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

Ranikot – The Largest Fort in the World

You have all heard of the Great Wall of China right? The wall built to protect Ancient Chinese borders. But have you heard of the Great Wall of Sindh or Dewar-e-Sindh? I am sure most Pakistanis haven’t. The Dewar-e-Sindh is known more commonly as the Ranikot fort. Its claim to fame is that it is even today the largest fort in the world! Yes, I did write ‘world’ and no,

Journey to the K2 Base Camp!

One of the greatest and most exhilarating treks that one can undertake is the one to the K2 Base Camp and Concordia. The trek has scenery that takes your breath away and dangers that can take your life away, in a deadly second. Yes, this is no walk in the park. It is an extremely arduous and demanding trek, but the journey and sense of achievement upon completing it is

Karakoram Highway – The Real ‘High’ Way!

Pakistan is full of amazing people, places and things! One such amazing place (or ‘thing’ depending on your perspective) is the Karakoram Highway. The Karakoram Highway is officially the highest paved international road in the world! This road connects us with our friends, the Chinese. Also sometimes called the 8th wonder of the world, it passes through the scenic Karakoram mountain range via the Khunjerab Pass, connecting China and Pakistan. A marvel

Chalo Chalo Makli Chalo!

Located approximately 100 kilometers from Karachi lies another historical gem of Pakistan, called Makli. Makli is located close to Thatta, which used to be the capital of lower Sindh till the seventeenth century. Designated as a United Nations World Heritage site in 1981, Makli is one of the largest necropolises in the world. Measuring approximately 8 km in diameter, it holds the graves of approximately 125,000 rulers, Sufis and many

Pakistan and its World Records – Episode I

Pakistan holds many records in the world. Some man made, some achieved via great feats and some natural. To acquaint my readers with these, I have compiled a list of some of the interesting world records that Pakistan holds. World’s Largest Mosque After the two holy mosques of Makkah and Madinah the largest mosque in the world is the Shah Faisal Mosque. Situated in the capital city of Islamabad, the

Mohenjo-Daro – What Lies in History

Mohenjo-Daro is a historical marvel. A part of the Indus valley civilization, this ancient city is now a part of Larkana district located in the Sindh province of Pakistan. The city was first discovered by archeologists in 1911. Excavations then regularly took place in the 1920’s and 1930’s, with final major digs taking place in 1950 and 1964. The History of Mohenjo-Daro The city was inhabited in the third millennium

Kaghan Valley – Heaven on Earth!

Pakistan is abundant with natural beauty. And one of the most beautiful places in Pakistan is the Kaghan valley. For me, if heaven were located on earth, then – besides Kashmir – Kaghan valley would be it! Kaghan is named after the town of Kaghan that lies within it and is also known as the valley of lakes. The Dudipatsar, Lulusar and Saiful Muluk (the most popular) lakes are some