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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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    Quote Originally Posted by hsumbal1 View Post
    As soon as get anywhere close to my computer I straight away log into Pakwheels and check for updates....

    Enjoying every bit of it...
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    Hahaha, not sure if you are enjoying reading it more or I am enjoying writing about it. But keep enjoying, there's plenty more to come.

    Same Here

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    As I went higher and higher up the mountain I came to a realization I had to stop and take out my heavy jacket since the wind was getting colder and colder by the minute.

    While I had stopped to take out my jacket and put it on a white corolla passed me with its rear bumper tied to the roof. It had 4, maybe 5 passengers but I wasn't sure why they had tied the bumper to the roof. Perhaps it dropped off or someone hit them from behind.

    In any case, they passed me and I took a few minutes break from the rough shoulder aching, back aching, helmet shaking ride.

    Actually, I really had to Peeeee !!!! LOL

    Ok, so after I was done with my Deed and rested up I mounted the bike again and was back on the road, that is if you can call that a road. It was Nasty ....

    After a while I felt as if I had reached the top since there was no road heading up and only heading down now. At the top there was a bit of a crowd next to a make shift Army Check Post which they had blocked the road with a rope. That area suddenly was paved and a smooth ride.

    When I reached there everyone coming and going in both directions had to check in with their NIC, license plat number, where they were coming from and what was their destination and for how long.

    Now there were jeeps and cars and trucks parked on the other side where the drivers and passengers alike had gotten off in order to check in as well as a few on my side including bikes who were trying to register with the Army Officers.

    I then lined up and got my turn. The question was where I was headed and I said Gilgit. The man from the other side who had just returned from Gilgit said its just too hot there and I would recommend you go to Skardu instead.

    I asked how the weather was in Skardu and he said it was very cold and nice but in Gilgit its just too hot.

    I then asked what the road condition was on the other side of the mountain because on this side it is painfully uncomfortable due to unpaved road. He said its mostly paved on that side with some small patches of road that are still under construction. However, another jeep driver said NO. He said the road is just as horrible on this side going down the mountain and he said "why do you want to go to Gilgit? There is nothing there, its too hot so just turn back around and enjoy your stay in Naran where its comfortable and cool".

    I wasn't about to put my last few hours of drive to waste and decided against turning around, so I pulled out the map from the bike and began to look at where Skardu was and the distance as well. One of the army officer was helping guide me on the map and another asked if I would like some tea. I refused and kept looking into the map. Of course, everyone has to put their two cents into the conversation so people came and offered their positive opinion on Skardu.

    So it was now decided that I was going to Skardu and the officer asked me if he can change my destination from Gilgit to Skardu on their entry journal and I said YES, Skardu it is.

    He then asked how many days do I plan to stay there, I said just one night and I will be back by tomorrow. Another person getting his entry done now heard our conversation and said to me that I was not going to go to Skardu tonight. I asked why not? He said because it takes two days to get there. WHAT ?????

    But on the map it showed that Skardu was only 260 kms from Chillas and Chillas was just down the mountain, so I figured I could get there by nightfall, enjoy the morning there and then head back in the afternoon to reach Naran by nightfall tomorrow.

    Both, that man and the army officers told me that it was impossible for me to return by tomorrow night since it will still take me two days to reach Skardu from there and two days to get back.

    Now I asked that man where else can I go. So considering my time restriction and looking into the map he suggested why don't go to Astor instead? I never heard of it and asked him to show me on the map.

    We found Astor, I asked what it was like and the temperature, he said its really nice and you can reach there by evening and enjoy the places there and be back for tomorrow night back in Naran.

    The army officers concurred and said, please you must have chai with us. At that time the only thing I could think of was getting somewhere so I refused the chai offer and asked them to enter Astor where I would be heading to for one day.

    I then mounted my bike and to my surprise the beautifully paved road ended just around the next bend in the mountain. I was furious since it was once again a painful and bouncy mountain ride with sharp turns going zig zag around the mountain where I could see the road winding back and forth below me.

    This went on for a while until I began feeling hot and I stopped to take off my jacket and put it back in my backpack.

    When I reached the main road, and it was a beautiful paved road at the bottom of the mountain I realized that Chillas was to my left while I had to go towards Gilgit to the right. I then asked a local if there were any petrol pumps ahead towards Gilgit in which direction I was traveling and he said yes, just 10 to 15 mins drive you will find a petrol pump.

    So I carried on that road and found that it was becoming hotter and hotter. I decided to take off my shirt and had a T-Shirt below. Drank some water now perhaps for the very first time I think. But as I drove the few miles it got unbelievably hot and soon realized why one driver told me not to go to Gilgit. But I wondered if it would all change when I reach Astor.

    Soon I reached a Shell petrol pump which was big and kind of new looking and filled up to the top. I asked if there was a place I could get a nice cup of chai and take a break because the pump was in the sun with a bit of shade on one side. The person pointed across the road and said there is a hotel you can eat at. I looked across and all I could see were some trees. I asked where the hotel was, he said if you look in between the trees there is a small door, that's where the hotel is.

    I asked if I could park my bike here under the shade because across the street it was mostly unshaded and on the road since the tree line was behind a small creek which my bike could not cross over. He said certainly and it would be perfectly safe.

    I walked across the road in the blistering heat wondering what kind of a hotel this would be and when I came across I walked down a small stair case in the treeline and went through a wooden door to find a beautiful cool shaded garden with a pool of water on one side and as I walked further inside across the lush green grass under the cool tree shade there were some charpais to the left where a few men were sitting and chatting.

    I went to sit down there and a small fountain of water was running so I decided to wash up and it was extremely cold water.

    The waiter came over and I asked for chai, he asked if I would like to eat anything before chai. I asked what they had and then decided on chicken karahi. I asked for a Nestle bottle and he just laughed saying the water from their spring is better than Nestle and FREE. I asked him to bring a glass so I can sample it and to my surprise it was just awesome, sweet cold water that somehow tasted wonderful.

    After I had lunch I ordered chai and the other man came to ask where I had come from and where I was headed. It turned out that he was the owner of the restaurant and he used to be a truck driver who drove all over Pakistan and knew a lot about Karachi and where I lived. It was an interesting conversation, he said he was driving this route some 7 years back and decided on setting up a restaurant here and has been here ever since.

    After Chai I asked how much farther is Astor from there he said about 4 hours. I looked at the time and realized it was already 4:30 pm. He said if I leave right away I could make there by night fall since sunset would be around 6:30 pm after which my speed would be reduced due to less visibility.

    I asked him for direction once again, he said just go straight on this road (KK Highway) and don't turn anywhere. Once you see 2 Talvar, just like the 3 Talvar chowk in Karachi, as soon as you see 2 Talvar just turn right there and it will lead you right into Astor. I asked how visible it was and what if I missed it, he just laughed and said the road is straight with nothing on it and the 2 talvar is a large monument with nothing around it so there is absolutely NO WAY that you could miss it.

    So I got back to the pump and the pump attendant offered me some cold water in a glass. Although I already had plenty of cold water I had no need for more but since he had brought it for me I thought it rude to refuse so I thanked him and drank down as much as I could and then thanked him again with a smile and went on my way.

    I went through some beautiful roads and bridges, small towns and eventually passed the location of where you have to board the jeeps to get to Fairy Meadows. Then there was a Bridge I had to cross but first check in with the Army officers on this side of the bridge, same routine of where I came from, where I was heading and for how long.

    As soon as I crossed over the bridge the KK highway was a different world altogether, it was smooth as silk and a brand new road had been constructed with beautiful carpeting. It was quite a pleasure to drive on at good speeds winding around mountains.

    I finally came to the obvious 2 Talvar I was told about, it had clear sign for Astor on it since the road cut off to the right and it was the only direction you could on on. Gilgit was another 49 kms had I stayed on the road, but I had to turn off the Kk highway and onto this new road on the right heading to Astor. The distance marker said 54 kms to Astor.

    So I turned on that route and drove through a valley that went down, crossed a long bridge over a river and on the other side had to climb a bit on the mountain and then came the dry rock cut out mountains with some of the most remote areas I had ever seen. My worst fear was the darkness that was coming since I didn't want to be stuck here in the dark.

    This view of cut out mountains and roads sometimes paved and other times covered with dust and sand while winding sharply through these mountains. At one time I was on one side of the small river running beneath me in the valley and then a small bridge would take me across the other side and I would carry on around the mountains adjacent to the river in that valley.

    After a little while i came acorss a small police check post, but this time they wanted to also see my bike documents. I asked why, he said that they have to check on both directions that vehicle you are taking in one direction is yours and that you bring back the same vehicle since some do get stolen. I asked what about the hotels, he said they will look after your bike for you overnight and its safe.

    I carried on and by 6:30 I was already in Astor, mush earlier than what that restaurant owner had told me.

    I found a nice hotel next to the only police station in Astor. Astor was a simple dry town in the mountain which I didn't see much a view anywhere but figured there must be something here or the man would not have recommended it. But it was most certainly cold there.

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    As'salam o alykum

    Sir, Simply awesome, unbelievable, mind blowing, and such a brave and courageous trip, alone from karachi till gilgit, simple spell bound, you have simply set an example of guidance, courage, patience for the bikers i am also a biker but the way you have gone through this all tour and alone, simple amazing,

    And by the way sir, you are an IELTS teacher, ooo, that will really help me, as i require 7band in each so will it that be a way that you explain the whole thing how to take 7 band in each in a manner you described your tour lolzzz,

    Anyways keep posting, i enjoyed the whole tour of your in one go

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    Quote Originally Posted by chill2kill View Post
    As'salam o alykum

    Sir, Simply awesome, unbelievable, mind blowing, and such a brave and courageous trip, alone from karachi till gilgit, simple spell bound, you have simply set an example of guidance, courage, patience for the bikers i am also a biker but the way you have gone through this all tour and alone, simple amazing,

    And by the way sir, you are an IELTS teacher, ooo, that will really help me, as i require 7band in each so will it that be a way that you explain the whole thing how to take 7 band in each in a manner you described your tour lolzzz,

    Anyways keep posting, i enjoyed the whole tour of your in one go
    Thank you for your kind words. I am in no way a professional biker since I only learned to ride a year ago and have tried to make the best of it as much as possible with the little time I have available.

    As for IELTS, yes certainly. I can tell you ways in which you can score even 8.5 Bands though 9.0 so far only one student of mine has been able to achieve.

    A 7 band in all modules is very common if you follow the principles of the IELTS Strategies which vary from person to person. One may work for you while another for someone else. In any event, I do provide ongoing training by way of Skype all across Pakistan and currently our sessions ended last week so I am utilizing this week to post this thread as quickly as possible before I get tied up in work once again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeeshangodil View Post
    Sir, Wow..
    Great courage and effort. I can't even think of it really.

    But, you need to have a partner from the opposite gender.

    Well that's in the works at the present. My wife is now keen on trying this trip with me although I am not in favor of it but it can be arranged given different travel plans as for time and route.

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    Default Had to Register at the Police Station in Astor

    When I entered Astor I remembered the last police check post where the officer had instructed me to Register at the Police Station upon entering Astor. I didn't understand why but had to comply with their rules.

    So when I entered Astor which was a very small town but still a hustling bustling town with people and bikes I had wondered where they all came from because I didn't see any people throughout my travel over the past few hours and all of a sudden there were literally hundreds of people walking around in this town and shops were open but began closing due to evening time I guess.

    I stopped to ask where the local Police Station was and people looked at me kind of weird as to why I was asking for the Police Station so they would point me in the direction. The streets were tight and a bit crowded so it was hard to see where they had pointed to since so many smaller streets opened up to the sides of this tiny road that I was on.

    Again I stopped to ask where the Police Station was and the person then asked, "Sab kheriyat to ha, Thana Q ja rahay han? Sab Theek Ha?"

    I wasn't up for a conversation at that time and just wanted to register at the Thana and then find a decent hotel in town. So I said "Jee Kheriyat ha, thana kis taraf ha?" He then pointed to the small sign just ahead of me on a small hill and I went there and as soon as I entered the dark small gate of the Police Station it was really pitch dark in there. It opened up into a small garden where a few officers sat. I asked where I had to check in and they were confused why I would have to check in.

    But he led me to a room with no light, another followed and then they put on the torch of their mobile and put the mobile in their mouth to point with. They opened a register and asked for my NIC. I asked when the light would come on and they said its only gone for a half hour and should be back soon. When he saw my NIC he realized it was in English since I have a NICOP and then he said this is the reason the officer wanted you to check in because you are a foreigner, I laughed and said are you serious? I am Pakistani, he said yes but you are also a foreigner.

    Well, I still got a kick out of it and he did my entry and then asked me to have a cup of tea with him. I thanked him again and said I need to get to a hotel as I am very tired and need to rest.

    He accepted and I asked where the hotels were and he said there are three or four, I asked which is the best and he said they are almost the same but the nicer on is just across. I asked across what. He didn't say anything, just smiled and made a hand signal to follow him and I followed him out the gate of the station and he just pointed across the gate the sign said Kamran Hotel. The tiny street was only 6 feet wide and the hotel practically faced the police station.

    I was so happy to find a hotel so close. I walked my bike over into their gate and the only vehicle in their parking was my bike. The worker came out and helped me park and we discussed the rates, he said Rs 1,200 and I said 300 and eventually he came down to 600 and I tried to bring him down to 500 but he wouldn't budge.

    I realized I didn't have too many options as there were only two or maybe three other hotels in this town and I was not about to go comparing hotel rates for a 100 rupees so I accepted and he helped me unload the luggage.

    I asked if there were any nice hotels around where I could have dinner. He said they provide dinner and can bring it to my room if I wanted or just go into their common room. I asked what they had, he said anything you like as they make it fresh to order.

    I said I would let him know after I had a shower and freshened up.

    When I was ready I called the guy and he came to my room with a small plate, a Candle and a match box. I asked what that was for knowing well that in the likelihood the light goes off this was their UPS. And so it was.

    As soon as I placed the order for dinner he said it would take 45 mins to cook the chicken and I ordered a fresh bottle of Nestle. It was already dark then and the light went off as soon as he was about to leave. But before he walked out of the room he turned on the candle for me. Now I travel packed with all supplies so I pulled out my LED Emergency light which I had brought with me fully charged for such occasions.

    After unpacking my supplies I realized I should have asked him how long the light would be out for since I wanted to charge my camera, the phone was always charged due to the lighter adapter I had installed on the bike. It must have been 8: 00 pm at that time.

    So I opened the front door to see if I could call the person and my jaw literally dropped. My door opened to the small parking lot as it was a small hotel with only 6 rooms and a parking enclosed with a gate that locked at night.

    When I opened the door it was pitch dark outside but the light from the sky was very much visible and as I looked up I saw stars so large and so many that I can not describe them the scene. I had never in my life seen stars so beautiful, so clear, so large and so so many. I felt as if I could just grab them in my hand.

    This is embarrassing but I was so amazed that I just stretched my right arm up as if I was trying to reach out and grab the stars in my palm. It was an exhilarating experience. For those of you who have traveled to remote mountain locations can related to this experience.

    In any case, it was cold so I didn't stand outside for very long and came back in. Only then I realized that I had totally forgotten why I had gone out in the first place.

    Just then there was a knock on the door. It was a different person who seemed to be either the manager or the owner by the way he was dressed. He asked if I needed anything like a fresh soap or food, I told him I already had the soap, shampoo and had ordered food.

    He gave me his name and said if there was anything I needed to ask for him.

    Soon the dinner arrived and the person said the light should come on shortly. I figured that light in this town was unpredictable since from the police station to this hotel no one could give me the exact time or duration the light went out for. So I put the camera battery on charge hoping that when the light came on it would just go on charge.

    The light came on as I was eating and I turned on the tv, nothing special just the news and some English movies which I watched for a bit and then thought of calling home to report my location. That is when it dawned on me that my mobilink service was not available there.

    After dinner i had a nice cup of chai and decided to sleep.

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    @ Sulaiman75 - Bhai aap ki Qom-e-Jinnat mai se hain ? Koi Insaan tu bike pe itna travel nahi ker sakta.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greatusama View Post
    @ Sulaiman75 - Bhai aap ki Qom-e-Jinnat mai se hain ? Koi Insaan tu bike pe itna travel nahi ker sakta.
    Array bhai jab safar ka junoon ho or 10 din ka time ho to os waqt ko khub utilize karne k lye insan ko Qon-e-Jinnat mai he shumar hona parta ha.

    Agar mere pas waqt zyada hota to me or bhi areas cover karna chahta tha os tour par lekin itna he ho paya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sulaiman75 View Post
    I always say ... "Don't Think about it .... Just Do It !!!" I think you need to get into making a decision at the spur of the moment and just get up and go somewhere for three to four days. Its good to be lazy sometimes but its also good to be spontaneous.
    I once went for a short trip to Murree from ISL with a friend on 100CC bike. Plan was to come back till evening but ended up visiting Kashmir Neelum Valley and came back after 4 days. No preparation, no luggage nothing. Just bought a mobile charger on the way to keep photography going and some jackets in kashmir because of cold weather there.
    Crazy trip it was.
    @Sulaiman75 sir, this thread is going great. I am still going through it and having great fun. Probably the most enjoyable thread for me on pakwheels yet

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    Default Day 08: Had Breakfast

    I woke up early and just ordered breakfast. While they were preparing breakfast I took a few pics of the view from my room.

    One side was the door entry from the parking and the other side of the room was a large window from where you could see the valley and the views below to the market.

    I was about to shower but then the breakfast arrived earlier than I had anticipated. After breakfast I showered and got ready. In the mean time the person from last night came again and asked if everything was ok. It turned out he was the owner, a very nice guy. We sat and chatted for a bit while I charged my camera to the fullest.

    I asked about what could be visited in Astor. He said that really there are two wonders you can see but they will take you all day.

    I said I only had time for one so tell me which to choose. He suggested I visit the Deosai Plains which are about a 3 to 3.5 hours drive from here on jeep. Spend an hour or two there and then head back. I did the math and realized it was just not possible for me to go there and back to Astor and still have time to drive back to Naran. He agreed that it would be very dark by the time I got back on the KK highway from Astor due to the rough road in the valley from Astor to the main KK Highway which was a 54 kms track that I had just come on the day before. It would take at least 8 hours to drive from Astor to Naran.

    So then we considered the other option of Rama Lake. He said its 12kms from here but a rough mountainous route that will take about 1.5 hours to get to. I decided that would be the ideal location to visit.

    He said he would order the jeep for me, I asked can't bikes go there? He said sure they can go there but a Jeep will be more comfortable. I liked the idea of independence and decided against the jeep. He said why not go both places (Rama and Deosai) and then stay here the night and leave tomorrow morning for Naran. I explained to him my time restraint and he understood.

    I loaded all my gear on the bike, got ready, decided not to get fuel since it was hardly a 12 km trip one way and 12 km back so no need to fuel up until I returned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gull_s_777 View Post
    I once went for a short trip to Murree from ISL with a friend on 100CC bike. Plan was to come back till evening but ended up visiting Kashmir Neelum Valley and came back after 4 days. No preparation, no luggage nothing. Just bought a mobile charger on the way to keep photography going and some jackets in kashmir because of cold weather there.
    Crazy trip it was.
    @Sulaiman75 sir, this thread is going great. I am still going through it and having great fun. Probably the most enjoyable thread for me on pakwheels yet
    Well I am glad you are enjoying it, please keep reading and responding with your comments.

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    Default Rama Lake

    As I left the Hotel, just to the left was a sign that said "Rama" which was only 12 kms from there.

    Rama is the name of a beautiful town in the mountains with rolling hills and a vast lush green valley overlooking the mountains of which one is called Nang Parbath.

    Nanga Parbath is renown for its beauty as its snow covered all year round and a very high altitude mountain. In fact Ferry Meadows is also situated at the base of Nanga Parbath. You can clearly see Nanga Parbath in a distance in the pics below, its the only mountain visible which is white and full of snow.

    Once you pass the town of Rama, it leads to a mountain trail that winds around the mountain and ends in a valley with a lake which is called Rama Lake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baby_Xarak View Post
    bros u miss lalazar lake this time because suzuki 150 cant go there only powerful bike go. cg125 also not give issue and very smooth ride and got low petrol consumption and more power. many place u miss i think because less power of ur bike. all over pakistan cg125 use for tour because no tension and full power no matter ground or mountain. please think

    Well Mr Honda 125 ... as for Lalazar, well you have to be patient and wait until I write about my trip back through Naran the next day ... Are you selling Honda's or something ???? Just curious. And by the way, I didn't see a single Honda travel with me, by me or past me from Karachi to Naran though there were plenty in the Naran region, I agree.
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    Default Rama Police Check Post

    As I reached the Rama Police Check Post I again had to register at the top of a hill. So I parked the bike and walked to the top of the hill where a single officer was sitting with a register in his lap. He was sitting next to his tent.

    So I went up and said Salam. He took my NIC and logged me into his log book.

    After those formalities I asked if I could take his picture. He said sure. But as I took his picture he asked if he can also have his buddies join in the picture. I said sure and he called out to the tent about a photo being taken so come on out.

    Well then one by one a total of 6 people came out of the tent, 3 in uniform and 3 in shalwar kameez. The ones in shalwar kameez asked to hold on so they can change into their uniforms!!! I was shocked !

    The officer sitting on the chair said No, just take the pic as you are. They were shy but had no choice and one of them chose to take the photo and not be in the pic unless he can change into his uniform. This was outrageous I think but I had no time for this and I just said thank you, shook hands with everyone and then went on my way.
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    Default PTDC Rama

    After I passed the officers Check Post I came across the PTDC Rama. It was quite a sight. A beautifully constructed wooden cabin type of an entry. I just had to stop for photography.

    I found a local who worked there and took a few pics while I looked around but it was empty except for one jeep which seemed that there were people in it ready to go but it had signs and stickers all over it.

    When I finished with my pics I was about to leave and the jeep came close to me and stopped.

    The window went down and a man spoke to me in English asking if I was staying at the Hotel. I said No, I had only stopped to take some pics. He smiled and asked where I was coming from and I said Karachi.

    He smiled again and said where are you coming from before Karachi, I said again ... Karachi. He said I sounded like I was from abroad and I said yes. So he and the passenger stepped out of their vehicle and came to tell me they are visiting from Argentina and they are traveling around the globe. This trip is their Asia tour where they shipped their jeep from Argentina to Dubai, they flew to Dubai and from Dubai they traveled by road through Iran and Pakistan, I forget which other countries they mentioned on their way from Dubai to Pakistan.
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    Default Meeting with Foreigners

    So we got talking for a good 15 minutes because the tall one was a Lawyer from Argentina and I am in the same profession as an immigration lawyer so we discussed a few issues. He has a brother living in a city not too far from where I grew up and I have been to that city many times and so we also discussed situations there.

    The other one is a Farmer and they are both childhood friends and had decided to put their money together to travel the world and they do different tours of different continents from time to time. On this tour they were traveling through Asia.

    They said its sad that many Pakistanis don't travel as much to see and enjoy their country. I said they do but this is the end of season so this is why they are finding it empty here. Plus some security risks prevent people from feeling safe and so they are reluctant to travel with families.

    Anyways they took a lot of pics with me since they had a professional camera, they had a police officer with them issued by the government for safety. They asked me to park my bike at the hotel and go to Rama Lake with them in their Jeep and we can talk more but I refused as I didn't feel comfortable leaving my things behind although no one was even there but just didn't want to think about it and worry about my things while being away with them. They kept insisting I travel with them but I said that I have already traveled from Karachi to here so a bit more won't be such a big deal. But boy was I so wrong.

    Before we departed they showed me a Map on their jeep and told me where and how they traveled as well as their website which was on the back of their Jeep.
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    Default Moving to Rama Lake

    As I began to climb the hill it was very narrow and I wondered how the jeep went up there. Not to mention, it was so narrow that I wasn't sure how two vehicles could cross one another if they came from opposite sides. Even I could not cross if a car came from the other side.

    It became more and more difficult to climb on some parts of this hill. In fact I lost my bike below me when it just rolled back as I accidentally kicked it into neutral and the front break did not stop the bike from rolling back and since both my feet were on the ground trying to balance I couldn't use the rear break.

    I was afraid it would fall down the mountain if it slid to the right so I dropped it on the left side and saved myself from falling under it.

    Now the difficulty was to lift up the bike because every time I tried lifting it it would roll further down. So to prevent it from rolling I had to search for a rock which I placed just behind the rear tire and another rock behind that rock and then lifted the bike with the front break locked and then quickly kicked it into first gear. When I started it and tried going forward, it just wouldn't move at that angle with the weight on it. So I just turned it around very carefully and made a u turn to face back down and rolled down to a safe spot and parked it. Then I walked up the mountain for 10 minutes to see what type of landscape there was ahead, it was all the same up and flat and up and flat. I came back down and took a moment to decide whether it was wise to carry on or just cancel the plan of Rama and just head back.

    While I was walking down to take some of these pics below two locals came to me and asked if all was well. I told them the story and said i am heading back, they said NO just keep going. I told them about all the load and the high risk, they said just come down and rush up the mountain and we will push you all the way to the Lake. That didn't sound sensible ... them pushing me that is but did want to take one try at coming down a bit and then rushing it up on first gear without stopping.

    That is what I did then and came down close to them with the bike, they waited and watched. As I revved up the engine and then let it rip !!!

    I had no idea this was so easy, I just went all the way up and never stopped until I hit flat ground once again way up the mountain. That is where I took some of the last pics you see below. Nanga Parbath is visible in some of the pics at a distance and in some its hiding inside clouds above.

    The area was so pleasant and peaceful, very quiet.
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    great going bro...... love it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sulaiman75 View Post
    Bhai, I don't know from where you are getting these ideas but you are so wrong in your assumptions. Whatever you are saying is strictly your own prerogative and not my thoughts at all. In fact if you have read my thread from the very beginning you will note that I was about to purchase a Honda 125 at first but was discouraged by many because they have an extremely high theft rate in Karachi where I live. This was the only reason I purchased a GS 150. However, I don't think I need to justify myself to you or owe you any clarification.

    So once and for all, if I have hurt you in any way I sincerely apologize.
    Sir your adventure has been amazing!!!!!
    Please don't reply to people who are trying to argue with u for no reason. U chose to buy a bike from your own pocket, no one gave it to u for free.
    There are people here who are going to pick up a fight and destroy this wonderful thread. Just stop replying to them and u will be all good

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    @Sulaiman75 Please do carry on with your fascinating thread. Thank you for sharing it here.

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