Very few places in the world compare with this small mountainous region, which was a semi-autonomous state until very recently but is now fully unified with Pakistan, the ruling dynasty of Hunza having lasted for over 600 years. The scenic beauty of this area, with its greenery and snow-capped mountains, makes it a true paradise. Hunza lies on the ancient trade route to Kashgar in the Chinese province of Sinkiang.
Hunza is probably most famous for the longevity of its people, due to their simplicity and natural diet, along with the unpolluted mountain air. Tibetan traders referred to the beauty of this humble paradise as “Shangri-La”.
Hunza valley is one of the best known of Pakistan’s northern areas spots throughout the world. Gulmit is the capital village (2500m) of Hunza valley. This is the so-called Shangrila which means imaginary paradise, Gulmit offers an awe-inspiring view of Passu Catherda l(6106m). . During your visit to Hunza Valley you obtain a magnificent view of the whole valley laid out below you and of the peaks behind.
Today Hunza Valley could be reached in comfort by winding Karakoram Highway. The legendary Silk Road now known by its mundance acronym-the karakoram highway (KKH) has footprints of great travellers like Marcopolo, troops of Alexander of Macedonia, Buddhist pilgrims and Babur, the descendant of Gengis Khan and First king of the great mughal dynasty of sub-continental. In the Gilgit Baltistan of Pakistan, trucked away in the abode of the most picturesque mountains on earth, Tupopdan (6106m) known as the mother mountain for having so many habitants and village around its foot hills. The Valley of upper Hunza Gojal offers the best views of snow capped mountains. A 900 years old Ondra fort overlooking the village of Gulmit makes a fine vantage point to view over 6000 peaks on a clear day, the spectacular sight of mountain and valleys in the range of 120 kilometres gives the feeling of a dream coming true as if witnessing the great open museum of mountains. Gulmit (2500m) the Capitql of upper Hunza valley is the only town in the world, where you can view five peaks over (6000m) in all four directions. Tupopdan peak (6106m), Shisper peak (7611m), Gulmit Tower (6000m), Quroon (7143m) and Distalghail Sar peak reaches in high as Hunza Skyline. The patches of lush terraced fields on rugged mountains if a sample of hard work and irrigation channels worked out by Hunzakuts.
Hunza Valley the land of apricot orchards, peaches, apples. Mulberry, walnuts and grapes. Glacial stream thunder down from distant peaks and sizzle through forests of poplar. Hunza Valley is said to have been inspiration for the imaginary paradise of Shangri-La, immortalize by James Hilton in his classic 1930s novel “Lost Horzon”. Although lost horizon is pure fantasy, a tale of westerner brought to a remote Tibetan valley whose rulers lived to extraordinary ages because they know nothing of greed, fear, anger or competition. Hunza Valley has remarkable parallels with Shanri-La. The mountain people of Hunza valley with Brown or Golden hairs and green, blue or grey eyes, unravel the mystery of their origin. Their ancestors are belived to be to the solders of Alexander’s army who settled down in these valleys with their Persian wives.
The astounding history of Hunza valley is filled with invasions. The Dogras, the Sikhs and the Laddakhis, the Purakis of Chitral and the wali’s and mir’s of the neighbouring states conquered or made unsuccessful attempts to rule Hunza Valley. a paradise for trakkers, mountaineers, photographers and nature lovers.
As much as the valley is famous for its beauty, the people of Hunza are noted for their friendliness and hospitality. The local languages spoken are Burushaski, Wakhi and Shina, many people understand Urdu. The literacy rate of the Hunza valley is believed to be more than 90%. Virtually every child of the new generation studies up to at least high school level. Many pursue higher studies from prestigious colleges and Universities of Pakistan and abroad.
The most exiting season in the Hunza Valley in North Pakistan is the Autumn, at the end of the summer season in September the orchards start changing color like a bride Groom with colorful dress of her wedding day, this fantastic changes brings a glorious Trans fusion into human body, which gives happiness and pleasures. In October it offers a picture seek view among the high mountain peaks of 7000 to 7800m, and above from the snow line to the water channel lies the colorful rocks which has a sharp ridges Nallahs Maiza millet vegetable sunflowers, water falls, lakes, Duck shooting possibility, enjoy the landscape with the Natural beauty the God given Gift to human creatures. The drive through these valleys are fascinating for the tourist from all over the world.
Blossom in Hunza valley is something behold, this is the time of year when trees of Almond, Apricots, Peach and Apple burst into different colour with hues of red, pink, white and purple. The clear bracing weather offers the best view of the surrounding mountains. Hunza valley is known to be most enchanting valley in the world, which is called heaven on earth and roof of the world. The beautiful valley with surrounding on all sides by high mountains in the world, Shisper peak, Tupopdan peak and Kuroon peak are the most famous peaks in the region.
Hunza valley is holiday’s makers – delight and a wonderful land of magnificent scenic beauty and rich historical past. Its lush green fertile valleys, towering snow- capped mountains, meandering streams, rushing torrents, ice cold lake, fruit – laden orchards and flower- filled pastures with smiling and dancing multicolored flowers are some of the gifts which nature has best owned on this ancient land. Its great attraction is its altitude and there fore cool climate during summer months and attractive surroundings make the valley a dream comes true.