PESHAWAR: A group of seven Italian photographers, who are on a week-long tour of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, hailed the province as a must-visit destination for tourists, as the cultural diversity and hospitality offered them a charming sight to experience after s to mingle with the local population.
The group came here to find eye-catching images for their photo exhibit and there they came across a treasure trove north of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Interacting with this scribe upon their arrival in the city of Peshawar on Friday, the tourists said they witnessed a satisfying image of the people of KP quite different from what was portrayed in the media which forced them to change their minds. ‘objective.
“The images captured by our cameras are so wonderful that they would definitely win us the first prize at the exhibition,” the band hoped.
The group is there to find eye-catching images for an international exhibition
They said that KP was not on their checklist in their initial travel program to the northern regions of Pakistan, it was only Gilgit-Baltistan, but digging into the history a bit, it came to light that curiosity should be satisfied and walking around the old town of Peshawar really made them feel better and very much at home.
“People’s response in terms of hospitality was quite incredible and the smiles on the faces of old and young men and women were remarkable and welcoming. There was not even a distant sign of terror. We walked the whole the city, including Qissa Khwani, Namak Mandi, Masjid Mahabat Khan, Gor Khatri and several other places,” said Nicola Ducati, a member of the visiting party.
Tourists observed that they had already visited Central Asian states, Afghanistan, India and Gilgit-Baltistan, but the scenic beauty and people’s reaction to KP impressed them greatly. “When we return to our home country, we will launch the idea of visiting the country of multicultural people,” they observed.
Starting their journey from Gilgit-Baltistan 14 days ago, the group was actually looking for some rare images of sites, people and their ancient traditions still in practice so they could put them together for an exhibition. international of photos to be will take place in Paris next year.
“It couldn’t be any other place but KP where its north – Chitral, Swat and Peshawar – presented a lot of what the camera needed to fill its belly with the most charming and inspiring images, a first hand experience of mixing with the local population around the towns and its busy streets were still enough,” explained Riccardo Melzi, a group leader.
Ms. Aurora Arcese, a member of the visiting group, said that northern Pakistan is endowed with extraordinary natural beauty and people with a diverse cultural panorama, colorful dresses and tasty dishes that make them wonder.
Ehsanullah, a Britain-based tour guide, said more than 50 percent of foreign tourists postponed their trip after arriving in Pakistan, but unfortunately visiting the historic Khyber Pass was not allowed. He said if the barriers were removed, the city of Peshawar would be flooded with foreign visitors.
Posted in Dawn, July 30, 2022