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Home to 5 eight thousanders.

K-2 is the crown of Biglit Baltistan. GB is heaven on earth for the lovers of nature.

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6/26/2015

Gilgit Baltistan



Gilgit-Baltistan, a region surrounded by mighty grey and black peaks of Himalaya, Karakorum, Hindu Kusch and Pamir Ranges, the glittering milky mountain caps, transforming themselves to gold at nights, the wide crystal blue sky, the breeze, unique culture and its beautiful inhabitants always invites the world to witness the unseen beauty of nature and explore new  things that you haven't seen before.


It is one of the lands, from where ancient Europeans, Africans, Arabians, Armenians, Greeks and Asians trade via the mighty  Shahra-e-Resham (silk Route) and left their signs in the form of unique culture and different languages still practiced and spoken by the people residing here.

 it has been the home to Aryans, it is said that it was the last destination of the great king Alexander of Macedonia. Which is one of the main reasons the different languages here are classified as Indo-European except, Burushaski that  is an isolated language and does not fall in any language group. Most prominent languages of Gilgit-Baltistan are;


Shina

Burushaski

Balti

wakhi

Khawar

Domaki


Gilgit-Baltistan is the place where Indian island met Eurasian planet and formed mighty ranges of Himalayas, and made to the home to  5 eight-thousander out of 14 in the World. These mountains are mentioned below;


K2

Nanga Parbat

Gasherbrum I

Broad Peak

Gasherbrum II


Beside this, Gilgit is the linking region between china and Pakistan at Khun JA rave pass, it also shares its borders with India, Afghanistan and Indian-occupied Kashmir. If we talk about the political status of Gilgit-Baltistan, it goes like this, some parts of Diamar region were ruled by  Jastero, a wise and elder local man. The region of Hunza, Gilgit, Yasin, Punial, ishkoman and some other parts were ruled by other "THUM's", typical Burushaski  term for a King also known as Mir, In shina A king was called Ra in those days. the region of  Baltistan was  home to Buddhists monks and its most famous rulers were Yagbo and Makpon Amacha. Later when the Sikh Rulers of Punjab and Dogras(Kashmiri) tried to occupy the region,the local inhabitants fought with them independently and were victorious due to their bravery. During the British rule, they also tried to gain access to the beautiful valleys and one of the famous war between the British army and people of Hunza- Nagar is famous with the names Anglo Brusho War. At the time of independence of India and Pakistan Gilgit-Baltistan had numerous Princely states, these states all together decided to be part of Pakistan as the majority were Muslims. They join Pakistan without any prior condition. Despite the fact, the Kashmir lose the war but they still Gilgit-Baltistan as their part due to this reason a resolution was passed in United Nations and Pakistan did not declare Gilgit-Baltistan as a constitutional part of Pakistan. In 2009 Pakistan had given the right to self-governance ordinance order and on 8th June 2008 the second election of Gilgit-Baltistan was held in which the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz was the leading party with maximum seats in different regions.


Gilgit-Baltistan. considered as the most peaceful place, has almost 0 % crime rate. It's Dry fruits are famous around the world and it grows a variety of different fruits i.e. Apricots, Pears, Apple, Grapes, Mulberry, Cherry, Jujube, peach pomegranate, fig, plum, strawberry, persimmon, Walnut and Almond are most prominent grown fruits. The people of Gilgit-Baltistan also grow some crops such as potato, wheat, and different kind of vegetables.


In short, we can say that it is a land of opportunities but for that, we need support from the federal government as well as the dedication of locals to make the beautiful land more successful.



6/18/2015

Nagar Valley


Golden Peak, Picture by Skinder




We are all familiar with the beauty of Hunza valley but there are too few who are familiar with the a valley named Nagar, Home to the glittering, snowy peak Rakaposhi , which is one of the reasons behind the popularity of Hunza valley. The Nagar valley falls down from the Karakoram Range just on the other of side of Hunza River. Both Hunza and Nagar lie parallel to each other and Hunza river acts as a boundary for both the regions. Majority of Nagar people, similar to people of central Hunza, and some villages of upper Hunza speak Brushaski which is an isolated language and is only spoken in some parts of Gilgit Baltistan. Formally both Hunza and Nagar were one and it was called Buroshall until it was divided into two parts by the Thum (king) of buroshall between his two sons and named them Hunza and Nagar Respectively. After the division both the regions became opponents and fought many wars. When a princess from Nagar fall in love with Mir Jamal Khan and they both get married, both the states become allies and abandoned fights.
 Geographically Nagar region is divided in to 2 parts, known as Nagar 1 and Nagar 2 and both the region has lush green valleys.Every year a number of tourists from around the world visit Nagar valley. The Aquamarine is one of important and famous gem that has increased the popularity of Nagar valley. There is a mine in Summayer Valley Nagar and is known as Chumar Bakor. Apart from the earnings from the mining, tourism is a major source of people of Nagar Valley. The most famous tourism points of Nagar valley are;


Rakaposhi, Picture by Ciao Paolo
    Rush Lake




    6/14/2015

    Berckuzh/Chap-schuro

    Ingredients
    1.   Beef/mutton/chicken minced ½ kg
    2.   Onion 4 medium size
    3.   Red crushed chili 1 tea spoon
    4.   Salt to taste
    5.   Green chili 2
    6.   Coriander
    7.   Black pepper 2 pinches
    8.   Plain flour ¾ kg
    9.   Water
    10. Cooking oil 2 table spoon

      Preparation for dough:

      Take a deep large bowl and put flour in it. Put salt to taste and two table spoon of cooking oil. Pour a cup of water and knit to make dough. Add more water if required. Knead the dough for 15 minutes. Keep the dough aside.
      Preparation for the filling:
       Pre heat a pan and pour a teaspoon of cooking oil. Add meat in it and stir fry for 5 minutes in case of mutton or beef and 2 minutes if you are making the filling of chicken. Add Black pepper, red crushed pepper and salt too. Put the mixture in a bowl.
      Take 4 onions and chopped them and add to the mixture, add coriander and green chilly as well and mix properly.
      How to fill?
      Divide dough in to 5 equal parts and roll with hands to make balls; roll the balls and make round Chapattis with rolling pin. With the help of a spoon put the mixture on the half circle of chapatti. With the other half of bread and lock it with help of fingers and make semi circles. Repeat the same process.
      Cooking:
      Heat a skillet when it is hot put the semicircles on it. Keep turning the sides after 1 minute till 15 minutes. When it is cooked well serve it with raita.

        6/13/2015

        Hotels


        Serena Khaplu Palace
        Rooms
        Average Price (per day) for Pakistanis
        Average Price (per day) for Foreigners
        Standard
        Rs. 10,000
        Rs. 12,000
        Heritage/Garden Suites
        Rs. 13,000
        Rs. 15,000
        Royal Suites
        Rs. 16,000
        Rs. 18,000
        Address: Khaplu, Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan
        Contact: +92 5816 450891-92
        Fax: +92 5816 450894
        Gilgit Serena Hotel
        Rooms
        Average Price US $(per day)
        Booking Rates
        100
        Deluxe room
        150
        Executive Suit
        250
        Luxury Tent
        38
        Address: Sherullah Baig Road Jutial, Gilgit, Pakistan
        Contact: (92) 5811 455894
        Fax: (92) 5811455900 or 5811452740

        Serena Shigar Fort
        Rooms
        Average Price (per day) for Pakistanis
        Average Price (per day) for Foreigners
        Standard
        Rs. 10,000
        Rs. 12,000
        Heritage/Garden Suites
        Rs. 13,000
        Rs. 15,000
        Royal Suites
        Rs. 16,000
        Rs. 18,000
        Address: Shigar, Baltistan, Pakistan
        Contact: (92) 5815467108
        Fax: (92) 5815458787
        Hunza Serena Inn
        Rooms
        Average Price US $(per day)
        Booking Rates
        100
        Deluxe room
        125
        Luxury Tent
        38
        Address: Karimabad, Hunza, Pakistan
        Contact: (92) 5813457660
        Fax: (92) 5813457661


        Stay connected for more updates regarding hotels in Gilgit Baltistan

        6/07/2015

        Hunza Valley


        Are you are planning a visit to Pakistan this summer? Or say Are you are already in Pakistan and want to explore the beauty of beloved country?
        I would suggest you to write name of Gilgit Baltistan on the top of your list as Gilgit Baltistan is blessed with Natural beauty and it’s a place to where you can come closer to nature. In Gilgit Baltistan there is a lot to see for tourists and one of the best places in Gilgit Baltistan most visited by foreigners is Hunza.
        The Land of beauty, Hunza, well known as heaven on earth by its visitors is one of most beautiful districts of Gilgit Baltistan. The people of Hunza have maintained its unique culture even though they are the most educated of Pakistan. Beauty and respect is in their hearts and welcome every single person with warm heart. Let’s not talk more about people because you will automatically get to know them on your visit to Hunza.
        There are a number of places you must visit in Hunza let’s start from lower Hunza:
        When you reach Iskinderabad Nagar district, on your left is the starting point of Hunza District, there is a small village of Brushaski speakers named Khizerabad, in the beginning it wasn’t the starting point of hunza instead the Chalt Valley too was part of Hunza   but due to political reasons the an elder from Gasoro clan became the reason for loosing Chalt valley from the principality of Hunza. Anyhow you can choose either of the two roots, via Nagar on Karakoram highway or via lower Hunza through Silk rout the route of ancient European, Arabs, Indian and Chinese traders, to further continue your journey forward.if you chose your root through lower Hunza be sure that we have dirt road in three villages (hussainabad, Mayoon and Khanabad ) of lower Hunza while Nagar has KKH, recently reengineered by Chinese and Pakistani engineers. The benefit of choosing the dirt road over Highway is that you can witness the beauty of Dubani and Rakaposhi rang more clearly and make panoramas the Crown of Nagar district. Further more if your are more interested in geology and want to visit some undiscovered places than I suggest you to visit Bayeas, from where you can have an Ariel view of lower Hunza and Nagar as well as the Karakoram Range than we have Mayoon Ber which supply water to three villages of lower Hunza, both the places are a good for hiking and discovering new things regarding Nature and geological structure of the mountains.
        From Khanabad you have two choices to further continue your journey you can go back on to KKH through the beautiful and adventurous zigzag road and the wooden bridge or you can continue your journey through Aliabad/Seyweyaiqam and meat KKH A Hini/Hindi/Nasirabad, the largest village of Lower Hunza, but be sure and ask the locals if the road is open or not because of land sliding its remains close most of the time. On KKH you have two stops to have some local food one at Thol and the other is Zero Point, Rakaposhi.
        When you reach central Hunza you have lots of places to see:

        1. 1100 years old Altit fort,
        2. 700 years old Baltit Fort
        3.  Karimabad
        4. Aliabad
        5. Duker
        6.  Eagle’s Nest
        7.  Fruit orchids
        8. Glaciers and Stream
        9.  Rock Carvings
        10. Ganish
        11. Golden peak
        12. Lady Finger

         Ganish is one of the oldest places in Hunza the fascinating building structures in this village are cherished by people from different regions. Of hotels are also facilitating visitors from around the globe
        What I love the most about Central Hunza is the way to Karimabad, the stone street and the view of whole Central Hunza from Karimabad. You can also make a collection of picture s of the golden peak, lady finger and Rakaposhi from Karimabad.
        When we move forward towards Gojal/Upper Hunza the newly formed lake after Attaabad disaster, make every visitor fall in love with Hunza. Travelers here enjoy boating as we don’t have land connection with upper Hunza after the disaster.
        In upper Hunza we have a number of beautiful valleys, lacks and Glaciers you must not miss on your visit to Hunza. Below is the list of must visit places in Gojal Valley:
         

        1. Attaabad Lake
        2. Borith Lake
        3. Heart shaped, Shimshall Lake
        4. Passu Valley
        5. Shimshal Valley
        6. Chipursan Valley
        7. Misgar Valley
        8. Batura Glacier
        9. Pamir Glacier
        10.  Passu Glacier
        11. Passu cathedral peak
        12. Qalamdarchi Fort
        13. Shehr-e-Sabz (made by nature)
        14. Pakistan-China border
        15. Dry Port

         It won’t be wrong if we call upper Hunza “the land of mountaineers” as women Samina Baig, the first Muslim who summit Everest and number of other peaks in different countries, Mirza ali her Brother and Nazir Sabir the first Pakistani to summit Everest are all belongs to this region.
        The Hunza people have unique culture, Dance and food and different festivals. The handicrafts made by Hunza people are a trade mark of their culture. Hunza water and its dry fruits are loved by people around the world.
        In Karimabad and Aliabad there are a number of shopes for handicraft lovers from where they can buy traditional dresses, wood craft and Gems and other handicrafts. People who can’t visit Hunza but love is handicrafts I have a good news for them because the first online shops of Gilgit Baltistan has been launched two years back from where you can order number of products from Hunza.
        Here is the link for online shopping; www.ehunza.com