In the morning we left Lahore and drove down the M2 Motorway towards Islamabad. The M2 Motorway between Lahore and Islamabad is a 6 lane divided highway, about 400 km long.
After about 2 hours of driving we stopped at Kallar Kahar, a lake near the Motorway. This is a stop for migratory birds from Siberia and a popular tourist spot for Pakistani people. We saw lots of school students out for the day on paddle boats, riding on the Ferris wheel and on a furry white camel. We took a motorboat ride and stopped to photograph some birds.
We got back on the Motorway and reached Islamabad in the afternoon. After driving around on a sightseeing tour we stopped at the Faisal Mosque as the sun was setting.
Next we headed up a mountain just outside Islamabad to the hilltop Monal restaurant. There we enjoyed the magnificent view of Islamabad lights twinkling in the darkness 2,000 feet below us. We also enjoyed a great meal on the outside terrace overlooking the city.
Finally, we drove further up into the mountains to the hill station at Murree, elevation about 7,000 feet. We checked into the Maisonette Firhill, slurped down some chai and fell into bed.
Tomorrow we continue on to Jared to visit folks who are learning to make Persian carpets.
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