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Lonely Planet : Pakistan Paperback – 31 Aug 1998

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Product details

  • Paperback: 457 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 5th Revised edition edition (31 Aug. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086442535X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864425355
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 12.9 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 714,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is a great book. Unfortunately I forgot to check what year it was printed so it was slightly outdated. However I wanted it more to get a feel for Pakistan and not for hotel recommendations, so it still served the purpose for what I bought it for!
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Delivery and quality good and in line with expectations.
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Who would have thought Pakistan had so much to offer, well thank you Mr.John King, for opening out this undiscovered country and giving me an extra insight into my journey.... It's a beautiful place and I'm sure after visiting no one would disagree.....
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I visited Pakistan in 1999 as a budget backpacker. Although i had no guidebook for most of the journey, i came across this book along the way and found it very usefull. Pakistan is somewhere where the highlight of your visit is the local people you will meet. But this guidebook is excellent for covering the essentials such as embassy info, visa extension addresses, transport etc. A good companion.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c072fd8) out of 5 stars the maps need help 7 Jun. 2000
By Joshua Winters - Published on
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.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c076144) out of 5 stars A real companion throughout Pakistan 28 Dec. 2000
By Maurizio Giuliano - Published on
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.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c076480) out of 5 stars Great book for a great country 23 Dec. 2005
By M. Z. Amin - Published on
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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c072f90) out of 5 stars An Essential Pakistan Guide! 13 Mar. 2009
By Gerald Dekker - Published on
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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c07693c) out of 5 stars Wonderful details and descriptions 27 Nov. 2005
By Yaar - Published on
Format: Paperback
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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