Try telling someone you want to visit Pakistan and you’ll get a simple reaction that goes, “Are you crazy?”. But in case you do make that trip, I’m sure you’ll be happy to know that you’ll be proved entirely wrong.
#1. To experience the other side of the Wagah border.
#2. To feel the warmth of Pakistani hospitality.
Ask Nikita Singla how her stay in Pakistan was. She visited Lahore as part of a 16-member peace delegation for a conference on the South Asia People’s Union. Her travelogue will give you an idea of the warmth of Pakistani hospitality. People there will welcome Indians with an open heart, ask a lot of questions about Bollywood and offer to show you the best places in the country. They will go out of their way to ensure that you aren’t missing home.
#3. To shop at the famous Anarkali and Liberty markets.
#4. To listen to the serene music of Coke Studio Pakistan.
The iconic music series has given the music industry gems like Meesha Shafi, Saba Hameed and Jawad Ahmad. It would be an experience of a lifetime for a music fan to see them live humming a mellifluous ghazal.
#5. To taste delish Pakistani food.
#6. To get stunned by its historical monuments.
Pakistan’s mosques, tombs and cultural sites will stun you with their tranquility and architecture. Monuments like Lahore Fort, Shah Faisal Mosque, Baltit Fort and Rohtas Fort offer a great blend of traditional and modern architectural style.
#7. To experience the grandeur of a Pakistani wedding.
#8. To explore the historic Mohenjodaro ruins.
#9. To give cricket rivalry a break.
#10. To clear out misconceptions Indians have about Pakistan.
There is a misconceived notion Indians have about Pakistan. We always fail to look beyond the bombs and terrorists, beyond the political and military rivalry, and beyond cricket statistics. Our neighbors are as open-minded and affectionate as we are. We just have to keep our prejudices aside and give them a chance to prove how wrong we are. Provided that we get a visa, every Indian should visit Pakistan, at least once in a lifetime.