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Asumbar Haghost: From Asumbar to Charinj, Asumbar, Northern Areas, Pakistan travel blog

Asumbar Haghost: From Asumbar to Charinj

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Asumbar Haghost Hike Motorbike ride to Asumbar Sarwar Khan's last act of hospitality was to take me wearing my backpack on the back of his motorbike from Gishgish to Asumbar along an unsealed road before he started his day at school. I wonder ...

Quetta (blog), Quetta, Pakistan travel blog

Quetta (blog)

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From departing Esfehan we have spent travelling through desert and stopping at three towns: Yazd (Iran), Bam (Iran) and Dalbandin (Pakistan). Staight after Esfehan and before Yazd we headed South to the ancient ruins of Perspolis which was cool but ...

Hot, Multan, Pakistan travel blog

Hot

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We were both feeling alot better and decided to move on to Multan to see some more history. It wasn't so far so we got a mini bus and as usual I was rammed into a corner. We arrived in hot Multan and all the locals told us that our hotel was ages ...

Welcome to 'Food Street', Lahore, Pakistan travel blog

Welcome to 'Food Street'

A travel blog entry by ramdux

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... Lawson, you are not a true chef until you have visited 'Food Street' in Lahore. Lahore being the food capital of Pakistan has one street closed off to cars in the evening about 100m long just full of restaurants selling all ranges of Pakistani ...

A Real Big Mac Yak Attack, Shuwerth, Northern Areas, Pakistan travel blog

A Real Big Mac Yak Attack

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Many people have expressed concern for my safety while I am in Pakistan. This story highlights a more real danger than the concerns that people have shown, that of an attack by nature than by man. There is some irony that a few months ago I was eating a ...

Shopping for Trekking in Gilgit, Gilgit, Pakistan travel blog

Shopping for Trekking in Gilgit

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... to me also.  I tried but couldn't convince him to buy it.  So many generous, friendly people here in Gilgit...and Pakistan--in the markets of Peshawar, in the streets of Lahore, in Chitral...  Forget jihad and so on...when face to face ...

A cup of tea with the Immigration Officer, Sost, Northern Areas, Pakistan travel blog

A cup of tea with the Immigration Officer

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... this quiet town. These people I can tolerate in their own country, but now that I had arrived in jolly pleasant, English speaking Pakistan, I no longer have to live with their odd, usually noisy, habits. "Crazy people," Akber said of them, "They don't ...

Return to Shimshal (Hike Days 6-8), Shimshal, Northern Areas, Pakistan travel blog

Return to Shimshal (Hike Days 6-8)

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... We were then told that one of the people who had burnt all our wood that morning was one of Zeiba's brothers at the dinner! He put on a Pakistan cricket hat and I said, "Ah! Now I recognize him with that hat." I was asked how I was able too see the hat. I ...

Asumbar Haghost: Charinj to Upper Borta Bort, Asumbar, Northern Areas, Pakistan travel blog

Asumbar Haghost: Charinj to Upper Borta Bort

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Day 2: dep Charinj (3180m) 0830 arr Upper Borta Bort (3990m) 1420; 3h walking, 1h rest; ascend 810m After working out that I would only have about three hours to walk, I took a slow breakfast. I was joined before leaving by the only "starer" of the ...

Quetta to Islamabad, Islamabad, Pakistan travel blog

Quetta to Islamabad

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... hear the distant sound of pee hitting a mound of excrement that had been piling up in the basement below amongst concrete rubble. Pakistan is filthy! After this experience I was happy to spend the rest of the day in the Serena Hotel swimming and scoffing ...

Never take Visa travellers cheques to Pakistan, Lahore, Pakistan travel blog

Never take Visa travellers cheques to Pakistan

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... in the WAPDA (Water and Power District Authority) building. It was going to cost me 4,480 Rupees to purchase a ticket with PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) and thought I doubted whether this was the best price or not, it was within my price range. I ...

Ancient Capital of Empires and Hub of Culture, Taxila, Pakistan travel blog

Ancient Capital of Empires and Hub of Culture

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... the 5th century, along with earthquakes, and Taxila slowly became buried and almost forgotton until the British came to excavate the sites. My amblings around Taxila were a brief glimpse into the past: Pakistan was once many things at different ...

Shandu Pass And The Highest Polo Ground On Earth.., Shandu Pass, Pakistan travel blog

Shandu Pass And The Highest Polo Ground On Earth..

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... year in May/June. The pass and polo ground sit at 3600 metres and the view at the time we were there was truly spectacular if not freezing cold. So that's the Shandu Pass in a nutshell. Next Pod, Karimabad - Pakistan. Love, Nath and ...

Asumbar Haghost: Mayur to Dal Sandhi, Dal Sandhi, Northern Areas, Pakistan travel blog

Asumbar Haghost: Mayur to Dal Sandhi

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... In Sandhi, I was invited into another home for more tea and food by the son of the family, who was in the Pakistan army and a very strong English speaker. This family was significantly wealthier than the first. As I was invited in to two homes in ...

The Bus Trip From Hell.., Chitral, Pakistan travel blog

The Bus Trip From Hell..

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... one here. Chitral doesn't really have much to offer really but is more of a jumping off point to the various valleys in Northern Pakistan. For us however it also marked the end of the worst bus trip we have ever experienced. And when we say 'ever', ...

Briefly, Multan, Pakistan travel blog

Briefly

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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... Sheikh Rukn-I-Alam stands out like dogs balls. In fact, up to this point, it is one of the most impressive buildings I have seen in Pakistan. It was huge, with a huge dome for a roof. We were made to take our shoes off, and as the floor was made of ...

IEE Presentation Number 1, Lahore, Pakistan travel blog

IEE Presentation Number 1

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... people to join an organisation where they have to put the effort in themselves to reap the benefits later. The YMS in Pakistan is still in its' early stages although it has shown tremendous ambition and has a fantastic executive committee. I've been ...

Sick, Bahawalpur, Pakistan travel blog

Sick

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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We arrived at the station, ready to go. We were then told that our train was to be 1/2 an hour late. We waited and watched our train come in, and then told that it would need to be cleaned. After two hours of waiting, we moved positions and my first ...

The Beating Drum, Lahore, Pakistan travel blog

The Beating Drum

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... lost 10 Kilos since we have left London, but sadly, Lucy has only lost 1.5 K's !!! So we moved onto the largest Mosque in Pakistan. The Badshahi Mosque. Made out of red sandstone, with four minarets, it is very impressive. It is meant to be able hold up ...

Down to Pakora and Chatorkand, Gilgit, Pakistan travel blog

Down to Pakora and Chatorkand

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... teashop and as always the great people that run the Madina Guest House back in Gilgit, the town that has become my base over the last seven weeks in Pakistan, welcomed me back - literally - with open arms. Even forced and unplanned, it is good to be ...

Twins, Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Pakistan travel blog

Twins

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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... your chosen embassy. Since 9/11, there is no walking to the embassies. We did this, and was soon speeding to the Indian Embassy. Being Pakistan, we were told to line up in men/women lines. Whilst lining up, I was speaking to a homie, and I told him I had ...

Why the beard?, Northern Areas, Pakistan travel blog

Why the beard?

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Almost every email I have had has commented on the beard, so I thought it was worth a general response. The quotes "Have a shave you lout." [Probably my favourite.] "Is [the beard] a consequence of drinking yak milk?" [No, nor inhaling the smoke ...

Dust-n-Dirt, Quetta, Pakistan travel blog

Dust-n-Dirt

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We jumped on the bus and found our positions. All Westeners down the back. As our bags were being hoisted onto the roof, I asked to be moved, but they just ignored me and moved. The preferential treatment I had received outside was going nowhere on this ...

The Nichagh Rest House, Nichagh, North West Frontier Province, Pakistan travel blog

The Nichagh Rest House

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... much quicker and much more comfortable. At Gazin, we prepared for the planned 5 day trek over Thui An by buying Pakistan's thinnest and most crumbly chipatis that had disintegrated before they had even made it into our backpacks. The Nichagh Rest ...

Passing Time In Passu.., Passu, Pakistan travel blog

Passing Time In Passu..

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... Hunza in general) the women folk are also very visible and keen to talk (mainly to Kat). A nice change from other parts of Pakistan. In reality there's not much to do in Passu itself but watch the trucks come and go to the Chinese border, watching the ...

Crossing the Asumbar Haghost, Asumbar, Northern Areas, Pakistan travel blog

Crossing the Asumbar Haghost

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Day 3: dep Upper Borta Bort (3990m) 0755 arr Asumbar Haghost (4560m) 1020, dep Asumbar Haghost (4560m) 1050 arr Mayur (3630m) 1445; 5h20 walking, 1h30 rest; ascend 570m then descend 930m It's my birthday!!!!!! Somehow turning 30 to 31 is a bit more ...

Border showdown, Wagga border, Punjab, Pakistan travel blog

Border showdown

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... border to watch the daily lowering of the flags ceremony. Crowds gather on each side of the border and yell "Zindabad Pakistan!" or "Zindabad Hindustan" in direct conforntation depending on which side they are on. Soldiers - or are these people ...

The Madina, Gilgit, Northern Areas, Pakistan travel blog

The Madina

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... oasis in a rathy dusty provincial capital. It's the kind of place I would avoid if I were not in a country like Pakistan where there just aren't that many travellers kicking around. As one conversation between two travellers was recanted to me: ...

Lahore and Islamabad, Lahore, Pakistan travel blog

Lahore and Islamabad

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... and then across a filthy river to the truck decorations bazaar. Here we saw all the tat that is on every single truck in Pakistan being made - basically metal with stickers and card attached to them. The boy had to spend some time making just a small bit ...

Welcome, Taftan, Pakistan travel blog

Welcome

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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I had heard that you could buy beer in Pakistan, under the counter that is, and after the way the day had gone so far, I was looking forward to a nice cold one, but first there was the simple matter of crossing the border. We walked in and handed over ...

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