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For many climbers or mountain enthusiasts, the most fascinating 8000m peak tends to be Everest, maybe K2. For me, it's the stories and history of Nanga Parbat that most fascinate me. I've only ever seen this mountain from afar, so when I decided to take an extended road trip from Skardu, I figured out I could fit in a detour to different faces of this majestic peak. First up we headed to the village of Tarashing where we met our police escort (it's like getting a super friendly guide, but with a gun - nothing strange about it) and caught out first close up view of the Chongra ridge. Tarashing is a beautiful place in a beautiful valley. Coming from the barren Baltoro I started to think an approach to Nanga Parbat was more similar to an approach to a Nepali 8000m peak with lush landscapes and small villages along the way. #pakistan#nangaparbat#tarashing#climb#climbing#climbergoals#mountains#mountaineering#detour
: Man seen playing traditional musical instrument Rubab at a temple in Saidpur model village Islamabad.
Saidpur model village was named Saidpur after Sultan Said Khan son of Sultan Sarang Khan. During the rule of Mughal Emperor Babur Sultan Sarang Khan was the Lord of Pothohar region (from Jhelum to Attock).
Later Said Khan gifted this place to his daughter who was married to Mughal emperor Jahangir son of Mughal emperor Akbar. Jahangir’s biography, Tuzk-e-Jahangiri mentions him staying in Saidpur while he was on his way to Kabul. The village used to be a garden resort at that time.
A Hindu commander Raja Man Singh later converted Saidpur into a place of Hindu worship. He constructed small ponds and temples for the worship of Hindus. Those temples have been preserved to show the history and culture of Hindu civilization in the region.
Today Saidpur Village is one of the oldest villages of Pakistan. More than five hundred years old Saidpur Village is known for its heritage, history and folklore. These days the village is serving as one of the favorite picnic place in Islamabad for both local and foreign visitors. The village inclining on the slopes of Margalla Hills presents an attractive view in soft light of morning and evening.
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