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    Default Bike Tour 4,000 KMS - Karachi - Naran - Astor (Gilgit Balistan) and Back to Karachi

    My Travel Itinerary:

    Day 01: Wed - Aug 21st --> Karachi to Uch Sharif (Punjab)

    Day 02: Thur- Aug 22nd --> Uch Sharif to D.I. Khan (KPK)

    Day 03: Fri - Aug 23rd --> Stayed in D.I. Khan (KPK)

    Day 04: Sat - Aug 24th --> DI Khan to Islamabad

    Day 05: Sun - Aug 25th --> Stayed in Islamabad

    Day 06: Mon - Aug 26th --> Islamabad to Naran

    Day 07: Tue - Aug 27th --> Naran to Astor (Gilgit Balistan)

    Day 08: Wed - Aug 28th --> Astor to Rama Lake and Back to Naran

    Day 09: Thur - Aug 29th --> Naran to Islamabad

    Day 10: Fri - Aug 30th --> Islamabad to Karachi

    Day 11: Sat - Aug 31st --> Traveling to Karachi

    Day 12: Sun - Sep 01st --> Early Morning Arrived in Karachi



    I have lived abroad most of my life and only returned to Pakistan some three years back. I now live in Karachi and have driven to Islamabad many times by car and its been an exhilarating experience every time.

    My Bike Adventure plans began more than two years back when I was visiting Northern Areas (Naran) with Cousins from Islamabad. I drove my car alone from Karachi to Islamabad and got together with 9 others in two cars and explored the Northern areas for the very first time in my life and was struck by its shear beauty. Along the way I saw many people on motorcycles whom I thought were locals at first, or perhaps from Islamabad area. However, upon discovering Pakwheels I was amazed to see that so many people were driving their bikes in groups from various parts of Punjab as were as a few courageous souls who also traveled from other places and posted their step by step travel experiences, both on bikes and cars.

    So I began to think what it would be like to drive a bike across the country since I had already done that by car many times. I should point out that where I had lived my entire life one could not imagine driving a bike, at least not an entire year due to heavy snow during winters and many wet days of rain throughout summer. So to put it plainly, I had never driven a bike nor did I know how to drive one. Although I sad on a few bikes in Pakistan as a passenger but never really driven one.

    So now I was becoming more and more bold in researching bikes both on Pakwheels as well as on olx. I came to a realization that most long distance riders who posted on Pakwheels chose either a Honda 125 or a Suzuki GS 150. I took many months researching both the pros and cons of both bikes to see which was better for longer drives, fuel economy, accessible spare parts, durability and so on. And although I was leaning more towards purchasing a Honda, I was told that in Karachi it would not be wise to buy a new Honda and instead to go for a new Suzuki GS 150 due to the high demand of Hondas and the high likelihood of a new 125 being stolen.

    So a year back (Nov 2012) after doing plenty of research I finally purchased my first ever Bike, GS 150 and asked the seller to deliver it to my office since I didn't want anyone at home to know had I purchased a bike since I didn't know how to ride one just yet. At my office I used the help of my guard to teach me how to turn it on, how to put it in gear, how to break and all the basics which were totally a new experience for me. After some three weeks of learning to ride in our large office parking lot after hours when there was no traffic I finally gained the confidence of driving it home. I began to drive it from home to office daily after everyone came to know I had purchased a bike but due to the fact I could comfortably ride it not too many objected to me purchasing a bike as I had originally thought.


    A month later I took my first ever 'Long Distance Test Drive' experience to Hyderabad which took me close to 3 hours with a brief 5 min stop at two places to adjust my ever so aching bum. I had a relative in the Army who was posted in Hyd Cantt. After a two night stay and a professional Champi I returned back to Karachi and realized just how painful and exhausting a long drive can be. Nothing could be done I thought, to resolve the issue of an aching bum from such a long drive.

    Upon reading many of the threads on this site I finally realized I needed a cushion to sit on for a longer drive as well as some basic necessities I would need for a longer drive.

    So this year from Feb/March I began my plan to ride to Islamabad and then up to Naran if I can. I did post on here asking for people's advice as to whether it was safe to drive to Naran from Karachi in March-April and most responded that Naran will not be approachable till late May due to snow which has not yet melted. So the next possible time I had was holidays just after Eid in August.

    So on Aug 21st I began my road trip to Islamabad. But I had only 10 days since I had to be back to work on Monday Sept 2nd and that meant I would have to be back in Karachi by Sat Aug 30th or Sun Aug 31st and allow myself to rest for a day on Sunday.

    I did the following very basic modifications;
    - HID Headlight for high beam, low beam was regular headlight
    - Installed a Car Lighter Adapter in order to keep my mobile charged while I listened to music during my drive
    - Installed a new wider and larger Tire in rear
    - Purchased new tubes for the front and back
    - Wasn't sure of the tools so left that since I have never changed a tire but was certain I would find a puncture shop on the road
    - Purchased an extra Clutch Cable and a Break Cable
    - Installed saddle bags for each side for my Water Supply and other heavy items
    - Installed two Heavy Horns to sound like a Corolla which really really helped throughout the trip
    - After getting a Fresh Oil Change two days before leaving, Also purchased an extra liter of oil for the road

    What I forgot was to purchase a pump, someone might help me change a tube but how would we pump air into the tire? That was something I realized much later after returning back to Karachi.

    I guess these are all the items I got done to the Bike before leaving. Now I should point out once again that all these ideas I got on this website from reading many other postings except for the lighter adapter which was my idea since I could not go an entire day without being certain I had a mobile which was charged for security situations in case I needed to call someone.

    I had a Thermos with ice cubes and frozen cold water along with frozen water bottles for the road.

    I began my trip exactly at 3:30 AM on Wed Aug 21st in order to do most of my drive in cool temperatures and avoid the summer heat. My plan was to clear Sindh in Day time and enter Punjab before sun set and take a hotel in Rahim Yar Khan. Now I had no idea just how long it would take me to reach Rahim Yar Khan so I planned a stop at RY Khan for the first night. My relative who lived in Hyderabad the year before had been re-posted to Dera Ismail Khan so now the plan was to stop there on my way to Islamabad, which meant a new route I had never been on.

    So my second night stay would have to be DI Khan if I could reach it.

    I left Karachi with a half tank of Fuel (Rs 500) in order to keep the weight light so I could easily cope with the steep hills I had to climb on my way to Hyderabad knowing full well that I would find many petrol pumps along the way. The plan was to fill up just after crossing Hyderabad as it would be a more flatter and smoother ride. I cleared Hyd just after 6:30 AM and filled up to the top. I drove past many farming communities and realized that although I had driven this route many times over the past 3 years, I never saw this view from the car which I was enjoying now on my bike trip. I kept a steady speed of 80 and sometimes even touched 90 on clear roads but had to slow back down 70 near heavy traffic.

    I stopped somewhere at a Truck Stop (Charpai Hotel) for breakfast at around 9 AM, not sure if I can remember the place but it may be close to Moro. I am certain that the very first 3 pics should remind some of the readers as to the location if they have traveled this route.


    After a 45 Minute stop for nashta which I had on a Charpai I got back on my bike and head further into Sindh. Now I should also mention that I had my relatives believe I would go by Bus and book my Bike on top all the way to Islamabad and then do my road trip from Isb to Naran. No one would believe it was possible or even safe to travel by bike this long route. This is why you will notice I had most all of my pics with my bike in order to later convince people that I in fact drove my bike and did not just stop the bus to take pics along the way.

    Most of the readers will automatically recognize these areas of interior Sindh along Kherpur, Gotki and other areas where I stopped to take pics.
    As it got closer and closer to the afternoon, it got hotter and hotter. I would stop periodically to open the water bottle in my saddle bag on the side which was already warm, so I would take a cup which I carried and mix the ice cold water with the warm water so as to not to have a very cold drink and at the same time make the water cold enough to drink and keep myself hydrated in the heat of August.

    I was expecting to reach the border of Punjab and cross Sadiqqabad and catch a hotel in RY Khan sometime in the evening knowing full well that I would have to stop within Sindh to take rest under the shade of a tree during the afternoon, but to my surprise I kept riding without tiring and by 2:30 pm I was already at RY Khan. I wondered what I would do all day in RY Khan and rather than sleeping it off at the hotel all day I decided to keep on going and pushed further ahead and improvise on my night stay along the way.

    Although I would stop from time to time to drink plenty of water along the way I noticed now that I was not perspiring, I was not passing urine, and so I was wondering where all that water was going. I mean I had possible drank almost 3 liters of water, two full Nestle bottles which are at least a liter and a half each. But soon I came head on with my worst fears. I began to feel a light headache which got worst as I drove, I was feeling the heat radiating from the asphalt on the road below me and I felt hotter and hotter with my forehead beginning to sweat.

    I was come down with a heat stroke. I quickly started searching for any shade I could find but to my surprise, after passing RY Khan I really didn't see any tree but rather just fields and fields of vegetation. Soon I began to see trees in a distance and now I began to wish for a tree I could just drive my bike across the field and park under the tree to rest it off and cool down.

    There was a small dirt road cutting of the highway into some village in a distance but that road was enough for me to have access to the tree line and I just drove into the field of grass and parked my bike under the rich green trees. I pulled out a plastic sheet which I had carried with me for such occasions and laid it on the uneven dried mud field and then took out the plain which sheet to lay on top of the plastic sheet and then used the cushion I was carrying to sit on as a pillow and just laid down to sleep. I don?t know when I dosed off to sleep but could hear people walking in the distance on that dirt road hardly 50 feet from where I was sleeping. From time to time I would open my eyes and see the people walk by or on bikes who were locals and they would look at me but carried on without stopping.

    When I finally woke it was past 5:30 pm and I slowly got up, took out some much needed cold water and mixed it with the water from the bottle and drank a good three glasses down. I sat simply lay for another 10 mins or so and then folded the bed sheet and the plastic sheet and put them back in place.
    I got back on the road and although I could still feel the heat readiating from the road beneath me, it was nothing as before and I also knew it would cool down now that the sun was at an angle and would set in another two to three hours.

    From my map I knew I had to get off the main N5 highway and go towards Uch Sharif and then onward towards DI Khan and stop for night stay somewhere at a Hotel. When I reached Uch it was almost Maghrib time so I stopped at the most beautiful Charpai Hotel that I had ever seen. It was beautifully built with paved parking lot, a nice small mosque next to it which was glittering in marble and glass designs and kalima written all around it in colorful tiles. It was so well lit with dozens of bulbs. So I stopped for Maghrib and then decided to have dinner. As usual I asked the waiter for a nice meal and then they asked where I was coming from and where I was heading upon seeing the luggage on my bike. I told them and they were shocked, that I had driven all the far from Karachi. I asked how far Ali Pur was since that was on route, they said it would be another 2 hours so I asked if there were any hotels to stay at in Ali Pur. They one by one along with other customers who heard of my trip and where I planned on going came to me and requested I not drive further due to bad security conditions during the night as well as there are no services along the way until Ali Pur in case I got a tire puncture or other problems. They all recommended I stay the night at the charpai hotel.

    So after dinner and isha I asked where I could sleep since my bike had luggage which was difficult for me to undo and then again it took a while for me to tie it and didn't want to waste time in the morning putting it on once again. So they suggested they would set up a charpai for me in the veranda (baranda) where I could park my bike next to me and they too had armed guards who would also watch out for my luggage and bike so not to worry. And the best part was the stay overnight was absolutely FREE. So I did just that and was fast asleep by 9:30 pm and had set my mobile alarm for 4 am in order to be on the road early to beat the summer heat and not face another day of heat stroke on my way to DI Khan.

    When I woke up in the morning at 4 am I shut the alarm and went back to sleep since it was such a restful sleep with a cool breeze thinking I would just rest for another 10 mins before getting up. It was the morning azan which I woke up to at around 5: 00 AM. I quickly told the waiter to prepare nashta for me (Chai Paratha) while I go to offer namaz. After nashta at 5:30 I was about to leave but was requested to wait till the sun came out for safety and so I did just that. There are a few pics of my morning nashta in that charpai hotel at Uch.

    I filled up at their pump and by 6 AM I was on the road again passing through many rivers along the road which were so pretty seeing the reflection in the water early in the morning.

    I drove to DG Khan, and then to DI Khan where I reached at 1:30 PM and stayed with my relative Major Hasan for two days. Enjoyed his family?s hospitality and wonderful food. And on Sat Aug, 24th at 6 Am after breakfast Major Hasan arranged for his Driver and Guard to escort me for a safe passage to the city limits and they put me on the road leading to Chashma.



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    Sulaiman75!!

    What an amazing and inspiring story!
    It really does take a lot of guts to just hop onto the bike and take it all the way to the northern areas! Man am I impressed!
    Make me want to do something of the sort myself, well i am planing something anyway

    The part where you got stuck with the clouds at night, thats one scary story I wish never to be a part of. You literally had me praying that the story ended well, even though I knew that you were posting from the safety of your home or somewhere safe anyway

    You know what, maybe I might get in touch with you some months later and actually have you help me out plan a trip for me

    I liked the pictures and I loved the narration! you see a lot of trips being posted here but somehow they are missing something that fails to keep one glued for followups, your posts had that in them and I have been unable to stop reading till now and that too because there was no more to read

    For now the biggest take home idea I got from your posts is to start studying the maps and the areas around where I intend to go. That way I hope to be lost only a very small percentage of the time

    Thanks for sharing everything with the community!

    Your posts have been amusing, informative, inspiring and a little shaming too (for everyone who has been planning and thinking that we will do it someday).

    This has been, and probably will be for a long time to come, the best trip related post on pakwheels!

    I would suggest that, if you could, please post details about costs and stuff. A breakdown of some sorts so that aspiring travellers such as myself can have an idea about the expense too

    I wish that you are able to make more trips and more posts with all your experiences and pics!

    Thank You!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fullname View Post
    Sulaiman75!!

    What an amazing and inspiring story!
    It really does take a lot of guts to just hop onto the bike and take it all the way to the northern areas! Man am I impressed!
    Make me want to do something of the sort myself, well i am planing something anyway

    The part where you got stuck with the clouds at night, thats one scary story I wish never to be a part of. You literally had me praying that the story ended well, even though I knew that you were posting from the safety of your home or somewhere safe anyway

    You know what, maybe I might get in touch with you some months later and actually have you help me out plan a trip for me

    I liked the pictures and I loved the narration! you see a lot of trips being posted here but somehow they are missing something that fails to keep one glued for followups, your posts had that in them and I have been unable to stop reading till now and that too because there was no more to read

    For now the biggest take home idea I got from your posts is to start studying the maps and the areas around where I intend to go. That way I hope to be lost only a very small percentage of the time

    Thanks for sharing everything with the community!

    Your posts have been amusing, informative, inspiring and a little shaming too (for everyone who has been planning and thinking that we will do it someday).

    This has been, and probably will be for a long time to come, the best trip related post on pakwheels!

    I would suggest that, if you could, please post details about costs and stuff. A breakdown of some sorts so that aspiring travellers such as myself can have an idea about the expense too

    I wish that you are able to make more trips and more posts with all your experiences and pics!

    Thank You!
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    Very nice Great Trip
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    Quote Originally Posted by fullname View Post
    Sulaiman75!!

    What an amazing and inspiring story!
    It really does take a lot of guts to just hop onto the bike and take it all the way to the northern areas! Man am I impressed!
    Make me want to do something of the sort myself, well i am planing something anyway

    The part where you got stuck with the clouds at night, thats one scary story I wish never to be a part of. You literally had me praying that the story ended well, even though I knew that you were posting from the safety of your home or somewhere safe anyway

    You know what, maybe I might get in touch with you some months later and actually have you help me out plan a trip for me

    I liked the pictures and I loved the narration! you see a lot of trips being posted here but somehow they are missing something that fails to keep one glued for followups, your posts had that in them and I have been unable to stop reading till now and that too because there was no more to read

    For now the biggest take home idea I got from your posts is to start studying the maps and the areas around where I intend to go. That way I hope to be lost only a very small percentage of the time

    Thanks for sharing everything with the community!

    Your posts have been amusing, informative, inspiring and a little shaming too (for everyone who has been planning and thinking that we will do it someday).

    This has been, and probably will be for a long time to come, the best trip related post on pakwheels!

    I would suggest that, if you could, please post details about costs and stuff. A breakdown of some sorts so that aspiring travellers such as myself can have an idea about the expense too

    I wish that you are able to make more trips and more posts with all your experiences and pics!

    Thank You!
    Thank you for such a positive response. I plan to make further trips, time permitting. But for the moment its winter so I will wait till spring or summer before considering such a long drive.

    As for the budget, I plan to give all details once I complete the thread and add that information at the end. But I first have to find where I kept all the figures since I had them in a small make shift pocket diary. i have it somewhere but just need to look for it.
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    We arrived at the Pindi Train station a bit after midnight and I told my relatives to go back home as it would be an unnecessary wait till 1:30 AM for them. So they dropped me and after a few pointers of what to be mindful of such as pick pockets and other safety advice, the left.

    I went into the platform and right in front of the entry gate where the police officers sat I found a set of three seats inside the covered veranda and put my two bags on one seat and sat on the other seat. I noticed that there were not too many people there. But as I took a peak behind on the other side of the wall where I sat, the open veranda/platform was massive, very long and very wide. What was astonishing was that it was packed with either people and families sitting on the ground over a sheet or simply all sleeping closely together with their luggage all around them. They were oblivious in the way they slept as if they knew no one would steel their belongings. And the platform was full from where I could see to one side all the way to the other side and it was open air under the moonlight.

    I wanted so much to take a pic but saw that some people that were awake kind of looked oddly at me when I pulled out my camera and some ladies covered their faces while others entirely rotated their bodies to look away from me. At that point I realized its really inappropriate to take pics here at this time and I put my camera away.

    I came and sat down next to my luggage and kept a close eye at all times. The time was now 1:30 am and no train.

    At around 1:45 am I heard an announcement that the train is running late as it had some engine problem leaving from Peshawar. It will now arrive at 2:30 am. I sat a while more and my cousin smsd me to ask if I had found my seat and when the train left the platform. I responded that it has not come as yet. He was furious and said he was not sure why his father even booked a train seat for me and I should have just flown.

    I said its ok, its coming in the next half hour or so.

    At 2:15 another announcement was made that the train will reach at 30 am as its now on its way from the engine trouble which has been fixed. And again at 2:30 am my cousin msgd me again for updates. I told him its again delayed. He then said this is ridiculous, let us come to pick you up and you just fly back in the morning. I told him I am kind of having fun watching what is happening all around with the man delivering tea and snacks to passengers, and the few people coming and going and its quite a scene.

    Well, at 2:40 or was it 2:45 am I felt this cool breeze come from the platform into the covered veranda. Now I had my back to the wall that separated the veranda from the platform so I could not see what was happening behind me on the open air platform, but the coolness of the breeze in late August night had a pleasing feel to it.

    You can see in some of the pics a set of three chairs on the right with two bags on it, that was my luggage and where I sat.

    Suddenly I felt a gust of wind pass through the platform and veranda and it felt even cooler. The experience was getting amusing in the middle of the night and I really wanted to experience more although the thought of just giving up and heading home for a flight the next day crossed my mind many times.

    All of a sudden to my right and to my left I saw people rush into the covered veranda from all sides coming from the platform. I saw families come in dragging their luggage, carrying their sleeping kids as well as dragging their sheets on the ground and just laying all of it against the wall on the inside of the veranda. So I got up to see what had transpired behind me on the platform that everyone is rushing in. And to my surprise I saw a wet platform and rain come down which I did not hear from where I was sitting, only felt cool breeze from time to time. I saw lightening in a distance and the rain got stronger and stronger. What a view and feeling it was. I then came to sit on my seat again and saw that those who were sleeping outside had now all moved in and made a space for themselves and went right back to sleep with their luggage nearby.

    As I sat, and I specifically remember, it must have five minutes to 3 am (2:55 am) that all of a sudden it went pitch dark. I mean there was absolutely no light anywhere. I quickly covered my right arm over my luggage and within hardly 3 seconds what I saw was the most amazing scene perhaps in my entire trip. Hundreds of lights from small mobile torches were lit from all across the veranda from left to right as far as my eyes could see. I mean, it was just beyond words.

    These mobile torches don't have extreme lights and are sufficient for a 5 feet distance so it didn't really light up the platform but the sight of stars glowing and moving all around was a scene I could not get enough of and was thoroughly enjoying it.

    After nearly 10 minutes I guess their generator kicked in and only one light every 40 feet came on inside the veranda which you can see below in a few of the pics. I took most of these pics after the rain and after the emergency light had come on. It was dim but sufficient for walking around. The pics I did take I took discretely without a flash so they are all dull and dark.

    When I looked back at the it was also dark there but the veranda has sufficient lighting.

    It was almost 3:30 am by the time light was fully restored and they announced one more time that the train is now entering the platform and all the passengers should be ready to board the train in the next 10 minutes.

    It was 3:45 am when the train rolled onto the platform but before the train came I saw people in white uniforms come onto the veranda and I stopped one of them to ask where the car No 10 will stop, he asked why. I said because I have to board the 10th car and if its all the way at the other end I will walk their now so as not to run when the train has stopped looking for it. He then said it will stop right in front of you where you are now.

    So like other passengers I too went on the now wet platform with only a trickle of rain by the time the train pulled into the platform. I looked for the No 10 car and it was the business class car that stopped right in front of me.

    I boarded to train and looked for my cabin. I saw that it was empty and my bunk was the one on the right and on the top so I put my luggage there and waited for other passengers.

    I soon realized I was the only passenger at this stop and figured the rest will probably board on the following stops.

    By this time I had been exhausted from lack of sleep the entire day as I drove from Naran to Islamabad and now on the train at 4: 00 am when the train began to roll so I just climbed up to my bunk, had my red cushion with me as a make shift pillow along with the bed sheet which I had traveled with from Karachi to put over me in case it got cold with the AC on since i had no control of it in the cabin.
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    The first pic is of the train when I entered it in Pindi.

    After getting into my cabin I remember msging my cousin to tell him I am on the train now and heading off to sleep.

    I climbed my bunk at the top and dozed off immediately. I was in deep sleep and could make out sounds I could hear people talking from time to time, the door opening and closing from time to time. I didn't really wake up but heard sounds.

    I finally woke up to a sound call for nashta. I wasn't hungry but had my few hours of sleep and now as just laying on my bunk resting as I noticed on the bottom there were 5 people sitting and talking. The bunk was full.

    I wasn't in the mood to socialize at that time so I just lay on my bed until I heard an announcement for Lahore station. And then I decided its time to see what that station looks like so I came down, they made room for me, I said salam and two responded while the other three were staring out the window and had their handbags ready in their lap signalling they will be disembarking at Lahore.

    So I just came out of the room and walked to the door which was now open while the train began to slow down well before we entered the Lahore station. I began to take a few pics and then went back to my room to take pics after we had stopped and the passengers had gotten off,



    When the train stopped these men had almost all gotten up and left the room, I was now the only one here. Then the other people started to board the train
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    Default Entering Lahore Station

    As we entered Lahore Station I noticed the large clock on top of the platform showing it was almost 10 am when we arrived at the station.

    I took some pics of the passengers getting off and the new ones getting on. Eventually I decided to just come and wait in my cabin for new passengers so I took the liberty of taking two pics of the room and myself.

    I noticed that no one was coming into my cabin although I could hear people in the corridor. So when railway person passed me I asked him how long was the stop here, he said 30 minutes or more. I figured its only been less than 10 minutes since we stopped so why not take the opportunity to get off the train and explore the station for 10 mins to be on the safe side and return to the train well in time before it leaves.

    And so that's what I did.
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    Excellent updates
    Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity... ~ John Muir

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    Default Exploring Lahor Station

    I got off the train and noticed there was an overpass crossing from one side of the platform to the other so I looked around to see where the stairs were that lead to that overhead bridge and went up there to have a good look at the station from above as well as take some pics of the train on the platform below.

    Then I returned to the train and found that there was only one man there who had boarded the train and was my fellow passenger in that cabin. We said salam and just did our thing while the train eventually began to roll out of Lahore.

    Soon other stations came and I took a few quick pics along the way.
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    Default Pattoki Station

    Soon the train rolled in to Pattoki Station and I took a few snaps as it was no more than a quick 5 minute stop.

    Along came a family of a Husband and Wife and 4 kids who boarded the train and into our cabin. I was taking pics at the time and when I went to back to the cabin I found that the wife had occupied the bunk on top across from me, their 7 or 8 year old daughter occupied my bunk and was getting comfortable on my pillow and under my sheet, the other two kids were on one side middle bunk while the husband, wife, two kids and the other man who came on from Lahore were all sitting on the lower two bunks. The man asked if it was ok while their child slept for a while in my bunk as they had been waiting for the train for many hours and they are very tired. How could I say no? I said certainly she may. I noticed the wife had her face partially covered with a chadar that covered her head and body and she was holding the chadar with her teeth.

    I was a bit uncomfortable sitting there facing the family with the 2 kids jumping around all over the place so I decided to come out and sit in the gallery and pulled down the seat and enjoyed the view from there.

    I must have sat there for quite some time, maybe an hour or so while the train rolled on through different places sometimes very fast and at other times slowing down. I would see a scene of traffic jam at metal frames where roads crossed the track while the train passed those roads. It was always too late by then for me to go out to take these pics since we had long passed those locations.

    So I decided on just staying next to the door while enjoying the scene and wind as well as look forward out the door for any upcoming traffic jam.

    All the while I took in the views and also took a pic of me hanging out the door ever so mindful of how we would see in movies where someone hanging off a train would get hit by oncoming posts when trains passed by.
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    Lovely Trip and Excellent Travelogue.

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    Kia baat hai janab aap ki. Thank you for sharing.
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    Default Enjoying the View

    I went back to my room and found that everyone had now gone to sleep, the person from Lahore as well as the family that boarded the train recently. All the bunks were now occupied so I came back out and ordered Chai and a Sandwich.

    I kept enjoying the views outside of fields and small towns we passed.

    Two hours passed by and the guy kept coming from time to time walking past me asking if I needed anything to eat and so I again asked for another cup of chai along with some cookies.

    I again went in to take a peak into the cabin and this time found the shutter down and it was dark inside while the family was still out cold sleeping and the man from Lahore had pulled out his laptop and watching a movie with his headphones on.

    I again walked out and carried on with my view of the outside.
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    Default Evening was Comming

    I just sat and kept enjoying every moment of the simplicity of life in the towns we passed close to the railway tracks.

    You could see inside some mud homes as we were at an elevation and the houses were a bit lower than our view.

    Soon we passed by a small town where the train slowed for a while but did not stop, I saw a family working the fields right next to the tracks and took some pics.
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    Default Approaching Shujabad Station

    The train was stopped at Shujabad for approximately 20 minutes so I took the opportunity to take a few pics outside. I had a few of the train operators stand nearby so I asked one to take my pic. They were in white uniforms.

    I then saw a man being held from the back of the neck by a police officer come out of another car and three other police officers walked with this men and the officer holding him and they climbed into our car. The officers were abusing the man and he was pleading that it was not him. No idea what that was about but it caught my attention since they were in our car now.

    I did notice from time to time during my trip earlier in the day that there was one cabin a few cabins down from mine where a uniformed police officer or two would come out of or would go into. I thought a police team had booked that cabin for themselves.

    Well the officers took him into that cabin and the door was still open while another officer sat outside in the gallery. I could hear just a bit of what was going on.
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    Default Lodhran Station

    I could make out that he was accused of steeling a mobile in one of the other cabins but he kept denying and they kept asking him and then the officer shut the door so no one could hear anything.

    I went into my cabin only to find the one man still watching movies on his bunk in the middle with headphones while the family had a major dinner going on. Plates everywhere, food everywhere, cooler with water everywhere. I didn't know where all the stuff came from until I realized they must have brought it with them. As soon as I saw this scene I again just backed out of the room and wanted to sit in the gallery and the man of the family asked if I would join them, I smiled and respectfully refused.

    I was trying to not eat until reaching Karachi because I was not comfortable with the idea of using the washrooms the train.

    An hour later I saw the lady come out and her husband escorted her to the washroom. I stepped into the room and noticed the kids had all once again occupied all the bunks other than the one the man with the laptop who never moved most of the time. He did come out to speak to someone on the train but mostly spent the time in the room watching movies and had his laptop plugged into the electric socket.

    I decided to take out my map now and see where we were and where we will travel through during the night.

    Soon we arrived at Lodhran where I was able to take a couple of pics as it was a quick one minute or maybe two minute stop.
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    i see your bike daily at orion motors but i noticed the number today. do you still have it or you sold it to someone?
    people need to grow up sometimes and act MATURE !

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    Default Night Travel on Train

    After around 11 pm I finally decided to make an effort and try to get my bunk back so I could sleep. As I went inside the cabin the first thing I noticed is the father say to his daughter to climb down now since Uncle needs to sleep.

    Of course the girl had a sad face but there was no option at that time. She came down with my cushion and father requested her to give my cushion back to me. When I climbed up to my bunk I noticed she had helped herself into my back pack and gone through some books I had. I think she saw them when I came in to take out my map from the back pack.

    I put everything back in order as well as the map and then just went off to sleep.

    I woke to the announcement of Hyderabad Station. So I stayed in the bed for a while just resting. Soon the guy came to ask for Nashta and I only wanted chai so I asked him for chai while the others ordered some food, not sure what.

    When I chai came I came down from my bunk only to find my map on the table with little residue of food on it next to the man who was staring at it while the kids were having some fruit and the youngest one sipping on a milk bottle next to the mother.

    I was a bit taken aback and decided this was not appropriate. I then looked at my backpack and yes, it was wide open with the books sticking out somewhat but still in the bag. I would never mind anyone using anything that I had so long as they had the decency to ask, how could they just help themselves to my bag without my permission? That was simply not acceptable.

    So this time I addressed that man asked him directly, "Ham abi kahan tak ponchay han" knowing full well they had just announced Hyderabad coming up just a few minutes back. He looked up and said "bus abi Hyderabad ponchnay he valay han" and then went to look more deeply in the map. I guess he just didn't get it and I felt this is not the age you teach manners to someone.

    So I pulled down my back pack, and showed as if I am packing my stuff like the bed sheet and pulled out the books and repacked them and then asked the guy if he was done with the map I need to pack. He said nothing and simply handed me the map with what looked like cooky residue, I wiped it clean and put the map away.

    As Hyderabad came I again went out to take some pics and then came back to sit down and by now the family had packed their stuff too and we were all sitting down now on the bunk at the bottom.

    We soon left Hyderabad and the man opened the discussion of how things have changed over the years on train travel and I just raised one eyebrow indicating 'well really now?'

    Most of the discussion was with the other man since they had traveled this route many times and this compared different trains and timings and other stuff that was beyond me as they spoke of stations I had never heard of.
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    wonderful updates.. by the way what was the name of this train? and how your bike was transported?

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