“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou

Istanbul: 3 Day Itinerary

Hello fellow Pakistanis! It looks to me that you’re planning a trip to Istanbul. Well isn’t that just delightful!

The best service to yourself when travelling to a new place is to list down and build an elaborate itinerary for yourself of all the places you should and you wish to see while you’re there. Most of us have a limited time when on vacation to see an entire city, which makes it all the more necessary to be organized in advance to be as time-efficient and productive during our adventure as possible.

Here is a sample itinerary for a three day visit to Istanbul based on my highly recommended attractions in Istanbul that you can read more about here: Continue reading “Istanbul: 3 Day Itinerary”


Top 12 Places to See in Istanbul


This has been one really difficult list to prepare because Istanbul is host to a truck load of amazing places to see. Listing only twelve seemed a little unfair but I tried my best to do absolute justice here. You might notice that googling this very title will take you to many similar lists on the web, listing places ranked by people from all over the world. So what makes this list any different you might ask. The answer is simply this: the sights here are listed primarily for a Pakistani tourist, keeping in mind the history, culture and interests that Pakistanis share with one another and would be most enticed to see. Continue reading “Top 12 Places to See in Istanbul”

10 Reasons to Visit Istanbul, NOW!


I have visited Istanbul four times in my life and, to be honest, I haven’t lived that long yet. But given an opportunity, I would definitely make a trip to this gorgeous city again. For a Pakistani, travelling isn’t easy. It’s expensive and the planning is cumbersome with most sites catering to foreign bhai behens. So what is the reason for such immense love for a city? Simply put: Istanbul is the complete package. It is beauty in every block, culture reflecting in every building, art and music in the air, and most importantly for every Pakistani, a sense of connection and Halal food. It is, in my humble opinion, one of the very few places in the world where a Pakistani is treated with the utmost respect, to the extent that sometimes you’re taken aback. Well, in a nice way, Ofcourse! We’re not used to foreigners being so nice to us so it’s understandable. Anyway, enough of the rambling, it’s time to see why Istanbul deserves to be your first choice if you’re planning a trip. Continue reading “10 Reasons to Visit Istanbul, NOW!”

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