With a fascinating history and a rich cultural legacy, Pakistan is a terrific travel destination. The country has beautiful mountain ranges and landscapes, historical buildings, and numerous religious and military landmarks. Check out some of the country’s best known attractions.
Located in Iqbal Park, Lahore, Minar-e-Pakistan, a public monument, is among the most popular historical attractions in Pakistan. The tower was constructed to commemorate the day when Pakistan resolution was passed. The Minar reflects a perfect blend of Mughal/Islamic and contemporary architecture. The stainless steel dome at the top of the monument allows the visitors to enjoy the panoramic views of the city. Adding to the beauty are eight marble fountains at the entrance gate.
Also known as Jinnah Mausoleum or National Mausoleum, Mazar-e-Quaid, in Karachi, is the final resting place of the Muhammad Ali Jinnah along with his sisters Fatima Jinnah and Liaquat Ali Khan. Constructed in the 1960s by the famous architect Yahya Merchant, the place comprises of curved arches, copper grills and domes. Annual military parades take place at the Mausoleum on special days including Independence Day (14th August), Jinnah’s birthday (25th December), Jinnah’s Death anniversary (11th September) and Pakistan Day (23rd March).
Located in the northwest corner of the city, the Lahore Fort is a famous historical attraction of Pakistan. The popular 17th century fort consists of 21 monuments dating back to the Mughal era. A traditional Mughal architectural marvel, the Lahore Fort features some of the most notable buildings and structures including the Akbari Gate, Alamgiri Gate, Diwan-i-Aam (Hall of Public audience), Jahangir’s Quadrangle, Khwabgah (Sleeping Chamber) of Shah Jahan, Moti Masjid, and Lal Burj.
Wazir Khan Mosque
Situated in the Walled City of Lahore, Wazir Khan Mosque is yet another famous attraction of the country. Built in 1641, the mosque is considered to be one of the most beautiful Mughal structures in the subcontinent. Wazir Khan Mosque features small minarets on each corner with a courtyard in the centre.
Built under the Afghan king Sher Shah Suri, Rohtas Fort is located in the city of Jhelum. The fort features 12 gates, several baolis, the Shahi Mosque and the Rani Mahal. Some of the decorative features of the fort include stone carvings, calligraphic inscriptions, glazed tiles and machicolations. The former garrison stands today as a classic example of a perfect amalgamation of Pukhtun and Indian architecture in Pakistan.
Located in Bahawalpur district of Pakistan, Noor Mahal is a 150-year old structure. Constructed in 1875, Noor Mahal today functions as a preservatory of the things used by Nawab and their families, including old swords, currency notes and coins.
Located on the outskirts of Lahore, Badshahi Mosque is one of the most iconic historical attractions in Pakistan. Built by Emperor Aurangzeb in 1673, it is the 5th largest mosque in the world. After the end of Mughal era, the structure was used as a garrison by the British. The mosque features an entryway to the complex, a courtyard, prayer hall and four minarets at four corners.