Time Travel: when only the real explorers existed

Time Travel: when only the real explorers existed

In the month of March 2018, the TKC (The Karakorum Club) started a prize theme and asked people to share their stories which go decades back into the history of traveling and exploring. Those were all good stories, the stories which should not be limited to the theme. The purpose of sharing these some of the stories which all liked to remember for a long time. Time Travel: when only the real explorers existed

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The ruins of Gakhars clan - Pharwala Fort

The ruins of Gakhars clan - Pharwala Fort

The fort is believed to be built in 11th century by Gakhars in Potohar region far from the easily accessible paths, lying in oblivion and mourning its glorious past. The fort is built over the high ridges and protected by deep slopes. Now, its walls have disappeared from many places, but the grand beauty of the fort can be seen from some of the remaining doors.

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Autumn: The changing colors of Galiyat

Autumn: The changing colors of Galiyat

"Why not I take the Nathiagali road to reach Islamabad?" I thought, having a cup of tea in "Bhai Sweet & Hotel". The road would be more scenic filled with many interesting places like Donga Gali, Pipeline trek, Nathiagali and Muree. Unknowing the condition of the road I started off hesitantly.

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Autumn: The changing colors of Abbottabad

Autumn: The changing colors of Abbottabad

I had a wish to witness autumn colors for a long time and on Dec 1st, I decided to visit Abbottabad and Galiyat. It was a 12th Rabi' al-awwal evening and the country was celebrating the birthday of the Islamic prophet, Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). The plan was to leave late night and experience the sunrise on Karakorum Highway.

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The exquisite trek to Katora Lake

The exquisite trek to Katora Lake

Never Give Up, You won’t want to lose the energy of a lifetime in a second. Keep walking as you are almost there.

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A Drive to Hunza in April

A Drive to Hunza in April

Driving to Hunza via Karakoram Highway is a wonderful experience for someone who is keen to explore. Driving this route, one experiences the diverse nature the country possess. Among the many, there are Plain lands of Hassanabdal, Pine jungles of Chattar Plains, Tea gardens of Shinkiari, Green Hills of Kohistan, Fresh springs in Shangla, Rugged mountains of Chilas, Snowy mountains of Hunza, The Mighty Indus River, the Attabad Lake, Glacier of Passu and a lot more which I can not mention here.

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Shandoor Bohat Door (Shandoor - A place far away) - P5

Shandoor Bohat Door (Shandoor - A place far away) - P5

Phander is a beautiful and magical place, views of Phander lake from the isolated PTDC motel capture one's attention. Feeling the cool breeze sitting up at the motel can get anyone in trance and one can sit for hours watching it. The view becomes even more attractive at sunrise when the rays spread upon the natural water of the lake.

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Exploring the birth city of Guru Nanak

Exploring the birth city of Guru Nanak

Naam Japo (Remembrance of God), Kirat Karo (Earn your livelihood by honest means) and Wand Chakko (Sharing with others, helping those who have less or in need) are the three pillars of Sikh faith formalized by Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Guru Nanak opened his eyes in the village of Talwandi on 15th April 1469 in a Hindu family. He laid the foundation of the Sikh religion and became 1st of the 11 Sikh Gurus.

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Shandoor Bohat Door (Shandoor - A place far away) - P4

Shandoor Bohat Door (Shandoor - A place far away) - P4

Gupis town stands beside giant mountain which stands tall right above it. The river is just 300m away from the road making the town a beautiful and peaceful.

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Shandoor Bohat Door (Shandoor - A place far away) - P3

Shandoor Bohat Door (Shandoor - A place far away) - P3

The day of 14th August was a couple of days away, so dedicated rest of cycling days to our country Pakistan. We equipped our bicycles with the early breakfast & decorated our bicycles with Pakistani flag. The ride got a purpose, we were spreading unity & love among the people of Ghizer. If 10% of them sees us and think these are the men from our country who are spreading love, we could feel our visit was worth doing.

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