Pakistan is a beautiful mix of people, cultures, traditions and places. The richness of the land and the hospitality of its people are our nation’s biggest assets. From mesmerizing landscapes to some of the highest peaks in the world, from world-class football production to the deepest ports, Pakistan is home to some truly fascinating sights and achievements. Our country has been blessed with a rich history, with one of the oldest civilizations in the world originating from this land. This, coupled with the overwhelming love and generosity of its people, makes Pakistan a truly fascinating place and in this year’s calendar, we invite you to join us on a journey of fascination.
K2 is located on the China-Pakistan border between Baltistan, Pakistan and Xinjiang, China and has a recorded height of 8,611 m. The name K2 was given in 1852 by British surveyor T.G. Montgomerie with ‘K’ designating the Karakoram Range and ‘2’ since it was the 2nd peak listed. There is a base camp located on the Pakistani side from where all the major climbing routes begin.
The mine is located in Khewra, Punjab which is situated in the Salt Range, an outer range of the Himalaya Mountains. It was discovered in 320 BC when Alexander the Great’s troop’s horses were found licking the stones. Famous for its production of pink Himalaya salt, the mine is a major tourist attraction which also features a masjid built with multi-colored salt bricks.
The Karakoram highway passes through the Karakoram mountain range at a maximum elevation of 4,714 m near Khunjerab pass. It is a 1,300-kilometre long national highway which crosses into China and becomes China National Highway 314. Due to its high elevation and difficult conditions in which it was constructed, it is sometimes referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World.
The highest lake in Pakistan, Rush lake is also one of the highest alpine lakes in the world. The breathtakingly beautiful lake is located in Nagar Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan, near Rush Pari Peak, at an elevation of 4,694 m. The viewpoints from the lake are spectacular, nearby hilltops presenting a clear view of the peak of mount K2. Interestingly, during the year the lake remains covered with snow for nine months and for the other three months, its water gleams gorgeously under the sun.
Located in the South-eastern part of Sindh, the Thar Desert covers 30,000 sq. km. and extends into Punjab. It is the most densely populated desert in the world. The main occupation of the people is agriculture and animal husbandry. A rare combination of sand dunes grazing and traveling herds makes the desert a beautiful and lively sight to behold.
This Glacier, in the Karakoram Mountains of Gilgit Baltistan, is 67 km long with a depth of one mile. Biafo glacier meets the Hispar glacier at height of 5,128 m and the two glaciers form a highway of ice stretching more than 100 km including a lake called Snow Lake. The ice in the lake has depth of more than 1.6 km and is considered one of the largest ice caps in the non-polar regions of the world.
Masjid-e-Tooba, also known as Gol Masjid, is located in Karachi. The construction of the mosque began in 1966 and was completed in 1969. Built with pure white marble and mirror work, its dome is 72 m in diameter with no pillars to support it. It is balanced entirely on a low surrounding wall, an architectural feat. The masjid was built keeping acoustics in mind so that a person speaking inside at one end of the dome can be heard at the other end.
The Deosai National Park is a high-altitude alpine plain and national park, at an average elevation of 4,114 metres above the sea level, in the Northern Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. It is a plateau of mesmerizing beauty and immense ecological value. In Spring, it is covered by sweeps of wild flowers and a wide variety of Butterflies.
Also the largest dam by structural volume, Tarbela Dam has a surface area of approximately 250 sq. km. Built across the Indus River in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, it is located in the Swabi and Haripur Districts. The dam was completed in 1976 and was designed to store water from the Indus River for irrigation, flood control, and the generation of hydroelectric power.
Recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records, the Edhi Ambulance Network was founded by the late Abdul Sattar Edhi in 1951. The network owns 1,800 ambulances as well as a number of rescue aircrafts and boats. They aim to ensure an average response time of 10 minutes and their dispatchers respond to over 6,000 calls every day. The Edhi Foundation also plays a key role in rescue and rehabilitation missions in the event of natural disasters.
Sialkot is renowned the world over for its thriving sports goods industry since the 1980s. Many major international brands are sourcing their supply of footballs from this export-oriented city. The city produces 40-60 million footballs a year, roughly 60% of the world’s production. Footballs made in Sialkot have been featured in many international tournaments, including the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The yard is located across a 10 km long beachfront at Gadani about 50 km Northwest of Karachi. The yard consists of 132 ship-breaking plots. In the 1980s, Gadani was the largest ship-breaking yard in the world, with more than 30,000 direct employees. More than one million tons of steel is salvaged here every year, and much of it is sold domestically.