Northern Areas; My first fascination with these Areas started in 1971, a time wh

Northern Areas; My first fascination with these Areas started in 1971, a time when the ibex, blue sheep, markhor ran free and fearless, rubbed horns on the tent stays, rattled and sniffed the empty food cartons, came forward boldly and stared at me, a weird two legged creature instead of four. The wolves answered my howls in Chitral and we did develop a bond. The love story went on for 13 short years that I lived there and explored; even as I came down country, the call in me, never really went away. I kept returning again and yet again, seeing things change both for the better and for worse. The joys of old were replaced by sadness of new, that still lingers like a pain, gnawing away. Commercialism, greed, restrictions, hunting, wars and much more has changed the fabric that was abounding with God’s and Nature’s bounties.
I went back albeit for 12 short days this year, (like last year and the years before.) but not a solo wanderer but with two friends from Singapore to show case what we as a nation should hold more dear than anything else; to preserve and protect much more than ever before. We travelled as extensively as possible both in Hunza and Baltistan and saw the beauty through their eyes as well as my eyes again.
Below is a collection of pictures taken from my cameras (we had 10 different cameras, only 2 were mine.) along with captions where needed.

Northern Areas; My first fascination with these Areas started in 1971, a time wh
Northern Areas; My first fascination with these Areas started in 1971, a time wh
Northern Areas; My first fascination with these Areas started in 1971, a time wh
Northern Areas; My first fascination with these Areas started in 1971, a time wh
Northern Areas; My first fascination with these Areas started in 1971, a time wh

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