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Top 7 places in Gilgit Baltistan

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Top 7 places in Gilgit Baltistan

Pakistan is one of the few countries with such a dynamic landscape; rivers, deserts, lakes, waterfalls, springs, glaciers we seem to have it all in great abundance and Gilgit Baltistan gives a bloom to tourism in Pakistan.Unveiling the charisma of Gilgit Baltistan, . The region is known to be surrounded by the highest and greatest number of mountains around the world; a land where the three extravagant mountains of the Himalaya, Karakoram and Hindu-Kush joint, the home to rare flora and fauna, beautiful valleys and the dazzling lakes, is Gilgit-Baltistan; yet another eye-catching region of Pakistan and a popular tourist destination. The amiable denizens, celestial landscapes and enthralling cascades make this province a favorite destination for tourists from all across the world. Moreover, the simplicity and harmony of the province is a treat for the mind and soul. This makes a spectacular contrast in the green fields and ruggedness on the mountains topped with white snow. According to the tourist preferences a list of top 7 places is composed; details are listed below:

Hunza Valley

Hunza Valley is about 3 hours’ drive from Gilgit. Hunza Valley is a mountainous valley in the Gilgit Baltistan province of Pakistan. Hunza Valley is at extreme north of Pakistan. Hunza valley is astonishing valley; it has many snow-packed mountains. This valley is consists of three regions i.e. Upper Hunza Gojal, Central Hunza and Lower Hunza. Hunza Valley has great attraction for tourists, tourists all over the world visit Hunza Valley whole year but best time to visit Hunza Valley is from May to October. When we talk about the temperature of Hunza Valley, in May max temp is 26°C while minimum is 15°C and in October max temp 10°C and minimum temp 0°C. Explore Altit & Baltit Fort.

Skardu Valley

In the extreme north of Pakistan, Skardu the central valley of Gilgit-Baltistan is an epitome of beauty, serenity and wilderness. Paths to some of the world’s highest mountains that includes K2, K3, and Gasherbrum; all are connected through this valley. These towering mountains attract thousands of climbers from all over the world each year; some have even lost their lives in efforts to summit these steep climbs. During the seven-hour journey, one is greeted with several streams, springs, and the hospitality of the local people. Some of the notable places of Skardu are off course its lakes Satpara and Kachura then the Shigar and Skardu Fort is the most famous places in all.

Khaplu Valley

Khaplu is the administrative capital of the Ghanche District of Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan. It is one of the historical and ancient towns from Gilgit. Khaplu is the gateway to Masherbrum Peak lying 103 km in east Skardu; it was the second-largest kingdom of Yabgo dynasty. It guarded the trade route to Ladakh along the Shyok River.  In Khaplu there are many historical places like the beautiful Chaqchan Mosque and many others. Khaplu is only approachable by road. Khaplu Valley is much popular in tourist from all over world because of its panoramic views and provides a facility for mountaineering and trekking.

Shiger Valley

One of the amazing wonders in Gilgit Baltistan, there lay a valley Shigar along with the Shigar River. It is about 170 km from Skardu. This is a great gateway to the Karakoram Mountains via Shigar. The town of Shigar is the largest settlement in valley, Shigar Fort, along  Amburik Mosque and Khilingrong Mosque. Khanqah e Muallah Shigar, Hashoo pi Bhag, Marapi Ranga. Ree masjid.K2 Basecamp, Astana of Syed Mir Yahya is some famous places of Shigar Valley. There are several villages in the valley. The valley is very fertile and rich in fruits apples, cherries, apricots, pears and walnut. The amazement of valley increased if one explores the mighty cold desert in the valley. The cold desert is one of its own kinds. The hanging clouds give the unforgettable experience of lifetime. Askole is the last station in the Shigar Valley, which is still far from the high mountains. The town is a popular site for tourists and trekkers and contains many historical buildings of architectural significance associated with the Noorbakhshi Sufi community.

Gupis Valley

About 70 miles in west Gilgit along with river is a valley popularly known as Gupis. Gupis Valley in Ghizer district is full of beautiful landscapes and breathtaking views. The turquoise water of river flowing along the road and surrounding fields and forests presents are very charming for tourists. A few kilometers from the valley of Gupis there lie a charming lake is Khalti Lake. It is famous for being habitat of trout fish. The lake is formed due to stretch of river near the village of Khalti. In summer the lakes turn into dark blue add more charm to scene. The lake usually freezes during winter one can easily walk on. There is beautiful restaurant near the Khalti Lake.

Astore Valley

Astore Valley is located in Astore District in the Pakistani region of Gilgit-Baltistan. The valley, linked up Nanga Parbat to the east, is about 120 km. The entrance of the valley is courtyard, located about 60 km southeast of Gilgit. Astore is a desired location for the trekker and provide a spell bounding views to the nature enthusiastic and photographers. The valley has more than 100 villages including Gudai, Shekong, Dass Kariam, Loas, Louze, Chilm, Bubin, Gorikot, Parisheng Eid Ghah, Fina, Bulen, Chongra, Tari Shing, Rattu, Kamri, and Minimerg. Rama Lake and pastures are the most famous tourist attraction in the region. The climate of the valley changes according to the season, it’s mild in summer and harsh in winters. Astore town is an excellent base for many of climbing, trekking and jeep riding activities. A broad area starting from the Nanga Parbat to Deosai and Kamri has enough of interest for tourists and adventure affector.

Nagar Valley

In the north of Pakistan lie an absolutely stunning district Nagar, previously known as Brushal, this place is a lakeside paradise. Nagar valley is situated at an elevation of 2,438m. Nagar Khas is the paramount of Nagar valley. Ghulmet, Minapin, BAR, Chaprote and Hopper Valleys are also admired tourist attractions in the Nagar region because of the spectacular scenery and bewildering views throughout the valley. It is situated at front of Hunza. Moreover Hooper is another most beautiful place in Nagar, a land of snow-clad mountains, but the sheer power of glaciers to carve out new landscapes makes them intricately gorgeous too. The valley is surrounded by Rakaposhi Mountain whereas the Diran Peak stands tall in Minapin.

Tourism in Gilgit Baltistan is growing day by day because of security and Tourist want to know the other side of Pakistan that is not portrait in news for sure. Pakistan is a safe and sound country like other in the world. Tourist wants to explore the beauties of the country. There is much worth seeing places to visit.

Ejaz hussain is managing Director of Pakistan tour and travel operating in Northern areas of pakistan offering honeymoon Packages from Pakistan in affordable rates with good quality services.

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