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The historic principality of Jammu and Kashmir is split between the Pakistani Azad Kashmir ('free Kashmir') and the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. India and Pakistan have fought wars over the control of Kashmir and you can absolutely not cross the line of control which serves as the de facto border. Not only that, but as a foreigner you are are not even ...


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There's really only one choice: the Karakorum Highway. Regular buses travel between last Pakistani town on the highway, Sust, and Kashgar. The only caveat is that the highway is subject to closure during the cold season, so it is best to arrange for travel before November. Sust is not a particularly nice place, so if possible try and get tickets before ...


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It seems you'd be able to pull it off, but it'd definitely be extra hassle and you might be subject to extra scrutiny (not to mention the cultural tensions between the two nations). Visas The Pakistani government says about tourist visas: "A non-extendable tourist visa valid for 14 days is issued by Pakistan High Commission, New Delhi through approved ...


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In general, a NOC is a letter indicating the writer of the letter has no objection to the terms contained within said letter. Sounds very meta, but basically it's like saying 'I have no objection to what I'm writing about, and this is legal evidence stating so.' Now why would that be useful? Let's take a common example. A government employee wishes to ...


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I would recommend PTDC (Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation). They have very good travel plans for Northern Areas of Pakistan. You will have to reach Islamabad/Rawalpindi first. The best way to do that is to reach Quetta which is a border city adjacent to Iran. Then take a flight from Quetta to Islamabad. Road journey form Quetta to Islamabad may well ...


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Firstly It's legal to see dancing girl but it is not socially accepted in Northern part specially Swat and surroundings. Though they are not eliminated they still exist but Taleban stopping them as suggest this BBC story. And of course it is not impossible, It's a matter of value how much you give them. But reference can also work.


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While this Saudi Airlines page says: If the infant reaches the age of 2 years prior to their return journey, they must pay the applicable child fare, taxes, fees and charges for that part of the journey. In reality things are different, as long as the ticket is issued then it is ok and no one checks and the system only checks the date of the infant as ...


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According to this link there where 306 people climbing K2, 30 of which died. This would result in a fatality rate of ca. 10%. This table only includes actual successful ascents. This list lists 80 fatalities including those who died during the ascent. I couldn't find any number of attempted ascents though. On another note the success rate seems to have ...


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I don't have any experience on the Eastern side of the Himalaya, but I did some travelling on the Western side in China, in areas with high numbers of Tibetan people. As usually I did not plan or book anything but mostly stayed in hotels in towns, but a few times I also just walked in the mountains through some villages and when I asked people for a place ...


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I am local resident of Hunza living in Berlin. I think the best way is to get a local contact/guide who can travel with you from Quetta to Hunza. I would prefer to hire a local to and take public transport to travel. Once you are in Gilgit, you can travel all alone anywhere, any time to Hunza. It is safe!


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I'm afraid that Indian Rupees can't be used in Pakistan. From iatatravelcentre.com Currency Import regulations: Foreign currencies : unlimited. However, amounts exceeding USD 5,000.- (or equivalent) in cash, or USD 10,000.- (or equivalent) in traveller's cheques must be declared; Local currency (Indian Rupee-INR): INR 7,500.- for residents of ...


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I have heard of some people crossing in the south near Pishin - but it is not easy! The Pakistani authorities don't want you crossing the border in this area - I think they have some military stuff around there! There are alternative ways around, depending on where you want to get to. If you are heading to India, try the Oman route with a boat from Muscat ...


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I don't have a source which can help, but I do have experience. My father has traveled to Pakistan as an Indian Citizen several times and still holds a B1/B2 Visa for the United States. He has traveled to the United States twice. Expect being asked questions about your past travel. As long as your intentions for travel on both ends are/were fair and ...


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Insurance is not common in Pakistan. Even if you got insurance it take a lot time for claims if you need it. EFU is one of the big companies that provided insurance in Pakistan


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Lahore isn't far at all from the border and is a huge city, so if anywhere allows you to buy insurance, Lahore will. I can't seem to find any info on it immediately, but you could try talking to the chaps at The Regale Internet Inn who are just the nicest people you could possibly meet, they may well have the appropriate contacts. I can only imagine the ...


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From Quetta, you can take a train which travels to Punjab province. From there, you will almost certainly need to pass through Islamabad/Rawalpindi, which is the transit point to the Northern Areas and Azad Kashmir. The most dangerous parts of the country are northern Baluchistan, the North West Frontier Province and Sindh, but you will skip the worst by ...


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I am native Burushaski speaker but unfortunately we can't afford schools to teach Burushaski. The best way to learn such a language to work and live with locals and I would recommend Hunza (Karimabad, Aliabad) where you can find people who are interested in learning your language and in exchange they can help you learning Burushaski. We have an ...


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I am very interested in this question since I love languages myself. I spent quite long time trying to find an answer, searching all over the internet using English, Arabic and some Urdu. Unfortunately no teacher, course or school were found. Anyway, I found the Burushaski language page in the Endangered Languages Project site, which led me to the ...


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Currently, the most safe region is Hunza and towards China. Take a NACTO bus from Gilgit city. I don't think there any any issues related to security in the region. Afghanistan and Kashmir are not on the way to China :) The people there live above 2000m altitude, no terrorist can breath in these regions :). To enjoy and know more be with a local.


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Your options are legion. It's more a matter of how challenging you want to make it to yourself and how much time you want to spend. Assuming you refer to western Europe as your starting point, your easiest route would be: Western Europe - south east Europe - Turkey - Iran - Pakistan (though southern Pakistan can be unsafe). If you want to go through ...


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My Japanese friend tried this week in Islamabad (not near the border but better than nothing), at the Consulate General of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Conclusion: It is hard to get, but not impossible! The first time she tried, she was turned down. The second time she tried even harder, and that worked! She paid a Rs. 5000 visa fee.


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The site linked by Ankur gives the address and website of the Iranian embassy in Tokyo. Guess your friend didn't do his research properly: JAPAN (TOKYO) سفارت جمهوری اسلامی ایران - توکیو Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Tokyo, Japan Titel of Diplomatic Office:Embassy Head of Diplomatic Office: Date of Establishment:1930 ...


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According to IATA's TimaticWeb database which most airlines check visa requirements against (which I accessed through Delta Airlines' site), visa-on-arrival in Iran is available for: Holders of normal passports traveling as tourist can obtain a visa on arrival, for a max. stay of 15 days, provided: holding an e-visa pre-approval code obtained ...


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Wow! That might be epic. Especially administrative wise. Hill ride Unless you really want to make it legendary, I imagine you will skip the Hymalaya and Afghanistan. Are you planning to cross Iran, then Turkey and south Europe (Hymalaya, Caucase and Alps) or to do the wide trip through the plains of China, Russia and north Europe? As a side note, I ...


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You can take the N10 (Makran Coastal Highway) all the way across the southern coast of Pakistan and it will put you in the south of Iran, completely by-passing Afghanistan. To get to it though, you'll have to travel from China through India and cross into Pakistan. If you fancy a journey through Pakistan itself, you can cross at the Wagah point in Lahore ...


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EDIT, removed old answer In response to DJClayworth, yes business visas are different from work visas. Work visas allow you to work in the country as part of a business or on your own. Business visas are required if you're travelling to visit a business in the country for work. However, my old answer was wrong. Since Sweden has a separate business visas ...


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This is common if you are visiting not only from Pakistan but other countries as well. You are in your 20s this happened also to a friend's father who was a retired UN officer (of Pakistani origin) residing in the US for the past 40+ years. So, take heart that its not only you. As Pakistan is a country that people visit to transit into Afghanistan and ...


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It's the job of customs and immigration to establish your purpose for visit, and whether you're doing what you say you're doing. If they have any doubts, questions or are merely curious, they can and will as part of their job, ask you questions. Naturally this should be only about your plans in the country - if they start asking personal, potentially ...


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Osama bin Ladin was found and killed in Pakistan, one of al-Qaeda's alleged senior operatives, Adam Pearlman, is an American citizen that is supposed to have joined al Qaeda while in Pakistan, the US Department of State recommends US citizens avoid Pakistan for all but essential travel due to terroristic threats, the 2008 Mumbai attacks were carried out by ...



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