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30. May, 2012

Lahore Lahore hai…

Lahore Lahore hai…

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It is truly said “Laore Laore hai” and i realized it after spending almost two weeks in the most happening city of Punjab “Lahore”.

It started with a photography workshop on “Celebrating Multi-culturism in Pakistan” with Punjab Lok Rahs where 18 students were selected from all across Pakistan. I was one of the trainer and spent all 6 days with awesome participants, explored the old city with them working on their assignments.

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For me, the perception of Lahore has always been of a happening city, alive, full of fun. Although it was hot outside but the essence of enjoying the place took over the heat.  Traveling in a Rikshaw all over from posh areas of the city to the hustle bustle of old city, being stranger and observing real people of the real lahore was what all required to ignite my soul.

Exploring old city took my imagination hundred years back in the Mughal era. While the sun was setting in front of one of the domes of beautiful Badshahi masjid, i saw a transition of history and culture that beautiful structure has gone through over period of time.

Its not just the old city that made me fall in love with the city, but its food too. Lahoris are famous for having good taste of food that is tasty, oily, pure and heavy. Lassi, Chaney, Halwa puri, Phajey k Pai and what not.

Our last day was spent going early morning at Badshahi Mosque before the sunrise to take photos at Majic hours.

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Participants - Photography Workshop - Punjab Lok Rahs May 2012

 

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Participants - Photography Workshop - Punjab Lok Rahs May 2012

 

Leaving that city was like leaving something important. The feeling of incompleteness. Something that holds you back, calls you back, to make you fall for the colors of historical transition.

 

 

31. Aug, 2011

Just started traveling – Eid Mubarak

Just started traveling – Eid Mubarak
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Wazir Khan Masjid, Lahore - Pakistan

I’ve just started traveling again on this eid, currently spending the first few days in Quetta, Balochistan and then again ultimate hikes in Mountains. I will be away for few days due to no internet connection and living in extreme conditions.

Just wanted to say “Eid Mubarak” to you all. May this Eid brings all the joys to your life. How are you celebrating this Eid?

30. Jul, 2011

10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Traveling and taking photos all across Pakistan, its really difficult to conclude which places are my favorite or which place actually took my breath away. However, I have selected few photographs out of my archive that i can say actually are overwhelming not because of the popularity of the place or the tourism it receives yearly, but because of the moment that made me feel astonished. Here is the list of 10 breathtaking spots around Pakistan.

1. Sheikh Badin Hill Station – Khyber Pakthunkhwa.

Sheikh Badin Hill Station – Khyber Pakthunkhwa. 10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Sheikh Badin Hill Station-Khyber-Pakthunkhwa, Pakistan

 

Nothing can beat the feeling of being at an entirely isolated place, on top of a mountain having a bird eye view of magnificent mountain range and surrounded by cool breezes sitting at this Charpai. For me such a place offer a sense of tranquility, an opportunity to indulge yourself in a deep thought and think about this mighty creation. It is more than 100 year old long forgotten hill station made during the British era in mid 19th century.

 

2. Islamabad Cityscape from Daman-e-Koh View Point.

Islamabad Cityscape from Daman e Koh View Point 10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Islamabad Cityscape from Daman-e-Koh View Point, Pakistan


For me viewing the Islamabad cityscape from Daman-e-Koh was not really striking unless you wait for the perfect light, wait for the sun to set and observe how magically the clouds get mix with the orange and bluish tone of sky. Sunsets and twilights are one of the most appealing light conditions that sparks me to take photos.

3. Twilight at Clifton Beach Karachi – Sindh

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Twilight at Clifton Beach Karachi – Sindh, Pakistan


Clifton beach is one of the most favorite places of mine in Karachi, especially for shooting the sunset. You get to have every kind of human subjects from every walk of life at the beach. Being a nature enthusiast, I always look for how nature can change the landscape and make it delightful for us. Have you ever experienced twilight at Clifton beach? It’s rare but I am fortunate enough to experience this sundown at the beach quite often. The world around you totally changes from a real world to a Magical fantasy of blues, oranges and silhouetted living creatures.

 

4. Lion’s Face, Hanna Urak – Wali Tangi Valley – Balochistan

Loins Face Hanna Urak Wali Tangi Valley – Balochistan 10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Loins Face, Hanna Urak – Wali Tangi Valley – Balochistan, Pakistan

I have spent my childhood in the middle of dry mountains of Quetta city.Hanna Urak & Wali Tangi Valley used to be the only nearby picnic. However I started trekking in Balochistan quite late and discovered this Loin’s face naturally encarved on a huge mountain in Wali Tangi. I wonder how no one talked about it, never mentioned it anywhere or at least no one has yet marked the place. A part from that,  you can observe an enormous mountain far behind in the background that actually reminds me of old Malbaro TV ads that made me fanaticized climbing that mountain. I still wish to do so.

 

5. Rain at Astore Valley – Gilgit Baltistan

Rain at Astore Valley – Gilgit Baltistan 10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Rain at Astore Valley – Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan


Rain has always been a part of my inspirations. To read, to write, to travel and to photograph. It makes me feel to the fullest of my creativity, especially when it rains in tranquil morning. I love the fragrance when a tiny droplet falls on the soil making it semi-muddy, the freshness all around.  One breath taking moment that made me awestruck was when a flock passed by my jeep, I felt the rain drops on my car’s wind screen and the rushed shepherd was a cherry on top in that whole scene, especially when you experience it in the middle of green mountains with snow top in summers.

 

6. Hunza Valley from Baltit Fort – Gilgit-Baltistan

Hunza Valley from Baltit Fort – Gilgit Baltistan 10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Hunza Valley from Baltit Fort – Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan


Hunza, one can only enjoy the spectacular view of the valley once you climb up to the top of the valley where lies Baltit Fort. Being a photographer, I was looking for a view to actually capture a photo that can show the valley as well as a glimpse of the fort in one picture. Framing the valley in these arches from inside the fort helped me to communicate what I wanted.

 

7. Shingrilla – Skardu – Gilgit Baltistan

Shingrilla – Skardu – Gilgit Baltistan 10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Shingrilla – Skardu – Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan


How comforting it is when you actually experience and see the place that you’ve always been seeing printed on calendars, watching it on TV or going through a post card in a book shop. Shangrila it was for me. I even didn’t remember the name when I first showed a post card picture to my taxi driver and asked him to take me there. Being a student, I didn’t have or can say I never wanted to spend that much money to actually stay there. However I enjoyed its view from a hotel on the other side of the lake.

 

8. Ziarat Valley – Balochistan

Ziarat Valley – Balochistan 10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Ziarat Valley – Balochistan, Pakistan


The famous view point of Ziarat has an astonishing view of the 2nd largest juniper forest in the world that is more than 4500 years old. Have you ever imagined a Juniper forest and a Hill station in Balochistan? I never thought about it unless I discovered while doing excursion photo trips in Balochistan. One could only feel the smell of these juniper trees all around if you are there.

 

9. Chitral Valley from my hotel room of Hindukush Heights – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Chitral Valley from my hotel room of Hindukush Heights – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Chitral Valley from my hotel room of Hindukush Heights – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan


Yes, it’s real. In reality there are hotels and resorts having rooms with such a magnificent view. Even I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first entered this room at Hotel Hindukush Heights located in north of Chitral Valley. I have spent almost 3 full days in this room with that spectacular view. All I did was reading travelogues and having lots & lots of teas. The best thing about this view was that it gave different feelings and moods at different time of the day. I loved it at sunrise and sunset every day.

 

10. Multan Clock Tower – Punjab

Multan Clock Tower – Punjab 10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Multan Clock Tower – Punjab, Pakistan


While wandering in the city of heat and shrines and searching for historical places, I came through this wonderfully built clock tower built during the British Empire. The tower itself will not give you an awestruck moment unless you wait for the perfect light right after the sunset and let the heavy traffic of Multan move around the tower. The contrast between an old British architect and the current hustle bustle of the city is a must watch.

(The article was originally published in the June 2011 edition of Xpoze Monthly Magazine Pakistan)

18. Jun, 2011

Photographing all provinces of Pakistan

Photographing all provinces of Pakistan

Traveling all across Pakistan, i still feel how less i have traveled this country. Is this life enough to cover all places of Pakistan? Have been missing lots of historical sights of Sindh, the beautiful Swat, lots of treks in Baltistan, hidden mountains of Balochistan, Kashmir beyond just Muzafarabad, hundreds of lakes and a lot more. However, i still feel good that atleast i keep on going. Life goes on and lets see how much will i explore more of Pakistan in future.

Just sharing a single photograph from each province of Pakistan that i feel is truly breathtaking for me.  Its not the photograph that i am sharing, but a feeling that i had while taking these photograph.

I just have one question for you? Have you traveled to all provinces of Pakistan? if yes, how? and if not, then tell me which one are you missing? Post in your answers in the comments below.

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Arabian Sea, Karachi, Sindh - Pakistan

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Shahi Masjid, Chitral - Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

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Dhulli, Azad Kashmir - Pakistan

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Rakaposhi Peak, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

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Road to Ziarat, Balochistan - Pakistan

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Clock Tower, Multan, Punjab - Pakistan

 

21. Apr, 2011

Multan Ghanta Ghar

Multan Ghanta Ghar
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Ghanta Ghar Multan

I am lucky enough to explore Multan city in a very pleasant weather. Its been raining here since three days which has completely canceled out the heat.

A part from exploring shrines and mandirs of Multan, I got opportunity to shoot the Ghanta Ghar (Clock Tower) of Multan that was built during the British Empire and is one of the imporant landmark of the city. The tower gets extreme road trafic because of development of infra structure including 6 flyovers so all the traffic gets directed to this central point.
I tried to take a long exposure shot and got this outcome icon smile Multan Ghanta Ghar

What about you? Have you ever been to Multan? What did you like the most? I really liked Tea from Dhabas here icon smile Multan Ghanta Ghar I would suggest you not to visit in June – July at any cost to avoid heat icon wink Multan Ghanta Ghar

18. Feb, 2011

Minar-e-Pakistan – As I see it…

Minar-e-Pakistan – As I see it…

This post is dedicated to Pakistan Cricket Team for the World Cup 2011. I have uploaded photographs of Minar-e-Pakistan from my recent trip to Lahore. Minar-e-Pakistan is one of the most important national monument of Pakistan. I could come up with just 4 shots at best due to time constraint.

Post in your comments about how do you like the photos?

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Minar-e-Pakistan, Lahore, Pakistan

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Minar-e-Pakistan, Lahore, Pakistan


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A Silhouette of Minar-e-Pakistan, Lahore, Pakistan

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Minar-e-Pakistan, Lahore, Pakistan

02. Feb, 2011

Colors on Wheel – Lahore Diaries

Colors on Wheel – Lahore Diaries

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Again an another post from my Lahore Diaries icon smile Colors on Wheel   Lahore Diaries . I randomly took this photo while wandering in the old streets of Lahore.
Just liked the fact this guy is making his livelihood by selling fruits on the wheels. Can you see how beautifully he has arranged the fruits in a proper presentable way!
Thats how we all should make our sorroundings look good and presentable, be it your office, your car, your house or even your clothing!
How do you feel about the photograph? May be you can come up with something interesting !

27. Jan, 2011

Moment in a Photograph – Tomb of Jahangir

Moment in a Photograph – Tomb of Jahangir
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Entrance to the Tomb of Jahangir, Lahore

I understand that this picture went a bit out of balance but the enterance of this family to the Tomb of Jahangir didn’t give me a second chance to compose my picture. This post is not really about the location itself but a moment in photograph.

It shows little beautiful moments of our life that vanish within no time and sometimes we never take them for granted! For parents its their children in which all of their life exists and for children its the company and guidance of parents, love of siblings and unforgetable childhood memories!

It really takes time to understand  little relationships we have in life, that may vanish one day without informing us. We should enjoy each and every day of our life to the utmost!

How do you see little moments in your life? have you ever felt its presence?

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17. Dec, 2010

Exploring Lahore

Exploring Lahore

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I recently have explored Lahore. The Lahori food, Rickshaw rides and the Mughal architect. I simply loved the Rikshaw and ching chi rides in, specially in the old city. Will be uploading photos pretty soon.

22. Oct, 2010

Diminishing Uch Sharif

Diminishing Uch Sharif

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I didn’t have any plan for visiting Uch Sharif until i got to know that Uch Sharif is just hours drive from Bahawalpur (south-east) while i was on my visit to Cholistan. The Name “Uch Sharif” just reminded me of a diminished shrine that i had seen somewhere in the pictures back at home. I never realized the importance of the place.

Rumors had it that Uch Sharif was founded by Alexander the Great. The visit was a rich visual treat of the priceless specimens of the Sultanate architecture with exceptionally profise tile-work and towering domes. It was sad to see that the shrines were washed away with flood decades back.The town contains the tombs of Bibi Jawindi, Baha’al-Halim and Jalaluddin Bukhari. The palce is currently on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I would suggest to visit Uch Sharif during winters or spring since summers are usually way too hot.