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1. Posted by Adrock (Budding Member 55 posts) 8y

I want to go to Pakistan this Jan-Feb and was wondering if anyone has been there, what is it like as far as places you can go and places not to go. Can I get a visa at the boarder or in India somewhere.

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 8y

Hello Adrock:)

I emailed your question to my friend who has just travelled over land from India to Austria via Pakistan.
Here is his reply.

no visa on border!!!!

visa in new dehli (with letter of recommondation of own embassy)
visa takes in new delhi 2-3 days
cost depends on own nationality
visa usualy for 3 months...

BUT: importan to check the situation now (political problems in the last time)
get information if your own embassy gives you letter of recommondation now....
no visa without letter of recommondation from own embassy (if making visa in foreign country like india)!!!!!!

possible to travel in most parts of pakistan.....
good rule: everything more east (next to india) more liberal
all areas next to afghanistan (tribal-areas) are very conservativ!!!!!

hindukush possible to travel but lots of conservativ moslems...
for example often question: are you moslem? are you american?
but i met some american travellers in the hindukush too.....

very safe part to travell: karakorum highway!!!!!!!!!!
north of gilgit on the karakorum highway are most people "ismaili" and they are more liberal....
karakorum highway is very safe to travel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

just dont spent to much time in pakistani citys, because they are ugly and if there are bombs then in the citys!!!!!
DONT travel in the swat-provinz (only if you want to get a fundamentalist koran moslem)

hunza-valley (north of gilgit) is the paradise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
amazing nature in the hunza-valley!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
and no problem to travel there.....

just good to wear in pakistan the "moslem-dress" (wich every man wears there)
possible to buy everywere..........

all together i had a better feeling to travel in pakistan then in india!!!!!
not so many tourists and not so busy......

but the most beautiful part is the karakorum highway and there it is really relativ safe!!!!!!!!

visa-extension is very easy!!!!!!!!!!
visa-extension is for free!!!!!!!!!!!!
most easy in gilgit (extension for 3 months, if you ask you can also get a multy-entry visa extension)!!!!!!!!
can make extension usualy 2 times at the same office...
special there are some japanese wich stay in since a loooooooooong time in the hunza-valley........

met some travellers wich went to afhanistan!!!!!!!
afghan-visa takes in peshawar 2-3 hours!!!!!!!
they are happy that some one wants to visit afghanistan.....
BUT better spent time in pakistan and wait some years till you go to afghanistan
there is still a war going on........

travelled in nepal, india, pakistan, iran, turkey,..... back to europe....
north-pakistan was my favourite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
just ckeck in internet how the weather is in jan/feb.....
because the hunza-valley is high up...
for example karimabad is on about 2400 meter (in the valley)...............

ohhhhhhhhh north-pakistan is the real paradies......
and very cheap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
need less then 10 euros a day for a good life!!!!!!

and all this mountains there............ wuuuuaaahhhhhhh

3. Posted by landlooper (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y

ya 90 % of the below information is correct, but i would like to make a little amendments.

No dressing problems, most of people in pakistan wear western dresses.

No conversation problem, u can easilly find english speaking or atleast understandable person everywhere. Much better than China...

In the Jan/Feb Old tombs and custom areas are best to visit, and after April Northern Areas are full of tourists from Eu.

Swat is a little complicated area, but the other areas are stable...

If you need any local information you can contact me..

4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Having just read the report on the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, I would rethink going to Pakistan at this time. Pakistan is going to have a difficult time ahead of it and I would not want to be there to see it firsthand.

5. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 8y

Just read about the assassination, this is shocking news :(

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 8y

Quoting Erik85

Just read about the assassination, this is shocking news :(

Yeah truely shocking. :(
Here is a discussion we are having about it in the Off Topic.

7. Posted by spiritual (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Come on there is nothing to see in Pakistan it is a real crazy place is said that al queda have centeres in 98 countried ...and pakistan is one of their most important centers ...its like that starbucks.:).....and in pakistan borders they are having terrorist training camps....and benazir butto was going to stop them all...thats why she was assasinated .....and it is the hobbie of militants to kidnap foreigners...especially americans please dont go.....go to India ....far better than pak...


8. Posted by Mohammad_Amir (Inactive 160 posts) 8y

spiritual's post is kinda funny, i enjoyed it... :)

March/April is the start of hiking and trekking season, not many has got a chance to trek in Mighty Himalayas & Karakorams.... its just AMAAAZING.... reaching the base camp of one of the highest peaks in the WORLD is just WOW...

elections(polls) are announced to be held in mid Feb, so there might be some polictical happenings that you might not to get involved in. Rest all is OK, there are rough places in every country, u can get mugged/killed/stabbed even in Manhattan NY... and yes, there is definitely loads of difference between Pakistan & Afghanistan...


cheers & have a safe trip...

9. Posted by Mohammad_Amir (Inactive 160 posts) 8y

here are some pictures that my friend took when we did the Nanga Parbat base camp trek via Fairy Meadows...

Nanga Parbat is one of the 8-thousanders, and nineth highest in the world...

man i just fell in love wid it.... !!!!

10. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 8y

Are the borders still open Rola Jutt?
Between India and Pakistan and between Pakistan and Iran?
A lot of people travelling overland seem to be worried that these borders will close.


[ Edit: Edited on Jan 4, 2008, at 3:04 AM by Mel. ]