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Pakistan

  • Getting there: Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport (KHI), Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport (LHE), and Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto International Airport (ISB) are the main gateways into Pakistan by air.
  • Capital city: Islamabad.
  • Population: 192.129 million.
  • Religion: Islam.
  • Language: Urdu, English.
  • Currency: Pakistani rupee (PKR).
  • Climate: Pakistan’s seasons are: winter, (from November to March) which has warm days but cold nights and the higher mountains experiencing heavy snowfalls; summer (April to July) has very high temperatures with low humidity, and the monsoon season (July to September) with the highest rainfall occurring in the hills. There is always a lot of sunshine countrywide and year-round.
  • Transport: The transport system is a mix of trains, buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws in the towns though all of them will be chaotic and crowded. The more comfortable way to get around would be to hire a car and driver or air travel.
  • Best time to travel: For travel to most of Pakistan, the temperate winter months between November and April are best.
  • What to wear: Pakistan is conservative, so clothing that is revealing or tight should be avoided — for women this means covering shoulders and knees. A good option would be to dress local in the shalwar kameez — a long full-sleeved tunic top with loose fitting pants — which would also help protect from the sun and mosquitoes.
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