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    Karachi: Cliffton Beach

    by yuet29 Written Sep 10, 2009

    Cliffton Beach is the worst beach that I have ever visited. I went to PTDC in Karachi and said I would like to have a taste of the Arabian Sea. The PTDC advised me: Cliffton beach.

    Went to Cliffton beach and got total shocked. I never see a beach with rubbish stretches from the land to the sea, for hundreds of meter.. and benches occupied by crows.. with the evening seabreeze, the feeling was a bit disgusting.. imagine all the rubbish and smell stirred in the air..

    Metup with 2 local later and when I said I have gone to the Cliffton Beach, their respond was: 'Oh gosh, you have seen the worst beach in Pakistan. We do have good beaches..' so I wonder why the PTDC and Thorn Tree people recommending Cliffton Beach, I wonder if they themselves ever visited the beach before..

    If you like to get shocked, it is for you. Or check out how dirty a beach can be!

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    Lahore, the culture capital of Pakistan

    by imranthetrekker Written Mar 18, 2009

    Bonjour Kate,

    Lahore, as I usually say, the culture capital of Pakistan.
    June, July, very hot months of the year, it goes beyond 45 celcius and the nights are pretty sultry.

    Lahore Fort, Badshahi mosque, Shalimar gardens are worthseeing besides to taste the Pakistani cuisine at Food street of Gawalmandi, near Nisbat road.

    You could visit the orpahnages and other homes for the homeless people, run by Edhi foundation Pakistan and there is nothing to offend someone, because the foundation will cooperate with you if you could explain the reasons why you are there.

    I wish you all the luck,

    Imran Schah

    From the plains to the mountains Pakistan, photos
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    Mazar-e-Quaid in Karachi

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Feb 3, 2009

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    The best time to visit Mazar-e-Quaid, the final resting place of the Founder of the Nation, is before dusk. This allows visitors to enjoy gardens and flowers, reflecting pools, the sunset, and finally the Mausoleum lit by lights from 4 different directions. Another impressive ceremony not to be missed is changing of the guards.

    At a lower level at the side of the Mazar, there are 4 other graves, including those of the 1st murdered prime minister of the country - Liaqat Ali Khan and Quaid's sister - Fatima Jinnah.

    Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of the Mazar-e-Quaid. Therefore, I am borrowing one from member Asalaam Aleikum at travelpod.

    Pakistan is a democratic and an Islamic Republic. It was a part of British India until 1947, when the Pakistan Movement for a state for Muslims of the northwestern provinces of British India, led by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, more commomly known as Quaid-e-Azam or the Great Leader, and the Muslim League resulted in the independence and creation of the state of Pakistan.

    The idea of a separate state was first introduced by the poet philosopher Allama Iqbal in 1930. Subsequently, the name Pakistan (meaning land of pure, but actually made up of letters ‘P’ from Punjab, ‘A’ from Afghania or the Frontier Province, ‘K’ from Kashmir, ‘S’ from Sindh, and ‘Tan’ from Balochistan) was proposed in 1933.

    Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world. It is a fairly large country spanning over 810,000 square kilometers.

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    Trekking to K2, Gondghoro la

    by imranthetrekker Written Nov 10, 2008

    Hi Karin,

    There're many agenicies in the world who arrange the itinerary you've mentioned but better to hire the services of some Pakistan based agency, which could be chaeper and convenient.

    K2, Gindghoro la, almost a 3 weeks itinenrary from Islamabad, among the Karakoram mountains, stunning views of Trango Towers, and Baltoro, Abruzzi glaciers, a very enjoyable trekking plan.

    I put some of the names of the agencies, you can send them the travel queries and get the updates.

    Saltoro Summits
    http://www.saltorosummits.com/
    Email: info@saltorosummits.com

    Karavan Leaders
    http://www.karavanleaders.com/
    Email; info@karavanleaders.com

    Terichmir Travel
    www.terichmirtravel.com
    Email: terichmirtravel@yahoo.com

    I welcome your queries,

    Imran Schah
    Peshawar.

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    Visa reuirements

    by Aghani Written Oct 25, 2008

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    While we welcome you to Pakistan I would advise you to ask nearest Pakistan embassy about Visa requirement. Its better to get a visa before arrival to exclude any unpleasant surprises.

    The visa rules of all countries are different. Some countries allow visitors without any visa, some grant them on arrival under certain conditions while others allow entry only with a valid visa. Some countries do not allow visitors from certain countries.
    As a precaution a visitor must know the rules before journey.

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    What to do in Pakistan

    by imranthetrekker Written Aug 12, 2008

    Bonjour,

    Muzafarabad, Srinagar crossing, only for kashmiris on the both sides of the border not for the tourists.

    Lahore, a beautiful city of Pakistan with history, architecture, nice and lovely people.

    Don't miss Lahore fort, Badhshahi mosque, Shalimar gardens, food street at Gawalmandi, and there's too much to do in Lahore.

    Skardu, Sadparra Kachura lakes, Khaplu, Deosai plains are worthseeing besides trekking plans.

    Besides North Pakistan, you should visit Chitral, from Gilgit, there;'s a service of NATCO, 14 hrs across Shandoor pass into Mastuj and the 4 more hrs to Chitral.

    From Islamabad & Peshawar, there're direct daily flights by PIA to Chitral.

    I wish you all the luck,

    Imran Schah
    Chitral..

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    Moenjodaro & Taxila

    by imranthetrekker Written Jul 9, 2008

    Bonjour Alyson,

    I don't know about Karachi, but I did it from Sukkur, a day trip, better to do it during the daylight, there've been cases of dacoity and kidnapping on that route.

    Normally to any historicl site or museum, as besal mentioned, 200 Pkrs, is charged, a PTDC Motel's there at Moenjodaro so you can stay there too.

    Taxila's at 45 minutes drive from Islamabad, Museum and sites're worthseeing, likewise Juliuan monestary, Sirkap site (the ancient city), but if you buy the ticket for one ite you can visit 2,3 sites with the same ticket.

    Sites're opne normally but I can check the off days for the museums.

    October's one of the best months to visit south Pakistan, on the 3rd or 4th we'd be celebrating Eid in the Muslim world.

    I'm here in Chitral after making a trip to Kalash valleys with some media people, weather's very nice here.

    All the best,

    Imran Schah

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    Outdoor eating

    by Aghani Written May 29, 2008

    As all over Pakistan Karachi too has many places to eat on street. They are spread all over city but if you are looking for central place with many shops try Burns Road or Boat Basin (in Clifton). For real outdoor try any restaurant on both sides of Super Highway (Karachi-Hyderabad Motor way).Here there's always breeze even on hottest day.
    One word of Caution: Take along bottled water or order in restaurant. Although tea,coffee or soft drinks are safe.

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    camping

    by irrffan Written May 21, 2008

    Hi Imran. I'm sorry I'm not able to meet u as i'm in Lahore.
    But let me give u an advise to just cross shandur pass and drop 2 gilget via Mastuj. U'll forget Kalash. (A lot of lakes (Khalti, shandur etc will be on the way)
    (I've travelled with my family last year)

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    Visiting South Pakistan

    by imranthetrekker Written Apr 17, 2008

    Bonjour mon ami,

    It’s a very nice time of the year to visit the main cities of south Pakistan, it’s the spring time.

    But I think, I’ve already answered this query on some other forum.

    Use Daewoo Bus service,
    Lahore Terminal
    Kalma chowk.

    Badshahi mosque,fort,Shalimar gardens, dinner at Food street Gawalmandi, Sufi Qawali night at Data Gunj bakhsh shrine.

    It’s 5 hrs to Rawalpindi.

    Rawalpindi Terminal
    G.T Road, Close to Saddar.

    Shah faisal mosque, Daman-e-koh,

    2.5 hrs to Peshawar

    Terminal at
    Haji camp bus stand, G.T road.

    Please make a reservation, a day before your departure.

    Imran Schah

    Cities & Mountains of Pakistan, Photos
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    Trekking to K2 and Gondghoro la 5600 m,

    by imranthetrekker Written Apr 9, 2008

    Salut mes amis,

    You can only make it with a licensed guide, through a reputable trekking expedition agency.

    If you come across Khunjerab pass into Pakistan, you can get the permits, in North Pakistan for K2 Gondghoro la 5600 m.

    For trekkers coming from south Pakistan, in Islamabad.

    Bon voyage,

    Imran Schah

    Cities & Mountains of Pakistan, Photos
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/imranthetrekker

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    Trekking Season in Pakistan

    by imranthetrekker Updated Apr 7, 2008

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    Salut Mes Amis,

    Best time to be on the trekking trails, in Hindukush, Himalaya and Karakoram, begins after the 15th of May till end of September.
    You better come with proper gear when you intend to do some itinerary in the mountains.

    A bien tot,
    Warm welcome to Pakistan

    ,

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    Hindu Temple in Peshawar

    by imranthetrekker Updated Apr 7, 2008

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    Salut Mes Amis,

    In the old city of Peshawar is located a famous Hindu temple in Karim pura bazar, which is almost 5 centuries old and could ve visited by the tourists during the day time.
    It is close to Qissa Khwani bazar and could be approached while going towards Sethi Mohllah, take the left and after 10 minutes you will be infront of the temple.

    A bien tot,

    Warm welcome to Pakistan

    ,

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    Day trips in Chitral

    by imranthetrekker Updated Apr 7, 2008

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    Salut Mes Amis,

    If you are in Chitral and do not have much time to make the things easily then you can hire a jeep from Chitral town and can make day trips to Kalash valleys (Birir, Bamborate and Birir) which are almost located at the drive of 2 hrs from Chitral town and within a day you can visit almost 2 valleys and come to the third valley and stay overnight there.
    Next day back to Chitral and leave for Hot spring valley (Garam Chashma) at the drive of 2 hrs from Chitral town and can stay over night there.

    A bien tot,

    Warm welcome to Pakistan
    ,

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    In the capital city of Pakistan

    by imranthetrekker Updated Apr 7, 2008

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    One of the places should not be missed during a trip to Islamabad.
    One of the largest mosques in the world which can accommodate more than 70,000 people and it is pretty famous in the Muslim world because of its architecture done by a Turkish architect, Vedat Dalokay, and fund was provided by Saudi Government and it is named according to the name of the King Faisal.

    The work started on it in 1976 and completed in 1986 and interior calligraphy and mosaic work was done of the famous Pakistani artist Gul Jee.

    The focal point of the capital of Pakistan and one of the most prominent buildings not only in Islamabad but in Pakistan as well.

    Please leave your shoes at the entrance and female travelers should cover the heads with the scarves or shawls and becareful about your clothing before your visit to the mosque.

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