From Shandoor to Kalash: Kishwar-e-Haseen Shadbaad

Traveling is the best way to cast out depression, to run away from the suffocation that surrounds you – travel to far flung mountains, where there are no people, only snow, mountains, trees, and the fragrance of wet leaves filling the atmosphere. Where there is endless solitude.

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Pakistan has more glaciers than almost anywhere on Earth. But they are at risk.

MIRAGRAM, Pakistan — With its neat stone walls and paths, bountiful tomato and wheat fields and miniature sheep that graze right up to doorsteps, this picturesque village has an air of timelessness.

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Eye of the storm

Eye of the storm

BlogsMust Read October 21, 2016

The scenic valleys of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s northern district of Chitral have been in the news for some time now — for the wrong reasons. Recently, there was news of a controversy surrounding the disputed conversion of a teenage Kalash girl.

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Chitral: Bringing Kalash back home

An article that was published in the New York Times last year sparked my interest in travelling to the picturesque and historical valley of Chitral, inhabited by a minority tribe known as the Kalash. According to the NY Times’ piece, the Kalash of Chitral – district of the Khyber‐Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.

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Reflections from Chitral

Reflections from Chitral

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I crossed the windy Lowari Top on my way to Chitral recently. Locals were carving out snow from its shaded recesses for sale not just in Chitral but also to the Afghans at Arandu. The 8.75 kilometers Lowari Tunnel project must, though, rank in the Guinness Book as perhaps as one of the worst managed.

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