In a land of majestic mountains and verdant valleys, deep sea and mighty rivers, rolling hills and hot plains, deserts, forests and other varied topography, there’s plenty of choice in Pakistan for the quintessential traveller.
Our lead story features rockstar Ali Azmat who recently embarked on a two-week motorbike trip across the world’s highest paved road, the Karakoram Highway. Part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) , he weaves his way along this ancient Silk Route from Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan region to the historic city of Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang region. In this Destinations exclusive, he recounts his adventures and shares his favourite memories from a trip that he recalls as a defining journey.
From the rugged terrain of Peshawar comes a compelling narrative of the mystical Hujra. A unique institution that binds the community together by building a keen sense of camaraderie and brotherhood, the Hujra is an integral part of the Pakhtunwali code that governs the life of the Pakhtun tribes and people. Due to political upheaval in the region, it has transitioned from the physical realm to a more secure and economically viable, digital one. Iftikhar Firdous relates the story and significance of this wonderful convention and its transition into the modern consciousness.
Ace landscape and portrait photographer Mobeen Ansari, the eternal wanderer, is an ardent fan of his homeland. This month he talks about his love for exploring Pakistan through pictures of people and places, glaciers that inspire and the inherent joy of making a journey across the land that never ceases to amaze in its richness of diversity and topography.
In the urban jungle, fashion takes precedence as we bring you a glimpse of the star-studded PFDC L’Oreal Bridal Week. Celebrating Pakistan’s top bridal couturiers and paying homage to the rich traditions of craftsmanship indigenous to this land, PLBW is much like a big fat desi wedding and our riveting photo essay shows you why. While on the subject of craftsmanship, Salima Feerasta ventures deep into Karachi’s various bazaars to uncover a treasure trove of fabrics and techniques, allowing one to customize outfits according to personal taste and budget.
Style maven Sahar Ghanchi explores Lahore’s hip new food street. Hosting a range of cafes and restaurants catering to international taste buds, this Karachiite finds herself right at home walking across cobbled-fronted eateries to order the perfect meal and share tales of her travels.
Moving beyond borders, we follow our people to lands both known and some lesser known. It is Fifi Haroon’s Roman holiday that sets the stage for the grand travel tale as she traverses through Rome on foot and in cabs getting re-acquainted with the city squares, art monuments, ancient structures and other cultural reference points while also discovering new reasons to love this historic city with its modern vibe.
We also explore the London that is relevant to Pakistan’s foremost contemporary artist, Faiza Butt, as she takes us around her neck of the woods to understand her better as an artist, a parent and a woman. In a complementing feature, art historian and museum curator Sona Datta delves into a detailed retrospective account of Butt’s journey as an artist and as a person.
When popular RJ and entrepreneur, Fizza Aslam, goes to Africa with her husband Taimoor Saigol for some post wedding R&R, we get acquainted some of the most exotic locales in Zanzibar and Tanzania. But it is the uber chic and very stylish Nida Tapal of the fashion brand Delphi who guides us on how to pack for some of the most exciting trips of our lives. For all this and other things, scroll through our latest issue to stumble upon the world that lies beyond your horizon.