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What do you know about Pakistan? A quick Google search might yield results about politics and business. But this country has so much more to offer than just political headline news, often portrayed in a negative light. Pakistan is rich in history, culture, beautiful mountains, lakes, and delicious food. So, close your laptop, pack your bags, and go check out these top 5 must-do’s in Pakistan.

Chaukhandi Tombs

Sure, cemetery visits are fun, but you’ve never seen the Chaukhandi Tombs. This “cemetery” is more like a necropolis. Instead of little headstones that jut out of the dirt, you’ll see elaborately carved sandstone tombs. The dry climate has kept these stones in great shape over the last few hundred years.

Khewra Salt Mines

This salt mine is the second largest in the world. You can tour the underground caverns and experience the working conditions of people in the past. This mine is famous for producing a pink version called the Khewra salt. There’s also a little mosque in the mine that’s completely made out of salt bricks. 

Hingol National Park

If you want to experience the natural wonders of Pakistan and the Khewra Salt Mines weren’t enough, then head to Hingol National Park. There, you’ll be surrounded by steep mountains jutting up like natural skyscrapers. You may even spot an ibex, one of the coolest goats in the world. One look at its giant horns and you’ll understand why it’s one of the toughest herbivores out there. 

Nihari for Breakfast

You can’t go to Pakistan without trying Nihari, one of the tastiest and best breakfasts in the world. Spices are sauteed in a pan and mixed with animal fat, vegetable oil, chunks of beef, and homemade butter. You eat it with a bit of lime and some ginger. For many travelers, this dish has changed their world!

Lassi: Churned Buffalo Butter

Lassi is churned buffalo butter. It is a rich, creamy dish that most people make from scratch. Order it and watch the churning process. Some people like it plain, almost like yogurt with ice and sugar. Others will add all sorts of seasoning, herbs, and flavors to their lassi. Try out all of them to see which you prefer!

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