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Hunza: The mountain kingdom

A few days in one of the most beautiful valleys in Pakistan

Hunza: The mountain kingdom
Baltit Fort, Hunza Valley. —Photos by the author.

Hunza is one of the most beautiful valleys in Pakistan, and is a major attraction for the tourists from all over the world.

Hunza Valley has two main tourist seasons, the autumn which turns the valley into red and yellow, and the spring which welcomes its visitors with cherry blossoms and offers natural beauty to the beholder.

The valley is divided into three levels, Upper Hunza, Central Hunza and Lower Hunza. Central Hunza is where remarkable history and heritage sites like Baltit Fort and Altit Fort are situated. Central Hunza is the most popular tourist destination because of its stunning scenery. A famous peak, Ladyfinger also lies in the same valley.

Situated on the north-west of Hunza River, the valley has extraordinary infrastructure, compared to other tourist spots in Pakistan. A symbol of Pakistan-China friendship, the Karakoram Highway crosses the valley and connects it with China through the Khunjrab Pass.

Almost every household here grows fruits like apples, oranges, apricots, pears and some vegetables, like pumpkins, potatoes and tomatoes. Agriculture is the main business of the area.

The people of Hunza are simple, kind hearted and best known for their hospitality. They serve local cuisines and drinks to their guests. The literacy rate of the area is amazingly high, at 90 per cent.

In addition to their local language, the people are also fluent in English and Urdu.

Hunza is picture perfect. It is good to see private initiatives and some other local tourist companies reshape the tourism sector by identifying the best possible way to explore Pakistan’s tourism sector. The government must also provide the required boost to local tourism, which will certainly help convert it into a profitable industry and attract more visitors in years to come.

Pakistan is without doubt one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It has sky-high mountains, lush green valleys, mighty rivers, splendid lakes and wildlife which is worth experiencing.

According to the latest figures in the World Bank report on tourism only 0.9 million tourists visited Pakistan in the previous years; whereas India welcomed 6.9 million tourists, followed by 4.8 million in Sri Lanka and 3.1 million in Iran, even with so many travel restrictions imposed.

A view of Hunza Valley from Baltit Fort

A view of Hunza Valley from Baltit Fort

 

Boat in Attaabad Lake in Hunza

Boat in Attaabad Lake in Hunza

 

Friends forever.

Friends forever.

 

Ladyfinger Peak.

Ladyfinger Peak.

 

Pumpkin, the local crop.

Pumpkin, the local crop.

Muhammed Reza

Muhammed Reza
The writer is a digital and marketing consultant.

2 comments

  • very NICE ARTICLE and superb photography.

  • It’s beautiful … I have seen half of the world unfortunately never visited beauty of my own country… Very soon will go to these places of heavens on earth.

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