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10 things from National ka Pakistan we can relate to

The fifth season of National ka Pakistan takes audiences on a virtual tour of Pakistan featuring Chef Saadat and Shuja Haider. Through music, conversation and sheer spirit of adventure the two discover new facets  of every place they visit.

And yes, we are a little jealous.

Watching the breathtaking natural beauty in ‘National Ka Pakistan‘ may inspire you to grab a backpack and hit the highway but if you are a patriot with a serious case of wanderlust then you may want to add the show YouTube playlist while you plan your next trip. It is filled with pro-tips on where to visit and what to eat at every destination.

Until then enjoy the many things we can all relate to…

WHEN SHUJA HAIDER IS AMAZED BY HOW AWESOME SINDH IS

Pakistanis are pros when it comes to complaining about how those outside the country have “misconceptions” about our culture and religion but often we are guilty of the same. Musician Shuja Haider  talks about how he falls in love with local people during the trek through Sindh.


WHEN NOT EVEN BLACK ICE COULD STOP THIS ADVENTURE

We’ve all been there: packed and ready to conquer the snowy mountains when the roads just don’t cooperate. But when the glazed roads of northern Pakistan become a bit too treacherous for their little green hi-ace (even after Chef Saadat and his tour guide Tanvir give it a push) the two simply continue their plans – on horse back.

National Ka Pakistan - S5E02 - Nathia Gali & Mardan


When wild monkeys turn out to be foodies too

Can we really blame these tiny creatures for pouncing on you if you don’t feed them? We’re all a little grumpy when we’re hungry.

National Ka Pakistan - S5E02 - Nathia Gali & Mardan

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When Chef Saadat reminds us why street food is the best

As he explores a shrine Chef Saadar comes across the unique combo of chanaa paaye, at a street side stall.  He’s tried chanay. He’s tried paaye. Together they are a total win. He muses over his new discovery saying that exploration is the best way to find something new and amazing. 


WHEN YOU WONDER IF YOUR GYM INSTRUCTOR EVER EATS CARBS

Chef Saadat is all of us as he asks mountain of a man and “Sher-e-Pakistan” prize-winner exactly what he eats. The scantily clad wrestler says his diet is rather typical and his bulk is mostly the result of exercise. 

WHEN GOOGLE MAPS FAILS YOU

As Shuja Haider hunts down musical prodigies in rural Punjab he bumps into a few roadblocks – like locating the house of the local talent. Fortunately, in small towns neighbors know each other so he gets by with a little help from a cart driver.


WHEN YOU HAVE A KETCHUP CRAVING

Ever been given the side-eye for adding ketchup to a gourmet meal? We feel you. But if Chef  Saadat does it (in the middle of the forest, no less) so can the rest of us.

National Ka Pakistan - S5E02 - Nathia Gali & Mardan


WHEN A KARAK CUP OF CHAI MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU CAN CONQUER THE WORLD

That caffeine high, though. 

National Ka Pakistan - S1E09 - Peshawar


WHEN THE GENEROSITY OF OUR PEOPLE WARMS YOUR HEART

Sometimes the poorest men are the richest in spirit. Our hosts experience this again and again on their journey from Season One when an elderly hat maker in Chitral on the foot of Tirich Mir, the highest peak of the Hindu Kush refuses to charge him as he is a ‘mehman’ (guest) to the latest season where volunteer tour guides show the duo their city.


WHEN you binge watch NATIONAL KA PAKISTAN all night

The travelogue that explores the food, architecture, music and nature of our beautiful country is totally addictive. Be careful if you are watching on YouTube because you may not want to stop!


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