Pakistan has always been a tourist paradise for travelers and tourists. American tourists in Pakistan are found oftentimes. This place was famous in hippies of west. They used to call it ‘hippie trail’. The people are hospitable and moving around here is quite inexpensive. As advantage a tourist finds himself in heaven on earth. The beautiful valleys, mountains, rivers and historical places attract the tourists.
A group of hippies (American, French and British) wait for a bus in Lahore (1972).
The trail was used by thousands of young European and American backpackers between the late 1960s and 1979. It was an overland route that began in Turkey, ran through Iran, curved into Afghanistan and Pakistan and then from India ended in Nepal.
A huge tourist industry sprang up in these countries to accommodate the backpackers. In Pakistan, the travelers entered Peshawar (from Jalalabad in Afghanistan). From Peshawar they went to Lahore. Some took a bus into India while others visited Karachi and Swat before returning to Lahore and crossed into India.
American tourists travelling to Lahore from Karachi on a Pakistan Railways train (1976).
American tourists enjoying a ride on a tonga in Rawalpindi in 1975.
A 1967 tourism poster for Karachi (printed by American airline Pan Am and used in Europe and the US).
Favorite place for tourists are Karakoram Express, Gilgit, Hunza Valley, Indus Valley, Forts, Mughal architecture and other historical places. Kashmir is also much famous among travelers.
People across Pakistan welcome the tourists and guide them for every worth seeing place. Cheap guides are available to narrate the whole history of a place.
Tourist across all world wrote many books about travelling experiences in Pakistan.