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5 Reasons Why You Must Visit Gilgit-Baltistan Once in a Lifetime

Updated on March 1, 2018

Why Visit Gilgit-Baltistan?

The choice to visit a recreational place totally depends on the traveler. Some prefer to visit green meadows, pastures, glaciers while others go for deserts and sandy beaches. However, it is not possible to see all attractions at the same time because it requires a lot of spare time. Having said that, it is vital to look for a place where you can visit all these natural attractions including deserts, mountains, lakes, glaciers, valleys, meadows, and waterfalls. Gilgit-Baltistan is one such place which fits best to the above mentioned description!

Gilgit-Baltistan, also known as the land in its purest form and it is located between Karakoram and Himalayas, two of the world’s highest mountain ranges. If you are wondering why you need to visit Gilgit-Baltistan, skim through these below 5 reasons:

Lavish Green Valleys

Geographically, Gilgit-Baltistan is very diverse. The climate is also very parched and tropical. There are lush green valleys that catch the attention of tourists from all over the world and sending you into the world of serenity!

Some of the beautiful valleys are:

Fairy Meadows

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Phandar Valley

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Naltar Valley

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Rama Astore

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Stak Valley

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Deosai National Park

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Tangir Valley

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These valleys will allow you an insight about the beauty of Pakistan you to watch how the world looked like when it was created.

The charm of these valleys will allow you to forget everything about your busy routines and will make you realize how beautiful the world is!

Distinctive Beauty of Seasons in Gilgit Baltistan

The seasons in Gilgit Baltistan are clearly distinguishable where each season adds its flavor to this heaven on earth. No matter in which season you plan to visit Gilgit Baltistan, you will fall in love with it right after your arrival. In summers, the flow of springs, streams and waterfalls are sufficient to entertain visitors of all age groups and taste. The most colorful season here is the autumn that starts in October and lasts for one month. The mountains are clad in new colors, trees become bare, and nature flaunts its beauty at its best. As an indication of a new life after abrasive winter season, the blossoming spring season appears with an array of colorful flowers which embellishes the atmosphere and brings a sense of freshness for thousands of visitors. If you are planning to visit in the winter season, brace yourself for some seriously cold weather. The temperature drops to minus 15 degrees in Hunza, Ghizer, and Skardu.

Deserts of Skardu and Shigar

Nature has blessed Gilgit Baltistan immensely. The place is very diverse and has almost all the natural sites that people want to visit. Besides the lush valleys and mountains, there are deserts. One of the most talked about deserts is Cold Desert in Skardu. The reason why it is known as the cold desert is that it is surrounded by snow-capped mountains of Himalayas and Karakoram. A very similar desert is also located in Shigar known as the Shigar Desert. These cold deserts attract a lot of tourists each year.

The Rich Culture of Gilgit Baltistan

The list of reasons to visit Gilgit Baltistan is incomplete without mentioning the culture and history of this place. Gilgit Baltistan is the home of different ethnic groups which speak different languages and have diverse traditions. Some of the most common languages here are Shina, Balti, Khwar, and Domaki. People in this part of the world are very welcoming and friendly. Food is an important part of their culture. The roasted meat, vegetable soup, and tea have aunique flavor and the people consider it as their pride.

Historical Sites in Gilgit-Baltistan

For those who are interested in history and want a glimpse of past, Gilgit-Baltistan is the ideal place. There are many historical sites and landmarks that tell a different story of their past. Some historical sites have prehistoric rock paintings that can give you an idea of the previous civilizations. Moreover, there are many palaces, forts, and castles which were built by rulers centuries ago. Three of the most popular forts are Altit & Baltit Fort in Hunza and Khaplu Fort in Khaplu. You can also take a closer look at ancient mosques and shrines. The oldest mosque in Gilgit-Baltistan is Chaqchan Mosque and it is 700 years old.

Altit Fort

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Baltit Fort

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Khaplu Fort

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These 5 reasons may have excited you to plan a trip to Gilgit-Baltistan. However, take all the necessary precautions before heading to this place. Sometimes the weather can be a bit unpredictable; it is important to be fully prepared for any type of emergency. Don’t forget to try all the traditional warm beverages - it will allow you to cherish the trip more.

Stay healthy, keep travelling and must visit this beautiful place people call Gilgit-Baltistan!

© 2018 Sara Johnson

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