Famed video blogger Trevor James says “already in love with Pakistan”

James announced in February that his travels around the globe in search of delicious street cuisine were soon bringing him to Pakistan. He is visiting the country with his Chinese wife Ting Ting. (Photo courtesy: @thefoodranger/Instagram)
Updated 21 March 2019

Famed video blogger Trevor James says “already in love with Pakistan”

  • Popularly called “The Food Ranger,” James is in Pakistan with his wife Ting
  • Says their time in the country “one of the best trips we’ve ever been on”

ISLAMABAD: Famous video blogger Trevor James, whose “The Food Ranger” YouTube channel has over 2.6 million subscribers, arrived in Pakistan last week and said he was already in love with the country. 

James announced in February that his travels around the globe in search of delicious street cuisine were soon bringing him to Pakistan. He is visiting the country with his Chinese wife Ting Ting.

“Already in love with Pakistan!,” James posted on Instagram while dining at Islamabad’s Monal restaurant in the Margalla Hills overlooking the capital. “We’re gonna be exploring a ton and diving in deep for Foodrangin’ and show you how amazing and friendly it is here!!!”

In February, after a meeting with Muhammad Mudassir Tipu, Pakistan’s Consul General to Chengdu, where James is curretly based in China, he said: “Pakistan is a beautiful country and I am excited to visit the country and explore the sights and sounds of its vibrant and resilient cities.”

Originally from Canada, James became curious about food and travel after attending university and encountering people from all over the world. HIs travels took him to China where he met his wife Ting Ting. In 2015, they started traveling together making videos about street eats. After recent trips to India and Bangladesh, the couple have now landed in Pakistan. 

In one Instagram post this week, James and Ting said they were in the eastern city of Lahore eating the “best” nihari they have ever tasted. 

“This ultra rich beef stew at Waris nihari in the deep back lanes of Lahore is a life changing flavour you must try in your lifetime! Wow!” James posted

In another photo of Ting with food vendors hard at work in Lahore’s Walled City, James said: “Pakistan is an amazing country and beautiful destination for travel and food lovers!”

The couple’s most recent post shows Ting photographed with cooks in a Pakistani street restaurant kitchen: 

“We are overwhelmed with the amazing hospitality here. Everywhere we go, people are smiling at us and welcoming us to Pakistan. I can feel the locals friendliness toward me and Trev everywhere we go. Traveling through this country has opened my eyes to how friendly and welcoming Pakistan truly is. Trev says he wants to keep coming back and has already fallen in love with Pakistan and I completely agree, we are going to have to keep exploring more of this beautiful country!,’ she wrote. ‘This is one of the best trips we’ve ever been on!”


India, Pakistan said to sign Kartarpur agreement on Wednesday

Updated 22 October 2019

India, Pakistan said to sign Kartarpur agreement on Wednesday

  • The project is a rare recent example of diplomatic cooperation between the two South Asian rivals
  • New Delhi says “disappointed” by Pakistan’s decision of “levying a service fee of $20 per pilgrim per visit”

LAHORE: India has decided to sign the Kartarpur Corridor agreement on October 23, said an official statement issued by New Delhi’s External Affairs Ministry on Monday, even though it expressed its disappointment over Pakistan’s decision to levy $20 service fee per pilgrims and asked Islamabad to reconsider it.

“In view of the long pending demand of the pilgrims to have visa-free access to Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib and in the interest of operationalization of the corridor in time before the Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary on November 12, the government on Monday conveyed [to Pakistan] that India would be ready to sign the agreement on the corridor on Wednesday,” the statement said.

Pakistan is all set to open the world’s largest Sikh temple to pilgrims and the public on Nov. 9, as construction work on the Kartarpur corridor enters its final stages, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced on his official Facebook page on Sunday.

The visa-free border crossing from India to Kartarpur in Pakistan will be inaugurated just ahead of one of Sikhism’s most sacred festivals, and the 550th birthday of the religion’s founder, Guru Nanak on Nov. 12.

“Pakistan is all set to open its doors for Sikhs from all across the globe, as the construction work on the Kartarpur project enters final stages and will be open to the public on 9th November 2019,” the Prime Minister said on Facebook.

He added: “World’s largest Gurdwara will be visited by Sikhs from across India and other parts of the world.”

However, India’s official statement on Monday said it was “a matter of disappointment” that Pakistan continued “to insist on levying a service fee of $20 per pilgrim per visit.”

The Kartarpur project is a rare recent example of diplomacy between the two South Asian rivals, who came to the brink of war in February this year. In August, relations were further inflamed when India flooded its portion of the disputed Kashmir valley with troops, imposed a communications lockdown and revoked the special legal status of the territory.

Since then, diplomatic relations between the two countries have been virtually non-existent, with Pakistan recalling its envoy from India and banning bilateral trade.

But for the Sikh minority population in India’s northern state of Punjab and elsewhere, the diplomatic overture from Pakistan will come as a relief. The community has long sought easier access to the temple in Kartarpur, a village just 4 km over the border in Pakistan, and which otherwise requires a lengthy visa and travel process.

Instead of visas, Sikh and other pilgrims will now be given special permits to access the shrine, with online registration from the Indian interior ministry live on Sunday.

Indian Punjab’s Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, has invited the leaders of all Indian political parties to join him to cross the border to the Gurdwara for the opening ceremony.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Indian side of the corridor but it is yet unclear whether he will cross into Pakistan following the event.

Indian pilgrims will pay Pakistan $20 to use the corridor, which includes roadways, a bridge over the Ravi River and an immigration office, with up to 5,000 Indians to be allowed access daily.