Haroon Ashraf

  • TThe road from Astore to Deosai gradually descends from high mountains to beautiful lush green valleys. Small villages and fields pass by and the river flows in the opposite direction all along. The more you travel in interior Baltistan the more beautiful it gets. After some four hours on the bumpy ...

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  • TI’ve always wanted to stop in the middle of a journey and venture a little off the road to see what lies hidden in the unreachable, to get the feeling of some place which is left unseen or unfelt in the rush of a road journey. It was a late July evening and we were stranded in the middle of a ...

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  • TIt was a freezing night in the middle of June. I and Mateen had dragged our chairs to the suspension bridge hanging between PTDC motel Naran and the forest and villages on the other side of River Kunhar. We were sitting in the middle of the bridge and serene waters of the river were flowing beneath ...

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  • T We were standing reluctant in Karimabad bazaar, across the valley from Altit Fort which we had visited earlier that day, and the steep hike to Baltit Fort seemed nothing less than a summit to Mount Everest. Almost the entire group had disappeared behind the turns of the road. Our ...

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  • TOn our second morning in Hunza, I woke up early, made myself a nice cup of coffee and sat in the spacious dining hall at Eagle’s Nest, trying to make some sense of the sensory overload called Hunza. I was at an unbelievably beautiful place. That day was reserved to explore the beautiful ...

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  • TTragedy struck us at dawn. We were travelling with a slow pace and destination was Hunza, Pakistan’s farthest abode of culture, civilization and nature’s abundant beauty in the north. From Mansehra we ditched the painfully long and boring Besham-Chilas road and took a chance at the ...

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  • TIt was our second morning in Chitral. On our way to the hotel for breakfast we explored the Royal Fort and Mosque. The main entrance to the Fort is a Mughal style gateway. Wild grass on its threshold told us that it wasn’t in use any more. Stone walls of the fort were plastered with mud. The ...

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  • TA beautiful night had fallen in the capital. I was sitting on the stairs of Pakistan Monument in the heart of Islamabad. There’s this beautiful angle from where you can see the city’s all famous landmarks. Up on the hills a galaxy of lights from the famous restaurant Monal, the white ...

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  • TTravelling abroad is becoming increasingly difficult for common Pakistanis and the situation is likely to worsen in the time to come. Embassies simply do not issue visas unless there is a strong reason to travel or the person is well travelled and well placed in his home country. Travelling to the ...

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