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FROM SOUTH TO NORTH

THIS SUMMER, A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE KARACHI-ITES LEFT THEIR CITY BY THE SEA TO ANSWER THE CALL OF THE MOUNTAINS AND TRAVEL UP TO PAKISTAN’S NORTH. FROM THE VALLEYS

#DestinationsDigital1

In 2016, we launched DESTINATIONS, Pakistan’s premier luxury travel and lifestyle magazine. We promised to highlight the best Pakistan has to offer the world in terms of travel, culture, lifestyle,

23th Issue

When the winter winds blow, ’tis the season to be merry. ’Tis the season to fall in love. In a land not so far away, somewhere in the hinterlands of

22th Issue

For all the right reasons in the world, Pakistan is one country that never ceases to amaze. There are always new destinations to discover, new experiences to be had and

20th Issue

We approach our 20th issue with a sense of great delight in the deep seated knowledge that our distinct work in the field of travel and lifestyle has led to

21th Issue

Celebrations! It is our third anniversary issue. What an absolute joy it has been and continues tobe journeying across Pakistan.  From bringing old wonders to new light, and uncovering hiddengems,

19th Issue

Up until the late 70s, Peshawar was a dusty town bordering Afghanistan in what was then simply called the North West Frontier Province; almost akin to what the Wild West

18th Issue

Summer is a great time to travel- of course weather being the great impetus! Everyone seems to be on the go- seeing, exploring, discovering, absorbing different sights and sounds. This

17th Issue

We at Destinations are deeply humbled by the overwhelming acclaim our second anniversary collector’s edition has received from all quarters. With a high fashion editorial at Sadiq Garh Palace, we

Make Your Home SoUnique

When artist and curator Laila Odho Premjee teamed up with Fiza Amjad Khan, a former equity sales trader with a successful career in the finance industry, the online furniture marketplace

Colab‌

Pakistan’s largest collaborative workspace has recently opened its doors in Lahore, providing coworking desks, private offices and a meeting/event space. Designed to foster connections, Colabs provides an opportunity to share

ELQUI VALLEY, CHILE

Witness a total solar eclipse this summer, July 2nd to be exact, in Chile’s beautiful Elqui Valley, considered one of the top astronomical observation destinations in the world. The remote

LULUSAR

Lulusar is group of mountain peaks and a lake in the Kaghan Valley in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The name Lulusar is derived from the word ‘sar’ meaning ‘lake’.

The Witch’s Hour

It’s Sarwat Gilani’s time to shine. Following the success of her latest project, the groundbreaking web series Churails, Gilani has been thrust firmly in the spotlight, wowing critics both at

Orange County

Photography/Post: Hamza Khan BaandeArt Director: Kazim HamayunModel: Fahmeen AnsariFashion Director/Stylist: Tabesh KhojaHair and Makeup: NABILA SalonDesigners: Mahgul, Zaheer Abbas, Natasha KamalLocation: Bhalwal, Sargodha

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.

Castle in the sky

Credits: Photography: Hamza Baande Art Direction: Kazim Humayun Grooming: Toni & Guy Styling & Coordination: Seyham Vahidy Model: Walid Siddiqui Location: Fort Malot, Near Kallar Kahar Outfit: Fibbonaci Bespoke Outfit:

A Window into Kartarpur

With the recent opening of the groundbreaking Kartarpur Corridor,  millions of Sikhs across the border now have unhindered access to one of their holiest sites in the world, the Gurdwara

The Land Before Time

Located in the district of Khushab, Punjab, Soon Valley is known for its beautiful natural landscapes as well historic remains of ancient civilizations. From long-forgotten Hindu temples to colonial-era gardens,

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

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

Along the Buddhist Trail

Led by Ven Wonhaeng, President of Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, a 60-member delegation of Korean Buddhist pilgrims was in Pakistan recently, where they were facilitated by Daewoo Pakistan Express

Style & Seoul

Stylists and BFFs Mehek Saeed, Samiya Ansari and Alishay Adnan were recently in the capital city of South Korea on a vacation that had them catching Seoul at its best.

Timeless Splendour

Designer: Umar SayeedModel: Kiran MalikPhotography: Shahbaz ShaziHair and Makeup: NabilaJewellery: Allure By MHTLocation: Courtesy Erum Binte Shahid

SoUnique

Looking for that unique vintage piece for your space? Or simply want to upgrade your home or office by removing unwanted pieces of furniture? SoUnique is the first of its

La Villa

A beautifully curated space that merges fashion and art, La Villa is a stylista’s dream come true. This first of its kind concept store brings some of Karachi’s most sought-after

Finding Lahore

Acclaimed photographer Amna Zuberi has recently launched her book titled Finding Lahore, which pays homage to the historically rich city of Lahore, its sights and sounds, the moods and the

Cannoli Lahore

The immensely popular Islamabad-based Cannoli by Cafe Soul has finally opened its doors in Lahore, the city of foodies, bringing their infamous mushroom & Swiss cheese burgers, fresh pizzas and

The Land Before Time

Located in the district of Khushab, Punjab, Soon Valley is known for its beautiful natural landscapes as well historic remains of ancient civilizations. From long-forgotten Hindu temples to colonial-era gardens,

Bahawalpur

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 heritage.

ROYAL DIARIES

On the royal trail and part of an exclusive audience in attendance at the interfaith dialogue organized for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge within the age-old Badshahi Mosque in

CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA

Cartagena is a port city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. By the sea is the walled Old Town, founded in the 16th century, with squares, cobblestone streets and colourful colonial buildings.

This side of france

London-based, award-winning financial journalist and writer, Maha Khan Phillips takes a family holiday in France. Accompanied by her husband and son, the trio first goes exploring Lyon – a buzzing

I Scream

Pushing the boundaries of what one would expect from a typical ice cream shop, the quirkily named I Scream offers a wide array of treats with a delightful twist. From

Amavi Patisserie

Popular home-based bakery Amavi has recently launched its trendy new café in Lahore’s DHA. Serving everything from wholesome salads to indulgent burgers, scrumptious desserts and seasonal specialties such as the

The ABC of the XY Art Show

The recently held XY Art Show was created to defy the notion that architects in Pakistan are only capable of designing superstructures; they are, in fact, artists as well. Primarily

Elements of the north

Designer:                                       Deepak & Fahad Photography:                                Nusair Rahman                  Styling:                                          Aarinda Tul Noor

One to watch: Mia Nuriah Freudweiler

Mia Nuriah Freudweiler is a 16-year-old Pakistani-Swiss skier who has recently achieved a great milestone in her young career by qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games 2020 to be held

#SaafDestinations

As part of our ongoing commitment to highlighting the best of Pakistan, DESTINATIONS’ latest initiative is #SaafDestinations, an awareness campaign around keeping Pakistan clean and green. In this regard, here’s

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

CHITRAL DIARIES

Photographer and travel enthusiast, Amna Zuberi, offers a compelling guide to the valleys of Chitral and Ayun with a 360 degree take on where to stay, what to see and

Be Pakistani, Buy Pakistani

By Myra Qureshi Jahangir A women-led initiative, Myra Qureshi Jahangir’s Conatural is the only beauty brand in Pakistan with approved certifications from USDA and is certified organic by ECOCERT ICO.

Sun, Sand, Sea & Steel

It’s only a couple of hours from Karachi and not on anyone’s ‘top destination’ list, but for journalist and award-winning documentary filmmaker, Madeeha Syed  visiting the shipbreaking yard at Gadani,

Kumrat Valley

Kumrat is a charming valley in the upper district of KPK in Pakistan. Located at the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountains, it is surrounded by Chitral to the north,

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,

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

Mogra Malti

We at The PinkTree Company were at sea when it came to conceptualising our Eid 2019 collection. There were many factors to consider – a blistering summer, festive look, light,

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

BNU-SVAD THE ANNUAL TRIO

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

#Travelgram

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

Junoon

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

BENEVOLENT LENDING

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

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

CUSCO, PERU

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

Wusaaq

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,

POWER LUNCH with ISPHANYAR BHANDARA

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