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Today we started on the Silk Road, the old trade route established in the 1st century BC between the East and West. We traveled through Taxila, a town Alexander the Great visited. Then we drove down the Karakoram Highway to Besham. The Karakoram Highway (KKH) isn't really a highway, more like a 1 1/2 lane road that in some places is just a dirt track. We saw large pyschidelic trucks and buses as the main transport. Walking around Besham and other small towns is a step backward in time: limited electricity, outdoor facilities, open irrigation along the walkways.
Colorful Pakistan trucks are a unique sight on the KKH. The doors are made of carved wood.
The locals use the water supply running through the town for everything since they don't have indoor plumbing.
Pakistan is a lot greener than we expected.