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Blossom in Gilgit-Baltistan is a season short-lived yet worth observing. In the enchanting region of Gilgit-Baltistan lies a breathtaking canvas of fragrance and beauty, where nature unfolds its vibrant colors and captivates the senses with its diverse shades. From the lush green fields nourished by clear, crystalline waters to the majestic snow-crowned mountains standing tall against the horizon, this mountain kingdom is a pearl of natural wonders that leave visitors in awe.
Gilgit-Baltistan, with its unparalleled natural splendor and vibrant culture, is a place where nature and humanity coexist in perfect harmony. When you visit Hunza and Nagar valleys, the Karakoram Highway wears jewelry of natural colors emanating sweet fragrances and shows off its beauty to visitors. In the Shigar and Khaplu valleys of Baltistan, nature is at its peak and has no match when it blossoms.
Embrace the blossoming beauty, immerse yourself in the fragrance of nature’s tender touch, and witness the rejuvenation of the earth. Let the colors, fragrances, and enchanting sceneries of Gilgit-Baltistan leave an everlasting impression on your soul, making it a destination that beckons you with open arms.
Every season in Gilgit-Baltistan has its allure, but Blossom in Gilgit-Baltistan is a season truly displaying a sight to behold. As nature reawakens during this time, so do the hearts of the people, filled with gratitude for the bounty bestowed upon them. The ideal weather makes it the perfect time for exploration, adventure, and forging memories that will last a lifetime. Moreover, this season coincides with traditional festivals, adding an aura of celebration and joy to the already picturesque landscape.
In the midst of the blooming beauty, the people of Gilgit-Baltistan celebrate Nowroz (celebrated on 21st March) as their cultural heritage, adding to the richness of the experience for visitors. Traditional music, dance, and festivities fill the air, and warm hospitality welcomes travelers, making them feel like an integral part of the celebration. As the season draws to a close, and the blossoms gently bid adieu, the memories forged here linger in the hearts of those who had the privilege of witnessing this ephemeral wonder.
Embark on an enchanting journey from Rawalpindi/Islamabad to Besham, driving along the scenic Hazara Motorway and tunnels. Make a delightful stopover at Taxila, one of Pakistan’s six UNESCO World Heritage sites, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Indus River during your overnight stay in Besham.
Today’s drive takes you alongside the Indus River to Gilgit, a journey that may extend to approximately 10-12 hours. Don’t miss the chance to visit the Nanga Parbat viewpoint and the Junction point of three mighty mountain ranges, located about 45km short of Gilgit. Once you arrive in Gilgit, transfer to your hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
In the morning, explore the charming Gilgit town before continuing your journey to Hunza along the Karakoram Highway (KKH). Take short breaks at the Chinese Graveyard, Memorial monument, Collision point of continental plates, Rakaposhi viewpoint, and other scenic spots along the way. The picturesque journey may extend your travel time to most of the day. Upon reaching Hunza, transfer to your hotel for a relaxing overnight stay.
Experience the rich history of Hunza by visiting two ancient forts, Baltit Fort (800 years old) and Altit Fort (900 years old), both offering commanding views of the entire Hunza and Nagar Valleys. Don’t forget to explore the vibrant local market before retiring for the night at your hotel.
Embark on an early morning drive to Duikar sunrise point, where you’ll be surrounded by awe-inspiring snow-crowned mountains above 7000+ height. From Duikar, you’ll enjoy a bird’s eye view of the entire Hunza and Nagar valleys. After breakfast, drive to Gulmit & Passu valleys for a half-day excursion. On your way back, make a stop at Hoper Valley in Nagar, where you can indulge in the beauty of apricot orchards, lush green fields, and mesmerizing views of Golden Peak & Kepal Peak, as well as the glaciers and mountain peaks in Hunza valley. Explore the ancient mosques and sections of the Silk Route in the 1000-year-old Ganish old settlements before returning to your hotel in Hunza for the night.
Set off in the morning from Hunza to Skardu. The adventurous road to Skardu through a narrow gorge opens up to a wider landscape after Ayub Bridge. Upon arriving in Skardu, transfer to your hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Discover the beauty of Skardu town as you explore the Kachura valley and lakes, Kharpocho Fort, Manthal Buddha Rock, and Sadpara Lake. Spend your afternoon exploring the local market before returning to your hotel for a restful overnight stay.
After breakfast, embark on a journey to the Shigar valley, located about 35km from the main town of Skardu. Once a princely state ruled by a local prince’s family, Shigar valley now stands as a hot tourist attraction. Explore the cold desert, unique architecture, the blind lake, Ambuiq Mosque, and the renovated Serena Fort Palace. Don’t miss the opportunity to try out some excellent dining options, including the Serena hotel. Return to Skardu in the afternoon for your overnight stay.
Khaplu Valley, located approximately 102 km from Skardu, served as another princely state ruled by local princes in ancient times. The valley boasts attractions like the Khaplu Valley, the historical Chaqchan mosque dating back to 1370, and the Khaplu Fort, which has now been transformed into the Serena Hotel. Return to your hotel in Skardu for a peaceful overnight stay.
Begin your drive from Skardu to Chilas, where you’ll spend the night. The journey promises scenic views, and you can expect it to take about 6-8 hours.
Proceed to Rawalpindi/Islamabad with a lunch stop at Besham. As your 11-day adventure comes to an end, cherish the memories of this unforgettable journey through the mesmerizing landscapes of Northern Pakistan.