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21 Cool Things That You Should Know About Pakistan

Madi Kh

Madi Kh

Madi Kh is the Local Contributing Writer at Global Storybook (Pakistan & Australia).

Madi was born in Pakistan, raised in the Middle East and is now getting settled in Australia. She loves nature, books, animals, and photography.

She has been writing travel blogs for many years, sharing her experiences and traveling tips with the world. Of all the places she has been to, her most memorable and favorite destinations include Istanbul and Queenstown (New Zealand).

She is here to share all the beautiful things about her birthplace Pakistan and her new hometown in Australia.
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Whenever I ask my friends living overseas to come and visit Pakistan, their answer is somewhat skeptical.

“I’m scared of terrorism there.”

“I find it unsafe.”

“My parents won’t let me visit Pakistan as they think it’s dangerous.” 

These are the statements that I hear from them, and I don’t blame any of them for their thinking.  Pakistan is often portrayed as an unsafe country, particularly for the tourists, because of the increasing violence.  Amidst the negative images of Pakistan, there are hundreds of positive things about this nation that vanished in the recent clashes.

Media does not frequently show the positive sides of Pakistan.  However, there are many exciting things that might blow your mind and change your perception of this beautiful destination.

Panorama of Wazir Khan Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan - Global Storybook

The stunning Wazir Khan Mosque in Lahore, the capital of Pakistan

Every year, almost a million tourists visit Pakistan.  People who dare to come here, don’t find it unsafe at all.  And since their visit, their impression of this country changes forever.

“Not only has Pakistan been one of the friendliest countries we’ve visited, it’s also been one of the most beautiful. Exploring the north along the Karakoram Highway has been an absolute treat – I’ll never forget my time in this spectacular country”, says Sophee Southhall from Australia in her Facebook post.

As a local, I strongly think that the world needs to know the positive sides of Pakistan.  So here is a brief list of some of the most interesting things that you should know about Pakistan (of course, there are many more):

1. Pakistan is home to the World’s highest paved international road – the Karakoram Highway.  This expressway connects Pakistan and China and offers stunning views to its passengers.

Karakoram Highway, Pakistan - Global Storybook2. In addition to the highway, Pakistan has the second largest salt mines in the world. The Khewra Mines date back to 320 BC and we, Pakistanis, are proud to have it.

3. Another worth mentioning fact about our country is that we have the world’s highest Polo Ground.  The Shandur Top in Gilgit-Baltistan has the highest polo ground situated at the height of 3700 meters.

4. Pakistan has many breathtaking natural attractions for the tourists to explore.  From the gorgeous Hunza Valley, the Biafo Glacier, the iconic K2, to the spectacular Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan is home to a countless number of awe-inspiring places.

Hunza Valley in Autumn season, Northern Pakistan - Global Storybook

The beautiful Hunza Valley in Autumn

5. Pakistan’s National Anthem tune takes the first place among all the world countries.  If you haven’t heard it yet, then do it now, and you’ll see why this song is at the top of the list.

6. World’s second tallest peak, K2 – is in Pakistan.  Furthermore, the country is home to some of the highest mountain ranges, including the Karakoram and the Hindu Kush.  K2 is located on the border between Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan and Xinjiang in China.

K2, the second highest mountain in the world. Karakorum Range, Pakistan - Global Storybook

The iconic K2 – the second highest mountain in the World

7. Our national drink is Sugarcane Juice which is sold everywhere in Pakistan.  And yes there are many other delicious drinks that you will get to taste in our country.

Extracting sugarcane juice and boiling it to prepare treacle (Gur) using old traditional methods, in Larkana, Pakistan - Global Storybook

Extracting sugarcane juice and boiling it to prepare treacle (Gur) using old traditional methods, in Larkana. Photo: Asianet-Pakistan/shutterstock.com

8. Pakistan has the world’s largest and deepest sea port.  Gwadar port holds great economic significance for Pakistan, and it’s expected to continue doing so in the future.

9. We produce hand-stitched footballs for the tournaments around the world.  Pakistan provides more than 50% of world’s footballs a year, which keeps the Football Tournaments going around the world.

10. Pakistan’s Grand Jamia Mosque in Lahore is the 7th largest mosque in the world.  It is also the biggest mosque in Pakistan with the capacity to hold more than 70,000 attendees at the same time.

Grand Jamia Mosque, Bahria Town, Lahore, Pakistan - Global Storybook

Photo: Burhan Ay/shutterstock.com

11. Another impressive fact about Pakistan is its Edhi Foundation, which is the world’s largest non-profit organization.  Founded by Abdul Sattar Edhi in 1951, the foundation runs world’s most extensive ambulance network.

12. Changa Manga in Pakistan is the world’s largest man-made forest.  Planted in 1890, Changa Manga is now one of the most popular places in the country, visited by hundreds of people daily.

13. Pakistan’s Indus Basin is the largest irrigation system in the world.  It’s the backbone of the agricultural production in the country.

14. Can you guess which nation has some of the sexiest men in the world?  Yes, it’s Pakistan.  Our men always make it to the top 5!

fruit and vegetables seller in a village of the Besham, Pakistan - Global Storybook

Photo: Chirawan Thaiprasansap/shutterstock.com

15. Adding spices to fruit salads is very common in Pakistan.  In fact, Pakistanis love to eat spicy fruit salads.  You should try this sweet and tangy combination on your visit to the country.

16. Tharparkar Desert is the only fertile desert in the world!  And it’s located in Pakistan.  This iconic dessert is around 10,000 years old, and it’s part of the Sindh province.

Tharparkar Desert, Pakistan - Global Storybook17. Pakistan has the world’s longest glacial system – the Biafo Glacier.  You will find it in the stunning region of Gilgit-Baltistan, which is definitely worth a stop.

18. Pakistani cuisine is very diverse, and it caters to various kinds of tastes.  From spicy biryani to Italian pasta to Afghan kebab –  Pakistan has all sorts of delicious platters to fulfill your hunger cravings.

19. Pakistanis are some of the most hospitable people in the world.  Our locals will strive to give you the best and most memorable time here.  Be assured that you will be taken care of well when you visit Pakistan.

Photo: EASYWAY/shutterstock.com

20.  Whatever you need – you can get it from the street vendors in Pakistan.  From delicious food to clothes, shoes, and jewelry, you can buy everything from our local sellers.

21. Pakistani weddings are not only lengthy but are also very entertaining.  Full of fancy clothes, delicious food, bright colors, customs, and traditions – Pakistani weddings are a lot of fun.

Pakistan is one of the most beautiful, and underrated countries in Asia.  Its rich culture and vibrant environment can make anyone fall in love with it quickly.  Being a proud Pakistani myself, I want to show the world the brighter side of my country, which media hardly portrays at all.  I hope these few points will change your perception of Pakistan and you’ll realize how much this country has to offer!

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