Journeys are always exciting. They’re always brimming with the promise of adventure and always carry forth memorable tales of exploration. Therefore, it is with great joy and honor we announce that DESTINATIONS has been on the road for a year and has many amazing tales to relate from our journey thus far. It’s a milestone for us and there’s many more to go. On the road with us, this time we find the equally young and spirited Feroze Khan. His energy and enthusiasm encapsulates the essence of our odyssey. Like a phoenix, he is on the rise and there’s no stopping him!
To be young is a great time to be alive. The list of possibilities is endless. Making a trip of their own to the rustic plains of Punjab are two very talented young people- photographer Mohsin Khawar and Pakistan’s ace male model, Aimal Khan. Through a colorful collage of photos they capture the vibrancy and the vibe of the annual carnival they attend at SheikhuShareef, a small village in Okara district.
Spring breeds new life and marks new beginnings. In the northern valley of Hunza, the season is welcomed in shades of pink and white as the legendary cherry blossoms bloom for a brief one month. Photographer-writer sister duo, Maryam and Zainab Altaf go on a magical tour through a land that is frequented by princes and fairies.
Also off the beaten track comes a great tale of adventure, mystery and romance. The cave city of Lasbella, officially Gondrani was home to a people once. Who were they and where did they go; when and why did they live in these caves, we may never truly know but there are many legends abound what is now known as the ‘House of Spirits’. With her spell binding photos and fabled stories, journalist and travel enthusiast, Madeeha Syed takes us on this mythical trip through Balochistan.
Moving away from the past into the future, we are looking forward to the coming year when Lahore will host one of the biggest art events of Pakistan as it presents the Lahore Biennale from February 4 through March 25, 2018. DESTINATIONS is proud to serve as the official media partner for the biennale that will carry us forward into the international art arena.
It is heartening to note how the Pakistani art scene is flourishing and our artists are receiving accolades. This issue features five contemporary artists who have made headlines, both on national and global scale, for their groundbreaking works in recent months.
While on the topic of going places, the Pakistan embassy in Berlin recently showcased #BrandPakistan, an event celebrating the best of Pakistani style. A city renowned for its resilience and avant-garde style, it served as the perfect backdrop to highlight a side of Pakistan not often presented internationally.
In the late 1800s, Khawaja Mohammad Bux set sail from the Indian subcontinent and landed ashore the far away city of Perth, Australia, founding a new home for himself and all future generations. Crossing continents and cultures, this is the story Madiha Bux tells of her family and their legacy as they made their mark in a foreign land without losing sight of their native identity.
To inspire your summer plans, we have holiday narratives from the Far East, Central America and parts of lesser travelled Europe. From Seoul comes a comprehensive A-Z city guide as journalist, Yusra Askari details the best the Korean capital has to offer. In the exotic city of Tulum, Momina Aijazuddin Saeed and her family holiday on pristine sand beaches, visit ancient Mayan ruins and see mystical underwater caves. Meanwhile, London-based Sania Broad travels to the coastal region of Puglia, south Italy in tow with her husband and her brood of four to experience the rustic charm and rich history of ancient sites, baroque architecture, olive trees and whitewashed towns.
With all these chronicles of discovery, accounts of accomplishments, sagas relating family history and holiday stories, our message is loud and clear: the world is your oyster!