Hunza Valley is situated around 112 km north of Gilgit on the west bank of the Hunza river. It used to be a state until it was dissolved in 1974 and Baltit (Karimabad) used to be the capital of Hunza state. It is a remarkably beautiful and peaceful place situated at an elevation of 2,438 meters.
Hunza is geographically divided into three regions lower Hunza, Central or main Hunza and Hunza Gojal (Wakhi region). People of Hunza are Ismailis. Shina language is spoken in lower Hunza, inhabitants of Central Hunza speak Burushaski, while Wakhi language is spoken in Hunza Gojal.
Weather remains pleasant from April to September, however winters are extremely cold in Hunza.
People of Hunza are famous for living longer lives. Their diet is very simple and they consume a lot of fresh fruits. Hunza bread, Chupshru (local pizza) and traditional soup Daudo are some of very popular dishes the tourists.
Hunza Valley is also very popular for its Apricots which are exported to US and Europe. They have recently started farming honey, I bought some last year and it was delicious.
Hunza is renowned for its handicrafts and precious stones. Local NGOs have made vocational centers in different villages and are helping local villagers in making traditional handicrafts and jewelry.
Hunza Valley’s tourist season is from March to October, however to me anytime spent in Hunza would be a lifetime experience.
View of Rakaposhi (7,788 metres) from Karimabad is amazing. 800 years old Baltit fort, home of rulers of ancient state of Hunza is another attraction. Tourists in Karimabad also visit Duiker, Altit village to see sunset in the evening, from there one can see eight different peaks. There is also a hotel in Duiker Village, name Eagle’s Nest Hotel, run by Ali Madad.
Some of the hotels in upper Hunza are Gulmit Continental, Gulmit and Passu Inn, Passu.
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