How travelling can help cure the winter blues

Has the winter season left you down in the dumps? Well, you are not alone. Many people around the world tend to feel low when it gets cold. And yes, science can explain why this happens. Winter blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that often strikes when the cold temperature … Continue reading How travelling can help cure the winter blues

The mysterious cuckoo bird of Arang Kel

By Fatima Shaheen Niazi Kashmir is known as the land of looming mountains and lush green scenery. But to me, it will always be a place where I heard the voice of a cuckoo bird while no one else could. Here is how it all started. A friend and I decided to head out to … Continue reading The mysterious cuckoo bird of Arang Kel

Why a commemorative coin on Guru Nanak’s 550th birthday is a step towards peace

Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan, is an important site for Sikhs since it is believed Guru Nanak – the founder of Sikhism – lived and died in that region. However, before the Kartarpur Corridor became a reality, Indian Sikhs would often complete their pilgrimage by simply performing ‘darshan’ of the temple from across the border. … Continue reading Why a commemorative coin on Guru Nanak’s 550th birthday is a step towards peace

A woman’s guide to exploring Islamabad alone

By Fatima Shaheen Niazi Travelling alone in Pakistan isn’t easy, especially if you are a woman. But here’s a newsflash - it’s not impossible either! All you need to do is break the chains of society dictating what you can and cannot do based on your gender. Here’s what convinced me to travel alone. I have always … Continue reading A woman’s guide to exploring Islamabad alone

The independence of Gilgit-Baltistan

Anyone who has travelled to Gilgit-Baltistan is aware of how hospitable and accepting the people of the region are towards travellers. No matter what your race or religion is, the mountain folk will always welcome you with open arms. However, looking at the peaceful region now, it’s hard to imagine they too, were once oppressed … Continue reading The independence of Gilgit-Baltistan

10 healthy road trip snacks for those on a diet

Since areas like Gorakh, Kashmir and Hunza don’t have airports, the only way to reach them is through hours of road travel. Unfortunately, even a weekend trip to Balochistan from Karachi takes a few hours. The enemy for anyone on a diet during these road trips are junk snacks and sugar-filled goodies. Hence, many a … Continue reading 10 healthy road trip snacks for those on a diet