[PICTURES] Meet the man who traveled to all the landmarks printed on Pakistani currency notes in 4 years!
He set out to explore all the locations in 4 years.
Cloud Solution Architect, Emaad Paracha, has recently set a backpacking trend that is driving people crazy. The travel enthusiast went on a journey across Pakistan’s provinces and visited all the landmarks printed on the Pakistani currency notes and coins. Emaad calls this tour his ‘Currency Project’.
While speaking to a media outlet, Emaad revealed the initial idea behind the Currency Project:
”It all started in 2015 when I went on a family trip to Mohenjodaro. I had always noticed the location printed at the back of our 20 rupee note. So when I got there, I asked the guide where the picture was taken initially”.
”I clicked a photo with an older crumpled note, not thinking much of it then, but to my surprise, it was received well on social media. I thought to myself, why not make this an excuse to travel around Pakistan, take more of these pictures, and learn more about our history?”, he said.
This is how Emaad’s journey to all the mesmerizing landmarks printed on the Pakistani currency began. He set out to explore all the locations in 4 years. Many monumental historical sites were on his list: Bab-e-Khyber (10 rupee note), Badshahi mosque Lahore (500 rupee note), Islamia College Peshawar (1000 rupee note), Faisal Mosque Islamabad (5000 rupee note) and more.
Talking about his journey, Emaad said:
”The last one, and by far the toughest of them all by a million miles, came last summer when I was finally able to go on a trek to K2’s base camp – something I had planned for three summers before it finally happened”.
”That was a once (and only once) in a lifetime trip. It was nearly a 2-week, 300-km trek, which involved sleeping on one of the world’s most massive glaciers at night, in minus degree weather, with rocks poking into your back. We used to walk 20-30 km in the sun for up to 12 hours a day but the only thing driving me was the picture”.
Overwhelmed with nostalgia, Emaad Paracha excitedly mentioned all the hurdles he had to face during the tour:
I remember that the K2 picture took a lot of time because clouds covered the view. We had to wait till sunset to take the picture. Because of the delay, we had to cross over from one glacier to another and walk on extremely slippery ice on the edge of deep crevasses – that too in pitch darkness – on our way back. We all held hands while walking in a line, using just our headlamps.
If you ever wondered what the locations printed on the back of your local currency notes and coins looked like in real life, worry no more. The 23-year-old Emaad has managed to picture it all down. Let’s see how many you can identify:
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