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Pakistan is one of the few countries with such a dynamic landscape; rivers, deserts, lakes, waterfalls, springs, glaciers seem to have it all in great abundance and Gilgit Baltistan gives bloom to tourism in Pakistan. Unveiling the charisma of Gilgit Baltistan. We have listed places in Gilgit Baltistan you must visit.
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 are a treat for the mind and soul. This makes a spectacular contrast in the green fields and the ruggedness of the mountains topped with white snow.
According to the tourist preferences, a list of the top 7 places in Gilgit Baltistan is composed; details are listed below:
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 in the extreme north of Pakistan. Hunza valley is an 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 a great attraction for tourists.
Tourists all over the world visit Hunza Valley the whole year but the 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 the minimum is 15°C and in October max temp 10°C and minimum temp 0°C. Explore Altit & Baltit Fort.
In the extreme north of Pakistan, Skardu the central valley of Gilgit-Baltistan is the epitome of beauty, serenity, and wilderness. Paths to some of the world’s highest mountains that include 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 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 the 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 with tourists from all over the world because of its panoramic views and provides a facility for mountaineering and trekking.
One of the amazing Places 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 the valley, Shigar Fort, along with Amburik Mosque and Khilingrong Mosque. Khanqah e Muallah Shigar, Hashoo pi Bhag, Marapi Ranga. Ree masjid.K2 Basecamp, Astana of Syed Mir Yahya is a famous place in 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 the 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 a 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.
About 70 miles in west Gilgit along with the river is a valley popularly known as Gupis. Gupis Valley in the Ghizer district is full of beautiful landscapes and breathtaking views. The turquoise water of a river flowing along with 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 the habitat of trout fish. The lake is formed due to the stretch of the river near the village of Khalti. In summer the lakes turn into dark blue add more charm to the scene. The lake usually freezes during winter one can easily walk on. There is a beautiful restaurant near Khalti Lake.
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 a courtyard, located about 60 km southeast of Gilgit. Astore is a desired location for the trekker and provides spell-bounding views to nature enthusiasts and photographers.
The valley has more than 100 villages including:
Gudai, Shekong, Dass Karim, Loas, Louze, Chilm, Bubin, Gorikot, Parisheng Eid Shah, Fina, Bulen, Chongra, Tari Shing, Rattu, Kamri, and Mining.
Rama Lake and meadows 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 climbing, trekking, and jeep riding activities. A broad area starting from the Nanga Parbat to Deosai and Kamri has enough interest for tourists and adventure affector.
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 paramount to Nagar valley. Ghulmet, Minapin, Charlotte, and Hopper Valleys have also admired tourist attractions in the Nagar region because of the spectacular scenery and bewildering views throughout the valley.
It is situated in 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 others in the world. The tourist wants to explore the beauties of the country. There is much worth seeing Places in Gilgit Baltistan to visit.
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