A passport valid for six months beyond the intended length of
stay is required by all nationals referred
to in the chart above.
Visas to Pakistan are required by all nationals referred to
in the chart above.
Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to
contact the high commission/embassy to check visa requirements.
Visa Note :-
Single-entry visa: £134; double-entry visa: £152; one-year
multiple-entry visa: £362; two-year multiple-entry visa: £362; three-year
multiple-entry visa: £512. Reductions are available for Pakistani/British dual
nationals. These fees include the £30 service fee charged by Gerry's Visa
Single-entry/double-entry visas: six months from the date of
issue for stays of up to three months; multiple-entry visas: one, two or three
Getting Around in Pakistan :-
By Road :-
The roads in Pakistan can be chaotic and dangerous,
particularly outside the major cities where drivers face hazards such as
animals, mountain passes and extreme weather. While travellers might note the
presence of car hire facilities in Pakistan’s major cities, it's not advisable
for foreigners to rent a car in Pakistan. Hiring a car with a driver is a much
more sensible option.
The highway network between cities is poorly maintained and
caution should be taken when driving at night as roads are badly lit. It's
advised that tourists to Pakistan travel with local drivers or guides. When
driving it's advised to keep doors and windows locked at all times.
Taxi - 24-hour radio taxi firms exist in most of the
country’s large cities. By international standards the fares are cheap. Taxis
are black and yellow or just yellow; make sure you are on a meter or at least
agree a price beforehand.
Daewoo Express (www.daewoo.com.pk) is the most popular inter-city bus company in Pakistan. It
operates an advanced transport network, calling at most major towns and cities
in the country.
Pakistan Railways (tel: +92 117) operates the extensive rail
network, much of which is a legacy of British rule. The main line, from Karachi
to Lahore, Rawalpindi and Peshawar, has several daytime and overnight trains.
Most other routes have several daily trains. Even first-class compartments can
be hot and crowded. Travel in air-conditioned coaches is advised, as are
reservations on long-distance journeys and overnight service.
Trains are of these classes: air-con sleeper, first-class
sleeper, air-con lower class (both seat and sleeper versions), parlour car,
economy-seat class, second-class seat and second-class sleeper.
Children under three years of age travel free. Children aged
three to 11 years pay half fare. Concessions are available for tourists (on
presentation of a certificate issued by the Pakistan Tourism Development
Corporation), excluding Indian nationals travelling by rail. A discount of 25%
is offered to individuals and groups, and 50% for students.
Always secure luggage to racks with locks and chains, if
travelling overnight by train; it's wise to wear an underclothes money belt to
keep valuables safe. There can sometimes be incidents on the rail network in
Baluchistan and Sind. There have also been a number of derailments.
Hotels :- Pakistan offers a wide range of
accommodation. Modern well-equipped hotels can be found in most major towns and
offer excellent facilities such as swimming pools and sports facilities. There
are also cottages, Dak bungalows and rest houses in all principal hill stations
and health resorts. A government room tax of up to 17.5% is added to the cost of
accommodation. In all cases it is advisable to book well in advance and check
The Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) manages
two hotels, as well as 38 well-furnished and moderately priced motels
throughout the country.
Mountain Huts :- Chitral has a range of mountain huts. These
are known locally as ‘rest houses’ and while basic, usually will come with two
to four double rooms, both bedding and someone who looks after the building and
guests. The caretaker will normally do the cooking with what is locally
available, so it can be an idea to bring your own food too. These exist mainly
in Chitral town, Birir Valley, Buni and Mastuj.
to Visit in Pakistan :-
Balochistan is the largest
province by geographical area of Pakistan, constituting approximately 43% of
the total area of Pakistan. Balochistan is home to one of the oldest Neolithic (7000 BC to c.
2500 BC) sites in archaeology. Mehrgarh and Nausharo, was an ancient
city linked to the Indus Valley
Civilization. Another ancient sites dating back 800 years are
the Nausherwani tombs at Qila Ladgasht. There was
also an ancient port at the site of Oraea which proved to be
a useful port during the Hellenistic
Quetta is the provincial capital of Balochistan. There are
a number of sites of interest including the protected Hazarganji-Chiltan
National Park, Hanna Lake, Quetta Geological
Museum, Balochistan Arts Council Library, Quetta Archaeological Museum as well as Command and Staff College Museum. The Quaid-e-Azam
Residency is another major site in Balochistan in the city of Ziarat. Ziarat is also famous for the juniper forests which are
the oldest and largest in the world. Sibi, is an important historical city in Balochistan. The Jigra Hall has a collection
of pieces found at the archaeological sites of Mehrgarh, Nasshero and Pirak.
The annual Sibi Festival marks the famous Horse and Cattle Show.
There are a number of mountain passes within Balochistan. The Bolan Pass has been the main
entrance to the provincial city of Quetta. There are several others including Lak Pass, Khojak Pass and Harnai Pass. The Balochistan coastline extends from the Sindh province to the Iranian border measuring a total
distance of over 750 km. The city of Gwadar holds the largest port in the province
which is based near the ancient area of Makran. Pasni is another beautiful medium-sized town famous for
fishing. Along the Makran Coastal
Highway there are several rock formations as well as Kund Malir and the Hingol National Park.
b) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa :-
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is located in the
north-west region of Pakistan. It is known as
the tourist hotspot for adventurers and explorers. The province has a varied
landscape ranging from rugged mountains, valleys, hills and dense
agricultural farms. The region is well known for its ancestral roots. There are
a number of Buddhist archaeological sites from the Gandhara civilisation such as Takht Bhai and Pushkalavati. There are a
number of other Buddhist and Hindu archaeological sites including Bala Hisar Fort, Butkara Stupa, Kanishka stupa, Chakdara, Panjkora Valley and Sehri Bahlol.
Peshawar is the provincial
capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The city is home to a number of sites including Bala Hisar Fort, Peshawar Museum,
archaeological site of Gor Khuttree, Mohabbat Khan Mosque, old city of Sethi Mohallah, Jamrud Fort, the Sphola Stupa and the most
famous market of Qissa Khawani. The city of Dera Ismail Khan is known to be the
entrance into the province from Punjab and Balochistan. The city is famour for
its Hindu ruins at Kafir Kot. The Buddhist
ruins at Shahbaz Garhi are also famous in
the city of Mardan. Heading North,
the divisions Swat valley One of the most important
cities in the province is Mansehra. The city is a
major stop for tourists setting out to the Northern Areas and Azad Kashmir. The city is
connected by the famous Karakoram Highway which ends up in
China. Along the route there are several stops including the Kaghan Valley, Balakot, Naran, Shogran, Lake Saiful Mulook and Babusar Top. There are also
several other sites within the province which attract a large number of tourist
every year including Ayubia, Batkhela, Chakdara, Saidu Sharif, Kalam Valley and Hindu Kush mountain range in
There are also several mountain passes that run
through the province. One of the most famous is the Khyber Pass which links Afghanistan with Pakistan. The trade route sees a large
number of trucks and lorries importing and exporting goods in and out of the
region. The Babusar Pass is another
mountain pass connecting the Thak Nala with Chilas on the Karakorum Highway. The Lowari Pass is another pass
which connects Chitral with Dir via the Lowari Tunnel. The
highest mountain pass in Pakistan is Shandur Pass which connects
Chitral to Gilgit and is known as the Roof of the World. The pass is
the centre of three mountain ranges – Hindukush, Pamir and Karakoram.
Punjab is the second
largest province in Pakistan. It is known for
its ancient cultural heritage as well as its religious diversity. The lands of
Punjab have been home to a number of religions and civilisations. The Indus Valley
Civilization once ruled the region and a significant
archaeological find was discovered at the ancient city of Harrapa. The Gandhara civilisation was
also quite dominant in the northern region of Punjab at the site of Taxila. Several other civilisations such as Greeks, Central Asians, and
Persians ruled Punjab leaving a number of sites which still exist today. The
arrival of Islam came about during the rule of the Umayyad Caliphate followed by the Ghaznavids. The Mughals took control of
the region and ruled its land for several centuries. The mughal heritage
remained quite strong in Punjab with a large number of forts, tombs and
monuments still intact today. The Durrani Empire ruled the Punjab
at the fall of the Mughal Empire for a short period following the rise of the Sikh Empire. The strong
control of the Sikhs also lead to a number of sites still remaining intact
throughout Punjab. The British Raj took control of
the region until the independence.
Tourism in Punjab is regulated by the Tourism
Development Corporation of Punjab. There are a number of large
cosmopolitan cities in Punjab. The provincial
capital, Lahore is the second largest city of Pakistan as is
known to the Cultural Heart of
Pakistan. The Mughal Empire left behind the Lahore Fort and Shalimar Gardens which are now
recognised World Heritage Sites. The Walled City of
Lahore, Badshahi Mosque, Wazir Khan Mosque, Tomb of Jahangir and Nur Jahan, Tomb of Asaf Khan and Chauburji are other major
sites visited by tourists each year. The tomb of Qutb-ud-din Aibak from the Delhi Sultanate is located in the
historical market of Anarkali Bazaar in Lahore. The Samadhi of Ranjit
Singh and Hazuri Bagh Baradari are prime example
of Sikh architecture during the rule of
the Sikh Empire. There a number of other sites within Lahore such as Minar-e-Pakistan, Lahore Museum, Data Durbar Complex, Tomb of Muhammad
Iqbal, Bagh-e-Jinnah, Lahore Zoo, Tomb of Shah Jamal, Sukh Chayn Gardens, Gaddafi Stadium which all create a
large number of visitors annually.
Rawalpindi is known to be a
famous hill station stop for tourists before setting out to Murree, Bhurban, Patriata, Northern Areas, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. The Pharwala Fort is a major fort on
the outskirts of the city built by an ancient Hindu civilisation. There are a
number of sites from the Mughal Empire in the city of Sheikhupura called Hiran Minar and the Sheikhupura Fort. The Rohtas Fort near Jhelum is a major fort
built by Sher Shah Suri is a World Heritage Site. The Katasraj temple in the city of Chakwal is a major
destination for Hindu devotees. The Khewra Salt Mines is another major
tourist attraction as its one of the oldest mines in South Asia. The city of Nankana Sahib is birthplace of
the founder of Sikhism. The Gurdwara is visited by a number of pilgrims ever
year to mark Guru Nanak Dev birthday. Another famous gurdwara in Punjab is Panja Sahib located in the
city of Hasan Abdal. The clock tower and
eight bazaars of Faisalabad are famous for its
bazaars since they were designed to represent the Union Jack flag
Travelling southwards, the region starts to become
more desertic. Multan is another major
tourist destination in Punjab. It is known for its mausoleums of saints and Sufi pirs. The most famous
being the Rukn-e-Alam and Baha-ud-din Zakariya. The Multan Museum and Nuagaza tombs are so significant
attractions in the city. The city of Bahwalpur is a major
destination as it is located near the Cholistan Desert and Thar Desert. The Derawar Fort is a large fort
built in the Cholistan Desert which is also the
site for the annual Cholistan Jeep Rally. The city is also near the ancient
site of Uch Sharif which was once a Delhi Sultanate stronghold. The Noor Mahal, Sadiq Ghar
Palace, Darbar Mall are large palaces built during the
reign of the Nawabs. The Lal Suhanra National
Park is a major zoological garden on the outskirts of the city.
Sindh is located in the
south-eastern region of Pakistan. The province is
known for its religious heritage and rapid-urbanisation. The province is home
to the ancient Indus Valley
Civilisation. Mohenjo-daro near the city of Larkana was one of the
largest city-settlements in South Asia and is an official UNESCO World
Heritage Site. The Chaukhandi tombs are another
example of ancient Sindhi and Balochi heritage located near the town of Landi. Another
ancient city, Aror, located near the city of Sukkur is also a famous tourist spot for its ruins. Kahu-Jo-Darro is a famous
ancient Buddhist archaeological site near Mirpurkhas were a Buddhist stupa was excuvated.
The first arrival of Islam in the South Asia took place in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. There has been a
number of sites within the province that have led archaeologists to suggest
this. Makli Hill is one of the
largest necropolises in the world. The
site is home to a number of ancient tombs and graves of Islamic dynasties. The Talpur Mirs of Hyderabad also left a number
of sites including, Tombs of Talpur Mirs, Faiz Mahal in Khairpur, Qasim fort, Pacco Qillo and the Kot Diji Fort in Kot Diji. Another famous
fort built during the Islam invasion was the Ranikot Fort. Like other
provinces, Sindh has a number of cultural shrines and mausoleums including Thatta, Shah Abdul Latif
Bhittai, Lal Shahbaz Qalander, Shahjahan Mosque, Mazar-e-Quaid,
Minar-e-Mir Masum Shah, Bhambore and Garhi Khuda Bakhsh.
Karachi is the provincial
capital of the province and largest city of Pakistan. It is home to
the founder of the nation, Mohammad Ali Jinnah. His tomb, Mazar-e-Quaid, is the
most iconic mausoleum in Pakistan. The city has the largest port in the
country, Port of Karachi, followed
by the second largest, Port Qasim. Karachi has also
been ruled under a number of tribes which meant the city is home to a number of
cultural sites including, Mohatta Palace, National Museum of
Pakistan, Empress Market, Frere Hall, Jehangir Kothari
Municipal Corporation Building and the Hindu Gymkhana. There are also several beaches within the city, some of the most
famous are Clifton Beach, French Beach, Sandspit Beach and Manora Island.
The province also forms the basin for the Indus river. This has led to
a number of lakes being formed in the province. Some of the most notable ones
include: Keenjhar Lake, Manchar Lake and the Bakri Waro
Lake in Khairpur. The Kirthar National
Park is also a protected reserve for several wildlife within the region. The Thar Desert is also located in
the province which adjorns it to Punjab and India. The Great Rann of Kutch is a protected
wetland site in the province. There are two wildlife sanctuaries in the
province: Rann of Kutch
Wildlife Sanctuary and the Nara Desert Wildlife
Sanctuary. The Sukkur Barrage is another famous
icon in the province it was built to alleviate famines caused by lack of
Food and Entertainment Complex is a recreational
area built in the centre of Karachi, Pakistan along
the waterfront of the 19th century Native Jetty Bridge that connects the Karachi Port Trust to Keamari. The complex is
expected to attract up to 5,000 visitors a day and is a major hub of shopping,
dining, cultural and coastal recreational activities in the city. Port Grand is
located on Napier Mole Bridge a site that is very significant to the history of
Karachi and has played a crucial role in making it the city it is today. The
project stretches along 1,000 ft of Karachi's ancient 19th century Native
Jetty Bridge and spreads over an area of 200,000 sq. ft. The one kilometre
bridge has been transformed into an entertainment and food enclave housing
numerous eateries totalling 40,000 sq. ft of climate-controlled area and space
for kiosks of exotic Pakistani and foreign food and a variety of beverages. To
get to the Port Grand from anywhere in the city, Port Grand is a straight shot
west out of Mai Kolachi, adjacent to the PNSC Building as the road curves into
the facility on the right.
e) Azad Kashmir & Gilgit –
Azad Kashmir is the region of
Pakistan situated in Northern part of the country.
The northern part of Azad Jammu and Kashmir
encompasses the lower part of the Himalayas, including
Jamgarh Peak (15,531 feet [4,734 meters]). However, Sarwali peak in the Neelum Valley is the highest
peak in the state. Fertile, green,
mountainous valleys are characteristic of Azad Kashmir's geography, making it
one of the most beautiful regions on the subcontinent.
The southern parts of Azad Kashmir including
Bhimber, Mirpur and Kotli districts has extremely hot weather in summers and
moderate cold weather in winters. It receives rains mostly in monsoon weather.In the
central and northern parts of state weather remains moderate hot in summers and
very cold and chilly in winter. Snow fall also occurs there in December and
January. This region receives rainfall in both winters and summers. Muzaffarabad and Pattan are
among the wettest areas of the state. Throughout most of the region, the
average rainfall exceeds 1400 mm, with the highest average rainfall
occurring near Muzaffarabad (around 1800 mm). During summer, monsoon
floods of the Jhelum and Leepa river are common, due to high rainfall
and melting snow.
Lakes to Vist in Pakistan :-
1) Chitta Katha
Lake :- Chitta
Katha Lake is located in Shounter valley, Azad Kashmir at the elevation of 13,500 feet (4,100 m). Chitta
Katha means White Stream; it is the local name of the stream coming down from
the Hari Parbat originating from the lake called Chitta Katha Sar or lake of
the Mount Hari parbat. This Mountain is sacred for some people who relate it to
Lord Shiva and consider it abode of the Lord and identify it as Kailash.
It is located in Shontar valley of
the Tehsil sharda of Neelum district of Pakistan administered Kashmir. Chita
katha can be approached from kel to domel bala about 20 km through jeeps
and then 5 km trekking by foot. The Chitta Katha Lake is a lake in Shonter
valley in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. It is located at an elevation of 4,100 meters
The lake is accessible from Kel by a
20 kilometers (12 mi) jeep track and then 5 kilometers (3.1 mi)
hiking trek. Kel is the base camp to this lake. chitta katha lake in Baltistan
2) Baghsar Lake :- Baghsar is a lake situated at 975 m
above sea-level in the Samahni Valley, Bhimber District. The lake
is roughly half a kilometre long and overlooks the Bandala Valley. The lake
is a popular tourist destination.
Many local and migratory birds, especially ducks
and geese, inhabit the lake. The lake is habitat to water lilies, and the
surrounding hills are covered by cheerh, or pine trees and lily flowers.
Moghul Fort overlooks the lake from the top of a
hill. This four story structure of granite has played
important roles in history during the times of Ahmed Shah Abdali, Ranjit Singh and Gulab Singh. It is said that
the Mughal Emperor Jahangir, on his way back
from the Kashmir Valley, fell ill
and ultimately died in this fort.
3) Banjosa Lake :- Banjosa Lake is an artificial
lake and a tourist resort 20 kilometers (12 mi) from the city of Rawalakot in District Poonch of Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. It is located at
an altitude of 1,981 meters (6,499 ft).
The lake is surrounded by dense pine forest and
mountains, which make it charming and romantic.
Climate - The weather in the area remains cool in summers, and cold in winter. In
December and January snowfall also occurs here, and the temperature falls to
Accomodation - Some rest houses and huts of AJK Tourism and
Archeology Department, Pakistan Public
Works Department and Pearl Development Authority are located here. A few hotels, guest houses and tuck shops also exist near
A market is located 1 kilometer (0.62 mi) away
in Chotta Gala town where all the basic necessities of life are available. A
few hotels and rest houses are also located in this town.
4) Ganga Lake :- Ganga Lake or Ganga
Sar is a high-altitude lake
(2,942 metres (9,652 ft) located in the Bagh Valley, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. It is near Ganga Choti Peak in the Himalayan (Pir Panjal) range. The lake is accessible from Bagh by a Jeep track.
5) Ratti Gali Lake :- The Ratti Gali Lake is an alpine glacial lake which is located
in Neelum Valley, Pakistan
Administered Kashmir at an altitude of 12,130 feet (3,700 m). The
lake is fed by the surrounding glacier waters of the mountains.
The lake is accessible from Dowarian by an unmetalled
19 kilometers (12 mi) road cum hiking trek through breath-taking sites.
Dowarian is the base camp to this lake.Jeeps are easily available from Dowarian
& during peak season they will cost you around PKR 8,000. From Dawarian it
takes almost Two and half hour to reach base camp at Domail. From that point
it's preferable to get horses , as the tracking is too much steep. Young people
can do tracking, it will take almost one hour to reach lake. All the tour is
safe for families also. Take your rain coats and jackets along with you. Mr.
Mustansar Hussain Tarar was the first person who explored this paradise cradled
in the lap of majestic mountains & then wrote his all time favorite
Travelogue "Ratti Gali"
6) Saral Lake :- Saral Lake is located in Neelam Valley, Pakistan
Administered Kashmir at
an altitude of 13,600 feet (4,100 m). The lake is accessible from Sharda by a jeepable track which leads to Gumut National Park
and then through hiking trek can be reached to the lake.
7) Shounter Lake :- Shounter Lake is a scenic lake located in Shounter Valley, a sub
valley of Neelam Valley, Pakistan
Administered Kashmir at the elevation of 10,200 feet (3,100 m). The lake is fed by the surrounding mountains
The lake is encircled by snow coated mountains,
green grass vegetation and specimens of Iris hookeriana are dispersed
around the lake.
The lake is accessible from Kel town of Neelum valley, by a jeepable track.