PAKISTAN

TOP DESTINATION FOR VACATIONS OF 2020

PAKISTAN

TOP DESTINATION FOR VACATIONS OF 2020

PAKISTAN

TOP DESTINATION FOR VACATIONS OF 2020

PAKISTAN

TOP DESTINATION FOR VACATIONS OF 2020

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Hunza

Hunza is one of the most amazing places on Planet Earth.  It is also called as Heaven on the Earth.  Surrounded by grand Himalayas and the Karakoram mountain ranges, this place has been a great tourist attraction.  The valley has different beautiful natural sights which are the attractions for tourists. Among these attractions the Baltit and Altit fort are also well known. The Baltit Fort, after renovation, has recently been turned into heritage museum. In Hunza, the bazaar of Karimbad is famous for its local handicrafts, handmade rugs, traditional embroidered caps, shawls, hand woven cloth (paffu) and its gemstones which are famous all over the world, particularly Ruby. The Ruby mines are famous tourist attractions.Karimabad Town is the Headquarters of this District Hunza.  Baltit and Altit Forts alongwith Eaglenest are must visit places of Karimabad.  Rakaposhi Mountain dominates the skyline of Hunza and is visible from everywhere. 

Hunza Valley is a exotic mountainous area. it is just 100 KM , or almost 2 – 3 Hours drive, from Gilgit. The local language is Brushuski, Wakhi, Shina and Domki while Urdu and English are also understood. The valley provides spectacular views of Rakaposhi 7,788 m and other tops. Ancient Watch towers are located in heart of Ganish Village, Baltit Fort stands on top of Karimabad whereas Altit Fort lies at the bottom of the valley.  

Karim Abad Town

Karimabad is the capital of Hunza District, in the Gilgit-Baltistan province of Pakistan. Previously it was called Baltit it was reanamed  in honour of Prince Karim Aga Khan, the current spiritual head of Shia Ismaili Nizari community. The Guardian ranked it as one of the five “Best Tourist Sites” in Pakistan.  It is located on the west bank of the Hunza River in a valley which is at  2,500 m  elevation.  The town is made up of stone walled steep sloping large terraces.   The town was a caravan halting place for people who were travelling through the Hindu Kush Mountains to Kashmir and China. One of the tourists’ attraction is the “Queen Victoria Monument” which is erected on a rock face at the rear end of Karimabad.

Beltit Fort

Located at the top of large rocky amphitheatre, about 700 years old,  Baltit Fort is about 3 kilometers drive from the town of Karimabad . This strongly built Fort is now a museum and cultural centre as well. It consists of three storey building and it has a total of 53 rooms.    Entry is through ticket and addition money has to be paid for making photographs or video inside the Fort.     It has won numerous awards including Tourism of Tomorrow Award, Asia-Pacific Heritage for Cultural Conservation- Award of Excellence (UNESCO). The Time Magazine of Asia awarded Best of Asia Award in 2005.

Altit Fort

The Altit Fort is 800 years old edifice and is the oldest fort in northern areas.  It is located in the Altit village which is 3 kilometers from Karimabad. It is built with great architectural design on a rock of a mountain where the Hunza River flows at its back.  it was the first residence of the Mir of Hunza.  At the entry point of Altit there is a beautiful garden of white apricots which is also known for its taste. A superb restaurant in the garden, run purely by local females only, serves local and continental cuisines.  Entry is through ticket. 

Eagle’s Nest

This is a view point close to a hotel with same name.   While standing at highest point of the Hunza valley, surely, an evening view from this place possesses mesmerising effect and a viewer cannot forget it  for the rest of your life, and one of the top things to do in Hunza Valley.
One can reach via car or jeep up to hotel, however, climbing up to the Eagle’s Nest really takes some effort but the view is breath-taking. Even in the sub-zero temperatures, splendid view of endless 7,000-8,000 metre high jagged and snowy peaks, one almost forgot about the chilly air. It  is the best place to view sunset and sunrise . On a clear dark night, one can see, once in a life time view of, galaxies in the clear and pollution free sky. It is a great photo-taking spot with magnificent view of the whole Hunza Nagar district.

Attabad Lake

Attabad Lake is a lake in Gojal Valley, Hunza, Gilgit Baltistan, an administrative region of Pakistan.  In January 2010, a massive landslide blocked the flow of River Hunza, creating a natural dam and burying 20 people beneath it. The rising water displaced thousands of residents and submerged countless villages, fields, orchards a well as a 19-kilometre stretch of the Karakoram Highway (KKH).  Attabad Lake has become one of the biggest tourist attractions in Gilgit-Baltistan offering activities like boating, jet skiing, fishing, and other recreational activities.

Just like the valley is known for its scenic beauty, the people of Hunza are warm hearted and known for their hospitality. Despite of the fact that Burushaski is the most widely acceptable language among all but majority of the people also understand Urdu and English.

Many cultural activities are associated with this valley and the people of Hunza are fond of celebrating such events. Among all age groups traditional dance is very common and there is a special traditional band for this dance which makes it to be more fun and excitement.  Hunza has been blessed with beautiful and historical locations.   . It remains very famous, for its scenic beauty and unique culture, with the locals as well as the foreign tourists.