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Pakistan Holidays, Pakistan Holiday Packages Overview
Pakistan is a destination with much to offer- ancient bazaars in Quetta, cosmopolitan attractions in Karachi, ancient architecture in Lahore and the majestic Karakoram Mountains. However, with Afghanistan on one side, Iran on the other side and the fault line of Kashmir on yet another side, tourism has always been tough for Pakistan to sell.
Pakistan is one of the very few countries today that boast of having almost every type of geological structure. It has desert, sea, green mountains, dry mountains, waterfalls, forests, rich cultivation land and snow capped mountains. This diversity offers a huge range of outdoor exploration opportunities.
Karachi is the largest city of Pakistan and home to many attractions like the impressive mausoleum of the country's founder made with white marble. Other attractions in the city include Memon Mosque, beaches and excellent museums. Islamabad is home to the majestic Shah Faisal Mosque featuring a desert tent type structure and four large minarets.
Pakistan is home to some of the world's highest mountains including the Nanga Parbat, the world's second-highest peak. It also includes some of the largest glaciers in the world like the Batura Glacier and Baltoro Glacier. The Hind Kush Mountains in Chitral area offer a wild, beautiful beauty with roaring rivers, hot springs and the native Kalash tribe. The Swat Valley also offers beautiful alpine scenery with ruins of Buddhist stupas, statues and monasteries as well as poplar retreats like Mingora and Miandam.
The legendary Khyber Pass separates Pakistan from Afghanistan with an imposing rock wall.
Tourist Offices - Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation,
Islamabad: +92 (0)51 921 2760or www.tourism.gov.pk
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All foreign passport holders require a visa
issued in their country of origin (or the nearest consulate if
there is no diplomatic representation) to enter Pakistan, and all
passports should be valid for at least six months beyond the
intended stay. A return ticket or proof of onward travel is also
required. All visitors are advised to carry a photocopy of their
passport, including the Pakistani visa, at all
- For Australians -
Australian nationals require a visa and a valid
- New Zealand nationals require a visa and a valid
- US nationals require a visa and a valid
- US nationals require a visa and a valid
- UK nationals require a visa and a valid
Pakistan Holidays - Currency of Pakistan
The Pakistani Rupee (PKR) is divided into 100
paisa. Travellers cheques (best carried in US Dollars or Pounds
Sterling) are accepted at most banks, four and five star hotels and
major shops. Larger shops and hotels accept credit cards, mostly
American Express. Bargaining is expected in street markets and
Telephone Access Codes and Communications
The International Direct Dialling code for
Pakistan is +92. The outgoing international code is 00, followed by
the relevant country code (e.g.0027 for South Africa). City/area
codes are in use, e.g. (0)51 for Islamabad. There are several GSM
900 and 1800 mobile networks in operation, providing fair coverage,
concentrated in urban areas. Internet cafes also exist in the main
towns and cities.
Duty Free Allowances & Restrictions
Passengers arriving in Pakistan over 18 years
do not have to pay duty on 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 500g
tobacco; 250ml eau de toilette and perfume, provided that not more
than 125ml of that is perfume; gifts and/souvenirs up to the value
of Pr2,000. Non-residents do not have to pay duty on 200 cigarettes
or 50 cigars or 227g tobacco; 250ml perfumed spirits and eau de
toilette; gifts and souvenirs to the value of Pr2,000. The import
of alcohol is strictly prohibited for both residents and
non-residents regardless of nationality. Other prohibited items
include matches, fruits, plants and plant
Holidays & Packages- Tipping Information
The larger hotels and restaurants add a service
charge of 10% to their bills otherwise tipping is not customary in
Pakistan. Baksheesh, however, helps get things done more