Sunday, 18 March 2012

Gilgit Baltistan - Most Beautiful Province of Pakistan

Gilgit-Baltistan  is the northernmost political entity in Pakistan. Gilgit-Baltistan is home to some of the world's highest mountains, including five of the eight-thousanders. The main focus of attention for many travelers is the world's three highest mountain ranges--the Karakoram, the Himalaya, and the Hindu Kush, with five peaks over 8,000 meters and many peaks over 7,000 meters, and having the largest glaciers in the world (other than those in the polar region). Wild rivers and unique landscapes make this area a "mountain paradise" for mountaineers, trekkers, and tourists.

The administrative center of Gilgit was an important city on the Silk Road, through which Buddhism was spread from India to the rest of Asia. A large number of Buddhist Sanskrit texts, including the long version of the Heart Sutra have been unearthed in Gilgit. The Dards and Cizinas also appear in many of the old Pauranic lists of peoples, with the former finding mention in Ptolemy's accounts of the region. Two famous travellers, Faxian and Hsuan Tsang, are known to have traversed Gilgit as per their accounts. 


Gilgit-Baltistan is divided into two divisions--the Baltistan Division and the Gilgit Division--which together comprise seven districts.

Gilgit-Baltistan is divided into two divisions--the Baltistan Division and the Gilgit Division--which together comprise seven districts.


Baltistan Region

The Baltistan Region consists of two districts:
  • Skardu District – Skardu town is the administrative center of the Skardu District. Askole is the last settlement in the district for all treks to Concordia (the confluence of the Baltoro Glacier and the Godwin-Austen Glacier). 
  • Ghanche District – The Ghanche District is the easternmost district of Baltistan. To its east is the Leh District of Ladakh, northeast is Aksai Chin, (China), to the north and northwest is the Skardu District, to the west is the Astore District. The administrative center of the Ghanche District is Khaplu. The Hushe valleys form the gateway to the great Baltoro Muztagh, the sub-range of the Karakoram.

3 comments:

  1. OMG OMG! my family is planning a trip to gilgit this summer and i just googled gilgit and found this site.... pictures are amazzzziiinggg!!!!!!!! i wish i could live here foreverrrr... its sooo beautifully awesomeeee!!!!!

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    1. Masha Allah <3 love yu pakistan

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  2. love you beautiful pakistan

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