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05. Jul, 2014

Excuses people make not to travel in Pakistan

Excuses people make not to travel in Pakistan

I have been traveling across Pakistan since quite a few years now. It’s easy for me to travel within the country keeping in view my low budget and nominal income. The point is, it is not at all expensive to travel within Pakistan as compared to travel abroad for vacations and it is as unsafe and safe as any other country could be.

So i get appreciation by friends, fans and random people around on how awesome my lifestyle is and how great it is to travel and explore the diversity and beauty of Pakistan. They show their concern that they also want to do it, but then come up with excuses that i want to address and then, they travel abroad instead of Pakistan.

It is really normal for them to say “Oh I have been to Thailand twice, once to Malaysia and Turkey and I have seen quite a few countries in Europe. In Pakistan, I have just visited Lahore and Karachi, that too for work. Oh yes, i went to Islamabad once during my childhood.”

and here are their top 4 excuses:

1. Halaat kharab hien

These are the city dwellers. Haalat is their fist biggest excuse. They think something will happen to them if they travel in Pakistan. Of course that is not their fault, it is the media that makes them think that way. Though reality is different. People all over Pakistan are same and they face the same problem as you do. Ok so what about your phone that got snatched on gunpoint in Karachi the previous week? you still live in Karachi right?

2. Leaving my comfort zone

“I don’t know if there are any hotels, or good hotels to stay. I don’t know if i can find wifi there. Can i check my emails while going to the base camp of K2?”
Do I need to say anything? YES. STAY AT HOME.

3. Lack of infra structure

You know the roads, and all flights getting cancelled. Isn’t it better to take overnight flight to bangkok then a road trip to Karakoram highway?
Hmm…Yes, then go to Bangkok and never see what this country has for you.

4. I don’t have the budget

Oh so what about your last vacation to Thailand? You probably need half the amount of that to go to the base camp of K2.

I say, yes, you should travel and explore other countries. But don’t make excuses not to travel within Pakistan.

Pakistan has a unique diversity. The coastal area of the south, the sufi shrines in Sindh and Punjab, the green mountains of Kashmir, the high snow caped peaks of Baltistan and what not. And the good news is, there are hotels and most of the places are safe. What’s unsafe is in your mind. Of course that doesn’t mean that the places are all safe from crimes and all. But dude, do you know the crime rate of Bangkok in specific with reference to tourists? and what about the cities you live in?

Can you think of more excuses? Post them in comments icon smile Excuses people make not to travel in Pakistan

Happy Traveling.



04. Jul, 2014

Chailogue launched: Chai chronicles of a traveler

Chailogue launched: Chai chronicles of a traveler


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Chai (tea) became an important part of my travels across Pakistan. Not just the place, but inspiring common people of Pakistan with whom i shared my cup of tea. I have launched a dedicated series of stories that revolve around chai during my travels in Pakistan. You can follow the series at:

Post in your comments and do give me your feedback.

24. Nov, 2011

Danial Shah speaking at TEDxNUST

Danial Shah speaking at TEDxNUST

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I am speaking at TEDxNUST tonight at 21:00 in Islamabad NUST Campus. I will be talking about my travel adventures across Pakistan and showing it through my lens. If anyone of you are close by and can attend, please do so icon smile Danial Shah speaking at TEDxNUST Or the least you can do is watch it online at

Do post in your comments about the talk if you have watched it  :)


09. Oct, 2011

Been away from Pakistan

Been away from Pakistan

Hey Hey Hey. Its been a long time since my last update. I was initially on a trek to Wakhan Corridor, got stuck due to some extreme weather conditions, came back to the city and had to leave the country for a while the next day.

I am really sorry for not updating the blog but i am writing some great stories with photographs to tell and you should hold your horses till i start uploading.

Have a nice day!

24. Aug, 2011

Get Inspired

Get Inspired
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The shot was taken right after sunset at the Clifton Beach, Karachi - Pakistan

Inspiration. Normally our life revolve around things we are inspired with. Everything we do and tend to do is a result of getting inspiration from our surroundings. I started Photography and Traveling similarly. Inspiration to travel came from my Father who is always on the go while photography came from appreciation of nature. But that is not the end, i get inspired everyday from my daily life. From my dreams, from my travelings, from the sunset, from the sunrise, a horse ride at the beach, a trek up to the mountain, reading a nice book, a pigeon flying next to my window, a child on other side of road with a smile full of hope etc etc.

How do you get inspired? Where do you get your inspiration from? Is there anything that you look forward to get inspired? Mentors? Nature? Books? Movies? Do Share!


24. May, 2011

Staying with tranquility – Hindukush heights

Staying with tranquility – Hindukush heights
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From the Balcony of my Hotel Room in Hindukush Heights, Chitral, Pakistan

I am still traveling these days. From Sindh to Balochistan to Khyber-Pakthunkhwa, Punjab, Kashmir and now going to Gilgit-Baltistan. The above picture was taken during my 3 day stay in Hotel Hindukush Heights Chitral. I spent my time reading travelogues and having lots and lots of tea while enjoying the spectacular view.

I would strongly recommend you to stay in Hotel Hindukush heights if you prefer isolation, expect a spectacular view and a luxury stay. I will be writing a complete review of the places i have stayed in while i am back home.

Have you also stayed in any hotel of such type that offers some magnificent view in Pakistan? please do share. I would love to experience it.