"The next morning when I met my driver and guide they both welcomed me in with hugs and kisses. They even paid for my lunch and dinner that day.
A day back I had written a lengthy complaint letter to the travel agent who happened to be my guides brother also. I assumed that had kind of done the job. However, halfway through my trip I realized that it wasn't the letter that had warmed up my company. The guide later told me that he was under tremendous stress because his wallet had a large sum of money in it. All my expenses in addition to his and the driver's were in that one wallet. In retrospect, if it was not for this entire ordeal I wouldn't have reached out and met some really amazing and fun people in Multan, Lahore and Karachi.
The most memorable part of my journey was in the Cholistan Desert - where I celebrated my birthday, coincidently it was also my guide's birthday. Before that day he had never celebrated it - so i had to plan something special. We camped not far from the Derawar Fort on a sand dune overlooking the Abbasi tombs under the Milky Way. We had a Qawali troupe play for us also. We invited the locals from the neighboring village to come in and join our party.
Being amidst people I'd just met but feeling like I'd known them for an entire lifetime is a memory I'll never forget. My new friends even gifted me an "Ajrak" as a birthday present. After years of traveling around the world I can say this with confidence that Pakistan truly was one of my favorite destinations. No doubt Pakistan has some great sights to see but what makes this country great is it's people. They're super friendly, hospitable and very easy to get along with. Bohat bohat shukria Pakistan !" (2/2) #touristsinkhi @alialbdulla @thedecemberissue