Travel and Places
Shah Yousaf Gardez was an 11th century saint who settled in Multan and is associated with many miraculous feats. It is said that he arrived riding a lion and using a live serpent as a whip. A pair of pigeons also followed him and came to nest at the place of his burial.
The shrine’s courtyard is filled with hundreds of pigeons that are said to be descended from that first pair. They often circle the beautiful blue mausoleum in unison and offer a spectacular sight to any visitors.
Multan is famously known as the City of Saints. Its rich history stretches back to over 2,000 years ago. It is said to be the place where Alexander the Great fought one of his last major battles and received an almost fatal wound. The city is filled with exquisite tombs, remnants of ancient temples and imposing mausoleums.
Shah Rukn-e-Alam was a 13th century sufi saint. Completed in the early 14th century, his mausoleum is the largest in Multan and is the city’s most iconic structure.
Built on top of an ancient mound, the site attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and tourists every year. The heritage, the crafts and the city’s friendly people make Multan a must see place. The summers and winters can be extreme so the best time to visit this area is probably autumn or late winter.
More fireworks from the 2014 TDCP Jeep Rally. The amazing display lit up Derawar Fort and the surrounding areas of Cholistan Desert.
Happened to get to the perfect spot to capture these bigger and better shells, just before the end.
Shot from the base of the Kalyan Minaret in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. The tower is covered with intricate designs, made even more amazing by the simple, sandy color.
The 12th century structure was the only one left intact, due to its beauty, after Genghis Khan’s conquest and destruction of Bukhara. It was later used to execute prisoners by throwing them from the top.
I like to call this shot Cidade de Ouro (City of Gold). Though the monument of a star and crescent moon has a silvery, metallic finish, the street lights turn it into the golden gates to the city of Islamabad.
The fisheye view gave it a different perspective and made it stand out.
The beautiful building of Uzbekistan’s Congress Center, located near the Amir Temur Square in Tashkent.
This shot taken from Uzbekistan Hotel.
A side view of the Shah Chandwali gate at Rohtas Fort.
I’m back from my Uzbekistan trip. Quite an amazing journey and I hope to write about it in more detail soon.
For now, I’d just like to share this closeup of these distinctive figurines that are sold all across the country. This was shot in Buxoro (Bukhara).
This amazing salt stalagmite is another one of the many natural wonders inside the Khewra salt mine.
Khewra salt mine is the world’s 2nd and Asia’s biggest salt mine, producing over 300,000 tonnes of salt a year.
The mine’s Crystal Valley, pictured here, is a tunnel in an area with crystalized white and pink salt that lights up beautifully under colored lights.
The salt deposits were discovered in 320 BC when Alexander the Great’s army was passing through this area and noticed that the horses were licking the rocks. These days, it is a popular tourist attraction and contains a spa, a mosque made from salt bricks and numerous caverns of all types.