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Lonely Planet Pakistan & the Karakoram Highway (Country Travel Guide) Paperback – May 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: Country Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 7 edition (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741045428
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741045420
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

The book is written very well.
Kamran Sikandar
I recently visited this beautiful country with very loving and friendly people.
Michael Gabriel
If you are planning a visit to Pakistan you simply must have this book.
Gerald Dekker

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Winters on June 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
I just returned from two months in Pakistan, and I primarily used the Lonely Planet. Using the Lonely Planet for travel can tend to give one the feeling that all countries look and taste the same, and are inhabited by mostly backpackers and english-speaking hotelkeepers. The hotels recommended manage to sustain a surprisingly similar clientele throughout the Middle East and South Asia at least, and it starts to wear thin after a bit. The maps of many cities were not up to LP standards, Peshawar's Old City being a notable example. The Rawalpindi section could use an update, and I must say that the food recommendations generally seem to be stabs in the dark, in which case one is better off stabbing in the dark according to his own tastes. Accomodation selection criteria must be devoid of any Architectural or historical interest factors, but is quite successfully utilitarian. Many wonderfully intriguing and inexpensive old hotels are skipped. The ubiquity of this guide tends to ghetto the Western backpackers in little enclaves, useful both if you wish to avoid them like the plague, or you relish their company. The historical notes are surprisingly knowledgeable in most areas, though some notes concerning the British Raj period are either tritely anti-colonial or of dubious veracity, sometimes both. The Paksitani bureaucracy is a much more flexible entity than the authors would suggest, and things like Foreigner's Registration and exit taxes are not necessarily carved in stone. In conclusion, this guide definitely caters to the trek-minded eco-groover, with disproportionate emphasis laid on the Northern Areas, and on repeating tired environmentalist mantras.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Z. Amin on December 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
Pakistan is among the tourism world's best kept secrets, and this book throws open those secrets very well. Lonely Planet has always been good with detail and comprehensive coverage, and that trend continues with its coverage on Pakistan.

Without the off-the-beaten track records, I would have missed some of the greatest historical and cultural artifacts that Pakistan has to offer. And the guide truly works as you trek up north into Pakistan's majestic mountains that offer the most mind-blowing natural beauty - even India's Kashmir area is nothing compared to the rugged and untouched beaty of the Swat River Valley all the way to whitewater rafting areas in Gilgit.

So when you head to Pakistan, definitely take this book along.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Maurizio Giuliano on December 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
Perhaps just below the usual Lonely Planet standard, this guidebook surely is a wonderful companion for your journey through Pakistan, filled with interesting as well as entertaining data and information, as well as tips for the traveller. There are some minor lacks, such as bad coverage of the battered Kashmir region, and perhaps too much focus on the usual tourist sites. Yet, all in all, the best guidebook on the country I ever found.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Dekker on March 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
After using this Lonely Planet Pakistan & the Karakoram Highway 7th edition during my recent 6 week trip to Pakistan I must say that this book is an essential guide for sure. I traveled all along the Karakoram Highway from Kashgar (China) down to Islamabad. From Islamabad I continued to explore the rest of this fascinating country to the southern city of Karachi. If you are planning a visit to Pakistan you simply must have this book. My only criticism is that the map inset of the Karakoram Highway contains serious errors such as placing Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan along the Karakoram Highway region. Lonely Planet should correct these errors as soon as possible so travelers don't think they can cross into Pakistan from those two countries through which I also traveled in 2008.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Yaar on November 27, 2005
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I found this book very helpful in getting to know this exotic country, full of adventure and culture.

I recommend this book highly to folks who want to know about the indus valley culture and Pakistan.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By StarStruck on July 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book made my trip BRILLIANT. Do not believe what you read in mainstream press. Go visit Pakistan !! Much more interesting than India.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Mock on June 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
The first five reviews listed here pre-date the May 2008 publication of the 7th edition of the guidebook, and refer to comments on earlier editions. Please submit reviews only on this edition of the guidebook, not on previous editions. Amazon should correct this oversight. Contributing authors, John Mock & Kimberley O'Neil
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "aliyadaya" on July 26, 2002
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Without bringing my political affiliations and leanings into this review (...), I can safely vouch for this travel guide to Pakistan. Informative, thorough, honest and highly enjoyable, Lonely Planet has come through again! I utilized their travel books throughout my recent trip to India and Pakistan and was never led wrong (infact they have saved my behind a few times, especially in Pak), but overall enhanced my experience as they encouraged me to try new and different things while there and also gave me some pointers on how to interact with the locals. One negative point to mention: Lonely Planet Pakistan doesn't stress and/or inform about the heckling, whistling, and unwanted male attention foreign girls (even those who are of Indian origin) have to suffer through, enough.
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