Destination Pakistan 2007

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The Place to Be

The Tourism Ministry of Pakistan has designated the year 2007 as the "Destination Pakistan" year to promote the cultural heritage and scenic beauty of the Pakistan. The year round festivities would provide a unique blend to tourists from all over the world and special packages will be offered to overseas Pakistanis and their children for visiting Pakistan.

From the virgin beaches in Gwadar to the 'throne room of mountain gods' in the Karakoram, Pakistan is a country of unmatched natural splendours. It houses 150 million hospitable people belonging to an array of cultural background, some as old as 9000 years. Ranging from snow-covered mountains in the north to vast lush fields and forest resorts, Pakistan is also a destination for religious tourism. Pakistan has the roots of the famous Silk Route, six out of eight highest peaks in the world and the Indus Valley civilization. Pakistan is a hospitable country and the people of Pakistan want to share their culture, cuisine, music and art with the rest of the world.

Pakistan has five highest peaks out of 14 in the world and there are tremendous chances for hiking, mountaineering and many other sports. Therefore to facilitate the trekkers, the Ministry of Tourism has announced a wholesale 50 per cent discount in royalty fee on mountain peaks rising above 6,500 meters (e.g. regular fee for 8611 meters high K2 is US$12000). The Ministry has also rolled out an ambitious plan of around 52 events all over the country, and has developed a prioritized marketing plan targeting specific tourist generating countries. During 2007, trekkers will be allowed direct chartered flights access to Skardu, which already has Pakistan's longest airstrip capable of handling all kind of aircrafts. Private sector airlines will be encouraged to operate flights to the mountain areas.

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K-2 (8106 Metres) - The Second Highest Peak of the World

The Kafir Kalash - People of the Lost World

Lahore - The City of Festivities

Balochistan - Home to Fossils of the Baluchitherium (Indricotherium Transouralicum)

The Magical brushstrokes of Sadequain and Chughtai

The land of near extinct Snow Leopard and Brown Bear

Destination Pakistan 2007 Highlights

January 2007

14 Lahore Marathon
15 21 Pakistan Tourism Fair, Lahore (Get to know more about Pakistan)
17 18 Competition of Brass Bands (Experience Music, in the Military lifestyle)

February 2007

4 5 Sibi Mela (An event portraying the rich and diverse culture of Baloch)
10 15 National Skiing Championship, Malam Jabba
16 18 Thar Desert Festival with a culture programme at Umarkot Fort, Sindh.
18 23 Jashan-e-Baharan (Spring festival)

March 2007

2 12 International Extreme skiing (free ride) competition, Naran
8 10 Cholistan Jeep Rally with a culture programme
8 9 Channan Pir Festival
15 Mehrgarh Conference, Quetta
15 20 Spring Blossom Festival, Northern Areas
23 25 Tour of Islamabad (A thrilling cycle race)
26 31 Gandhara Week (Historical review of the Buddhist civilisation, sound & light show, Taxila)

April 2007

11 14 Baisakhi, Hasan Abdal
12 24 Adventure/extreme sports, Deosai plain
12 13 Baisakhi Mela (festival at Sakhi Sarwar)
24 26 Train safari: Khewra salt mines with a cultural programme

May 2007

11 15 Chitral and Kalash Festival
16 21 White Water rafting, Azad Kashmir
25 27 SAARC tourism mart, Karachi

June 2007

9 Golden jubilee celebrations of the First Ascent of Broad Peak (8047m)

15 July 15 Pakistan women Kushek training/expedition, Hunza
22 29 Shogran Festival
15 30 August Pakistan Broad Peak Golden jubilee expedition
25 27 Hunza Festival & The Tourism Convention

July 2007

7 9 Shandur Polo Festival
10 15 Karakorum Car Rally
15 17 Broghil Festival
23 28 Mountain Marathon (AJK- Kaghan)

August 2007

12 14 Freedom Jeep Rally, Gaddani Beach
14 60th Independence Day

September 2007

1 3 International Mountain Marathon, Hunza
1 6 Silk Route Festival, the Northern Areas
3 6 Sufi Festival at Sehwan Sharif
7 9 International Mountain Bike race, Kaghan
10 11 International Mountain Tourism Conference, Islamabad
1012 Karakorum International Film Festival, Islamabad
20 24 Painted Truck Caravan, Karachi to Khyber
27 World Tourism Day Celebrations, Peshawar

October 2007

9 14 Hot Air Ballooning Competition, Islamabad
21 28 Journey through Time: Sound & Light Show with a cultural event at Moenjodaro
15 20 Jashan-e-Sahil, Gwadar

November 2007

1 Jashan-e-Azadi Gilgit celebrations
1 13 A walk through historic times (step on the trail of Alexander the Great, through Pakistan)
2 11 Birthday celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev Jee at Lahore, Hasan Abdal & Nankana Sahib)
10 19 International Paragliding Competition, Islamabad, Swat and Azad Kashmir
21 27 International Festival of Performing Arts, Lahore
24 World Buddhist Congress & Festival of Asian Arts and Crafts, Islamabad

December 2007

1 Pakistan Cultural Train Safari, (Peshawar to Karachi)
24 Christmas celebration, Lahore
30 Tourism Convention & the Closing Ceremony, Islamabad

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