Gilgit Baltistan - The Beauty of Pakistan
Allah has bestowed such natural beauty in Pakistan. Pakistan is known as the “Country of Golden Sparrows”. If you want to see the piece of heaven on earth, you must visit Gilgit Baltistan.
Gilgit-Baltistan is a component of Kashmir’s larger territory. The size of Gilgit-Baltistan is six times that of Azad Kashmir.
Beauty of Pakistan – Gilgit Baltistan is one of the few places in the world with such a diverse scenery; rivers, deserts, lakes, waterfalls, springs, and glaciers appear to be plentiful.
Nature’s wonders dwell in this place. Gilgit Baltistan is home to some of the world’s most picturesque and tallest valleys.
According to geology, Gilgit Baltistan is a high mountain desert, spanning three high mountain systems.
People who visit Gilgit Baltistan once leave their heart there and want to visit there again and again. The beauty of Baltistan is something you will not find anywhere.
Hunza valley, K2 Mountain, Deosai National Park, Atta bad lake, Khunjerab National Park, Karakoram Highway, Nanga Parbat, Altit Fort, glaciers, deserts, forests, flora and wildlife, heritage, culture, and traditions are just a few of the attractions that Gilgit Baltistan has to offer.
VALLEYS IN GILGIT BALTISTAN
There are breathtakingly highest and beautiful valleys in Gilgit Baltistan.
It includes Hunza Valley, Naltar Valley, Skardu Valley, Nagar Valley, Phander Valley, Shigar Valley, Gojal Valley, Yasin valley, Astore valley, Hushe Valley, and many more.
The most famous and beautiful valley of Gilgit Baltistan is Hunza valley commonly known as the “Paradise on Earth.” It is approximately 100-kilometer drive from Gilgit.
People usually visit Hunza valley during their vacations as it is the well-known valley in Pakistan.
Hunza’s major tourist attractions include:
- Attabad Lake
- Baltit Fort
- Khunjerab Pass
From June to August the weather is beautiful and warm, both locals and Chinese visitors rush to the Hunza Valley. The ideal time to visit the Hunza Valley is from April to October.
Skardu is the capital of the Skardu District, which is located in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.
It is another beautiful valley located in Gilgit Baltistan.
The primary tourist season runs from April to October; however, the snowy, cold winter weather may block the region off for long periods during other seasons of the year.
On the north slopes of Nanga Parbat, a mesmerizing place named as Fairy Medows is present, surrounded by pine forest.
Fairy Meadows is one of the most popular and beautiful places to hike in Pakistan.
It includes a drive along the Indus River, a short trek, a glimpse of Nanga Parbat (8126m), a clear view of the stars, and short hikes through minor valleys in the Diamer district.
MOUNTAINS IN BALTISTAN
When you visit the northern areas, you will discover that these magnificent mountains are where you can find true peace of mind.
Some of the world’s tallest mountain ranges may be found in this region. The Karakoram and the Western Himalayas are the two major mountains. Others include:
The Karakoram Roadway is Gilgit-main Baltistan’s highway, connecting the area to the rest of Pakistan to the south and China to the north.
The Karakoram Highway is the world’s highest paved road and is frequently referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the world.”
GLACIERS IN BALTISTAN
Baltistan is also known as the “Land of Glaciers ” because of its over 7,000 glaciers.
The beautiful glaciers of Gilgit Baltistan feed rivers. It contributes to 75 percent of the country’s stored water supply.
Three of the world’s longest glaciers outside the polar regions are found in Gilgit-Baltistan are named as:
- The Biafo Glacier
- The Baltoro Glacier
- The Batura Glacier
LAKES IN GILGIT BALTISTAN
There are, in addition, several high-altitude lakes in Gilgit-Baltistan. Some of them are listed below:
UPPER KACHURA LAKE
CLIMATE OF GILGIT BALTISTAN
Because of the surrounding mountain ranges, the climate of Gilgit-Baltistan differs greatly from one location to the next.
The eastern section of the Himalayas has the same wet zone as the western Himalayas, but as you got closer to Karakoram and Hindu Kush, the climate becomes drier.
There are places like Gilgit and Chilas that are quite hot during the day but cool at night in the summer and some valleys like Hunza that are chill even in the summer season.
Gilgit-Baltistan is with no doubt Pakistan’s top tourist destination, because to its natural beauty, diversified landscapes, and numerous rock climbing, trekking, hiking, and fishing options.
If you’re planning a vacation to the area, don’t forget to include the Khunjerab Pass on your trip; a journey to northern Pakistan would be incomplete without it.
In the end, I must say you have to visit Gilgit Baltistan this year to make an amazing memory.