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travel, bus, transport, 4wd, russian, tajikistan, minibus, murghab, kara kul, pamir highway

I’ve mentioned the Pamir Highway before… it’s the major road through the High Pamirs in Tajikistan and its most important connection to Kyrgyzstan and the market city of Osh.

Just as with the Pan-American Highway though, the concept of “highway” is entirely relative here: there are stretches of the road where it’s just barely metaled, and it’s constantly subject to damage from melt water and land slides.

From Dushanbe our group traveled with two Russian-made minibuses and one jeep, all three all-mechanical (a driver needs to be able to do repairs in the middle of nowhere!) and all four-wheel drives – really needed when it’s steep, or when the road or a bridge turns out to have been replaced by just a river bed… Our very capable and friendly drivers also washed their vehicles every day, and the windows sometimes even in-between. We regularly switched places (but taking preferences into account) and I took this photo of what became my favorite bus on the Pamir Highway between Murghab and Kara Kul, because it so nicely illustrates what “highway” actually means here…

Taken on the Pamir Highway between Murghab and Kara Kul, Tajikistan 2009
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

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  • Hans Bax
    Hans Baxover 4 years ago

    Prachtig shot! Mooi detail! En dan die paar vegen, links bovenin…. WOW!
    Fijn weekend!

  • Dank voor het compliment! Normaal gesproken doe ik niet aan het fotograferen van de vervoersmiddelen als ik op reis ben, maar dit ging niet alleen maar over de auto.

    Vond die vegen ook grappig, alsof iemand even geprobeerd had hoeveel schoner de bovenkant was…

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • En ook dank voor de fave (zag het te laat).

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosover 4 years ago

    Dit is so ’n pragtige foto, baie goed gedoen !! Groete aan jou hier uit Afrika

  • Dank je voor de complimenten, en de fave, Sandra!

    Is het lekker warm daar bij jullie?

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • loiteke
    loitekeover 4 years ago

    What is it…

  • The mud-spattered front of a mini-bus! A headlight, a signal light, part of the grille, part of the bumper… and a lot of mud making it harder to recognize all that. ;) This car was washed clean and gleaming in the morning before we left.

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • loiteke
    loitekeover 4 years ago

    Yes, I was thinking that. But photo was showing something much more beautiful.

  • :)

    Ah, but a mud-spattered old bus can be beautiful!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • DavidsArt
    DavidsArtabout 2 years ago

    Now that I like, Well Done!

  • Thank you for the nice comment, David! :)

    – Marjolein Katsma

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