Discover Pakistan

Gilgit

Gilgit city is situated on Gilgit river at its confluence with Hunza river, in the Karakorum mountains. In the olden days, the town was a major Buddhist center. Since it sat astride the silk route, Gilgit experienced a lot of different cultures. Today, it serves as Gilgit-Baltistan’s (GB) capital city and a major tourist hub since it has an airport and is the most convenient place to be used as a base for travelling to other areas in GB.

Kargah

Kargah is an archaeological site situated roughly 10 km from Gilgit city. The major attraction of the place is a 7th century standing Buddha carved into a steep cliff. Scores of Buddhist pilgrims from countries like Japan and South Korea visit this site to pay their homage. It is believed that Buddhist caravans used to stay at Kargah during their travels on the silk road. The Buddha, along with three stupas and a monastery were discovered in the 1930s.

Naltar Valley

Tucked away between high mountains 40 km north-west of Gilgit lies a place of unparalleled beauty – the Naltar valley. It is roughly two hours away from Gilgit city, and can be approached via jeep ride. It is truly a place of mind-boggling beauty, with lush green cedar trees, pines, juniper trees and spruces adorning the mountain slopes. It also has a wildlife sanctuary spread over an area of 67,230 acres, hosting a small number of Astor Markhor and grey wolfs among other mammals.
During the winters, the valley is a perfect skiing resort and skiers from all over the world visit the valley. The ski training camp at Naltar is managed by the Pakistan Airforce. Further up the valley there are five lakes, each of which leaves the viewer awestruck. The first lake is called the Satrangi Lake (literally, seven-coloured) and has shades of green, blue and yellow colours. The next lake, a ten-minute drive from Satrangi Lake, is called the Pari lake. It has a deep blue colour and is reportedly fed by underground streams. The last of these three lakes is named the Firoza Lake, and has a beautiful azure colour. Together, the trio of lakes is known as the Bashkiri Lakes.
 One must not miss the opportunity to visit Naltar!

Kutwal/Haramosh Valley

Haramosh Valley – Situated 65 km east of Gilgit, the picturesque Haramosh valley can be approached via the town of Jaglot. It is one of the most scenic tourist destinations of Pakistan, although it is not as commercial as other places like Hunza.
The valley is filled with spruces, cedar trees, pines and lush green meadows. Kutwal Lake, also known as the Emerald Lake, is the one of the most beautiful lakes of Pakistan. It is situated in the Kutwal valley – which offers splendid views of Laila, Malubiting and Haramosh Peaks, amongst others.