Hunza Valley: A Spectrum of beauty.

Pakistan is one of the few countries with such a dynamic landscape.

The much renowned Hunza valley is often referred to as heaven on earth, situated in the grand Himalayas and the Karakoram mountain ranges, this place has been a great tourist attraction for many years.

For me, it all happened when I was 16 years old and left the home with father and brother, after completing a long journey of about 12-14 hours we reached Gilgit. The next day, as we proceeded according to our mission. Before that, I had only heard about Hunza valley’s beauty, so I could only paint pictures in my mind of what was coming next.
It was the mid-July, the sun was covered by the clouds and when we reached Nilt from Gilgit, I was truly mesmerized by its beauty.
The meadows, plants laden with white, pink, and orange flowers could be found all over the place. I was simply blown away by the truly mesmerizing colours.
There were so many flowers alongside the road from Hussainabad to Aliabad. Although it was not the spring season but nature was still in its bloom.
Historical Background:
Hunza is located at a distance of 100 kilometers from Gilgit. In the early 1890s, the British embarked upon a mission to annex Hunza and Nagar, which is also known as the Hunza-Nagar Campaign.
British soldiers led by Colonel Durand occupied Nilt Fort in 1890. After that, they proceeded to the Baltit Fort, but faced heavy resistance.
The British gained complete control of Hunza and Nagar with little effort. Thereafter, the Mir of Hunza, Safdar Ali Khan along with his family, fled to Kashgar in China, and his brother Mir Muhammad Nazim Khan was made the new ruler of Hunza by the British.

Hunza enchanted me so much that my heart suggested me to stay here at least for a month, but because of the school, we couldn’t stay long.
After crossing a long bridge we headed towards the Attabad Lake, the most common and accessible lake in Hunza(Gojal), as we were moving towards the lake we had to pass through several Tunnels, the combined distance of all the tunnels is round about 11km. By passing through all the tunnels, we finally saw the giant lake which was about 20.9km long. We enjoyed our lunch very much beside the lake.

Attabad Lake.
You can live a pretty comfortable life while being in your home in a large city, but as soon as you travel to the northern areas of Pakistan, you find that the real peace of mind lies within these beautiful outlooks.
A lot of foreigners come to seeing Hunza. With that, the tourism factor has increased much more than before. From winters to spring,  nature seems to be in a transition period, but this place remains remarkable with every changing season.
Whenever I am reminded of my Hunza expeditions, I have the urge to retreat to those places once again.

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