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Pakistani Woman Takes Solo Ride of a Lifetime

Pakistani Woman Takes Solo Ride of a Lifetime

Cross-country road trips seem to be the quintessential rite of passage for many young people — marking the transitional period between teenage years and real-life adulthood. 

However, when you're a young woman embarking on such a journey in one of the most dangerous parts of your country, the trip quickly morphs into a courageous act.

A native of capital city Lahore in Pakistan, 20-year-old Zenith Irfan made a landmark solo trek across the Kashmir belt to honor her late father who "wanted to travel the world on a bike."

Irfan chronicled her journey on her personal photo blog, called, "Zenith Irfan: 1 Girl 2 Wheels."

On her Facebook page, she describes herself as a "20 year old Capricorn, set on an epic journey on a Honda 125 motorcycle amongst the terrains of Pakistan with nothin but her free-hearted soul."

Through her travels, she hopes to demolish gender stereotypes and encourage other young women to live out their dreams. Check out more photos from Zenith's trip below.

 

- I met this tribe en route to Sharda, Kashmir. On conversing with the women, I discovered that they were from Jhelum who had come to Kashmir on foot to graze their cattle. On asking them as to where they were headed, the woman replied casually saying she was going to Deosai Plains. I was left astounded by her reply. These women contain immense strength and their children hold even more. They are far from the apprehensive and tense air of city life living in profound harmony, surrendering their lifestyle to mother nature itself. This picture was captured during my brief stay in their homemade tent. Kashmiri Jewelry comprising of a bead knitted necklace and cotton embroidered cap are Kashmir's popular ornaments. #KashmirTrip #1Girl2Wheels #Bikergirl #femalerider #girlscanride #motorcycleadventures #MotorcycleDiaries #Kashmir #northernpakistan #irongirl #nature #Kashmirigirls #tribes #nomads #nomadiclife #simplelife #tents #culture #traditional #traditionaljewellery #womenonbikes #aderalinejunkie #adventure #Pakistan #beautifulpakistan #instabikes #bikeaddict #bikerspassion #bikelife #bikelove

A photo posted by Zenith Irfan (@zenu_zenith) on


 

- Let's talk about India. When you visit Neelam Valley, you can distinctively view India-occupied Kashmir. The two political bounded countries are naturally divided by the raging Neelam River. Everyone who has ever visited Neelam has experienced the curious emotion of "wanting to know more" about the India side. During my brief stay in the star lit hit station, I noticed how travel fanatics couldn't stop mentioning how beautiful the India side looked. This saddened me to know despite, travelling 700 kms and more, people from various cosmopolitan cities failed to absorb what Pakistan had to provide to them. This picture was taken at Neelam Valley, Azad Kashmir on a Wednesday morning. #KashmirTrip #1Girl2Wheels #Bikergirl #femalerider #girlscanride #motorcycleadventures #MotorcycleDiaries #Kashmir #northernpakistan #irongirl #nature #cloudporn #clouds #scenery #beautifulpak #landscape #instanature #earthporn #trees #pine #womenonbikes #instabikes #aderalinejunkie #motorcycle #motovlog #landscape_lovers #nature_obsession #view #mountains

A photo posted by Zenith Irfan (@zenu_zenith) on


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