10 Reasons To Visit Gilgit Baltistan
A child asked his father how the world looked like when it was created? Father replied, if you want to see that world, you must visit Gilgit Baltistan.
There are many places to visit in the world. Every places have their own beauty. It is said that beauty lies in eyes of beholder. Some people want to see valleys, some want to see mountains and glaciers and some prefer deserts and beaches over valleys. But if you want to see all natural places then you have to travel different places and it will take many years to find different places. Our life is too short and in modern world we are too busy at work places. In this case if you would like to see all type of natural places from desert to mountains, lakes, rivers, valleys and glaciers then you must visit Gilgit Baltistan before you die. Gilgit Baltistan is located in between the world’s highest mountain ranges Himalayas and Karakoram in Northern Pakistan.Check out these 10 Reasons Why You Must Visit Gilgit Baltistan Before Die:
1. Snow Caped Mountains of Karakoram
Gilgit Baltistan is home to world’s highest mountains. There are only 14, 8000m high mountains in the world. 5 out of the 14 eight thousander mountains are located in Gilgit Baltistan. Additionally there are 105 peaks above 7000 meters and more than 500 peaks of 6000 meters.
2. Lush Green Valleys of Gilgit Baltistan
Gilgit Baltistan is geographically very diverse. The climate of southern areas of Gilgit Baltistan are arid and tropical. These valleys are lush green. The districts of Astore and Diamer is more green than other districts of Gilgit Baltistan. Here is the list of some famous lush green valleys of Gilgit Baltistan.
- Gurez Valley Minimarg and Qamri, Astore
- Fairy Meadows Diamer
- Rattu valley, Astore
- Rama Astore
- Basho Valley, Skardu
- Stak Valley, Skardu
- Naltar Valley Gilgit
- Darel Valley, Diamer
- Tangir Valley, Diamer
- Karga Valley, Gilgit
- Bagrote Valley, Gilgit
3. The Four Seasons of Gilgit Baltistan
In Gilgit Baltistan the four seasons are clearly distinguishable. The spring season starts in March-April , the summer season starts in April-May and lasts till August-September. The colorful Autumn season starts in October and Winter starts in November. December and January is extremely cold when temperature drops to -15 in Skardu, Hunza , Ghizer and Ghanche.
4. The Lakes of Gilgit Baltistan
There are more than 2000 lakes in Gilgit Baltistan. These lakes are full of trout fishes. Some lakes are source of drinking water and electricity. Sadpara Lake Skardu generates 15 MW electricity and is a major source of drinking water for 0.3 million inhabitants of Skardu city. Some alpine lakes are not discovered yet. Famous lakes of Gilgit Baltistan are:
- Atabad Lake Hunza
- Sadpara Lake Skardu
- Naltar Lake Gilgit
- Sheosar Lake Deosai
- Shangrila Lake Skardu
- Upper Kachura Lake Skardu
- Karmobar Lake Ghizer
- Khalit Lake
- Rush Lake Nagar
- Phander lake Ghizer
- Kharfaq Lake Ghanche
- Rainbow LakeDomail Astore
5. Green Meadows and Highest Plateaus
The lush green meadows and plateaus of Gilgit Baltistan are also a reason you must visit Gilgit Baltistan. Among these plateaus Deosai is famous. Deosai is the second highest plateau in the world.
6. The Cold Deserts of Skardu and Shigar
Gilgit Baltistan is very diverse in nature. God has blessed this region with mountains, rivers, lakes, lush green valleys and deserts. There is a desert called cold desert in Skardu. This desert is covered by snow capped mountains of Karakoram and Himalayas.
7. Rocky Mountains of Karakoram
Karakoram is home to thousands of snow capped and rocky mountains. The rocky mountains of the Karakoram is yet another reason to visit Gilgit Baltistan. Trango Tower is world’s longest vertical cliff. Hushe valley is home to granite towers and this valley is a dream destination of every rock climbers in the world.
8. The Beautiful Culture and People of Gilgit Baltistan
Gilgit Baltistan is rich in culture and history. There are different ethnic groups in GB which speak different languages. More than six languages are spoken in Gilgit Baltistan which includes: Balti, Shina, Brushaski, Khwar, Wakhi and Domaki.
9. Historical Sites of Gilgit Baltistan
Those who are interested in history and want to discover historical sites and landmarks Gilgit Baltistan is best place for them. The prehistoric rock paintings which are found in Chilas, Hunza, Skardu and Khaplu are inviting historians to discover the centuries old civilizations.
There are many forts and palaces in Gilgit Baltistn which are built by local rulers centuries years ago. Khaplu fort, Shigar fort Baltit and Altit fort Hunza are famous forts. In Khaplu and Shigar there are centuries old Mosques and Shrines. 700 years old Chaqchan Mosque Khaplu is the oldest mosque in Gilgit Baltistan.
10. Longest Glaciers of Gilgit Baltistan
Gilgit Baltistan has more glacier than any where in the world. There are more than 2000 glaciers in Karakoram and Himalayas in Gilgit Baltistan. Karakoram is more glaciated than Himalayas. The longest glaciers outside polar region are found in Gilgit Baltistan. The 63 Km long Baltoro glacier is the longest glacier in Pakistan. Some famous glaciers are:
- Siachen Glacier
- Biafo Glacier
- Hisper Glacier
- Gondogoro Glacier
- Abruzzi Glacier
- Rupal Glacier
- Kabiri Glacier
- Kondus Glacier
- Hussiani Glacier
- Choglolisa Glacier
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