Gilgit Baltistan (A Heaven on Earth)


(A Heaven on Earth)

By: Web Admin

Gilgit -Baltistan , situated in the north of Pakistan is indeed the most spectacular region of the country in terms of its picturesque and scenic beauty. This part of Pakistan is blessed with alluring panorama and is a masterpiece of nature without any doubt. Tourism in Pakistan is exemplified by the beauty of this region. Attractive landscapes, evergreen forests, cold deserts, snowcapped mountains and great cultural heritage are the attractions which add to the beauty and diversity of this region.

All the valleys in this region portray breathtaking places for the visitors. Chilas valley is famous for its densely forested hills. The much applauded Babusar Pass is also situated in this valley. The ravishing resort of Fairy Meadows is of great importance in this valley. Astore valley boasts of its angelic plains and gorgeous camping sites like Rama, Minimarg and Chillam and the ski haven of Rattu. District Ghizer has world’s highest Polo ground Shandur. The beautiful valleys of Phandar, Yasin and the famous resort of Naltar are situated in this area.  The valley of Hunza is well known for historical buildings and its marvelous vista. The famous Atta abad lake, Altit and Baltit forts and the Khunjerab pass are famous landmarks of Hunza. Moving further, the valley of Skardu welcomes the visitors with its ethereal tourist resorts, daunting plains, wonderful lakes and alpine mountains. Shangri-la, Deosai plain, Satpara, Basho etc. are adorable places to visit. in the north of Skardu, Shigar valley fascinates the people by its splendid plains, hiking tracks , tempting peaks and camping sites.  The district of Khaplu hosts some lofty peaks, plateaus like hanjor and heritage sites like Khaplu Fort and Chaqchan mosque. Other worth mentioning valleys in Baltistan region are Rondu, Kachura and Kharmang.

The whole of Gilgit-Baltistan is a paradise for mountaineers and anglers. Here, three mightiest mountain ranges, The Karakuram, The Himalayas and The Hindu kush, meet. Towering mountains are spread throughout the region. Five out of fifteen highest peaks of the world are situated in this region. which are, K2 (8611m), Nanga Parbat (8148m), Gashabrum-1(8080m), Broad peak (8051m) and Gashabrum-2 (8035m). 108 peaks of heights above 7000 meters are situated in this region. This figure is matchless in the world. Some of the gigantic glaciers are also present in this region. some of them are Siachin(the highest battle field in the world), Baltoro, Batura, Hisper and Biafo. These glaciers aways remain seducing for hikers and trekkers.

This area enjoys a sound cultural heritage which depicts its great past. Forts, Monestries, Mosques and Stone carvings are present in every valley telling us the tales of early inhibitors. A few worth mentioning heritage sites are, Altit and Baltit forts in Hunza, Kharphocho fort in Skardu, Shigar Fort, Khaplu Fort, Buddha rock carvings in Chilas, Gilgit and Skardu and old Khanqahs in various valleys.

The people of Gilgit-Baltistan are very hospitable, peaceful and courteous. Their altruistic and selfless behaviors always commended by the outsiders. In spite of intermingling of different sects and castes, the inhabitants of GB keep a great peace and harmony which makes its environment more serene. Thousands of visitors from all over the world visit the area every year.

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