New York Times enlisted the historic walled city of Lahore in 52 dream destinations for tourism lovers to visit in 2021.
The NYT, an American Daily with worldwide readership, compiled its list , 52 places to love in 2021. After having more than 2,000 suggestions, received by it from the readers. They asked them about the spots that had delighted, inspired and comforted them in a dark year.
It is not the first time that the world acknowledges Pakistan’s tourism potential. The country has already been recommended to the tourists as must-visit place by the global magazines such as Forbes and Condé Nast Traveler. Due to its breathtaking tourist destinations scattered across the country.
“Especially in winter, this city nourishes you. It opens its arms to you, then feeds you and wraps you in a hug,” remarked Haneen Iqbal, one of the American daily’s reader, about the walled city.
The New York Times posted her view on its site, which described Lahore as one of the best city due to its culture, history and hospitality.
Other countries’ cities that included in the list were Siwa Oasis of Egypt, The Llanos of Colombia, Kaliya Dhrow of India, Northern Mariana Islands of Saipan, Isfahan, Iran and other
A MUST HAVE ON EVERYONE’S LIST
Meanwhile, National Tourism Coordination Board Chairman Sayed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari also took to twitter to inform the nation about the development.
“Lahore is among the New York Times top picks to visit in 2021. Lahore’s rich culture, warmth, hospitality & the most amazing food in the world awaits travelers. A must-have on everyone’s list!,” Bukhari, who is also prime minister’s special assistant on overseas Pakistanis, tweeted.
“A must-have on everyone’s list!” he added.
AUTHOR’S VIEWS ABOUT LAHORE
Haneen Iqbal wrote the article about Lahor. She expressed her love for the city that people love for its rich culture and lively atmosphere.
“I was 18, and I hadn’t been back to Lahore for 12 years. It was winter. At the open-air Liberty Market, my mother and I wandered athe stalls. As cloth vendors unfurled bright bolts of fabric, beckoning us to come to look. Consequently, at dusk, with pashmina shawls wrapped around our shoulders. We devoured a bowl of spicy chicken karahi, using piping hot khamiri roti bread to wipe the bowl clean. The food practically sang as it made its way into our mouths,” Iqbal wrote.
“Pakistan has a bad reputation and is often overlooked by travelers who come to South Asia. But Lahoris are some of the kindest, most hospitable people,” wrote Iqbal. Moreover, she shared that she loves to watch the Punjab locals feasting on terraces of restaurants overlooking the grand Badshahi Mosque.
“They are just regular people living their regular lives, and they are so alive in the present, while always connected to their past,” the author described.
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