14 Pakistan Fun Facts For True Adventure Junkies

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Pakistan is one of the most fascinating countries that one will ever visit. From its natural landscape, rich culture, and beautiful people, to its jaw-dropping scenery and food, there is something for everyone. 

What makes this nation so interesting? These intriguing, fun facts are sure to answer your question!

1. Origin of the World’s Three Major Religions

Pakistan is the origin of three major religions worldwide. The religions include Vedic Hinduism, Kanphata Gorakh Hinduism Sect, Buddhism of the Theraveda Sect, and Sikhism, although 96% of Pakistanis today are Muslims.

2. Pakistan’s Genetic Makeup Comes from Greek Ancestors

Did you know the Central Asians invaded Pakistan back in 2000 BC? This invasion resulted in a pool of fair genes, including green-eyed and blonde people, particularly in the North and West regions of the country.

3. K2 is the Second Highest Mountain

K2 is the second-highest mountain in the world standing in Pakistan. The first is Mount Everest at 8,849 meters. The K2 mountain falls in the Gilgit Baltistan region of Pakistan and lies within the Karakoram range.

K2 mountain peak

There are several names for this mountain, which include, “The King of Mountains, The Mountain of Mountains and The Mountaineer’s Mountain.”

4. Pakistan’s National Drink is Sugarcane Juice

Sugarcane, or “roh,” is now the country’s national drink and was declared so after conducting a poll on Twitter. There two other options were orange juice and carrot juice, but sugar juice received the maximum votes. Orange juice earned only 15% of votes, while carrot juice about 4%.

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5. Pakistan is Home to Noble Prize Winners

Pakistan has produced two Nobel laureates. In 1979, Abdus Salam received the Nobel Prize in Physics, and Malala Yousafzai received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. She was only 17 at the time, making her the youngest laureate ever.

6. Pakistan is Home to World’s Only Fertile Desert

The Tharparkar desert is the world’s only fertile desert in Pakistan’s Sindh Province. It is also the 18th largest desert in the world.

houses and greenery within Tharparkar desert

The land’s fertility has enhanced its beauty with naturally grown trees and flowers. Tharkapar desert is so captivating during the rainy season that it continues to draw local and international visitors.

7. Home to Over 400 Magnificent Mountain Peaks

Pakistan has over 4,500 peaks above 6,000 meters and 108 above 7,000 meters. Pakistan is home to 5 of the world’s 14 highest mountain peaks. The Karakoram mountain range contains the majority of the country’s tallest peaks.

8. Pakistani People are Not Bookish 

Most Pakistani people are not bookworms, with many not reading anything beyond the Quran, also known as the Holy Book of Muslims. They only go through books based on their course syllabus.

9. High Population Rate with Lowest Divorce Rates

Pakistan is home to a population of 200 million people and is the 6th largest country in terms of growth, with a growth rate of 3% annually.

Sadly, it has a high child mortality rate but fortunately, with few divorces. Pakistanis typically marry young, remain married, and are adept at making many babies.

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10. Pakistan Imports About 70% of its Fuel

Pakistan produces around 64% of its electricity from fossil fuels and imports around 70% of that fuel. This is why this country’s economy struggles since much of its wealth goes into fuel purchases.

11. A Lake with Teardrops in Pakistan

Ansoo Lake, located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, is shaped like a teardrop. It is one of the highest lakes standing in the Himalayan Range, standing 4,245 meters or 13,927 feet above sea level.

Ansoo Lake with people by the lake edge and mountains in background

The lake’s name derives from the Urdu word “ansoo,” which means “teardrop.” Pakistan Air Force pilots discovered the lake while flying low over the area in 1993.

12. Pakistan’s National Dish is Nihari

The Nihar is Pakistan’s popular dish that originated from the subcontinent of India. It’s a simple stew that consists of slow-cooked meat, typically beef, chicken, or lamb. I highly recommend this dish when visiting Pakistan.

13. Many Elected Prime Ministers Haven’t Completed Their 5 Years

Being a Prime Minister in Pakistan can be dangerous, with many struggling to complete their 5 years of tenure. Several were removed by the army, hanged, exiled, jailed, or just dismissed. One was even assassinated! Even if offered a million-dollar salary, this is one career jump I’ll never make.

14. Pakistan Only Provides Three Streams of Education

Pakistan has only three streams of education for its people.

Rich peopleTypically sends their kids to private schools where English is the main language, often with a western curriculum
Middle classSends their children to government schools
Poor familiesCan only afford religious schools

Joshua Smith

Joshua has visited 10 countries and has another 110 to go! He plans to sail around the world over 5 years, and then spend the next 5 years driving around the world in a 4×4. He prefers to explore the more remote places without the tourists, and yet, doesn’t mind the ritzy feel of business class at 10,000 feet either.

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