Welcome to our launch issue!
Destinations is a labour of love. A chronicle of faith in our country. An anthology of writing that focuses on all the best this wonderful land has to offer. It is a platform that not only highlights the beauty of Pakistan through its unique natural wonders, scenic landscapes and rich cultural traditions but also showcases its warm and welcoming people, their contribution to the global order and is, in general, a portrayal of the life they lead here.
Most of all, this magazine reflects our effort to build an international community of people, bring to prominence real human interaction and provide a medium where inspiring stories of true agents of change can be told. Our mission is to highlight not only that which is adventurous and off the beaten track but also to encourage you to step out of your home and see your neighbourhood and your city with new eyes. Our cover story for this month is called “12 Hours in Lahore – A Grand Old Food Escapade”, a tour of Lahore’s famous walled city through a photo essay that captures the vibrant culture and pulse of the historical area in a manner rarely seen before.
The thrill-seekers amongst you will relish Anoushey Ashraf’s magical discovery of the land less travelled, Afghanistan, and Faizan Haqqee’s journey to conquer the majestic K-2. The inspirational Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, fresh off her second Oscar win, shares a side of her we don’t get to read about very often and eminent travel writer Salman Rashid encounters crocodiles in Balochistan, a part of the country we can’t wait to discover more about.
From flamboyant Ali Xeeshan’s travel style and supermodel Mehreen Syed’s search for culinary nirvana across Europe to fashion advice by international fashionistas based in Dubai and Dallas, there’s plenty in the pages of Destinations to appeal to the style-conscious amongst you.
In a nutshell, we have made the effort to present the finest of Pakistan with style, grace and the light-hearted touch that is the fabric of our society, and we hope you enjoy reading it as much as we loved putting it all together for you.