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First thoughts about Sydney

A lot of you have asked me about life in Australia, and I just thought I would post a quick update of how things are going on here, and my first thoughts about Sydney.  It feels like so much time has passed, but it’s only been a month in Sydney. I am loving the laidback vibe of the city, friendly people, and the greenery. The plants just gleam, especially after there’s been a rainfall. Of course, all this vegetation means…

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Travel Diaries: 7 things I learnt from my trip to Skardu

My trip to Skardu in Gilgit Baltistan was beautiful, stunning, chaotic and more than a little adventurous.Here are 7 things you need to be careful about when planning a trip here. Check out my detailed blog posts on Shigar, Khaplu Palace & Deosai Plains or just read ahead to learn what to do and not to do when planning a trip to the northern areas in Pakistan. 1. Buy a map – do your research I know we are used…

Yes ... let's go on an adventure.
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Travel Diaries: A crazy road trip from Skardu to Islamabad

Our crazy trip along the Karakarom Highway or basically what happens when your flight from Skardu to Islamabad gets cancelled. When we had booked our flights for Skardu we basically assumed everything would go as per schedule. The trains would leave on time, the flight would not be delayed and of course no cancellations. We had known that flights to Skardu do get cancelled but based on our research, September was good weather time. As the days neared to our…

The bridge at Kala Pani at Deosai Plains
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Travel Diaries: Deosai Plains

A trip to Deosai Plains & Sheosar Lake from Shigar Fort in Skardu. On the way we also stopped at Manthal Buddha Rock & Satpara Lake. Travel Diaries: Deosai Plains When we mentioned going to Skardu, everyone and I literally mean everyone told us to go to Deosai – it may not be the best time and it will take you the entire day but you just HAVE to go! So of course we were both ready to go, especially…

A trip to Serena Shigar Fort in Skardu Gilgit Baltistan in Pakistan. The trip covers Manthoka Waterfall, Kachura Lake & Shangrila Resort.
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Travel Diaries: Shigar Fort & Residency

A trip to Serena Shigar Fort in Skardu Gilgit Baltistan in Pakistan. The trip covers Manthoka Waterfall, Kachura Lake & Shangrila Resort. So the last blog post on my Skardu trip covered all my adventures at Khaplu Palace. This one is going to cover my trip to Shigar Fort & Residency in Shigar and the next one is about Deosai Plains. Travel Diaries: Shigar Fort, Upper Kachura Lake & Shangrila Resort Shigar is about 45 minutes away from Skardu airport…

A trip to the historical & stunningly beautiful Serena Khaplu Palace located in Gilgit, Pakistan. One of the locations used in the popular Urdu serial, Diyar-e-Dil. 
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Travel Diaries: Trip to Serena Khaplu Palace

A trip to the historical & stunningly beautiful Serena Khaplu Palace located in Gilgit, Pakistan. One of the locations used in the popular Urdu serial, Diyar-e-Dil.  I am sure all of you must be wondering where I am, or well I hope you must be wondering about that. Nothing to worry about – it’s all happy news. The reason that I have been completely MIA since Eid is because I just got married (Alhamdullilah) and just like every other Pakistani wedding…