Zees, this is an amazing thread. It shows just how beuatiful pakistan is. Actually the best pictures of those you posted i think are the ones showing the tourist bus and the serena hotel in Gilgit. This is precisely what Pakistan needs to do but about 100 times faster. They really need to develop the tourism in this area ... i think this is the most beautiful undiscovered area. It has such huge potential.
The Northern Areas is the northernmost region of Pakistan. The entire area including Gilgit and Baltistan was known as the Gilgit Agency till October, 1947. This is a strategically very important region of the world, which is sandwiched between the high peaks of Hindukush and Karakorum on the north and those of western Himalaya on the south. It borders to the north with Afghanistan and China, to the south with India and Azad Kashmir and to the west with North-West Frontier, Pakistan.
The Northern Areas comprise the two districts of Baltistan and the three districts of Gilgit (where the capital is located). Hunza, an independent principality for 950 years which only came under Pakistani rule in 1974, is also located in this region. The Northern Areas collectively comprise a territory of 27,991 mi² (72,496 km²).
Brushaski, an isolated language, is spoken in Hunza, Nagir, Yasin, some parts of Gilgit, and some villages of Punyal. Although Brushaski is most popular and polite language in the Area, it still is not used by a large portion of population. Shina with different accents or in different dialacts is the Language of over 40% of total population, spoken mainly in Gilgit, throughout Diamer, and most of the areas of Ghizr. Balti with a similar accent, is spoken by the entire population of Baltistan except some villages. There are also some other languages spoken in the area -- Wakhi is spoken in upper Hunza and some villages in Ghizr, and Khwar is spoken by some Khwar families in Ghizr. None of these languages are related to each other. Urdu is the Lingua franca of the Area. Urdu is understood by almost all men, and literate women.
According to Habib R. Sulemani the Northern Areas of Pakistan is commonly known as "Gilgit-Baltistan" and this term clearly indicates the districts of Gilgit, Ghizer, Diyamer, Skardu and Ganchay, while the term 'Northern Areas' confuses parts of the NWFP with Gilgit-Baltistan. Gilgit-Baltistan is geographically and politically more suitable than any other term.
Hotel built on the side of the hills in Gilgit; home to Pakistan's "Native People".
The Lush-green valley of Swat, with its rushing torrents, icy-cold lakes, fruit-laden orchards and flower-decked slopes is ideal for holiday-makers intent on relaxation. It has a rich historical past, too.
Swat, the land of unique and unparalleled beauty and historic richness, lies in the north of North of Pakistan. It is bordered on the north by Chitral and Gilgit, on the North-West by Dir, on the South by Bunner, on the East by Hazara and on the West by Malakand. Apart from its historical and archaeological interests, Swat can in many ways be linked to Switzerland - a land of rivulets, forests, snow-capped mountains, luscious green fertile valleys and its temperate climate.
Swat is also noted for its exquisite embroidery of unerring geometric patterns of various colors, folk jewellery and hand embroidered Swat caps. Swat honey is one of the best varieties of honey in the world and is drawn from natural flora of the Hindukush ranges which are very rich in mineral wealth.
The maximum temperature in July is 38 C and minimum (during January) is 1 C. The normal temperature is maximum 21 C and minimum 7 C. The tourist season is year- round.
Malam Jabba (Roof top of the world)
Malam Jabba the fairytale land of romance and beauty, offers unlimited sights that the eye can behold, mighty ranges of Hindu Kush, the Karakuram and black mountains, gentle slopes, placid plains, torrential streams, lush green meadows and thick green forests of pine. Come over for an exciting experience to this nature’s art gallery and you will never forget.
Malam Jabba is more than just a Ski Resort. It is a holiday resort that caters to all interests and is also known to host the remains of ancient civilizations. It offers a host of facilities to travelers like; 2 skiing platforms, Chair-lifts, Roller/Ice Skating rinks, Restaurant offering both local and international cuisine, Telephone facility, Snow clearing equipment etc.
Malam Jaba is the most promising hill resort of Swat. A mini golf course and ski run are also part of the complex situated about 2743m above sea level. It presents a beautiful view of snow-clad mountains, forested valleys and wildlife.
Skiing at Mallam Jabba
Skiing is a neglected sport in Pakistan. Malam Jabba Ski Resort now is great news for adventure lovers as this resort which is open for tourists with all facilities on very reasonable rates. It has two platforms and the facility of chair lifts with an 800 meters long cable with the highest point to start skiing down the slope at 2804 meters.
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