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Take me back to Nagar

View of Nagar from Hunza at dusk.
View of Nagar from Hunza at dusk.

Some things are beautiful in their simplicity; others in their intricacy.

In the north of Pakistan lies an absolutely stunning district; Hunza Nagar, previously known as Brushal, this place is a lakeside paradise. Hunza and Nagar used to be separate princely states parted by the River Hunza which marked the border between the two states.

The small states of Hunza and Nagar were notorious for looting trader caravans that would come from China.

The British wanted to expand their trade to Russia from here, but the states wouldn’t allow them to. Thus in 1891, Nagar was invaded by the British Army led by Colonel Durand. British surrounded the Nagar’s Nalt Fort, and eventually seized it six months later.

Frame from Nagar.
Frame from Nagar.
A pathway in Nagar.
A pathway in Nagar.
A view of Nagar Khas.
A view of Nagar Khas.
A view of Nagar Khas.
A view of Nagar Khas.
A view of Nagar Khas.
A view of Nagar Khas.

Soon power was transferred from the British to the Maharaja of Kashmir, but owing to the long distance, locals continued to live freely. Dongs, the capital of Nagar, was in Nagar Khas where royal courts and palaces of marble still exist. It remained the capital till the last royal of Maghlot Dynasty, Mir Shaukat Ali Khan, was in power.

Hooper is the most beautiful place in Nagar, a land of snow-clad mountains, but the sheer power of glaciers to carve out new landscapes makes them intricately gorgeous too. In Gulmit valley lies Rakaposhi Mountain whereas the Diran Peak stands tall in Minapin.

An Aerial view.
An Aerial view.
On the way to Hooper
On the way to Hooper
Garden on the way to Hooper.
Garden on the way to Hooper.
On the way to Hooper.
On the way to Hooper.
Rakaposhi view from Nagar.
Rakaposhi view from Nagar.
Sunset on Altar peak from Nagar.
Sunset on Altar peak from Nagar.
A cattle is pictured grazing
A cattle is pictured grazing
A cattle is pictured grazing
A cattle is pictured grazing

Heading towards Hunza through the Karakoram Highway, I notice a long line of vehicles standing in queues due to a massive landslide blocking the road near Minapin. My driver takes an alternate route through the Minapin village, as I watch the stunning scenery race past. From the precariously narrow and bumpy route my driver takes, I lookout for the Karakoram Highway.

After a two-hour drive, we finally manage to get back on the Karakoram Highway. While the engine accelerates briskly on our way to Hunza, for the first time ever, I see Nagar.

Luscious green grassland with Golden Peak in the backdrop, I see happy faces peering out, local children playing, women stretching their backs into the sunshine amid work, and animals grazing fields — Nagar is known for its serene village life.

As soon as one leaves Hunza and crosses the river bridge after Ganesh village, a road turning right leads to Hooper. Before Hooper is Nagar Khas, which used to be the centre of Nagar. The area is flecked with fruit trees including cherries, apples, and apricots.

Nagar Khas is full of hard-working, soft-spoken people with small homes and shops. A road from the Nagar Khas Bazar leads to the last village of north, Hispar, and another towards Hooper, which houses glaciers and the Rush lake. There is no human settlement after Hooper.

A child in Nagar.
A child in Nagar.
A child in Nagar.
A child in Nagar.
Golden Peak.
Golden Peak.
Under the tree.
Under the tree.
View of Golden Peak.
View of Golden Peak.
Golden peak in background.
Golden peak in background.

Going to Hispar, I see open-air courtyards built around homes of stones where children and domesticated animals play and live together. Just staring at the bright courtyards makes me want to spend a night here.

A little after the settlement is a waterfall with water as pure and sweet as honey. The people here are heart-warming and like to offer walnuts, apricots and other delights to tourists.

Children play outside their homes as I photograph them. A huge pear tree stands tall in the courtyard, laden with pears. Crisp copper leaves tumble from the trees and sway gently in the Autumn wind.

“Hey, get me some pears, won’t you please?” I jokingly ask. Unaware that someone inside the house can possibly hear me.

Just a few minutes pass and a young woman appears from behind the door, hiding her face behind a red dupatta she hands me a basket full of pears. As I thank her, she laughingly points at a leaf in my hair and disappears behind the door.

The pears are extremely sweet, I must share them with my driver!

A local at Nagar.
A local at Nagar.
A child in Nagar.
A child in Nagar.
Woman from Nagar.
Woman from Nagar.
A child in Nagar.
A child in Nagar.
Autumn in Nagar khas.
Autumn in Nagar khas.

I reach Hispar at sunset. The village does not seem like it belongs here. It looks as if it’s cut off from the rest of the world. A strange silence and coolness surrounds the air. I decide to stay here for the night.

As I stand in the valley shaking with cold, I see a shooting star. Scared, I close my eyes as I sense it approaching towards me, as if it’s going to drop any second but the next moment, it’s gone. It was frightening, but I long to see it once again.

In the wilderness, close-calls to death are a thrilling experience too. These ditched lands are not only filled with beauty and serenity, but also with terror and fear.

It’s a chilly morning up in the north. To get to Gojal’s village Hussaini, I have to cross the Attabad Lake.

The bank of the lake is crowded and everyone seems to be in a hurry to get to the other side. One side of the bank plumbs a lake formed due to a landslide blockage that holds back the flow of the river. On the other side lie black mountains. But I’m curious about the depth of the lake.

As I see my jeep being loaded onto the boat, I take a seat. The ancient-looking boat makes me dread the voyage even before it began. The life jacket is of poor quality and looks scarier than the boat.

Enroute to Hisper.
Enroute to Hisper.
Enroute to Hisper.
Enroute to Hisper.
Enroute to Hisper
Enroute to Hisper
Autumn in Hisper.
Autumn in Hisper.

While reminiscing my childhood days, I zone out. Back in the day, on one of our family trips to River Jhelum, mother refused to let me go on a boat ride. I cried and cried, but there was no way she was going to let me sit on a worn-out boat. While I sat down by the river Jhelum and wept, the others enjoyed their ride.

I snap out of my bizarre memory as the journey comes to a halt. With children of the Hussaini village warmly waving at me, I leave behind my dejections, my fear of wrecked boats and the lifeless life vest.

Walking on the road.
Walking on the road.
Cherry blossom in Nagar khas.
Cherry blossom in Nagar khas.
Cherry blossom in Nagar Khas.
Cherry blossom in Nagar Khas.
Garden in Nagar.
Garden in Nagar.
Attabad lake.
Attabad lake.

Translated by Bilal Karim Mughal from the original in Urdu here.


The writer is a network engineer by profession, and a traveler, poet, photographer and writer by passion. He can be reached on Facebook.


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Ebrahim May 19, 2015 02:00pm

you, Sir, are amazing!!! beautiful pictures, beautiful Pakistan, beautiful people!

Sajjad May 19, 2015 02:08pm

No Words...........

lafanga May 19, 2015 02:08pm

This is how pre-industrialized and pre-modern world looked like, our insatiable greed in modern world has spoiled the nature we live in and is threatening to destroy the world.

haider rehman May 19, 2015 02:10pm

It would be nice if we had side by side photos of unspoiled nature and that of our polluted cities, garbage, overflowing drains, traffic noise and fumes , so that readers can understand what we have done to this wonderful, bountiful nature.

Pragmatic May 19, 2015 02:11pm

Wow

saini_kumar May 19, 2015 02:13pm

Thanks for beautiful photos. My ancestors once lived in that region. Places like these are beautiful but life is really difficult in these mountains. ultimately it is people from plains who enjoy all benefits.

Hassan May 19, 2015 02:14pm

Pakistan is a beautiful country! Why dosen't the media portray this side of our country?

Salim R May 19, 2015 02:16pm

Heaven on the earth, if law and order is maintained Pakistan could be first choice of tourists. Beautiful pics.

ISRAR AHMED May 19, 2015 02:16pm

Mind Blowing, Sir keep it up

Saira Qaiser May 19, 2015 02:20pm

Awe struck. Dumbfounded. I have seen maple trees turn colours during Autumn in Paris. There's absolutely no comparison with the heavenly beauty of Nagar & Hisper! Thank you for sharing such rare photographs with public.

Azaad May 19, 2015 02:23pm

Beautiful, beautiful beautiful,

Uneeb May 19, 2015 02:24pm

What a beauty. Speechless...and no words can describe this place

javed Hasrat May 19, 2015 02:26pm

Paradise on land is alive without constitutional & basic rights.

Jaleel May 19, 2015 02:29pm

Bilal captures beauty in all its evanescence, ephemeral and eternal moments. Thanks for providing moments of aesthetic delight.

MalikMurad May 19, 2015 02:29pm

excellent!

Zahid Khan May 19, 2015 02:31pm

Geo Blial Karim Amazing work done by you !!!!!!

Taimoor Khan May 19, 2015 02:31pm

Comparing this to the cities of Pakistan is like looking at two extremes. Pure, fresh, serene on one hand, chaotic, dirty and bizarre on the other.

Sandhu May 19, 2015 02:35pm

My Pakistan how beautiful you are I just imagine after reading this article.

Padmakar May 19, 2015 02:35pm

Kash ye mera ghar hota...intensely eager to visit and stay at this place.

Awais Ali May 19, 2015 02:36pm

There iS no country in the world which can match the natural beauty of Pakistan.

Awais Ali May 19, 2015 02:38pm

I also visited hunza and Attabad lake it's just a part of imaginary paradise.

Stargazer May 19, 2015 02:39pm

Salute to Mehdi for this extra-ordinary work. Through your articles and great photgraphy you are uncovering beauty of northern Areas of Pakistan like never before. Please keep it up, and lets pray that one day the world comes to see the spellbound beauty of Pakistan.

waseem haider May 19, 2015 02:45pm

Natural Beauti

waseem haider May 19, 2015 02:45pm

Beautifull Hunza

Vap May 19, 2015 02:46pm

You sir are doing a remarkable job, exploring places and sharing with. Actually one of your article prompted me to visit places and im sure it is going to revive the tourism to such breathtaking places. Keep up the good work sir.

FARRUKH EJAZ May 19, 2015 02:46pm

Bilal Karim you really put life in your photographs. There are number of persons who are bound to visit these beautiful places after viewing your captures. Your each article is full of life despite the fact that life is actually very much difficult there for the locals. The people are full of hospitality as I myself experienced number of times.

Dawn-admirer May 19, 2015 02:47pm

Speechless! Never seen such beautiful Autumn colors in Pakistan. Very difficult to decide which picture is most beautiful.The Scenic views, the pictures focusing People, houses, cattle, everything is so beautiful here. Hats off to you Mehdi.once again you made our day!

Aamer May 19, 2015 02:49pm

Outstanding photography !

Tajinder May 19, 2015 02:50pm

Heaven on earth !!

ali May 19, 2015 02:51pm

Waaooo.

Masood Ali Khan May 19, 2015 02:51pm

No words for excellent work. Again on top for showing the Beautiful Pakistan.

AQJ May 19, 2015 03:00pm

Absolutely mesmerizing. As if pictures are speaking..

SAP May 19, 2015 03:03pm

@Zahid Khan It is not Bilal who has taken the pictures, it is Syed Mehdi. Bilal has just translated the Urdu version into English.

Nice work Syed Mehdi for showing the beauty of Pakistan to the world. Hope this will promote domestic and international tourism.

Guru May 19, 2015 03:07pm

Stunning images, that talk more than any one can write. And the pictures of people, particularly children, amazing. I hope that this is not a disturbed area and people can visit for tourism.

Syed Irfan Ali May 19, 2015 03:09pm

had the privilege to see all these areas in 2003-04. These are the most beautiful parts of our country maintaining their natural beauty as not too many people in our country are aware of these areas. So, less tourists and less pollution when comparing areas like Swat, Kaghan and Murree etc.

Wonder if your photographer could show us Naltar, Bagrot, Phandar, Sost, Khunjerab, and Shandur also.

Saad S. May 19, 2015 03:09pm

i wish the column has been translated into English in true spirit. many details in original urdu column are not found in English version. breathtaking beauty though... well done Syed Mehdi Bukhari

Saad S. May 19, 2015 03:11pm

@Zahid Khan @JALEEL this excellent piece & pictures are by SYED MEHDI BUKHARI

Huzaifa Akhtar May 19, 2015 03:11pm

I am now a hardcore fan of SM Bukhari

Imran AB May 19, 2015 03:12pm

Nature ................... Pakistani style !!!

ashok kumar lal May 19, 2015 03:16pm

why go to Switzerland.

Abdul Narayan D,Souza May 19, 2015 03:17pm

I thank you for showing us such a beautiful side n sight of Pakistan, you always bring the the best out of nothing. I salute you, keep up the good work.

Kishore Garewal

sudhi May 19, 2015 03:19pm

Simply Great

MAX May 19, 2015 03:21pm

The pictorial definition of the word " serene". It is through your pictures that we, expatriates, see the beauties of Pakistan. Brilliant work Mehdi and Dawn. Long live Pakistan.

nandkishor May 19, 2015 03:31pm

i would definately love to visit this place as when pakistan allows indian tourists.

mohit May 19, 2015 03:34pm

is this place straight out of Chronicles of Narnia?

Saadahgul Khan May 19, 2015 03:36pm

Paradise on earth.

AKK May 19, 2015 03:36pm

Fantastic...Thanks to Allaha for creating such beautiful world for us..but we dont respect it. We kill our own people

ilyas May 19, 2015 03:39pm

The innocence on the faces is just as noticeable as the beauty of the nature.

sabih_K May 19, 2015 03:39pm

Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Malik May 19, 2015 03:39pm

No doubt about photographer's excellent photography skills but he certainly has some amazing photoshop skills......

NF May 19, 2015 03:41pm

Subhanallah!!!

What a beauty. I feel like shouting to say " Forget Switzerland.....See beautiful Pakistan".

Mehtab May 19, 2015 03:42pm

Mind blowing

Rashid May 19, 2015 03:48pm

sometime i wonder.. what a beautiful country Pakistan is.

Rashid Hussain May 19, 2015 03:49pm

Gallery is really beautiful, pictures are taken professionally and it reflects the keen interest of the writer into nature. please also write on Skardu, Neelam, Sawat, Naltar and a lot more. Very interesting and informative.

sunny May 19, 2015 03:56pm

wow.. my love my Pakistan..

Azam May 19, 2015 04:01pm

Sir, Salute to you!!

Thank you for sharing with us such beautiful places and its people.

Mohammad May 19, 2015 04:03pm

MaashaAllah, amazing and beautiful Pakistan.

Brijesh Tiwari May 19, 2015 04:05pm

Amazing to see the beauty.

hey how to reach there in vacation & is there Indians allowed to visit that place?

Uncknown May 19, 2015 04:06pm

Absolutely Stunning!!! I can’t believe it !! photos are taken from Northern Pakistan??

it’s such a beautiful place!

I just need to ask over and over again!!!! Is this Pakistan???

Can you confirm of these places of Hunza, Nagar exist for real , the villages look like in photos???

Amazing places !!

R S Shukla May 19, 2015 04:10pm

Haven't ever seen anything so majestic in grand scenic beauty. Only God almighty created such masterpiece. What colors!! what splendid people!!

Jawaid Islam May 19, 2015 04:12pm

Enchanting, magical Nagar Khas. Are those really cherry blossoms, or apricot!

Patriot May 19, 2015 04:12pm

My country is like Paradise on earth. Nothing compares to it.

M. Saleem May 19, 2015 04:23pm

MaashaAllah beautiful Pakistan.

El Cid May 19, 2015 04:42pm

@mohit:"is this place straight out of Chronicles of Narnia?"

No, the Chronicles of Narnia cannot hold a candle to it. This is Pakistan. This is for real.

Ammar Abid May 19, 2015 04:42pm

You deserve a salute Mr. Bukhari! Excellent Photography!

amin May 19, 2015 04:43pm

Wow....simply woww....thank you for these beautiful pictures....Still can't believe that such places exist in Pakistan

idreesbari May 19, 2015 04:45pm

Good work man really amazing never scene such places. Please continue your effort to par moot this side of Pakistan

Thanks!

Prateek May 19, 2015 04:45pm

Breathtaking! Never seen such a beautiful place. Unbelievable beauty. Wish to visit it some time.

sobiamaqsood May 19, 2015 04:46pm

Awesome!! Thanks for sharing wonderful information and amazing pictures. Its really a paradise on earth.

Khalid Shuja May 19, 2015 04:46pm

Breath taking, great pictures, i am stunned, speechless by the beauty so beautifully captured by the photographer, being an armature photographer I can understand and appreciate the quality of work.

Amir May 19, 2015 04:56pm

Beautiful!

Karim Mombani May 19, 2015 05:02pm

Had been there recently....... An overwhelming experience, which brings you closer to mother nature and the creator............. Lovely photos..... everything seems magical and photoshoped until you see it with your own eyes........ Its real... Hunza Nagar ..

Usman May 19, 2015 05:04pm

This is stunning!Why can't our govt launch ad campaign for tourism?This can earn us a lot of foreign exchange many countries including India is doing this.Even a lot of Pakistanis don't know that such places exist in Pakistan!

Sam May 19, 2015 05:25pm

Wow Pakistan (proudly my country) is so beautiful!

Muhammad Hanif (UAE) May 19, 2015 05:26pm

Amazing! Thank you Very Much Dawn, and the Photographer. Simply Amazing

adnanshah May 19, 2015 05:27pm

WoW saw beautiful

Anwar May 19, 2015 05:27pm

Absolutely superb.

Talha Aftab May 19, 2015 05:39pm

Sir ! I salute you for the eye that you have (photography) and the heart that beats for Pakistan !! .. I am literally speechless looking at your photos and the description that goes along .. Many of us love our mother land but a very few does something for it ! May God give you strength to keep portraying Pakistan as a heaven on earth !! May your patriotism never languish ... All the best Sir !!

Naushad May 19, 2015 05:43pm

I am possibly seeing paradise on earth. I wish I could be there at least once.

Naushad May 19, 2015 05:47pm

Fantastic place. Fantastic photography

Hindutavi Rakshas May 19, 2015 05:51pm

@waseem haider it's Nagar though close to Hunza or adjacent.But historically it's different.

shahid May 19, 2015 05:52pm

You are simply great.

Ahsen May 19, 2015 05:52pm

Yet another marvelous treat. It is a treat to see your photography. This is a contribution towards Pakistan to boost tourism.

Ajaz Rasul May 19, 2015 05:54pm

Beautiful work. Amazing aesthetic quality and true representation of Pakistan's beauty.

Ajaz Rasul May 19, 2015 05:54pm

Beautiful work. Amazing.

kuppudu May 19, 2015 05:55pm

OMG, these photographs are awesome. Nature at its pristine beauty, and life in rural areas that can only be envied. Thanks Dawn for printing these pictures. Collector's item?

Javid May 19, 2015 06:06pm

Breath taking

abid May 19, 2015 06:14pm

waooo...

Jasim Khan May 19, 2015 06:14pm

Simply some spectacular breath taking scenes...little paradise on earth. I wish I could spend few days there.

Prabhdeep Singh Sachdeva May 19, 2015 06:27pm

Only one word describes it Serene Beauty... Nothing short of Heaven on Earth..

Babar May 19, 2015 06:27pm

What else can I say its heaven on earth. The only thing we can do is to develop this area and I earnestly request the present government to do the development work and make this place one of the best tourist resort in the world

Salman Khan May 19, 2015 06:29pm

i've never been to north of pakistan infact never like never, its definitely going to be on my to visit list for sure before i depart from this industrial world.

Sher May 19, 2015 06:37pm

Awesome !!!! indeed beautiful Pakistan... Good wishes from India!

Khalid Hafeez May 19, 2015 06:38pm

excellent work

Ijaz May 19, 2015 06:41pm

Stunning photographs. Please note sheep are not cattle!

Muhammad Irfan May 19, 2015 06:45pm

superb...marvelous...outstanding clicks of a wonderful valley...!!

Shahzad May 19, 2015 06:48pm

Ohhh my Goodness :)

imranrahbar May 19, 2015 06:50pm

bas kar yar, i am jealous of you

zee May 19, 2015 06:51pm

magnificent

Shahzad May 19, 2015 06:56pm

@Brijesh Tiwari None if Prohibited by Law to Visit any place Its just due to Terrorists Few areas are Risky To Visit In Pakistan. Hope this Mess of Terrorists End Soon.

Anon May 19, 2015 06:57pm

Wow! a paradise on earth.

Brar May 19, 2015 07:02pm

Lovely pictures as always, carry on the good work, may God bless you.

Dr. Babulal Prasad May 19, 2015 07:19pm

Unreal! Love you Pakistan.. From Pune India.

Vijay(Toronto) May 19, 2015 07:21pm

Mind blowingly beautiful. The first few pictures look like they were taken in Northern Ontario! Being a photographer myself, I take my hat off to you, Sir! Simply beautiful.

aqeel May 19, 2015 07:43pm

Dear Syed Mehdi Bukhari I am personally touched by the efforts you have made to capture these mesmerizing sights of Pakistan along with the narration of history of this area. I would recommend you to contact National Geo to print a photo book. Moreover, knowing that this is your third contribution of photo history, you are creating history here. It simply could not have been done in a better way.

farhatullah May 19, 2015 07:49pm

I request you sir to please make such visit in spring season and not in autumn

AA May 19, 2015 07:52pm

Mr. Bukhari...how did you get this job? Where can I apply to get this similar job...right now looking at these pictures while sitting in my office...I envy you!

But great work! keep on taking pictures and sharing with us.

Paul Kopper May 19, 2015 07:58pm

Amazing, true beauty...

Larry May 19, 2015 08:05pm

Loved reading about distant lands--your views on the beauty of northern Pakistan. Also enjoyed the memories of your past--nicely woven into your text. Thank you for the beautiful ride.

Zaki May 19, 2015 08:11pm

Oh! The North-West of Pakistan! There is a whole world out there. One will feel in heaven when he visits areas like Chitral and Gilgit. My beautiful Pakistan!

Shahryar Shirazi May 19, 2015 08:17pm

Oh, Oh! Speechless.

Larry Kritcher May 19, 2015 08:17pm

Your writings inspire me--I’ve always wanted to go to the Hindu Kush Mountains--your photos inspire me more. Nice how you wove a sad part of your youth into your narrative. Thanks for your artful views on a seldom seen land.

jatinder May 19, 2015 08:27pm

stunning extremely beautiful....thanks

imran khan May 19, 2015 08:46pm

Lost for words

Rashid Badar Sheikh May 19, 2015 08:48pm

Amazing man!

Nazir Siddiqui May 19, 2015 08:57pm

This is unbelievable pictures. Never ever seen such vivid, stunning natures colors in one place. The autumn hues, with the mountains and lakes makes it utterly stunning. How can any place on earth be so untouched by human destruction, pure and pristine, the auburn, the ocher,the hues of browns, orange and reds, all possible shades of yellow are so soothing to eyes.

Just when I thought I've seen the best of Pakistan, through your lens...you come up with something even more beautiful. This is the best thing that has happen to Pakistan...showing the power of nature. Keep it up Syed Mehdi Bukhari and Godspeed to you.

naeem May 19, 2015 09:21pm

Some breathtaking shot - great work!

Bhatti May 19, 2015 09:21pm

One word...WOW!!!!

Muzammil May 19, 2015 09:26pm

One word LEGENDARY !

OmarFL May 19, 2015 09:27pm

@Ebrahim Beautiful Camera and Equipment too !!

Luqman Hafeez May 19, 2015 09:29pm

Mesmerizing. I am spellbound. No words. Hats off to the photographer.

Rev. Eldrick Lal May 19, 2015 09:31pm

Thank you for taking breath-taking shots. Indeed, Pakistan is an exceedingly beautiful land.

hussain May 19, 2015 09:35pm

It is hopar and not hooper...great things happen when men and mountains. Plain dwellers stay in ur comfort zone....dont spoil our environment

Murtaza Hussain May 19, 2015 09:37pm

Proud to be a Nagarian... Home town

Dennis Peacock May 19, 2015 09:38pm

Absolutely beautiful..!!! Please post and share more of your work. Outstanding.!!!

Iftikhar Khan May 19, 2015 10:09pm

Beautiful

Aslam May 19, 2015 10:24pm

Stunning pics.

Aslam May 19, 2015 10:24pm

Stunning pics

Fuad Yaqubian May 19, 2015 10:31pm

Indeed very beautiful!

jatinder May 19, 2015 10:32pm

These are pictures taken in fall. Please post some more in summers, thanks again

Abul Hasnat May 19, 2015 10:42pm

AWSOME

Jason Rafei May 19, 2015 10:43pm

Beyond description beautiful!!!

Tanveer Alam May 19, 2015 10:46pm

What an amazing pics

Sikandar May 19, 2015 10:49pm

No Words! I didn't know that My Country is so beautiful :) Its my request to everyone one please Visit your country first before going to any other Foreign Country :)

PShailendra May 19, 2015 11:04pm

I always look forward for your articles. Very nice photography.

Jo May 19, 2015 11:23pm

Fantastic. Sheer bliss.

Welcome to my land

Mahmood May 19, 2015 11:32pm

Could you please provide some practical travelling tips how to reach this place from Islamabad? must see this heaven on earth once in a life time. Thanks.

seemi May 19, 2015 11:37pm

Heaven on earth!

An Indian May 19, 2015 11:38pm

This place is incredibly beautiful. Really unfortunate that we are not welcome there. Sigh. So near and yet so far.

chaivalla May 19, 2015 11:45pm

I hope Pakistan doesn't get ruined by tourism. I don't care about how much money it'll bring it. The purity of the north should be preserved.

Kashmirie May 19, 2015 11:51pm

I don't have words to express my feelings, it’s really amazing astonishing and mesmerizing

rana1 May 20, 2015 12:10am

Part of heaven in pakistan.......mesmerising.

US CENTCOM May 20, 2015 12:14am

I am speechless! All I can say is beautiful Pakistan.

Ali Khan Digital Engagement Team, USCENTCOM

Danial Hashmi May 20, 2015 12:39am

Amazing amazing !!

khanm May 20, 2015 12:56am

Simply out of this world. This is our beautiful Pakistan and what have we done to it.

pakis92 May 20, 2015 12:59am

syed bahi wonderful job all the images especially the portraits are amazing and the last one was completely a stunner...

hira haider May 20, 2015 01:07am

Beautiful... Can't believe its a part of Pakistan

Venkat May 20, 2015 01:31am

What a beautiful country. Amazing pictures. Thanks for the article. Another reason why i like to read Dawn. As a photo enthusiast I would love to know more about the photo itself (kind of camera/lens and settings) thanks Venkat

NS May 20, 2015 01:43am

Thank you for reminding; how beautiful our country is. We can not thank you enough Oh GOD for granting us this peace, tranquility. Thank you Mr. Bukhari for sharing this beauty. PLEASE keep it up

Juliana Fitzwater May 20, 2015 02:30am

You do poetry through you camera my friend. Live long and prosper \//

Ina May 20, 2015 02:49am

IS THIS HEAVEN - Mezmorized and speechless

bisma@foodstories May 20, 2015 03:11am

Wow, wow, wow!!!

ANSER AZIM May 20, 2015 03:21am

Breathtaking photography!! I have seen some part of North America in the fall but these photographs have different charm and calm....like a south Asian bride and like wise colorful..

DG May 20, 2015 03:21am

Wow! beautiful photographs. I wish I could get a visa to Pakistan to see this place.

ragzzz May 20, 2015 03:21am

Wonderful Pics!

Hassan May 20, 2015 04:02am

Mind-blowing. Never seen such scenic snaps before. Thank you for sharing Mr. Bukhari.

Noman May 20, 2015 04:48am

Xcellent coverage .. Luv u pakistan

Faceless May 20, 2015 04:48am

Simply Gorgeous. God Bless Pakistan!!!

anurag May 20, 2015 05:20am

Dude I had been following your blogs for while now...I am an Indian and want to see these hidden jewel's.please let me know if its possible...... Be my guest if you want to see incredible India.

Khalid Hafeez May 20, 2015 05:41am

I know Canada is beautiful and so is Switzerland, but after looking at these pictures this place in Pakistan is even more beautiful. Thanks to this young man whose angle of taking picture are so brilliant very artistic . If this was part of Canada or Europe tourists would have visited in groups, will the ruler of Pakistan ever understand how to make this paradise a safe place for people to visit and earn respect and foreign exchange and make life of the people better.

Saba May 20, 2015 05:53am

Wow!!!

Saba May 20, 2015 05:54am

Wow, just beautiful!!!

AXH May 20, 2015 06:06am

Simply spectacular!

Tanuj May 20, 2015 06:18am

Beautiful Kashmir..

Narinder Singh Parvana May 20, 2015 06:29am

Beautiful. When it will be possible for Indians to see these majestic places without any visa hindrance or fear to limb or life.

Dr. Niazi May 20, 2015 06:31am

Unbelievably natural beauty. I can believe that Pakistan has such awesome and beautiful places. When this trip was taken. Please can you tell me when did you visit this heaven.

Zala May 20, 2015 06:59am

Why does our television channels do not show such beautiful places? Is it really part of Pakistan?

Fawad Ali Khan Utmanzai May 20, 2015 07:20am

Woww........................Pakistan Zindabad. Thanks for sharing information about a place which is look like heaven on earth.

kar May 20, 2015 08:03am

Wow.. Pakistan's soooooo beautiful....!!

With Love, Kar From India

Rio May 20, 2015 08:10am

Stunning....wish I could visit this place.

Jawwad May 20, 2015 08:13am

Absolutely breathtaking. The serene and enchanting beauty is the Northern Pakistan. It was rightfully called Switzerland of Asia. Thank you for delivering such masterful artwork. I am sure any visiting Indian friends should be able to go up to North.

Imran May 20, 2015 08:52am

All the views are just so real and breath-taking..... and Bukhari Sb, your great professional ability is so hard to be explained in words... you 've got a real talent for such amazing endeavors. Fabulous job Team Dawn........Cheers!!!

prince May 20, 2015 09:08am

wow..... wonderful!

As an Indian, when I will get a chance to see these beautiful place?

Prasad May 20, 2015 09:34am

WOW! Pure bliss! Feast to eyes!

Khan May 20, 2015 09:44am

It seems like the place that we always dream off going. Awesome

Khan May 20, 2015 09:46am

Seems like we are in Heaven. keep the Good Work. Bilal please show us more spectacular places in Pakistan like this with your Lens.

Asif May 20, 2015 09:47am

Really nice, amazing and i love all these places of Gilgit-Baltistan.

ASAD BILAL May 20, 2015 09:52am

wonderfull photography . .. i love PAKISTAN. . my PAKISTAN very beautifull. . long live PAKISTAN

rkt May 20, 2015 09:53am

Awesome snaps!!! The Network Engineer cum Photographer has tried to show the brighter side of Pakistan. Keep it up!!!

JET LEE May 20, 2015 10:04am

Pakistan can not be lag in Tourism. Hope authorities will promote Tourism.

Mj. S.A. RAHIM May 20, 2015 10:14am

xcellent fotos of places I may never visit but I had the pleasure of visiting Srinagar 4 times, Pehelgam and Gulmarg, each once ! I had nite halted at Banihal, en route, twice before the Railway Stashan at Jammu was konstrukted. Those days V had to travel by bus from Pathankoat in Punjab to Srinagar. Now V stop at Banihal only to have some snaks on the way.

rahim

Didar Ali May 20, 2015 10:20am

Mehdi is a Jewel of travel journalism of Pakistan, we are proud of him, many of our clients love his picture and stories.

mehru May 20, 2015 10:21am

such beauty in the way you describe the surroundings...that one can absolutely experience the serenity while sitting at home reading your blogs....! please keep sharing more.

Adeel May 20, 2015 10:26am

You made my day !Sir. Hats off to you. After reading your articles i'm planning to visit these places for sure. Seek your advises .

Huma An May 20, 2015 10:34am

To reach this heaven one has to cross Pul e Siraat, I suppose... Excellent work!!! Though translator has been stepping out of his/her domain and not translating the complete Urdu article, leaving words and sentences here and there and thus not conveying the essence fully. Urdu articles are much more comprehensive, apt and beautiful, a treat to read. Good thing is, pictures do not need translations!!!

MOEEN May 20, 2015 10:36am

Beautiful

hari May 20, 2015 10:50am

Jannat

khurram iqbal May 20, 2015 10:54am

Love you man, for giving me such a very refreshing treat. Thank you.

Afzal May 20, 2015 11:09am

Dear Syed Mehdi Ali, You are doing an excellent job in promoting the beauty of Pakistan but also some traditional folks living in our midst but far away from the city humdrum! I wish I could join you in one of your next expeditions.

thank you very much!

tariq May 20, 2015 11:17am

Thanks for Sharing - Simply Splendid.

muhammad naeem May 20, 2015 11:27am

than you very much who else share these priceless pics & just showed out the culture and happiness of poor people, taking care of beautiful nature...

May our Pakistan live forever.

thank you all

M Akram May 20, 2015 11:37am

Sir thank you very much for sharing stunning pictures of Pakistan. Peace and stillness of life and nature just oozes out of every picture. People also seems to be simple, hardy and at peace with their life and their sorroundings. Luv to visit these places during the next long visit to our beloved Pakistan. May God bless and keep safe Pakistan from TTP and their friends.

khan May 20, 2015 11:51am

i have lost my words to praise your photography and excellence it show........... thanks for this tremendous work.........

Warda Rasool May 20, 2015 11:52am

Gorgeous.

Nisar Ahmed Channa May 20, 2015 11:54am

Its really heaven on the earth. Writer has made justice with nature by capturing natural scenes in its real sense.

Agha Babar Kahn May 20, 2015 12:06pm

Heaven on Earth

Maxx. May 20, 2015 12:09pm

Pure and pristine, stunning and spectacular. Never ever seen anything like this before. Only the nature lovers, expedition interested people, explores need to visit these places...no real estate developers, concrete and crass commercialization should be allowed.

The local people seems to have more aesthetic sense and industrious the way they construct their houses with local stones, wood and natural material, merges with the surroundings. They never cut a single tree and uses only fallen off branches as fuel and fodder. More educated than the urban people....with a better civic sense and about the nature and the environment. In many areas of Gilgit Baltistan the literacy rate is as high as 9o%.

PUNE-India May 20, 2015 12:11pm

Place is so beatiful but why people are still in backward class...

Azfar May 20, 2015 12:26pm

The Legend OF Syed Mehdi Bukhri Returns !!! #Awesome

IZHAR May 20, 2015 12:27pm

Paradise.

ala May 20, 2015 12:42pm

Heaven. Unable to download pl do set right

baig May 20, 2015 12:42pm

truly wonderful! this is pakistan all about

Einstein Babar May 20, 2015 12:45pm

Tropical areas are also green but these areas are strong, fresh, clean, not humid and made up of gold.

m May 20, 2015 01:01pm

@lafanga spot on...

khalid Amin May 20, 2015 01:02pm

i can,t believe photo taken by Pakistani cameraman really so beautiful picture than real.

shahnawaz May 20, 2015 01:05pm

speechless... my homeland

Rajeev May 20, 2015 01:05pm

Oh my God - this is so beautiful Can someone give me Visa for visiting this place? This is heaven

Didhity May 20, 2015 01:09pm

Awestruck!!

Abbas Ali May 20, 2015 01:14pm

I want to thank u sir for so beautiful pictures and detail about nagar

white noise May 20, 2015 01:20pm

Well, I know what I am doing during my next trip to Pakistan...

you have made my planning easy, thank you !!!

Akhlaq Ahmed May 20, 2015 01:23pm

Mind Blowing and Amazing!!! beautiful pictures, beautiful Pakistan Pakistan Zindabad

M.Malik May 20, 2015 01:24pm

I hope Mr. Bukhari, your exposé and stunning pictures of these pristine and beautiful parts of Pakistan will revive foreign tourism in this country.

Such peaceful and unspoiled pieces of heaven, with fresh air to breath for healthy living. And yet, millions are forced to migrate to congested, noisy, overcrowded, polluted and crime-ridden cities, like Karachi, to make a living, and thus do not really enjoy life.

Just the health hazards, and from breathing factory emissions, carbon monoxide from traffic, and chaos of big cities should be enough for anyone to escape to this piece of Paradise.

Harris May 20, 2015 01:31pm

Mashallah amazing !!!!
Scenes and photography, both are fantastic Bilal.. I'm getting addicted to this country.... no matter how much its' people and the world claims it to be bad....

Arvind May 20, 2015 01:48pm

Amazing Place ! Awesome Tourists' Destination, it can be. Tourists will pay top dollars to visit such places. Whats the point in publishing these pictures.......making others jealous?

I request Dawn to furnish info on how foreign tourists can visit specially Indians. Where to get required permissions etc if any.

In India most of the Himalayas is open to tourists and one by one govt. is opening those areas too which were closed till now. Few days back they opened NELANG north of Gangotri National Park, almost touching the border with China.

Shahzad Manwa May 20, 2015 02:46pm

Many many THANKS, for exploring my place.

Shahzad Manwa May 20, 2015 04:39pm

@prince Well Come Dear.