This Off The Beaten Path is a series of photos of local peoples in their house, I went to visit them in there, they wanted to take so many photos, I take the opportunity to snap many kids photos, especially girls. They chase me all over to have pictures and want more, more and more.
Leave Gilgit on the road to the karakoram highway. After 10 Km (6miles) turn left to cross the Gilgit River to walk to the village of Dainyor. (The Gilgit Broadcasting Station is here) Ask the local people for the rock inscriptions giving the history of the Tibetan kings in the 7th century, they are on a rock inside a private compound.
It is a nice village away from Gilgit, quiet and friendly.
A not too far distance from the town of Gilgit, is a Buddha carved into a stone face, a remnant of the era over seven hundred years ago when Buddhism held sway accross much of what is now the North-West-Frontier Province, the Northern Areas and Afghanistan. It is possible to walk here, it is about 8 km out of Gilgit. If you walk to the west, I can't tell you exactly, but try asking some locals. We were lucky and were taken there by a student who was home for summerholidays. He told us about it and took us all the way there, since it was close to his home.
The bald boy insisted to join them, he just can't wait, he wants to be included. After this, he wants a photo of him alone.
Who else, who else wants to stand here for photos? The mother is still missing, she won't step in, eventhough the husband encouraged her.
Andy was here trying to practice his camera skills with his FM2. The guy standing is an American tourist, we ate breakfast here on the table. Look at the bench we sit, wow.
This is a wall of a house, I mean this is what you can see in Gilgit villagers' house, the walls and doors are this look, basic, simple, no pollutions.
They are school boys, Akhtar stops a while here and I show up my camera without talking, they automatically line up nicely this way.
Now the whole family come out, the guy is probably their grandfather, quite a big family. They all have big family I think, at least 4 children.
Now the girl is still a little shy, she only thinking to give a try for my camera. She is the one chasing me for more photos of her, only her.