1. Baltit Fort
Built in the 8th Century C.E., the Baltit Fort is a testament to the traditional lifestyle of Hunza. Rulers of Hunza used to live in this fort till the 1940s before migrating to a new place in the valley. In ancient times, this fort also acted as a strategic point and was used to safeguard the famous ‘silk route’ of trade connecting China with Afghanistan and Central Asia through the Wakhan Corridor. Currently, it is serving as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a must visit place in Hunza due to its historical importance, and magnetic attraction. Make sure to hire a guide while roaming in the fort to fully grasp the amazing history of this valley. It also has an entry fee of around 500 PKR which is spent on the maintenance and protection of this fort.
2. Karimabad Bazaar
3. Attabad Lake
If you drive on the Karakoram Highway towards the China Border, Attabad Lake comes on the way in the Gojal region. The first view of the lake appears – just after crossing a long tunnel – giving visitors a heaven-like feel. It was formed as a result of a major landslide in 2010 when the path of River Hunza was blocked. Since then, it has become a major tourist destination and a must-visit place in Hunza. Lake offers a range of activities including boating, jet skiing, fishing, and more. Predictions have it that this lake would cease to exist in some 10-year time. Therefore, enjoy it as long as it exists.
Some solo travelers who are seeking adventure also stay at the bank of the lake at night and enjoy nature.
4. Lady Finger Peak View Point
Lady Finger peak is a unique rock in the Batura Glacier. It is known as the lady finger due to its pointy nature. However, it is famous due to its associated folklore. Legends have it that a young prince came and married a princess here. Then he got to know that his first wife has been kidnapped. He left to rescue her first wife leaving the princess here at the mountain. People believe that the princess is still there at the top of it. You would find the viewpoint at the Karakorum Highway past Attabad Lake.
5. Passu Cones
If you drive past Attabad Lake sticking to the Karakoram Highway (KKH) which itself is considered the eighth wonder of the world, Passu cones would arrive. Passu cones are mountain peaks in the Karakoram range. These are famous due to their shape which is very much cone-like – hence the name Passu Cones. There is one interesting fact about it that no climber has ever been able to summit them. A few years ago, Pakistani Climber, Abdul Joshi was about to achieve this incredible feat, however, he had to return just before the summit due to his reasons. These cones, nonetheless, present a spectacular view. Tourists love to come here and take pictures.
6. Hussaini Bridge
Hussaini Suspension Bridge famously known as Hussaini Bridge is located in the Hussaini village of Hunza near incredible Passu cones. Unfortunately, the hanging bridge over the Hunza River isn’t the most looked after bridge with most of its planks missing. Yet, tourists test their nerves and try to navigate it carefully. Speaking strongly from a traveler’s perspective, no Hunza tour is complete without visiting this amazing Bridge. There is also an entry fee for this bridge which is very minimal. You would find some local stalls nearby with some fresh juices which are a must try.
7. Khunjerab National Park
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A very informative blog indeed 👍