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My First #RoadTrip From Beaches To Mountains – Part 1 Reaching Lahore the same day

Go!! Every year to a place you’ve never been before. 

I kinda took this quote seriously few years back when I decided to start saving for trip to North. My first ever Northern areas trip happened in 2009 – after 6 years of marriage and an year long committe savings. That explains how middle class I am. It was kinda our honeymoon too coz we weren’t blessed with kids back then. I still have the diary keeping records of that trip expenses. We were a group of cousins, 6 couples and that American system wala trip was a memorable one. From a lotta for train journey that we bought from Pindi station to a cup of tea at Ayubia we documented everything lol.

After that it is like chutt’ti nahi hy ghalib munn ko lagi hoi. I crave for vacations. Something that has never happened before. The biggest question was how to save money for a trip while living in a rented house and on budget always. Well, we decided to carry on with committee system for savings and made every effort to at least save a salary every year. Then we plan our trip as per available budget and Voila!!

God has been kind and in past 7 years we’ve been blessed with two kids and a car Alhamdulilah. Ever since we’ve bought Vitz it was a dream to go for a road trip up North. Finally we headed to Northern Areas from Karachi this July.  I’ve documented my trip live in tweets on the hashtag #RoadTrip and you must have read my experiences if you’re following me on Twitter. 

Anyway, so it was our first ever road trip and our first destination was Lahore. We were accompanied by Brother in law who is an expert of driving and an avid traveler too. Luckily he was in Karachi and going back to Lahore the same day. So we invited him to give company & tips during the ride. He was like raat tak lahore hongay bus subha 6 bje niklo. Although I was a bit skeptical about it coz Karachi to Lahore is actually 1200+Km and as per Google maps you’ll be needing more than 18hrs to get there if you drive without staying in between. 

We went to pick him up at 5:30am anyway and started my Cinderella ride. A trip that has to end at midnight. Follow this thread to get every detail from fuel to finger licking good dhabba food. 

Karachi to Lahore from 6am to Midnight:

  • Started the journey at 6am from Karachi. 
  • I was accompanied by my husband, brother in law and two kids (4+ & 2+ yrs old). 
  • Kept them engaged with Disney movies on LCD and a Tablet with some games. Some Lays, their feeders and cupcakes etc. 
  • Reached Moro at 11:30 am and it was our first stop for breakfast/brunch at Royal Taj restaurant. Wasted good 45-55 minutes there. Not worth it. 
  • Reached Ghotki at 2pm and entered Punjab at 3pm.
  • Reached Sadiqabad from Karachi in full tank. Refilled the tank after almost 569 km. 
  • Vitz gave 14±Km/ltr average.
  • Next stop was for lunch/dinner at around 6:30 pm near Ahmed pur East. The dhabba was at Jalla Arain and the food was scrumptious.

  • Continued the journey and crossed Multan-faisalabad motorway at 9pm.
  • Third refueling was at Mian Chunnu after driving 955km in two tanks. 
  • By 11:30 we’ve reached Manga mandi where brother in law lives. 

That’s how we managed to reach Lahore before midnight the same day and I kinda consider it an achievement because of traveling with 2 kids. Also, it is important to mention that I was pregnant while on this trip. What’s your excuse of staying away from a Road trip? 

Will follow up with part two of my road trip to cover my lahore experience and Road trip to Naran from Lahore. 

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TPL Maps launched Pakistan’s First Street Vision Map

How cool it will be to see any street of Lahore on your smartphone while sitting in Karachi or roaming around Lahore?(Atleast you don’t have to say that never ask for directions in Lahore. If you know what I mean) Or exploring the streets of Islamabad by virtually watching them in your smartphone? That too for free. You just have to download TPL Maps app. 

Pakistan’s first digital mapping solution, TPL Maps has launched the Street Vision feature for Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. The attribute will allow users to virtually view the streets of three major cities through their smartphones. This is the first of its kind feature being launched in Pakistan which is a technology breakthrough by any mapping company in the country.

The street vision comes packed with features which include 60,000+ images and covers a street network of approximately 3,000 kilometers across the three top cities of Pakistan. Consumers can now virtually see their favorite locations such as restaurants, hotels, residential areas, cinemas, parks and other popular public places from almost anywhere around the world via their mobile phones.

”Our Street Vision feature provides people in Pakistan with a unique experience to roam city streets without being physically present at the spot. The Street Vision feature is being launched for the first time in Pakistan and resides as part of our strategy of localization and providing exciting services to our consumers. Our enthusiasm is palpable as this service will be a game changer for students, business and start-ups across Pakistan,” 

said Adeel Hashmi, Head of Maps, TPL Trakker.

“With the launch of this feature, Pakistan can boast of being one of the few countries in the world to have a local street level view. No other mapping service in the country provides such comprehensive street level view experience. Our vision for this digitalization age in Pakistan is to bring continuous innovation in the mapping solutions to create value for individuals and business users of TPL Maps platform.” he added.

The Street Vision feature is expected to expand to other major cities of Pakistan in the future including Quetta, Peshawar, Faisalabad and other cities in the span of next few months.

TPL Maps already offers Satellite View and Night Mode options as part of the free app offering and with Street Vision feature being added, it intends to be the household mapping brand in Pakistan. Soon consumers will be able to add their favorite location on Street Vision which will generate a lot of interest and enthusiasm amongst the digital savvy youth populations of the country.

#SastaTicketBlackFriday – Time to book your flights on discount 

Fasten your seatbelts because Sastaticket.pk is about to take you on a flight of a lifetime, with awesome deals and deep discounts of up to 50% discounts on your favorite hotels and destinations around the world! That is right! You can head to any corner of the world and pay a lot less than what you otherwise would, all thanks to our limited time offer this Black Friday!
Mark your Calendars for 11:59 Pm PST on 24th November 2016 and browse through our hundreds of hotels and airlines and plan that perfect trip you have always wanted, but only a lot cheaper this time.

Want to visit the Coliseum in Rome? The Eiffel Tower? Or How about the great northern areas of our very own beautiful homeland? Now is the perfect time to drop in a leave application at work and book your trip to a destination of your choice at Sastaticket.pk.

Sastaticket.pk has on offer a wide variety of airlines, destinations and hotels on offer this Black Friday which you can book all through 25th November and avail incredible discounts. This Black Friday, Sastaticket.pk presents to you a staggering 50% discount on your favorite domestic hotels and Rs 1,000 off on all domestic flights booked on Black Friday. For our customers looking for some international deals, fear not! Sastaticket.pk is giving a Rs 5,000 discount on all International flights and an additional 10% discount on all the best and the biggest hotels around the world! 

Book your tickets and hotels this Black Friday and go on that vacation that you have been longing for so long! Don’t Forget, Friday, 25th November is the day you need to remember!

#ServisTyre TVC will left you dreaming a road trip

Servis Tyres, the market leaders in motorcycle tyres in Pakistan, has recently launched its new campaign with a star studded commercial and we’re like o my gosh. It’s no less than stunning and makes you wanna go on a Road trip with friends.

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Servis Tyres left a trail of success with its previous TVC starring Shaan and took the challenge of penetrating in the market with effective advertising. The past TVC gave a massive uplift to the brand setting the bar high for any new communication to follow.

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The concept of the new TVC of Servis tyres is inspired by the youth of today who are passionate about living life to its fullest. A life which is cultivated with friendship, love and adrenaline rush. They are the ones who experience life.  Depicting this youth, the idea is a song showing young bikers as they live a side of life that everyone would always wish for.

‘Chalti Rahay Zindagi’ showcases three friends as they set on a dream road trip.  What makes it even better is the stardom seen in this commercial. Superstars like Shaan Shahid, Hamza Ali Abbasi and Danish Taimoor have changed the face of the TVC with their very cool biker getup as they ride across different terrains on heavy bikes. Keeping the TVC very relatable to the audience, we see the group of friends in different locations while experiencing all the excitement that life has to offer.

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While the encapsulating words draw the attention, the composition takes the listener to another world.  With the background score sung by Ali Zafar, his vocals have surely done justice to the complete look & feel of the TVC.
By all means, this TVC will surely grip the viewer’s attention and will remain a highlight for many years to come.

CAREEM Celebrates Spirit of Pakistan Day through a Scavenger Hunt Spread across Historic Locations

Careem has become Pakistan’s leading mobile app based ride in no time. Their operations are running smoothly in mega cities like Karachi and Lahore. Booking chauffeur driven cars is just a tap away. Instead of going out to hunt taxis it’s better and lot more easier to call Careem.

Not only their service but their online presence is amazing too with collaborations and ventures. Careem conducted a scavenger hunt for public of Karachi and Lahore in celebration of Pakistan Day. Themed around photography of local cultural & historic sites, the hunt saw participants, based on clues provided, racing to various locations of their respective city by utilizing CAREEM’s services.

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“Although we are a Dubai based start-up, present in 25 global cities, we are proud to say our roots can be traced back to this country, as CAREEM’s app has been completely developed in Pakistan,”

said Junaid Iqbal, Managing Director – CAREEM Networks.

“This scavenger hunt was planned to not only celebrate this historic day, but also to inculcate in today’s youth the need to be in touch with our roots. For this reason, we chose historic and culturally rich sites for this competition, while the aspect of uploading photographs of each site to social media allows us to promote these locations across the world.”

The monuments for the competition, as decided upon by the management, were the Quaid-e-Azam Library, Lahore Fort, Azadi Bridge, Lahore Museum and Fortress Stadium in Lahore and Pakistan Air Force Museum, Tomb of Abdullah Shah Ghazi, Hindu Gymkhana, Jehangir Kothari Parade and Karachi Goan Association in Karachi.

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Junaid further added, “I congratulate the winning teams and the runners-up from both cities. We hope all the participants enjoyed a fun-filled day out with their families and friends and had a great Careem experience in celebrating Pakistan Day.”

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36 participants from Lahore and 27 from Karachi were chosen to take part in this unique scavenger hunt through a prior registration process. Beginning at 11 am, the participants, along with their loved ones, went about their respective cities to take a picture of each location, upload it to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #CAREEMPAK #PakHunt #(teamname) as hashtags before moving on to the next.

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Team Markhor from Karachi and Team KalaJadu from Lahore, the winners of the competition, were able to upload pictures of all the locations by 3:00PM on Wednesday, the competition’s deadline. The hunt concluded with a closing ceremony at both cities, where winners and runners-up were handed prizes by CAREEM’s Management.