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Location - Indian Subcontinent; Capital - Islamabad; Population - 164 million; Currency - Pakistan Rupee MORE PAKISTAN

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.


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pa1The market area of Quetta


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pa3Shaqil, Wasim and Ajmal. I'm back in Gujranwala to see a few familiar faces
















pa2Alina at the nursery in Gujranwala

















pa3bGujranwala garden nursery



pa4The main street in Gujrat, a short bus ride from Gujranwala
















pa5With Navid and friends in Gujrat.
The Pepsi advert tickles me















pa6The Shah Faisal Mosque in Islamabad



pa7I was invited to a Pakistani wedding in Rawalpindi - the groom's arrival is marked by music and dancing















pa8The women cheer and throw decoratives on the groom, Rawalpindi. I hardly got a look at the bride..















pa9Azaf, Soofie, Nayyar & son at the hill station of Murree



pa10On 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



pa11Beginning the long and winding drive along the Karakoram Highway from Rawalpindi to Kashgar in China. It follows much of the ancient Silk Road route
















pa13Gilgit's polo field
















pa147788 metre high Rakaposhi Mountain, as seen from Karimabad




Batura and Rakaposhi mountains - the scenery around Karimabad is stunning



pa19Sitting in the grounds of my hotel, Karimabad
















pa20Curious children, Karimabad



pa2116th century Baltit Fort, Karimabad



pa22The beautiful view from Baltit Fort, Karimabad
















pa23Mountains surrounding the village of Passu


pa24Passu Peaks, Passu. Passu is at an altitude of 3100 metres



pa25More lovely countryside, Passu
















pa26A typically colourful Pakistani lorry at Sost, the last town before the Khunjerab pass to China. Altitude - 3300 metres



pa27Welcome to China! At the Pakistan/China border on the Khunjerab Pass, at an altitude of 4730 metres















pa28Our 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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