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A Quick Guide to Gilgit, Pakistan

Girls Who Travel | A Quick Guide to Gilget, Pakistan

About Gilgit

Gilgit, known locally as Gileet, is the capital city of the Gilgit-Baltistan region, an administrative territory of Pakistan. The city is located in a broad valley near the confluence of the Gilgit and Hunza Rivers. It is a major tourist destination in northern Pakistan and serves as a hub for mountaineering expeditions in the Karakoram Range. It was once an important stop on the ancient Silk Road. Today, it serves as a major junction along the Karakoram Highway with road connections to China, Skardu, Chitral, Peshawar, and Islamabad.

Food and Drinks

You can try local fruits like apples, cherries, apricots, and a variety of nuts rich in omega 5 like almonds, chestnuts, and walnuts. Restaurants offer a range of breakfast options from Western to local – like salted tea and bread as well as Chinese food, Tanduries, and other local dishes. In this region, people do not eat spicy food like in the rest of the country. Local food consists of special baked breads (different varieties), handmade-noodle soups, salted meats, roasted meats, vegetables, fruits, & dairy products. All the foods are organic, as they believe in traditional farming without the use of chemical fertilizers and sprays. Most of the high end hotels have their own bars and some areas they have their local alcohol, too.

Places to Visit

The Gilgit Bridge lies over the fast flowing Gilgit River at the end of its traditional bazaar. It is the largest suspension bridge in Asia (182 metres long and 2 metres wide), permitting enough room for one jeep at a time to cross.

The Kargah Buddha is located on a rock near Kargah Nullah (a ravine), 10 km. from town. It is a beautiful rock engraving of Buddha from the 7th century A.D.

The Monument of Taj Mughal is a victory monument of Taj Mughal. It was built 700 years ago and is 30 km. jeep drive from town.

Sher Qilla is 38 km. from Gilgit. A trekking route links with Naltar valley. There is a small lake in Sher Qilla Nullah where you can trout fish.

Singal is about 61 km from Gilgit. A trekking route links with Chilas and Kohistan Valley.

Gahkuch is an ideal place for trekking, good fishing, sports, and duck shooting (in season). It is the gateway to Iskoman Valley. You can stay in a government rest house and private hotels if necessary (73 km from Gilgit). There are archaeological sites in village and in a near by village called Hatoon.

The Naltar Valley is a two hours jeep drive from Gilgit link rod. Government Rest house, Private hotels, and a Ski slope are available. It’s full of lush green Alpine forests with small lakes and glaciers, with trout fishing on the lake. Trekking routes link with Iskoman, Chalt and Punial valley. You can see the statue of Budha in Kargah.

Ghizar District, Chilass City, Astor DistrictHunza Valley, Skardu City, and Ghanchy are a quick jeep drive from Gilgit. At 28,250 meters, K-2, is the worlds 2nd highest peak. You can also trek Mashaburam, Gashaburam, Rakaposhi, and Nanga Parbat (killer mountain and the world’s 6th highest peak).


Gilgit is fairly stable and safe compared to other regions. Travelers, both local and foreign, still visit the area and enjoy the breathtaking beauty and nature. Gilgit has some of the cheapest accommodations for visitors with a budget.

Mehvi Awan

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    Komal Kaur
    October 2, 2018 at 2:37 am

    Gilgit baltistan, a place to admire the nature, feel the nature. Thanks for informing such a adorable information. GB you are love. I would feel luckiest to see this place…

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    October 2, 2018 at 2:58 am

    Hi Mehwish, very Informative and Interesting article written so beautifully.

    Because of people like you world is taking a positive notice of theses Magical, Mystic, Breathtaking and Incomparable places with very Caring and Hospitable people ?..

    You are doing a great service to Pakistan and the world.?
    May God bless you always ?.

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    Nitish Sahu
    October 2, 2018 at 3:09 am

    Wow beautifully written n yes this place amazing….. I will visit this place one day…

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    B s Rajpurohit
    October 2, 2018 at 3:22 am

    Well written and yeah its in my bucket list for so long..! Still busy in exploring India and Nepal.. It’s informative

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    Basil Farmer
    October 2, 2018 at 4:12 am

    Wow, very informative, well written in such simple words still it managed to create a picture in my mind.

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    October 2, 2018 at 4:24 am

    Thanks for information
    Best of luck and keep it up

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    October 2, 2018 at 4:25 am

    Good one ??

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    Saad Rizwan
    October 2, 2018 at 4:50 am

    Pretty well articulated Mehvi ! this is another massive piece written so beautifully you’re doing a wonderful job by portraying the positive and beautiful image of Pakistan I loved it Thank you so much for sharing ❤️

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    October 2, 2018 at 5:31 am

    This is such an informative article! I find it very useful especially for those who love hiking, as I heard that K2 base camp is considered to be one of the most breathtaking mountain scenery. Nevertheless, Gilgit is a charming and unspoiled region, perfect for relaxation and adventure at the same time. I love the enthusiasm that your writing reflects and I’m waiting for more articles from you!

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    Jayk Muor
    October 2, 2018 at 6:41 am

    Great Place, Great info..Some sites are like treasures..hidden in the precious box of nature..

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    October 2, 2018 at 7:48 am

    I’m looking forward to visit GB next year.

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    Nimra Tariq
    October 2, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Very precise yet informative . You describe whole essence of peaceful Gilgit in a beautiful manner . Keep up the good work ❤❤

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    Aiza Zafar
    October 2, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Beautiful & very informative article Written…..Gilgit baltistan s such a beautiful & loved place to feel the wonderful nature….. I will surely visit the palce…..thanks for sharing a wonderful article….??❤❤

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    Aiza Zafar
    October 2, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Such a wonderful & informative article written…..u have done a great job……Gilgit Baltistan is such a beautiful place & loved to feel the nature….There is soo beautiful things which can admire us very much…..I also wanted to goo & explore our beautiful nature…..thanks for sharing a wonderful article with us

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    October 4, 2018 at 12:15 am

    Very well written, keep them coming.

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    Jagmohan Singh
    October 7, 2018 at 4:32 am

    I read the article and liked it. GB is dream destination for many and description by Mehvi is great read. Hope we get some details, about other very good tourist point of view places, in future from her.

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