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Whenever you choose to travel throughout Pakistan (I mean inter-country, not inter-city), make a point to do it during daylight hours. All of the highways of Pakistan have stories of robbery, kidnapping, gunfire, bombs, car accidents, hijacking and drug smuggling at some point. It happens, and it's important to be aware, and to travel at times where nearby shops and gas stations are open, and when other commuters are on the road.
Whatever your travel method may be, always have a mobile phone handy. Even if you may not know anyone from the area, along the highway there are signs of "Emergency Numbers" to call if God forbid anything should happen. Bring a local with you, either as your driver, a guide or to accompany you for the journey. It will certainly help with the language barrier and navigational purposes.
If you absoluetly cannot avoid travelling outside of Peshawar at night, I recommend taking GT Road. I once was on a late-night emergency trip from Islamabad back to Peshawar in a taxi with my husband. We were travelling on the N-5 Motorway Highway and the driver had told us that if GT Road hadn't been blocked off, we would have travelled that route.
The Motorway Highway to Islamabad stretches through entirely farm territory. The interchanges that lead to small towns along the way, are even a few kilometers from the towns itself so you never have to drive through a busy area. They have NHA Police patrol every 50km or so but usually only stop on the side of the road, only flagging down speeders. There have been stories of bandits blocking the highway off at night with boulders and holding commuters up at gunpoint to mug them of their valuables.
This is why you do not travel at night in Pakistan unless absolutely necessary. Pakistani citizens themselves are victims of these incidents and especially if you are a tourist, you do not want to put yourself in a more vulnerable position.
Written Nov 9, 2008
1) Plan your journey on hand. Try to cultivate as much info as you can.
2) While at the objective country, get the local info via Overt Source.
3) Do not confuse yourself by to much input, list out the piriority.
4) Set up a time frame to cover the whole visiting.
5) Do all activities in the early mornig, otherwise it's hoooot (warm).
6) While visiting Mosque or Chapel please reffer to my ASIA Trevellogue.
7) DO NOT drink from tap water, consume much in Juice ( Peshawar Manggo the best ) to avoid dehyderation.
8) Use COMMON SENSE.
9) While communicate with local, talk in word by word...do not use your COCKNEY Slang or HAARLEM Slang mamaaa !! During communication, local always say 'Yes ', if to much ' Yes' watch out buddy he / she is not in the picture...he / she will make you hair wire latter on....your trip will be end up at MONGOLIA !!! (lol)
10) Attire & apparel reffer to my ASIA Trevellogue.
11) Smile,smile, smile if possible during sleep SMILE...who knows you have a good dream, smile will reduce your pressure otherwise you are in deep trouble start panicking. Ruin the whole plan.
12) If you are non Muslim DO NOT give full greeting by saying ' Assalamualaikum Warahmatullah Hita'ala ', if you want to excercise your tounge, good enough by saying ' Salaam'.
The Next Photo : MAHABAT KHAN'S MOSQUE. Built in 1630....during Emperor Shah Jehan (1628 -1658 )
The creator and master planner for TAJ MAHAL in India.
Updated Aug 24, 2002
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