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Discover Pakistan & the Karakoram Highway

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Overview

Discover Pakistan & the Karakoram Highway

Travel the Karakoram Highway along the route of the fabled Silk Road
Come face to face with ancient Indus Valley civilizations at Moenjodaro
Answer the call of a million-dollar mosque with rocketing minarets and tent-like design
Wind along narrow roads from Peshawar to the legendary Khyber Pass

In This Guide:

Six authors beating every possible path for over 70 weeks of research
Packed with detail, including history and culture analysis, safety advice and the best Himalayan treks
Comprehensive coverage of the entire country and beyond, from Karachi into China's Kashgar
Content updated daily: visit lonelyplanet.com for up-to-the-minute reviews, updates and traveler suggestions

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781741045420
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Series: Lonely Planet Travel Guides Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.66 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents


Pakistan Highlights     4
Destination Pakistan     12
The Authors     13
Getting Started     15
Itineraries     19
History     26
The Culture     41
Food & Drink     58
Environment     63
Islamabad & Rawalpindi     71
History     72
Orientation     72
Information     73
Sights     77
Activities     80
Tours     80
Festivals & Events     80
Sleeping     80
Eating     83
Drinking     85
Entertainment     85
Shopping     85
Getting There & Away     86
Getting Around     87
Around Islamabad & Rawalpindi     88
Margalla Pass     88
Taxila     88
Wah Gardens     90
Hasan Abdal     90
Murree & the Galis     90
Punjab     94
Lahore     96
History     96
Orientation     97
Information     97
Dangers & Annoyances     102
Sights     102
Activities     109
Courses     110
Tours     110
Festivals & Events     110
Sleeping     110
Eating     113
Drinking     115
Entertainment     116
Shopping     116
Getting There & Away     117
Getting Around     119
Around Lahore     120
Wagah     120
Hiran Minar     120
Nankana     121
Sharakpur Sharif     121
Changa Manga Wildlife Reserve     121
Southern Punjab     121
Bahawalpur     121
Lal Suhanra National Park     125
Cholistan     125
Bhong Mosque     126
Uch Sharif     127
Panjnad Head     128
Multan     128
Dera Ghazi Khan (DG Khan)     133
Around Dera Ghazi Khan     134
Harappa     134
Pakpattan     136
Faisalabad     136
Lahore to Islamabad     137
Balochistan     139
Quetta     142
History      142
Orientation     142
Information     144
Dangers & Annoyances     145
Sights     145
Activities     145
Sleeping     146
Eating     147
Drinking     148
Entertainment     148
Shopping     148
Getting There & Away     149
Getting Around     150
Around Quetta     150
Hanna Lake & Urak Valley     150
Hazarganji-Chiltan National Park     150
Ziarat     151
Around the Region     152
Quetta to Sibi     152
Sibi     152
Mehrgarh     153
The Afghan Border     154
Quetta to Karachi     154
Quetta to Dera Ghazi Khan     155
The Makran     155
Sindh     157
Karachi     159
History     160
Orientation     160
Information     160
Sights     164
Activities     167
Sleeping     168
Eating     170
Drinking     171
Entertainment      171
Shopping     171
Getting There & Away     172
Getting Around     173
Around Karachi     174
Manghopir     174
Chaukundi     174
The Interior     174
Karachi to Hyderabad     174
Hyderabad     175
Around Hyderabad     176
Great Thar Desert     176
Hyderabad to Sukkur     176
Moenjodaro     176
Sukkur     179
Rohri     179
Kot Diji     180
Azad Jammu & Kashmir     181
Muzaffarabad     183
Neelam Valley     185
Jhelum Valley     185
Bagh, Poonch, Kotli & Mirpur Districts     186
North-West Frontier Province     187
Peshawar     190
History     191
Orientation     191
Information     192
Sights     193
Tours     196
Sleeping     196
Eating     197
Shopping     198
Getting There & Away     198
Getting Around     200
Around Peshawar     200
The Khyber Pass      200
Darra Adam Khel     202
Kohat     203
Bannu     203
Dera Ismail.Khan (DI Khan)     203
Mardan     204
Around Mardan     205
Swat District     207
History     208
Mingora & Saidu Sharif     209
Around Mingora & Saidu Sharif     213
Khwazakhela & Shangla Pass     214
Upper Swat     214
Dir District & The Lowari Pass     217
Chakdara     217
Around Chakdara     218
Timargarha     218
Dir Town     218
Around Dir     219
Lowari Pass     219
Chitral District     220
History     220
Accommodation     222
Drosh & the Shishi Valley     222
Chitral Town     222
Around Chitral Town     227
Garam Chashma     228
Kalasha Valleys     228
Upper Chitral     233
Karakoram Highway     235
Hazara     244
Haripur & Havelian     245
Abbottabad     245
Thandiani     249
Mansehra      249
Kaghan Valley     251
To the Babusar Pass     255
Mansehra to Batagram     256
Batagram     256
Indus Kohistan     257
Thakot to Besham     258
Besham     258
Alai Valley     259
Dubair Valley     261
Pattan     261
Around Pattan     262
Kayal Valley     262
Dasu & Komila     262
Dasu to Shatial     262
Shatial     263
Gilgit Region     263
Darel & Tangir     263
Shatial to Chilas     265
Chilas     265
Chilas to Gilgit     267
Astor Valley & Nanga Parbat     268
Haramosh Valley     271
Bagrot Valley     271
Gilgit Town     272
Around Gilgit     280
Naltar Valley     281
Punial, Ishkoman, Yasin & Ghizar     282
Baltistan     284
The Gilgit to Skardu Road     286
Skardu     286
Around Skardu     290
Deosai Plains     291
Shigar     291
Khaplu      292
Hushe & Masherbrum Views     293
Hunza & Nagyr     294
Gilgit to Chalt     294
Chalt     295
Chalt to Ghulmet     296
Minapin     298
Aliabad     298
Karimabad (Baltit)     299
Around Karimabad     305
Ganish     306
Upper Nagyr     306
Gojal & The Khunjerab Pass     307
Gulmit     308
Passu     310
Shimshal Valley     313
Passu to Sost     313
Sost & Afiyatabad     314
Chapursan Valley     315
Misgar     316
The Khunjerab Pass     317
The Road to Kashgar     317
The Khunjerab Pass to Tashkurgan     318
Tashkurgan     318
Tashkurgan to Kara Kul     320
Kara Kul     320
Kara Kul to Kashgar     321
Kashgar     322
Around Kashgar     330
Trekking in Northern Pakistan     331
Suggested Itineraries     332
Getting Started     334
When to Trek     334
What Kind of Trek      334
What to Take     336
Maps     336
Costs & Money     337
Permits     337
On the Trek     337
Daily Routine     337
Guides & Porters     337
Sleeping & Eating     339
Women Trekkers     339
Safety on the Trek     339
Responsible Trekking     340
Health     341
Chitral & Ghizar     341
Gokhshal An & Doni An     342
Donson Pass & Kundyak An     344
Thui An     345
Gilgit & Diamir     346
Diran Base Camp     346
Fairy Meadow     348
Nagyr & Hunza     349
Pakora Pass     350
Rakaposhi Base Camp     351
Rush Phari     352
Ultar     353
Gojal     355
Avdegar     355
Batura Glacier     356
Shimshal Pamir     357
Pamiri     359
Kilik & Mintaka Passes     360
Baltistan     361
Humbrok     362
Directory     364
Transport     382
Health      395
Language     403
Glossary     414
Behind the Scenes     417
Index     421
World Time Zones     430
Map Legend     432
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