Published On: Tue, Feb 23rd, 2016

‘Hunza valley’ the most beautiful landscape in the world



Pakistan includes in the list of some countries in the world which has lively landscapes like rivers, deserts, lakes, waterfalls, springs, glaciers and we can see these all in great abundance. Hunza or Kanjut is one of these kinds of landscapes and almost certainly Pakistan’s most visited valley, by the tourists. It is the northernmost part of Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan. The most beautiful valley in the world bordered the Gilgit Agency to the south, the ex- the princely state of Nagar to the east, Xinjiang, China to the northeast and Afghanistan to the northwest.


Most of the time, Hunza valley is called heaven on the earth. At the altitude of 7000 – 800 feet, enveloped in the grand Himalayas and the Karakoram mountain ranges, it is the first main town or stop if you are entering Pakistan from China.


The central Hunza also known as Karimabad is chiefly a town of only 6 villages. The first main village if you come from the main Karakorum Highway is Aliabad. There are amazing scenes of Rakaposhi Mountain (7788 meters). Immediately on the top of Aliabad on the hill are Altit and Baltit villages the heart of Hunza. There are a much fascinating Bazaar and two Forts in Altit & Baltit Villages. The Baltit fort has in recent times been revived and rehabilitated as a guided museum.


Hunza valley, which was ruled by the Mirs of Hunza, who took the name of Thum, is the Shangri-la of James Hilton’s novel The Lost Horizon. The areas which include Aliabad tehsil of Hunza-Nagar District is perhaps the most Photogenic point in the world. This is the most favorable place for adventure lovers because it is surrounded by the entire new spectrum of hues and truly mesmerizing. This grazing land is loaded with white, pink, and orange flowers and you will find these plants all over. A lot of flowers beside the road from Hussainabad to Aliabad seem to be the truly primrose path.



100 kilometers from Gilgit, Hunza, in the early 1890s, was embarked upon by the British. British army led by Colonel Durand occupied Nilt Fort in 1890. Later on, they carried on to the Baltit Fort but faced serious confrontation. The British got absolute control of Hunza and Nagar with the modest endeavor. After that, the Mir of Hunza, Safdar Ali Khan together with his family, run away to Kashgar in China, and his brother Mir Muhammad Nazim Khan was become the new ruler of Hunza by the British.


Hunza has the ability to captivate you a lot that you can live a beautiful contented life here whereas being in your home in a big metropolis, but as soon as you take a trip to the northern places; you discover that the actual tranquility of mind lies within these beautiful mountains.


Once upon a time when people were used to visiting Hunza for rehabilitation. It is still happening but at present, the tourism feature has enhanced much more than before. From winters to spring, nature appears to be in an evolution period. This place continues extraordinary with each altering season.


In mountains, one feels seclude; isolated from gloominess, isolated from everything but the friendly people of northern areas, the loving and caring people that they are. In the spring season transition period over, evolution phase, whether it’s of weather or of incidents, is full of commotion and qualms. Spring is the season which cherishes and improves the imminent weather, time, and the circumstances. And it also nurtures one’s creativities.


Places in Hunza


It is the main market of Hunza packed with colorful shops with local dry fruits (Dried Apricots, Apricot Nut, Almonds, Walnuts Mulberry, etc.) when the market ends, there are the Baltit village and Baltit fort, which are revived by the Aga Khan fund for Culture & heritage. The fort has been carried on a guided museum where you can spend time with visiting diverse segments of the fort and seeing the slide show in the small hall of the fort.


It is located at the height of 10000 feet above sea level this is a striking place to glimpse sunrise. You can glimpse 8 peaks over 7000 meters from here everyone contracts the sunlight one by one as the sun rises.



About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.