elevation of 1,454 meters lies the Gilgit Valley. The quaint
little town of Gilgit has spectacular science beauty. The peak
tourist season is from May to October though the tourist
season is round the year. The maximum temperature in May is
33oC and minimum 16oC and in September. Maximum 28oC and
10 kms. from Gilgit town is a beautiful rock engraving of
Buddha of 7th century A.D. at the mouth of the Kargah Nullah.
A victory monument of Taj Mughal, built 700 years ago, is 30
kms. jeep drive from Gilgit town.
The bridge over the fast flowing Gilgit river is the largest
suspension bridge in Asia(182 meters long and 2 meters wide)
permitting enough room for one jeep at a time to cross.
40 kms. from Gilgit - Trekking route links with Nathar valley.
Trout fishing in Sher Qilla Nullah and a small lake.
Headquarter of Ghizar District - ideal place for trekking,
good fishing sports and duck shooting in season. It is the
gateway to Iskoman valley. Government rest house and private
hotels are available. Archaeological sites in village and a
near by village Hatoon.
Three hours drive from Gilgit link road. Government
rest-house, private hotels and a Ski slope, lush green Alpine
forest with small lakes and glaciers, trout fishing in lake.
Trekking routes link with Iskoman, chalt and Punial valley.
The favorite sport in Gilgit is polo which local folks claim
originated here. Its more rugged, free-style version than the
sedate variety known in the plains. The polo tournament held
from 1st November to 7th November is a festive occasion and
draws a large number of visitors.
The streams and lakes of Gilgit are full of trout. These are
at Kargah Nullah (10 kms. from Gilgit), Singal (56 kms),
Gakuch (73 kms) and Phander (117 kms from Gilgit). Permits for
fishing are issued by the Assistant Director, Fisheries,
Government of Pakistan, Gilgit.
TREKKING & HIKING:
Trekking and hiking in the rugged mountains and verdant
valleys of Gilgit are allowed only in the "open zone" which
extends upto 16 kms. short of the control line with Indian
held Kashmir and upto 50 kms. short of the Afghan border.
Around Gilgit are towering mountain peaks, waiting to be
scaled. Permits for mountaineering are issued by the Ministry
of Tourism, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad.
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