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The Islamic Republic of Pakistan, also known as Pakistan, is a sovereign country in South Asia. It is the sixth most populous country in the world with 180 million people, and has a size 1.5 times bigger than France, making it the 36th largest county in the world in terms of area. Bordered by India to the east, Afghanistan to the west, Iran to the southwest, and China in the far northeast, the country is separated from Tajikistan by Afghanistan's narrow Wakhan Corridor to the north, with one shared marine border to Oman. Its capital is Islamabad.

Pakistan is a federal parliamentary republic consisting of four provinces and four federal territories, is an ethnically and linguistically diverse country, and has a varied geography and wildlife. Moreover, it is an ancient and current crossroad, with the trade routes of the Khyber and Bolan passing between it towards Central and South Asia.

What to see & do

Lahore Fort – Built, damaged, demolished, rebuilt, and restored several times before being given to its current form by Emperor Akbar in 1566, the fort is the number one attraction of the Old City of Pakistan. It was modified by Jehangir in 1618 and later damaged by the Sikhs and the British, although now it has been partially restored. It is believed that the site conceals some of Lahore's most ancient remains, and that its layout has been compared with the other great Mughal forts at Delhi and Agra in India. It has an appealing idyllic and 'abandoned' atmosphere, and although it is not as opulent and elaborate as many of India's premier forts (which served as its inspiration according to many beliefs), it still is a beautiful palace to wander around. The fort today holds a museum which can supply knowledge about the Mughal Emperors Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan, and Aurangzeb.

Mausoleum of Sheikh Rukn-I-Alam – Lying just inside the main entrance to the fort, the Mughal masterpiece called the Mausoleum of Sheikh Rukn-I-Alam is the final resting place of Rukn-ud-Din Abul Fath, more commonly known as Sheikh Rukn-I-Alam (translated as Pillar of the World). He was the head of the Suhrawardiya Sufi branch of Multan, and was introduced to the region by his father Baha-ud-Din Zakaria. The mausoleum is built entirely of red brick and timber, and is tastefully and artfully executed, with brilliant mastery of the squinch or a small arch across the corner of a tower masking transition from square to dome. Its sheer beauty and uniqueness is unlike any other, and just by looking at it induces some artistic feel – even though it is a tomb.

Badshahi Mosque – Completed in 1674 under Aurangzeb as the Mughal's final architectural build, the beautiful Badshahi Mosque is one of the world's largest mosques, and probably one of the most beautiful, elaborate, and structured. Complete with huge gateways, four tapering minarets of red sandstone, three vast marble domes, and an open courtyard, it was damaged by the British but was later restored.

How to get around within Pakistan

Buses occupy a large portion of travel between the cities in Pakistan. A decent bus network is created for tourists and locals, and it is quite easy to catch one even at night. Auto rickshaws are also available and convenient for travel within the city centres, while the railways are another option. Make sure to carry a map around when travelling, and avoid going out when the sun sets – it gets dangerous by then.

How to get there

The Jinnah International Airport is Pakistan's largest international and domestic airport located in Karachi in the Sindh province. This is the main gateway to Pakistan, and is supported by the Allama Iqbal International Airport, the second largest civil airport in Pakistan. The latter was opened in 2003. If travelling to Pakistan, make sure to monitor the news first and be updated on the latest situations as it is quite dangerous to travel without any background knowledge as to where to go. Cheap flights can be booked from Skyscanner, the online resource of the cheapest flights.

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