At the end of the 20 hour bus ride, we got to Ggitil, a major transit and trade heart of Northern Areas. It is located in the middle of a large valley, with passes to the west to Chitral and Afghanistan, north to China and Central Asia, east to Skardu, Tibet, and Indian Kashmir. People from everywhere are in the markets, a very culturally diverse city. The main population of the valley speaks Burshishki, Shina, thankfully Urdu and English got us along ok.
Monday, October 29, 2012
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One of the major attractions of Chitral is the Kalash valley - the home of Kafir-Kalash or "Users of the black robes", a primitive pagan tribe. Their ancestors are shrouded in mystery and the subject of controversy. A legend says that five soldiers legions of Alexander of Macedonia settled in Chitral and are the progenitors of the infidel-Kalash.
Over 3,000-strong Kafir-Kalash live in the valley of Birir, Bumburet and Rambur, south of Chitral. Bumburet, the largest and most picturesque valley of the Kafir Kalash, is 40 kms. from Chitral and is connected to a jeep-able way. Birir, 34 km. Gone are available with a jeep-able road. Rambur is 32 kms from Chitral.
The Kalash women wear black gowns of coarse cloth in summer and hand-spun wool dyed in black in winter. Their picturesque headgear is made of woolen black material decked out with cowry shells, buttons and crowned with a large colored feather.
The Kalash are fun loving people who love music and dancing particularly on the occasion of their religious festival like Joshi Chilinjusht (14 and 15 May-spring), Phool (20-25 September) and Chomas (December 18 to 21 in a week ). Polo in Chitral is as popular as in Gilgit. Polo matches are great attractions at festive occasions. A regular Polo tournament held every year (first week of July) at Shandur Pass.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
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Satpara is a natural lake near Skardu, Gilgit- Baltistan, Pakistan. It is one of the largest fresh water lakes in the Pakistan offering trout fishing and row boating. This lake also supplies water tio the Skardu Valley. Satpara lake is situated at an elevation of 2,636 meters above sea level and is spread over an area 2.5 Km. Since 2003, Sarpara Dam is being constructed downstream of the lake and upon completion it will extend the size of this lake. It is one of the most picturesque sites in Pakistan.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Murree, amazing height of above 7,000 feet and just an hour drive from the Twin city. Famous for its fresh weather and height.
Had a day trip to Murree this Sunday (19th Jan 12). When we reached around 2PM, there was no snow at all, and at around 4 PM there was two feet of snow covering
the queen of hills. It took me around 10 hrs to drive back to Islamabad.
And You can see the snow falling in this picture, everything was so much covered, there was around one feet of snow-cap over the top of my car. A memorable Journey again...
MURREE: An emergency snow removal operation was begun here on Thursday. It may be recalled here that several picnickers were trapped on early Sunday in Kozahgali area over heavy snowfall experienced in Murree and its adjoining areas.