Photographer Dr Anand Narvekar finds his paradise on a road less taken
I can feel the pain slowly creep up my back. In the next few hours, these roads will ascend from 500m to 4,655m, with temperatures fluctuating anywhere between 35° C and –10°C. But that is the least of my concerns for now.
MY ROAD TRIP STARTED IN DUSHANBE and will end in Tashkent, covering over 3,500km. On my journey so far, I have come across people from different corners of the globe, who share the same dream as I do. We are all here to experience the gorgeous Pamir Highway, part of the historic Silk Road, a trade route that has been at the heart of cultural interaction for many centuries. The path weaves its way through the gorgeous Pamir mountains and connects countries such as Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
As a photographer, I often wander off-track in search of frame-worthy locations. I am often invited into restaurants, cafés and homes. People with limited resources open their hearts and homes to a lot of travellers like me. As I sit down in a dastarkhan (a dining set-up with low tables and seating), I am overwhelmed at the hospitality being showered upon me. It’s a dream come true to share a meal sitting by the Panj River overlooking an amazing landscape in Afghanistan. In a world where much seems wrong and lost, I am glad to have experienced this little-explored part of the world. My Bollywood connection and my Indian roots have become my ticket to this paradise.