Jan 21

3 Things I always consider while traveling in Pakistan

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Danial Shah capturing a family moment at the Tomb of Jahangir in Shahdara Bagh, Lahore. (Photo by Abeer ul Haq)

Traveling is pleasure for me. I take traveling as an opportunity to learn and observe different forms of nature, how people live in different places and what do they eat. My experience has taught me 3 most important things to consider while traveling in Pakistan.

1. Respect The Culture

When you are traveling in Pakistan, be it the town of Bhit Shah in Sindh or the Valley of Kalash in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, you have to respect the culture of the place. You should learn about their culture, few phrases from their language, know about their dress and try not to wear cloths which might happen to be offensive to them.

When it comes to culture, it means their values and traditions. Ask for the permission before taking photograph of people, especially women and senior citizens. If they do not allow, DO NOT take the picture. It’s easy to take picture and run away but that will be then totally unprofessional and you will not be able to make a long term relationship. I usually dress up in Shalwar Kameez during my travels to interior places of Pakistan like in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It feels good and comfortable.

That way, you won’t become a point of attention and a stranger to locals.

2. Communicate

Since you have learnt few phrases from their language, it shows that you want to be a part of their family. Talk to them. Do not take picture at once. Hang around. Visit Bazaars. Visit the market, have few conversation with the locals. Introduce yourself and then shoot next day. They will then know who actually is wandering around.

I stayed in Kalash Valley last year and learnt few phrases from the Kalasha Language. I used to greet them every day with “Ishpata” which is a greeting in their language. They loved me taking their photographs. I didn’t shoot at the very first day. I talked to them and visited their houses and then shot whole next 2 days.

Talking to the locals and communicating will give you the real charm of traveling. You will make good memories when you get back to your routine life.

3. Be rough & Tough

When it comes to traveling, forget all your luxuries. Pack up with your equipments, water bottle, clothing, pair of shoes and a nice book to read because that’s what I do during my travels. You’ll have to face difficulties, things would go unplanned, but those difficulties are an important part of your traveling in order to bring back good memories home. Remember, traveling is when you buy a one way ticket to a place you have never been to, rest is all unplanned.

Go on, take the initiative. Take you camera out and shoot the people, the environment and everything around. Bring lots of memories back home.

There are obviously other things as well to consider while traveling but being a travel photographer i have concluded the above 3 things as important to travel in Pakistan.

What about you? what do you consider the most while traveling in Pakistan?

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11 Responses to “3 Things I always consider while traveling in Pakistan”

  1. From Rozz:

    nicely written :)

    specially dis part “traveling is when you buy a one way ticket to a place you have never been to, rest is all unplanned.”

    Posted on 21. Jan, 2011 at 8:04 pm #
    • From Danial Shah:

      @Rozz: Thank you Rozz :) :) :)

      Posted on 24. Jan, 2011 at 12:23 am #
  2. From jia:

    “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
    – St. Augustine
    in my point of view travel is always teach u others things,and if u want to find reality u should go in markets , parks , streets and other local places coz if u stay in hotel or guest houses u always feel artificial behaviors and smile.

    @ daniyal
    Ask for the permission before taking photograph of people, especially women and senior citizens. If they do not allow, DO NOT take the picture.

    it is true aven they are do not allow girls in there home sections,i was visited mitthi 8 oct 2010 for photography but they do not allow me to go in home.

    Posted on 23. Jan, 2011 at 2:01 pm #
    • From Danial Shah:

      @Jia: :) i love this quote :)
      you did a good job by not taking picture without their permission :)

      Posted on 24. Jan, 2011 at 12:19 am #
  3. From ejaz ali khan:

    Danial, i really from the core of my heart appreciate your efforts and your passion fot travel, adventure and love for new places and people.
    Young people like you are our actual assets. I learn from your experience. Ihave also visited Gilgt, Sakardu and other areas and by going through your pictures and writing, I again desire to visit once again those ares
    praying for you
    Ejaz Ali Khan

    Posted on 25. Jan, 2011 at 12:13 pm #
    • From Danial Shah:

      @Ejaz Ali Khan: Thank you Sir! I am honored :) Its my passion to travel and take photos and then share them with everyone out there :)

      Posted on 25. Jan, 2011 at 9:12 pm #
  4. From Mimi:

    excellent tips. very practical and whole experience of traveling could be then profoundly gratifying if paid heed to all 3 tips.

    Posted on 05. Mar, 2013 at 11:54 am #
    • From danialshah:

      @Mimi: there is a lot more to consider other than that as well :) thanks

      Posted on 07. Mar, 2013 at 6:00 am #
  5. From Mustafa:

    Goof Info bro

    Posted on 27. Oct, 2013 at 2:44 am #

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