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  • The unexpected highlights of northwest Pakistan | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    stay warm while others took photographs I m here on a tour of northwest Pakistan It s my first trip as a tourist and I m free to explore the country s natural beauty which having my roots in the cities of Karachi and Lahore comes as a complete surprise to me These dramatic landscapes cleaved by the Indus River are a far cry from the genteel charms and brunch spots of the capital Islamabad The lush green valleys and snowcapped mountains of Gilgit Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are unspoiled by mass tourism Pakistan not as bad as you think Prior to heading off around the north my group had dinner at Islamabad s Kabul Restaurant where I suggested tongue in cheek tourism slogans over heaps of kebabs and naan I came up with Pakistan not as bad as you think although a kinder soul proposed Pakistan so much potential as an alternative Pakistan s promise as a destination for intrepid travellers and backpackers has long been lauded But I didn t fall into either of these categories and I was hesitant about what the week had in store I soon learned however that this part of the country is teeming with culture energy and history The trip itself started in the Kalash Valley before that icy drive took me here to Baltit Fort a UNESCO World Heritage site in Karimabad I know Pakistan and UNESCO World Heritage don t often appear in the same sentence but the country has ancient history in spades This 700 year old fort is not the oldest or the most spectacular man made structure in Pakistan but its rugged backdrop and imposing setting make quite the impression From here we head southwest towards Islamabad The journey takes around twelve hours much of it on narrow roads with no room for overtaking but the garnet stones we spot at the side of the Karakoram Highway which connects China and Pakistan are a reward for our frayed nerves Our destination is Taxila an ancient city of the Gandhara kingdom and a centre of Buddhist learning UNESCO describes the settlement as one of the most important archaeological sites in Asia and as well as Buddhist monasteries a mosque and a madrassa religious school it also has a mesolithic cave and the archaeological remains of four settlements Mughal splendour that could rival the attractions of Istanbul It s a short drive from Taxila back to the capital during which we spot thousand year old petroglyphs rock art at the side of the road Like many of the historical sites in Pakistan these are not so much neglected as they are overlooked a recurring theme throughout my trip There are scores more undiscovered treasures like these throughout the country In Lahore for example the mausoleums of Shadhara Bagh and the Mughal splendour of the Wazir Khan mosque could rival the attractions of Istanbul with a bit more care and attention As it is their enduring beauty owes more to

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  • Travel Features by Riazat Butt | Rough Guides
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  • World's Most Haunted Places | Creepy Pictures | Rough Guides
    to travel 20 places to embrace your inner hippy The most beautiful places in India 20 brilliantly colourful places The most beautiful places in the USA as voted by you The most beautiful places in England 20 of the best family travel destinations In pictures around Italy in 16 foods 30 inspiring quotes to live by from around the world 20 seriously weird places around the world 20 of the best honeymoon destinations The most beautiful city in the world as voted by you View by Destination Africa Egypt Ethiopia Kenya Madagascar Mali Morocco Namibia Rwanda South Africa Tanzania Zanzibar Tunisia Asia Cambodia China India Indonesia Japan Laos Malaysia Mongolia Myanmar Burma Nepal Philippines Singapore South Korea Sri Lanka Taiwan Thailand United Arab Emirates Vietnam Australasia Australia Fiji New Zealand Central America the Caribbean Barbados Belize Costa Rica Cuba Guatemala Jamaica Panama Puerto Rico Trinidad Tobago Europe Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Denmark England Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Italy Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey United Kingdom Middle East Dubai Israel Jordan North America Canada Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Ecuador Peru View by Theme Activity

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  • Pictures of Pakistan | Rough Guides
    Lithuania Malta Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom Wales Middle East Abu Dhabi Dubai Iran Israel Jordan Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia North America Canada Greenland Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Guyana Peru Uruguay Venezuela UK View by Theme Activity Architecture Beaches Belief Boats sailing Budget travel Coasts islands Crafts and markets Cycling Deserts Discovery Diving snorkeling Everyday Life Extreme Adventure sports Family friendly Festivals events Food drink Heritage ruins Indigenous culture Leisure Luxury Mountains Museums art Music National parks reserves Nature Nightlife Novelty Off the beaten track People Photography Railway journeys Relaxation Road trips Romance Shopping Structures Surfing Tourist Trail Tradition Transport Walking trekking Wildlife Winter sports 24 striking pictures of Pakistan By Lottie Gross April 8th 2014 View Comments Professional photographer Ghulam Rasool has spent his life documenting nature culture and landscapes throughout his home country Pakistan Here are a selection of his incredible pictures of Pakistan An ox race Lahore Shandur Lake 12 000 feet above sea level A villager and his yaks Khaplu Town Tawar Chacha his wife in their traditional Wakhi home Broghil Valley Badshahi Mosque Lahore Tent pegging competitors ride victorious in Jhang Phandar Valley Semi nomadic people in Hingol National Park An oxen led plough in Nawabshah Sindh Fishermen of Keti Bandar A farmer and his straw Thatta Reflections in the waters of Ghizer Valley The Ghizer River Children play with fish on Bhandara Island Cattle herds in the Cholistan Desert Yak Polo in the Broghil Valley Begum Shahi Mosque Lahore Sunset over Astola Island In the alpine meadows of Azad Kashmir Men enjoy a campfire in Dera Ismail Khan A Wakhi family in the Broghil Valley which is inaccessible for eight months of the year The

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  • Mike Spencer Bown | Rough Guides
    s actually not that bad compared to the wilderness When I was younger I used to do some mountain climbing wilderness expeditions I ve had hundreds of run ins with bears And a mountain lion tried to kill me once Umm a mountain lion tried to kill you Yeah a mountain lion tried to kill me That was quite funny I was way way up in the mountains doing some night hiking you can hardly see the trees in front of you I was just going by a bit of moonlight I came to a bit of a dip in the landscape and I could hear some sort of animal start following me To test it I stopped and it took one footstep two footsteps and then it stopped also And I was like ooh a mountain lion If it was a bear it would just blundered on So I thought oh no it s a situation now What to do Because I had no weapons and it was maybe ten metres behind me I really really had to mind my feet I knew there were cliffs everywhere and it was really really steep If I even stumbled slightly he would ve lunged So I had to just puff out my chest and stride as if I could see everything around me As I went down it followed me the whole time I was kind of hoping it would turn around as we got off the mountain and deeper into the valley but no it kept on Then when I got to my tent I hoped it d leave because there was so much smell of me around But instead it started making runs as me It d come forward making no noise coming right at me So I grabbed a stick and spun it around and yelled to scare it off But it would circle rotate and come at me from another angle and I d have to do the same thing again and again Eventually I decided to eat plenty of tuna because I thought maybe if it smells that I m a meat eater it might leave me alone Eventually it did What is the strangest thing that happened to you while travelling Well I would make the worst hotel inspector on earth Really the worst I don t complain to the management about anything You know how a porcelain toilet is somewhat hollow inside In Southern Chad I was in a hotel where there was a nest of carnivorous red ants with stingers living inside of the toilet and when you flushed it they would boil out and try to kill you they d try to slice up your butt with their pincers You d have to lunge out the door and slam it shut and you d hear them skittering against the wood By the time you you know had to use the toilet again hopefully an hour had passed and they would ve returned

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  • Continent & Country Pakistan Travel Features - Page 2 | Rough Guides
    England Estonia Finland France Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy Kazakhstan Kosovo Latvia Lithuania Malta Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom Wales Middle East Abu Dhabi Dubai Iran Israel Jordan Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia North America Canada Greenland Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Guyana Peru Uruguay Venezuela UK View by Theme Activity Architecture Beaches Belief Boats sailing Budget travel Coasts islands Crafts and markets Cycling Deserts Discovery Diving snorkeling Everyday Life Extreme Adventure sports Family friendly Festivals events Food drink Heritage ruins Indigenous culture Leisure Luxury Mountains Museums art Music National parks reserves Nature Nightlife Novelty Off the beaten track People Photography Railway journeys Relaxation Road trips Romance Shopping Structures Surfing Tourist Trail Tradition Transport Walking trekking Wildlife Winter sports Features Pakistan Sort by Date Popularity Overlooked World Heritage Sites Gallery Tim Chester 23 05 2013 10 essential dolphin and whale watching trips From whales in Iceland to the pink penguins of Hong Kong harbour here s ten of our favourite holidays for seeing whales and dolphins taken from the pages of travel bible Great Escapes Let us know your own below Whale watching off the coast of Iceland Iceland s waters are blessed with large numbers of almost every kind Site Editor 27 02 2013 10 unusual types of transport Getting around abroad doesn t have to be all about cars trains buses and bikes From cruising Peru s Lake Titicaca on a boat made of reeds to flying down the streets of Madeira in a wicker toboggan or taking an odd horse drawn carriage in Pakistan there are so many unusual types of travel to be tried Holly Dudley 01 07 2012 Page 2 of 2 1 2 Travel Offers

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  • Travel Features by Fabien Astre | Rough Guides
    Vanuatu Central America the Caribbean Bahamas Belize Bermuda Costa Rica Cuba Dominican Republic El Salvador Grenada Guatemala Jamaica Nicaragua Panama Trinidad Tobago Europe Albania Armenia Austria Belarus Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark England Estonia Finland France Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy Kazakhstan Kosovo Latvia Lithuania Malta Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom Wales Middle East Abu Dhabi Dubai Iran Israel Jordan Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia North America Canada Greenland Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Guyana Peru Uruguay Venezuela UK View by Theme Activity Architecture Beaches Belief Boats sailing Budget travel Coasts islands Crafts and markets Cycling Deserts Discovery Diving snorkeling Everyday Life Extreme Adventure sports Family friendly Festivals events Food drink Heritage ruins Indigenous culture Leisure Luxury Mountains Museums art Music National parks reserves Nature Nightlife Novelty Off the beaten track People Photography Railway journeys Relaxation Road trips Romance Shopping Structures Surfing Tourist Trail Tradition Transport Walking trekking Wildlife Winter sports Features Fabien Astre Sort by Date Popularity 21 striking photos of the world s largest tribal gathering Every September thousands of people from over a hundred tribes come together in Goroka Papua New Guinea to celebrate their unique culture In this traditional festival called a sing sing the biggest of its kind in the world there s a mêlée of dancing singing and a rainbow of colourful outfits on show Photographer Fabien Astre visited the festival last Fabien Astre 08 06 2015 Travel Offers Travel insurance Hotels Hostels Car hire Tours Trending Articles Why now s the time to visit Nottingham England By David Atkinson The top gifts for travellers By Rough Guides Editors 6 reasons to visit Bogotá South America s underrated

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  • Natural Phenomena | Natural Phenomenon | Rough Guides
    trips 20 of the cheapest places to travel 20 places to embrace your inner hippy The most beautiful places in India 20 brilliantly colourful places The most beautiful places in the USA as voted by you The most beautiful places in England 20 of the best family travel destinations In pictures around Italy in 16 foods 30 inspiring quotes to live by from around the world 20 seriously weird places around the world 20 of the best honeymoon destinations The most beautiful city in the world as voted by you View by Destination Africa Egypt Ethiopia Kenya Madagascar Mali Morocco Namibia Rwanda South Africa Tanzania Zanzibar Tunisia Asia Cambodia China India Indonesia Japan Laos Malaysia Mongolia Myanmar Burma Nepal Philippines Singapore South Korea Sri Lanka Taiwan Thailand United Arab Emirates Vietnam Australasia Australia Fiji New Zealand Central America the Caribbean Barbados Belize Costa Rica Cuba Guatemala Jamaica Panama Puerto Rico Trinidad Tobago Europe Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Denmark England Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Italy Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey United Kingdom Middle East Dubai Israel Jordan North America Canada Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile

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