Salman Rashid

Travel writer, Fellow of Royal Geographical Society

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Fellow of Royal Geographical Society, Salman Rashid is author of nine travel books [The Apricot Road to Yarkand, Jhelum: City of the Vitasta, Sea Monsters and the Sun God: Travels in Pakistan, Salt Range and Potohar Plateau, Prisoner on a Bus: Travel Through Pakistan, Between Two Burrs on the Map: Travels in Northern Pakistan, Gujranwala: The Glory That Was, Riders on the Wind and Deosai: Land of the Giant  [all books are available at Sang e Meel (042-3722-0100), Lahore]. He is the only Pakistani to have seen the North Face of K-2 and trekked in the shadow of this great mountain. His work - explorations, history, travels - appears in almost all leading publications and on this blog. 

He has also written eight books of days. 

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At February 24, 2013 at 9:20 PM, Blogger Nayyar Julian said...

Salman Rashid, you have me as a reader from day one. Love your historic work.

 
At April 9, 2013 at 4:11 PM, Blogger ali raza said...

Hi, i see some of your program on Ptv in my childhood, Now i want to see these programs, can you upload these on Youtube.

 
At May 14, 2013 at 12:08 PM, OpenID manalkhan said...

Salman uncle, I only recently discovered your books and was an instant fan. It is so inspiring to know that there are people like you in this country, role models for young wanderers and storylovers and historyphiles, like me and my husband. Would love to meet you one day and maybe travel with you!

 
At May 14, 2013 at 12:59 PM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

Manal, Very nice of you. It will be my pleasure to meet with your and your good man - and perhaps travel together with you. My contact details at are the top of this page. Do email when you hit Lahore.

 
At May 18, 2013 at 2:54 PM, Anonymous Daaniyal said...

Sir, you blog is superb. I only wish that you were back on TV. The poverty of knowledge of history beyond the Nassem Hijazi type is something that has always saddended me.
I have all your books and am looking forward to the days when my boys will be going through the same books and developing a love for history and the ability to tell fact from fable. Although sometimes fables are just much fun to believe it.
Again, an avid reader and your blog is superb!

 
At May 18, 2013 at 3:44 PM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

Daaniyal, Thank you very much for this complimentary note. In a normal society when competition heightens, standards improve. In Pakistan unfortunately the plethora of TV channels has only sent the standard of everything on TV hurtling down the dark tube. Every channel in Pakistan proudly follows the inanities of Zee TV. My work is no longer in vogue on television.

 
At May 29, 2013 at 9:30 PM, Anonymous Syed Anwer Jawaid Hashmi said...

Since past two decades I have been reading travelogues of Salman Rashid saheb in Sunday DAWN, often The News on Sunday and in other newspapers. His services rendered for travel writing are highly appreciable and admirable[Free Lance and co editror.]

 
At May 29, 2013 at 9:37 PM, Anonymous Jawad Sherazi said...

SR is an asset, an enviable writer, a true person who has got a Persona of spectacular quality... My Compliments for dis wonderful page...

 
At May 29, 2013 at 10:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have not read much of Salman Rashid But I know for the fact that whatever he has written is true and to the best of my knowledge. I would like to convey my best wishes to this Raw ,hard working Historian, Well done Young man Well done. Haroon Rashid Deputy General Manager Interior Furnishing PIA cell 03008961506. Pl Mr.Salman Rashid Do get in touch. Regards

 
At June 17, 2013 at 9:52 AM, Anonymous Shoaib on FB said...

Dear sir, A gentle always remain gentle, still remembering you. Shoaib from Larkana

 
At June 20, 2013 at 3:30 AM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

Shoaib Umrani! Please send me your phone number. I'll be in Larkana in August.

 
At July 1, 2013 at 7:18 PM, Blogger Rags and Paper said...

Dear Mr. Rashid,

I've just discovered your blog and bibliography. I feel like I've been given a very nice present!

I'm especially intrigued by the railway photograph in your January 10, 2013 post. Can you place the location? I believe it may be the same as in a photograph taken by my uncle years ago.

Best greetings from Atlantic Canada,

Jeannette

 
At July 14, 2013 at 7:59 AM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

Hi Jeanette, Thank you for the appreciation, a welcome to this page and terribly sorry for the delayed response because of my travels. The image you mention is Attock Khurd Railway Station smack on the Indus River (you see the bridge in the background as well. This is the prettiest station in the entire country. there are others as well which you can see at various places on my blog.

 
At July 24, 2013 at 6:31 PM, Anonymous Muhammad Aslam said...

It is my 'jahalat' that I did not discover you earlier. I was so thrilled by your documentary that I posted your liknk to my university group and I copy it here:

"Salman Rashid

This is his blog. I have discovered him only recently. He is a travel writer and a documentary maker. By his own confession, he is inspired by OB, Obaidullah Baig, now dead- a bit senior to us, the ultimate 'Google' on Pakistan, the ultimate 'pure' Urdu-speaking, mild, mannered, compassionate, soft Obaidullah Baig who paired with Quraishpur on 'Kasauti'.

Was there a time in Pakistan when book reading was a minor persuit but at least considered noble? Ask Zafar Mehmood, his brother Ghazi Salahuddin too is the product of this 'hobby'- 'mujhe kitabain parhne ka shauq hai'.

http://odysseuslahori.blogspot.ca/

A gem on this site- a 13 part documentary series on Alexender's campaign in present day Pakistan. A year or two ago I posted a BBC documentary on Alexender.

Salman's documentary, of course must be on a budget in rupees, may be even less in number as the Pounds BBC may have spent. I compared episodes just before Alexender crossed Indus. At Rs 160 per Pound, there is no comparison. Then, Salman speaks Urdu and has local knowledge. He digresses, which enthralls me tremendously. For example, he dedicates an entire episode on Taxila on matters unrelated to Alexender. I know what he is trying to do. He is telling Pakistanis, without telling them, the history they need to know.

I am mesmerised."

I live in Halifax, Canada where I keep dreaming about Pakistan.

Aslam

 
At July 25, 2013 at 10:22 AM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

Aslam, I am gratified, grateful and, well, at a loss for words. But thank you very much.

 
At September 18, 2013 at 2:36 AM, Blogger Nathan Rabe said...

Salman sahib. What a great blog. I look forward to reading it all and ordering a book or two. I studied South Asian history years ago for my Masters and lived and studied in Lahore/Pindi/Islamabad in the late 80s. Love the country and its culture and history. Thank you for your dedication to the topic!

 
At September 18, 2013 at 10:09 AM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

Nathan Sahib. Thank you very much for all the kind words. I returned to Lahore in Dec 1988 after a decade in Karachi. Strange that we never met in those days. Must warn you that my books on Amazon are PROHIBITIVELY priced.

 
At November 6, 2013 at 10:15 PM, Anonymous Saleem Khan said...

Coming from Twitter, quickly navigating some pages here, now I know what is another Pakistan. And yes, it is good.

 
At November 10, 2013 at 8:22 AM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

Thank you, Saleem Khan.

 
At November 27, 2013 at 3:59 AM, Blogger syed akif said...

Good to have known you - though just barely; would have been much better to have accompanied you to some safer destinations. Wishing you well. Akif

 
At November 27, 2013 at 9:46 PM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

Akif, Old Friend! I still regret I never visited you in Qamrauddin Karez. Those were still good days to do it. But when you return, we should venture out on some safer, as you say, journey just for old times' sake.

 
At December 9, 2013 at 10:12 AM, Anonymous Kamran Awan said...

Aurel Stein of our times. Don't we have an TI/SI to be given ever in this field?

 
At December 9, 2013 at 10:41 AM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

You are very kind, Kamran.

 
At December 10, 2013 at 10:23 AM, Blogger THOKOO said...

Salman sahib, is not only a great historian of our time but also a magician of language. He describes his experiences with such freshness and power that you feel drunk and beaten up but still wanting to leave your own world and enter the one that Salman created. Anyone who lives to read gorgeous writing will want to lick this book and sleep with it between their legs.” I feel proud being part of your team.

 
At January 18, 2014 at 11:30 PM, OpenID syedamahamnayyer said...

'He is the only Pakistani to have seen the North Face of K-2 and trekked in the shadow of this great mountain'

My God! sir your awesome.Living a dream life.I wish I could hit the road too...someday.Thank you Twitter for giving me a chance to come across a true Silani. :)

 
At January 25, 2014 at 11:14 AM, Blogger Hammad Nasir said...

salman sb, great to come to know about this blog. how strange that we can contact each other so easily. these are the biggest advantages of this mechanical period of history. your books were the one of the first ones in my library, and now, as my library is reaching 40,000 mark, i still consider them as the worthiest ones. pl. spare some time to come and visit my humble home, and we discuss trekking and other things on a cup of tea!!

 
At February 8, 2014 at 1:43 PM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

Hammad Nasir, thank you very much. My phone number sits at the top of this page. Please call me and it will be entirely my pleasure to see your library.

 
At February 17, 2014 at 4:32 PM, Blogger Aziz Jamali said...

Dear Sir Salman,
While posted as Deputy Commissioner Sibi, I visited railroads of Balochistan especially the Bolan Pass, Harnai Track (Nari Gorge) and the Chappar Rift during 2013. Incidental though, I came across your writings whence few of my fellas pressed upon me to write about my travels to the aforesaid places. My job has become easy due to your immense effort as I don't find time and gift to write as vividly as you did.
Hence I've been directing many to have a recourse to your blogs on these subjects.
Available for any service Around
Regards
Aziz Ahmad Jamali
jamalidmg@gmail.com
Cell: 03035108030

 
At February 17, 2014 at 4:37 PM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

Jamali sahib, emailing you.

 
At March 21, 2014 at 9:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sir,
I am from across the border.....had been looking for authentic travel writing from Pakistan.....such a pleasure to have come across your work. Love it all. Rgds, Meher.

 
At March 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

Meher, Thank you very much. I am gratified to hear that you enjoy my work.

 
At April 10, 2014 at 12:48 AM, Blogger zaferauf said...

Long Live Pakistan that There are still Classical Writers like Salman Rashid,,,,,,May Allah bless you sir and we hope that you will keep writing such great books....!!

 
At May 30, 2014 at 7:44 PM, Anonymous Fiaz Khan said...

AoA Salman sb, I just forwarded you a link to "Reform of Pakistan Railways" group page on Facebook. Since you have an interest in PR I thought you would find it interesting.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/707571095968302/

Regards,

Fiaz Khan

 
At June 3, 2014 at 12:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salman sb, tusi waqyae great ho. Jio.

 
At June 3, 2014 at 1:58 PM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

Okay Anonymous, if you say so. Mun lehnday aaN.

 
At October 4, 2014 at 11:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Asslam-o-Alikum Sir ,

hope you will b fine .

I saw you when you came to Lyallpur Museum Faisalabad. Today by Searching I found your blog , It's So detailed. Really a great material for us .

 
At October 6, 2014 at 7:45 PM, Anonymous Nadira Naipaul said...

The best and the truest of all men in Pakistan. Vidia and I are honoured to be a part of your life my fearless great friend.

 
At October 7, 2014 at 7:56 AM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

Nadi, you and VS have always been so kind to me. I have no words to tell you how much I appreciate that. A long a blessed life to both of you.

 
At January 12, 2015 at 10:30 AM, Blogger Fookster said...

Sir, where, locally can we get your books from ?

Farrukh

 
At March 19, 2015 at 10:08 AM, Blogger Rehan Afzal said...

Salman Rashid is a National Treasure !

 
At March 19, 2015 at 6:13 PM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

You are very kind, Rehan.

 
At March 31, 2015 at 7:54 AM, Blogger Krish said...

Mr. Rashid, I am an America based Indian who recently stumbled across your blog and have started reading it with much enthusiasm. My father always spoke of educated Pakistani gentlemen of a bygone era, I believe he was talking about men such as yourself. I wish more of the younger generation of Pakistan looked up to those such as yourself to form a wider world view. Lest you think I am myopic, I have similar complaints of young men and women from India as well. I strongly believe in enjoying the shared culture and heritage of India and Pakistan. I only wish I will have a chance to see beautiful Pakistan in my lifetime. Thank you for painting an image so beautiful with your words.

 
At April 1, 2015 at 2:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

all your books are jems now really need of something in urdu

 
At April 1, 2015 at 9:50 AM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

Thank you, Krish. I sincerely hope you get to travel in our country. And I hope yo do it while I'm still around and when peace prevails all round. Maybe we can then sit down together and shoot the breeze. I am very grateful to you for you kind words.

 
At April 1, 2015 at 9:52 AM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

Anonymous, I have just finished translating The Apricot Road to Yarkand into Urdu. Giving it the fine tune now. But I fear the Urdu travel writing scene has so utterly been fouled that there might be no takers for a serious book like mine. However, if it clicks I intend to translate some more of my work. Grateful to you.

 
At April 3, 2015 at 9:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Writers like you make the world much much interesting and livable. Thanks.

 
At April 4, 2015 at 5:32 PM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

Dear Anonymous, readers like you pay my wages and make it all worthwhile. I am gratified.

 
At May 20, 2015 at 3:25 PM, Blogger Shahzad Qaiser Qaiser said...

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At June 18, 2015 at 10:34 AM, Blogger Spade said...

This is a very insightful article. Indeed water depletion is one of the main issues in Pakistan and that is not given enough attention. The dying mangrove and the delta are issues that need serious attention. Those who are losing land and sources of livelihood need to be compensated and rehabilitated . A cost benefit analysis of use of water upstream compared to use of water in the delta need to be carried out .
Water depletion has many aspects , starting form global warming, that predicts lessening inflows and the depleting ground water resources in Punjab where we share an Aquifer with Northern India , To Quetta valley where water is depleting at an alarming rate and in the near future it may result of inability of human population to reside in the valley and city . Thar has seen many deaths mainly of children due to depleting water sources although water is not the only culprit in this case .
We need to take up several initiatives : drip irrigation : water conversation ; dams on Ravi and Sutlej using the river bed to store flood water for recharge of aquifer ; rain water harvesting and storage in urban centers and in fragile environments like Quetta and Thar , even Lahore could be helped by rain water harvesting ; special rain water harvesting storages in Thar ; sprinkle irrigation ; water pricing to encourage economic use of water ; more storages but only after mitigating impacts on down stream users ; recycling waste water .
There is a flood control plan under work , kindly prepare a comprehensive plan focused upon water depletion, flood control and recharge of ground water aquifers and accord these projects priority , perhaps we can defer some large urban infrastructure projects and instead concentrate on water issues , the lifeline of our country and the economy .

 
At September 25, 2015 at 1:37 PM, Anonymous Ahmed Bajwa said...

Dear Salman Sb, Aoa. I just finished 4th time " Between Two Burrs On the Map" what a great job you did by rediscovering Asian Watersheds . I salute you.

 
At September 25, 2015 at 5:58 PM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

Thank you, Ahmed.

 
At October 14, 2015 at 1:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sr when the urdu version of the apricot road to yarkand coming you mentioned above in comments

 
At October 15, 2015 at 1:45 PM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

The Urdu version will be in the next couple of months.

 
At November 18, 2015 at 9:06 PM, Blogger Ali Gohar said...

If materialized, probably this might be my last visit to Pakistan (Peshawar), because of my terminal disease. Apart from taking care of my younger daughter's marriage set for Feb 12, 2016, if possible, I plan to fulfill my long cherished dream of visiting Derawar Fort near Bahawalpur around third or fourth week of Feb..
Would you recommend any book or article to complement my journey to Bahawalpur and probably Multan. Any tips regarding stay transport in the region would be welcome particularly to Derawar Fort.
As an aside, please give some detailed coverage to Gandhara region, especially Swat,Charsadda, and Swabi. Buner (the most underrated of all places) has a lot of secrets and stories to share in its myriad valleys and mountains.
My only regret is that I found your website only a week back.

Regards

Ali Gohar
Cambridge, ON, Canada

 
At November 20, 2015 at 10:04 AM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

There is no one book that can tell you anything substantive about either Multan or Bahawalpur. Some local "historians" have written books but they are not worth the paper the're printed on. Multan and Bahwalpur both have reasonable board/lodge and transport facilities. You can now rent cars with drivers without a problem.
I have a few short articles about sites in the Yusufzai Plain. Other than that I haven't done much in that area.

 
At January 16, 2016 at 3:18 PM, Blogger Bakhtiar Ali said...

Sir, have you ever visited " Tulaja " ruins near Naushera on some distance from the road from Khushab to Naushera. Search on google and you will be amazed by the sheer strangeness of location. Please let me know your view about this place. I have searched and visited this place but found no answer about its inhabitants. There are more site like this on small scale around this area.

 
At January 16, 2016 at 3:18 PM, Blogger Bakhtiar Ali said...

Sir, have you ever visited " Tulaja " ruins near Naushera on some distance from the road from Khushab to Naushera. Search on google and you will be amazed by the sheer strangeness of location. Please let me know your view about this place. I have searched and visited this place but found no answer about its inhabitants. There are more site like this on small scale around this area.

 
At January 19, 2016 at 1:08 AM, Blogger Arv Singh said...

Its heartening to see there are people like you, who are documenting the history of West Punjab. My family comes from the descendants of the builders of Qila Mihan Singh.

Looks like we have common interest in the history of the region. Love to invite you to my blog: http://malicethoughts.blogspot.com/

 
At January 21, 2016 at 12:08 PM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

Bakhtiar Ali, I have unfortunately never visited Taluja, tough it has been on the cards for quite some time now. Perhaps we could travel together in March.

 
At January 21, 2016 at 12:08 PM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

Grateful to you, Arv Singh.

 
At July 24, 2016 at 4:42 PM, Blogger Mushtaq said...

Sir, its exhilarating to know that you have your own blog and we can read your articles here with much ease. I am so happy that I found you. Sir, kindly let me know have you ever trekked 'Musa ka Musala', if you have, please share your experience. I want to trek it in upcoming summer.If you haven't trekked it accept my invitation, lets scale it together.

Regards

 
At August 1, 2016 at 2:50 PM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

Mushtaq, if you search Musa ka Musalla you can reach my piece on it on this blog. It is part of my book Prisoner on a Bus.

 
At September 8, 2016 at 10:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was a super fan of "nagri nagri ghoom musafir", used to wait for it more than anything else on PTV at that time. And then, time just went by, as "Travel guide of Pakistan" was there . And yesterday evening, stuck in a traffic jam, it just sparked out of fog...wow, how could I have forgotten the only person who discovered my favorite places in Salt range and presented it to everybody, the very person whose newspaper articles were a weekly treat. I am so glad to see your blog Sir, it made me happy.Keep writing. All the best to you. We are in your debt for all the hardwork and time you put into it.

 
At September 8, 2016 at 2:54 PM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

Thank you, Anonymous. Very glad to know you enjoy my work.

 
At March 10, 2017 at 7:23 PM, Anonymous Zia Khhan said...

A deep thank you for your efforts to capture and preserve the heritage that doesn't find ownership in our sad land of confused identities. It's a tough job to travel so much and I can only imagine the passion that has kept you going for so many years. Indeed your work can only be the result of such love for the history and our roots that is now losing focus.

I owe it to your blog for showing me the temples beyond the Mughal era mausoleums and one stop reference for their history and locations. It's always a pleasure to link when I write on my travel blog inspired from your efforts.

 
At March 11, 2017 at 5:51 AM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

Zia Khhan, I am thankful to you and very happy that my work has been of use to you.

 
At April 24, 2017 at 2:17 PM, Blogger Romana Brohi Shaikh said...

I am an ardent traveler myself... inside and outside Pakistan. The way yo record your experiences is amazing!

 
At April 24, 2017 at 2:58 PM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

Thank you very much, Romana. I'm much gratified to see you enjoy my work.

 

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My Books

Deosai: Land of the Gaint - New

The Apricot Road to Yarkand


Jhelum: City of the Vitasta

Sea Monsters and the Sun God: Travels in Pakistan

Salt Range and Potohar Plateau

Prisoner on a Bus: Travel Through Pakistan

Between Two Burrs on the Map: Travels in Northern Pakistan

Gujranwala: The Glory That Was

Riders on the Wind

Books at Sang-e-Meel

Books of Days