an altitude of about 4,900 feet and 365 miles away from Rawalpindi lies the
picturesque Gilgit Valley. One of the finest tourist destinations in
Pakistan, Gilgit witnesses the flow of tourists year round. This unique
little town of Gilgit is blessed with spectacular beauty. The peak tourist
season is from May to mid-October nevertheless, tourists keep pouring in all
year round. The maximum temperature in May is 33 C whereas the minimum goes
down to 16 C, while in September, temperatures show a maximum 28 C and a
minimum of 11 C. Though the tourist season is from May to October, one can
see tourists in Gilgit through out the year.
Gilgit is not only about beautiful scenic views, but the valley has a number
of historic places as well that you can visit. At one point of time in
history, Buddhism was the way of life in this region as one come across a
number monuments and symbols associated with the life of the Buddha. About
10 kilometres from Gilgit, there is the Buddha sculpture carved out of
stone. Just nearby is the game sanctuary Kragah Nala. Kragah Nalla is
wonderful for trekking.
Mughal, built some 700 years ago, is another monument that you can visit.
The monument is located about 30 kilometres from Gilgit town.
Sher Qilla, about 40 kilometres from Gilgit is another place that you can
visit on your tour to Gilgit Valley. Other places of interest include
Gahkuch (ideal for trekking and fishing) and Nalter Valley, which is about
three hours drive from Gilgit.
Those interested in Polo can chalk out their
tour in the month of November. Every year a polo tournament is held from 1st
November to 7th November. Gilgit Valley is fine tourist destination for
trekking and fishing. Trout fishing can be done at Kargah Nullah, which is
just 10 kilometres from Gilgit, Singal (56 km), Phandar (117 km) and Gakuh
(73 km). Gilgit is a key transit point for trekkers because of its location
between Chitral and Baltistan and just South of Hunza.
Gilgit is the best place to start exploring the
region which has some of the best mountain scenery in the world.
Gilgit is well connected by air with Islamabad (weather dependent) and by
road with Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Skardu and Chitral. You can take a flight to
Gilgit from the capital of the country and reach Gilgit The
airport at Gilgit is just a mile away from the main bazaar and you can take
mini-vans or some other vehicle to reach Gilgit town.