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Food is the essence of Pakistani society

Karak Chai Pakistan
The famous cuisines of Pakistan

Pakistan is famous for many cuisines such as Biryani, Karahi Gosht, Chapli Kebab, Nihari etc. Every city is famous for a particular dish, in Peshawar its Chapli Kebabs and Karahi Gosht, in Lahore its Nihari and in Karachi its Biryani.

This is mainly because within Pakistan there exist many different cultures and communities with their own influences. In the Northern areas of Hunza and Chitral the cuisine is less spicy and simpler in flavours than those enjoyed in Punjab and Sindh. I refer back to Michal Wein’s vlogs that I shared with you in which he did a tour around Pakistan to explore all the different flavours on offer, his series provided a great insight on not only the variety but also about how we are a food loving nation.

Our 7 day and 14 day food tours take you on an exploration of the cities of Islamabad, Lahore and Hunza (on the 14 day tour), to not only see the sights on offer but to also experience the local flavours on offer at smaller family owned restaurants or those run by female entrepreneurs. Within the itinerary a workshop has been developed in restaurants and homes for you to see how local cuisines are made from scratch, you may also get the chance to have a go at it yourself.

We’ve collaborated with Chefling Tales owner, Madiha Hamid, to create these tours. Madiha is a real foodie and from her passion to promote local cuisines, she developed her blog portal, Chefling Tales, through which she promotes local recipes and cuisines to ensure that these are protected and preserved.

To give you a flavour of some of the contrasting venues you will be taken to whilst on the tour, we’ve developed a two part vlog focusing on Chai / Tea, in which Madiha takes Cynthia Ritchie, an American film producer, to enjoy tea in a traditional dhaba set in the serene setting of the Margalla Hills of Islamabad and a more modern and contemporary tea house.

Our Food Tours take place in April and October, but if there are a group of 5 of you, then we can organise a tour outside of these two dates but would need at least 5 weeks notice to organise.

Check out our exclusive food Vlog in which Madiha, founder of Chefling Tales, catches up with Cynthia Ritchie over a cup of “Karak Chai”.

For more ideas and inspirations for our packages in Pakistan do get in touch via our Facebook or Instagram page.

Don’t just see it, experience it with Xperience Pakistan.

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