A warm hello to sunshine! As summer rolls in and temperatures soar, it’s that time of the year when an escape to cooler climes or even the mere thought of it is paramount to our imaginations. After all, it’s holiday season! Our third issue, a summer special, titled “Go North”, serves not only as travel guide for those planning their vacations but also as a ticket to these lands of pristine beauty that offer respite from the immense heat of the plains, for those who must strive to head out.
The emphasis this time is on discovery; to open our eyes and see what’s there – new topography, new people and new cultures; on the desire to consciously become aware of the options that surround us, waiting to be explored; and on treading paths less travelled. Our cover story is from Hunza where travel enthusiast, Fahad Rehman, journeys along the ancient Silk Route and is completely overcome with awe and respect for the stately splendor of history and nature he experiences as he travels around the fabled areas of northern Pakistan. Not too far from the former princely state are the incredibly beautiful valleys of Naran and Shogran.
It is here that clean green pastures lay huddled in amongst snow-capped mountains and it is here that the stars shine brightest in the black velvet sky. Recently visited by a group of college undergraduates from National College of Arts, Lahore, student Maham Mansoor’s narrative offers a soul stirring account of a memorable trip. Moving further up north is the charming valley of Chitral. Hamid Rashid, along with a few friends, travels to this land of warm hospitality, scenic vistas and culinary nirvana. In his signature light-hearted manner, Rashid narrates tales of long-drawn hiking adventures, pleasant trips to nearby areas and relaxed bonfire evenings. While on the subject of travel and culture, tradition is not far behind. Journalist, Sonya Rehman writes a compelling tale of obsession with mithai, mapping the social evolution and cultural significance of desi sweets.
Heading down south, to the plains of Punjab and Sindh, there are visual stories on two of the most famous marketplaces of Pakistan- Lahore’s Anarkali and Hyderabad’s Choori Gali. Model Zara Peerzada stars in our editorial shoot showcasing an interesting mix of modern and traditional styles, set against the backdrop of the historic bazaar in Lahore. Discover the craft of bangle-making in Hyderabad as you read about the journey of the festive accessory through time. From the north right down to the south, panoramas to bazaars, style to heritage, let Destinations guide you through the holidays.