Summers are here and you have this extreme urge of going for a little vacation to relax and just have some fun, right? If you want to head up North and explore the beauty of your own country, Hunza is THE place to go! Why? Well, there are many reasons why Hunza is our top pick for vacationing. It is located in Gilgit Baltistan and apart from its breathtaking beauty, it has a lot more interesting things to offer which will definitely interest you.
So, here is why you need to go to Hunza if you haven’t already:
Culture and Traditions
The culture and way of life of Hunza makes it the most unique place in our country, literally! If you roam around the place, you’ll feel like you’re in some foreign country where people are not staring at you and are actually minding their own business.
Karimabad is the main market area of Hunza where you’ll find lots of shops with their traditional things and unique stones; but the most interesting fact is that majority of the shops are run by women! Moreover, you won’t find trash anywhere; from young kids to old people, they all play their part in keeping their roads and streets clean. This city is the perfect balance between modernity and traditions.
The thing most eaten by the people of Hunza is Apricot and you will find it in everything that you eat or drink there! Apricot cake, apricot juice, apricot bread, apricot desserts, its everywhere!
Their dishes have very unique names like their very famous Chapshuro and they taste very different from our local dishes as well.
The Tourist Spots
Hunza has lots of beautiful places you can visit; Karimabad is of utmost attraction for the tourists because of its uniqueness. Attabad Lake is a place that should not be missed; the crystal clear blue water, the colorful boats and the mighty mountains in the background offer a mesmerizing view.
Other than this, there is the Rakaposhi Peak which is a long and hard hike; however, if you can’t hike, you can just admire the beauty from the Rakaposhi view point as well. Also, don’t miss out the sunrise from Eagle Nest Duikar!
Travelling to Hunza by road is another story in itself! You will encounter beautiful stopovers and scenic views throughout the 13 hour journey from Islamabad.
The Karakoram Highway has made travelling to Hunza super easy and comfortable and it is a road worth travelling on.
History of Hunza
One thing that makes Hunza an even more interesting place to visit is its history; it has been ruled by multiple rulers and their forts are still a source of attraction for the tourists.
The Altit and Baltit Forts are not to be missed; there are tour guides who will enlighten you with their history as well. The people of Hunza celebrate their special historical days with beautiful ceremonies that light up the whole city with music and dances.
The people of Hunza are specially known for their hospitality; if you are invited in for a glass of apricot juice by their locals while roaming Karimabad, don’t panic! Also, if you don’t know how to travel to Hunza or where to get started from, here is a list of the best tour companies who will arrange it all for you.