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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.
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.
This set of abandoned iron pipes must have endured quite a few rains. The rust covered them completely and caused them to glow a golden red color in the light of the setting sun.
Discovered somewhere in F-9 park, Islamabad.
A Blue-and-yellow macaw smiles wickedly at the biggest bird park in Pakistan.
Lakeview Bird Park is located next to Rawal Lake on the outskirts of Islamabad and is home to numerous species of birds.
Shot this in F-9 park recently. F-9 is a whole sector in the middle of Islamabad, set aside as park.
The park contains a number of attractions and is an excellent recreational place where one can witness amazing sunsets.
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.
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.
Shot on a cloudy winter night, this photo shows the beauty of Islamabad and the adjoining Margalla Hills.
My friends and I waited in the cold at this spot to capture the light trails left by cars coming up the hills and returning after enjoying a hilltop dinner with an amazing view.
Rawal Lake is one of the best places to witness an Islamabad sunrise. This shot was taken there on a cold winter morning.
The floating pier was barely a foot across and the I got within inches of it to shoot this.
Margalla Hills border the city of Islamabad on it’s northern side and offer beautiful views at sunrise and sunset. They can be reached with a few minutes drive from most areas of the city and have some amazing hiking tracks.
This shot was taken on October 12th, 2012, from hiking trail No.5.