one day one of my good friend, Fida Ali, called me and asked me if I want to join them for a trip to Kashmir. I said I will think and then considering it as usual talk to be forgotten, I didnt respond. After two days he called again and ask what was my decision. I declined but he insisted and yet again I got time to think over it and then I made quite a few excuse to respond on his next call. As usual my excuses were of no use as he had made up his mind and I was already part of the trip. So it was decided and I agreed to join them in Abbotabad that early morning.
I do not like the trips till the time i get out of the room so I was excited already when I left from Lahore. It was 10pm and I started my journey from Lahore. I reached Abbotabad early morning and had a delicious breakfast at with Fida Ali. The third member of our trip,Mr Fasi ur rehman, was coming from Islamabad. He is very nice and funny guy perfect for such long trips.
We left at 9am and somewhere on the way after exiting Mansehra we stooped at a fruit shop and bought watermellon. It was so tasty and Fasi asked the guy if it was injection free because in cities when the fruit is tasty we doubt always it .
Then we stared the journey and at a view point in Gadi Habib Ullah we stopped for some photography. We witness the massive plantation under Billion Tree Tsunami (BTTP). It is really an amazing work been done by Imran Khan and team, specially in an area where there is abundance of tree and large extend of deforestation was going unnoticed. Imran Khan and team did exactly the opposite.
Then the journey started and our next stop was a point near Muzaffadabad. It was really an amazing view to see the snake shaped river engulfing the city. The Hydro power station and the zigzag road going up on the mountain was also multiplying the beauty of the city.It is small city relatively but the beauty is beyond expression.
We descended and entered the city. Contrary to our expectation Muzaffarabad is very low altitude and very hot city. We did our lunch at Royal Continental Hotel and had some rest before resuming our journey. To make sure we don’t face any issue in our upcoming remote and long journey we went to mechanic to do a check up for our vehicle.
Our next destination was Neelum Valley.
( To be continued)