Marvelous Valleys of Pakistan
An Aerial view of Altit Fort & Hunza River, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.
Altit Fort is situated in the village of Altit, about 3 km from Karimabad. It has been built on a sheer rock-cliff that falls 300 meters (1000 feet) into the Hunza River, and is much older than the Baltit Fort.
View of Altit fort, with the central town to the right and below the fort. The extreme gullies, sharp drop-off, and location high above the river made this settlement highly defensible and an older settlement than many in the central valley.
The majestic historical Altit fort is center of attraction due to its architectural design and strategic location. Altit is the birth place of the Hunza Kingdom and Altit fort is the first fort of the region. The fort has been constructed in six different stages by using various natural levels of the rock. The construction has been made right on the edge of a sheer rock cliff that drops 1000 feet straight down to the Hunza River. Photo by Karrar Haidri.
Chitral Valley, Pakistan
Chitral (Kunar) River, and Chitral town are visible
Crossing Bara-Pani, Deosai Plain, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Deosai Plain (Gilgit-Baltistan), Pakistanby Naveed Akram RIPJA
Deosai Plain, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
A jeep crossing rope suspension bridge over Bara Pani.
Fairy Meadows with a view of Nanaga Parbat, Pakistan
Kalam in Winter, Swat Valley, Pakistan
Matiltan Village, Kalam, Swat, Pakistan
Murree in Summer
Murree in Winter
Nanga Parbat (8,126 m) and Fairy Meadow Camping Site. Photo by Raja Nisar Ahmed
Palas Valley, Kohistan, Pakistan
Palas valley is located in Kohistan District, on the left bank of the river Indus. It is bounded on the north and north-east by Jalkot valley, on the east by Kaghan, on the south by Allai and on the West by the river Indus.
Lush Green Meadows with Clusters of Pine Trees.
At Paras, on the main Balakot Kaghan Road, about seven kilometers from Kewai towards Kaghan, one can take a trek across the river Kunhar to Sharan (2400 meters from the sea level). The route is also jeepable. It is about 16 kilometers from Paras. Short cuts to Sharan are tough and risky too, especially for beginners. With trees ,along the singing streams make the trek more enjoyable and less tiring. At Sharan there is a forest rest house besides a few local tea shops. For those interested in staying a night are advised to make reservation for the rest house from the DFO office at Balakot. The beauty is exacerbated by walnut trees in the premises of the forest rest house. There is also an agricultural farm at Sharan besides an elegant and one of the best Youth hostel in the valley. The place is also good for camping. People living around, Syeds and Gujars, are courteous, friendly and cooperative. Some locals may discourage tourists from pitching their tents by telling stories about the presence of wild and dangerous animals in the area and their attacks on tourists in the past. However the guide has never seen any such animal, nor has experienced any casualty. Sharan is a place famous for its lush green meadows with clusters of pine trees.
Raikot Sarai, Fairy Meadows, Established in 1992. Photo by Adeel Liaqat
Road to Skardu, Pakistan
Rope suspension bridge over "Bara Pani" Deosai National Park. Photo by Raja Nisar Ahmed
Rope suspension brigde, Deosai, Gilgit-Baltistan,Pakistan
Sehnsa is a large town in District Kotli, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. It lies on the west of Gulpur on the Kotli-Rawaplindi road. The valley looks like a cup-shaped depression . It has some historical places like a British era forts and an almost 2 kilometers long underground cave named as Bawa Barlu Khor with excellent tricky tracks. The Sehnsa city is linked with Kotli via Gulpur and to Islamabad via Kahuta.
Shinkiari is a Union Council of Mansehra District in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Shinkiari is located 18 km north of Mansehra city on the Karakoram Highway, at an altitude of 1019 metres. It is famous for its rice fields an Pakistan's first tea garden in Pakistan.
Snow in Swat Valley, Pakistan
Swat River, on-way to Kalam, Swat Valley, Pakistan
Tarashing Valley, Astore. Tarishing is a village with around 200 inhabitants and a sub-division of Astore District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Pakistan). It is considered the gateway to Nanga Parbat. It has around 25 shops,1 high schools for boys,1 middle school for girls,1 private English-medium school, two hotels and a small medical center. A large glacier beside the Rupal river is also a part of this village, that is situated on an altitude of about 2900 meters. To get to Tarishing, you have to hire a jeep from Astore, a trip which will take about 1.5 hours,or you can go there using local transport buses. There are buses from Gilgit, Manshera and other cities to Astore. Photo by Raja Nisar Ahmed
Terraced Fields Shinkiari Karakoram Highway,Pakistan
Shinkiari is located 18 km north of Mansehra city on the Karakoram Highway, at an altitude of 1019 metres. Rice is the major crop. Its terraced fields are irrigated by Siran River and the rain water. Photo by Rana Mukhtar
The Deosai Plateau, known as the highest plateau in the world is located at the boundary of the Karakoram and the western Himalayas. Deosai Plains are a backwoods country at about 30 kilometres from Skardu. It is a beautiful summer pasture with greenery and countless species of fauna and flora. The view of the Karakorum Range from the top of the 4,785 meter pass is legendary. Apart from fairies, this plateau is the habitat of the greatly threatened Himalayan Brown Bear and many other wild animals. Although few people will see a bear, quite a few are said to make their homes in the heart of the plateau. At an average elevation of 3,500 meter, Deosai officially is a National Park and protected area for wildlife.
A View from Pallandari, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan
Pallandri is a small town, situated in the Sudhnati District, in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. It was the first capital of Azad Kashmir and is about 94 kilometres away from - the capital of Pakistan. Pallandri was tehsil of Poonch District, until the district was split into Poonch and Sudhnati. Pallandri is now the capital of Sudhnutti District. Sometimes, the town's new name of Sudhnutti is still used.but mostly people use its old name Pallandri. The town has a hilly landscape and many historical forts.
Yaks in Deosai National Park. Photo by Raja Nisar Ahmed