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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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

General Post Office – Lahore, Pakistan

Architectural photographs of General Post Office (GPO) Lahore, Pakistan by Mohsin Khawar

Built in: 1887
Architect: Sir Ganga Ram
Location: Mall Road, Lahore.

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Venice, Italy – The City Of Canals

Venice, ItalyTravel photographs by Mohsin Khawar

Florence, Italy.

Florence, Italy. – Travel photographs of Mohsin Khawar.
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Colosseum – Rome, Italy

I dont photograph monuments or architecture, i pick up the light on them and pour into my mould of composition. Every building i have visited has my photographic take on it. It maybe ordinary or a masterpiece, but it will surely be different.
Here is one of the great Colosseum in Rome, Italy.

Happy Viewing,
Mohsin Khawar
September 2019

Murree – Pakistan

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Kalash Girl

When i first started photography as a hobby in 2006 during my architecture school, my first travel destination was Kalash Valley KPK, Pakistan. I had an analog camera on which i was practicing variants of shutter speed and aperture values. This photograph was one of my first shots and i named it ‘Kalash Girl‘ (inspired by Steve McCurry’s Afghan Girl).

This was exposed on a film and then scanned to make a digital copy. The quality of this photograph might not be great but it’s close to my heart as it did kickstart an endless journey of passion and joy for me. From that day, i haven’t stopped or looked back. Still trying to learn and improve my skill of capturing ‘photo’, which we also know as ‘light’!