The 10 Best Sights & Landmarks in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

May 21, 2022 Kelli Reichel

Gilgit-Baltistan (Urdu: گلگت بلتستان‬‎), formerly known as the Northern Areas, is the northernmost administrative territory in Pakistan. It borders Azad Kashmir to the south, the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the west, the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan to the north, the Xinjiang region of China, to the east and northeast, and the Indian-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir to the southeast. According to UNSC Resolution of 1947 the territory is part of the disputed Kashmir region along with Azad Kashmir, Aksai Chin, the Shaksgam Valley, and Jammu, Ladakh, and the Valley of Kashmir.
Restaurants in Gilgit-Baltistan

1. Ondra Fort

Gulmit Pakistan +92 333 5626529 http://www.hunzatourism.com/ondrafort
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Ondra Fort

2. Jagir Baseen

Ghizer Road, Gilgit 15100 Pakistan +92 310 2527152 https://www.facebook.com/Jagir-Baseen-Gilgit-871904066306067/
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Jagir Baseen

3. Karakoram Highway

Hassanabdal Pakistan From Hassan Abdal to China border, Gilgit Pakistan
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5.0 based on 55 reviews

Karakoram Highway

Reviewed By AtifHafeezSiddiqui - Karachi, Pakistan

The KKH (Karakoram Highway) is no doubt the 8th wonder of the world. Men of unmatched courage & unbeatable will carved it through the insurmountable mountains under the most hostile circumstances in the era when there was not even any telegraphic communication was possible. Their story would induce a current through one's spine. Now when we travel with extreme comfort on this extraordinary path, we shouldn't forget the innumerable martyrs who laid their lives to turn an impossible & crazy dream to reality. The Karakoram Highway(known informally as the KKH) is said to be the highest paved international road in the world. It's the road to paradise – if you like exploring the mountains, that is. It's regarded as one of the world's hardest alpine climbs.Due to its unique features, the Karakoram highway has been called the "Eighth Wonder of the World". ... A section of the road goes through the Karakoram Mountains at a height of 15,466 feet.  It is a 1,300-kilometre (810 mi)  is a 1,300-kilometre (810 mi) national highway which extends from Hasan Abdal in the Punjab province of Pakistan to the Khunjerab Pass in Gilgit-Baltistan, where it crosses into China and becomes China National Highway 314. The highway connects the Pakistani provinces of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa plus Gilgit-Baltistan with China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

4. Rainbow Lake

Domel Pakistan https://www.facebook.com/RainbowLakeGB/
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Rainbow Lake

Reviewed By zahidhussain56

this most beautiful place visit with family and friends lake views and landscape unforgtable best camp place

5. Passu Cones

Korakoram Highway, Pasu Pakistan +92 333 5131094 http://www.saraisilkroutehotel.com
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Passu Cones

Reviewed By shahmurai

The serrated peaks of Passu are very alluring. Passu is a peaceful valley surrounded by these magnificent mountains and with the river flowing through it. Glaciers and their rivers run across. Great place to walk, trek or hike. Just serene!

6. Baltit Fort

Karimabad Pakistan +92-5821-57640 [email protected] http://www.baltitfort.org/
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Baltit Fort

This palace/fortress is over seven centuries old.

Reviewed By Umamarry - Lahore, Pakistan

The rich beauty of Baltit Fort can be traced back 700 years, to Ayasho II, Tham/Mir (ruler) of Hunza, who married Princess Shah Khatoon (Sha Qhatun) from Baltistan in the early 15th Century. The Fort remains open all year round and seven days a week, with the idea of being a self-sustaining cultural centre supported by the sale of entry tickets, souvenirs and generous donations of individuals and organizations interested for the promotion and preservation of cultural and historical heritage of this part of world. In olden times a number of small independent states existed in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. Among them, Hunza and Nagar were the traditional rival states, situated on opposite sides of the Hunza (kanjut) river. The rulers of these two states, known as Tham, built various strongholds as expressions of their power. The Hunza rulers initially resided in the Altit Fort, but later, as a result of a conflict between the two sons of the ruler (Sultan), Shah Abbas (Shάboos) and Ali Khan (Aliqhάn), Shaboos shifted to the Baltit Fort, making it the capital of Hunza. The power struggle between the two brothers eventually resulted in the death of younger one, and Baltit Fort established itself as the seat of power in the Hunza state. Ayasho II, Tham was the first to modify the face of Altit and, subsequently Baltit Fort. Baltistan - the land of Balti people - had a strong cultural and ethnic relationship with the Ladakh region of undivided India. Consequently, the structure of Baltit Fort was influenced by the Ladakhi/Tibetan architecture, with some resemblance to the Potala palace in Lhasa. Additions, renovations and changes to the building were made through the centuries by the long line of rulers of the Hunza region, which was on the historic Silk Route. One of the biggest changes in the structure of Baltit Fort came with the invasion of British in December 1891, which resulted in Tham/Mir Safdarali Khan, ruler of Hunza, his wazir Dadu (Thara Baig III), fleeing to Kashgar (China) for political asylum with their companions and families.

7. Hussaini Hanging Bridge

Borit Lake, hussaini glacier, Hunza 559088 Pakistan
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Hussaini Hanging Bridge

Reviewed By Explore_Pakistan1 - Islamabad, Pakistan

Passu suspension bridge is considering the most thrilling and longest bridge in Gilgit Baltistan it is short walk for Passu village .some 40 minutes walk .

8. Altit Fort

Hunza Valley Main Altit Valley, Hunza Pakistan +92 321 4364658 http://www.hunzatourism.com/altitfort
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Altit Fort

Reviewed By 765humeraa

Altit fort is a historical place with a good environment. View from the top of fort is so beautiful and hide me jawed there was a very wonderful person to meet there. T

9. Khilingrong Mosque

Shigar Pakistan +92 346 9895720
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Khilingrong Mosque

10. Kunjerab Pass

Pak China border, Hunza Pakistan +92 333 5626529 [email protected] http://hunzatourism.com
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Kunjerab Pass

Reviewed By 765humeraa

It has a very good road with beautiful scenery. There is too cold weather on the khunjrab pass. You can experience some difficulty in breathing bcoz of height

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