Jun 06

I am in Baltistan

by in Gilgit-Baltistan, Travelogue

i see clear blue sky, i see pure white clouds, i see sand dunes, I see sand storms, I see last beam of light hitting the mountain, i see mighty river flowing, i see snow caped peaks, i see nature. I am in Baltistan.

These mountains have been calling me for 4 years. I remember my first time in 2009 when i first landed on this land. It was a dream come true. On my return, i made a bond with these mountains and asked them to make a promise; that they will call me every year to meet them. 4 years have passed and i am still meeting them every year. My affair with mountains is not less then any romantic tale.

It brings me close to nature, the Creator. Observing the last beam of light hitting snow caped peaks and then diminishing, vanishing in no time.  That is my best thing to do these days every sunset. It feels like as if the Creature has lighten up a candle made of mountain and snow.

Last beam of light on mountain 2 I am in Baltistan

Last beam of light on mountain, Khaplu


Last beam of light on mountain I am in Baltistan


I feel powerful, but yet very small when i compare myself to the mightiness of nature. Not just the mountains, but mighty river flowing miles and miles, sand dunes changing its shape along the river side every day.

Khaplu to Seling 2 I am in Baltistan

Khaplu to Seling


After every long day trip of photography and conversation with nature, i get to sleep in one of the most amazing hotels “Khaplu Palace & Residence“. A 200 year old palace, well preserved and now being run by Serena Hotel. Staying in such palace takes you back in history.  My room is again part of the palace, old, wooden work all over and dim lights.

khaplu palace residence I am in Baltistan

Khaplu Palace & Residence


I feel alive. At least for days i will not have to face traffic jams and buildings. I will be staying a month or so in Gilgit-Baltistan, living close to nature. Reason behind is simple; i need a good conversation with myself, to explore myself.

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15 Responses to “I am in Baltistan”

  1. From maria ansari:

    no words to express this beauty of nature!

    Posted on 06. Jun, 2012 at 7:18 pm #
    • From danialshah:

      @Maria: :) :) i am speechless too

      Posted on 07. Jun, 2012 at 5:21 pm #
  2. From Tehseen Shuja:

    You are living my dream. You are blessed and thank you from all the way in London, for taking such beautiful pictures and sharing them with us.

    Posted on 07. Jun, 2012 at 4:54 pm #
    • From danialshah:

      @Tehseen: thank you Tehseen. You should live your own dream too )

      Posted on 07. Jun, 2012 at 5:21 pm #
  3. From Taimoor:

    Good to know abt the hotel…

    Enjoy ur feast of nature… best wishes.

    Posted on 07. Jun, 2012 at 6:58 pm #
    • From danialshah:

      @Taimoor: thank you Taimoor :) I pray that you also experience that soon. Mr. Explorer :)

      Posted on 08. Jun, 2012 at 3:56 pm #
  4. From Asma:

    Simply spectacular. Your feelings and narration is so true and pure from the core of your heart. Thank you for taking us through this wonderful journey, and reminding us to re-connect with nature! The greatest asset we have today, and still free too :D

    Keep exploring! And keep us mesmerized with your photography.

    Posted on 07. Jun, 2012 at 7:08 pm #
    • From danialshah:

      @Asma: you are right Asma, nature is free. No membership requires :) free for all. Your next holiday destination should be Baltistan :)

      Posted on 08. Jun, 2012 at 3:55 pm #
  5. From Sarah Nisar:

    Good to know you’re having a great time Danial. The fort you are living in seems real mysterious and adventurous – just like a dreamy tale! Enjoy.

    Posted on 08. Jun, 2012 at 7:14 am #
    • From danialshah:

      @Sarah Nisar: The fort awaits your presence there Sarah :) It sure is like a fairy tale. Living back in history.

      Posted on 08. Jun, 2012 at 3:55 pm #
  6. From Syeda Bukhari:

    as i told you ealrier……..keep sating yourself with the wonders and beauties of nature and keep living my dreams……keep your camera clicking so that even if i dont get to go there, i can see it through your eyes…..

    Stay safe!

    Posted on 08. Jun, 2012 at 5:42 pm #
  7. From Asma:

    :) My next destination is definitely Baltistan. Simply missing the area now. It’s been 3 years since I embraced these mountains. They seem to call out for me every night :)

    Posted on 09. Jun, 2012 at 7:01 pm #
  8. From Rozz:

    The first two pictures are spell bounding. I just skipped a breath seeing them . May u have a good and peaceful time and conversation with these mountains and all the wild nature there.

    I must say , you are a lucky person and I must admit that I ENVY you, officially :P :P

    Posted on 15. Jun, 2012 at 3:26 pm #
  9. From KNizam:

    been to shigar fort residence last year. truly amazing place to stay. i believe khaplu also offers the same services as both hotels are run by serena. :)

    Posted on 20. Jun, 2012 at 8:05 pm #
  10. From Saghir A. Khatri:

    Salam Dainal bhai,
    em speechless with stunning shots of Mountain Peaks, simply Magic of Light by nature.. :)

    and lovely view of ur Palace sir, amazing,
    have fun man..

    Saghir A. Khatri

    Posted on 28. Jun, 2012 at 5:37 am #

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