Flight from Islamabad to Skardu is considered as one of the most exciting air journeys in the world.
Located in the North west of Pakistan is a beautiful valley in the Hindukush range of Mountains.It has always been a very important route for many invaders to south east Asia, Including Alexander the great Scythians, Mangol Changez Khan and numerous others.
To draw tourists to Malam Jabba, the biggest and most popular ski resort in the country, the Pakistan Army has organised a week-long Swat Snow Festival.
This year, the snow festival “Ski and Smile in Swat” will include other snow-related activities like paragliding and a competition for children for a wider appeal.
“The sole objective of the festival is to attract tourists for winter sports, revive tourism in Swat and boost incomes of people connected with tourism,” said Brig. Sajjad Ahmed, in a briefing for journalists.
Shangrila Resort at Skardu, Pakistan
Songs of the Saints, with love, from Pakistan - It was the first New York Sufi Music Festival, a free three-hour concert on Tuesday in Union Square, and it had music from the four provinces of Pakistan, including traditional faqirs who perform outside temples, Sufi rock and a kind of rapping from Baluchistan.
I just love how they describe Abida Parveen: “Ms. Parveen carried songs from serene, hovering introductions to virtuosic euphoria. Long, sustained notes suddenly broke into phrases that zigzagged up and down an octave or more; repeated refrains took on an insistent rasp and became springboards for elaborate leaps and arabesques; quick syllables turned into percussive exchanges with the band. Each song was a continual revelation, making the old poems fully alive.”