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  • Jungle and WAY to USHU , MAtiltan Valley
    Jungle and WAY to USHU , MAtiltan Valley
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    Walnut Heights Hotel
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  • Visiting Lahore

    Lahore Favorites

    3 in one city. There is a rich history in Central Lahore, There is a 'British built Lahore' around Mall road with splendid architecture of the 19th century and a modern day Lahore with all the advanced infrastructure and facilities of life. Plus a beautiful canal passing through the city and River Ravi flowing along the eastern part of Lahore. The...

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  • Money Exchangers

    Karachi Favorites

    The Pakistani currency is Rupee. It is advisable to get local currency before you buy stuff in the city's store especially if you are buying small items that you need to pay cash. Stop by and exchanged some dollars to rupees in banks. A number of licensed Currency Exchange Companies that operate their offices located in various part of the cities...

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  • Bottled Water

    Islamabad Favorites

    Simly and Rawal dams are the main drinking water source in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Water is often polluted thus not safe to drink. You should either boil this water before use or otherwise use bottled mineral water. Nestle is the best brand for mineral water. Check for expiry date and plastic seal on cover before buying. There are...

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  • Friendly Locals

    Peshawar Favorites

    After a long day in Peshawar's bazaar, I was aproached by a man who asked me where I came from. After exchanging a few words, he invited me to his house. I had to follow him through the narrow streets of Peshawar (see picture above). At his house, Mohammed introduced me to his two daughters. Everyone spoke English. Although they seemed very open...

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  • Feed Monkeys

    Nathia Gali Favorites

    Due to thick forest there are many monkeys in the area. You would find groups of monekys every where on trees doing some times really funny acts. Watching them would be fun and if you offer them some thing to eat then they would quickly come towards you and take what you offered. Monkeys some time do really funny acts. You would enjoy watching them...

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  • Open Coffins

    Chitral Favorites

    Until recently, the Kalash did not burry their relatives. They simply left the coffin at the cemetery without digging a hole for them; often, people from other tribes opened the coffins and took whatever they found inside.

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  • Fairy Meadows.

    Hunza Favorites

    Fairy Meadows lie below the Killer Mountain, Nanga Parbat, which is the largest mountain in the world and the last bastion of the Great Himalayas in the West. Below it lie the calm and serene Fairy Meadows, one of the most beautiful places in this world and a definite must-see on everybody's list. The Fairy Meadows are the base-camp of Nanga Parbat...

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  • Northern Areas

    Pakistan Favorites

    Bonjour from Peshawar, Isb-Chitral, Idea bura nahin hai. There is a coaster service leaves at 9:30 PM daily for Chitral from Pirwadhai bus terminal, arrives in the morning in Chitral, over Lowari pass, road is fine. Chitral, Stay at Hotel Terichmir view (Mumtaz Hussain, manager) you could use my reference. It is a mid-range one. For budgeted...

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  • Money Exchanger

    Lahore Favorites

    Bonjour from Peshawar, I agree with besal, change a small amount at the airport and for rest better to go to open market, the rates are always better there. Bon voyage, Imran Schah Photos of Mountains,valleys,cities of Pakistan http://www.flickr.com/photos/imranthetrekker In Anarkali bazar..

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  • Embassies

    Karachi Favorites

    Here are the contact details (year 2007) of some consulates and high commissions that are located in Karachi: AUSTRALIA: http://www.pakistan.embassy.gov.au/ 2-a/1, St 20, Phase 5, Defence Society. Tel: +92-21-5864905. Fax: +92-21-5870843. FRANCE: http://www.consulfrance-karachi.org.pk/ 12/A, Mohammad Ali Bogra Road, Bath Island. Tel:...

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  • Get a Map

    Islamabad Favorites

    OK there are a few drones according to all of the news sources. Eurasia Review reports the first drone strike took place in June 2004 in South Waziristan. Under American President Bush, there were about 21 total drone attacks, killing perhaps 177 people. Under President Obama, attacks have increased tremendously with 87 drone attacks, leaving 700...

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  • Khyber Pass

    Peshawar Favorites

    While travelling Khyber Pass, you are moving through more then 30 tunnels and crossing 90's bridges. All this done by great builder's British during colonial day supported by great effort by local workers. According to the Notice there, all construction completed in 1920's. The railway work is great, a lot of effort in materials and geneious work...

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  • Give Money for Pictures

    Chitral Favorites

    Was considering of adding this in the Warning & Dangers but it was more of a cultural option for visitors so i thought not. The locals have discovered how lucrative posing for photographs can get... When you take pictures of the Kalashas, they'd generally expect a small price (between PRP5-10) per shot, which isn't that bad. If you consider it a...

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  • Hanging Bridges

    Hunza Favorites

    Probably the most scariest part of the journey! The deadly hanging bridges of Passu over the Hunza River. The first bridge is ok but the second bridge spans the river for a distance of about 100 - 150 m ! If its windy, it can get real scary! The bridge isn't too much above the Hunza River but it certainly is very much like Indiana Jones!

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  • People

    Pakistan Favorites

    One of my favorite things about Pakistan is that its National and Provincial assemblies are very colorful due to large number of women representatives. The Western media portrays Pakistan as an extremist Islamic country, but this is not true. People of Pakistan have elected Benzair Bhutto as the Prime Minister of Pakistan twice. Even President...

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  • People & Traditions

    Lahore Favorites

    I think it depends from Person to Person. Like, if u like old buildings and Forts. then you MUST visit the Lahore Fort (Castle) which was built by Mughal Emperors nearly 500 yrs old. If are interested in some Cultural activities then you must see 'National Industrial Exhibision' in Fortress Stadium. In this Exibision crafts men bring their goods...

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  • Hills

    Islamabad Favorites

    I spent a bit of time feeling disorientated in Islamabad - maybe its just me having an inherently bad sense of diretion! I found that the best way to get your bearings is to work out where the Margalla Hills are (these are the range of hills that run along the Northern outskirts of Islamabad.) Since the area is pretty flat, they work well. I then...

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  • The Golden Peak Range

    Hunza Favorites

    The Golden Peak Range is located it the Passu-Gulmit area and are a wonderful chain of mountains that look gold in the sunlight. The best place to view them is near the Hunza River which is quite flat near this area and provides wonderful reflections of the mountains.

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  • Culture & Cultural Activities

    Pakistan Favorites

    Bonjour from Peshawar, Islamabad the capital of Pakistan, well planned and pretty safe, foreign ex-pats, diplomats and journalists also live here. I don't see any troubles while visiting the city, it's a lush green area with a very healthy environment. You shouldn't miss Lok Virsa (the culture museum) Daman-e-Koh (Park) a very beautiful view of...

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  • Old Inner City

    Lahore Favorites

    Lahore was always an important city from hudreds and thousands of years. But it gained its fame especially after the mughals came here. Mughal emporers built a lot of beautiful architectures here. Shah Jehan loved Lahore and he built a beautiful fort here and also fortified the city. In the past, there use to be 12 entrances to the walled city of...

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  • Facts & Figuares

    Pakistan Favorites

    Observe four women friendly touristic resources of this country - archaeological sites, historic sites, nature and cultural diversity. The picture shows Hiran Minar (meaning Deer Tower) located some 35 kms from Lahore. This was constructed in the 15th century by the Mughal Emperor Jehangir in the memory of his pet deer. 1. Using Peshawar (capital...

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  • National Horse and Cattle Show

    Lahore Favorites

    One of the most famous annual festivals, the National Horse and Cattle Show is also held in Spring in the Fortress Stadium. During the week long activities there is a display of the finest livestock, horse and camel dances, tent pegging, colourful folk dances from all regions of Pakistan, mass-band displays and tattoo shows in the evenings. ...

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  • Historical places in Lahore

    Pakistan Favorites

    u should goto the city lahore as so called 'heart of pakistan' this city has mixed culture with modern sites to old sites and how ppl lived for centuries since the mogal rule ...... people here r kind and also very helpful and they help others in only some bunch of paki money in lahore there is foodstreet, badshahi mosque, minar i pak,....and other...

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  • Photography

    Lahore Favorites

    Pakistan & its people are superbly photogenic, but th noonday sun tends to flatten subjects & rob colours of their brilliance. Though few travellers have time to wait for perfect light, they should remember that the best results are achieved before 10am & after 3pm in winter , and 4 pm in summer.

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  • Decorated Truck

    Pakistan Favorites

    The bus in Pakistan is strange. It is painted of various colors of decorative pattern. Various metal tubes are welding on bus. It is not advertising and is real decoration. Picture shows a bus on a street of Rawalpindi

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  • Hunza Valley

    Pakistan Favorites

    Overlooking Karimabad and the green valley of Hunza, this beautifully restored fort showcase the wonderful style of the local architecture. Unfortunately, the entry fees was too steep for stingy me (trying to pinch my way through...). And I did not managed to get the local price to enter even though I tried my best to look "LOCAL"?

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  • Street Scene

    Pakistan Favorites

    When I was walking on street in Rawalpindi, I saw a strange scene: hanging passenger. The door of any bus or minibus was opening when driving, and one, or two, or even more passengers hanging at doorway. "How dangerour it is!" I think. But it like nothing! How interesting custom!

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  • Around Islamabad

    Taxila museum , sites like Sirkap and the monastery of Julian, shouldn't be missed while visiting Taxila .There are flights from Islamabad to Chitral, that could be another option to their trip.Ciao,

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  • Visiting North Pakistan and Chitral

    Bonjour from Islamabad,The best times for the mountainous regions begin from May in Pakistan when almost all the routes are passable as well as the trekking passes.Mid May, the famous Kalash spring festival " Joshi " is celebrated by the pagan tribes of Hindu Kush, Chitral .Better to take the main Besham route of KKH, because Kaghan route is...

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  • Wildlife

    There is great diversity of wildlife in Pakistan. From snow leopard, mountain ibex and brown bear in the mountains to snakes, small reptiles and peafowls in the deserts. Nevertheless many of the animals are endangered due to poaching, however there are many national parks where the animals are protected While in Ayubia national park, we can meet...

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  • Chinese visa in Pakistan

    Bonjour from Chitral,Chinese visa is a difficult thing to get for Pakistani visitors these days, however, a group of tourists, could get the visit visa from the Chinese embassy in Pakistan through a reputable tour operator .They don't issue visas to individual tourists to China,please keep that in mind.Good luck,Peaks of Hindu Kush ,Chitral Travel...

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  • Safety in Pakistan

    Bonjour from Chitral, Hindu Kush,Things've been calm in Pakistan for more than a year and in the year 2012,there are many trekking/climbing expeditions are expected to Pakistan from abroad.May is damn hot in Lahore and Islamabad, the temperatures are from 40 to 45 Celsius, however,there is a Kalash Spring festival "Johshi " in the Kalash valleys of...

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  • Visiting Islamabad and Lahore

    Bonjour from Peshawar,Islamabad the capital of Pakistan, well planned and pretty safe, foreign ex-pats, diplomats and journalists also live here.I don't see any troubles while visiting the city, it's a lush green area with a very healthy environment.You shouldn't miss Lok Virsa (the culture museum)Daman-e-Koh (Park) a very beautiful view of...

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  • Dress code for female travelers and...

    Bonjour mon ami,Cross into Taftan from Mirjaveh, take a bus to Quetta, 630 Km, 15 hrs, stay atHotel Al-NaeemTake a train from Quetta to Lahore, for train schedules please check with their sitewww.pakrail.comIn Lahore stay with Malik atRegale Internet InnWhile traveling in Pakistan, dress locally or modestly, Shalwar, Kamees and shawl or a long...

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  • Pakistan visa extension

    Bonjour from Islamabad,Better to avoid the overstaying in Pakistan, things are different from whatever is mentioned in the websites these days.One could be arrested for that.Gilgit, Skardu, Chitral, one could easily get the visa extension, that is according to visa.American travelers could get the Pakistan visa extension only in Islamabad through...

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  • Visa For Pakistan

    There was a time you just walk into any Pakistan embassy and they were happy to give you visa with smile, even I remember sometimes some embassies had said it will take 7 days to give you visa and I would ask them please can you do this in two days because of my flight and they would help me out but thanks to the capitalism and all the recent...

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  • Pakistan and Iranian visas

    Bonjour from Peshawar,Pakistan visa in Iran, not feasible these days, Pakistan embassies are not granting the visas to non-local, foreign travelers in the countries like Tehran, Kathmandu, New Delhi and Bangkok etc.There are 2 options to get Pakistan visa,At Sust coming from China, 30 days VOA, later you can extend it,The country of your passport...

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  • Pakistan visas in UK

    Dear Chris,Nowadays the Pakistan embassies are asking for a Letter of Invitation (LOI) from a Pakistan based travel outfitter or a Pakistani national along with a hotel reservation in Pakistan.You better avoid London but give it a try at Bradford and Birmingham, they are better places in granting Pakistan visas.Good luck bro..

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  • Pakistan visas at New Delhi and Host...

    Bonjour from Chitral, Hindu Kush,The best option for you to go back and apply in US, at the nearest Pakistan embassy, with a LOI along with a hotel reservation at Pakistan.The Pak embassy at Kathmandu used to issue the visas to over-landers some 2 years back without a LOI but stopped and I came across some travelers who got the Pak visa at...

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  • Travel to Chitral, Gilgit-Baltistan

    Bonjour from Peshawar,Flights from Islamabad and Peshawar are subject to weather and they are often cancelled.The itinerary is fine but too fast , from Hindu Kush to Himalayas and then the eastern parts of Pakistan through Babusar pass.There should be a day trek from Bamburate to other valleys like Birir, very beautiful and nice treks in the area,...

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  • Trip to Chitral and Northern area

    Bonjour from Peshawar,Isb-Chitral, Idea bura nahin hai.There is a coaster service leaves at 9:30 PM daily for Chitral from Pirwadhai bus terminal, arrives in the morning in Chitral, over Lowari pass, road is fine.Chitral, Stay at Hotel Terichmir view (Mumtaz Hussain, manager) you could use my reference.It is a mid-range one.For budgeted...

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  • Pakistani Women - A prime minister

    One of my favorite things about Pakistan is that its National and Provincial assemblies are very colorful due to large number of women representatives. The Western media portrays Pakistan as an extremist Islamic country, but this is not true. People of Pakistan have elected Benzair Bhutto as the Prime Minister of Pakistan twice. Even President...

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  • American Living in Pakistan

    I am amazed by the people putting information about the places or cities or people of different countries, without knowing the true facts about those places. There is a big difference in between FACT and Opinion. So please if you don’t know the true facts, don't advice someone it’s almost like misguiding someone, in my book its called “lie”. Now...

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  • GPS in Pakistan

    Hi,I've used GPS on high altitude and through forests for navigation but never in a car.It was very useful.I'd go with Besal here, he knows it better than me.Ciao,Imran SchahPhotos of Pakistanhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/imranthetrekker

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  • Pakistan visa in India

    Bonjour from Peshawar,The Pak high commission at New Delhi'd ask for a (LOI) from your embassy, you'll have to arrange that.Normally 3 months single entry visa is granted.You could send them a few lines and get the info atPak embassy in India2/50-G, Shantipath, ChanakyapuriNew Delhi - 110 021, India+91-11-26110601/02/05, 24676004/8467Telex :...

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