Shimla, the capital of the north Indian state Himachal Pradesh is situated atop a ridge at 2,276 metres above sea level. During the time of the British Raj, news of the somewhat “English weather” had spread, popularity increased as Officials and their families temporarily relocated to escape the stifling heat of the Indian plains during … More Cycle Touring India. Chapter 4: Shimla
During our first week in India I developed a sense of frustration, I felt that I had lost the enthusiasm for the cycle tour. We had been sedentary for some time, however, it should be said that much of this was unavoidable due to the processing time for my Indian visa in Islamabad. The preceding … More Cycle Touring India. Chapter 2: To McLeod Ganj.
During the planning phase of the cycle tour, even before I had purchased my bike, if I was asked where I was most looking forward to visiting, my answer was undoubtedly “Northern Pakistan“ and at the time I didn’t know a friend or family member who had visited the infamous country. This meant that to … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 12: Pakistan, Final Thoughts
Islamabad is a relatively new city, designed by a Greek architect, it was built in the 1960s to replace Karachi as the capital of Pakistan. The city is situated on the Pothohar Plateau, bordered by the Margalla Hills to the north and the Rawalpindi District to the south. Islamabad is the political seat of Pakistan … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 11: City Life
Our bones and joints reverberated as a result of the rugged roads of the Deosai National Park, but as a releif, we were back cycling along the asphalt comfort of the Karamoram Highway, but only for a short time. We were making our way south, further from the relative safety of Gilgit-Baltistan, and ever closer … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 10: The Final Leg of the Karakoram Highway & The Fairy Meadows
During the 18 month’s leading to our departure date, with the exception of an occasional pizza base, I had almost eradicated bread and other flour based products from my diet. Throughout many central Asian countries, bread in some form is often the staple of the local diet. The glazed flat bread of Kyrgyzstan was often … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 6: Homage to The Naan Man & Rama Valley
The trek to Rakaposhi Base Camp was the perfect break from the cycle tour and enabled me to experience more of the natural beauty that Pakistan has to offer, the only regret was that Jacob couldn’t join the adventure, although he was having a Pakistani adventure of his own in Islamabad. The 14 hour taxi … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 5: Reunited & The Road to Astore