To me, Pakistan is like many countries within one. My goal has always been to travel to every nook and cranny of my homeland, to take photos of diverse cultures and landscapes. Through these stories I want the world to know that there is so much more to Pakistan than what is conventionally portrayed in the media.
Some of my most unforgettable trips have been to the majestic Wakhan Corridor, which is wedged between Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Pakistan. It is truly a breathtaking location: From steep passes to high altitude lakes and valleys, it is heaven for nature enthusiasts. Trekking through this region is extremely challenging. Each day a trek would last for about six to ten hours.We would arrive close to sundown and set up camp. After dinner my fellow travelers would fall asleep in their tents, but I would stay awake until wee hours of the morning to catch a glimpse of the Milky Way (which was crystal clear in those skies), in all its glory, while the moon, and eventually the sun, rise from below it..
Another place I call home away from home is Gulmit village in Gojal (also known as upper Hunza). On one of my many visits, my local friends took me to see this garden of apricot trees during fall. The leaves had all turned golden, and rays of orange sunlight seeping through them gave the whole place a celestial vibe. I went into a meditative state of clarity and calmness. Since then it has become my favorite place in the world.