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It's a dead give away that you are becoming sensitive about travelling to places like Pakistan when you start noticing silly signage such as the daily greeting on our lift that reads: "Goodbye and Good Luck!" A beautiful red dawn however heralded our very early morning start and soon we were racing along the airport road to the Urumqi …
Karimabad is the former home of our travel agent Ishaq Ali. We were privileged to be invited to his parent's house on the mountainside of the village and to meet with his father and uncle who were 92 and 88 year’s old respectively. We thoroughly enjoyed morning tea and exchanging stories with this fascinating family in a delightful rose …
... in fact there are two former princely states, Hunza and Nagar). Nagar occupies the entire south side of the Valley and north side around Chalt and famous peak Rakaposhi 77880M is located in Nagar Valley. Nagar and Central Hunza shared the language and ancestry, face one another across the river and during the kingdom also migrated to each other valleys, so have some same tribes in these valleys. Nagar is home to some of the best treks in the ...
... of the area.
Cross border trade from China has also been significantly affected as crossing the lake is quite slow and inefficient. The government has given a timeline of another 3 years to fix the problem but most people expect it to be done in 5 years.
On the ride to Sost from the spillway, I met a Sufi man who discussed Rumi with me. Sufism is not a sect as much as it is the mystical dimension of Islam. He told me that ...
... equally as a province of Pakistan because of the never-ending dispute with India, and a whole range of other issues. One thing that we talked about that really fascinated me was Ismailism, the major religion here.
Ismailism is a subset of Shia Islam, but it is so different that it is probably unfair to call it so. Their leader is the Aga Khan, who is said to be a direct descendant of the prophet Muhammad. He has the right to change aspects of the religion as he ...
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The Hotel Hunza Embassy is located in a very affluent and pleasant leafy area of Islamabad, home of some of the leading Pakistani politicians (President Zadari was living there at the time we stayed). Security is impressive, if a bit concerning, with sand bagged road blocks and heavily armed security guards. The Hunza Embassy Hotel also has a security boom gate with armed guards. More like a guesthouse, this very homely hotel has very friendly and helpful staff. Rooms are basic but adequate, the dining area is simple but very pleasant and the food is good. Our only real problem, and it was not the fault of the hotel, was the never ending power outages which are a sad and unfortunate fact of life throughout Pakistan. We had to travel in the height of summer as the road on our forward journey through the Himalayas of Ladakh is closed for most part of the year. Staff tried their utmost to keep their generators going through the outages but it was almost impossible for the air-conditioning to cool the rooms once it stopped.
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