Pakistan Warnings and Dangers

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Pakistan Warnings and Dangers

  • Stomach Upset

    Lahore Warnings and Dangers

    Lahore offers street food that is not only delicious but also extremely cheap. But in order to enjoy the food you must (I am saying MUST) have you own disposable plates and spoon in your daypack, and always drink bottled water. Do not ruin your vacations by having bad stomach.

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  • Traffic

    Karachi Warnings and Dangers

    I've read all previous reviews about traffic in Karachi. It is shameful for us that most of them are true. People mostly don't follow traffic rules. They break signals, run into one way & create traffic jam on every other signal. Roads are insufficient for above 15 million population. They are not wide enough. There are no parking rules. People...

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  • Earth Quakes

    Islamabad Warnings and Dangers

    Islamabad and its twin city Rawalpindi comes under active seismic zone after October 8, 2005 earthquake measuring 7.6. After shocks are quite normal and they range between 5 -6 magnitude mostly. Strong shocks also occur few times ranging 6 to 6.5. But there is nothing to worry about. Life is very normal and no such specific risk involved. Just keep...

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  • Heavy Landslides

    Naran Warnings and Dangers

    One used to enjoy trip to Naran on a wonderful wide n carpeted road built by FWO. The road has totally vanished after October 08, 2005 earthquake. Temporary road is been made but it often gets closed after aftershocks coz of land slides. River Kunhar keep on moving along the road, some time parallel the to road and some time hundreds of feet...

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  • Demonstrations

    Peshawar Warnings and Dangers

    Boycotts and political demonstrations are not uncommon to Peshawar. They happen quite regularily and can have so many supporters that the entire downtown area would be shut off to vehicles. The places where these happen most are: High Courts, Qissa Khwani Bazaar, GT Road. In every case, police attend these rallies and set up barbed-wire rolls along...

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  • Do not touch Cobra Plant

    Nathia Gali Warnings and Dangers

    Cobra Plant is very poisonous. You would find it at many places in Nathia Gali. Its leaves are of Cobra Shape so it has been given this name. Skin gets red and itching starts if this poisonous plant is ever touched. So please be careful!

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  • Landslides

    Hunza Warnings and Dangers

    KKH is a feet of engineering where over 1000 people lost their lives. The road is carved through various mountains passes and is subject to landslides, especially during rainy season. When a landslide occurs, traffic can be blocked for days. However Pak Army engineers of Road Maintenance Battalion (RMB and FWO) makes it a top priority to clear and...

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  • Don't drink the tap water !

    Faisalabad Warnings and Dangers

    In Fsd, one of the major problem which tourist face is the unclean drinking WATER ! make 101% sure u drink clean Nestle Bottled Water during your whole stay in FSD. Each One liter nestle bottle is 22 Rupees and it think your budget allows that easily

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  • People

    Pakistan Warnings and Dangers

    I just returned from several weeks in Pakistan. It's a wonderful country, with kind, v. respectful people. Felt safe always, & eventually was eating outdoors (sometimes the best food !) and snaking my way through narrow alleys, w/ 0 serious difficulties. Few people discussed politics w/ me (never unless I asked), & altho people would be curious,...

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  • Traffic

    Lahore Warnings and Dangers

    Driving is risky and confusing here if you are not local. Most road users do not abide by any traffic regulations and it can best be described as a free for all. The roads and particularly side streets are poorly maintained and have numerous pot holes. There has been some significant infrastructure investment in the road network but the increase in...

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  • Drinking Water

    Karachi Warnings and Dangers

    It's one thing to be careful of drinking water that is not bottled, but also keep in mind that any local juices usually use tap water. I made the mistake to drink sugar cane juice from a local merchant, and I was sick for 2 days after that.

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  • Traffic

    Islamabad Warnings and Dangers

    Driving in Islamabad would be a scary experience. In my time in Islamabad I just caught taxis and public transport but on the roads it seems to be a free-for-all! Our trekking company's owner remarked that once and trekker had asked "which side of the road they drive on in Pakistan?" to which he replied "they drive on the left................and on...

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  • Shortage of Medicines

    Naran Warnings and Dangers

    Make sure that you have all necessary medicines with you if your destination is Kaghan, Naran or Shogran. There are no medicines, medical store and hospital in this area where you can go incase of emergency. The only nearby hospital used to be three hours way in Balakot, the city that has disappeared from this world after October 8, 2005...

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  • Foggy Weather

    Nathia Gali Warnings and Dangers

    Weather in Nathia Gali mostly remains foggy during summer so you can expect cloud bursts any time. And cloud burst usually comes with severe hail n thunderstorm making visibility even worst. So avoid driving during such situation especially at nights. Nathai Gali road is very well known for accidents coz of visibility problems and every year many...

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  • Drinking Water

    Pakistan Warnings and Dangers

    Donot forget to take water-purifying tablets a water-filter (such as the iodine filter penta pure travel cup) and a plastic or metal water bottle because in most places the water is not that clear & filtered....

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  • Mosquitos

    Karachi Warnings and Dangers

    Mosquitoes are unfortunately an annoying reality in most tropical or hot countries; Pakistan is no different. But whereas in countries such as Africa, India & Thailand travellers are mostly worried about contracting Malaria, in Karachi the most dangerous threat is DENGUE FEVER. Dengue is a disease transmitted worldwide by mosquitoes. Depending on...

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  • Be careful of the Insects

    Nathia Gali Warnings and Dangers

    In Nathiagali, be aware of an insect named Dangi which may come inside your hotel room. This black colored dangerous insect is bigger than Spider in size. Make sure that there is no Dangi in the room especially at night. Keep room and washroom doors closed so that this insect could not enter inside. Dangi mostly lives near garbage. There are...

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  • Photography

    Pakistan Warnings and Dangers

    Salut Mes Amis, During your trip to Pakistan please keep few things in your mind. Do not photograph the women. Avoid taking the photographs of women whether in the streets of Peshawar or among the Kalash tribes of Hindukush. Avoid taking the photgraphs of bridges, military installations and Army cantonments. Welcome to Pakistan%f* ,

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  • Avoid going to Nathiagali on...

    Nathia Gali Warnings and Dangers

    Nathia Gali is very crowded during Independence Day of Pakistan ( 14th August) week. All hotels are fully booked and the ones which have space would charge you two to three times more then the normal rate. People even sleep in mosque on 14th August because no space is available any where else. All consumer food items would be expensive....

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  • Lightening

    Nathia Gali Warnings and Dangers

    Cloudbursts & thunderstorms are very common during summer. Most of time it remains fogy so becomes difficult to predict that when its gonna rain. And when it rains it comes with thunderstorm and lightening does strick! Two years back it was sunny summer day and i started trekking towards Mukhspuri (9,400 feet) peak. When i crossed half of way,...

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  • Always Drink Mineral Water

    Nathia Gali Warnings and Dangers

    Its not safe to drink tap water. So use bottled mineral water only. I would recommend to use Nestle. Water in murree and giliyat area comes from open water reservoir at base of Mukhspuri. Often monkeys are sitting in walls of reservoir. You can imagine now how clean this water would be then! Large bottle of Nestle mineral water would cost around...

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  • Ramadan

    Be extra carefull when traveling in Pakistan during Ramadan, i was sitting in a train having Oranges next to me when someone then even not taking the train (seeing off someone or just pestering travellers?) got very exited for me that i could possible to break the fast (as far as i understand even muslims don`t have to fast when travelling and on...

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  • Weather Blues

    Pakistan is gifted with a tremendous diversity in the landscape and climate. The sub-tropical southern part of the country makes a stark contrast with the mountainous northern part, which hosts world's largest non-polar glaciers and some of the highest peaks in the world.Typically, tourists come to Pakistan to enjoy the unbeatable natural beauty...

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  • Lahore backpackers' Hostel

    Hi,Please beware of Lahore Backpackers' hostelThat's a dodgy place, foreign travelers lost their money and belongings from their rooms when they were away.Please follow the complaint lodged by a female Korean traveler at a nearby police station in Lahorehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/60122679@N02/5489718996/in/photostreamPlease use your common sense...

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  • Trek to K2 base camp in May

    Bonjour from Peshawar,Firstly, it's pretty early for K2 base camp, it's around 5200 m so in May, I'd not suggest it.The best time to be on Baltoro is after mid June when the skies are clear and weather is dry, suitable for trekking and climbing in that region, from mid June till September the trek to K2 base camp and Gondghoro la is...

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  • One Traveler's View of Pakistan

    I just returned from several weeks in Pakistan. It's a wonderful country, with kind, v. respectful people.Felt safe always, & eventually was eating outdoors (sometimes the best food !) and snaking my way through narrow alleys, w/ 0 serious difficulties.Few people discussed politics w/ me (never unless I asked), & altho people would be curious, no...

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  • political gatherings

    Avoid completely and if caught up in one get out fast!!Avoid taxis when leaving the airport( especially Karachi, )Take the hotel bus every time and then the hotel can arrange a taxi for you from your hotel. If you are seen leaving the airport you will be spotted and followed. A mile or so down the road a motorcycle with a pillion passenger usually...

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  • Sexual Harassment: Chitral

    Chitral is the place that I had the worst experience, touched twice on the streetside. The culprit is so fast that as fast as you turned your head, he disappeared in the crowd. I believe I am not the first victim and both time are by the same guy. I must add that I dressed in shawal kameez and have my hair cover all the time.So female traveler,...

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  • Sexual Harassment: Mastuj @ Tourist...

    I arrived at Mastuj at around 1030pm, looking for somewhere to sleep. Someone told me to stay at Tourist Garden GH but by the time I arrived, the whole town was slept and no one know where is the location of the GH. No one on the street and I was accompanied by a Mastuj guy and the land cruiser driver. We went to the only hotel in town but they...

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  • Pakistan Thorn Tree

    Pakistan thorn tree has a few active contributors who they answer almost all the questions posted in the forum so efficiently. In real they are almost tour leader or guest house owner living in Peshawar and Chitral who dont really know about other places/ the information they gave on other places can be found in guidebook. After traveling around...

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  • Karachi: Rubbish

    I never seen a city with so much rubbish. Everywhere is a rubbish dumping site. Everywhere. You cant find a rubbish bin here, even in my hotel. I wonder how people survive in such a dirty environment.. but life goes on.

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  • Karachi: Reckless drivers and bad...

    Karachi has the worst traffic around Pakistan. You will have hard time crossing the street unless you think that the street is yours and cross it blind-folded. ANyone everyone treat the street like they own it, and only then you can cross to the opposite site.Believe me, every time I need to cross a street in Karachi, I will think if this is my...

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  • Street Crime - Mobile Snatching

    It is not like that thieves would be waiting at the karachi airport to snatch your belongings.Just be carefule.If you have relatives in Karachi, they may well be knowing the precautions they should take.Yes, mobile , wallet snatched at gun point is on the rise but just be careful.1 - do not use your mobile phone for long while at public place2 -...

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  • Traveling from Taftan border to Quetta

    Hi Riesj,The best way to get to Quetta from Taftan border to take a bus, 14 to 16 hrs, the best and safest way.Things almost all over Pakistan not very promsing therefore better to stick to the normal route instead of any adventure in the coastline.Better to Take a train from Quetta to Lahore.Bon voyage,Imran SchahPhotos of Pakistan...

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  • Trip to Gilgit

    Bonjour,There've been troubles in Gilgit in 2005, the sectarian violence, I was there with some friends and coming from Phandar, we skipped Gilgit and got to Karimabad for overnight.These days, it's absolutely safe in Gilgit and rest of north Pakistan especially in the present scenario when Pak tribal belt's targeted by the US drones, this region's...

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  • Muharam (Lunar Year) in Pakistan

    salut mes amis,The early days of the month of Muharram (Lunar calendar) in the Muslim world, as it's marked with mourning by the Shiites, so the processions're taken out, these days security's high alert all over south Pakistan (Peshawar, Lahore, Karachi,Quetta etc.), because these processions're targeted by the terrorists, so troubles're there for...

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  • Permits for Darra Adam khel, Peshawar

    Bonjour mes amis,It is for the info of the foreigners who come to Peshawar and besides Khyber pass, they want to take a trip to Darra Adam Khel (Guns market), that the permits to that area arenot issued by the Political agent office or the tribal office in Peshawar secretariat.In terms of safety, this area is a bit dodgy, therefore it is requested...

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  • Photography in Pakistan

    Salut Mes Amis,During your trip to Pakistan please keep few things in your mind.Do not photograph the women.Avoid taking the photographs of women whether in the streets of Peshawar or among the Kalash tribes of Hindukush.Avoid taking the photgraphs of bridges, military installations and Army cantonments.Welcome to Pakistan,

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  • Permits in Chitral

    Salut Mes Amis,As soon as you arrive in Chitral town then one has to need a pemit to tarvel in and around Chitral whihc could be obtained from the Police department and the office is open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.You would be demanded where ever you travel in Chitral whether in Kalash valleys or in the hot spring valley.A bien tot,Warm welcome to...

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  • Flight confirmation in Pakistan

    Salut Mes Amis,If you arrive in Pakistan by flight and you will take the same flight back then before laeving for mountains you better reconfirm your seats in the relevant airline office in the main cities of Pakistan, like Islamabad, Lahore or Peshawar whether PIA or Qatar airways or Etihad.As soon as you are in the areas like Chitral, Gilgit and...

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  • Safety in Pakistan

    Hi,Yeah! things're changing swiftly in Pakistan after the US threats and the response from the armed forces of Pakistan.I'd worked in Islamabad for more than a week with a Spanish friend, we were covering the presidential election and interviews with different political personalities and I just got back to Peshawar today, situation's fine there and...

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  • Bad Condition Jeeps

    In the mountain areas, jeeps are the best choice. But before hiring a jeep, have a careful look at it, otherwise .....................................!

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  • Solo female travelers in Pakistan

    Salut mon ami,US foreign offices, consuolates, like the step mother to Pakistan, the country which played the role of a frontline state in their sham war against terrorism (war against Islam), lost its numerous troops, citizens, on the border, in the tribal areas and cities, except a lip service, they only got these travel advisories, while...

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  • Naran Chilas road

    Hi Abubakar,Naran to Chilas raod, through Babusar top, under construction and work's being done swiftly and expected to be claer till the end of 2008.Some friends, from my adventure club, made it last week to Besal and surroundings and they've updated me about that because they're going to make it across babusar pass in the first week of July, then...

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  • open eyes and hearing ears

    Pakistan is a beautiful place to visit. Although we hear a lot about Pakistan from the electronic media but i think that is over agravated..Pakistani people are good and beautiful and too friendly. I only suggest to visitors of Pakistan to visit in a manner of a "visitor". KAGHAN, NARAN, ZIARAT, SHINGRELA, MUREE etc are the beautifull places where...

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