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Gilgit Travel Guide – Complete Guide

Gilgit

Let’s Explore Gilgit

Valor of people for so many years snatched the glory from the tyrant kings and dear. Tale of Gilgit never ends here they bet lives and freed many in despair.

Town that shines like a diamond star is hurling its flag after thousands of wounds and scar.

I’m taking you to the land of beautiful features; people and places are first to appear their love and memory will never disappear.

Gateway to the Earths heaven, here skies are not seven; Astore, Hunza, Nagar, Naltar are only a few, other I can’t list here, all to names will take year.

Let’s explore the stunning, adorning and astounding views, for these many cross fingers and wish their dream’s to get real.

Explore (How to Reach Gilgit)?

Gilgit

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Explore (When to Plan a trip to Gilgit)?

Best time to visit is April, May, June, July and August, September

A spring is the season that makes the whole north standout. The colors of flowers, the shades of green, the sunshine, gushing rivers, mesmerizing sunsets and heavenly dawns will make you long to never lose the sight of these sites.

Summers are hot but areas around Gilgit will host you to variety of activities beside, stunning landscape.

Arrival of autumn and winters

From mid-September onwards autumn will define the colors. Roadsides adorned with colorful leaves shed from trees and mesmerizing views will leave you amazed. Gradually, the winters are crawling in and soon white blanket will be worn by whole north.

Avoid Traveling in: November, December, January, February and March

During these months the winters are its peak and outsiders are advised to avoid travelling. Often due to heavy rainfalls and snowfall the landslides block the roads and moment from and to Gilgit-Baltistan is cut off with rest of the country.

Exploring local Cuisine

The Local cuisines of Gilgit-Baltistan are very healthy and hygienic. The locals use less spice compared to rest of the country, as south Asians are known for their love for sour and spicy foods.

The foods you will eat in Gilgit/Baltistan are rich source of diet and because these regions endure strong winters, most often you will find in their food hot soups, high content of protein and carbohydrates.

Some of the mouth-watering local cuisines consumed by people of Gilgit-Baltistan include but not limited to:

Chapshuro:

Meat and beef chopped and filled in bread, also known as Hunza pie served with delicious sauces. Look alike of Chapshuro in Khyberpakhtunkhwa and Balochistan is called ‘Phiraki’. You will find variety of Phiraki’s stuffed with spinch, reddish, potaties or etc.

Mantu:

This dish is also popular in central Asian countries. Small cute dumplings stuffed in dough with meat and vegetable and then steamed. If you want to make mantu at home here is the recipe: Mantu Recipe

Gooli: 

It is referred to with three names, Goli, Rishoki and Giyalink. This is one of the G/B supper and brunch treat served with tea. Made with egg, flour and milk, this crispy mouthwatering Goli is must try GC cuisine. Other variation of this dish is found in Parachinar where they call it ‘Shilli’. If you want to try this at home find recipe here;

Goli Recipe

Dou Do:

A traditional Soup of Gilgit-baltistan made with chunks of chicken/meat with homemade flour Noodles. Homemade flour noodles are called ‘Aash’ in some parts of Quetta and Afghanistan and variety of tasty dishes are made from these noodles.

Dou Do Recipe

Pink Tea:

A pink tea offered on many occasion is again an essential component in breatfast. Locally, they call it Payo Cha or Noon Chai. This is made from tea leaves, milk and salt/sugar/. In other parts of country, they refer it by the name ‘Kashmiri Chai’.

Shopan:

An international dish, consumed in Scotland is also very famous in Gilgit. They prepare this on special event, especially on the death anniversary of an old king “Shari Badat”.

Chupati:

The must have breakfast item of Gilgit-Baltistan people. This item is made from wheat flour which is baked. You may also call it simple cake available in bakery but the desi furnace used for baking with aroma of wood and ash give it unique taste. It has many name; Rood in balti, Chupati in Shina, Fiti in Burusho and Brat in howar.

Fresh and Dried Fruits:

Among other specialties of Gilgit, cherries, apple, peaches, mulberries and apricot are found in good quantity here. Similarly, dried fruits like, almonds, walnuts and other items are also seen available in Gilgit Markets. Normally dried fruits of this region are bought by travelers to share with their friends and family as Gilgit souvenirs back at their homes.

Explore (What to do in Gilgit)?

Normally, people consider Gilgit as the base point for exploring rest of the Gilgit-Baltistan Region.

From here tourists and travelers explore areas which have numerous activities which includes; hiking, trekking, camping, climbing, rafting, hunting, sightseeing, bird watching flora and fauna, ancient architecture and Relics of Buddha civilization and etc.

Religious tourism is also vibrant in the region and particularly, monks come here from many different countries to pay homage their sacred and historical relics.

Enjoying different weathers and exploring impressive landscape with variety of shades changing with season are the perks offered by this region.

Gilgit is the main administrative district of the region and many institutional headquarters of G/Bare located here.

Explore (Places to See in Gilgit)?

Exploring ‘New culture’?

Whole of Gilgit-Baltistan is famous for their local embroidery, gemstones, dried fruits, traditional delicious cuisines, hospitality, and unique culture. All this can be explored in Gilgit. Marketplaces are decorated with embellished showcases of embroidery and gemstones. Sacks laden with dried fruits and fresh fruits.

Before You Explore! Remember:

  • Mobile Signals are Weak throughout the Valley in whatever direction you travel
  • 3G/4G/Internet is not good, even in Good hotels
  • Always Keep Warm Clothes and complete travel gear with you. For trekkers and climbers take professional advice.
  • Landslides are rampant and it causes road closures often, always check route updates before you plan your tour.
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