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Nov 26, 2007 - Islamabad

Back to Islamabad again, this time just to check on my Iranian visa application, and unfortunately I've only been granted a 7 day transit visa which is no good to me, so I've applied for an Indian visa and return to collect it in one weeks time. In the meantime I think I'll return to Lahore to sit out the 1 week processing time, and finish off my exploring of the city.

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Nov 11, 2007 - Islamabad

To be honest Islamabad makes a pleasant change from the exitement of Peshawar and Afghanistan, and it's quiet streets makes a good impression on Ian in particular. I check up on the progress of my Iranian visa application (its still being processed in Tehran), before we decide to move onto Lahore.

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Oct 16, 2007 - Islamabad

Islamabad is a new city, building started in the 1960's, and to be honest its quite an ugly city really with not much to see. However, I've got some essential visa issues to sort out and by all accounts Islamabad is the best place to do it. I've applied for an Iranian visa, and was told I would have about a 70% chance of success and to call back in 2 weeks. Islamabad does have one redeeming feature - a good selection of English language bookshops, so I've topped up my reading material. The beard is coming along and I've bought a shalwar...

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May 7, 2007 - Flying over Pakistani mountains

The flight from Gilgit to Islamabad was the most incredible flight we have ever taken. The plane was flying at an altitude just over 5000 meters and an 8000 meter mountain, Nanga Parbat, was just to the left of the plane. It was an incredible view to be looking up at the mountain peak from the plane.

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Sep 9, 2005 - To Islamabad

We drove from Lahore to Islamabad in convoy with a police escort as there is a demonstration to do with public transport today. We saw no sign of it but our hosts are most anxious to ensure that we have no problems. We had to come along the ordinary main road as the motorway was closed because the Pakistani air force were practising landing on it. I'm not kidding. We have already been to a reception given by the Minister of Tourism. Later we are going to meet the Prime Minister, have drinks in the British Embassy and be entertained to...

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Apr 23, 2005 - Islamabad/Rawalpindi/Texila

(wrazen mnostwo tyle ze dotychczas nie bardzo mialem net. mam w koncu i nawet pod nosem. i nawet tani. z kolei, nie wiem czy jest sens 'nadrabiac' wpisy. nieswiezosc da sie wyczytac, tresc mniej kolorowa... maly smaczek: wlasciciel kafejki internetowej rozlozyl dywanik i robi uklony.) uklony byly nie do mnie, rzecz jasna, a w kierunku mekki. troche zaluje, ze tuz przed wyjazdem sprzedalem palmtopa. moglbym wklepywac sobie na klawiaturce kiedy mi sie podoba, nie psujac sobie oczu na wypalonych monitorach, podgladnac zdjecia na wiekszym...

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Sep 4, 2004 - Islamabad - Made It!

Hello from Rawalpindi, the older city next to the new, planned city of Islamabad. We made it - from Kashgar to Islamabad on the Karakoram Highway. The Pakistan side was truly an engineering wonder. About 500 Km is carved into the sides of mountains. The vistas are amazing as 7500 - 8000 meter peaks (24,000 feet) rise from the hunza and indus river valleys. The final two days, from Gilgit to Islamabad were bumpy, bone rattling bus rides - 16 hours worth. We broke the journey up half way in Besham, which was off the tourist trail and a...

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Aug 16, 2004 - Back to 'Pindi

Gilgit to 'Pindi Not wanting to waste time I got an overnight bus out of Gilgit the day after my return. Not surprisingly the journey took longer than advertised, lasting about 20 hours in total. Luckily the weather was overcast and not too hot when I woke up in the morning. It had still been pretty hot when we had stopped at around 10pm the previous evening. Although the bus was supposed to be AC, it was not the same as an AC bus in the UK. The scenery lower down the valley was very different to that I had seen in the North - properly...

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Genty's Asia - 2004

Jun 8, 2004 - Rawalpindi

As I was now gladly travelling without a guide book it took a while to find a hotel from where the bus dropped me. I had originally intended to find the office of the guy who I had booked my trek through and get him to recommend somewhere, but even finding his office proved tricky. Turns out that the road that I thought I was looking for (Saddar Bazaar) was actually a relatively large area of 'Pindi, explaining some of the confusion shown by the locals when I asked for it. I eventually settled on the Taj Mahal for a grand total of Rs 200 a...

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Genty's Asia - 2004



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