How to visit Pakistan Plus our New Trip!
With the new Untamed Borders Balochistan trip launching this week, our expert staff share some of their favourite places to visit in the diverse and vibrant country of Pakistan:
Previously very difficult to access, Balochistan, the largest of the four provinces of Pakistan, has now become possible to visit. From the sea to the heartland of the county, our new ten-day trip takes you on a journey along the Makran Coastal Highway from Karachi to Gwadar, with a feast of contrasting experiences. From the apocalyptic shipbreaking yards of Gaddani to spotting dolphins in mangrove swamps via mud volcanos in Hingol National Park and beautiful desolate beaches.
From there we head inland to arid landscapes sparsely populated with occasional flashes of green irrigation. Highlights of this journey include a train journey through the Bolan Pass and the Oasis of Moola Chatok. Finally, we reach the capital of Balochistan, Quetta where Untamed Borders founder James claims he ate the best Lamb Sajji feast he has EVER had!
One of Pakistan’s most liberal and cosmopolitan cities, Lahore is rich with Sikh and Mughal heritage. The city is a vast teeming metropolis with the Fort, Badshahi Mosque and Shalimar Gardens standing as living reminders of the Mughal era. It is regarded as Pakistan’s city of culture and it easily lives up to this reputation. Whether you are visiting the colonial museum, starting point of Rudyard Kipling’s “Kim”, or listening to devotional Qawalli or mystical Sufi music, you can visit Lahore on our Pakistan in 9 Days Trip.
Taking over 20 years to build, the Karakorum Highway is one of the most stunning road trips in the world. Often described as the 8th wonder of the world, it stretches over 1300km from Kashgar in China to Islamabad in Pakistan. It passes through some of the world’s most incredible mountain scenery and is nothing short of an engineering marvel. Whether it is passing within metres of huge glaciers, crossing over bridges or overlooking deep drops into the valley below, a ride on the KKH is always breathtaking. You can travel along the Karakorum Highway on our Hindu Kush and Karakorum trip.
The capital of the North West Frontier, just an hour from Afghanistan and only a short drive to the Tribal areas, Peshawar is a melting pot of ancient and the modern. Mobile phone shops battle for space on the narrow streets next to ancient artisans selling textiles and jewellery. Storyteller Street contains tea shops that look like they and their owners haven’t changed since the days when Silk Road traders met and exchanged tales giving the street its name. Peshawar is a great place to shop for souvenirs, rugs and carpets as much it is a great place to just sit and watch the world go by. You can visit Peshawar on our Pakistan in 12 Days trip.
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