The summer season in Pakistan can be a little intense since temperatures can reach 40 degrees or more in cities like Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Quetta, and Peshawar. But that doesn’t really stop Pakistanis from having fun.
Depending on the region you’re living in, summers usually call for outdoor cooking, long lazy days, and picnics at beaches or parks. Plus, schools are usually off for summer holidays during June and July, so, naturally, children also look forward to enjoying their time away from tests and grades.
In line with our past posts on tips to avoid summer heat and how to keep your kitchen cool during summer, we will list some of the best things people generally love about the summer season in Pakistan.
Exciting and Unique Traditions of Summer Season in Pakistan
Summers in Pakistan can be enjoyable, only if you know how to make the most of this season. There’s a plethora of exciting excursions and activities to take part in while the never-ending list of places to explore. We’ll help you out.
Let’s take a look at the best things about summer in Pakistan:
- Holidays at Hill Stations
- Summer Delicacies
- Swimming and Picnics
- Summer Break
Holiday at Hill Stations
The summer season in Pakistan calls for several things but nothing beats a long vacation at the hill stations of northern areas of Pakistan. People head to these areas usually because they are either cool during summer or have pleasant weather.
For adventurers and explorers, they can also take a break and visit the highest mountain peaks in Pakistan. You can also take a road trip to Pakistan’s top highways including Karakoram Highway and Khyber Bypass.
Mangoes are, hands-down, the truest representation of the summer season in the country. Honestly speaking, being a Pakistani, we cannot imagine summer without mangoes under any circumstances. Ask yourself, what would summer in Pakistan be without with mangoes running down your face? Or messing your clothes?
Mango kulfi, mango ice-cream, mango lassi, mango kheer – almost every delicacy of the summer begins with mangoes and ends with mangoes. Owing to its popularity among the people, it is considered best among summer fruits in Pakistan. Not to mention, the fruit is alternatively known as the ‘Kings of Fruits’ in South Asia with Pakistan being the biggest supplier across the world.
The list of exciting things about summer in Pakistan is never-ending but nothing beats the joy of finding your favourite food or drink in markets or at home.
Besides devouring mangoes, there are some more foods and drinks that we enjoy having in summer. Whether it’s about having a full glass of buttermilk lassi or finding watermelons on makeshift stalls, or simply having a glass of rooh afza – summer is a perfect time for us to enjoy our favourite food in a chilled AC room or under a clear blue sky.
Furthermore, there’s an amazing array of summer vegetables in Pakistan. Eggplant, okra, cucumber, gourd, groundnut, sweet potato, peppers, squash and many such vegetables are available in abundance.
Swimming and Picnics
One of the best things about Pakistani summer is the sheer amount of picnics and outings in or near watery areas.
Waterparks, lakes, beaches, waterfalls – Pakistanis are huge fans of water-themed leisure. And summer is the ideal time to take a dip into water and beat the heat. Meanwhile, nothing compares to farmhouse picnics with family or friends.
FYI: If you live in the City of Lights and are planning a farmhouse picnic with family anytime soon, then don’t forget to browse our listings for Karachi farmhouse rentals to pick an option that best suits your budget and requirement.
No matter how impressive the picnic venue is or how gorgeous the views are, the most exciting part for us is always the afternoon doodh patti followed by some desi snacks like samosas.
Summer is the longest season in most parts of the country. As such, the summer months in Pakistan usually begin from April and last in September. Since the duration is quite long, the weather gets extremely harsh from May to July while the mid of July usually calls for monsoon and thunderstorms.
Owing to the harsh weather, schools and colleges across the country usually announce summer breaks lasting at least eight to twelve weeks on average. The summer holidays in Pakistan usually fall between May to July, when the weather is too hot to handle.
Just when the weather starts to get unbearably warm, it starts raining in most regions of the country. The mid of July or and August marks the beginning of monsoon in Pakistan – where the hottest areas of the country including Karachi and Lahore experience extremely pleasant weather.
Generally, kids head out or get up on the terrace to take a shower under the rain while most adults stay indoors and enjoy a hot cup of tea with fritters. The summer season flowers and trees around the country get a good wash while everything and everyone fills with joy.
Now, we will wrap up our post on the best things about the summer season in Pakistan. From the duration of summer months in Pakistan to the list of best fruits and vegetables, we have shared everything that is considered among the unique gifts of this season. Before we sing-off, we’d like to mention a few things.
Since we had mentioned that summer in the country is usually hot so you need to be extremely careful while going out. Keep in mind that the heat is completely harmless unless you are hydrated, well-fed, and not going out unnecessarily during noon. It might sound cliché but following our tips can dramatically change the way you feel about the summer heat.
It is best to add some sea salt and lemon to your drinks for electrolytes or drink fresh and cold juices to keep yourself refreshed. For more refreshing drink ideas and foods, check out our posts where we have shared some refreshing drinks and summer foods.
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