Sunday, January 1, 2012

Northern areas of Pakistan -Dream Land


Northern areas of Pakistan, spread over 72,496 square km are as fascinating as the southern region. Midst towering snowcapped peaks with heights varying from 1,000 meters to 8,000 meters, the regions Gilgit, Hunza, Baltistan and Shangri-La. The cultural patterns in these regions are as interesting as its natural features. The people with typical costumes, folk dances, music and sports like polo and buzkashi, gives the traveler an unforgettable experience.

Out of 14 over 8,000 meters high peaks on earth, 4 records an amphitheater at the head of Baltoro glacier in the Karakoram range in northern Pakistan. These are, K-2 or Mount Godowin Austin (8611 m, world second highest), Gash BRUM-I (8,068 m), Broad Peak (8047 m) and Gasherbrum II (8,035 m).

There is another which is equally great, Nanga Parbat (8,126 m), located in the western most end of the Himalayas. Beyond these mountains, there are 68 peaks over 7,000 meters and hundreds of others over 6,000 meters.
The Northern Pakistan has some of the longest glaciers outside Polar region; Siachen (72 km), Biafo (60 km) and Batura Baltoro (60 km), Hispar (61 km), (64 km).

Swat Valley Heaven on earth  .

The lush-green valley of Swat, with its rushing rivers, glacial lakes, fruit-laden orchards and flower-decked slopes is ideal for tourists intent on relaxation. It has a rich historical past, too.

This is "Udayana" (the "Garden") by the ancient Hindu epic "country enthralling beauty" where Alexander of Macedonia fought and won some of his major battles before crossing over to the plains of Pakistan. This is the "valley of hanging chains" described by the famous Chinese pilgrim-chroniclers, Huain Tsang and Fa-Hian in the fifth and sixth centuries.

Swat was once the cradle of Buddhism in all its schools-Little Vehicle, fabulous food and the Esoteric sects where once 1,400 monasteries flourished. It was home to the famous Gandhara School of Sculpture which was an expression of the Graeco-Roman form in the local Buddhist tradition.

Hunza Nagar Valley Gilgit

At an altitude of 1,454 meters lies the Gilgit Valley. The picturesque little town of Gilgit has spectacular scenic beauty. The peak tourist season is from May to mid-October though the tourist season is round the year. The maximum temperature in May is 33 C and minimum 16 C. In September, maximum 28 C and minimum 11C.

The visitors to Hunza are overwhelmed by the rugged charm, the fragrant breeze signing through graceful poplar trees and velvety green carpet of wheat fields against the backdrop of snowcapped mountains. Situated at an altitude of 2,438 meters, Hunza Valley's tourist season is from May to October. The temperature in May is maximum 27 C and minimum 14 C. The October temperatures are: maximum 10 C and minimum 0 C.

Karimabad, the capital of Hunza, offers an awe-inspiring views of Rakaposhi Peak (7,788 meters). The snow Rakaposhi glitter in the moonlight, producing an atmosphere at once ethereal and sublime. The fairytale-like castle Baltit forward Karimabad, Hunza is a landmark built abut 600 years ago. Stilted on massive legs, its wooden bay windows look out over the valley. Hunza is ideal for mountaineering, trekking and hiking.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Have You ever Seen Kaghan and Naran Valleys.

A holiday in the Kaghan Valley, the Himalayan hide-away, north-east of the Hazara district of Pakistan's North West Frontier Province, is an unforgettable experience. Its mountains, valleys, lakes, waterfalls, rivers and glaciers are still in unbelievable pristine state, and unspoiled paradise. Therefore, such a deeply satisfying experience for a few days to spend in Kaghan.

Locations:

The Valley stretches over 155 km rising from an altitude of 2134 meters the highest point, the Babusar Pass at 4173 meters. Kaghan is at its best during the summer months (May to September). In May, the temperature up to 11C and the minimum 3 C. From mid July to late September, the road beyond Naran, snow-bound during the winter, is open to Babusar Pass.
The Kaghan Valley is accessible by road from Rawalpindi / Islamabad and Peshawar. In your own or a rented car, taxi, station wagons or bus to Abbottabad which is 122 km. of Rawalpindi and 217 km. of Peshawar. Abbottabad is a charming town spread out over several low, refreshingly green hills.

Places to Must Visit:
Balakot

From Abbottabad, 72 km you drive to Balakot, the gateway to the Kaghan Valley. Balakot has the shrines of Syed Ahmed Shaheed and Ismail Shaheed Brelvi, the South Asia great freedom fighters.
For your drive to Kaghan, you switch from Balakot to a jeep. Your first stop is 34 km away from Shogran at 2362 meters above sea level. At Kaghan, the village that gives the valley its name, 61 km from Balakot.

Naran Dreamland

In Naran, Kaghan you reach 23 km from the half-way point. Naran also serves as the basis for the entire valley. From here you can ride a jeep or horse or hike in excursions to several picturesque lakes, valleys and peaks.

Natural beauty of Lake Saiful Maluk:

Lake Saiful Muluk has a touch of the dreamlike about it, nestling 3,200 metres high in the shadow of the Malika Parbat (Queen of the mountains) 5,291 metres high. You can go boating on the lake and listen to the local legend about Prince Saiful Muluk who fell in love with a fairy. Further up are charming woodland villages; Battakundi, Burawai, Besal Gittidas and Lalazar.
 
Babusar Pass. (Babusar Top):

The Kaghan Valley is blocked at the end by high mountains, but a pass lets the jeep-able road snake over into the Chilas Valley. This is 4173 meters high Babusar Pass, the whole Kaghan panorama commands and gives you, on a clear day, glimpses of the Nanga Parbat (The Naked Mountain) glistening at 8126 meters.