Pakistan is surrounded by Iran from West, Afghanistan from North, China from East and
India and Arabian Sea from South.
Pakistan has three seasons: cool, hot and wet. In South, cool season brings dry days and
cool nights while the northern mountains get drizzle and plummeting night time
temperatures. Hot season is hot and humid in South, but pleasant temperature in North
regions. During the wet season, South regions have steady rain, mostly in the narrow belt
of the Punjab from Lahore to Islamabad. But further north, high mountains block all but
the most determined clouds, which means relatively little rain falls there.
Full country name: Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Area: 887,700 sq/km
Population: 124,8 million
Capital city: Islamabad
People: 56% Punjabi, (also Punjabi, English,
Religion: 97% Muslim, 3% Christian and Hindu.
Language: Urdu, Punjabi and English.
GDP: US $ 282 billion
World GDP ranking: 41st
GDP per head: US $ 434
Annual growth: 4.7%
Major industries: agriculture, textiles, cement, fertilizers and steel.
Visas are required by nationals most European and English
speaking countries. A Pakistan Visa allows you to enter the country up to six months from
the date you get it, and stay up to three months from the date you enter. However, if you
stay longer than 30 days, you are required to register at a foreigners registration
How to get
You could get there by air, sea or earth.
As there is no safety roads, most tourists use train and airplane to get around Pakistan.
train, airplane and bus.
Inside cities: bus, minibus, taxis and motorcycle taxi.
Currency: Pakistan rupee
Cheap meal: US $ 2 3
Restaurant meal: US $ 7 10
Cheap room: US $ 4 5
Hotel room: US $ 10 15
220 V, 50 HZ
Publications, radio and TV are in Urdu; only some limited Publications are in English.
Telephone, Telegraph, Post, Telex, Fax, Mobile, E-mail, Internet.
Government: 8 16
Shopping: 9 13 and 16 21
Weekend: Friday and Saturday
The pleasures of Pakistan are old: Buddhist monuments, Hindu temples, Islamic Palaces,
tombs and pleasure grounds, and widely spaced Anglo mogul Gothic mansions some in a
state of dereliction which makes their grandeur even more emphatic. Sculpture
by Greco Buddhist friezes, and crafts by ceramics, jewelry, silk goods, engraved
wood work and metal work. Even Pakistan's flotillas of vintage Bedford buses and trucks,
mirrorBuffed and chrome sequined, are dazzling work of art. Traditional
dances are lusty and vigorous; music is either classical, folk or devotional; and the most
patronized literature is a mix of the scholastic and poetic.
Embassies are placed in Islamabad.