Pakistan – Introduction

Home to one of the oldest civilizations in history, Pakistan traces its routes back to 7000 BC. More than 1.5 times the size of France and located along the Arabian Sea, Pakistan offers visitors a rich cultural history and vast landscapes that rival that of other destinations within South Asia. The country includes every type of geological structure; from the sea to the desert, green and dry mountains, waterfalls, forests and more. The second highest mountain in the world is located here.
The country is divided into eight regions, including some that remain mostly off limits to visitors such as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Each region offers its own unique landscapes and a variety of climates, and of course wide ranges of attractions for visitors. Adventure seekers, cultural aficionados, architectural hunters and others will all find opportunities to enjoy the rich history and warm hospitality that Pakistan has to offer.
The country includes several notable cities, with the most popular and noteworthy being Islamabad (the capital), Karachi (the financial capital) and Lahore (City of Mughals). Entering Pakistan can be done via plans at one of three major international airports or via train from several links including those from India. The country is also connected by highway to China, and busses are available from China, India and Iran. Visitors should invest in a good quality map (such as Nelles) due to the fact that Google and other digital maps may not always offer the most updated pathways.