Pakistan: A Cultural and Historical Wonder
As the world tries to recover from the pandemic’s drastic effects, the heart desires to get out there once again and explore the marvels that the world has to offer us. As travel restrictions are eased across the globe, let’s have a look at some cities in Pakistan that you may have heard of, but may not be aware of the culture, history, and unique specialties they harbor. The country is home to a multitude of ethnicities, with a strong connection to their traditions and practices. Amongst the diversity of cultures present, let’s look at three cities that embody the Kuch Khaas of Pakistan.
Multan is a region brimming with art and history, and it won’t be difficult to lose yourself in the abundance of ancient architectural marvels present here. It is home to many great Sufis (notably Shah Rukn-e-Alam and Bahauddin Zakaria), which is why it’s rightfully known as the City of Sufis. The artisans in the region are renowned for their work worldwide, most notably for the blue pottery, Kaashi Gari, which is instantly recognizable from a mile away owing to its unique patterns of shades of typically blue and white. Blue pottery is widely loved. You may have seen exported-versions of these art pieces globally and shied away from the exorbitant prices, but buying it proves to be cheaper right from the heart of where it’s being made and adds a touch of homeliness to your room. A trip to Multan remains incomplete without visiting the magnificent shrines and cathedrals. And what better way to end your trip with the sweet taste of their regional specialty, Sohan Halwa!
A city known for its beautiful landscape and hospitality, Quetta has remained true to its culture and traditions even after hundreds of years. One cannot get enough of the delicious fruits and dry fruits produced in this area, and it leaves no surprise that people refer to it as the fruit garden of Pakistan. If you’re looking for colorful handicrafts, look no further than the bazaars in this city with stunning mirror work and embroidery. The Pashtun rugs and Balochi carpets’ intricate designs make a lovely accent to your home’s ambiance. It makes it all the better that they can be bought for a reasonable price after some bargaining and even compete with the higher-end Persian city products. Who could ask for more?!
The first thing that comes to mind when one hears the word ‘Peshawar’ is undoubtedly the widely renowned Peshawari Chappals. Its popularity was magnified globally when the British fashion designer, Paul Smith, made a similar shoe which sold for £300. Needless to say, you can buy these fashionable Chappals directly from its city of origin for ten times cheaper (perhaps even more)! This iconic footwear has various versions, a notable one being the ‘Kaptaan Chappal’ that was gifted to Imran Khan. This is not where the wonders of Peshawar end. Being one of the oldest cities in all of South Asia, it has been through many eras of Hindu, Muslim, and British rules. So it’s not a surprise that one can find ancient architecture at every corner! From the Cunningham clock tower to the Bala Hissar Fortress, Peshawar does not fall short on sight-seeing and reliving the past.