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Attractions from Pakistan

The city of Gilgit (Gilgit)
Gilgit is the administrative base of the region, and is full of tourists from May to October, all seeking some better food-standard than what can be found in the rest of the region. It is also a great place to observe the locals, coming to the town to trade, and you're just as peculiar a sight to them, as they are to you.
Lok Virsa Museum (Islamabad)
Lok Virsa, the country's best ethnographic museum, is a world-class museum and definitely worth a visit if you want to understand the people of this strange country better. Besides the people's history and remains, there is also a section with traditional handicrafts in clay, wood and textile. Here you can see how the souvenirs you buy should actually look like.
Shah Faisal Mosque (Islamabad)
The largest mosque in Asia, with room for 100,000 worshippers. This bombastic marble mosque cost US$ 50 million, whereof most came from Saudi Arabia. Tourists are always welcome, so be discrete and avoid the midday prayer, especially on Fridays.
The parks (Islamabad)
Enjoy the calm of the Islamabad's many parks, while watching the world go by. Shakarparian Park has a section with a lot of sculptures and a fantastic view of both cities (Islamabad and Rawalpindi).
Dhobi Ghat by the river (Karachi)
Go out to this place early in the morning and see Pakistan's largest laundry! A 3-4 km long riverbank is converted into a laundry, where people wash and dye clothes and textiles, while chatting and telling stories. Don't be surprised if you're offered a cup of tea with milk.
The district of Saddar (Karachi)
Karachi's city centre and main shopping area. Here, you can find anything from leather goods to gingerbread and Chanel perfume. Stroll around the various areas and observe the everyday life. There's a new experience around every corner.
The mosque Masjid-i-tuba (Defence housing society mosque) (Karachi)
Most people are impressed by this building, which has the world's largest dome, with a diameter of 72 metres. It is built in white marble and has thousands of mirrors embedded in the ceiling as small stars, which gives it a very special touch.
Balistan region (Karakoram (North Pakistan))
An hour south of Gilgit and off the Karakoram highway is this region, known as "Little Tibet", which is due to the large concentration of Tibetans, who came here as early as the 18th century. Today, a lot of different people live here and it is an adventurous experience to travel from village to village, watching the street life.
Hunza Valley (Karakoram (North Pakistan))
Hunza is a valley, which breaks the mountain range on Karakoram Highway. The hospitable locals welcome you to this beautiful area, which is more open to tourists and more developed than other parts of the country without having lost its original Pakistani charm. The curved rivers flowing through the brown mountains with snow-clad peaks make it easy to understand why somebody think that this is Shangri-La, the lost paradise.
The mountains and the people (Karakoram (North Pakistan))
The primary reason to go here is not the cultural sights, but the mountains; the rough, desert and some places fertile and green mountains, along with the friendly people who live here. See a broad, toothless smile on the face of an old man, whose face has been marked by the wind and weather, the burning sun and the bitterly cold frost. This is also a great place to go trekking.

Area and city attractions

• Gilgit
• Karachi
• Lahore
• Peshawar

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