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Pakistan Country profile
Official Name : Islami Republic of Pakistan
Capital : Islamabad
Largest City : Karachi
Population : 153 million (UN Estimate)
Total Area : 796,095 km2 (36th) 307,374 sq miles
Currency : Pakistan Rupee (Rs)
Official language : Urdu
Regional languages Balochi, Pashto, Punjabi, Saraiki, Sindhi
Pakistan tourism had suffered the hardest in 2011. There were some groups from Japan and other countries in the north eastern region of Gilgit Baltistan. An estimate is that about 5000 tourists have visited Pakistan in 2011.
2012 Looks a bit better as the security situation in Pakistan has improved. Comparing to 2010 there were less than half causalities in the country related to terrorist attacks and in 2012 the government has taken good measures to control the threats of security in the country. This has overall impacted positively on the tourism industry of Pakistan.
Arrival Targets for 2012
Governemnt had a major change in the tourism department last year. Now the tourism has become a mater of individual provinces. Till the writing of this report none of the tourism Authorities have announced any targets or expectations.
The only active Private firm “Travel & Culture Services” has set their own target for arrivals which is around 8000 foreign tourist during 2012 an about 10000 local domestic tourists.
Pakistan mainly is a warm country specially during the main peak tourist season. However it is a country that offer complete four seasons starting with blossom to the change of colors in Autumn
Best time to Visit
Pakistan offers a holiday for any season. The Northern Pakistan, which offer high mountain valleys history and culture, is ideal between March & September while southern Pakistan, which offer history culture and beauty is ideal from September to March.
Pakistan is fairly a large country the major cities of the country are Karachi Lahore Islamabad Peshawar and Quetta while there are also other places that are located at different distances and are worth visiting. Following is the chart of Distances in Pakistan.
|To & From||Distance||To & From||Distance|
|Karacho to Lahore||1200||Karachi to Sukkur||500|
|Karachi to Multan||800||Karachi to Hyderabad||170|
|Multan to Lahore||348||Lahore to Islamabad||288 & 330|
|Lahore to Murree||338||Lahore to Faisalabad||143|
|Lahore to Mirpur AJK||211||Lahore to Sargodha||172|
|Lahore to Sialkot||112||Lahore to Sukkur||802|
|Islamabad to Peshawar||180||Islamaabd to Abbottabad||120|
|Islamabad to Besham||275||Islamabad to Muzaffarabad||138|
|Islamabad to Murree||64||Islamabad to Jehlam||120|
|Islamaabd to Kohat||185||Islamabad to Saidu Sharief||268|
|Islamaabd to Gilgit||610||Islamaabd to Skardu||750|
|Gilgit to Hunza||100||Gilgit to Chilas||130|
|Gilgit to Skardu||176||Gilgit to Chitral||200|
Hotels in Pakistan
With tourism in general hotels have also been hit hard due to the security situation. No new hotels came during the year 2011. The existing star hotels have also remained static and the rates were somewhat unchanged since the beginning of 2011 till the end.
Pakistani hotels offer special rates to touroperators based on the volume they produce. Usually the rates remain unchanged except for any special event when the hotels are fully booked.
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