Welcome to Pakistan

Mughals and Mountains

With armed groups targetting everyone from the government to mountaineers, visitor numbers to Pakistan have slowed to a trickle, which is a shame, as this remains one of Asia's most fascinating destinations. The teeming cities of the south lie on a continuum with the ancient cities of northern India, while the rugged north is a wild frontier that has changed only superficially since Mughal times. In between are scatted ruins and arid deserts, and capping Pakistan to the north is the western spur of the Himalayan mountain range, including K2, the world's second highest mountain.

The Mighty Karakoram

Pakistan's number one attraction is a bubble of serenity in a troubled land. Stretching north from the Northwest Frontier to Kashgar in China, the Karakoram is one of the world's most epic highways, an astonishing feat of engineering forced against the odds through the tortured bedrock of the Karakoram mountains. Above Gilgit, the primary safety concern is not rebels but the risk of veering off the road while entranced by the natural beauty of the Hunza Valley or the snow-capped summit of Nanga Parbat.

Safety & Security

People used to say that the risks of travel to Pakistan were overhyped by the media, but recent years have seen a marked upsurge in political and sectarian violence. Most foreign governments now advise against all travel, or all but essential travel, to large areas of the country, and in many places, foreign visitors are required to travel with an armed escort. Nevertheless, those who do visit discover a country full of contradictions, where simmering tensions coexist with remarkable friendliness and hospitality, set against an Arabian Nights backdrop of desert forts, sultans and djinns.

Top experiences in Pakistan

Pakistan activities

$543 Cultural & Theme Tours

4-Night Kashgar Tour of Xinjiang

Day 1: Arrive in KashgarYour guide will pick up from Kashgar airport and transfer to your hotel.Day 2: Explore Kashgar cityExplore rich culture of the Uighurs in Kashgar. First, visit Livestock market which is the most interesting and traditional part of the Sunday market. Then, continue on to the largest bazaar in Central Asia at the Kashgar Sunday Main Bazaar. Later, spend time by Id Kah mosque, the largest mosque in China, and marvel at the intricate architecture of Kashgar’s historic Apak hoja tomb. You will also spend time in Kashgar old town and have dinner with a local Uighur family.Accommodation: 4-star Qinibagh Hotel Day 3: Kashgar to Karakul Lake and stay at a local family yurtToday set out along the Sino-Pakistan Karakorum Highway on Pamir Plateau (the roof of the world) where you will see colorful Oytagh Kunlunshan Mountain range and Bulungkol Valley (White Sand Mountain) before visiting Karakul Lake (11,811f/3600m above sea level). The lake sits at the feet of the notorious, Muztagh Ata (24758f/7546m) and Gongur (25,3235f/7719m) Mountains. "Muztagh Ata" means Father of the Ice Mountain and is one the most beautiful and mysterious mountains in the world. Travelers from around the world visit here to experience the live of its own, which is why you must spend the night in a yurt of a local Kyrgyz family.Accommodation: YurtDay 4: Karakul Lake to Tashkorgan After breakfast, hike around Karakul lake. You can visit local villages and homes of local residents before driving to Tashkorgan after lunch. Cross through Subash Pass, from where, you can see more beautiful views of the valley and majestic peaks of Muztagh Ata and Konger. If you prefer, your driver and guide will make a stop at Tagharma Village surrounded by beautiful grassland and colorful trees for you to visit a local Tajik family before arriving in Tashkorgan in late afternoon to enjoy some personal free time. Tashkorgan, used to be an important hub on the old Silk Road, is an area borders Pakistan and Afghanistan with Kunjerab Pass connecting them.Accommodation: 4-Star Crown Inn Hotel Day 5: Tashkorgan to Kashgar/departVisit Stone Fort, Tajik Village, Prairies, Tashkorgan Museum, and then drive back Kashgar. After breakfast, you will have an opportunity to see the ancient stone fort of the town, Tashkurgan, which is still standing after 1,800 years! Then, walk around Tajik neighborhoods and pay a visit to local Tajik families living in this historic town. After lunch, drive back Kashgar and you will be transferred to Kashgar Airport where this 5-day tour concludes.

$85 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Private Tour: Golden Temple with Evening Wagah Border Ceremony in Amritsar

Day 1: [D]We will pick you up from Amritsar airport or railway station and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. Around 2:30 PM our driver will pick up from the hotel lobby and drive to the Indian-Pakistan border town of Wagah to witness the parade ceremony. The Wagah border post has become famous for the ceremonial closing of gates and lowering of each country's flag. After the ceremony, drive back to the hotel for dinner. After dinner, transfer to Temple  After dinner, drive out to get a night view of the Harmandir Sahib, commonly known as the 'Golden Temple.' Afterward, return to the hotel for the night. (Indian Passport holder Not eligible for VIP Entry, they have to sit in common gallery) Day 2:After breakfast, explore the Golden Temple with a local English-speaking tour guide. The Golden Temple was built in the 16th century by the fifth Sikh guru, Guru Arjan, and is a prominent Sikh Gurdwara. Afterward, visit Jallianwala Bagh, a public garden that houses a national memorial. Established in 1951, the memorial commemorates those who were massacred by the British during a peaceful celebration of the Punjabi New Year. After visiting the garden, explore local bazaars, including Hall Bazar, before heading back to the hotel for check-out. After checking out, drop off to the airport or railway station.

$224 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Private Trip to Tashkorgan from Karshgar with Accommodation

Day 1: Kashgar - Karakul Lake - Tashkorgan (L, D)Your English speaking guide and private car will pick you up at 8:00am in your hotel's lobby.Then heading directly to the Karakul lake which is on the way to Tashkorgan. It will take about four hours. You will heading to the Karakul Lake via China-Pakistan Karakorum Highway.The Karakoram Highway, also known as the Friendship Highway in China, was built by the governments of Pakistan and China.It is one of the highest paved roads in the world.On the way you will pass through some small villages, the stunning scenery along the way almost completely unspoiled,site back and enjoy the sceneries along the way. Karakul Lake is the highest lake of the Pamir plateau.Surrounded by mountains which remain snow-covered throughout the year.The lake is popular among travellers for its beautiful scenery and the clarity of its reflection in the water, whose color ranges from a dark green to azure and light blue. While the lake and mountainside is very beautiful and picturesque, it was more the experience of meeting the local Kirghiz people who constantly moving from pasture to pasture. Your lunch will be hold in their yurt where you can enjoy all the charms of a nomadic lifestyle. Arrive Tashkorgan in the late afternoon and stay overnight in the per-arranged accommodation (inclusive).Day 2: Tashkorgan - Kashgar (B, L)After breakfast you will heading directly to visit the Stone Fort and visit Tajik villageTaskorgan County is located in the eastern part of the Pamir Plateau, at the borders with Afghanistan,Tajikistan and Pakistan.It was once an important hub on the old Silk Road.Because of its strategic importance, it was made the capital of Puli Country in Western Regions during the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220). After the Western Regions were unified and ruled by the Tang Government, administrative offices were established here. Later in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) the Government repaired its old buildings and enlarged its area.It was in the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) that the Government built a new city to the south and the Stone City was abandoned.Built on a mound of 20 meters high, all that remains of the Stone City today are some parts of the periphery of city, such as the gate, city wall whereas the buildings inside the city had all collapsed. However you can still enjoy the view of the ruined city, the surrounding snow-crowned mountains, grasslands, rivers and even the flavor of national traits of the Tajik people. Here you will not only enjoy the nature beauty of the area, but also to get to know better the life of the local Tajik people and their unique culture!After lunch, drive back to Kashgar, and you can make stops along the way if you want to take photos. Return to your Kashgar city hotel around 7pm.

$245 Cultural & Theme Tours

Divine Amritsar & Golden Temple Tour

Day 01 :  Arrival at Amritsar Upon your arrival at Amritsar (airport or railway station), our representative will receive your and transfer you to your hotel.  Schedule for the evening will be beating the retreat ceremony at Wagah Border “India–Pakistan Border” popular for the flag-lowering ceremony every evening that is attended by 12,000 – 15,000 people.  Later in the evening return to your hotel for an overnight stay. Day 02 : Amritsar local Sightseeing Connect with the divine at the Golden Temple (no guided tour or assistance for Darshan). Spend some quality time here and in the latter half of the day, we visit Jallianwala Bagh memorial dedicated to the martyrs of freedom struggle of India, who were massacred by a British general on 13 April 1919. Finally, we  visit Durgiana Temple (Lakshmi Narayan Temple) dedicated to Goddess Durga. Overnight at Amritsar Hotel. Day 03 : Amritsar Depart Breakfast at your hotel followed by transfer to Airport or Railway station for your onward journey.

$1500 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7 Days Best Xinjiang Tour Kashgar-Turpan-Urumqi

20th July: Kashgar You will arrange for you international flight to Kashgar. Our guide will meet you at the airport, transfer you to your hotel and check you in. You will have the rest of the day free to do a little exploration at your leisure. Overnight in Sulidan International Hotel 3* 21th July: Kashgar Karakul Lake (260kms,3hrs driving) Morning drive on the China and Pakistan highway to visit the Karakul Lake and enjoy the Pamir landscape. Then drive back to Kashgar for rest. Overnight in Sulidan International Hotel 3* 22th July Kashgar Today you will take the Kashgar City Tour. Stroll around the Old Town, to explore the special culture and life way of local people in Kashgar. Visit the Idigar Mosque, It is the largest Mosque in China and most famous one in Xinjiang. Afterwards, your guide and driver will take you to visit the Handicraft street, it gathered hundreds of handicraft workshops, which has become a boutique exhibition for handicraft in Kashgar and Central Asia. Then we’ll visit the Apak Hoja Tomb, which is the holiest place in Xinjiang and an architectural treasure. After that, we will visit the Sunday Bazaar (livestock Market) with farmers and buyers arriving by donkey cart, truck, bicycle, horseback, motorbike or on foot, with their animals. Overnight in Sulidan International Hotel 3* 23th July: Kashgar Urumqi CZ8602 (08:50-10:40) Turpan You will take the morning flight from Kashgar to Urumqi. Our tout guide will pick you up at the Urumqi International Airport heading to our next stop, Turpan. Enjoy the landscape on the trip. As soon as we arrived at Turpan, we will visit the Sugong Minaret, Karez Well, and Jiaohe Ruins. Overnight in Yiyun Hotel 3* 24th July: Turpan Urumqi Our guide and driver will meet you at the hotel and you will take the Turpan tour at the Astana Tombs, which are the graveyard of the residents lived in the Gaochang City in the Jin-Tang times. Known as “the Underground Museum. Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves , is a complex of Buddhist cave grottos dating from the 5th to 14th century between the cities of Turpan and Shanshan (Loulan) at the north-east of the Taklamakan Desert in the Mutou Valley, a gorge in the Flaming Mountains, China. Tuyoq Village, constructed in eastern and western cliffs in Tuyoq valley. Overnight in Lucky Chance Hotel 3* 25th July: Urumqi Heavenly Lake (120kms,1.5hrs driving) After breakfast, drive about 120kms (1.5hrs) to visit the Heavenly Lake which is located in the deep of the Tianshan Mountain Ranges.Then tour at Xinjiang Region Museum, to see archaeological treasures from the Silk Road and Xinjiang's minority cultures. Overnight in Lucky Chance Hotel 3* 26th July: Urumqi Airport transfer based on your flight schedule.

$34 Cultural & Theme Tours

2 Days Private Amritsar Tour with Wagah Border without Hotel

Day 01: Arrive AmritsarOur driver will pick you up from the Amritsar airport or railway station and transfer safely to your hotel (own arrangement). Spend your leisure time in the hotel. The sightseeing will begin with the afternoon visit to Wagah Border.At 3 pm you will be picked up by our driver and directed to the Wagah Border in an air-conditioned car. The border is shared by India and Pakistan lying 30 kms away from the Amritsar city. It is a military exercise conducted on daily basis in the Wagah-Attari border. The Indian Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers shake hands symbolizing healthy relations. It is a 45 mins long event characterized with parade and dancelike maneuvers. You will be provided the seat in VIP gallery in one of the front rows (applicable for foreign nationals only). After the ceremony gets over, you will be dropped back to the hotel.Get ready for an eventful evening attending the book closing ritual Sukhasan in the Golden Temple. You will be picked up at 9 pm and taken to the Golden temple. The ceremony marks the closing of Sikh scripture Guru Grantha Sahib after which it is taken to ‘Akal Takht’ for night in the palanquin. Whole temple glows with the lighting and echoes with Kirtans (Sikh prayer). Take the holy offering Karha Prasad and return to the hotel after the event gets over.Day 02: Amritsar City Tour & Evening Palki Ceremony In the morning, you will be picked up by the driver to take you to the holy Golden Temple. The Temple is of supreme importance to Sikhs established by fourth Sikh Guru Guru Ram Das in 1577. It is adorned with beautiful work of gold-leaf in its upper part and gold foil combined with precious stones in ceiling of the sanctum. The huge temple is surrounded by holy water pool ‘Amrit Sarovar’ meaning Pool of Nectar. Pay homage to the sacred Guru Grantha Sahib placed in the sanctum and exit the temple.Move to next attraction ‘Jallianwala Bagh’ located at a short distance from the temple. Tour the historical monument and know about its past from our expert guide. Exit the site, and head towards the bustling local market Hall Bazaar 1 km away from it. The market is famous for handicrafts, ornaments, books, electrical appliances, etc.       You will be then transferred to the airport to continue your onward journey.