General Guidance

The national currency of Pakistan is the Pak Rupee (PKR). Coins are issued in 1, 2, 5,and 10 rupee denominations while banknotes come in 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000, and 5000 rupee values.

What to buy?

ATMs exist in most areas and accept major credit cards. It is to be mentioned that many world renowned brands get their products prepared from Faisalabad which has got one of the largest textile industries of the world. You can find cheap products of these brands at local stores. You can buy leather goods like shoes, jackets and bags. Also buy sports goods like cricket bats, balls, kits, footballs, sportswear and almost anything related to sports you can imagine. To mention, Sialkot produces 90 percent of the world’s sports goods and is the largest provider of sports equipment to FIFA for the World cup.

Pakistan produces economical and high quality musical instruments. Buy Arabian, Afghan, Iranian and Pakistani carpets. Buy Wood Carvings such as decorative wooden plates, bowls, artwork, furniture, and other miscellaneous items. Traditional and modern design jewellery are also unique to buy. Buy gems, handicrafts (Ajrak from Sindh, Blue pottery from Multan, Clay pottery from Karachi), glassware, brassware, marble products, crystal works and antique. Also buy pashmina, rugs, wool-shawls or wraps.

What to Eat?

Food tends range from mild to spicy depending on where you are. In general, most of the food that you find in the high end hotels is also available in the markets (but European-style food is generally reserved for the high end hotels). You can get diverse dishes, ranging from vegetables to meat-food. Desserts are also distinct to this region. Food chains have also popped up throughout Pakistan. They include, KFC, Pizza Hut, McDonalds, Subway, Nandos, Mr. Cod, Papa Johns and Dominoes etc.

Where to stay?

Pakistan, as a middle income country with a sizeable middle class and significant domestic tourism industry, has a decent range of hotels covering all price ranges and it depends the budget you have. Pakistan offers a wide range of accommodation. Modern, well equipped chain of hotels like Sheraton and Avari(at Karachi & Lahore), Pearl Continental hotels(at Lahore, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Bhurban and Abbottabad), Marriott(at Karachi & Islamabad), holiday Inn(at Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Islamabad), Serena Hotels(Islamabad, Lahore, Faisalabad, Quetta, Gilgit, Hunza, Saidu Sharif), Pine park Hotels(Naran, Shogran, Khannain), Greens hotel (Nathia Gali, Abbottabad, Peshawar)Shangrila Resorts (Naran, Chilas, Skardu) offer good services and facilities. Pakistan Tourist Development Cooperation (PTDC) also operates two hotels and 29 motels throughout Pakistan. There are rest houses at most of the stations and valleys, maintained by either by Provincial Forest Department, Public Works Department (PWD) or by the local administration. Advance booking is recommended.