🇵🇰 ⛰ Massive rock on one of the many picturesque hiking trails in the Margalla Hills right by Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital. The Margallas are the foothills of the grand Himalaya mountain range. .
Inhabitants of Islamabad can be seen hiking on one of the trails every weekend - the convenient location make it a popular choice for fitness and nature enthusiasts alike - so you will find me here on most weekends!
The fresh air, variety of vegetation, fresh water streams, and a variety of beautiful birds with their chirps make it a very relaxing experience.
Mohan Kahlon was born in Chhani Tika, near the banks of the Ravi river in East Punjab, modern-day Pakistan. At the time of Partition, he migrated first to Jalandhar, then eventually to Kolkata where he now resides. Kahlon is a celebrated Punjabi novelist.
Our team will soon be at the banks of the Ravi, making a custom VR experience for him.
Zarina Akram Chaudhury was 13 at the time of Partition and the eldest sister to a family of eleven siblings. She migrated with her mother and sisters in 1947 frim Firozpur as her father was away working in Bhatinda and the family was suddenly advised to leave as violence broke out around them. In Pakistan Zarina became the backbone of her family making sure her younger siblings went to school and were educated. While the journey was terrifying, she is grateful that they reached Bahawalnagar in Pakistan safely. She says it may be because her house in Ferozpur was between two mosques, and this blessing protected their family.
We hope to visit her house soon and show her home to her and her family! Help us make this happen, donate now, link in bio.
Hellooooo from Karachi! Let’s start with the wedding buzz shall we’ll? This beautiful lady in the middle is Zoha- I met Zoha in 2010 at university. Next to her is Zia - also a University friend who i met in 2009. We all went to @universityofhull together and honestly had the best time together. The last time we had a reunion was in November 2012. I saw Zoha in between in Cyprus shortly- but the issue with being star crossed friends is that as Bangladeshis and Pakistanis it’s very difficult to visit each other in our native lands. but I promised them I would make my way to Pakistan if either of them got married- and so I did!
Zoha baby got married and is dressed in yellow at the centre to celebrate what is called a mayu. Their mayu is the same as our holud. But they don’t put the turmeric on their faces but on a paan. Which is confusing for Bangladeshis because we put the turmeric on the face...this event was so much fun! I will continue to put up more photos of the wedding in the coming days...
Safar Namay سفرنامے // Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors), Lahore Fort, Pakistan ✨
Located in the northwest corner of the Walled City of Lahore, the Royal Fort is one of the extraordinary structures of its kind in the world. One of the magnificent buildings of Lahore Fort and no doubt the world, Sheesh Mahal or the Palace of Mirrors. Constructed under the supervision of Asif Khan for Emperor Shah Jahan in 1631-32 AD, it is one of the most majestic palaces of the Mughal period.
The love story behind its construction is also as unique as its structure. It is said that Shah Jahan got it constructed for his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal when she lived in Lahore. Unfortunately, before she could step into the palace she passed away and Shah Jahan had to order the construction of Taj Mahal in India. According to references she died in 1631 and the palace was completed in 1632 and this left Shah Jahan heartbroken.
It is intricately decorated with mirrors, precious stones and metals creating a shimmering effect. It is said that a single candle at night would make thousands of mirrors glisten.
The chief features of Sheesh Mahal are gilt work (placing of pure gold), pietra dura work (inlay of semi-precious stones into white marble), marble perforated screens and the aiena kari (convex glass mosaic work) with monabat kari (stucco tracery). This is stunning UNESCO world heritage site is situated at Lahore fort, Pakistan. See more on our story! .
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The Badshahi Mosque is the star attraction in the city of Lahore. 🙌
The mosque is massive and dates back to 1673.
We decided to come here on Friday during the prayer and this place was sooo busy. The sky was still covered in smog that’s crippling the city of Lahore but it didn’t stop the locals to go on about their day.
It reminds us of another structure... can you guess which one? 😉
🇵🇰 A SCARY BEAUTIFUL MOMENT
On our second day, we wanted to visit a beautiful mosque we had seen online - Markazi Jamia Masjid. It was located about 20-25 minutes out of Islamabad, in another city called Rawalpindi (commonly known as Pindi).
A friendly old man greeted us at the entrance of the mosque, and we walked in feeling comfortable in what we believed was a friendly atmosphere. We only wanted to admire the 100+ year old mosque from outside - it was stunning and gleaming proudly under the sunlight like a jewel.
What we didn't know was that Pindi is apparently a lot more conservative, and within minutes we had a few men, even boys, gathering around us at the passageway. They just STOOD there, arms folded, glaring. It was menacing and.. kinda scary. We tried to avoid their gaze as much as possible but it wasn't easy. 😪
Fortunately, there were a few other men who welcomed us and reassured us that we were free to be there and take pictures. Still, the atmosphere was pretty intense. I remember doing everything in a hurried fashion and feeling extremely self-conscious 😖
We didn't stay long in Pindi, as we felt the environment was a bit hostile. After this incident, I decided I would buy some local, less bright attire so I didn't stick out so much. AND cover my head more often! 👌🏼
Can you tell how nervous I was from my pose?? Hahaha. // Thanks for the pic @thediaryofanomad ✨
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Moon over Capital City Islamabad, Marked one of the most beautiful capitals in the world now declared as one of safest city in the world. The Night glow of Islamabad, Pakistan