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visitors to Pakistan.
The Islamic Republic of Pakistan became an independent state in
1947, and until December 1971 it included the province of East Pakistan; now Bangladesh.
Countries neighbouring Pakistan are: Iran,
Afghanistan, China and India.
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Although freedom of religion is guaranteed by the constitution,
the amended constitution defines Pakistan as an Islamic nation; with Islamic Shana law the
supreme law of Pakistan.
Hindi, Urdu & Bengali
Filled to the brim with Hindi, Urdu and Bengali phrases on everything from hiking to
shopping and eating out, this essential phrasebook will make your trip to India and
Pakistan much more enjoyable.
The official language of Pakistan is English. While the
national language of Pakistan is Urdu, Punjabi is probably the most widely spoken.
The Hindu Kush mountains extend through parts of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan.
Over twenty peaks exceed 7,000 m. The highest point, Tirich Mir (7,690
m), is in Pakistan.
You're entering another world when you come to the North-West
Frontier Province of Pakistan; it's almost Afghanistan.
The religion of Islam is so strong here, that even the three-wheeler
motorbike taxis have covers on the passenger sections to hide the women from view.
Near the entrance to the Khyber Pass, this ancient trading settlement
was known as Purushapure. Today there are many gun shops in Peshawar, and they do a
roaring trade with their neighbours.
The Peshawar Museum houses an important collection of sculpture from
the ancient Gandhara civilisation.
Accommodation in Peshawar
Pearl Continental Peshawar:
Khyber Road, Peshawar.
Overlooking the famous Peshawar golf course and the historic Bala Hisar Fort.
This is the most important pass connecting Afghanistan and Pakistan; Peshawar to Kabul.
For centuries the Khyber Pass was used by aggressors heading to India.
During the Afghan Wars, in the 19th century, there were many
skirmishes here between the armies of the British Raj and native Afghans.
In January 1842, about 16,000 British and Indian troops were killed.
In the 1980s, when Afghanistan was occupied by the Soviets, the Khyber
Pass was a major supply route to the Afghan guerrillas.
The capital of Pakistan, is in the north of the country; on the
Potwar Plateau, near Rawalpindi.
The site of Islamabad was chosen to replace Karachi as the capital of
Pakistan in 1959. Urban planners set to work, and the new city became the official capital
A lot of the construction work wasn't completed until the mid-1970s
Of the modern buildings in Islamabad, the most notable are the
National Assembly Building, and the home of the President; known as Pakistan House.
The Faisal Mosque, built in 1985, was designed to look like a desert
tent. Its four surrounding minarets are all about 90 m high.
Accommodation in Islamabad
6 Islamabad Club Road.
Hotels in Islamabad,
Rawalpindi was used as the provisional capital of Pakistan from
1959 to 1967, while construction was being completed in Islamabad.
The distinct culture that flourished on the Rawal Plateau some 3,000
years ago attracts the curious tourists today.
Accommodation in Rawalpindi
Continental Hotel Rawalpindi:
The Mall Road, Rawalpindi.
As the only deluxe hotel in Rawalpindi and given its close proximity to archaeological
sites, historical monuments and fascinating hill stations, the Pearl Continental Hotel
Rawalpindi serves as a transit hub for the visiting tourists; offering a blend of warm
elegance and gracious hospitality, to serve up a distinctive character of its own.
Hotels in Rawalpindi.
Lahore is the cultural capital of Pakistan; offering a wide range
of cultural activities.
Lahore was probably at its greatest during the time of the Mughal
Empire (1526- 1707) and there are many architecturally significant buildings and monuments
from this time.
Getting to Lahore
Mini-coaches run to Lahore from Karachi.
Accommodation in Lahore
Continental Hotel Lahore:
The Mall, Lahore.
The only five-star deluxe property available in Lahore, all guest rooms are decorated with
sumptuous antiques and artwork and have luxurious marble bathrooms with separate shower
and oversized bathtub.
Hotels in Lahore.
The Karakorum mountain range is in the Himalayas, between the
northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, and north-western Pakistan.
The range includes K2 (8,611 m), the second highest peak in the world.
The Kahmir border area between Pakistan and India has also been the
scene of snowy gun- battles between the two disputing cousins.
Karachi is Pakistan's largest city, located on the Arabian Sea.
The port, centred on the island of Kiamari, also serves as an outlet
for landlocked Afghanistan.
Karachi was a small fishing and trading centre when the British
captured it in 1839. Karachi grew in importance under the British; for the export of
cotton and grain from the Indus Valley.
There is a long beach in Karachi, but it is rather dirty and better
suited to camels. It can get busy on a Sunday.
After independence many Muslim refugees from India settled in Karachi,
and in recent years the former capital has seen bombings and riots between rival
political, religious, and ethnic groups.
Accommodation in Karachi
9 Abdullah Haroon Road, Karachi.
Continental Hotel Karachi:
Club Road, Karachi.
Member of the Leading Hotels of the World.
Hotels in Karachi.
The tomb of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan, is in Karachi.
Indus Valley Civilisations
The National Museum of Pakistan displays important materials from the
Indus Valley civilisations; one of the world's first great civilisations, similar to the
Bronze Age cultures of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Crete.
The Indus Valley ruins of the ancient city, Mohenjo-daro (in the
southern province of Sind, south of Sukkur), date back to 2500 BC.
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