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Asia » Pakistan » Northern Areas May 2nd 2009

On a cool morning in July, we boarded a coaster bus for Chilas meandering on Grand Trunk Road and Karakoram High way. The GT road is full of decorated trucks, with varied articulate drawings showing their creativity on the move, like an advertising chain. On roads, there are no rules, except that the bigger has right of way. Some of the smaller pick-up trucks held up to 10 passengers in the rear with as many again on a rickety roof rack; I lost count of the passengers in the similarly overloaded trucks and buses. Another thing they all seemed to have in common is that the horns seemed to be wired directly to the ignition on a regular, intermittent setting as there was the continual sound of horns tooting for no apparent reason other than to ... read more

Asia » Pakistan » Islamabad July 2nd 2008

“Killer Mountain, Nanga Parbat - naked mountain - is the ninth highest peak (8125 meters) in the world and second highest in Pakistan, situated on the western tip of great Himalayan. Its south face, known as Rupal Face rises over 5000 meters from the valley floor to the summit. After a German climber Hurman Bhul scaled it in 1953, many climbers have stepped on the majestic peak and many have lost their lives in their pursuits.” After a mercifully uneventful flight, we landed in a somewhat dusty, noisy, hot Rawalpindi (locals call it Pindi) and our senses were immediately bombarded from all angles by sights, sounds and smells, a subtle blend of cooking, herbs, spices, smoke and sewers. ... read more
Truck in Rawalpindi

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