05 Aug 8 Reasons Why you Should Visit Gilgit Baltistan
Pakistan is one of the rare countries with such a vibrant landscape, rivers, deserts, lakes, cascades, springs, glaciers we seem to have it all in extraordinary richness and Gilgit Baltistan gives bloom to the travel and tourism industry in Pakistan. Unveiling the magnetism of Gilgit Baltistan, the area is known to be encompassed by the most noteworthy, highest and greatest number of mountains around the globe; a land where the three luxurious mountains of the Himalaya, Karakoram and Hindu-Kush joint, the home to rare flora and fauna, lovely valleys and the astonishing lakes, is Gilgit-Baltistan; one more attractive district of Pakistan and a well-known visitor goal. People from all over the world came to appreciate the beauty of Gilgit Baltistan. People from different cities of Pakistan visit this beautiful place every year in summer using private cars, public transport, and services like Rent A Car in Lahore or any other city. There are many reasons that why people visit and why you should visit Gilgit Baltistan and some of those reasons are listed below:
History of Gilgit Baltistan
Historically, Gilgit-Baltistan was associated with China through one of the Silk Road. One route went through Muztagh waterway to Shimshal and Hunza. Another route started from Tashkurgar either to Wakhan or Khunjerab. A significant link was across Kilk Mintaka goes to Misger and Hunza. The Silk Road has now been supplanted by Karakoram Highway, the eighth marvel of the world and its development was finished in 1979. The significance of Gilgit Baltistan expanded at first with the development Karakoram Highway (KKH) and now with the beginning of CPEC. The distance from Gwadar to Khunjerab is 2463 kilometers and the Gwadar port will spare at least above 16000 kilometers of distance for China. Gilgit Baltistan holds a critical position in this project as it is the entryway to CPEC. The CPEC covers just about 500 kilometers in Gilgit Baltistan, in this way the success of CPEC relies upon Gilgit, the gateway. The area of the Diamer-Basha dam on Indus River is 40 kilometers downstream of Chilas. It is considered as one of the greatest ever public sector projects attempted in Pakistan. On completion of the Diamer-Basha dam, it will give 4500 megawatts hydropower power to the primary matrix. It will have the ability to store an extra 8500000 acres feet of water for the water system.
Lush Green Valleys of Gilgit Baltistan
Gilgit Baltistan is topographically different and diverse. The atmosphere of the southern zones of Gilgit Baltistan is parched and tropical. These valleys are rich green. The areas of Astore and Diamer is greener than other districts of Gilgit Baltistan. Here is the list of some famous lavish green valleys of Gilgit Baltistan.
Gurez Valley Minimarg And Qamri, Astore, Fairy Meadows, Astore, Rattu Valley, Astore, Rama Astore, Basho Valley, Skardu, Stak Valley, Skardu, Naltar Valley Gilgit, Darel Valley, Diamer, Tangir Valley, Diamer, Karga Valley, Gilgit, Bagrote VGilgitalley,
Snow-Capped Mountains of Karakorum
Gilgit Baltistan is a fascination point because of its picturesque excellence and furthermore because it has the world’s highest mountain ranges: The Karakoram Range, the Himalayan Range, and the Hindu Kush range. Gilgit Baltistan is home to 18 out of 50 of the world’s most noteworthy and highest mountain pinnacles and 3 out of 7 of the world’s longest glaciers. With a richness of wilderness, experience, harmony, and magnificence Gilgit Baltistan is a famous goal for mountain climbers, climbers, explorers, and trekkers.
The lakes of Gilgit Baltistan
There are more than 2000 lakes in Gilgit Baltistan. These lakes are brimming with trout fish. A few lakes are a source of drinking water, electricity and power. Sadpara lake Skardu creates 15MW power and is a noteworthy source of drinking water for 0.3 million occupants of Skardu city. Some elevated lakes are still waiting to be discovered. Well-known discovered lakes of Gilgit Baltistan are;
Attabad 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
The Climate of Gilgit Baltistan
The atmosphere of Gilgit-Baltistan changes from region to region surrounded by mountain ranges makes abrupt changes in climate. The eastern part has the moist zone of the western Himalayas anyway going toward Muztagh and the Hindu Kush the atmosphere dries significantly.
Glaciers of Gilgit Baltistan
Gilgit Baltistan has more glaciers than anywhere on the planet. There are over 2000 glaciers in Karakoram and Himalayas in Gilgit Baltistan. The Karakoram is more glaciated than the Himalayas. The longest glacier polar region is found in Gilgit Baltistan. The 63 km long baltore is the longest glacier in Pakistan. Some popular glaciers are;
Siachen Glacier, Biafa Glacier, Hisper Glacier, Gondogoro Glacier, Abruzzi Glacier, Rupal Glacier, Kabir Glacier, Kondus Glacier, Hussaini Glacier, Choglolisa Glacier
Cold desert of Skardu and Shigar
There are cold sand deserts in Skardu and Shigar valleys, on the embankments of Indus and Shigar rivers. Katpana Desert extends from the Khaplu Valley to Nubra, Ladakh and Shigar, Skardu valley to Zanskar in Jammu Kashmir. The largest region of Katpana Desert is found in Skardu and Shigar valleys. It is called Biana Naqpo and in the local language, Katpana Biana.
Culture and People of Gilgit Baltistan
The individuals of Gilgit Baltistan have close religious, ethnic and linguistic ties with the individuals of Kargil (Jammu Kashmir). Most of the populace in the region are Muslims of Balti origin. The fundamental language is Balti in Kargil and Shina in Dras. During the freedom war of 1948, the liberation forces caught Kargil and Dras. The territory was re-occupied by Indian armed forces when the liberation forces have retreated to Olding for regrouping when the truce was announced. Today Pak Army has strategic dominance in the Kargil division where it threatens the Indian line of correspondence to Siachen. The Deosai plain in Baltistan is found 30 kilometers from Skardu. It is the second most elevated plateau on the planet having an area of 3000 square kilometers. The average elevation is 3500 meters and capped with snow most of the time.
These are the few beautiful things that make Gilgit Baltistan worth visit. But there are still many more things to explore in enchanted valleys of Gilgit Baltistan. So, don’t delay it book your flights, take your car or use any Rental Cars services and make your vacations adventurous and beautify them with the magnificence of Gilgit Baltistan.