But, when you break the news that you are backpacking Pakistan, you will probably be getting demoralizing response specifically if you talk about the media. Maybe, someone would say “Pakistan, are you kidding me?” be that as it may, truth is at odds with this statement. Alright, Pakistan has a bad reputation these days in particular if you talk about the tourism. Well, the truth hurts. But, where would you place the hefty hospitality and respect given by her people?
View From Sharda Fort, Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Pakistan
If you are in your salad days and stretching your legs for a magical country to hang your hat in, Pakistan is the place you shouldn’t miss out on. But, we won’t tell you there are no issues at all you may face while visiting Pakistan. By and large, can you be safe anywhere in the world these days? Off course not. In order to help you out with this, we have drawn up some fruitful tips that you must give a once-over to in order to make sure your trip is safe and the utmost exciting. Off you go!
The perfect time to travel to Pakistan?
If you are backpacking Pakistan to see mountains and to do trekking, the perfect time to visit Pakistan is from mid-April to mid-October. Be that as it may, snow covers Mountains for the rest of the year. That’s not the case with the monsoon. In fact, the perfect time to enjoy monsoon in Pakistan is from June to September.
The snowfall season of Balochistan covers all four mountains surrounding Quetta in a carpet of white. Other cities of the province, including Chaman and Ziarat, are also engulfed in the snow with cold gusts of wind blowing throughout the day.
For snow lovers, the winter season is ideal, from November to January. That being the case, you need to keep a close weather on the time before you visit Pakistan so that you can do for what you are paying a call on.
There are three things you will be needing to be the guest of this glorious country. That said, a Visa, a valid passport and a ticket and that’s it. You are free to become the guest of an incredible place full of love.
However, check out for any other requirements for your country from the Pakistan Embassy inside your hometown. Once you are gone through all the requirements, you are ready to leave. Off you go!
Food in Pakistan
There are no two ways about the fact that Pakistan has one of the delicious and spice packed cuisines around the globe. Visiting Pakistan means you are about to plunge in a spice-packed world for scrumptious Pakistani food. If you spend a moment just talking about the street food in Pakistan, it’s something not to be missed at any cost. Try out the street food if you stomach puts up with extra spice.
Make sure you eat freshly cooked feel that’s well covered up. In the case of water, always drink bottled water instead of tap water as water is contaminated throughout the big cities. Before packing your rucksack, speak to your doctor and tell them about your span of stay out there and put in for any medications, if required. There you go!
Traveling around Pakistan
Pakistan has everything to cater your needs of traveling around; buses, trains, flights, auto, taxis, everything. Pakistan possesses a broad-shouldered network of railways across the country. So, getting around is as simple as falling off a log. Always use public transportation instead of hiring a taxi (except for shorter distances) so that you can save a few more bucks.
Because, the taxi drivers tend to make some extra money if they found yourself a foreigner. Always ask for fares from the taxi and auto drivers before hiring the ride and try to make it as less as possible. Keep a close eye on all the stuff on you as there are plenty of pickpockets and scammers out there at bus stops and railway stations waiting for you.
Packing you rucksack
Before packing, turn less packing over in your mind and consider putting in the Spanish Proverb “On a long journey, even a straw weighs heavy”. We recommend packing as less as possible because you can find everything out there.
Yet, if you have excess luggage on you more than allowed by the airline you are traveling with, don’t worry about that either. These days, you can take the services from any of the cargo to Pakistan from UK Company to get your stuff transported timely and at less cost.
Keeping your cool
Well, that the thing requiring huge attention. Keep yourself calm and forget about the rest. You'll have a ball, and you will be won over by Pakistani hospitality.
That being the case, don’t let the things get into your head. If you lost anything, don’t get boiled over the situation. Keep your cool and think for a moment whether it is worth paying attention to the lost stuff. Straight after that, don’t get too much excited, too much angry or not much sad. Just balance yourself according to the situation will be hitting the nail on the head
Watch our for your dressing
Yes, you heard it right. Having said earlier, Pakistan is country with rich culture and traditions. That being the case, you must have to follow the dressing codes specifically if the areas are rural or remote which you are paying a call on. With that, it’s multum in parvo to take off your shoes before getting into religious places like mosques, shrines etc. Also, cover your head and body parts in case you are female backpacker. Try to look like locals to get even more appreciation and adoration from them.
Watch our for your dressing
One more thing, people do stare in Pakistan specifically if you are a female tourist. Pay no heed to the staring as they get excited when seeing a foreigner. Also, get ready to be asked for photos by the locals. In case you are not comfortable with this, just pass them a smile a say “No thanks” and that’s that.
Backpacking Pakistan for the first time can be a real mess. Be that as it may, giving the aforementioned tips a once over with a fine tooth comb would definitely get the job done.