What is Pakistan famous for?
The ceiling mosaic of the central dome in the Shah Jahan Mosque in Thatta. Nearby the mosque is Makli Necropolis, one of the largest funerary sites in the world.
Pakistan is home to the second-highest mountain on Earth, the K2
(8,611 m (28,251 ft)).
The country controls the Khyber Pass
and the Bolan Pass; traditional invasion routes between Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.
When in Pakistan, you should visit Punjab's capital, the country's most cosmopolitan city, Lahore
. The city features the 17th-century Mughal-era Wazir Khan Mosque
, the 16th century Lahore Fort
with gardens and the Minar-e-Pakistan, Pakistan's national tower.
450 km southwest of Lahore, in the Cholistan Desert, is the impressive structure of the 9th Derawar Fort
Snow-capped mountains, lush forests and verdant alpine meadows can be found in the Swat Valley
in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and in the scenic Hunza
, a mountainous valley in the Gilgit-Baltistan region, bordering the Pamir Mountains and the Chinese province of Xinjiang.
Looking for adventure? There is the Khyber Pass
on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, formerly part of the Silk Road and now a section on the Asian Highway 1.
100 km east of Karachi is the famous Shah Jahan Mosque
in Thatta (near Makli).
Other attractions in Pakistan
Lowering of the flags ceremony at the Attari-Wagah (Pakistani-Indian border)
Image: Stefan Krasowski
The lowering of the flags
ceremony at the Attari-Wagah is a famous tourist attraction.
Colorful Pakistani truck-art
; Jingle trucks, heavy-goods vehicles with bells and whistles.
The huge Khewra Salt Mines
in the Punjab region are a major tourist attraction.
Pink Himalayan salt
from the Punjab region (with unproven claims of health benefits). Gemstones
like Black Onyx and Pakistani Peridot. Craft from sheesham wood
The Indus River valley in present-day Pakistan was the site of the Bronze Age Indus Valley Civilization
(Harappan civilization), one of the world's three earliest civilizations (2500–1700 BCE).
Pakistan is home to the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai
, a Pakistani women's education activist who was shot and nearly killed by a Taliban gunman.
The 1,300 km (800 mi) long Karakoram Highway
is one of the world's highest paved roads at a maximum elevation of 4,714 m.
"Welcome to the Dungeon" - Brain
, the first PC computer virus, was created in Pakistan. [WP]
The national sport of Pakistan is Hockey
, but Cricket
is the most popular sport in the country.