Friday, July 19, 2013

S2L77: Pakistan's Swat Valley

Swat Valley, Pakistan
March 20-21, 1977

Morning hike up the mountain behind the hotel.
Evening dinner and costume party.
Spent the day napping on a blanket in the yard.
Source: Personal travel notes.

From 1977 03 17 Pakistan

More after the jump.



As Kashmir is known as Heaven on Earth because of its natural beauty, Swat is known as Paradise on Earth. Its history is long. Alexander the Great came through here in 327 BCE. So, too, did Queen Elizabeth, who vacationed here with Prince Phillip in 1962. Osama bin Laden was here too, hiding out in 2002-2003 after being driven from Afghanistan by American military forces.

For me, the Swat Valley is remembered as a scenic, restful break from travel, a place to hike in the hills, nap in afternoon sun, and party like I had never heard of the Taliban (which I hadn't). More on that subject in the next installment of this travelogue.)

From 1977 03 17 Pakistan

From 1977 03 17 Pakistan

From 1977 03 17 Pakistan

From 1977 03 17 Pakistan

Internet community, I need your help. Exactly where were these photos taken? Which city? Better yet, your best determination of the GPS coordinates for the hilltop photos. My personal notes don't pin it down. Try as I might, I can't match the scenes using, say, Google Earth. You can see my best guess (possibly poor) by clicking on the photo and looking at the accompanying map.

One of a continuing series.
Start: Around the World in 800 Days
Previous: Lahore, Pakistan
Next: Partying Among the Taliban

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