Gilgit-Skardu Road: The Lifeline of Baltistan

Gilgit-Skardu Road: The Lifeline of Baltistan

Boosting about half of the Gilgit-Baltistan region’s population, the Baltistan division comprises four districts, namely Skardu, Ghanche, Kharmang and Shigar. Also known as “Little Tibet”, the mountainous Baltistan Division connects with rest of GB, and Pakistan, through the 167 km long Skardu-Gilgit highway, built from 1970 to 1982. Since the...

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Transporting huge pipes for a hydropower project, on a shabby jeep, to the Shimshal Valley

Transporting huge pipes for a hydropower project, on a shabby jeep, to the Shimshal Valley

A hydro-power station is being constructed in the remote and beautiful Shimshal valley of Hunza. The road to the valley is infamously dangerous. It is narrow, unpaved and full of turns and twists. Transporting water supply pipes to the valley for completion of the hydro-power project was, thus, highly risky...

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Last horsemen of Hunza: Pakistan Buzkashi game faces final whistle

Last horsemen of Hunza: Pakistan Buzkashi game faces final whistle

HUNZA (AFP): In a remote northern Pakistani valley surrounded by giant ice-capped peaks, villagers gather to watch a game of Buzkashi, an ancient equestrian sport once seen as a key test of virility that is now struggling for survival. Baksh Dil Khan, a retired schoolteacher is saddling his horse as his...

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14 places you must visit in Gojal Valley, Hunza

14 places you must visit in Gojal Valley, Hunza

By Sadaf Karim Gojal Valley is the upper part of District Hunza. Starting from Shishkat, the valley stretches up to the Sino-Pak border. Here are some of the many places that you can visit while visiting the valley. Pak-China Friendship Tunnels – Shishkat Dammed Hunza River (Attabad Lake) Remains of the...

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My journey to the heaven … and back

My journey to the heaven … and back

Sabah Zafar The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. I have learned that fear limits you, and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may just be a few steps down the road for you. Every journey is valuable. Let me take you through my journey...

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