CULTURE TOURS

It is situated in the heart of the great Himalaya and Karakoram ranges and is the source of mighty Indus River that fall into Arabian Sea. Baltistan is located 724 Kms(45 minutes by air) from Islamabad. Situated at a height of 2347m and spread over 26000 Square kilometers, Baltistan is surrounded by Gilgit and Hunza Valleys in the West, Kargil, Ladakh and Kashmir regions in the East/South East, the Chinese province of Xinkiang in the North. Baltistan consists of 6 (six) major valleys Skardu, Khaplu, Shigar, Kharmang, Roundu, Gultari. It is a magical blend of beauty, adventure and thrill, the land of wonders and legends and a place with utmost calm and tranquility offering a variety of attractions for all visitors. Administratively, Skardu is one of the important parts of the Northern Areas. It has remained the part of Ladakh in Indian Jamu and Kashmir before its partition in 1948 when it became part of the Federally Administered Northern Areas of Pakistan. Skardu town is the capital of District Skardu. Skardu is generally called the paradise of mountaineers and every year, a large number of climbers make their way to the wonderful Skardu valley. Skardu is situated at such a place where the Shigar River meets the gorgeous Indus River making its long way to the Arabian Sea in Sindh. Culture: Baltistan has a rich culture which depicts in the living pattern and social life of people in the region. Skardu and Ghanche were part of Baltistan and now these two are separate districts. Skardu, being the headquarters of the region is home to a variety of people from different cultural backgrounds. The major language of Skardu is Balti with few exceptions of Shina and Brushaski.

 

It is situated in the heart of the great Himalaya and Karakoram ranges and is the source of mighty Indus River that fall into Arabian Sea. Baltistan is located 724 Kms(45 minutes by air) from Islamabad. Situated at a height of 2347m and spread over 26000 Square kilometers, Baltistan is surrounded by Gilgit and Hunza Valleys in the West, Kargil, Ladakh and Kashmir regions in the East/South East, the Chinese province of Xinkiang in the North. Baltistan consists of 6 (six) major valleys Skardu, Khaplu, Shigar, Kharmang, Roundu, Gultari. It is a magical blend of beauty, adventure and thrill, the land of wonders and legends and a place with utmost calm and tranquility offering a variety of attractions for all visitors. Administratively, Skardu is one of the important parts of the Northern Areas. It has remained the part of Ladakh in Indian Jamu and Kashmir before its partition in 1948 when it became part of the Federally Administered Northern Areas of Pakistan. Skardu town is the capital of District Skardu. Skardu is generally called the paradise of mountaineers and every year, a large number of climbers make their way to the wonderful Skardu valley. Skardu is situated at such a place where the Shigar River meets the gorgeous Indus River making its long way to the Arabian Sea in Sindh. Culture: Baltistan has a rich culture which depicts in the living pattern and social life of people in the region. Skardu and Ghanche were part of Baltistan and now these two are separate districts. Skardu, being the headquarters of the region is home to a variety of people from different cultural backgrounds. The major language of Skardu is Balti with few exceptions of Shina and Brushaski.

 

Four thousand years ago city builders in the Indus Valley made deals, not war, and created a stable, peaceful, and prosperous culture.” The railway linking Lahore to Multan in Pakistan is 4,600 years old. In truth, the rails were laid down in the middle of the nineteenth century, but to build the railway bed, British engineers smashed bricks from crumbling buildings and rubble heaps in a town called Harappa, halfway between the two cities. Back in 1856, Alexander Cunningham, director of the newly formed Archeological Survey of British India, thought the brick ruins were all related to nearby seventh-century Buddhist temples. Local legend told a different story: the brick mounds were the remnants of an ancient city, destroyed when its king committed incest with his niece. Neither Cunningham nor the locals were entirely correct. In small, desultary excavations a few years later, Cunningham found no temples or traces of kings, incestuous or otherwise. Instead he reported the recovery of some pottery, carved shell, and a badly damaged seal depicting a one-horned animal, bearing an inscription in an unfamiliar writing. That seal was a mark of one of the world’s great ancient civilizations, but mid-nineteenth-century archaeologists like Cunningham knew nothing about it. The Vedas, the oldest texts of south Asia, dating from some 3,500 years ago, made no mention of it, nor did the Bible. No pyramids or burial mounds marked the area as the site of an ancient power. Yet, 4,600 years ago, at the same time as the early civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt, great cities arose along the flood plains of he ancient Indus and Saraswati rivers in what is now Pakistan and northwest India. The people of the Indus Valley didn’t build towering monuments, bury their riches along with their dead, or fight legendary and bloody battles. 

 

 

Pakistan has the enough land to offer the heritage, the leisure and the High Himalayas, Karakorum and the Hindukush ranges with their alpine meadows and permanent snow line, the vast Indus plain merging into the great desert, the coast line and wetlands. By indulging in activities like trekking, mountaineering, culture and history, wild boar hunting, mountain and desert jeep safaris, mountain biking, camel and yak safaris, trout fishing and bird watching in Pakistan one can easily make the Pakistan tour a memorable one. Now with the help of Karakorum Explorers you can explore these remote places. Witness a way of life largely untouched by the outside world amid the ultimate in the mountain grandeur.. Situated at the elevation of 3700m above sea level between Gilgit and Chitral, Shandur Pass invites visitors to experience a traditional Polo match between the teams of Gilgit and Chitral from 7-9 July every year. Two other exciting matches are also played between the teams of Laspar and Ghizer and Chitral ‘A’ VS Gilgit ‘A’ teams during the festival. The festival also includes folk Music, folk Dances, traditional sports and temporary tent village is setup at the pass to cater the needs.

Pakistan is a land of many splendors. The country boasts sandy coastline beaches in the south, to sandy deserts, to Deosai platau in the west, and fertile Indus plains in the east. The northern uplands converge with beautiful snow covered mountain peaks and valleys. Pakistan’s eternal glaciers sit on top of second highest mountain in the world, 8,611 m high. Pakistan’s wide range of attractions, places to tour, and sites to explore provide adventures and memories to last a life time. Visit the many historical sites, with structures and building architecture that display Pakistan’s cultural diversity. Magnificent clay tiles with hand painted designs, and hand hewn stone and wood carvings abound. Visit museums and ancient ruins like Harappa, the second oldest ruin in the world and other significant ruins such as Moenjo-daro, and Texila.Pakistan’s diverse culture, languages, landscape, vegetation, climate, and animal varieties are vast. Pakistan dates back at least 5000 years having one of the world’s oldest civilizations. With its welcoming and friendly people, breathtaking mountains, historical places, scenic attractions and eastern culture, Pakistan is your holiday destination like no other.