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Savoring Southern Pakistan: A Portfolio

By Vassi Koutsaftis | March 15, 2022

Boys in the courtyard of Abbasi Mosque in Pakistan

Renowned GeoEx trip leader Vassi Koutsaftis recently led a 20-day Pakistan group tour, Southern Pakistan: Confluence of Civilizations, through the Indus River Valley from Islamabad to Karachi, with an extension to Peshawar and the Swat Valley. Among the highlights of this Pakistan group trip were visits to extraordinary mosques, monuments, and monasteries, and encounters with a rich and illuminating mixture of people. Vassi always takes outstanding photos when he travels, and we’re thrilled to present this portfolio that offers transporting glimpses into the heart and highlights of Southern Pakistan.

Courtyard and exterior of the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan

The beautiful 17th-century Badshahi Mosque is one of the most popular Sunni mosques in Lahore, the capital of Punjab province.

Rooftop restaurant with mosque views in Lahore, Pakistan

This atmospheric rooftop restaurant in Lahore offers spectacular views of the Badshahi Mosque; the scene at night is especially transporting.

Festivities at the Attari-Wagah border ceremony between India and Pakistan

At the Attari-Wagah border between India and Pakistan, patriotism runs very high on both sides as people gather to admire their troops and vow fidelity to their flags.

Uch Sharif complex of 14th-century Sufi shrines, Pakistan

The Uch Sharif complex of 14th-century Sufi shrines is breathtaking and astonishing.

Women in the Hindu village of Marwari Got, Pakistan

Our driver told us about a small Hindu village called Marwari Got, in the Cholistan Desert, and we spontaneously decided to visit it. This turned out to be fascinating; while all the houses were made of mud as in the other villages in the desert, here the streets were lively with women dressed in colorful saris and with numerous bracelets on their arms.  

Garhi Khuda Bux, the mausoleum for Pakistan's Bhutto family

Garhi Khuda Bux is the mausoleum for the Bhutto family, one of the most powerful political families in the country. Many Pakistanis visit daily to pay their respects.

Overloaded cargo trucks are a popular sight in Pakistan

Overloaded trucks and tractors are a common sight on the highway. They’re so renowned that they make a popular stop for tourists!

Snake charmer near Makli Hills, Pakistan

As in India, snake charmers can be found in southern Pakistan! Visitors at the Makli Hills on the way to Karachi may have an intriguing encounter.

Pomegranate juice vendor in Peshawar, Pakistan

A salesman in Peshawar sells freshly squeezed pomegranate juice; the treat is delicious and also has beneficial medicinal properties.

Derawar Fort in the Cholistan Desert

The Derawar Fort in the Cholistan desert is an imposing and strikingly beautiful 9th-century construction made of mud-bricks.

Sufi pilgrims gather at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Shrine in Sehwan, Pakistan

Sufi pilgrims gather at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Shrine in Sehwan.

Drive poses with his colorful jingle truck in Pakistan

A truck driver on the highway to Karachi poses with his overloaded truck!

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Feeling inspired to create your own Pakistan portfolio? To learn more about our small group tours to Pakistan—and capture your own insightful images—contact our travel specialists at 888-570-7108.

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Linda
Linda
3 months ago

Amazing images!

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