In Pakistan, tourism mostly rely on the vast region of GB, formerly known as the Northern Areas (NA). This part of the country is famous for its snowy mountains, lush green valleys, mighty rivers, plentiful wildlife and beautiful lakes. The World Wide Fund for Nature Pakistan (WWF-P) has been a pioneer in introducing sustainable ecotourism initiatives in GB.
Gilgit Baltistan is considered to be the capital of tourism in Pakistan. It has the range of some of the highest mountains in the world, including K2, which is the second highest mountain in the world. Presently, accommodation facilities in GB consist of approximately 140 hotels of various grades with an overall capacity of 2600 rooms, 30 Government Rest Houses and 3 Tourist Facilitation Centers at entry points.
The GB has very much to offer in four seasons with highest plateaus including Deosai, cultural sites including Altit and Baltit forts in Hunza, Shigar Fort and Khaplu Fort in Baltistan, Waterfalls of Skardu region, ancient rock art carvings and inscriptions along KKH in District Diamer, lush green meadows and lakes in district Ghizer and Astore, Rakaposhi, Diran Peak and Hopper glacier in Nagar, rich culture, dry fruits and hospitality of Hunza that attract tourists to Gilgit-Baltistan.
Sikandarabad (Urdu: سکندر آباد) is a village located in the Nagar District of Gilgit–Baltistan in Pakistan. It is the headquarter of district "Nagar "tehsil. "Sikandarabad" is located on "Karakoram Highway(KKH)".Learn More
Sost or Sust (Urdu: سوست ) is a village in Gojal, Upper Hunza, Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan. It is the last town inside Pakistan on the Karakoram Highway before the Chinese border. It is elevated 2,800 meters above sea level.Learn More
Ultar Sar is a 7,388 metres (24,239 ft) mountain in the Karakoram range, in Pakistan. It is also known as Ultar Peak, Ultar II, Bojohagur Duanasir II, and simply as Ultar. Ultar Sar is part of the Batura Muztagh subrange. It is the 69th highest mountLearn More
Shimshal Lake is basically natural accumulation of water from melted glacier water flowing through seasonal streams. Shimshal Lake is situated 40KM from the Shimshal village and runs along the Chinese border.Learn More
Chapursan Valley is situated in Gojal Hunza it starts from Sost and ends on Irshod Pass which links Pakistan to Afghanistan and Tajikistan via Wakhan Corridor. It is almost 4 hour tough jeep ride from Sost to Zood Khun Village.Learn More
Gilgit is home to a number of diversified cultures, ethnic groups, languages and various backgrounds. It is home to people belonging to all regions of Gilgit as well as from other cities of Pakistan and aboard. This multitude of cultures is because of the strategic location of Gilgit. Being the headquarters of the Gilgit-Baltistan almost of the key offices are located in Gilgit.
The traditional hat of Gilgit-Baltistan is a soft, round-topped, men’s hat, typically made of wool and found in any of a variety of earthy colors: brown, black, gray, or ivory.Learn More
Kameez or tunic is the upper part dress. Traditional kameez is loose fitted and heel long.Learn More
Dopata or shawl is an integral part of the traditional ladies dress. Different color of dopata is used. Young ladies wear bright colors while elder ladies prefer dark colors.Learn More
The name shalwar is derived from the Turkish word salvar for trouser. This was later adopted in Urdu and other local languages.Learn More
Being a cold mountainous region, there are few things more warming and satisfying when it’s cold outside, than soup. And soup in Baltistan in not a watery affair, but rather the balay as it’s known, is thick and hearty and eats almost like a gravy.Learn More
Many types of sports are in currency, throughout the region, but most popular of them is Polo. Other popular sports are football, cricket, volleyball (mostly play in winters) and other minor local sports. with growing facilities and particular local geography Climbing, trekking and other similar sports are also getting popularity.
Polo- “the game of kings and the king of games” is very popular in Gilgit Baltistan (GB) and Chitral for centuries.Learn More
Hunza hosting first ever int’l paragliding gala of Gilgit-Baltistan’s historyLearn More
Baba Ghundi wins the title of Gilgit Baltistan Girls Football LeagueLearn More
Historical and cultural sites are places that are acknowledged for their importance in nation‟s history. Historic sites provide a tangible link with the past and these sites are associated with an event, a person, a place, or the built heritage. They are part of nation‟s heritage and contribute to define its identity. Historical sites are main asset of any society which imitates their identity and an individual can have a good grasp on his past and his forefather‟s lives.
The building is a manifestation of the colonial architectural aesthetic, and is a peaceful and well-furnished facility for tourists in Astore.Learn More
The PWD (Public Works Department, Government of Pakistan) Rest House is one of the few surviving buildings in the Astore region that showcases a colonial architectural style.Learn More