I have not travelled to many places. Those I have been I have selected some of my favourite views. I am sharing this on my Blog for others to see and get inspired to see some of these memorable views.
Nameless Tower (Trango Tower 6239m) top picture and right and Left the Great Trango Tower 6286m lies within the Trango Group of Tower.
The Trango Towers are a group of granite towers. These towers comprise of some massive cliffs located North of Baltoro Glacier in Karakoram Mountain range. During my trip to K2 in 1979, as a Liaison Officer with Reinhold Messner I had the opportunity to see it for the first time. It offers a breathtaking view of all the Towers from the Baltoro Glacier. The shape of Trango towers is cause of obsession within the climber community. There are dozen of routes up on all the towers.
The Trango Tower Peaks lie NW of the Nameless Tower. The group of peaks perhaps offers a magnificent view and offers the toughest challenge to the climbers. The Great Trango Tower it is highest in the group with a height of 6286m. I love the angles and shape as well as the colour of rock face. I have knife painted this mountain and is available for the viewers to see in MY PAINTING picture posted also above
Baltoro Glacier is interspersed with some very high peaks. I rate Gasherbrum 4 as one of my favourite. It lies at the confluence of Baltoro and Godwin Austin Glacier near Concordia. It is the 17th highest mountain on Earth and 6th highest in Pakistan with the height of 7925m. It lies as part of Gasherbrum Group of mountains. Italian Climbers Walter Bonatti and Carlo Mauri. The best view is at sunset as shown in the picture above.
Passu on the Karakoram Highway
The view is seen from the Road Sust – Gulmit. Passu is a small village on the Karakoram Highway (KKH) approximately 15 kilometres from Gulmit and 150 km northwards from Gilgit. One cannot but stop to capture the view on camera.
This picture has been taken by me in winter of 1999 when I was commanding the Siachen Brigade. I first heard the name of Shyok River in 1977 when a class fellow of mine named his son ‘Shyok’. I am sure he did not know then what Shyok River meant when translated in the local dialect. Yes! it literally means “The River of Death”. He still does not know as he lives in Germany and we have not met in a long time. It originates from Rimo Glacier and joins the mighty Indus near the place called Keris, a small village east of Skardu.
The Tower in the picture has been named after me in 2000 and is called Tahir Tower. The picture has been taken by Jimmy Chin. A team of 4 climbers made the first ascent and as it was a virgin peak I was honoured by the team member Steph Davis by naming it after me. The other three members were Jimmy Chin, Dave Anderson and Brady Robinson. The tower stands above a small village called Karmanding in Siala Sector of Siachen.
In 1979 I accompanied an Italian K2 Expedition led by Reinhold Messner. I was also his LO in 1978 when he attempted Nanga Parbat solo successfully. The view has been taken from Concordia. This is a magnificent view where the whole K2 detached stands out. This is a view, which mountain lovers cherish to see. Plan to go to K2 and in one ticket to K2 you will see the most beautiful mountains in the world these include Paiyu, Uli Biaho, Trango Group of Towers also called the Cathedrals, Masherbrum, Chogolisa, Mitre, Gasherbrum Group of mountains, Broad Peak and over 20 peaks around an area of 20 Square km over 7000m. Come to Pakistan and enjoy.
Terracotta Warriors – Xian CHINA
In 1974 a group of 4 peasants while digging a well uncovered the tomb. During my trip to Xian I met one of the 4 peasants. One of them has died a few years ago. These artifacts belonged to the first emperor of China (246 BC). Life size terracotta figures of warriors and horses arranged in battle formations are the star attraction of the museum. The museum covers an area of 16300 square meters, divided in three Pits. Considered the greatest find of the 20th Century.
POTALA PALACE – Lhasa Tibet- China
The palace is 13 storeys high with 1000 rooms, 10,000 shrines, and about 200,000 statues. It is 117 metres high. The external structure took three years to complete, while the interior furnishings took 45 years to complete. The Dalai Lama moved in the White Palace in 1649. The construction lasted until 1694 some twelve years after his death. The Red Palace was added between 1690 and 1694. I visited the Palace in 2014. A must see place.
THE HUASHAN MOUNTAIN – Shaanxi Province
The mountain is located 125 kilometers from the City of Xian. During my visit to Xian in May 2014, I combined my trip along with the visit to the Terracotta Museum in Xian. The mountain has 5 Peaks each has a distinctive charm. I visited the West (Lotus Flower Peak) and North Peak (The cloud Terrace Peak). There are several Taoist Temples where many emperors took part in Taoist activities and sacrificed to the God of Mountain. Huashan Moutain is one of the 5 sacred mountains of China. There are scores of scenic spots. Cable cars are also available to West and North Peaks. The two-hour walk takes from West to North Peak.
THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA
A well-known place, and greatest sight in the world. My first visit was in 2004. The total length of Wall is 21,196.18 km. The wall is more than 2300 years old.
THE GOMAL ZAM DAM- South Waziristan PAKISTAN
Gomal Dam is an RCC gravity dam with a height of 437 feet. The dam site was first envisaged by four British officers of Royal Corps of Engineers in 1898. The dam construction was approved in 1963 by President Ayub Khan. The construction stopped on the outbreak of 1965 India-Pakistan War. in 2001 General Pervez Musharraf ordered its construction. The ground-breaking was held on 14 Aug 2001. While I was commanding a Division in Wana South Waziristan I visited the site in 2003. The dam located on a very narrow gorge. Present excellent view.
DURBAR MAHAL – Bahawalpur.
Darbar Mahal is a historic fort located in the Pakistani city of Bahawalpur; this city is deeply rooted in Asian history and is considered to be one of the most important trade and cultural centers in local history. The Mahal(Palace) itself is now with Pakistan Army, but its grounds are a popular tourist attraction; since they provide proximity and excellent view of the architecture that resembles that of the ancient Mughal Forts, and is on par with the typical fusion of East Indian and Arabic architectural techniques that were prevalent in the subcontinent during the 1800s. The Mahal was commissioned in 1904 by Nawab Bahal Khan. The Mahal was dedicated to one of the wives of Nawab. The construction was completed in 1905. This grand structure was my Headquarters when I commanded the Bahawalpur Infantry Division from 2001 to 2002. The Army has maintained Darbar Mahal in matchless condition.
To travel by Tibet-Lhasa Train remained a dream for me. In 2014 my wish came true and I travelled by this train from Xining to Lhasa, a journey of 24 hours covering a distance of over 1900 km. The length of the railway is 1,956 km (1,215 mi). Construction of the 815 km (506 mi) section between Xining and Golmud was completed by 1984. The 1,142 km (710 mi) section between Golmud and Lhasa was inaugurated on July 1, 2006. Passenger trains run from Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xining, and Lanzhou. To enjoy the virtual introduction to the train you should click this link — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvkNKfyTdhE
Darawar Fort – Bahawalpur
Derawar Fort is a large square fortress in Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan. The forty bastions of Derawar are visible for many miles in the Cholistan Desert. The walls have a circumference of 1500 metres and stand up to thirty metres high. The fort was built by Hindu Rajput, Bhati of Jaisalmer. It remained in the hands of the Rajput Bhati royal family of Jaisalmer until captured by the Nawabs of Bahawalpur in 1733. In 1747, the fort slipped from the hands of the Abbasis owing to Bahawal Khan’s preoccupations at Shikarpur. Nawab Mubarak Khan took the stronghold back in 1804.
The historic Derawar Fort, the enormous and impressive structure in the heart of Cholistan. As you drive from the desert and approach the fort the bastions and the unique design of the fort catches your eye and one is overawed by its magnificence.