Pakistan Tourist Destinations: Top Ten Forts of Pakistan

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Pakistan has a rich cultural heritage and it is depicted in the form of marvelous structure built for the defense of a state or a country. There are many forts located all around the world that are of historical significance. The main purpose behind the construction of forts was to protect a country from invaders and enemies. However, they serve another purpose also which involves making a display of one’s architecture as depicted by its significance in a culture. Pakistan is proud to have enormous forts with beautiful architecture and rich cultural significance.Ranikot, the largest fort of the world is also situated in Pakistan. The reason behind the accumulation of forts in Pakistan lies in its history. As Pakistan initially was a part of Indo-Pak sub-continent, it had been ruled over by various monarchs including Mughals who were fond of art and architecture. Here a list of the famous forts of Pakistan has been presented naming only the top ten forts of Pakistan with their respective locations. These forts are a place of frequent local visits along with being famous tourist attractions

1)      Ranikot Fort located in the province of Sindh.

2)      Baltit Fort situated in Hunza Valley

3)      Royal Fort located in Lahore

4)      Rohtas Fort situated in Dina

5)      Multan Fort located in Multan

6)      Rawat Fort in Rawalpindi

7)      Phrasal Fort in Rawalpindi

8)      Red Fort of Muzaffarabad

9)      Attock Fort of Rawalpindi

10)  Giri Fort in Taxila

Tourists Destinations: Hunza Valley of Pakistan

Hunza Valley Pakistan

Hunza Valley

Hunza Valley of Pakistan is a breath-taking mountainous valley present at an elevation of 2400 meters. This valley is present in great Karakoram Range in the north of river hunza. Vale of Hunza is famous globally due to the longevity of its people. It’s a splendid valley with river Hunza passing thorugh the centre. It is surrounded by overwhelming peaks of Rakaposhi, Ultar, Lady Finger, Diran, hunza, golden and Passu peak.

Karimabad is the main town of Vale of Hunza. Historical Baltit fort of Hunza is present here that is unique due to its wooden out look.

After the construction of Karakoram highway (KKH), now this Hunza valley is easily accessible, as a result a large number of local as well as foreign tourists use to visit this astounding valley. Through this highway Hunza valley is connecting to China through breath-taking Khunjerab Pass and through out this journey river Hunza keep on flowing on the eastern side of KKH.

Hunza Valley of Pakistan is famous due to mouth-watering apricots, almonds. Dry fruits are also growing in large quantity.  Cultivation is practised on terraced fields extending from high pastures down to the rivers. Local people of Hunza valley have developed an extensive system of canals and through these canals melt water is bringing down from glaciers to the fields and to the residential areas. Through small open canals melt water of glaciers is also supplying to the homes for drinking and other purposes. This water is considered to be the reason of longevity of local people.

When you are in Hunza valley, you can visit stunning valley of Nagar, Passu, Khunjerab Pass. Eagle’s nest is a point near hunza valley; from here you can have a fabulous view of whole hunza valley. From here we can hike up to famous Altit fort as well. Hunza is considered as an ideal place for hhiking, trekking and mountaineering.

Ismaili shia Muslims are present in very large numbers in Hunza, who are the followers of prince Karim Agha Khan IV. Burushaski, Shina and Wakhi are the local languages howver, many people can understand Urdu and English as well. Unique feature of the Hunzai people is their 90% literacy rate. Ideal time period to visit Hunza is from May to October.

 

5 Must See tourist places in Hunza Pakistan

by on December 7, 2009
in Travel Pakistan

Rakaposhi mountain in Pakistan

Hunza the remote mountainous valley lies in the north east of Pakistan. Because of its impressive snow capped mountainous landscape, green fertile valleys, large glaciers and untouched nature, Hunza is known as “The Paradise on Earth”.

It is situated at a height of 8,500 feet above sea level and is surrounded by mountain peaks some as high as 25,550 feet. The inhabitants of Hunza are Ismaili Muslims of Shia sect. They are friendly and hospitable people. Due to their simple life style and interaction with nature, they live a long life. Serious diseases are unheard of as is obesity.

Apricots are a major part of their diet and are assumed to be the secret of their long lives and young looks.

Sights of Hunza

The spellbinding beauty of the valley and its magnificent mountain peaks has made Hunza a favorite spot of tourists allover the world. It is a mountaineer’s, nature lover’s and a photographer’s dream. Some must see sights of Hunza are its mountain peaks, forts and the bazaar.

The must see Peaks of Hunza

1. Rakaposhi Mountain

It is a part of the Karakoram Mountain range and is 7,788 meters high. Also known as Dumani (Mother of Mist), Rakaposhi Mountain can be seen from many parts of Hunza. The word Rakaposhi means “Shinning Wall” most probably because it is surrounded by famous glacier valleys like Barpu, Biro, Bagrot and Pisan. It is the 12th highest mountain peak of Pakistan and is famous for its scenic beauty.

2. Ultra Sar

It is also a part of the Karakoram Range and is situated at an approximate distance of 10 km northeast of Karimabad (capital of Hunza). Till 1996 it enjoyed the reputation of being the inaccessible peak of the world.

Other peaks worth watching are the Hunza Peak, the Bublimanting or Lady Finger Peak and Golden Peak.

3. The Baltit Fort

The Baltit Fort is a magnificent structure 700 years old and was the residence of the rulers. Over the years it under went many alterations and then in 1996 it was taken over and restored by the Aga Khan Trust For Culture Historic Cities Support Program and now serves as a museum.. It sits on top of Karimabad. Stilted on massive legs it is a must see on every tourists list.

4. Altit Fort

Altit Fort was also the residence of the rulers. It is said to be a century older than the Baltit Fort and lies at the foot of the valley. Due to negligence of the government it was in ruins but now it is also being restored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture Historic Cities Support Program.

The local handicrafts can be purchased from the colorful bazaar of Hunza.

5. Hunza River

Hunza River is the major river of Hunza, in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. It is formed by the union of the Khunjerab River, Gujerab River, Misgar River, Chapursan River and Shimshal River. These rivers are fed by glaciers. These rivers join the Hunza River in its upper course. In its middle and short course it is joined by small steams.

The river cuts through the Karakoram Range, flowing from north to south. The Karakoram Highway crosses the Hunza River near Hunza and Nagar valleys.

The entire Hunza Valley depends upon the Hunza River. Hanging bridges over the river at Passu are a must-do activity.

A number of bridges both old and new are built over this river.