The Historical Forts of Pakistan

Forts have been constructed throughout history, some as a practical measure to subdue rebels or win wars, others as a show of strength of a ruling party or to serve as a more secure and formidable palace for the powerful. Whatever the purpose, forts provide a good view into the past, and also serve as great examples of both architectural ingenuity and ancient aesthetics.  Pakistan is home to some of

Hunza: Heaven on earth

Epic peaks, rushing water and a chill in the sweet mountain air characterize the picturesque valley of Hunza, nestled deep in Gilgit-Baltistan, and engulfed by the great Himalayan and Karakoram ranges. Summers are the ideal time to pay a visit to this valley; it offers a respite from the intense heat prevalent in the rest of the country yet is still warm enough to be pleasantly welcoming. Hunza is a

Pakistan In And Out: Domestic And International Travel Insights – infographic

Did you know that Karachi is the most visited city of Pakistan in terms of incoming and outgoing travelers; and that, most travelers to Pakistan come from the United Kingdom. Surprising Han… Take a look at the infographic below, produced by Jovago, and see more domestic and international travel insights of Pakistan. Note: The statistics in the infographic are based on a survey of all the travelers who made bookings through Jovago (an online

Top 15 Places to Visit in Pakistan

Pakistan is not all what the news channels and newspapers portray it as. There’s a lot more to it apart from just terrorism, politics, and all sorts of other problems. You must have had at least one person say the following to you when you asked him/her to visit Pakistan: “Visit to Pakistan? It is too dangerous.” But how can one just jud ge the situation of Pakistan without coming

The Changa Manga

Pakistan is home to many wonderful places. One of these is the Changa Manga forest. It is believed to be one of the world’s largest man-planned and man-grown forests. Planted in 1890 by the then ruling British, its aim was to provide wood fuel for the railway steam engines. The forest is located close to Lahore around 70 Kilometers from the city and covers a massive 48.6 square kilometers, or

Chotiari Dam – an Ecosystem To Be Savored

The Chotiari reservoir is a natural wonder in the middle of nowhere. According to WWF Pakistan, Chotiari consists of: 14 species of large mammals 19 species of small mammals 109 species of birds 58 species of amphibians and reptiles 53 species of freshwater fish In addition to being home to these species, Chotiari also has species that are on the endangered species list (in the IUCN Red list). This in

Amazing Places to Visit In Pakistan Part-II

After the resounding success of the Amazing Places to Visit in Pakistan Part I, here is the part-II that you were promised! The last one covered the major cities in Pakistan. In this par however, I have tried to cover some smaller cities such as Sukkur and Nathiagali. So, read on and short list the places you would like to visit! In and around Peshawar/Gilgit-Baltistan/Hunza Hunza Valley Fort Bala Hisar

Shalimar Garden – A Retreat for Kings

“And the gardens and the agreeable pavilions which had been erected about the grounds, which all vied with the heavens in grandeur, were now found suitable to the royal taste. In fact never before had a garden of such magnificent description been seen or heard of; for the buildings alone of this earthly Paradise had been erected at an outlay of six lakhs of rupees” (ibid., 298). One of the

Qila-e-Rohtas – Standing tall since 1541

Another magnificent structure from the Mughal era that still stands is the Rohtas fort, or Qila-e-Rohtas, as it is also known. The fort was ordered to be built in 1541 by Sher Sha Suri after he defeated the Mughal emperor Humayun. Sher Sha Suri built the fort at the strategic location of Rohtas. The fort lies on the Grand Trunk Road between the mountainous region of Afghanistan and the plains

Amazing Places To Visit In Pakistan

‘Pakistan is this and Pakistan is that!’ ‘There is nothing to do in Pakistan other than just go visit relatives!’ That’s what we Pakistan-lovers usually get to hear from the haters!  But that is just not true my friends. Pakistan is so much more than a place to go for just visiting relatives! Pakistan has places to see and things to do that are sure to amuse even the harshest