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PAKISTAN YES or NO

PAKISTAN

How bad is it? How dangerous is it?

We have now been in Pakistan 17 days, travelled from Wagha border to Lahore, Lahore to Islamabad, Islamabad to the North West Frontier Province and the Northern Area Karakorum Highway as far as the huge land slide at Attaabad.
I saw on the Hubb a statement:” Pakistan the world’s best kept secret “. So far for us this has been a very true statement. Yes security is very strict, yes there are some troubled areas. However so far we are very pleased that we have ignored the many negative comments on the web and in the media.

Important Note;
Police and Army are very protective of tourists and where-ever there is some chance of trouble you will be escorted.
The scenery is absolutely stunning, and the people are the friendliest we have met in all the Stan Countries. Roads are good, food is great (after 20 weeks INDIA with chicken and mutton) with perfect steaks.

Most important is the fact that in Pakistan you have 2 very active bodies promoting Tourism

1. Pakistan Tourist Development Corporation, Managed by Tayyab Nisar Mir in Islamabad

2. MAP (Motorcyclists Association of Pakistan) with a very active Vice President Mukaram Tareen who also is a member of the Backpackers club of Pakistan.

It was Omar (Hubb regular) who invited us to his house to meet many Map members, and from here the support/help and information just flowed on.

Once we arrived in Islamabad Mr Tayyab organized a parking spot in Rawalpindi for us and took us out sightseeing on his day off. It became clear to us from all the local comments that travelling North was a must, so we did. But not before Mr Tayyab organized places to park the truck overnight.

It was Mukaram Tareen who waited for us on the ring road showing the way to his house and perfect lawn on the back where we could park. He organized a BBQ took us out shopping and sightseeing; no matter what we asked for all was sorted in no time.

So if you have doubts about Pakistan. speak to the people in the know. I have listed them below for your information.

All of them love to show you what Pakistan Hospitality is all about.

My opinion after 16 days in Pakistan:
GO GO GO enjoy superb scenery, very friendly people and a population that would love to see tourists come back to Pakistan,

2 other people who require a special mention are Atif Zahid and Akbar who build his own caravan (first one in Pakistan)


Tayyab Nisar Mir
Manager PTDC Islamabad
Cell: 0300-5048895
tayabmir [[AATT]] yahoo [[DDOTT]] com or info [[AATT]] tourism [[DDOTT]] gov [[DDOTT]] pk
He also organizes the escorts for you.


Mukaram Tareen
biker2rist [[AATT]] yahoo [[DDOTT]] com Vice president Motorcyclist Association of Pakistan Member of the backpackers club of Pakistan President Mid Country Tourist Club Cell phone +92-313-6777776 Facebook mukaramTareenJahangard


Atif Zahid (member of MAP) and drives a nice Landcruiser. http://facebook.com/evilati Atif Zahid | Nomads on two wheels


Akber (Member of MAP) and build Pakistan’s first caravan. amber [[DDOTT]] trading [[AATT]] gmail [[DDOTT]] com


Omar Khan, (Hubb name Omie) very helpful lives in Lahore.


Other info on Facebook MotorcyclistsAssociationofPakistan
RoyalRiders
MidcountryTouristClub
BackpackersClub

Cheers from wonderfull Pakistan
YOU NEVER NEVER KNOW IF YOU NEVER NEVER GO

FEARLESS

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There is only 1 truth, go and see...

Thats the truth..
Go and see..
Don't believe with your eyes closed.(Turkish saying)

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What a great world we(adventure travellers) have.

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Thanks for the Update

Thanks for the update.

My wife and I are planning our route and after reading some negative articles on the internet, my wife was having second thoughts about pakistan.

Been looking for a up to date report from somone who had been there recently.

This has made my mind up!

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Absolutely agree, Pakistan is still #1 for me, 11 years after the first (of several) visits.

Fearless - did you manage to sort out your NOC?

I would clarify one thing however - Pakistan is a fractious country, and whilst one area may be peaceful and perfectly safe, others can be far less so. The problem from the European point of view is that travellers must cross Baluchistan, which is evidently not so safe. I am the last person who would wish to put people off from visiting Pakistan, but at the same time travellers really do need to personally assess the situation along the Taftan - Quetta route. There is no alternative road to take (except Central Asia - China).

Once down to the main conduit along the Indus Valley Corridor, I would encourage travellers to spend as much time in Pakistan as possible, rather than fleeing into India.
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Absolutely agree, Pakistan is still #1 for me, 11 years after the first (of several) visits.

Fearless - did you manage to sort out your NOC?

I would clarify one thing however - Pakistan is a fractious country, and whilst one area may be peaceful and perfectly safe, others can be far less so. The problem from the European point of view is that travellers must cross Baluchistan, which is evidently not so safe. I am the last person who would wish to put people off from visiting Pakistan, but at the same time travellers really do need to personally assess the situation along the Taftan - Quetta route. There is no alternative road to take (except Central Asia - China).

Once down to the main conduit along the Indus Valley Corridor, I would encourage travellers to spend as much time in Pakistan as possible, rather than fleeing into India.


Very well said Dan. Although Pakistan is a huge country of 180 million people and mostly very safe, unfortunately there are some unstable areas. The good think is that the law enforcement officials and locals are ready to guide tourists to stay away from these areas.


Hopefully Pakistan will overcome these challenges soon.


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We really Enjoyed your Company here

Many tourist we found always in rush to cross Pakistan asap from either side, china or iran to get into India. Being on KKH is one incredible experience of life with sucha raw beauty and stunning mountans on road ride .
Thanx for visiting and wish you all the best for ur RTW tour.

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Hi All,

My wife and I are now on the way from Rishikesh, India to Amritsar. Will spend a few days in Amritsar before going into Pakistan through Wagah border in a few days time. So far from what we read in this thread, there should be no issue to enter and travel Pakistan.

We already have our Pakistan visa so I'm posing this question to double confirm that traveling into Pakistan with motorcycle and traveling on our own is still possible. We plan to travel from Amritsar to Lahore then Islamabad and later into Iran through Taftan/Meer Jawe crossing.

Any advise on the current situation in Pakistan is greatly appreciated.

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Dear Borneoman,
One important and pertinent piece of advice about Pakistan, “Just take it easy and enjoy”.

Pakistan is the world’s best kept secret, explore it for yourself.

Welcome to Pakistan and if interested in sharing travel stories, give me a call when in Lahore or preferably a bit earlier.

Have a nice trip.

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Thanks Omie for the advice and suggestion.

I have sent you a pm.

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Thanks Omie for the advice and suggestion.

I have sent you a pm.

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Borneoman
Hi Borneoman
You will love Pakistan, especially Karakorum and with Omar and the MAP members, Omar-Tareen-Akber-Atif and many others you will be perfectly looked after, and receive a wealth of information. Those guys also have the contact details Mr Tayyab from Pakistan Tourism. In all YOU WILL LOVE PAKISTAN, Its People, and the scenery. In any case we loved and were glad to meet Omar on the Hubb. Otherwise we would have een like so many others crossing Pakistan in 5 days. Now our 4 weeks were really not enough.

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Hi Borneoman
You will love Pakistan, especially Karakorum and with Omar and the MAP members, Omar-Tareen-Akber-Atif and many others you will be perfectly looked after, and receive a wealth of information. Those guys also have the contact details Mr Tayyab from Pakistan Tourism. In all YOU WILL LOVE PAKISTAN, Its People, and the scenery. In any case we loved and were glad to meet Omar on the Hubb. Otherwise we would have een like so many others crossing Pakistan in 5 days. Now our 4 weeks were really not enough.

Cheers
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Hi Fearless,

Our initial plan is to spend 2 weeks and after hearing your feedback, we definitely is looking forward to explore Pakistan longer. We are crossing into Pakistan on 9/5 and our first stop is Lahore. We will try to get in touch with Omie @ Omar in Lahore once we get there.

Good that you have shared the list of people to contact in Pakistan and I'm sure they would make our stay & travel in Pakistan more exciting and meaningful.

Cheers,
Borneoman
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Hi Fearless,

Our initial plan is to spend 2 weeks and after hearing your feedback, we definitely is looking forward to explore Pakistan longer. We are crossing into Pakistan on 9/5 and our first stop is Lahore. We will try to get in touch with Omie @ Omar in Lahore once we get there.

Good that you have shared the list of people to contact in Pakistan and I'm sure they would make our stay & travel in Pakistan more exciting and meaningful.

Cheers,
Borneoman
Hi Fearless,

He have crossed into Pakistan on Friday, 9 April. The Immigration and Custom processes were very smooth and these 2 authorities were very helpful and welcome us with open arms into Pakistan.

We went straight to Lahore after the border and already in our 4th day in this city of about 10 million people. I totally agree with those who have experienced Pakistan that the people of Pakistan are truly and genuinely friendly, humble and helpful. They make strangers like us feel welcome in their country.

We met Omar @ Omie and a few Lahorie bikers at Omar's house on 10 April and we had a wonderful time together.

On 11 April, MAP's President (Motorcyclists Association of Pakistan) Mukaram Tareen hosted another get together with more Lahorie bikers at his place. We received many good information about Pakistan and riding to KKH is a must do for us. We are glad that we have met wonderful fellow bikers in Lahore.

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