Salman Rashid

Travel writer, Fellow of Royal Geographical Society

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If papers and journals with respectable circulation were to have stand alone travel sections, I am convinced that these sections readership will be very high. People are interested in travelling, only they have nowhere to turn for information. Once upon a time PTDC and the provincial tourism development corporations were of some help. Today only KPK and Kashmir have tourism departments that one can even mention.

That having been said, it is essential to understand what the travel section should be. It is excellent to contain not just information on getting there, where to stay once there and what to see. But even more important is to try and induce a sense of provenance: the why and wherefore of the place. This sense will breed pride in what/who the traveller is and sensitivity to the monument or whatever. We might have fewer vandals that way; and also fewer tourists and more genuine travelers.

Related: My Association with TNS

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Deosai: Land of the Gaint - New

The Apricot Road to Yarkand

Jhelum: City of the Vitasta

Sea Monsters and the Sun God: Travels in Pakistan

Salt Range and Potohar Plateau

Prisoner on a Bus: Travel Through Pakistan

Between Two Burrs on the Map: Travels in Northern Pakistan

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