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Tanzania: is Zanzibar an urban idyll?

Zanzibar is hot and sticky. It is the prelude to the long rains. In the evenings, I find myself looking to escape the stuffiness of my hotel room. Within a short walk, past the madrasa, are the Forodhani Gardens, a … Continue reading

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Sustainable Tourism: The Real Thing

I’m in a flyblown Central Asian mountainside café, looking at the flourishing beehives on the incline opposite and listening to the furious roar of the ice-fed river swirling and gushing outside. Neatly lined up on the café’s glass shelves are … Continue reading

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Travel to the coastal town of Asilah

While such scenes have glamorous shine Asilah’s reputation as a stylish entertainment center for the elite of North Africa, not long ago this ancient fortified port suffered from social obscurity and tourism. In the 70s, mentioned only in passing, but … Continue reading

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The Natural beauty of the heaven

Like other valleys of Gilgit- Baltistan the Gojal valley in Upper Hunza is host to a number of historical monuments found in its villages. Gulmit, the main town, is dotted with wooden mosques, maktabs (religious schools) shrines and forts. Among … Continue reading

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Lonely Planet Afghanistan

BY NICK HORNE Few places in the world today seem like less inviting tourist destinations than Afghanistan. Yet some NGOs are trying to lure adventurers and backpackers to the war-torn country as one possible way to stimulate local economic development. … Continue reading

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Tajikistan: The Golden Journey

By Caroline Eden Apart from the unfazed diplomat fast asleep in the seat next to me, all the other passengers on board the tiny Antonov An-28 aeroplane were very much awake. After a screaming take-off we were in the air, … Continue reading

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TraveL: Hunza Valley Northern Areas Gilgit-Baltistan pakistan

The Hunza Valley is a mountainous valley in Gilgit in the Gilgit-Baltistan autonomous region, an area under the control of the government of Pakistan. The Hunza valley is situated to the north of the Hunza River, at an elevation of … Continue reading

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Sardinia’s hidden heart

In the summer of 1958, the story goes, a luxury yacht was caught out by a storm off the northeastern coast of Sardinia. On board was the 21-year-old Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, descendant of Mohammed, multi­millionaire and spiritual leader … Continue reading

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The hikers on top of Mt Elgon

To Ms Jiwa however, the strides forward that Uganda has made since the perilous days of Idi Amin alone strike a chord in her heart, leaving her to wish that other members of can make the journey back to the … Continue reading

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A Journey through Karimabad – The capital of Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan – Where People Live in Harmony !

Karimabad is the capital of Hunza in Gilgit-Baltistan (efforts by: khalilshah’s photostream) Karimabad (Urdu: كريم آباد) is the capital of Hunza in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. Karimabad is also known as Baltit. It is named after Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual … Continue reading

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Pamir Mountains, the Crossroads of History

Article By: ANDY ISAACSON, a writer and photographer, last appeared in the Travel section with a cover story about a train trip across the United States. BY 9 in the morning, the bazaar on a rocky island in the Panj … Continue reading

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2009 Aga Khan Foundation Canada Tour

Date  07 Dec 09 2009 Speaker(s) Khalil Z. Shariff, CEO and Director of Public Affairs Invitees OUS members and guests, and LSE alumni Venue 199 Sussex Drive – entrance on Boteler Street OUS Ottawa, in collaboration with London School of … Continue reading

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Travel Article: Cholistan Desert

by Mairas Cholistan Desert is situated 30 km from Bahawalpur City. It is spread over an area of 16,000 square kilometers. Its history can be traced back to 1200 BC. The Hakra Valley in Cholistan has 300 sites of Indus … Continue reading

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IIS Scholar Investigates Perceptions of Youth in Northern Pakistan

Dr Najam Abbas recently investigated Pakistani youth’s contribution to social transformation in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. During his month long fieldwork, Dr Abbas used questionnaires and focus groups to ask young people a series of questions, including whether they … Continue reading

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The most peaceful place in Kabul

Kabul is a chaotic capital, but at the heart of the city is a rebuilt garden where noise and guns don’t permeate. World Radio Switzerland reporter Alex Helmick takes a walk through maybe the most peaceful place in Kabul. Ajmal Maiwandi … Continue reading

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BBC: Al-Azhar Park, Cairo

Located in the heart of old Cairo, Al-Azhar Park offers stunning views over the city. The lush green landscaped gardens, lakes and fountains are a welcome break from the heat and dust of central Cairo.  Al-Azhar is a gift from … Continue reading

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AKDN: Afghanistan Prepare for Tourism Development

The site of the Bamiyan Buddhas in the Bamiyan Valley The Bamiyan Valley is nestled among green fields, ochre cliffs, and eroded geological wonders in Afghanistan’s central highlands. In recent history, it is best-known for the Taliban’s destruction of the … Continue reading

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