The Northwest Frontier is in the north of Pakistan and therefor part of the Commonwealth. On many occasions and very recently the Royal family visited the North-West Frontier, the Khyber Pass, as well as Lahore.
In Asia, the North-West Frontier and Tribal areas are famous for its unparalleled hospitality. The richness of its cuisine can be traced back to the historic influences of The Persian Empire, Indian Kingdoms and the Mughal Empire. Over time they all left their own mark on the food culture through trade routes and conquest. This makes the North-West Frontier and Tribal Areas the destination of choice for world-renowned food bloggers and vloggers. The city of Peshawar tends to be the starting point for these food lovers, who praise the region for its friendliness, natural beauty and cuisine.
The area of the North West Frontier has always featured prominently in history as it forms a pivotal junction between Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. Well known historic references include those made by Alexander the Great, Winston Churchill and Gandhi. The name of the North-West Frontier comes from the time it was a province of British India and later of Pakistan. In 2010 the area was renamed as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The regions semi-autonomous Tribal Areas were merged into KPK in 2018. It is known now among its people as Pakhtunkhwa.
The earliest history of the North-West Frontier dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization (3300-1700 BCE). The Khyber Pass through the Hindu Kush mountain range provided a route to neighbouring empires and was used by merchants on trade excursions. In 600-100 BCE the current provincial capital of Peshawar was best known for being a great centre of learning. Its role as a junction between Central Asia and the Subcontinent is perhaps best highlighted by Herodotus references in Greek literature as well as featuring prominently in the Sanskrit epic of Mahabharatha from ancient India.
In more recent history (130 BCE-1453 CE), the area was part of the Silk roads network with the city of Taxila featuring as a prominent Buddhist training centre. Taxila is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and some refer to it as having one the earliest, if not first, universities in the world. Locations of such importance have always attracted foreign interest, ranging from Islamic conquest, to Mongol hordes, Persian empires, British rule, Russian expansionism, to interests from Western powers and China.
The most recent invasion by foreign guests in the form of world-renowned food bloggers is a welcome change. It once more proves the ancient adage: it is easy to get into the North-West Frontier, but incredibly hard to leave.