In the Urdu language Pakistan translates to the “Land of the Pure.” From the snow-capped peaks of the Karakoram Mountains to the lush valleys that hug the Arabian Sea, Pakistan lives up to this idyllic name. The country’s origins date back nearly 5,000 years and remnants of the Mughal and Persian Empires still scatter the landscape. Some of the most fascinating archaeological sites are; the Indus Valley Civilisation at Moenjodaro, the 1st century Buddhist Ruins at Takh-i-Bahi, and the ruins of Taxila from the Gandhara Civilisation outside of Islamabad. All of these ruins are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Caught between India and Afghanistan, Pakistan has struggled to define itself as an independent nation. Since history and culture between these three countries blur over the formal borders Pakistan shares some cultural traits with its neighbours. While most of the country is Muslim like neighbouring Afghanistan, you will see strong similarities between Pakistani and Indian food, like the warm buttery roti and the spiced dhal that are served nearly everywhere.
Pakistani culture is rich, warm and welcoming. Since not many foreign visitors travel to Pakistan, you will be greeted with affection and a healthy amount of curiosity. The most frequented destinations in Pakistan revolve around the country’s numerous religious and cultural landmarks. Examples of these are: the striking Faisal Mosque in Islamabad, the Badshahi Mosque, Lahore Fort and Shalimar Gardens all in Lahore.
Other areas of interest in Pakistan appeal to travellers wanting to conquer the country’s staggering and remote terrain, such as the world renowned K2 and the rugged landscape of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the northwest region.
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