KALAM VALLEY PAKISTAN

Hello Friends!
I recently visited Kalam Valley which is located in Swat district of Pakistan for the first time and what a visual treat it was. Thankfully there is an expressway to Swat and the new road from Bahrain to Kalam is also built, which makes your travel super easy. But the major highlight on this trip for me was extremely hospitable and friendly people, who will offer you tea, food and free stay. They are extremely helpful in guiding you and will even stop their vehicles for tourists. I was traveling with my family and had no issues whatsoever.
Since tourism is actually booming in Pakistan, i experienced some good hotels in Swat (Mingora) and Kalam. One can stop by at Mingora, a fully developed city, for a break if needed before heading towards Kalam. On your way, do not miss stopping by all river side chai (tea) dhaabas.
You can make a base at Kalam and then take jeep tours to places like Shahi Bagh and Kumrat. I will advise not to take your own car to such places even if its a 4×4 because the tracks are rocky, but worth it. You can easily get jeeps with drivers from Kalam. One important thing is to keep some cash because there is no ATM in Kalam. Last ATM you can get is at Madyen on your way. I hope the government or banks will work on it because i foresee a lot of tourism happening in this region. I would also like to request the authorities to place as many dustbins as they can to keep Kalam clean and ask the restaurants not to litter the rivers.

Over all, what a wonderful experience to explore these scenic places full of kind people, amazing food (don’t miss the river fresh trout) and breathtaking visuals. I hope you will enjoy the photographs that i took!

Long Live Pakistan!


Love,
Mohsin Khawar
Writing from Pakistan (Sept 2020)
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Carnival – Republic

CARNIVAL – A Fashion Series

This series was photographed at a festival that took place in a small village in Punjab, Pakistan.

Photographs / Mohsin Khawar
Label / Republic
Talent / Aimal Khan

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Pompeii – Italy

Pompeii was an ancient Roman city which got buried under the nearby Mount Vesuvius’s eruption in A.D. 79.
It was then excavated in 19th century with the help of many archaeologists and architects. From its restored architecture, we can figure out the lavish lifestyle of romans, the villas they had, their interest in art and fresco, and the kind of utensils they used.
Urban planning is one of the key highlights of this ancient city with streets, squares and trade hubs properly planned. It is situated in the province of Naples near the sea, which shows it was an important ancient city for trade and business.
Objects buried beneath Pompeii were well-preserved for almost 2,000 years as the lack of air and moisture allowed little to no deterioration. However, once exposed, Pompeii has been subject to both natural and man-made forces, which have rapidly increased deterioration.
It is one of the most popular tourist attraction in Italy and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I had a limited time to photograph Pompeii with light quickly disappearing but tried to cover the most of it.
Hope you will enjoy the photographs.

Best,
Mohsin Khawar
(Photographed in September 2019)

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Gurdwara Baba Sri Chand – Bhuman Shah

Gurdwara Baba Sri Chand is located at Bhuman Shah in Depalpur, Okara ( A City of Pakistan in Punjab province). It was built by Mahant Harbhajan Das in Samvat 1967 (1910 AD). It is a double story building with a big hall inside. Walls are decorated with fresco artwork narrating tales of sikh origin.
This historical site is a beautiful piece of architecture but needs some preservation.

Mohsin Khawar
Photographed in February 2020

Pakistan: Best of 2019

Twitter is trending about #Bestof2019_Pakistan and i have compiled some highlights for you!

Feel proud and share it with your friends!

Long Live Pakistan! 🇵🇰

Wishing you a very Happy New Year! 🙂

Images source: Twitter

Murree – Pakistan

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Mosque Wazir Khan – Lahore, Pakistan

Mosque Wazir Khan - Lahore, Pakistan.

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Mosque Wazir Khan – Lahore, Pakistan.

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Time

This photograph won me my first national competition in 2009. It was also selected by KP Tourism department and exhibited at Lok Virsa Museum.

I captioned it ‘Time’.

Taken at Nathia Gali, Pakistan.

Pakistan Tourism

Scenic and cultural beauty of Pakistan is no doubt a treat for any tourist!

Visit Pakistan this year to enjoy mountains and plains of Gilgit/Hunza and KPK, ancient civilization and deserts of Sindh, historical culture and food of Punjab and not to forget the virgin beaches of beautiful Gawadar!

  • Excellent hotels everywhere for an average USD 100-200 per night
  • Base cities can be Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Hunza and Peshawar
  • Best food you will get in this region be it Pakistani, Thai, Chinese, Continental or Fast Food
  • History includes centuries old Forts, Mosques, Shrines and architecture
  • Uber/Careem services all over Pakistan
  • Domestic flights operating from Hunza till Gawadar
  • Oldest Kalasha tribe in Chitral is a major tourist attraction along with scenic beauty of Hunza/Skardu
  • Helpful and courteous locals
  • Also welcoming religious tourism for Sikhs, Buddhists and Hindus
  • One of the finest cloth and handicrafts markets on cheap rates
  • E-Visa and Visa on Arrival for many foreigners

So this summer, choose Pakistan and enjoy nature to the utmost!