We started our journey from duikar alkarim resort after having breakfast around 11:30am towards baltit fort.
Parked the car and visited baltit fort, took some pictures and bought that local topi. the one that has fur on it.
When we came down from baltit fort it was like 1:00 pm. While moving out from parking a car was comin up hill and i had to wait, since the parking road of baltit fort is very steep. So I was midway it was difficult to reverse. My father said, do it if you can so as a courteousy i reversed the car and bunch of guys said wo dekho wo dekho liana reverse mein charhai charh rahi hai
I was saying Allah nazar se bachaye.
After this we started our journey back from kkh.
Now since we already gathered information about phandar Valley so my dad decided to go to phandar.
I was driving from aliabad and it was really exciting to touch 120-130kph since i messed with a nagar 2 vin number probox. Anyways after this we reached gilgit in like 1.5hr and we stopped there and refueled the car and ate some local dish known as mantukh (Chinese dumbbells) or something like that. Now we were standing on the ghizer phandar road near gilgit, it was nearly 3:30pm and we were whether to go for phandar or not, since if we chose to go back to naran we couldn't make to babusar before 4:30 pm so we had to stay at gilgit or go exploring phandar so we decided phandar.
We headed on this dangerously narrow single road, situated next to the ghizer river. Normally the corners were seen right reaching at them. It looked as if road is going right and suddenly it used to take a sharp left. So that's why I consider it dangerous road, driver has to be really alert.
Skardu road and this road both are dangerous and risky.
Anyways we drove and reached gahkuch and bought some snacks and then headed towards a vilage near phandar it had a pso pump. We refueled the car and had some tea and noodles that i had bought from sost.
Now it was 6pm and everyone was sayin 1-1.5hours more. As darkness was approaching, driving was getting difficult and dad being a elder took the responsibility of driving because he knew ill drive fast and this road is abit risky in dark. Although i did this in very less time when i came with friends on gli later but you know parents are protective.
Every corner used to make me frightened because when you're a driver sitting at back seat you're always lookin at front. So every corner used to give surprises, i expected it to turn left and it used to turn in the other direction. As i mentioned you only know when you reach on some corner where to go so your steering wheel and eye sight needed a good sync for this drive. The ghizer River on right was lookin so scary black and noisy, sometimes used to come sooo close to us like on the level of road.
It was now 6:50 and we were climbing some good altitude. Slowly slowly we were seeing the lights of the last village, since we were getting higher on altitude. We saw a zigzag and a board written with ptdc phandar. We climbed the zigzag, which appeared to be the last slopes of phandar.
And we stopped in some hotel on left side, the hotel had large parking space, and rooms were good, food was good. And view was amazing at night.
So we took a room there for 1500 rs rent.
Their were some more hotels ahead but they were in bad condition, although they were charging 700-1k but they were messy and toilets were Indian in very bad shape:D
So now we made pulao ourselves using there kitchen. Enjoyed the food. And ordered some tea at late night. I was really tired but i brought my tripod out and most importantly at that time i had 55-200mm nikkor zoom so took some shots of stars.
It was turning out to be really cold. And scent of the nature was amazing, it was too good feeling to be here at phandar. People were really, friendly and literacy rate is very high here, which made me really happy. I bought scom sim from aliabad, hunza so I was using scom here. No other signals were coming. It was then sleeping time
To be continued 4th day.