Discover Pakistan, the Himalaya less visited
Boasting an abundance of natural and historical riches (not to mention some of the most delicious curries on earth), Pakistan has remained the "path less taken" by tourists due to its history of political instability. You might need to be careful when travelling through certain areas of Pakistan, but there are still plenty of good reasons to visit this vibrant nation.
If you’re about to embark on a journey to Pakistan, whether it's to traverse the mighty Karakoram Highway (one of the world's most epic roads), explore the ancient remains of Lahore Fort, discover Smuggler's Bazaar, or trek Shandur Pass, you’ll find it helpful to swap your Aussie dollars to some Pakistani currency on hand to help you along the way.
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Coins and notes
Pakistani coins come in ₹1, ₹2, ₹5, and ₹10 denominations. There used to be coins in paisa values (Pakistani cents), but these are no longer legal tender. Banknotes are circulated in ₹5, ₹10, ₹20, ₹50, ₹100, ₹200, ₹500, ₹1,000 and ₹5,000 denominations. The design of the ₹20 note was recently overhauled because people kept confusing it with the ₹5,000 note. Whoops.
Facts about the currency
- Visitors to Pakistan are limited to taking up to PKR 100, in denominations of 10 rupees or less. You also can’t take in denominations of 50 or 100 rupees (or more).
- You may be required to show your passport as ID when exchanging money, and many travellers find it easier to exchange USD or EUR into PKR rather than Aussie dollars.
- The PKR is subdivided into 100 paisa, but this unit isn’t used any more.
- In Pakistani English, large values of rupees are counted in terms of thousand: lakh (100,000), crore (1 million), Arab (1 billion), kharab (1 or 10 trillion).
- The Pakistani rupee was issued in 1947 after the dissolution of the British Raj.
- British Indian coins and notes were still used after this dissolution – they were simply stamped with "Pakistan" – until the new currency was issued in 1948.
- From 1950 to 1978, Pakistan issued special notes for use only by Muslims making the pilgrimage to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, called the Haj, and to other holy sites in Iraq. These notes were not considered legal tender in Pakistan.