Travel Guide Resources for Pakistan

Recommended Travel Resources

Travel Blogs/ Vlogs, Facebook groups, and travel guides are a good way of finding out further information about places, sites, and points of interest to visit in Pakistan. Unfortunately, there aren’t many reliable resources available, online or otherwise, for travel to Pakistan. But there are some useful tidbits hidden away if you know where to look!

Travel Guides: Pakistan Traveller by Tim Blight is the most comprehensive and recent travel guide on Pakistan. Insight Guides published a detailed guide book about Pakistan in 2020. Lonely Planet and Pakistan – Culture Smart are also good resources, but a bit outdated.

Facebook Groups: Female Pakistan Travelers, Backpacking Pakistan, and See You in Pakistan are good groups for travelers to get information and ask questions about traveling in Pakistan.

Pakistani Blogs and Vlogs: Salman Rashid writes extensively about Pakistan’s archaeological sites. Kamran on Bike is a Pakistani cyclist, photographer, and videographer. He shares experiences of his travels from around the world in his blog and vlog.

International Blogs and Vlogs: Alex’s blog Lost With Purpose and Samantha’s blog Intentional Detours are full of all kinds of information and stories about Pakistan from the perspective of female travelers. Tim Blight’s blog, Urban Duniya, offers a very informative insight from his cultural explorations of Pakistan. Against the Compass and The Broke Backpacker also cover Pakistan. As far as vlogs go, Polish female traveler Eva zu Beck and Canadian female biker Rosie Gabrielle have covered a variety of places in Pakistan in their vlogs. Migrationology, has a great series of videos on food in Pakistan, as does The Food Ranger.

Books about Pakistan: Sadat Hassan Manto’s work is excellent to get a bit of historical context about Pakistan. Beyond that, Mohsin Hamid is another excellent Pakistani author based in the UK, and William Dalrymple is a travel writer who has also covered Pakistan in his works comprehensively.

A few books about Pakistan we recommend:

  • Books about partition by Saadat Hasan Manto
  • Moth Smoke by Mohsin Hamid
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
  • A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif
  • My Feudal Lord by Tehmina Durrani
  • Travel books by Salman Rashid
  • Pakistan: A Hard Country by Anatol Lieven