Gilgit

Gilgit is a major town and capital of Gilgit-Baltistan province of Pakistan and an example of scenic beauty.

Sunset at Chiffron Base Camp, Biafo Glacier, Baltistan
Sunset at Chiffron Base Camp, Biafo Glacier, Baltistan

This agriculture town used to be an important Buddhist city long ago. Gilgit Valley is situated in a narrow valley in the Karakoram Range. The valley that houses Gilgit town is located at the meeting point of Gilgit and Hunza Rivers. Gilgit, Indus, and Hunza Rivers and their respective tributaries join hands to irrigate this area. Wheat, maize, and barley are the principal pillars of its economy. Tourism here means mountaineering and trekking in the Black Mountains or Karakorams, which is gaining roots here. This town can be reached by air and road. It is Karakoram Highway that connects it with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa via Mansehra. The small airport here caters the needs of 45-mminute Islamabad-Gilgit flight. The flight confirmation is at the disposal of weather, though.

People of Gilgit
People of Gilgit

People of Gilgit speak Shina. However, English and Urdu is understood as well. Although it is possible for tourists to traverse this valley throughout the year, yet period ranging from April to October is regarded rather apt. May temperatures oscillates from the maximum point of 33 C in May to the minimum mark of 16 C. In September, the figures of 28 and 11 C replace these. Its altitude is 1,454 meters.

Floating Bridge on Ghizer River
Floating Bridge on Ghizer River

The Gilgit Bridge is a must visit here. It is an astonishingly long suspension bridge. However, it allows one side traffic at a time. The Kargah Valley is the second place of interest here. Its significance owes to the nearby Buddhist carving of the 8th century that is eye-catching. It is at the distance of 10 kilometres from town. This ancient carving is accompanied by remnants of a stupa and a monastery. Karagh River serves as a fabulous point for fishing. The anglers find ample trout in this river. Alternatively, you can take pleasure from looking the riverine scenery. Naltar Alpine forest is not only an epitome of wooded beauty but also it is skiing point. Besieging mountains and glacier lakes adorn its natural beauty. It is 40 kilometres away from Gilgit. Oshikhandas Nomal, Danyore, and Bagrot too are recommended valleys for visitors.

Foreign Tourist in Gilgit, Pakistan
Foreign Tourist in Gilgit, Pakistan

Tourists find the Gilgit market dusty but at the same time lively and diverse. People from Kashgar to Karachi make up the eclectic feature of this market or bazaar. Therefore, tourist ears hear a number of languages here and find English and Urdu rather prominent. The growth now comes from trade between China and Central Asia, rather than tourism. People who plan to visit China stay here at least for a night.