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Northern areas of Pakistan

Northern Areas of Pakistan

Lonely Planet calls Pakistan one of the “up and coming” travel destinations. We have various destinations packed with beauty and scenic views. However, the northern areas of Pakistan cannot be missed when talking about tourist destinations and beauty of the country.

Gilgit Baltistan

Gilgit Baltistan Northern areas of Pakistan

Gilgit Baltistan is the most outstanding and mesmerizing region of Pakistan. Here the world’s 4 famous mountain  meet  including the great Himalayas, Karakorams, Hindukush and Pamirs. Gilgit Baltistan is known as a paradise for mountaineers, climbers, hikers and anglers of the most famous “trout fish”. The height of Himalayas is 8848 meters with the highest point being Mount Everest. Gilgit Baltistan is a beautiful place for local tourists as well as those from outside of Pakistan. It has lofty peaks, unique cultural heritage, natural lakes and glaciers displaying the epic beauty of nature. The snow-topped mountains maintain a spectacular distinction to the fields of the valleys lying below. The weather of Gilgit Baltistan is completely different from space to space.  It is one of the best places to visit in the Northern Areas of Pakistan with accommodation available of different kinds.

There are area unit cities, like Gilgit and Chilas, which are very hot throughout the day and extremely cold at the hours of darkness. Whereas the valleys of Hunza, Astore, Khaplu, Yasin, Baltar and Nagar Kharmang are cold even in summer.

Deosai plains are also situated here which is the world’s highest plain with many stunning angiosperm varieties,  and thousand-year-old palaces and forts like Kharphocho (the mighty fort designed on a hill within the heart of Skardu city), Phong Khar Sghigar (the palace on the stone) and the palace of Raja Khaplu. Various mosques with fine Kashmiri, Mughal and Iranian architecture can also be seen here. In the 16th century, the native aristocrat married a patrician from Baltistan United Nations agency and brought master Balti craftsmen to renovate the building as her gift.  Altit Fort is another ancient fort within the Hunza vale. It was originally home to the hereditary rulers of the Hunza state United Nations agency who carried the title of “Mir”.

Shigar Valley Pakistan

Shigar Valley Baltistan northern areas of Pakistan

Shigar is a stunning village only a couple of miles North of Skardu. It is a picturesque place with stunning joined fields growing all types of crops.  Shigar was once a small kingdom with the Shigar Fort being the residence of the native ruler.

Recently the fort has been restored and opened for tourists. Shigar is 32 km (20 miles) away from Skardu and a couple of hours by car. It forms the entrance to the majestic mountain peaks of the Karakoram, as well as K-2.  The depression, especially has a gorgeous landscape, and fruits in abundance like grapes, peaches, pears, walnuts and apricots.

Swat Valley Pakistan:

Swat Valley, Northern areas of Pakistan

One of the most beautiful northern areas of Pakistan is the gorgeous Swat Valley. This area has been at the heart of many tragedies, including terrorism and earthquakes.  It is one of the most stunning valleys of the Northern Areas of Pakistan. The most significant attractions of the Swat valley are its art, culture, scenic views, weather and history.

We can reach Swat through different routes including the roads connecting the valley to Peshawar, Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The total distance of Swat from Peshawar is maximum 151 km and from Rawalpindi is almost  270 km.

The languages commonly spoken in the Swat Valley are  Kohistani  and Pashto. The population of Swat valley is approximately  1,257,600 and they have a number of traditional groups living there among which the most prominent ones are Awans,  Pakhtuns, Kohistanis and Gujars.

Swat Valley is also known as “mini Switzerland” due to the beauty it beholds. Therefore, it is one of the highly visited places in the northern areas of Pakistan. The weather of Swat is mostly pleasant during summers as well which makes it even more attractive for tourists from southern parts of Pakistan. From March til October, the weather of Swat remains pleasant and tourism is Swat is at its peak. The valley welcomes the people through its glorious mountains, lush green forests, and fresh water streams. There are some mountain peaks ranging from maximum 5000 to over 7000 meters above sea level, mostly covered with snow.

Kalash Valley Pakistan

Kalash Valley northern areas of Pakistan

Kalash situated 35 km away from Chitral. The people of Kalash are called Kalashi. The beauty of the people of Kalash is that they still wear their cultural clothes with embellishments and embroidery. Their traditional attire sets them apart from other people. Though several researchers have drawn parallel comparisons to Mediterranean cultures, principally Greek, attributable to their colored eyes, light skin and sandy hued hair, the origins of the tribe are still a mystery. Despite the fact that they claim to be heirs of Alexander the Great or his generals, very less is known concerning their lineage with the absence of any concrete proof. However, they are believed to be refugees from Nuristan, near Islamic State of Afghanistan.

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