Today's Pakistan was born from the partition of the British Empire of India in 1947. But the history of this part of the Indian subcontinent is obviously much older and some sites that bear witness to this rich past are still very well preserved. This is the case of Mohenjodaro, the centre of the five-thousand-year-old Indus civilization, or Taxila, the central Buddhist place where students and pilgrims came from Central Asia and China between the 1st and 5th centuries AD. At a crossroads, Pakistan has continuously attracted conquerors, migrants, traders, travellers and religious, some of whom, such as Buddhists or Mughal, have left invaluable cultural and architectural traces. Pakistan, which suffers from its reputation as a terrorist country, attracts few tourists. It is therefore sometimes almost alone, and with this feeling of being extremely privileged, that the visitor will tread these soils rich in history, where cultures, religions, languages and traditions mix.
The hospitality of the inhabitants :
Pakistan suffers from a negative image, which the inhabitants deplore. So when they meet the few foreign visitors who are still venturing into the country, they are often keen to prove to them that the terrorists so often reported in the international media represent only a tiny minority of the 200 million souls that inhabit Pakistan. As a general rule, you will often hear this magic formula "You're my guest" which will automatically transform you into a prince (sse). Invitations to eat, drink tea, visit a place, gifts... Everything will be done to make you feel at home. And, after some time spent in this warm country, that's probably the feeling you'll get!
© Dominique Auzias & Jean-Paul Labourdette