THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN GILGIT BALTISTAN

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“The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone”, these Goethe’s words are definitely invigorating the aesthetic gratification of the spiritually deprived people, who yearn for walking alone in the midst of beauteous natural sceneries, where, thence, they encounter with the spiritual attributions of their soul [Pantheism]. 

Thus, to uncover such natural monuments, the article visualizes and scrutinizes the north-eastern part of Pakistan, which is categorized as one of the most beautiful hubs of pastoral beauties, Gilgit-Baltistan. It’s officially the 5th province (In 2011, it was remarked the 5th province) of Pakistan. In addition, the capital of these northern regions is Gilgit, which is an old city and has been the leading trading station for decades. Baltistan, on the other side, is known as the land of three ‘S’; sand, snow, and sea. Moreover, it’s acknowledged as Tibet-e-Khurd, for it is situated on top of the world. 

Furtherly, the article proceeds with the description of naturalistic places only found in Gilgit-Baltistan enthusiastically. The places are mentioned below:

LOWER KACHURA LAKE:

Known as Shangrila (denotatively means “Heaven on Earth”) Lake as well, the lake lies 20 kilometers away from Kachura Valley, Skardu, Baltistan. Kachura Lake is fashionably armed by the vibrant and mesmerizing Shangrila resort, which is supplemented by the availability of 70 Swiss Cottages and the establishment of the resort dates back to the first commander of the Northern Scouts Army, Brig Muhammad Aslam Khan. The resort is very opportunistic to its visitors for the recreational activities (for instance, sports and boating) and catering their appetizing necessities also through a variety of food spots, for example, Pagoda Restaurant and DC-3 Coffee Shop, which is located in an aircraft’s structure, who once was crashed down on the bed of the river.

UPPER KACHURA LAKE:

Before expanding our knowledge on Upper Kachura Lake, let’s share the brief elaborative facts of both Kachura lakes. The two Kachura Lakes are positioned 2500 meters above from the sea level. And the distance between two neighboring lakes is of 8km only. Coming back to UKL, located at a distance of 27.7 km from Skardu City, the lake’s blue water and floral existences, consisted chiefly of juicy apricots, make the lake the no first tourists’ choice to rejoice the ravishing colors of the nature. One visiting Upper Kachura Lake can provide himself with the moments of persisting jubilation through trout-fishing, hill hiking and slogging.

VALLEYS:

  • HUNDARAP VALLEY: Considered a fantastic camp site, the small attractive village of Hundarap, and Hundarap Lake famed for the trout fishing, the valley thus becomes the rightful appearance of God’s creative powers.
  • PHANDER VALLEY: Phander Valley is greenish in its nature. It is furnished by the green fields and forests, lakes and rivers, which are facilitated by the bluish and silvery water surfaces and frosty peaks.
  • DUIKAR VALLEY: The splendid view of Hunza Nagar district through the camera and the human eye as well, whilst standing at a glorious and breath-taking place in Duikar Valley, restrains the visitors to settle in the valley forever. It is to be praised as the best locality, viewing the sunrise and sunset. Additionally, the admirer of the outer space can behold thousands of stars and even galaxies adjacent to Milky Way during a gloomy night.
  • SKARDU VALLEY: The valley’s hypnotizing existence is praised to the skies in the proximal company of Satpara Lake and Shigar Lake or resort. Furthermore, the valley is encircled by snow-capped mountainous structures and sand-dunes.
  • KHAPLU VALLEY: A valley renowned for the peaks like Mashabrum, Sharpi Gangri, Sia Gangri, and Saltoro Gangri, is indeed an undeniable attraction for the mountaineers and sloggers. Besides, it is a starting-point for slogging into Hushe Valley.

ATTABAD LAKE:

This lake isn’t long-established; it’s a new addition to the beautiful panoramas of Gilgit-Baltistan, particularly Attabad Village. The formation of the lake dates back to 2010, when on 4th of January, a colossal landslide occurred at Attabad Village, killing almost 20 people and displacing 6,000 people from the upstream villages. The means of crossing the lake since its inception was only the wooden boats, but with the assistance of Chinese, a road tunnel was built, which opened in 2015. Before acknowledging it as a touristic spot, this was not lesser than a chronicle of devastation, which left hundreds of people, homeless and shop less, and which with its destructive might, ruined 25 km of Karakoram Highway. But let bygones be bygones, and start relishing in the tranquil atmosphere of the lake.

HUSSAINI HANGING BRIDGE:

The most perilous rope bridge or the bridge around the globe is Hussaini Bridge, which is one of the most dangerous rope bridges in Pakistan. The rivers and streams of the Northern Pakistan are commonly crossed through the rickety cable and plank (wood) bridges and Hussaini Hanging Bridge is one of them, for it is being highly anticipated before crossing it as some planks are missing and a wind trembles the crosser,  which crosses the Borit Lake in Upper Hunza. Despite of its hazardous or risky structure, tourists stake their lives for crossing it eagerly. 

DEOSAI NATIONAL PARK:

Located in the west of Himalayas, east of Nanga Parbat Peak (8125 meters in its altitude), and proximal to Central Karakoram Range, Deosai National Park distinguishes itself from the substandard beautiful artifices. It is an alpine highland, rich ecologically and beautifully. The plateau, surrounded by the mountains and contained of plains, has an altitude of 3500-5200 m and area of 358, 400 ha (hectares). The plateau’s environment is found extremely cold with the lowness in the atmospheric pressure. It receives the higher rainfall than the other valleys of Baltistan. The designation of this area as Deosai National Park by the Government of Pakistan in 1993 was hence, the dire necessity of protecting and conserving the Himalayan endangered Brown Bear. The plateau is home to 70 stable brown bears, contrary to the other unstable population of not more than 20 brown bears in Himalaya and Hindu Kush ranges. 

As we are progressing rapidly in technological terms, we are abandoning the natural aspects of the Earth, for they are the preservers of the humanity, we must go back to them.

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