life through the lens
After a nightmare journey from the Iranian border, where I (and others) finished up covered in petrol leaking from canisters on the roof. Then the bus packed up and I carried on minus my rucksack. It was a relief to arrive at Quetta, in June 1999.
5 Pakistani Rupees
The market area of Quetta
Shaqil, Wasim and Ajmal. I'm back in Gujranwala to see a few familiar faces
Alina at the nursery in Gujranwala
Gujranwala garden nursery
The main street in Gujrat, a short bus ride from Gujranwala
With Navid and friends in Gujrat.
The Shah Faisal Mosque in Islamabad
I was invited to a Pakistani wedding in Rawalpindi - the groom's arrival is marked by music and dancing
The women cheer and throw decoratives on the groom, Rawalpindi. I hardly got a look at the bride..
Azaf, Soofie, Nayyar & son at the hill station of Murree
On our way back to Rawalpindi, landslides meant that we had to spend the whole night in the car until the bulldozers came in the morning. 'Don't tell my mother' was Nayyar's main concern
Beginning the long and winding drive along the Karakoram Highway from Rawalpindi to Kashgar in China. It follows much of the ancient Silk Road route
Gilgit's polo field
7788 metre high Rakaposhi Mountain, as seen from Karimabad
Batura and Rakaposhi mountains - the scenery around Karimabad is stunning
Sitting in the grounds of my hotel, Karimabad
Curious children, Karimabad
16th century Baltit Fort, Karimabad
The beautiful view from Baltit Fort, Karimabad
Mountains surrounding the village of Passu
Passu Peaks, Passu. Passu is at an altitude of 3100 metres
More lovely countryside, Passu
A typically colourful Pakistani lorry at Sost, the last town before the Khunjerab pass to China. Altitude - 3300 metres
Welcome to China! At the Pakistan/China border on the Khunjerab Pass, at an altitude of 4730 metres
Our bus driver with a Chinese official, who is pleased to see any sign of life coming his way. Border formalities are done later on, at Tashkurgan. Khunjerab Pass
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