We are thrilled by the tremendous response our debut issue has received and we look forward to sharing more of Pakistan and its inspiring stories, places and people with you in the coming months. Our second issue brims with tales of warm welcomes, exciting explorations, travels to faraway lands and tours within urban centres. Senior journalist and writer Reema Abbasi pens a riveting narrative about her journey to Umarkot. As the birthplace of Mughal emperor Akbar, this small town in interior Sindh is of great historical significance and a melting pot of languages, religions and traditions.
Moving further southwest, we arrive in cosmopolitan Karachi. Cover girl and pop sensation Sara Haider tours some of her favourite spots in her hometown and pays homage to the best of art, culture and heritage this city by the sea has to offer. Art imitates travel in its ability to blur boundaries, create bridges and reimagine identities and hence, it is one of the highlights of this issue. Given that Pakistani art and artists have been creating waves internationally, we take this opportunity to celebrate their achievements around the globe in our section, The Fine Art of Travel.
It is the onset of summer. For those who wish to escape the heat and head out, we have selected locations both domestic and international. If you’re searching for cooler climes closer to home, there is the beautiful Namal Valley that beckons with its broad peaks and serene lakes. If, like our style stars Redah Misbah and Shammal Qureshi, you desire sun, sand and surf, we’ve decoded Bali and its tropical wonders for you. F
or art and culture enthusiasts, Iran is the trending choice. As the country re-engages with the rest of the world, the Tehran Museum with its priceless treasures opens its doors to international visitors. We, at Destinations, have made decision-making easier by routing out an exciting Persian itinerary. From style inspiration to travel advice, a dose of culture and a taste of the most delectable meals, flip through the pages to get a round-up of some of the best Pakistan has to offer and discover what lies beyond.