Pakistan is superabundant with a landscape that will make anyone spellbound with its mesmerizing and enchanting beauties. An infinite number of lakes with a range of gigantic mountain range surrounds all the northern areas and form a paradise for the trekkers, nature enthusiasts, photographers, and anyone who beholds an eye to embracing. This special blog is to compare the beauty of two different valleys in the same region with so many wonderful places.
The Skardu and Hunza Valley is located in the province of Gilgit Baltistan and attracts many tourists every year for their awe-inspiring views.
Let’s have a brief introduction of both the valleys first:
Praising Hunza valley in words is a little unfair compared to the views that can be caught by eyes, but Hunza valley bore several colors that cannot be found in any other of Pakistan. The valley is located in the extreme north part of Gilgit Baltistan province and is well known for its strong historical background. It is almost a 2-hour drive from Gilgit, the main city.
While traveling to Hunza, one finds Karakorum mountains around, a must watch view for the travelers. Above all, no matter which place you are staying you will always have a view of gigantic Rakaposhi. Hunza Valley still connects with its ancestors and resorted their monuments for tourists.
Furthermore, Naltar is one of the famous and notable valleys in Hunza because of its colorful lakes, which can be accessible by jeep on paved and curvy roads. The water of lakes is crystal clear and lush green plants underwater can be seen. Above all weather is pleasant in summers and worst in winter because of snow.
Most notably Karimabad, the capital of Hunza, possess many villages with ancient look houses and stone made street. It is more famous for its history and residence of the former royal family. Altit and Baltit Fort was the residence of the former prince around 700 years back. Now serving as a museum over there. Both the fort are masterpieces of architecture and craft. The magnificent design was renovated by Agha Khan Culture Trust, preserving heritage for the future generation.
Furthermore, another beautiful valley in Hunza in Nagar, The mesmerizing colors of Nagar valley will never be found, nothing is more beautiful than simplicity. The snowcapped mountains of Rakaposhi with ultimate enchantress of the garden. Above all Attahabad Lake is one of the biggest charmers of the valley. The crystal turquoise water makes tourists bewitched by its mesmerizing beauty.
Moreover, Sost is the last village of Hunza on Karakorum Highway next to the Chinese border. A town is an important place on the highway for all passenger and cargo transport because all traffic crossing the Pakistan-China border passes through this town. Along with Khunjerab Pass is the high mountain pass in the Karakorum mountain range.
Khunjerab pass also possesses a national park that is inhabitant by rare species of snow leopard. It is a magnificent symbol of Pak China’s friendship. The milky star night around the Lady Finger peak, Golden, and Hunza peak is tremendous.
Getting more fame day by day among the photographers, nature lovers, trekkers, hikers, and tourists for its awe-inspiring locations of Skardu. Skardu is located at the altitude of 2500 feet above sea level under the influence of the Indus and Shigar Rivers.
Climate has different varieties over there, it is mild cold in summer with rainfall during the tourist season from April to October and becomes deadly cold in winter due to heavy snowfall. Skardu becoming a major and popular tourist destination and expedition hub in Gilgit Baltistan. There is numerous location that is full of serenity and tranquility and a trekker’s paradise because they provide the path to the highest mountains including K2, K3, and Gasherbrum.
Furthermore, Skardu showcase wonders in the valley, narrow road with a jeep to other place add more twist to the trilling trip. Leaving Skardu for Khaplu Valley on a jeep ride you will witness a curvy road with several trees shading the travelers providing a worth seeing view.
Khaplu is an ancient state considered to be the hub of the Yabgo Dynasty and also possesses a fort that now serves as a museum. It lies at the base of the Karakorum mountain range and the panoramic view of Khaplu cannot be described in words.
Moreover that Skardu has various lakes notably Kachura lake that considered in the top 10 lakes of Pakistan because of its dazzling beauty. It is a duo of lakes that are termed Shangri La Lake by the tourist as its covers the resort and the lake is surrounded by the dense forest. It is located in the western Himalayans.
In addition to the breathtaking views of Skardu, the discussion is incomplete without conversing about Deosai and Shigar Plains. Without any doubt miracles on earth, Shigar is a cold desert with hanging clouds above them. Tourists embrace the creation of the Creator over there.
The infinite highway with the magnificent piece of nature will never let you go anywhere, here you will serenity and tranquility at a level. Moreover, the Shigar fort is also a masterpiece of architecture. Build with stones and still there, as a symbol of history and serving as a monument there. On the other hand, Deosai Plain, commonly known as the land of giants was inaccessible due to the number of wildlife there.
So for the preservation of wildlife, the government took an initiative in the form of Deosai National Park for the generation of brown bears and other wildlife. Deosai plains have ear-shattering silence that one can listen to his heartbeat and there you will find Sheosar Lake as well alongside the plains.
Imagining the beauty of the cold vast plains next is the grey-colored lake then the gigantic snow-capped mountain fills the heart with happiness. The dawn and dusk of there will never be found anywhere.
Hence concluding the above discussion we can extract the decision that Skardu has more worth seeing places than Hunza valley. Comparing the climate, road infrastructure, and hospitality Skardu gain more points than Hunza. Hunza has comparatively fewer places to visit than Skardu.
The beauty can never be compared to the human scale, there are more gigantic views in Skardu with more the treat for trekkers and hikers. Plan your trip to witness the beauty and amazement and prove us wrong.
Ejaz hussain is CEO of Pakistan tour and travel operating in Northern areas of pakistan offering honeymoon Packages from Pakistan in affordable rates with good quality services.