Genuinely Useful
Genuinely Useful
Jan 10, 2019
Journey to Pakistan's Shandur Polo Festival with Fergal Nolan
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Fergal recounts his epic journey to Pakistan’s Shandur Polo Festival at the world’s highest elevation Polo grounds. Along the 1500 mile route, he rode his trusty Suzuki GS150 motorcycle (nicknamed Bucephalus), met a Sufi mystic, and slept through an army shootout with Afghan Taliban goat rustlers.

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Plot a Route: See the 1500 mile route: The Road To Shandur Top


The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries by W.Y. Evans Wentz (Author)


Leaving Islamabad and the Karakoram Highway


Karakoram Highway




Kaghan Valley


Babusar Pass


19 pulled off buses, shot dead in sectarian hit


“A life is not measured by quantity, but by its quality,” says Hubert Wischnewski as he reminisces about his son Joel, who died while trying to climb the feared Nanga Parbat over two years ago


Nanga Parbat: 'Taliban mastermind' held over climber murders


The Princely States ('Little Tibet'),_Gilgit-Baltistan


Shandur Polo Festival


Major Geoffrey Langlands, 94, leaves his post in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province after 60 years (As of January 2019, Geoffrey Langlands is 101 and enjoying his well-earned retirement in Lahore)


Amongst the Kalashi


Kalash - Descendants of Alexander the Great Living in an Unstable Muslim Country


Afghan bandits snatch more goats in Chitral


Five suspected militants killed in Chitral's Kalash valley


Bucephalus (After whom, the trusty Suzuki GS150 was named)


Jordi Magraner, 35, the famous Spanish zoologist and cryptozoologist conducting field research for 12 years has been found assassinated in Pakistan


Militants set conditions for Greek engineer`s release


Coming full circle


Recommended reading and viewing


Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle, Dervla Murphy


Pakistan: A Hard Country, Anatol Lieven


The Man Who Would be King, Rudyard Kipling


Himalaya with Michael Palin, Episode 1: North by Northwest. BBC (2004)






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