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What to See and Do in the Most Celebrated Cities of Pakistan? Guest Post

Going on a road trip across the shifting terrain of Pakistan is perhaps the dream of every Pakistani child, teen and adult. Having heard so much about our country’s diversity but not having experienced any of it urges one to take the first step forward.

We all claim to know and love Pakistan for what it truly is. But ask yourself; are you really aware of the undisturbed beauty of this precious land? Let’s take you around the major cities of the country to see if you do.

Karachi
Sea View - Dolmen Mall Clifton - Port Grand


When visiting the city of lights, the best place to start off is near the sea. Spend a relaxing beach day at Hawks Bay or Sands Pitt and entertain yourself with a relaxing camel ride. 

Karachi has some of the best shopping malls in the country. One noteworthy one would have to be Dolmen Mall Clifton. Enjoy the luxury of shopping with all your favorite brands under one roof, a huge food court with leading all the food chains, and a fun gaming zone.

Lastly, head off to Port Grand to enjoy a relaxing walk near the sea, and munch on some snacks on the way.

Other places you should visit in Karachi are PAF Museum, Mohatta Palace, Quaid-e-Azam Mausoleum and the restaurants at Do Darya. 

Islamabad
Faisal Majid - Damen-e-Koh - Car Ride up the Margalla Hills

The absolutely peaceful and serene city of Islamabad has amazing attractions within its confined boundaries that beautifully blend natural attractions with touristy elements. Start off the tour my offering the afternoon prayers in the iconic and majestically constructed Faisal Masjid. And take a moment to admire the grandeur of this monument and its beautiful green surroundings.

Next, pay a visit to the luscious forestry in Damen-e-Koh whilst munching on roadside snacks along the way. Enthusiasts can attempt to trek up the hill while leisure travelers can stick to a casual walk around the park. 

Lastly, end the day with a ride up the Margalla Hills while the roads continuously dance left and right. The ride up is very eventful and offers breathtaking views of the city.

TIP: There are many fine eateries located on top of this hill. Come here at sunset to watch Islamabad’s skyline magically shift colors

Lahore
Badshaahi Masjid – Liberty Market – Food Street – Wagah Border

Lahore is reputed to be the most welcoming city of Pakistan when it comes to hosting guests. These large hearted people are colorful and entertaining in all that they to do. To get a glimpse of this city at its finest starts your adventures from the iconic Badshaahi Masjid.

My personal favorite is the Badshaahi Masjid. Just stepping into this grand structure makes you wonder what ancients tales and stories have this monument lived to see and pass – You can even take internal tours within the Masjid. 

The beauty of this place is that it’s a 3 in 1 deal. A grand park has been constructed that connects Badshaahi Masjid, Lahore Fort, and Minar-e-Pakistan in a single file. This makes it increasingly convenient for locals to get around the attractions. 

You can’t claim to have explored Lahore if you haven’t feasted on some of the most divine dishes offered here. This city celebrates every occasion with food and has a variety of offerings for all festivals and meals. Visit the very famous food to get a taste of the city.

Lastly, make your way to the Indo-Pak border at Wagah and catching the flag raising/ lowering ceremony. The disciplined marches and parades, shouting crowds, and competing soldiers, all put on an incredible show 

With so many highlights all holding historic, cultural and scenic value it’s very hard to coin up a list of a finite number of attractions in the most celebrated cities of Pakistan. Do you have any more to add to the list?


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