Pakistan Off The Beaten Path

  • Wild Flowers in Nathia Gali
    Wild Flowers in Nathia Gali
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  • Return Journey: Sunset in the Arabian Sea
    Return Journey: Sunset in the Arabian...
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  • Kasbo Village - Oasis in the Thar Desert
    Kasbo Village - Oasis in the Thar Desert
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Pakistan Off The Beaten Path

  • Wagha Border

    Lahore Off The Beaten Path

    Wagha border is at about one hour drive from Lahore towards East on Canal Road. Border Security Forces of India & Pakistan have been jointly following this practice of "Lowering Flags" every evening. The ceremony takes place around sunset. There is a nominal fee that you pay at the entrance. There are Separate sections for male & female sitting...

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  • Boating

    Karachi Off The Beaten Path

    Charna is a rocky uninhabited Arabian Sea island located on the verge of the notorious Balochistan province, West of Kemari - Karachi's main port, and right in front of Mubarak village - a fishermen village in Karachi's outskirts. The island has got underwater coral reefs around, which is why it is gaining popularity among urban youth for scuba...

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  • Margalla Hills

    Islamabad Off The Beaten Path

    When hiking in the hills I usually come across villagers carrying wood on their backs, goats and so forth. But rarely do I come across water buffalos all the way up here! This guy is checking out the view of Islamabad :)

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  • Ansoo Lake & Sat Sri Mala

    Naran Off The Beaten Path

    aslamoalaikum ME "atif" visited ansoo jheel at 29 september 2009 with my friend "bilal". the path is very dangerous we hire two horses for the journey for 1000 rupees each. the view of jheel is very marvelous, beautiful and impressing. my friend is totally afraid during our journey because the path is very short and the hourse is fit on it and no...

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  • Qissa Khawani Bazaar

    Peshawar Off The Beaten Path

    Bearded tribesmen bargain with city traders over endless cups of green tea. Fruits stalls look small colourful pyramids. People from everywhere throng the crowded street. They are Afghans, Iranis, Uzbeks, Tajiks and local Pathan. They moving around in their colourful native robes. Look they are so relex, smile, talking, joking and laughing in a...

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  • Kala Bagh.

    Nathia Gali Off The Beaten Path

    Kala Bagh means "Black Garden" in Urdu. Its also the name of another place in Pakistan near Mianwali, Punjab. However, this KalaBagh is a place about 3 km north of Nathia Gali on the Nathia Gali - Abbottabad road. Almost a 10 minute drive from Nathia Gali Bazaar. Its basically an army base, with places of residence for army officers and marshals....

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  • Gulmit

    Hunza Off The Beaten Path

    A quaint little hamlet about 20 minuted further north from main Karimabad. Nice place to go for a short hike that takes you to an old fort, as well towards Gulmit Glacier, and you end up near Borith Lake. Very quite and serene surroundings, and early in the morning you can view the sunrise over Gulmit/Passu cathedrals. Manager at the hotel told...

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  • Northern Areas

    Pakistan Off The Beaten Path

    Deosai Plains are among the highest plateaus in the world, with an average height of 4,114 meters (13,500 ft), and belong to the Karakoram-West Tibetan Plateau alpine steppe. With its unique qualities, the 3,000 sq. km difficult-to-approach and uninhabited Plateau remains on the top of the local adventurers wish-list. The unending plains at a...

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  • Shrines in Lahore

    Lahore Off The Beaten Path

    I was completely surprise by my experience at a Dohl event in Lahore. This is an event every Friday night, where about 1000 dudes cram into a courtyard outside a tomb, smoke, and watch a drumming and dancing spectacle from about 11pm to 4am. First, a space is cleared for the dancing (guys with sticks go around and threaten to hit peoples legs if...

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  • Bhambore

    Karachi Off The Beaten Path

    In our History books, Bhanbore is referred as Dabul, where Mohd. Bin Qasim, a 17 year old Arab General, landed to free Arab traders who were being held hostage at the small fort on this sight. The city was attacked using a device called "Manjaneek", a catapult that threw large stones. This is also considered a milestone when Islam first entered the...

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  • Picnic at Rawal Lake

    Islamabad Off The Beaten Path

    Picnic at Rawal lake is what locals often do when there is some event, public holiday or whenever weather is nice. Maximum crowd could could be expected when weather is cloudy. Folks in Isloo know it well how to enjoy and it proves that Islamabad is no more a dead city!!!

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  • River Kunhar

    Naran Off The Beaten Path

    For beginners or people who just want to walk a short distance, a gentle walk starting from PTDC hotel, over a bridge takes you to the other side of River Kunhar. Veer left and follow the trail. A small track follows Kunhar for a short distance till you reach another make shift bridge (see picture). You cross it and enter the main market place....

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  • Cinemas

    Peshawar Off The Beaten Path

    When I looked at my Peshawar map, I noticed a Cinema street, curious as I am, I wanted to go there. What do you think I found there, . . . of course some cinemas. I had no time to visit one of them, but the Billboards were so huge and beautiful.

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  • Trekking in Mukhspuri.

    Nathia Gali Off The Beaten Path

    You would see many beautiful wild flowers, mainly daisys, of different colors in Nathia Gali and especially on tracks of Mukhspuri and Miranjani peaks. You can also get a chance to eat fresh wild strawberries some times.

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  • See The Sun Rise

    Hunza Off The Beaten Path

    The dawn in these areas are mostly missed by travellers who are tired at want to sleep but please wake up for a few minutes and experience this. The dawn is beautiful, Azaa'n (call to prayer) from the Muezzin has a strange echo in this mountainous region which is refreshing. See the mountains with the sun rising over them, see their colours...

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  • Taxila & other ruins

    Pakistan Off The Beaten Path

    Taxila, situated approx 32km/20miles from Islamabad and Rawalpinda, is surrounded by archaeological sites dating from the 6th century BC to the 5th century AD. A world heritage site, there is also a very good museum. See my Taxila pages for more information

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  • Basant Festival

    Lahore Off The Beaten Path

    Okay, so Basant is a blast! but you really do have to be careful not to fall off the roof. It happens in tens on basant weekend, very sad really. Many people host BBQ's on their roof, play music and people just come and fly kites through the nite. It's nothing to go to several basant parties in one nite. make sure you buy PLENTY of kites. they are...

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  • Villages and Farms

    Karachi Off The Beaten Path

    Sleepy little villages and towns are located on the entire stretch of National and Super Highways, Here, at a small town of Dhabeji, located about 40 kms (23 miles) from Karachi on National Highway, donkeys are waiting for customers to test their load carrying capabilities. My fond memories from these villages are the colorful dresses of the...

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  • National Parks

    Pakistan Off The Beaten Path

    If you have to travel to hills stations, do plan a hike through Ayubia National Park. I visited this park in 1989. Many people confuse it with the city of Ayubia on the hill top, but the park itself is located in the deep valleys in its neighborhood. It is a comparatively small national park located about 50 kms from Islamabad in the Galliyats /...

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  • Chawkandi Tombs

    Karachi Off The Beaten Path

    Some 30 km from City Centre on National Highway is Chawkandi Graveyard. It is about seven hundrad year old Muslim graveyard. These graves are rectangular shape made of Red Stone with a very find art work on them. A male's tomb has crown on top & all male's crowns are different from each other. (See Picture) Directions: Going away from Karachi...

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  • Mountains

    Pakistan Off The Beaten Path

    Nanga Parbat (the "Naked Mountain") is the ninth highest mountain in the world, and the second highest in Pakistan, after K2. It is the highest Himalayan peak in Pakistan, and stands at 8126m (26,660ft) tall. It lies just south of the Indus river, south of the town of Gilgit, and is visible from the Karakorum Highway. From the KKH at Raikot Bridge...

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  • Keenjhar Lake

    Karachi Off The Beaten Path

    16 miles from Thatta on left side is the famous Keenjhar Lake with cottages for overnight stay. Here, the travelers can take a break, go boating, bird-watching and fishing and lit beachcombers' torches to have a session of fun and frolic at night before hitting the sacks in Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation’s (PTDC) cottages to begin again...

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  • Kailaash Valley

    Pakistan Off The Beaten Path

    Its pretty of the beaten path for me, but Imranthetrekker, a VT member, wander through the Valleys with a blindfold on...and backwards too! Na just kidding, but he's an expert trekker and loves it too, always stopping to check out the scenery, whilst I struggled up the mountains. (thats cause I still smoke!) The Birir Valley was my favourite, no...

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  • Haleji Lake.

    Karachi Off The Beaten Path

    Haleji originally was a salt-water lake which was formed by seasonal water, collecting in a depression. During World War II, additional water was required for troops stationed at Karachi. Salt water was drained out and an embankment was constructed around the lake which was fed by fresh water through a canal. Resultantly, Haleji became one of the...

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  • Swat Valley

    Pakistan Off The Beaten Path

    This is a fascinating valley of Swat in the mighty Korakoram/Hindu Kush range. Some 25-30 km from Kalam (at about 3500+ m asl), this valley offers very uniques landscape. The mighty Swat river is at its full glory here. There you will find lovely lakes (dhamaka lake, kondol lake etc.), majestic walking treks and ....... of course friendly people....

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  • Wagha Border

    Pakistan Off The Beaten Path

    Each afternoon hundreds of spectators on both sides of the border watch the closing ceremony, cheering and yelling patriotic slogans. It's a not-to-be-missed, ridiculous, but harmless and very amusing example of the childish patriotism of the two competing countries.

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  • Deosai Plains - Beauty in the Wilderness

    Deosai Plains are among the highest plateaus in the world, with an average height of 4,114 meters (13,500 ft), and belong to the Karakoram-West Tibetan Plateau alpine steppe. With its unique qualities, the 3,000 sq. km difficult-to-approach and uninhabited Plateau remains on the top of the local adventurers wish-list.The unending plains at a...

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  • Trek to Fairy Meadows, Nanga Parbat

    Bonjour from Peshawar,It is feasible from Chitral, across Shandur pass 3800 m, some 14 to 16 hrs drive from Chitral to Gilgit, stay overnightAt Medina Guest houseLost Horizon guest house2 hrs drive from Gilgit to Raikit bridge on KKH, towards Islamabad, the local jeeps are operated to Jehl, some 3500 to 4000 Pkrs, an hour drive.Jhel, the moderate...

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  • Active Mud Volcanoes in Balochistan

    So, if you are fed up with ordinary tourist attractions and not-so-ordinary off-the-beaten-paths and your wish-list has started stretching to Poles then here is something to satiate your adventure instincts: Pakistan claims to have world’s highest and largest active mud volcanoes which invite enthusiasts and nature lovers to observe a very unique...

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  • The Flight to Skardu through Heavens

    Skardu is one of the famous tourist hubs of the Northern Areas of Pakistan, and the gateway to K2 - the world's second highest peak after Mount Everest. Karakoram Highway, KKH, joins other parts of Pakistan to Northern Areas including Skardu. In summers, Pakistan International Airlines, PIA, also operates subsidized flights from Islamabad to...

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  • Taxila

    Taxila, situated approx 32km/20miles from Islamabad and Rawalpinda, is surrounded by archaeological sites dating from the 6th century BC to the 5th century AD. A world heritage site, there is also a very good museum.See my Taxila pages for more information

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  • Nanga Parbat

    Nanga Parbat (the "Naked Mountain") is the ninth highest mountain in the world, and the second highest in Pakistan, after K2. It is the highest Himalayan peak in Pakistan, and stands at 8126m (26,660ft) tall. It lies just south of the Indus river, south of the town of Gilgit, and is visible from the Karakorum Highway.From the KKH at Raikot Bridge...

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  • Kachura Lakes (Skardu)

    As the names suggest, both of these lakes - i.e. Lower Kachura Lake and Upper Kachura Lake - are situated in Kachura, a small town near Skardu, half an hour drive (16 km) from Skardu Airport and one hour drive (33 km) from Skardu city. This couplet is a true gift of nature, which is away from easy approach, and therefore still provides their...

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  • Passu Valley

    The valley of glaciers, mountains and sand. A treat to explore. About few hours drive from Gilgit on the main Korakoram highway. Here you can find many heavenly tracks for trekking and hiking

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  • A lower Himalayan gem

    If you have to travel to hills stations, do plan a hike through Ayubia National Park. I visited this park in 1989. Many people confuse it with the city of Ayubia on the hill top, but the park itself is located in the deep valleys in its neighborhood.It is a comparatively small national park located about 50 kms from Islamabad in the Galliyats /...

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  • Discovering Pakistan's natural...

    Pakistan has a network of 225 Protected Areas comprising 18 National Parks, 99 Wildlife Sanctuaries, 96 Game Reserves, and 16 unclassified areas. The total area covered by these categories is 10.4% of the total land area of the country. Some of these are easily accessible from its major cities like Kirthar Range near Karachi, Margallah Hills near...

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  • An experience with Spirituality.

    Our introduction to Pakistan at the top of this page says that it has been a meeting place of 3 empires - the Mughal, the British and of Spirituality.In order to experience Spirituality, one must visit a shrine of sufi saint where thousands of devotees come and pay homage to the mystics, who spread the message of Islam in a most peaceful way. It is...

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  • Pindi Point

    Pindi Point is a high point near Murree. We drove there along a windy road. The views are what you go to PP for. Also the Cable Car. Its a small village and the view is worth it if you get a clear day. We got caught in a massive hail storm.

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  • Northern Areas Treks and Travel

    Chainless -- I had this blog saved in my "favorites" and it is not really a travel blog, but interesting info. I haven't read it in awhile so I just looked through it again & found a bit about taking the tunnel. Check it out!http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/dunnsage/asia_trek_2005/1119520020/tpod.html

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  • Flight to Skardu

    Awesome flight from Islamabad to Skardu. Just take the flight if you have little time to do a lot of trekking on the mountains up north.

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  • away from the cities

    in my pages you will see every corner of Pakistan from the desolate areas beyond the khyber pass and afghan border up to the mountains in gilgit on the china border across to wagah at the lahore/india border and down by the sea in karachi Pakistan has it all

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  • Blind Dolphins of Mighty Indus

    Salut mes amis,I was in Sukkur, en route for Moenjodaro for a couple of days and there I'd visited Lab-e-Mehran park, an excellent place to see the blind Dolphins of Indus, famous all around the world.You can sit on a bench and make the observation or hire a boat, there're many, it's also a nice place to chill out.A 5 Rs. entry fee'll be charged at...

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  • You want Afghanistan?

    Many travellers dream of the past when Afghanistan was a hippie hot spot and when Goa was 'untouched'. If you really want to experience a place that is intense in every sense of the word then Peshawar is the place for you. You will see burqas everywhere and you will get the feeling like you are in Kabul but minus the violence. Peshawar is a place...

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  • Qissa Khwani bazar the Food street in...

    salut mes amis,For a couple of years, Qissa Khawani bazar (Story Tellers Bazar) is turning into a food street, where you can find nice and tasty vegetarian and non vegetarian food, in the presence of many hotels and restaurants.I welcome you to Peshawar.Imran SchahOld city Peshawar.

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  • Kaghan Valley

    Kaghan Valley is situated on the north of Islamabad, approx. 6 hrs driving. We visited there during spring season in May 2005. The trip was rather challenging as some of the road were still blocked by snow so our little car had to slide through the icy road. When you reach Naran village, unless you have 4x4 vehicle then you have to stop here and...

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