Ahmed Sajjad Zaidi

Entrepreneur, trekker, and photographer based in Pakistan
Posts Tagged ‘islamabad’

Halo above Miranjani Top

Miranjani Peak (2,992 metres/9,816 ft) is the highest point in the Galiyat/Hazarajat/Murree region. This includes the Abbottabad and Rawalpindi districts, as well as the Islamabad federal area. Depending on fitness and weather conditions, it takes between 2 to 4 hours to reach the top from the holiday retreat of Nathia Gali.

Last Saturday was my third time climbing Miranjani. The three of us left Islamabad at about 6am. We reached the starting point of the trail at 8:30am and made it to the top within two and a half hours.

Miranjani Top halo

After reaching the top, we discovered a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains. Even the mighty Nanga Parbat was visible in the distance. Looking above, we found the sun surrounded by a ring. This halo is created by sunlight reflecting off of ice crystals in the atmosphere. Probably an indication of the upcoming hail storm. Nevertheless, it made an excellent subject to photograph.

Happy Independence Day

It is the 14th of August and Pakistan’s 67th anniversary today. Although it is supposed to be a day that celebrates our freedom, sadly it means being trapped inside the capital for the citizens of Islamabad. In fear of Imran Khan’s “Azadi March” (freedom march), the government has blocked all roads in and out of Islamabad and a number of public areas within the city are off-limits.

Islamabad 14 August fireworks

It hasn’t dampened people’s spirits however. They were still out on the roads, late into the night, playing music, doing tricks with their cars and dancing in front of their vehicles in the numerous traffic jams.

Official celebrations were restricted to the areas around the parliament and open only to the privileged few with invitations. These included a fly past of air force jets and helicopters, followed by this distant, but amazing display of fireworks.