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Postcards from Kartarpur

At one point, it was unimaginable. Now it’s a reality. Ironic that 30 years to the day the Berlin Wall fell, which also coincided with the 550th birth anniversary of

Pakistan’s Superstar: Mahira Khan

Mahira Khan is undeniably Pakistan’s most beautiful superstar. But take away the mascara and lipstick, and she remains as beautiful a person. For there is more to Mahira than aristocratic

Grand Canyon, USA

With its ever-changing and dramatic scenery of enormous proportions, the Grand Canyon is one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. Beyond its scenic overlooks, this mile-deep geologic wonder features hikes,

A Guide To Soon Valley

Located in the district of Khushab, an hour’s drive from Kallar Kahar, Punjab’s Soon Valley is an undiscovered wonderland with a diverse landscape comprising mountains, forests, lakes, waterfalls and orchards.

Polo on the Roof of the World

The historic Shandur Polo Festival was recently celebrated from 7-9 July in the Chitral District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa   Photography: Uzair Aziz Every year, Pakistan hosts one of the world’s most

Daewoo Electric Buses

Daewoo Express signed an important strategic alliance agreement for setting up an “Electric Vehicles Value Chain” in Pakistan with Skywell Automobile in China on August 26th, at a ceremony held

Rehan Bashir: Renaissance Man

Photography: Natasha Zubair Fashion designer, cultural enthusiast, kathak performer, yogi, artist, and a collector of objet d’art, he is all this and more. A spiritualist, a humanist, a thinker, a

How Not To Fail At Hiking

With a variety of hiking trails to suit everyone, the mountain resort of Nathiagali is a favoured destination for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts. The picturesque trails, however, can be

Unveiling Balochistan

Photography: Amna Zuberi Journalist and travel enthusiast Madeeha Syed travels to what is generally considered the “Wild West” of Pakistan. As she digs her heels deeper into the unknown terrain,

A Walk In The Clouds

Located at the ancient crossroads of three river valleys, Rivers Neelum, Kunhar and Jehlum, Muzaffarabad is the capital of Azad Kashmir and a place of sublime beauty. It is little


With all guns blazing, the Beaconhouse National University, School of Visual Arts and Design, BNU-SVADW (Dean, Rashid Rana) presented their annual trio – a week that flamboyantly shaped its educational

Kartarpur The Corridor Of Hope

Special thanks: Sardar Ramesh Singh Arora With over 300 plus gurdwaras dotted across the length and the breadth of its terrain, Pakistan has long been the bastion of the Sikh

From Manora To Venice

The 58th International Venice Art Biennale marks the first time Pakistan has officially participated the world’s most prestigious art event with its own pavilion. Artist Naiza Khan’s exhibition ‘Manora Field

Hunza What You Need To Know Before You Go

Photography: Obaid ul Mohsin Nestled in the shadow of three great mountain ranges, the Himalayas, Hindukush and Karakoram, the valley of Hunza is known for its spectacular views, unforgettable outdoor

Lahore Literature Festival 2019

The 7th iteration of the Lahore Literary Festival starts this Friday, 22nd February at the Alhamra Arts Center, The Mall. The three day event will be welcoming 160 delegates from

Preserving Gandhara

The Gandhara Art and Culture Association is a non-profit organization working for the preservation and rehabilitation of Pakistan’s ancient Gandhara sites. Mian Imran Masood, its chairman, explains why Gandhara’s Buddhist

Horse Power

Setting the standard for cutting edge editorial fashion, DESTINATIONS brings together an all-star team, featuring Pakistan’s top fashion photographer MHM, international model Champ Imi and leading menswear brand Republic by

A Tourist In Taiwan

Curator TedXLahore and travel enthusiast Irteza Ubaid recently made a trip to Taiwan. In this wonderfully detailed travelogue of the Asian state, he lists not only the cities he visits


It’s not every day that one sees international bloggers landing in Pakistan. There was a time when the global media would portray the country in a somewhat dismal light, but


Food connoisseur Adeel Chaudhry’s latest venture, Junoon, is a bustling new restaurant in the heart of Lahore. With a breathtaking roof-top terrace, it is the perfect place to enjoy these

Taco Cat

The latest eating sensation to hit Karachi is Taco Cat… serving the best tacos in town! We absolutely love the restaurant’s authentic and raw aesthetic, taking us to a different

A Sooper December with Junoon!

Hai Jazba to Watch Junoon Perform Again? Our December just got a whole lot better! Ever since news of this year’s biggest concert swept across the nation, all of us


We live in a dichotomous society where the rich are amassing wealth and the poor are getting poorer. We also live in a capitalist society where profitability is the only

An Artist in VIENNA

Vienna is a city of art maestros, iconic geniuses, and music prodigies, a place that has not only homed but has also inspired and informed the works of Mozart, Beethoven,

Flirting with Abstraction

Aniqa Imran, Assistant Curator at the National History Museum and General Manager of the Citizens Archive of Pakistan, reviews artist Rabeya Jalil’s solo exhibition titled ‘Something Else’ held recently at

Sania Maskatiya takes on NYFW

Leading fashion design house Sania Maskatiya became the first Pakistani brand to showcase at this season’s New York Fashion Week (NYFW). Presenting its dedicated western wear line Sania Studio’s Spring/Summer


Chitta Katha Lake is located in Shounter valley at the elevation of 13,500 feet, making it the highest lake in Azad Kashmir. In the local language, “chitta” means white and


Located in south-eastern Peru, just miles from the city of the kings, Cusco has its own rich history. Once the capital of the great Inca Empire, its archaeological sites give

Meat the Cheese

Describing itself as an “urban cheese cellar lounge and a steakhouse”, this Karachi import has recently opened its doors to Lahore and has been winning rave reviews since its launch.

Shawls Niche

With the festive season right around the corner, the hunt for the perfect accessory is on, and a Kashmiri shawl presents the ideal solution. Shawls Niche is a brand that


Taking you back to the mid-century grandeur of the subcontinent, Wusaaq is a private guesthouse located in Gulberg, Lahore’s vibrant centre. Lovingly restored to its former glory, the architecture as

meet the patangeers

In a chance encounter, we met with two young travel enthusiasts, Amtul Baweja and Fahad Tariq of Patangeer. Founders of the travel videos digital enterprise, they move around cities, towns,


Established in 1860, Murree Brewery has the distinction of being one of Asia’s first modern breweries and the oldest continuing industrial enterprise in Pakistan. Founded by English engineer and paleontologist

Musical Evening

Dr Nilofer Mahdi, daughter of Syed Wajid Ali and President of the All Pakistan Music Conference, seeks to nurture and promote musical talent that has traditionally been located in Lahore’s

Into The Woods

Luxury couturier Shehla Chatoor’s latest collection Nur-e-Alaleh is an ethereal conception of dazzling, head-turning bridals that pay homage to timeless elegance and extravagant detailing. The cool dreamy colour palette makes

Eat, Pray, Breathe

Nadia Faruki has been studying wellness for almost 17 years and teaching for 15. Her journey, which began while she was living in NYC and culminated with the launch of

Transition of Tradition

By Emaan Maqbool In a joint exhibition titled Transition of Tradition, artists Marjan Baniasadi and Anushka Rustomji explore the constantly evolving nature of traditions and their transformative effect on those


Inspired by the fictional Marcel la Roux’s continuing journey of gastronomic inspirations from around the world, Marcel’s is a boulangerie, patisserie and bistro as well as the newest sensation on

#MeinBhi Launch

Catwalk Cares, the CSR division of Catwalk Events and Production, launched the video to the #MeinBhi anthem amidst an audience of celebrities, activists and citizens of Karachi. The #MeinBhi campaign

The Tiwana Wedding

Ali Tiwana, the younger brother of event manager extraordinaire QYT, recently wed Neha Nasim in a grand ceremony spanning many events. The sehra bandi at the Tiwanas’ ancestral village was

Palace of Illusions

Photography:  Rizwan ul Haq Hair and Makeup:  N-Pro Styling and Art Direction:  Tabesh Khoja Jewellery:  Amrapali Footwear:  Borjan Models:  Zara Abid, Fahmeen Ansari,  Mushk Kaleem and Zara Peerzada Location:  Sadiq Ghar Palace Zara Abid’s Dress: Elan Zara Peerzada’s

Bahawalpur Guide

Overview Located at the edge of the Cholistan desert, yet surrounded by lush green fields, swaying palm trees and fertile orchards, Bahawalpur is a marvel of ancient history and architectural

In & Out of LOVE

Journalist Madeeha Syed makes an amorous trip to Bahawalpur, hoping to find romance in the little princely state where grandeur and glory formerly ruled life. After four days of searching,


The annual Lahore Literary Festival is the harbinger of spring seasonally and metaphorically speaking, as each year it introduces its people to a dazzling array of art, society, culture, politics


LLF2018 gave us an opportunity to interact with some of the most learned, creative and insightful people from across the world. We talked to them about their participation in this

From Karachi With Love #KHILF

With a diverse programme featuring book launches, sessions on topics ranging from politics, international relations, art and education, dramatic performances and dance recitals, KLF gave the city by the sea

Our Gal at Galle

Literary musings in lush surroundings: Presenting the bestselling “Austenistan” at the Galle Literary Festival. Steeped in Dutch colonial heritage mingled with tropical beauty and lovely Lankan hospitality, idyllic Galle is


The Aleph Review celebrated the launch of its second annual issue amongst an august audience of art and literature enthusiasts in Lahore on a lovely spring day dated Sunday, 4th

LSA X Nishat  Hotel

The luxurious Nishat Hotel at the Emporium Mall provided a fittingly glamorous venue for the galaxy of stars who descended on Lahore for the Lux Style Awards 2018. From check-ins


Birthplace of Aphrodite and crossroads between three continents, Cyprus has seduced and inspired generations of travellers for hundreds of years. The island is blessed with a balmy climate and a

16th Issue

We approach our second anniversary with great aplomb. As we celebrate two years of our journey, we are happy to uphold our promise of promoting, preserving and presenting art, literature


Dr. Yaqoob Bangash, the force behind  Afkar-e-Taza, The ThinkFest, explains what makes the festival a one-of-its kind event: a creative, safe, interactive and inclusive platform where Pakistanis can come together to discuss,

Thinkers Corner

Journalist Yusra Askari sits down for a one-on-one with some of the key international delegates who graced the #ThinkFest: Tawakkol Karman, Sheela Reddy and Dr. Azeem Ibrahim – a fiery

Into The Deep

“Normal” diving in Pakistan is “difficult” diving anywhere else in the world. But the effort is worth it, given the presence of beautiful reefs that are bursting with aquatic life.

Club Havana

Obscured from the world’s gaze for decades, Cuba opens up and reveals its charm and appeal to those who are willing to embrace it with all of its complexities. In

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