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Beauty of Gilgit Baltistan – Part 1

By Arham Tariq

It’s quite a long article; I will post it in parts.

Part 1

I have visited Gilgit Baltistan of Pakistan four times and luckily I have been to all seven districts. These include Gilgit, Diamer, Ghizer, Ghanche, Astore, Hunza and Skardu. Each time I have seen some of the most amazing and spectacular places. It’s the part of the world with lush green valleys, giant peaks, and long glaciers. One can relish snow capped mountains, waterfalls and crystal clear blue lakes. So, I have decided to share with you some of the amazing memories with pictures and some information.

I have done traveling through air and by road. Both of them have been marvelous for me. Traveling by air is often known as air safari because you can see all the mountains, rivers and other spots For example: I have seen Lake Saif-ul- Muluk through air, and it’s just a fifty minutes journey (to both Gilgit and Skardu). However, by road this five minute journey takes a whole 24-hour, but it is still worth traveling. You will savor every moment of this trip. Mountains, lakes, rivers, hot and cold springs and lush green valleys can be seen throughout.

River Indus, snow capped peaks and thick clouds

Snow capped peak and thick clouds

Jaglot is place near Gilgit where junction of three mighty mountain ranges, Karakorum, Hindu Kush and Himalayas occurs. It has special importance because it is only in Pakistan that the three mountain ranges meet. At the same point River Indus meets river Gilgit.

In several mountains of Gilgit and Skardu, the engravings of Buddha can be found which shows the presence of Buddhists in these areas during the old times.

The engraving in the picture is near Gilgit:

Gilgit Baltistan

Another splendid place near Gilgit is Kargah Nallah. Either you can reach nallah by hiking or by jeeb. It is pleasant in the afternoon and a lot of families come here for picnic and fishing.

Hunza is one of popular destinations in Northern areas because of its spectacular scenic beauty. Hunza is around 2-hour drive from Gilgit. It has many fruits trees and enormous mountains. While reaching Hunza, there is Rakaposhi view point from where one can see Rakaposhi (one of the largest mountains in Pakistan).

Hunza is beautiful, having many sights which are an absolute must to be seen. It has forts namely Altit fort and Baltit fort. One of the main attractions of Hunza valley includes Eagles Nest hotel which is about 3000m above Altit village (main village of hunza). It offers a view of Hunza valley, but, people usually visit this hotel during sunset and sunrise or in the full moon which I was unable to do so. Also, this hotel has been visited by many popular personalities including Pakistan cricket team during 90’s.

So, you better start packing your things and head to this beauteous wonderland!

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Arham Tariq is a student of School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS) at National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST). He is a blogger and a community work volunteer at tVoY.

This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. Admin Admin says:

    Beautiful photos, Arham!

    Momal here.

  2. Bilal Arif Sheikh says:


  3. Yamina says:

    This is Amazing! :)

  4. Farooq Saeed says:

    Good effort Arham. A really interesting read. Raw Beauty is what I call it!!! Waiting for the next part…

  5. aamir says:


  6. Sarum Sheikh says:

    Amazing! :)

  7. Hassan Arif says:

    These places seem like Heaven. Amazing description Arham..

  8. Komal Nadeem says:

    Such beautifully taken pictures.
    I am sure you must have had an experience your remember. :D

  9. Tehreem Sheikh says:

    amazing description n pictures too..HEAVEN on EARTH :)

  10. Aasiyah says:

    i wish i can go to Pakistan now.
    i need a place like this to get away from the rest of this hustlin’ and bustlin’ world. (>.<)

  11. Muhammad Uzair says:

    Simply the best amongst all picturesque
    in the whole globe.
    Our govt and all of us must ensure initiatives to promote this paradise to the world “the amazing and soul-mediating Pakistan” :)

  12. Ahmed Aqdam says:

    good job!!!
    amazing pix:)

  13. Raza says:

    Nice one bro…. :)

    Raza here

  14. It’s so beautiful! i wish i could go :(

  15. Zain Sohail says:

    Excellent effort bro !! Its nice to hear your experience.
    I wish I could visit all these areas by road :)

  16. Rana Muhammad Adnan Akbar says:

    very good :)

  17. arhamtariq2008 says:

    Thanks everyone :)

  18. Naveed Hassan says:

    This is amazing… Though slightly bigger pictures would have made it a lot better

  19. Syed Ahmad Raza Syed Ahmad Raza says:

    thankyou for making us visit those places as well…

  20. madiha ghous says:

    nice photos.
    but I find the Neelum valley of AJK much more picturesque.

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