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Tourism and mindset

PAKISTAN has deserts, beaches and some of the world’s highest, most stunning mountains. We have plenty of religious, cultural and heritage sites too. These are not just related to the…

‘Darshan’ for tourism

When we travel, we either discover America or succeed in finding ourselves. This is a lesson good enough for any country’s foreign policy, tourism policy and even economic policy. A…

Skardu tourism

It is well said that mountain tourism changes a person’s life. Once you go for a trip to the mountainous valleys, you are not the same. You end up feeling…

How to build tourism

Arguably Pakistan is a prime destination for tourism. This has been promoted by various governments, including the recent government of the PTI. There is some sense in this. With its…

Responsible tourism

A video clip of a family that went on a tour to the northern regions of the country has gone viral on social media. In the middle of the night,…

Tourism for peace

Being the chairperson of the task force on Gandhara tourism formed by the prime minister of Pakistan, I have decided to celebrate the birth anniversary of Gautama Buddha today (May…

Gandhara tourism

The northern territories of Pakistan were once an integral part of Buddhist-dominated ancient Gandhara civilization, which extended from the 1st century to the 7th century. Many historical monuments and holy…

Tourism travails

I have had the privilege of living in an eclectic mix of cities over the years – Geneva, Istanbul, Dhaka and London to name a few. Due to my fond…

The downside of unplanned tourism

In the Dardic Belt (Torwali and Gawri) and Gujari areas of Swat, people did not have access to modernity and modernization some 50 or 60 years ago. The area was…

Religious tourism

For the first time in Canada’s national history, November is being celebrated as Hindu Heritage Month. The resolution, presented by Chandra Arya, a Hindu member of the Canadian parliament, to…