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 HotelDay 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 HotelDay 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

Amritsar Private 2-Day Tour with Golden Temple, Wagah Border

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.

$49 Kid Friendly

Abu Dhabi City Tour & 1 Hour Yacht

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center, Abu Dhabi, Emirate of Abu DhabiThe Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque stands out as one of the world’s largest mosques, and the only one that captures unique interactions between Islam and world cultures. Sheikh Zayed's vision for the Grand Mosque was to incorporate architectural styles from different Muslim civilizations and celebrate cultural diversity by creating a haven that is truly diverse and inspirational in its foundation. The mosque’s architects were British, Italian and Emirati, and design inspiration was borrowed parts of Turkey, Morocco, Pakistan, and Egypt among other Islamic countries, revealing a glistening architectural marvel with an astonishing capacity of 40,000 worshippers and visitors. Duration: 30 minutes

$389 Multi-day & Extended Tours

KAGHAN 4Days 3Nights

Timings will be advised after booking. This quote is from Islamabad Corolloa GLi 2016/17 for 04 person, Grand Cabin for up to 10 person, all vehicles with driver, fuel, toll taxes, driver’s expenseJeep for Lake Saif ul Mulook, Siri Paya are included in the costRafting cost will not be included as it will be an individual affair.LODGE: Purged on a crest surrounded by fir pines with the views of meandering Saif-ul-Maluk river. Fircrest Lodge is well placed on the Jheel road far from the madding crowd yet only 300meters from Naran Bazar. The rooms are elegantly furnished and well integrated in the mountain atmosphere. Enjoy delicious cuisine in our restaurant and BBQ on our open air terrace. ATTRACTIONS: Saiful Muluk  is a mountainous lake located at the northern end of the Kaghan Valley, near the town of Naran in the Saiful Muluk National Park. The lake is a source of the Kunhar river. At an elevation of 3,224 m (10,578 feet) above sea level, the lake is located above the tree line, and is one of the highest lakes in Pakistan. Folklore: The Lake Saiful Muluk is named after a legendary prince. A fairy tale called Saif-ul-Muluk, written by the Sufi poet Mian Muhammad Bakhsh, talks of the lake.[8][9] It tells the story of the prince of Persia named Prince Saiful Malook who fell in love with a fairy princess named Princess Badri-ul-Jamala at the lake. The Kunhar River is 166 kilometres (103 mi) long river, located primarily in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, northern Pakistan. It is in the Indus River watershed basin. (Rafting is optional) Siri Paye s situated in centre of meadow in Payee, near Shogran in Kaghan Valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa the province of Pakistan. It is located at the height of almost 2,895 metres (9,498 ft).[1] It is surrounded by Makra Peak, Malika Parbat, Musa ka Musala and the mountains of Kashmir.The lake is accessible via Kiwai passing through Shogran by a jeep track. .

$2100 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Ladakh Bike Trip 2019

ItineraryDay 1: Manali Arrival & Sightseeing by CarStop At: Hidimba Devi Temple, Manali, Manali Tehsil, Kullu District, Himachal PradeshIt is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, wife of Bhima, a figure in the Indian epic of Mahabharata. The temple is surrounded by a cedar forest at the foot of the Himālayas. The sanctuary is built over a huge rock jutting out of the ground which was worshiped as an image of the deity.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Vashisht Baths, Manali, Manali Tehsil, Kullu District, Himachal PradeshVashisht Kund is a 4000 years old temple located at the cliff of hill in Manali. ashistha village is extremely significant when it comes to the heritage Indian Hindu culture as one of the saptrishis rishi Vashistha stayed there for sometimes. There is a hot water spring known as Vashisht kund. According to legend the saddened Rishi Vashisht after knowing that his children were killed by Vishwamitra tried to commit suicide, but the river refused to kill him. The river was therefore named as Vipasha which means ‘ freedom from bondage.’ & now popularly known as Beas river. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Manu Market, Manali, Manali Tehsil, Kullu District, Himachal PradeshMall Road is the main street in Manali. It has a number of showrooms, department stores, shops, restaurants and cafes. A Himachal emporium that offers handicraft products of Himachal Pradesh like locally designed woolen clothes, branded clothes, pottery items, wooden products, and jewellery is also located here. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Manali - Hotel Mountain Top (3 ***)Day 2: Manali to JispaPass By: Gulaba, Manali, Manali Tehsil, Kullu District, Himachal PradeshGulaba is at about 20 kilometers and known as lower winter snow point after the road to Rohtang Pass gets closed in Winter. Nothing to see here in July except for its natural beauty.Pass By: Rani Nala, Manali, Manali Tehsil, Kullu District, Himachal PradeshJust a few kilometers ahead of Marhi, Rani Nala is a glacier point and a spot where you need to be careful while riding or driving. No matter which time of the year you reach here, you will always find snow at Rani Nala and something the snow walls can be several feet high.Stop At: Rohtang Pass, Himachal PradeshThis is your first highest pass of the journey and most of the time you will find snow and traffic congestion. Beguiling landscapes consisting of fierce wind, chilling temperature, snowcapped peaks and lush green valley’s around is what Rohtang Pass is famous for. Duration: 30 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Hotel Ibex Jispa (3***)Day 3: Jispa to SarchuPass By: Deepak Tal, Keylong, Lahaul and Spiti District, Himachal PradeshRight after Darcha and before the ascent of Baralacha La, it is a very small lake but do not let the size deceive you. It may be smaller in size but a giant when it comes to natural beauty.Pass By: Baralacha Pass, Keylong, Lahaul and Spiti District, Himachal PradeshThis will be your second-high altitude pass on Manali Leh highway. Ironically, though Tanglang La is at a higher altitude, it is Baralacha La that remains covered with snow for a longer duration and receives way more snow than Tanglang La.Stop At: Suraj Tal, Keylong, Lahaul and Spiti District, Himachal PradeshAlso known as Surya Taal, it is a small lake at the top of Baralacha La Pass. It is the source of the Bhaga River and presents a stunning view amidst the mighty hill tops all around. If luck favored you, you may find the lake completely frozen even in July.Duration: 30 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay at Himalayan route Camps or Similar (2**)Day 4: SARCHU TO LEHPass By: Lachulung La, Jammu and KashmirYour third high altitude pass, located at a height of 15,547 ft. If you are lucky, you may even see some wildlife here.Pass By: Moore Plains, Ladakh, Jammu and KashmirA plateau in the lap of Himalayas, Moore Plains are a sight to treasure. Pass By: Tanglang La, Leh, Leh District, Ladakh, Jammu and KashmirYour fifth and last high-altitude pass on this road, located at a height of 17,582 ft. This pass is the highest on Manali Leh highway and considered as second highest motorable pass in the world Although disputed. Post the final pass cross the villages as Rumtse – Upshi – Karu and reach Leh. Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay in leh at Hotel Shaolin Ladakh or Chalung or Royal holidayDay 5: EXPLORE LEH TOWNStop At: Shanti Stupa, Leh, Leh District, Ladakh, Jammu and KashmirThe Shanthi Stupa as the name suggest it is dome-shaped building erected as a Buddhist shrine which is the “symbol of peace”. It is one of the forms of Peace Pagoda built in Ladakh. It is constructed at an altitude of approx. of 11800 ft (3608 mts), at 5 Km from the Leh town by a group of Japanese and Ladakhi Buddhist. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Leh Royal Palace, Leh, Leh District, Ladakh, Jammu and KashmirLeh Palace also referred as the ‘Lhachen Palkhar’ is a royal palace located in the picturesque Ladakhi Himalayan town of Leh. It was designed in line with the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. The palace is a nine-storied architecture and was built for the Royal Family of Ladakh. The view of the Leh town from Leh palace is amazing during the evening. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay in leh at Hotel Shaolin Ladakh or Chalung or Royal holiday. Day 6: LEH TO NUBRA VALLEYStop At: Khardung La, Ladakh, Jammu and KashmirThe Khardung La Pass is at an altitude of at an altitude of 18,379 ft (5,602m) and so far, the world’s highest motorable world. One should be careful not to stay at this place for more than 30 mins and it may lead to Acute mountain sickness. Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Diskit Gompa (Diskit Monastery), Diskit, Nubra Valley, Leh District, Ladakh, Jammu and KashmirThe Diskit is the capital of Nubra Valley and host the Diskit Monastery. The monastery is at the edge of the mountain and hence have amazing valley views from the top. Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Hunder Sand Dunes, Hunder, Nubra Valley, Leh District, Ladakh, Jammu and KashmirLeh is an ultimate cold desert of the Himalayas and this can be defined by the dunes. It is also the only place in India where one can find double humped camel. Enjoy your camel ride before we proceed further. Duration: 45 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Cozy Ethnic camp or Dowa Deluxe Camp or Summar Holiday Camp Day 7: TURTUK EXCURSIONStop At: Turtuk Waterfall, Turtuk, Leh District, Ladakh, Jammu and KashmirAfter an early breakfast we explore the late village of India. Turtuk is a small village located on the banks of the Shyok river and was a part of Pakistan till 1971 and is now the last outpost of India. Turtuk is one of the gateways to the Siachen Glacier. Turtuk was opened to tourists in 2010. One can explore the willage by walking over the hanging bridge. The Balti Heritage House and Museum, Royal house and museum and Ruins of Brokpa's fort are worth visiting places of Turtuk. If get a chance one can meet Indian army here and also sneek the India Pak Border from a distance. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Cozy Ethnic camp or Dowa Deluxe Camp or Summar Holiday CampDay 8: NUBRA TO PANGONG LAKE VIA SHYOKStop At: Pangong Tso, Leh, Leh District, Ladakh, Jammu and KashmirThe Pangong Tso Lake means a “High Grassland Lake” located in the Changthang region of Ladakh. The lake is situated at an altitude of 14,270 ft (4,350m). It is the highest salt-water lake in the world and the view, so the lakes are amazing. It is believed the lake changes its color 4 – 5 times a day. One can visit Shooting Point (3 Idiots movie shoot) and View point (panoramic view of the lake) of the lake for some selfies before you check in at the camps for your overnight stay. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Pangong Holiday Shore or Galaxy Camp or Pangong ParadiseDay 9: PANGONG TSO LAKE TO LEHStop At: Shey Gompa, Ladakh, Jammu and KashmirThe Shey palace was built in 1655 on the hills of Shey village at an altitude of 11,204 ft (3415m). Shey village is located to the south of Leh. The Shey monastery was built within the palace complex on the instructions of Deldon Namgyal, in the memory of his late father, Singay Namgyal. Inside the Shey monastery reside the Shakyamuni Buddha. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Thiksey Monastery, Leh, Leh District, Ladakh, Jammu and KashmirThe Thiksey monastery is largest monastery located in central Ladakh about 19Km away from Leh town and at 11,000 ft (3900m). it is also called as “Mini Potala”. Dinner and overnight stay at Leh. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay in leh at Hotel Shaolin Ladakh or Chalung or Royal holidayDay 10: LEH TO KARGIL VIA THE SHAM VALLEY TOURStop At: Hall of Fame, Leh, Leh District, Ladakh, Jammu and KashmirThe Hall of fame is 2nd best museum of India and its built & maintained by Indian Army. in the memories of the great soldiers who lost their life in the Indo Pak war 1999. It is famous for its unique collection of ammos of both India & Pakistan used it the war & the Audio visual of the war. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Gurdwara Pathar Sahib, Leh, Leh District, Ladakh, Jammu and KashmirGurdwara Shri Pathar Sahib is situated on the Srinagar-Leh Road, 25kms before the Leh. It is very beautiful, and it was created after the famous incident occurred when the demon lived nearby planned to kill Guruji and throwed stone (Pathar) at him during his worship to almighty and the stone turned into a wax. This made the demon realize himself that almighty is the ultimate power. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Magnetic Hill, Leh, Leh District, Ladakh, Jammu and KashmirThe Magnetic hill is located between Leh and Alchi on the Srinagar Leh Highway. It’s place where you can see the natural demonstration of gravity where the cars are pulled against the inclined road and appears to be rolling back a steep which we would call as an optical illusion. We suggest you carry a ball to see it by yourself.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers, Leh, Leh District, Ladakh, Jammu and KashmirThe Sangam is the confluence of the Indus and the Zanskar river which meet at this point. You can click some photos from the top to see the difference in the color of the water from each river. You may opt for rafting here at your own cost if not included already included in the package. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Lamayuru, Lamayuru, Leh District, Ladakh, Jammu and KashmirLamayuru or Yuru Monastery is in Lamayuru village, Leh district, India. It is situated 125km away from Leh on the Srinagar-Leh highway 15Km near Fotu La at a height of 3,510 meters (11,520 ft). it is the oldest monastery existing in Ladakh.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: overnight in Kargil at Royal Inn Kargil or royal GashoDay 11: KARGIIL TO SRINAGARStop At: Dras War Memorial, Kargil, Kargil District, Ladakh, Jammu and KashmirKargil War Memorial, is a war memorial built by the Indian Army, located in Drass, in the foothills of Tiger Hill. It is located on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway 1D. The memorial is in the memory of the soldiers and officers of the Indian Army who lost their life in 1999 Indo Pak war. Kargil war Diwas is celebrated on 26July of every year. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Sonamarg, Srinagar, Srinagar District, Kashmir, Jammu and KashmirSonamarg also was known as Meadows of Gold. It is at 82Km from Srinagar takes about 2 hours to visit Thajiwas Glacier through horse ride. (Note: Vehicles outside of Sonamarg are not allowed for sightseeing and hence you must either hire a local taxi or take a horse ride. This cost is not included in the package).Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Inshallah Houseboat or SimilarDay 12: SRINAGAR SIGHTSEEING AND DEPARTUREStop At: Dal Lake, Srinagar, Srinagar District, Kashmir, Jammu and KashmirDal Lake is one of the famous lakes of Kashmir & was a popular destination for Hindi movies. The shore line of the Lake is about 18kms and is known for romantic houseboats. You can enjoy the Shikara ride (own expense) at Dal Lake for a calm and soothing experience; you could avail the ride on a direct payment basis. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Nishat Garden, Srinagar, Srinagar District, Kashmir, Jammu and KashmirNishat Bagh is a terraced Mughal Garden & is the second Largest garden in the Kashmir Valley. Located on the bank of the Dal Lake, with the Zabarwan Mountains as its backdropDuration: 1 hourStop At: Shalimar Bagh, Srinagar, Srinagar District, Kashmir, Jammu and KashmirThe Shalimar Bagh is also called the crown of Srinagar was built by Mughal Emperor Jahangir for his wife Noor Jahan, in 1619. It is liked through a channel to Dal Lake and it is the largest garden of Kashmir. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$390 Private & Custom Tours

4 Days Naran Kaghan Tour Package

Inclusive : - Toyota Corolla GLI  - Fuel - Hotel Stay (1 Room ) - Sightseeing - Jeeps - Breakfast - Toll Taxes Day 1 : Pickup from Islamabad and departure to Shogran Sightseeing : Kuwai , Shogran, Siri Paye Jeeps Stay : Kanloop Cottage Day 2: Departure for Naran and Saif ul Malook Sightseeing : Naran, Saiful Malook Stay : Rose Valley Naran Day 3: Departure for Lulusar Lake and Babusar Top Stay : Rose Valley Naran Day 4: Departure for Islamabad Naran Kaghan is the Most lush green  valley of Pakistan and every year thousands of tourists rush to explore the valley.