umerkot
Umerkot , , is a town in the Umerkot District in Sindh, Pakistan. The city is well connected with the other large cities like Karachi, the provincial capital and Hyderabad.

Keenjhar Lake

Keenjhar Lake
Keenjhar Lake commonly called Kalri Lake is situated in Thatta District, Sindh, Pakistan. It is 122 km away from Karachi and 18 km away from the town of Thatta. It ...

Badshahi Mosque

Badshahi Mosque
The Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, commissioned by the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1671 and completed in 1673, is the second largest mosque in Pakistan and South Asia and the ...

Mazar-e-Quaid

Mazar-e-Quaid
Mazar-e-Quaid , also known as the Jinnah Mausoleum or the National Mausoleum, is the final resting place of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, as well as his ...

Rawal lake

Rawal lake
Rawal Lake in Pakistan is an artificial reservoir that provides the water needs for the cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Korang River along with some other small streams coming from ...

Faisal Mosque

Faisal Mosque
The Faisal Mosque is the largest mosque in Pakistan, located in the national capital city of Islamabad. Completed in 1986, it was designed by Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay, shaped like ...

Lahore Fort

Lahore Fort
The Lahore Fort, locally referred to as Shahi Qila is citadel of the city of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. It is located in the northwestern corner of the Walled City of ...

Mohatta Palace

Mohatta Palace
The Mohatta Palace is located in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. It was built by Shivratan Chandraratan Mohatta, a Hindu Marwari businessman from modern day Rajasthan in India, as his summer home ...

Lok Virsa Museum

Lok Virsa Museum
Lok Virsa Museum is situated in Islamabad, Pakistan. It displays the cultural heritage of Pakistani people. The living style of the different areas of Pakistan is exhibited here in statues, ...

Clifton Beach, Karachi

Clifton Beach, Karachi
Clifton Beach or Seaview is a beach in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan located on the Arabian Sea. It is one of the neighborhoods of Clifton, Saddar Town. It was the world's ...

Minar-e-Pakistan

Minar-e-Pakistan
Minar-e-Pakistan is a public monument located in Iqbal Park which is one of the largest urban parks in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. The tower was constructed during the 1960s on the ...

Shalimar Gardens, Lahore

Shalimar Gardens, Lahore
The Shalimar Gardens , sometimes written as Shalamar Gardens, is a Mughal garden complex located in Lahore, Pakistan. Construction began in 1641 AD and was completed the following year. The ...

Pir Sohawa

Pir Sohawa
Pir Sohawa is a rapidly developing tourist resort located 17 kilometers from Islamabad on top of Margalla Hills. It has a 3000 plus ft elevation and located in Monal village ...

Lahore Museum

Lahore Museum
The Lahore Museum , was originally established in 1865-66 on the site of the hall or building of the 1864 Punjab Exhibition and later shifted to its present site located ...

Islamabad Zoo

Islamabad Zoo
Islamabad Zoo , previously Marghazar Zoo, is an 82-acre zoo in Islamabad Capital Territory. It was opened in 1978, and is under the administration of Capital Development Authority of Pakistan.

Empress Market

Empress Market
The Empress Market is a famous marketplace situated in the Saddar Town locality of Karachi, Pakistan. The market traces its origins to the British Raj era, when it was first ...

Wazir Khan Mosque

Wazir Khan Mosque
The Wazir Khan Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan, is famous for its extensive faience tile work. It has been described as 'a mole on the cheek of Lahore'. It was built ...

Golra Sharif

Golra Sharif
Golra Sharif is a town situated near the Margalla Hills, in the Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan, at about 520 m above sea level, 17 km from the ancient city of Taxila. The ...

PAF Museum, Karachi

PAF Museum, Karachi
PAF Museum, Karachi is an Air Force museum and park situated near Karsaz Flyover on Shahra-e-Faisal in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.A majority of the aircraft, weapons and radar are displayed outside ...

Pakistan Museum of Natural History

Pakistan Museum of Natural History
Pakistan Museum of Natural History, established in 1976, is a public museum of natural history situated in Islamabad, the federal capital of Pakistan. It has exhibits and galleries which display ...

Tomb of Jahangir

Tomb of Jahangir
The Tomb of Jahangir is a mausoleum built for Jahangir, who ruled the Mughal Empire from 1605 to 1627. The mausoleum is located in Shahdara Bagh in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

Karachi Safari Park

Karachi Safari Park
Karachi Safari Park , opened in 1970, is a public funded 'family-only' safari park covering an area of 148 acres , located in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. It has a ...

Sozo Water Park

Sozo Water Park
Sozo Water Park is a water park located in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. It is one of the few water-themed amusement parks in the city. It is a point of interest. ...

Pakistan Maritime Museum

Pakistan Maritime Museum
Pakistan Maritime Museum is a naval museum and park situated near PNS Karsaz on Habib Ebrahim Rehmatoola Road in Karachi, Pakistan.The main museum building is located inside the park of ...

M. M. Alam Road

M. M. Alam Road
M. M. Alam road is a major road in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan named in honour of flying ace of Pakistan Air Force, Air Commodore Muhammad Mahmood Alam. It runs from ...

Data Durbar Complex

Data Durbar Complex
Data Darbar , located in the city of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan is one of the oldest Muslim shrines in South Asia. It houses the remains of a Sufi saint, Abul ...

Jheel Park

Jheel Park
The Jheel Park or Society Jheel Park , is situated near Tariq Road in P.E.C.H Society, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.The park is constructed on 25 acres of land. There is a ...

Lahore Zoo

Lahore Zoo
Lahore Zoo in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, established in 1872, one of the largest zoos in South Asia. It is currently managed by the Wildlife and Parks department of the Government ...

Wazir Mansion

Wazir Mansion
Wazir Mansion or official Quaid-i-Azam Birthplace Museum was a family home in the Kharadar district of Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan which is considered the birthplace of the country's founder, Muhammad Ali ...

Chauburji

Chauburji
Chauburji is one of the most famous monuments among the structures and buildings of the Mughal era in the city of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.In the historic city of Lahore, on ...

Sandspit Beach

Sandspit Beach
Sandspit Beach is situated south west of Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. It is a very famous tourist spot. The sea at Sandspit is very calm and quiet from October to March ...

Masjid e Tooba

Masjid e Tooba
Masjid e Tooba or Tooba Mosque is in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan, and is locally known as the Gol Masjid.Masjid e Tooba was built in 1969 in Defence Housing Society Karachi, ...

Jallo Park

Jallo Park
Jallo Park , established in 1978, is a public recreation and wildlife site located in Lahore District, Punjab, Pakistan. Spread over an area of 461 acres , it is one ...

Hiran Minar

Hiran Minar
Hiran Minar; Urdu: ہرن مینار is set in peaceful environs near Lahore in Sheikhupura, Pakistan. It was constructed by Emperor Jahangir as a monument to Mansraj, one of his pet ...

Manora, Karachi

Manora, Karachi
Manora or Manoro is a small peninsula located just south of the Port of Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. Manora is connected to the mainland by a 12 kilometer long causeway called ...

Moti Masjid

Moti Masjid
Moti Masjid Urdu: موتی مسجد‎ "Pearl Mosque", may refer to:Moti Masjid Moti Masjid Moti Masjid Moti Masjid Moti Masjid Moti Masjid, within the Zafar Mahal complex in Mehrauli, Delhi ...

Merewether Clock Tower

Merewether Clock Tower
Merewether Clock Tower or Merewether Tower is located in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.MemorialIt was raised by public subscription as a memorial for Sir William L. Merewether.

Pak Tea House

Pak Tea House
Pak Tea House is an intellectual tea–café located in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. Traditionally frequented by country's notably artistic, cultural and literary personalities, it was founded by a Sikh family in ...

Karachi Zoo

Karachi Zoo
Karachi Zoo also known as Karachi Zoological Garden is located on Nishter Road and Sir Agha Khan III Road in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. It is the oldest zoo in the ...

Mosque of Mariyam Zamani Begum

Mosque of Mariyam Zamani Begum
Mosque of Mariyam Zamani Begum also known as Begum Shahi Mosque is a mosque situated in the Walled City of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. It was built by Emperor Jahangir, in ...

Churna Island

Churna Island
Charna Island is a small uninhabited Pakistani island located in the Arabian Sea, about 9 km west of the mouth of the Hub river, at the boundary between the provinces of ...

Karachi Golf Club

Karachi Golf Club
The Karachi Golf Club, is a golf course situated in Karsaz, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. The 27-hole golf course is the oldest golf club in Pakistan.The course was turfed, landscaped, and ...

Arabian Sea Country Club

Arabian Sea Country Club
The Arabian Sea Country Club , is a golf course located in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.The Country Club is the collective result of a group of companies, spearheaded by former test ...

Ibn-e-Qasim Bagh Stadium

Ibn-e-Qasim Bagh Stadium
The Ibn-e-Qasim Bagh Stadium, originally known as the Old Fort Stadium, is a multi-use stadium in Multan, Pakistan. It is currently used mostly for cricket and football. It hosted one ...

Bhong Mosque

Bhong Mosque
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