Pakistan has never lagged behind when it comes to geographical and architectural beauty. Blessed with countless places boasting majestic and breathtaking views, it is inevitable that our country has the potential to generate massive revenues through tourism. Home to some of the highest peaks in the world, rare topography and lively people, Pakistan attracts the locals and foreigners alike to spend their vacations in different parts of the country. One of the most popular tourist destinations where tourists love to spend their holiday is Hunza Valley, which is an ultimate example of “heaven on earth”. Located in the north east of Pakistan, at a height of approximately 8500 feet above sea level, the stunning mountainous valley of Hunza was named as ‘Paradise on Earth’ because of its exceptional beauty. The snow-capped mountains, large glaciers and green fertile valleys make Hunza an ideal place for tourists where they can witness nature at its best. Tripkar brings you a list of must visit places in Hunza valley:
At a distance of approximately 10km from the capital of Hunza Valley, Karimabad, lies the striking Ultar Peak which is known for the snow, rock falls, over hanging rocks, sheer ice and sharp ridges. It is said to have been attempted by many mountaineers in the past, majority of whom failed. One of the famous mountaineers to climb this peak was a Japanese, back in 1997. Therefore, till 1996 it had a reputation of being one of the inaccessible peaks of the world. There are many such peaks in the area including Lady finger, Golden Peaks, etc.
In the Karakoram range lies the Rakaposhi Mountain ranked 12th highest in Pakistan. The word Rakaposhi means ‘snow covered’ which makes it look extremely beautiful. Besides the beauty it holds and the height of the mountain, Rakaposhi boasts a community park for endangered species like snow leopard, brown bear and Marco polo sheep.
At the foot of the Hunza valley lies Altit fort which used to be a residence of the rulers of their time. If historical landmarks interest you, then this place cannot be missed. Nestled beautifully amidst the snow-capped mountains and green fertile valleys, Altit fort serves to be an awe-inspiring place for tourists. Recently, Altit fort had been restored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture Historic Cities Support Programme and opened its doors to public in 2007.
One of the must visit places in Hunza valley is the historical Altit fort. Over a hundred years after Altit fort was constructed, the rulers built Baltit fort for their residence. Being approximately 700 years old, the fort fails to retain its original form and went through several alteration. This fort was also restored by the same organization that turned it into a museum. So whenever you visit Hunza Valley, make sure to visit the fort.
One of the must visit places in Hunza valley is the Hunza River where the rivers of Gujerab, Khunjerab, Chapursan, Shimshal and Misgar unite, they form the meandering Hunza river that cuts through the Karakoram Range. There are hanging bridges over the river at Passu to help connect one side to the other.
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