What to see in Pakistan
Pakistan etiquette and rules of conduct
Clothes in pakistan
Pakistanis are very careful to dress properly. Since both men and women emphasize body-covering clothing, this is also recommended for travelers. Short trousers are considered improper and short-sleeved shirts are also not welcomed by men. As a matter of principle, women should wear loose, loose clothing that completely covers their arms and legs. The combination of salwar (harem pants) and kameez (wide shirt) together with a dupatta (scarf) is functional, comfortable and shows that women respect the local cultural expectations - which in turn is very much appreciated by the locals.
Behavior in the mosque
Appropriate behavior is expected when visiting mosques. Shoes are to be taken off at the entrance, women are required to cover their hair with a headscarf. If you walk past someone who is praying, you should do so behind them. If you are invited into a private house, you take off your shoes at the entrance.
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The (left) hand in Islam
As in the rest of the Muslim world, the left hand is considered unclean: You do not touch the common food with it, do not hand over things and do not shake hands with anyone.
Shaking hands in greeting may be a problem among men. However, a man will never shake hands with a woman - even as a male tourist, one should refrain from doing this with Pakistani women, as this behavior is considered to be absolutely disrespectful.
Women in pakistan
Because of this form of respect, women must expect to be completely ignored by a man. He will always only speak to her companion. In return, women may well be invited into the kitchen by Pakistani women, where they can experience real family life behind the freely accessible area.
Affection in public
Traveling couples should avoid expressions of affection such as holding hands, hugs or kisses in public - this is considered offensive. Pakistani men who walk holding hands in the street are not homosexual (this is prohibited by law), but demonstrate their friendship in this way.
Ramadan in Pakistan
Ramadan is the Islamic month of fasting. During this time, devout Muslims are not allowed to eat, drink or smoke between sunrise and sunset. In the evening, all the more food is served. As a tourist you are of course not subject to these rules - you should nevertheless refrain from eating in public and have meals away from the public.
The Ramadan dates for the coming years are as follows:
- April 23, 2020 - May 23, 2020
- April 13, 2021 - May 12, 2021
Tip in Pakistan
As a rule, taxi drivers do not expect tips. However, if the driver has been friendly and helpful, around 20-30 rupees is adequate. In large hotels, a state fee is charged - but if it is not clear whether the staff will benefit from this, 30-40 rupees can be left behind. A 10% service fee is also charged in better restaurants. In simpler places you can give around 30-50 rupees to the staff, or you can leave some change on the table. A tourist or mountain guide should plan around 200-300 rupees per day - although your driver will of course also be happy to receive a small tip.
Photographing Pakistani people
Pakistani men are very fond of tourists because they think it's nice to get interest from foreign guests. With women, however, this is not the case - in both cases you should ask for permission before the shutter release, but especially if you want to photograph a Pakistani woman. It is best to ask their companion so as not to embarrass and embarrass the lady. If she agrees, you can start. Digital photography is particularly suitable because the result can be shown immediately on the display - which is often a lot of fun for those portrayed. Military or police, bridges and airports must never be photographed!
Another practical photography tip
In Pakistan there is no additional problem To buy memory cards or even to burn the first prints or to have them developed on paper.
The Charging batteries works fine in most places. However, if you go hiking, trekking or going on an expedition, you need some spare batteries charged in advance. Especially in the cold mountain air Batteries discharge very quicklyso it is advisable to carry the pre-charged batteries close to your body to keep them warm. In that case, they should also be packed waterproof.
Pakistan is a rough country to travel to. Who with a SLR camera is on the way, it should be well packed and protected against the ingress of dust and moisture. Also, be careful when changing lenses, as dust can get into the camera so quickly - it may be advisable to bring cleaning tools with you.
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