Aug 29

A 45 Minute Flight over Hindukush

by in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, published, Travelogue

Have you ever been to a place where you completely fall in love with? And you would want to come back some day again? Or again and again? Every traveler at some point in time feels the same for some place. Being a nature lover, I actually fall in love with everyplace that offers me nature in its real form. Chitral was one of it and going back there felt like I will be reading best stories of my life visually with new additions.

Aerial view of Rawal Lake Islamabad A 45 Minute Flight over Hindukush

Aerial view of Rawal Lake, Islamabad

It was an early morning flight from Islamabad to Chitral.  I already knew it would be a small flight but after listening to the announcement of the pilot, 45 minutes sounded too less since nowhere in Pakistan you fly for less than an hour at least.

Weather in Islamabad was cloudy, and flying in PIA ATR meant It was going to be a bumpy ride.

Just like my other journeys, I had my camera all ready to shoot. The uncle sitting next to me was wondering what I was so excited about. I told him this could be a routine for him but I am coming here for the second time to enjoy this picturesque view, to fly over Hindukush Mountains. I took this flight with an objective to have new photographic ideas and I wanted to live in the moment to the fullest. I hope he understood my feelings.

The start of Hindukush Mountain range A 45 Minute Flight over Hindukush

The start of Hindukush Mountain range

It was one of its kinds and different flight for me, I flew over the green Margalla hills initially which took me an aerial view ride of the Rawal Lake covered with dark clouds with a new perspective. The Margalla hills felt like a magical place covered in clouds. All of a sudden I saw a far away mountain having snow shine on its top. Looked Like a huge vanilla flavored ice cream cone from a distance. Uncle on my right said: here starts your Hindukush. Snow means Hindukush.

Hindukush range from the window of PIA ATR A 45 Minute Flight over Hindukush

Hindukush range from the window of PIA ATR

 

This made me forget the meal and tea I was having and I started taking pictures. The snow caped peak came nearer and nearer and the green mountains of Margalla vanished into dry Rocky Mountains of Hindukush with snow spreaded all over. The window on my left had the view of only white snowy dry mountains with green patches far and wide. This continued till the pilot announced we are about to land in Chitral. We came down the snow capped mountains and now all I could see was the green fields of Chitral all over. A valley covered between giant mountains.

Aerial view of Chitral Valley and the shadow of the plane before landing A 45 Minute Flight over Hindukush

Aerial view of Chitral Valley and the shadow of the plane before landing

This was not the only journey that I enjoyed, but I enjoy each and every journey with the same excitement. Be it a flight from Islamabad to Gilgit, a road trip to Quetta from Karachi, a train trip in Southern Punjab or a jeep ride to Naran Valley, because this is all Pakistan and each and every place of this country is worth appreciating. Not just the landscapes but the culture and hospitable people.

 

(This story was origionally published the August 2011 edition of Blah-Magazine for youth, Pakistan)

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15 Responses to “A 45 Minute Flight over Hindukush”

  1. From Baqir talpur:

    Wow must be an awesome journy. That uncle must be looking at you all the time you were taking pictures lol.

    Posted on 29. Aug, 2011 at 11:56 am #
    • From danialshah:

      @Baqir: lol i really liked that uncle :) he kept on poking me all the flight ;-)

      Posted on 31. Aug, 2011 at 7:47 am #
  2. From Marium:

    Beautiful pictures and truly amazing description. It certainly made me to go and visit chitral myself. :)

    Posted on 03. Sep, 2011 at 5:40 pm #
  3. From Saghir A. Khatri:

    Salam Danial bhai.
    Very nice explaination of the flight.. sounds like i was there with u :p
    rawal lake pic is materpiece. Its a very unique view.

    thanks for updating stuffs :D

    Regards,
    Saghir A. Khatri

    Posted on 07. Sep, 2011 at 7:19 am #
  4. From Asma:

    The pictures are truly revealing your feelings. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this short piece.

    Posted on 13. Sep, 2011 at 1:15 pm #
    • From danialshah:

      @Asma: oh thank you Asma :) so nice of you

      Posted on 12. Nov, 2011 at 4:56 am #
  5. From Sarah Khan:

    Proud to be Pakistani:)

    Posted on 04. Nov, 2011 at 7:29 am #
    • From danialshah:

      @Sarah: :) Should always be :)

      Posted on 12. Nov, 2011 at 4:52 am #
  6. From Zakir:

    Nice work; Keep it up

    Posted on 02. Dec, 2011 at 9:34 pm #
  7. From tazeen:

    Mashallah Danial…………… Allah kare zor-e-qalam aur Ziada and allah kare zauq-e-safar aur ziada

    Posted on 08. Dec, 2011 at 2:23 pm #
    • From danialshah:

      @Tazeen : shukria for the DUA :) JazakAllah

      Posted on 08. Dec, 2011 at 6:26 pm #
  8. From longdrives:

    I have taken that flight too! It is a wonderful experience to land in-between the mountains!

    Posted on 19. Dec, 2011 at 4:08 am #
    • From danialshah:

      @Longdrives: yes, and its just a 45 minute flight but everysingle second you can’t let your eyes go off the screen :)

      Posted on 20. Dec, 2011 at 8:08 am #

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