Welcome to the Pakistan hub at David’s Been Here! Here, you will find all of my travel guides and travel episodes from my time in Pakistan. Pakistan has a long and rich history and is home to some of the oldest cities in the world. It’s my 82nd country and is one I had been dying to explore for years. I wanted to go beyond the headlines and really get a true sense of what Pakistan is all about, from its people to its food to its culture to its history. What I found blew me away and touched my heart. I will never forget the incredible, friendly people I met there and the kindness they showed me everywhere I went.

My Pakistani adventure would not have been possible without the wonderful people at Manaky, a travel marketplace that offers one-of-a-kind tours and cultural experiences in Pakistan. They went out of their way and tailored the custom travel experience I wanted to have. I honestly couldn’t have asked for better!

My travels through Pakistan began in Karachi, the twelfth-largest city in the world. From there, I explored Peshawar, Mardan, Islamabad, Gujranwala, and finally, Lahore. I ate my way through each city, trying dozens of delicious Pakistani and South Asian favorites ranging from common street food to more gourmet offerings. As a history lover, I also dove head-first into some of the country’s most notable historical and cultural sites, meeting lots of beautiful and warm-hearted people along the way.

Pakistan is gorgeous country. It often gets a bad rap in Western media, but the people of the country are working hard to shed the negative image that has plagued Pakistan for decades. As I traveled through the country, I saw no signs of the negativity and hostility that the country has been synonymous with for years. Instead, I found lovely, hospitable people with some of the friendliest, most beautiful smiles and spirits I’ve ever come across while traveling. Everyone was so eager to talk to me and share the food and culture that they hold so dear with me. 

I’ve long had a saying: “The people make the place.” What I mean by that is, there are tons of things we often travel for. We travel because we want to see the attractions in a certain location, visit certain sites. We want to try certain dishes or learn more about a specific culture. But at the end of the day, the thing that sticks with me the most is the people. My travel experiences with locals around the world have varied drastically.

I’ve met unfriendly, aggressive locals in the past as well as some who I hit it off so well with that they’re like brothers and sisters to me now. Your experiences with the locals often shape your feelings about a destination. And I can say with full confidence that, after this trip, Pakistan has become one of my favorite countries in the world. I hope to show you why in the travel guides and episodes listed below.

 

Below, please find all of my Pakistan articles and videos listed in order. I hope they inspire you to visit this incredible South Asian nation. I truly believe you will love it. Let’s dive into why Pakistan should be one of the next countries on your travel itinerary!

PAKISTAN TRAVEL & FOOD GUIDES

Below are all of my written Pakistan travel guides, listed in the order in which I visited each city.

PAKISTAN EPISODES

Below, you will find links to every episode from my Pakistan travel series. They’re listed in the order I visited them in and are organized by destination.

KARACHI

Episode 1: Traveling to Pakistan!! Landing in the City of Lights | Miami to Karachi, Pakistan

Episode 2: Pakistani Street Food Breakfast!! The King of Parathas in Karachi, Pakistan

Episode 3: The Ultimate Karachi Street Food Tour!! Dal Kachori, Kebabs & Rabri | Karachi, Pakistan

Episode 4: Pakistani Street Food Breakfast Tour!! Nihari, Halwa Puri & Paratha | Karachi, Pakistan

Episode 5: Pakistani Sindh Biryani!! Street Food in Pakistan + Attractions | Karachi, Pakistan

Episode 6: The Biggest Fish Market in Karachi!! Pakistani Seafood & Market Experience | Karachi, Pakistan

Episode 7: Ultimate Pani Puri Challenge in Pakistan!! Street Food Challenge in Karachi, Pakistan

Episode 8: The Ultimate Pakistan Haircut Experience!! Full Head Shave + Massage | Karachi, Pakistan

Episode 9: 7-Hour Pakistani Street Food Tour!! Haleem, Dahi Baray & Gappa Ghotala in Karachi, Pakistan

PESHAWAR

Episode 10: Street Food in Peshawar!! Giant Pulao + Pakistan Street Food Tour in Qissa Kwani Bazaar | Pakistan

Episode 11: Pakistani Kebab Legend!! Peshawar Kebabs & Street Food Tour | Pakistan

Episode 12: Khyber Pass Street Food Market!! Afghan Breakfast Food Tour in Jamrud, Pakistan

Episode 13: Pakistani Kabli Pulao & Dumpo!! Pakistani Street Food in Karkhano Market | Peshawar, Pakistan

Episode 14: Amazing Kebabs & Charsi Tikka in Peshawar!! Heritage Walk + Attractions | Pakistan

MARDAN

Episode 15: Rare Mardan Street Food Tour!! Mardan Bazaar + Ancient Buddhist Monastery | Pakistan

ISLAMABAD

Episode 16: Oldest Pakistani Street Food Market in Islamabad!! Butt Karahi in Aabpara Market | Pakistan

Episode 17: Authentic Pakistan Street Food Breakfast in Islamabad!! Thali & Attractions in Pakistan

Episode 18: Pakistan Food Tour in the Capital!! 27 Year Old Nagina Burger + Attractions | Islamabad, Pakistan

Episode 19: Pakistani Superstar Saman Ansari Cooks Pakistani Food!! Islamabad, Pakistan

RAWALPINDI

Episode 20: Pindi Street Food Breakfast of Champions!! Nihari + Halwa Puri in Rawalpindi, Pakistan

GUJRANWALA

Episode 21: Extreme Pakistani Meat Street Food Tour!! Camel Kebabs & Sparrow in Gujranwala, Pakistan

Episode 22: Endless Gujranwala Street Food Breakfast!! Hareesa, Doodh Patti & Bakarkhani | Pakistan

LAHORE

Episode 23: Lahore Street Food on Temple Road!! Dal Channa, Scramble & Paan | Lahore, Pakistan

Episode 24: Pakistani Street Food in Lahore!! Legendary Tawa Chicken in Taxali Gate Bazaar | Lahore, Pakistan

Episode 25: Exotic Street Food in Lahore!! Goat Leg Stew – Paya + Attractions | Pakistan

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And those are all of my travel guides and episodes for Pakistan! I hope they were entertaining and informative and helped you plan your trip to this gem of a country in South Asia. If you have any questions about traveling to Pakistan or any other travel destination I’ve visited, I’m an open book! Send me a message at david[at]davidsbeenhere.com or shoot me a DM on Instagram and I’ll get back to you ASAP!

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