THE GOLDEN INDUS EXPEDITION 2020
UNDISCOVERED PAKISTAN. The Golden Indus
Pakistan is one of the least explored countries on earth, with the mighty Indus River at its heart. We’ll follow it from its mouth at Karachi 1000 miles north to Lahore, passing through regions that have seen very few western visitors since Partition. Pakistan expert and Central Asian explorer Michael Prato will lead the expedition along the golden Indus - the cradle of one of the earliest human civilizations. Along the way we'll visit teeming and sophisticated cities, vibrant bazaars and glorious desert shrines.
Pakistan is a truly undiscovered destination which offers visitors a fascinating glimpse into the heart of the sub-continent. Our expedition has been devised to provide deeper insights into Pakistan’s history, culture, politics and contemporary issues from Karachi street politics to mystic sufis.
Tour Leader Michael Prato
Michael Prato is an expert in Oriental rugs and handicrafts with decades of experience exploring Central Asia and the Indian sub-continent. Born in London in 1953, he first journeyed to Central Asia on the Overland Trail in 1975, where he discovered an abiding interest in the arts, culture, religion, and politics of the region. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Michael lived for two years in Tashkent, an ancient capital of the Silk Road.
Since the 1990’s he has been the proprietor of Afghan Interiors, a Sydney-based importer and high street retailer of rugs and Oriental antiques, making regular sourcing trips from Turkey and the Caucasus across Iran, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. He splits his time between Sicily, Sydney, and Peshawar on the Pakistan/Afghan frontier.
Michael is a founder and board member of Frontier Development and Support, a charity promoting progress in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas, and a graduate of Sydney University, where he studied Political Economy and Modern Languages.
Expert Guide John Zubrzycki
John Zubrzycki is a Sydney-based author, journalist, and researcher, specialising in international affairs. John is an accomplished foreign correspondent having spent years in New Delhi covering South Asia for The Australian, The South China Morning Post, and The Christian Science Monitor.
John is a former deputy foreign editor of the Australian newspaper and has also worked as an Australian diplomat, a radio broadcaster, and an academic. He is the best-selling author of The Last Nizam: An Indian Prince in the Australian Outback (2006 Pan Macmillan) and The Mysterious Mr Jacob: Diamond Merchant, Magician, and Spy (Random House).
In 2018 he penned his third book ‘Indian Magic’ investigating the historical links between Indian and Western stage magicians.