Join Ali and Dilshad Karim in their travels around the world
We were both born in Kisumu, Kenya, and after Ali completed his higher education in England at Loughborough University; we migrated to Ottawa, Canada; where our two boys, Imran and Zameer were born. After 9 years in Ottawa, and wanting a change from the cold climate in Ottawa, we decided to move to the other extreme :), and settled in hot hot Dallas, Texas, USA.
After our boys had grown up; Dilshad decide to start working at American Airlines; which allowed heavily discounted flights to most of the world. And so started our passion for traveling around the world.
We are now in their early 60's, and want to visit as much of the world as possible, before we can no longer do it. We like to visit places as Travelers vs as Tourists and experience places like locals by staying at small locally owned/operated bed and breakfasts as home-stays with locals. We also prefer to travel to places that are off the beaten path, less touristy and prefer unexplored places. Through this travelogue or Safarnama, we invite you to join us in our adventures across the globe, and enjoy. We would appreciate your feedback and invite you to contact us on this Travelog site for any information you may want on any of our trips. Also, you can visit Tripadvisor here which is where all our reviews of hotels we stayed at and attractions we visited are kept for other travelers to review beforehand.
Cities Visited (526)
This is the TripAdvisor Map of places we have visited. I write lots of TripAdvisor reviews and hence the use of tripadvisor map. We don't have travelogs of all the places on this map as have started writing Travelogs only recently. Please click "Our Trips" to access all our travelogs.
Countries Travelled (80/195 or 40%)
This is a Map representing the countries we have visited so far. So much more of the world to see and explore. Please click "Our Trips" to access all our travelogs.
Silk Road 17: Lenin Peak & Turpal kul (lake), Kyrgyzstan, Sept 2019 After a great few days exploring Osh , it was time to move on towards Tajikistan. So early the next morning, Erali arrived with his brothers Ahmadali and Sherali, who were going to be our driver and guide for the next 7 days…
Silk Road 16: More Osh, Kyrgyzstan; Sept 2019 After the wonderful experiences the previous day in Osh, the next day, we got up early to go to Sulaiman-Too, the sacred mountain in Osh city, for a hike, before it got too hot mid-day. This mountain was sacred because its five peaks and slopes contained numerous…
Silk Road 15: Osh, Kyrgyzstan; Sept 2019 We took the Air Manas flight from Bishkek to Osh; on a packed 737 (not the Max fortunately). The flight went over flat farmed lands, followed by the Ala Too mountains, and then back over flat farmlands. Some images from the flight A little about Osh. Osh is the…
Silk Road 14: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; Sept 2019 Since we had a wonderful trip in mid 2016 covering part of the Great Silk Road in Xinjiang, China and Gilgit-Baltistan, Northern Pakistan , we decided to continue checking out more Silk Road routes, this time in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan; the “stans” of the former Soviet Union….
In July 2019, we decide to take a week and check out the Algarve region of southern Portugal. This is a well-known tourist destination, that we had gone to about 30 yrs ago, and had little recollection of it, except for 2 things: We had driven from Lisbon to Algarve, and our destination was Faro….