Take the road less travelled by visiting a country that many will bypass for the more popular destinations in the east...
Pakistan is an ancient land, with history dating as far back as 2500BC. Nowadays, it is a diverse and thriving land of contrasts, from the mountainous regions of the north to the arid deserts of Sindh and the golden beaches on the Indian Ocean coast.
Getting around the country is easy, as there are good transport links between major cities such as Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi. Car hire is available at the major airports, including Islamabad Benazir Bhuto Airport (ISB), Lahore Allama Iqbal International (LHE), Karachi Jinnah International (KHI) and Peshawar Chacha Khan International (PEW). Choosing a 4x4 vehicle is the perfect way to explore some of the more rugged areas of Pakistan, including the Himalayas, which is the ideal destination for those who love hiking and climbing.
Before travelling to the country, it is wise to check the Foreign Office website for travel advice on the area, as the country can suffer from the occasional threat to security. This should not deter you from visiting, however, as aside from one or two areas that experience problems, the country as a whole is welcoming and friendly to tourists.
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Pakistan has horizons that seem to go on forever. Whichever way your compass points, you are bound to be impressed...
It is said that to understand the country, one must visit Lahore, the cultural hub of Pakistan, wherein you can find ancient architecture and fine art, underneath a layer of the hustle and bustle for which Pakistani cities are renowned.
Hiring a car allows the visitor to explore the country at their own pace, taking in those sights that appeal the most. The National Parks are ideal for those who love to get in touch with nature and, with 14 to choose from, each being an area of outstanding natural beauty, driving yourself means that you can set your own itinerary. Try to see Magalla Hills National Park during your stay.
The roads in Pakistan vary from dirt track to smooth-surfaced highways, dependant on what area you are in. But, on the whole, the main roads provide the opportunity for great adventure for anyone who chooses to rent a car in Pakistan. An iconic road is the Khyber Pass, which snakes its way through the mountains from Pakistan to Afghanistan and is one of the oldest passes known to man. The Great Trunk road also has a place in history as one of Southern Asia's oldest roads, serving to connect regions of the Indian subcontinent for over two millennia.
Pakistan car hire companies will advise on the best vehicle for your needs, but whatever your plans, you should not miss the opportunity to drive along the highest paved international road on the planet; the Karkoram highway. A popular tourist attraction in itself, the road connects Pakistan to China and lies at an elevation of 15,397 feet.