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1. Posted by cesca (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

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I'm travelling in India by myself and I'm thinking about going to Pakistan. what do you think? possible to go there as a blond girl?

2. Posted by Mohammad_Amir (Inactive 160 posts) 9y

ya... b prepared to hear lots of blond-gull-jokes ...

From india, u wud b comin to Lahore, so its all clear... then islamabad is fine too... nothing peculiar if u keep ur distance from certian areas... its more or less like India.... if u tell the areas u r planning to include in ur itinerary, v mite suggest accordingly... :)

cheers and have a safe trip ...

Rola

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Cesca

I would invest in a good travel book. Always a good idea, when going to a culture, which is vastly different from ones own. Travel books will give info, about safety etc.
The ones I suggest are
Lonely Planet
Rough Guide
Lets Go
On a Shoestring
They are available from most bookshops, around the world.

Mel

4. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

avoid the baluchistan area and direct border areas with afghanistan (rebellious groups). beware in Sindh and Karachi. the area is known for criminal activity. the rest is safe and u will get the normal harassment by men as in countries like India and Egypt. which is crappy but the risk that u are willing to take.

blond gull jokes? just jokes? hahahahaaaa

5. Posted by landlooper (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

This is not difficult and risky as people try to scare others about traveling in Pakistan. Pakistan is much safer than India and this is the season for tourists so it’s a good time to visit Pakistan. But if you are coming from India you should come by plane if it is possible otherwise you will face a non-comfortable journey till Lahore. Then you got a lot of interesting and sound places to visit. If u need any further detail about Pakistan you can contact me.

You can get Pakistani Visa from High Commission of Pakistan in New Delhi, India
2/50-G, Shantipath, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi, India
Phone: 91 11 2611 0 601, 2611 0602
Fax: 91 11 2687 2339, 2688 8330, 2688 8353

Good luck and have great trip.

Regards

Farhan

6. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting landlooper

This is not difficult and risky as people try to scare others about traveling in Pakistan. Pakistan is much safer than India and this is the season for tourists so it’s a good time to visit Pakistan.

i wouldn't say much safer then India. better keep your eyes open. yesterday were killed 15 people in Quetta in a courtroom. in karachi there are incidents regurlarly. u must be crazy to move around the Afghanistan borderarea. for the rest the country seems safe enough. Lahore, Multan, Rawalpindi/Islamabad is all safe.

7. Posted by landlooper (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

Travellers are not concerned with such incidents, this is something else. Who will go to such areas like quetta and Khyber egency????? these are quite different areas and travellers even normal pakistani people never visit these areas

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 18, 2007, at 6:33 AM by landlooper ]

8. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting landlooper

Travellers are not concerned with such incidents, this is something else. Who will go to such areas like quetta and Khyber egency????? these are quite different areas and travellers even normal pakistani people never visit these areas

so better give a warning, isn't it. i would personally being interested.

9. Posted by selani (Budding Member 46 posts) 9y

Very interesting question cesca. I don't know of any visa policy or cultural bias against blonds.Thanks to modern hair colors, pakistani men have become quite familiar to blond hair( but a natural blond will be a refreshing change). So blond hair will be absolutely no problem.

However, pakistanis are a bit sensitive to women dress code. Jeans/ T- shirts are OK in big cities like lahore, karachi and islamabad but not desireable when travelling. Dress modestly, too reaveling dress might bring offensive stares/ remarks. I would recommend if you buy a shalwar/ Kameez suit ( cost app. 10 $).
It is not only the traditional dress for women here but also it is very convenient dress for travelling.

Pakistani men do stare a lot more out of curiosity rather than ill will. Best solution- ignore them as if they don't exist. But if it gets too much, politely tell them that you mind.

As for blasts and other stuff, no need to worry if you are not from Taliban or CIA.

10. Posted by selani (Budding Member 46 posts) 9y

[Who will go to such areas like quetta and Khyber egency????? these are quite different areas and travellers even normal pakistani people never visit these areas
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What a strange comment. Travellers and normalpakistanis not only go there but also live, work and do business there. I consider myself as normal and have gone to all these places many times.

My guess is that you are from Karachi.