Although not always considered part of the Silk Road narrative, we believe Pakistan more than deserves a place in our pantheon of destinations.
As the UNESCO Silk Roads Project puts it – ‘Pakistan is enriched with one of the world’s oldest civilizations, a fabled high valley of vast glaciers and snow-capped peaks, the legendary gardens of Shalimar and a famed mountain pass whose name is synonymous with adventure. This, together with the remains and ruins of Moenjedoro, Taxila and early Muslim or Mughal civilizations, ensures the Silk Road heritage is obvious everywhere in Pakistan.’
For centuries, the southern part of the Silk Road network wound its way south from Central Asia, across some of the highest mountains in the world, down through modern Pakistan and then curved east into India (Hindustan) or continued south to the Arabian Sea.
Pakistani authorities are trying to revive the old trade routes through several diverse initiatives. These efforts received a boost with the opening, two decades ago, of the Karakoram Highway, a road which joins the remote northern reaches of the country with the Chinese Region of Xinjiang. Clearly the historical routes of trade and cultural exchange are very much still alive.
A delightful, friendly, surprising and hugely under-visited country, Pakistan – and in particular the North Western areas on which we focus – is certainly worth a visit. You’ll be amazed by not only the scenery but by the welcome that you receive.
We are currently finalising an itinerary (or possibly two) for the North Western Provinces – one by motorcycle and another by jeep. Please sign up to our newsletter to find out more.