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Pakistan Portraits

I spent about 16 days in Northern Pakistan in April 2006, travelling starting at Lahore, touching the border to India at Wagah, and ending in Peshawar, at the western corner bordering Afghanistan. In between I did a 3000km road trip with a 4x4 awd on the old and famnous Silk road known as the Karakorum Highway (KKH) right upto Khunjerab Pass, bordering China. I thus touched 3 borders - China, India and Afghanistan. The ride is not as pleasant as you will expect, even when we were at higher altitudes - the heat was overbearing in the day time but the nights were cool. The most pleasant part of N. Pakistan is Hunza Valley (about 2300m asl), home to the Ismaili muslim sect.

I was fortunate to be a special guest of PTDC (Pakistan Tourist Development Corp.) who invited me to join the Khyber Pass train - a legend of its colonial legacy, and the train is only run very ocassionally when there is sufficient demand. This trip consisted of a delegate of scholars to view Pakistan's Gandhara art.

From Peshawar, I contined my journey into Afghanistan via the Khyber Pass.
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Baltit Fort
Baltit Fort
Food Street vendor
Food Street vendor
Posting at Khyber Pass
Posting at Khyber Pass
Church in Peshawar
Church in Peshawar
Peshawer street
Peshawer street
Goose step - Pak style
Goose step - Pak style
At Wagah India/Pak Border
At Wagah India/Pak Border
Jeweller in Peshawer
Jeweller in Peshawer
Border guards...
Border guards...
Khyber Pass train
Khyber Pass train
the famous Food Street of Lahore
the famous Food Street of Lahore
Shooting trial at Darra
Shooting trial at Darra
Pakistan
Pakistan
Pensive moments...
Pensive moments...
Hunza children....
Hunza children....
Faisal Mosque
Faisal Mosque
Visiting Darra
Visiting Darra
Along the Karakorum Highway
Along the Karakorum Highway
Northernmost point of Pakistan
Northernmost point of Pakistan
Khunjerab Pass - bordering China
Khunjerab Pass - bordering China
Hunza's chlidren
Hunza's chlidren
Hunza's Pride
Hunza's Pride
Finding solace.....
Finding solace.....
Hunza valley viewed from Eagle Point
Hunza valley viewed from Eagle Point
Badshahi Mosque
Badshahi Mosque
Faisal Mosque
Faisal Mosque
Badshahi Mosque
Badshahi Mosque
The upside of life......
The upside of life......
Hunza valley resident
Hunza valley resident
Baltit Fort, Hunza Valley
Baltit Fort, Hunza Valley
Old timer's of Chilas
Old timer's of Chilas
Hmmph....... the border display
Hmmph....... the border display