A prime example of self determination.
Not exactly a holiday but I did spend a couple of weeks around Nowshera, it's no suprise that the Muslim calendar is six hundred years behind the Gregorian one.Any of you traveled to Pakistan on holiday?
I bused and hitched my way from Islamabad via Peshawar up over land up around the Swat Valley, finally ending up in Chitral. Everyone interested and very hospitable, spent a few night on peoples floors when stuck between lifts in villages which would now be considered prime Taliban country, not a problem.
It was no better or worse than other countries I have done the same in, they felt they were quite advanced when in reality they were not.
Their over riding concern, when in conversation was that they were better than India, cleaner, more modern in every-way better than India, obsessed with it. Close call however India for all its issues does not have the pervasive feel of Islam.