Pakistan is a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic country with diverse landscape. Its geographic location and wonderful landscape makes it a unique spot for all the tourists around the world. It is bordering with India, Iran, Afghanistan and China, which makes it an important country in South Asia. The unexplored region with mesmerizing seashores, lively valleys, sky-high mountains, meandering rivers, mystical deserts, lush green meadows and a rich cultural heritage from the olden times, just awaiting the visitors to come and unveil the mystic charms of it. It is a wonderland with its enchanting beauty that appeals travellers, tourists, trekkers, hikers, off-roaders, wanderers, climbers and mountaineers alike.
To get Pakistani Visa, the candidate must contact Pakistan Embassy or High Commission of the relevant country and submit an application, fulfilling the prerequisites. The Embassy/High-Commission looks into the application/documents carefully. On finding it legitimate, it will approve it in a specific passage of time.
For example, if you want a Visa from Washington DC, USA, the consulate will requires the following documents listed below.
* Pakistan Visa Application Form
* Passport Size Photo
* Completed application Cover Sheet
* Official Invitation
* Letter Of Invitation
* Business Cover Letter
* Proof of Travel Arrangements
Miscellaneous Requirements: A copy of applicant’s driver license. Address on driver's license must match with the address on visa application form.
The most important step in getting a visa approval is Letter of Invitation or Sponsorship Letter for Visa.
Letter of Invitation is a letter from individual or from a licensed tour company in Pakistan if Individual (explaining the relationship to the applicant and the purpose of travel) Letter must indicate the duration of stay, places to stay, and contact information of the provider. A copy of the passport, ID or CNIC/NICOP of the inviting sponsor must be included. Without this letter Visa will not be processed. Some embassies don’t really ask for this invitation or sponsor letter and you can get visa without any trouble. Letter from a tour company is simple and clear either you take services from a tour company or pay for letter of invitation.
For issuance of Letter of Invitation, the willing tourists should contact a reliable Tour Company and ask for help in formalizing a feasible itinerary to Pakistan.
The tourists would have to fulfill all prerequisites prior their tour. However the conditions are different from country to country. On completion of the process, the Letter of Invitation will be issued.
The cost of LOI usually depends upon the number of the days; a tourist is staying in a certain country. For Pakistan, the cost of LOI ranges from 65 USD to 200 USD conditionally charged from country to country. The minimum rates are as follow:
• 65 USD 1-10 Days
• 85 USD 11-20 Days
• 100 USD 21-30 Days
The cost revolves around the prerequisites of the Embassy of a touring country.
Some of the Embassies accept scanned documents but the others demanded for hard copies. In either case however, the courier charges are to be included in the LOI cost.
It is a letter from the employer or sponsoring company, on the company’s letterhead, introducing the applicant, indicating the applicant's employment status/position held in the company, and clearly stating the purpose of visit to Pakistan. The business letter must suggest who will be responsible for the finances of applicant and must provide the detailed contact information in Pakistan.
The Consulate of Pakistan requires an official business letter to support your application. To generate a Pakistan Business Cover Letter online, simply request this service and provide your information using the simple online form in your Visa Application Kit, which you will receive once you place your order.
Accommodation for tourists is comparatively expensive in Pakistan, yet some places are available on cheaper rates for Back-Packers. Back-Packers can choose Hostel or Guest Houses in Islamabad, Lahore, Hunza and Gilgit.
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The NATCO is one reliable source of transportation. Tourists can catch the bus from Pir Wadhai Bus Terminal, Rawalpindi. It leaves at 6PM sharp every day. The travelling time is around 16 hours from Rawalpindi to Gilgit, via KKH.
Tickets must be booked before travelling, because during the peak season, there could be short of tickets.
The NATCO buses leave for Gilgit from Pir Wadhai Bus Terminal, Rawalpindi at 3PM/5PM/8PM and 11PM respectively. The travelling time is round about 16/17 hours from Rawalpindi to Gilgit, via KKH.
Book the tickets in advance.
Tourists can avail a flight from Islamabad to Skardu. It’s an hour journey by Air.
Weekly Flight Schedule
|Flight||Departure Islamabad||Arrival Skardu||THU||FRI||SAT||SUN||MON||TUE||WED|
|PK-451||10:15 AM||11:15 AM|
|PK-451||10:30 AM||11:30 AM|
|PK-451||12:00 PM||01:00 PM|
Flight timings are subjected to change.
Gilgit-Baltistan is connected via KKH, which is one of the best roads in Pakistan. It’s considered as a wonder of the world.
The other route to Gilgit-Baltistan is via Babusar Top. Its condition is good as well and it takes less time to reach Gilgit-Baltistan. However it remains open only for 5 months, from June to October, because of its high altitude and chilly weather conditions of the area.
Pakistani Missions are authorized to grant Visit/Tourist Visa, with three months validity of stay and double entry for the foreigners.
On the other hand, RPOs are authorized to extend tourist visa up to six month period, including the initial visa period. It condones overstay up to 15 days, on payment of visa fee, which is subjected to change, but minimum payment is 10USD.
The relevant authorities are liable to allow extension in Visa date for three months. However two week extension is free as per policy.
Lahore is an historic city and there are so many tourist attractions. Among these Minar-e-Pakistan, Badshahi Masjid, Allama Iqbal Mausoleum, Shalimar Gardens, Kamran ki Bara-Darri are more prominent. Wagah Border Ceremony is worth watching activity in Lahore.
Tourist season starts from April, which is a spring season and ends in October, which is fall season in Pakistan. However it depends upon weather conditions.
Spring season starts in March in Pakistan.
Summer sets in End May/June.
Autumn starts in September/October.
While winter sets in December.
Pakistan is a richly fertile country for natural produce. The fruits include Apple, Orange, Mango, Banana, Dates, Plum, Pear, Peach, Strawberry, Raspberry, Melon, Water Melon, Grapes, Custard Apple, Pomegranate, Pine Apple etc.
Rupee is the currency of Pakistan. It is controlled by the State Bank of Pakistan, which is the central bank of the country. Rupee is symbolizes as Rs. or PKR on receipts, while purchasing goods and services.
Pakistani cuisines are the world best foods. When someone goes out for shopping or simply for hanging out, s/he must try mouthwatering street food. There are so many Rairi-Wala (street food vendor). The popular street foods are;
* Gol Gappay
* Chips (French Fries)
* Dahi Bhallay
* Anda Wala Burger (Egg Burger)
* Channa Chat
* Fruit Chat
* Paan/Meetha Paan
* Chai (Tea)
* Gola Gandha
* Khoye Wali Kulfi
* Cone Ice Cream
* Pop Corn
* Sugarcane Juice
* Badaam ki Sardai
There are many private companies in various cities of Pakistan that provide guide services to the tourists. But it’s better to ask your hosting company to provide a guide, if you travel privately. In most of the itinerary packages, the service of guide is already included. For more information, please visit @ www.pakistanbikers.com
First of all get references from your friends, living In Pakistan. If you don’t have any, then go to Trip Advisor and find a reliable company by searching reviews. You can find good companies on Facebook by reviewing their Pages and groups. We are creating a single forum with all the relevant facilities. The link is given below;
Lowest Tour Packages are available for the Back-Packages. The cost is usually 550USD for an eight day tour to Pakistan. But if you’re a group of three or more persons, more money can be saved on sharing basis.
Yes, in Pakistan this facility is provided by several private companies. We also provide luggage drop off facility at Back-Packers Hostel & Guesthouse, Islamabad.
You can find and meet fellow tourists and travellers in Islamabad in Back-Packers hostels and guesthouses. In this regard, Back-Packer Hostel & Guesthouse, Islamabad is a fine place for travellers meet-up.
There are many money changers in Rawalpindi/Islamabad. A few of them are follows:
> Pakistan Money Exchange – Islamabad
> Sundho Brothers Money Changer
> Western Union Money Changer Karachi Company - Islamabad
> Zarco Exchange Company (Pvt.) Ltd - Islamabad
> Global Money Changer - Rawalpindi
> Al-Hadi Currency Exchange - Rawalpindi
> Royal King Currency Exchange & Transfer - Islamabad
> Mughal International Money Changer – Islamabad
No, a foreigner cannot visit to Balochistan until he gets an NOC from the Interior Ministry of Pakistan.
To get an NOC, after having your Visa stamped, you will have to acquire a form from the Interior Ministry of Pakistan for visiting Balochistan. Fill this form carefully and submit it to the relevant department.
You hosting company can also arrange it for you.
Anyone who has a valid Visa can enter Pakistan through India via Wagah Border. The mode of transportation is either a car or bus. But cars/buses don’t cross the border and visitors must step down from the vehicles and enter through gate on foot.
For repairing a Motorbike, you can find a workshop on Committee Chowk, Murree Road Rawalpindi. For Sports bike, you can find spare parts and repairing services in Kamran Market, Rawalpindi.
Most of the governments have reservations over solo travelling of girls, yet it’s quite safe to travel to Pakistan. Just try to ensure a few things.
* Contact Pakistan Embassy in your home country for getting Visa.
* Gather ample information from reliable sources, before landing in Pakistan.
* Keep in touch with your family and local authorities, for seeking help in case of emergency.
* Travel by public transport rather than a private one. Get the ticket booked prior your tour.
* Get the room booked before arrival into Pakistan.
* Pakistani people are quite helping and hospitable. If any family offers you a stay, feel free to avail the chance.
* Mainly security is provided to escort the solo girl by the local authorities.
Hunza can be explored in two to six days. There are some points to ponder to get around Hunza.
* Stay at a central hotel, from where you could access all specific spots.
* Don’t confine yourself in the hotel. Just go out and explore the surrounding.
* Visit the ancient heritage.
* Socialize with the locals. Go to their homes for a closer look into their culture.
* Taste the traditional foods.
Pakistan is considered a hub for the Bikers. It’s quite easy to ride a bike in Pakistan, in the sense of travelling mode. Bikers can easily stop anywhere and set-up camping. However there are a few tips for the Bikers;
* Get a Bike from a reliable Biker company.
* Examine it carefully before getting ready for ride.
* Tie-up the luggage carefully.
* Wear a Helmet for safety.
* Cover your elbows, knees, and ankles.
* Carry a tool kit and gadgets for repairing motorbike.
* Keep the fuel and water level intact.
In Pakistan, you can hire a Taxi for moving around. In big cities like Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, you avail services of Uber and Careem.
To get Uber, you will follow some steps;
* Open the Uber App.
* Tap to car-and-clock icon.
* Provide pick-up information. For instance, pick-up date, time, location, destination, and ride type.
* Get fare estimation.
* Tap and confirm ride.
* You can edit or cancel schedule any time before ride.
* If you get sick, first of all you should have a stock of necessary medicines in your luggage.
* If you’re travelling with a company, try to tell your tour guide immediately. He can call a doctor.
* If you’re travelling privately and staying in a hotel, inform at the Reception. They must have a doctor’s services at the hotel.
* If you’re a Back-Packer and staying in a Camp, try to find out a local. He can help by telling you about a nearby doctor, Dispensary or Hospital.
An NOC is a permit to visit the restricted areas of a country. These areas are either restricted for security or any other specific reason. Interior Ministry of a certain country allows limited no. of persons to enter that territory and often monitor the activities, for the safety of the visitor by Police escort.
Tourists are not restricted from photography, yet there are a few ethics for the visitors which must be followed.
* Don’t capture any prohibited building, Army installations etc.
* Don’t take pictures of women in any area, especially in KPK.
* Don’t ever try to sway the privacy or social norms of the area.
For paying a visit to Azad Kashmir, foreigners need to get an NOC from the Interior Ministry of Pakistan.
Your hosting company can also arrange the NOC on request, two months prior a visit.
Kashmir is a safe area, yet it requires an NOC.
* Some areas of Sindh are not safe and need a Police escort.
* Balochistan is restricted area for foreigners and allowed visit only through getting an NOC.
* KPK is safe.
* Punjab is safe.
* Gilgit-Baltistan is safe, yet some places need Police escort.
* Chitral is safe.
There are some vaccinations, which are recommended before travelling to Pakistan. WHO and CDC recommend following vaccines for the travellers;
* Typhoid * Hepatitis A & B * Rabies * Japanese Encephalitis * Polio * Influenza
The weather conditions may vary in different areas.
* In Sindh warm in summers, mild in winters.
* Balochistan, some areas are warm and some are mild in summers. Mild and cold in winters.
* Punjab, warm in summers and cold in winters.
* Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is mild in summers and cold in winters.
* Azad Kashmir is mainly warm and mild in summers, while cold in winters.
So it is advised to bring costumes accordingly. The collection should consists of lighter stuff for warmer areas to woolen material for the cooler places.
A woman should have been dressed decently which abides by the social norms of the Pakistani society. She could wear Trousers, Pants, Shalwar-Kameez, Kurta and long Skirt. Head covering is not necessarily essential.
A foreigner should bring PKR or Pakistani Rupee on arrival in Pakistan. But if they bring Pound, US Dollar, Euro or any other currency, they can change it from the Money Exchanger.
Currently Nationals of 5 countries k can avail E-Visa and Visa on Arrival which can be obtained by visiting https://visa.nadra.gov.pk and those 5 counties are:
1. Malaysia 2. United Arab Emirates 3. Turkey 4. England 5. Saudi Arabia