Hunza Valley-Land of Apricots,Pink Yak Butter, The Lady Finger and the Baltit Fort

Its been almost two years since my journey to the heaven like Gilgit Baltistan. Every area in Gilgit Baltisitan is an amazing treat to experience. Today , listening to a Shina Song, brought me the memories of the land of Apricots, Pink Yak Butter, The lady finger mountain and the Baltit Fort. The literacy rate in the Valley is more then 90 percent thanks to the Agha Khan Foundation ‘s work for its Community. Brushiski is the language spoken in the Hunza. The Traditional food of Hunza is very saltish and they cook almost everything by coating it in the Flour batter. The traditional Tea that is also served in Baltisitan is made of putting clarified butter in the milk and is of almost red colour and very hard for us people of the Plains to gulp down. However , the pink butter and the dried apricots are an amazing treat of the Hunza Valley and must be Tried by all visitors. Hunza valley hosts a PTDC and a Sareena Hotel as well.


The Lady Finger Mountain of Hunza sparkles among mountains

Bublimotin, Bubli Motin, Bublimating or Ladyfinger Peak, is a distinctive rock spire in the Batura Muztagh, the westernmost subrange of the Karakoram Range and is splendidly viewed by Hunza Valley.


700 Years Old Baltit Fort, the Former Residence of the Mirs of Hunza


Its half an hour s walk to the Fort from the base point at Karimababd village Hunza

The Baltit Fort is ranked as the 12th best tourist site in Pakistan. The fort was decaying after 1945 when Mirs shifted their residence from the fort. it has now been restored by the efforts of AGF and stands an interesting example of successful preservation. The Fort hosts a museum of its owners artefacts as well.


A 200 year old Manuscript of Quran on display at Baltit Fort

A Mir of Hunza married a Balti princess in 16th Century,  who brought Balti craftsmen to renovate the building as part of her dowry. The architectural style is a clear indication of Buddhist Tibet influence in Baltistan at the time.


Very Heavy Utensils in Rooms with very small doors makes one wonder how did these people lift them up..


An Old Gun of the Mirs on Display


Some Royale robs on display belonging to the Prince Karim Agha Khan ‘s Family



A cute little boy we met up our way up to the Fort speaking immaculate English


An old Hunza woman


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5 Responses to Hunza Valley-Land of Apricots,Pink Yak Butter, The Lady Finger and the Baltit Fort

  1. waqarrizvi says:

    It’s always a peaceful and serene feeling to be the lap of nature. Being a native of Gilgit Baltistan I never valued the beauty of this land until I was there. Ever since I’ve left Gilgit-Baltistan it’s beauty has drawn my soul.
    But it’s very unfortunate that the very Gilgit-Baltistan which I lived in and you visited years back is losing it’s attractions cuz of the imported terrorism. I desperately want to go back to Gilgit I’m stuck in Islamabad since last two years.

  2. waqarrizvi says:

    to be in the lap of nature**

  3. A simple yet informative, to the point and simultaneously yet, an interesting report on the Hunza valley and its other touristic attractions. Really liked it.
    Nayyar Hashmey

  4. Ali Atif says:

    Such a beautiful pictures thanks for sharing.

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