TABLE OF CONTENTS
Brief history of Gilgit
Location of Gilgit Baltistan
on world map
It includes all the cultural
festivals, languages, folk
music, dance, traditional
All the languages spoken
in Gilgit Baltistan
Traditional food of the
Tourism industry and its
contribution to betterment
In 1948 the republic of Gilgit Baltistan emerged on
the of world after fighting a war with Dogra Raj.
Later became the part of Pakistan on their own will.
Formally Known as the northern areas of Pakistan
First Elections were held on December 30, 1970 .
In 2009 Gilgit Baltistan became the fifth province of
Pakistan not province but provincial setup.
Gilgit Baltistan is, perhaps the most spectacular region of
Pakistan in terms of geography and scenic beauty.
Here worlds three mightiest mountain ranges: the
Karakorum, Hindukush and Himalayas meet.
The whole Gilgit Baltistan is like a paradise for the
mountaineers and trekkers.
Islam was first introduced in 16th century.
Gilgit-Baltistan is administratively divided into three divisions:
Baltistan, Diamer and Gilgit. Which in turn are divided into 14
Centuries Old trade and travel route.
The only part of Pakistan to border and neighbor four countries.
Presence of International Road Network.
It borders the territory of Azad Kashmir to
the south, the province of KPK to the west,
Afghanistan to the north and Xinjiang
region of China to east and northeast,
Jammu and Kashmir state of India to
Total area: 72,971 km2
Population: 1,492,924 Population 
The people of Gilgit, Punial,
Gupis and Yasin call this
rhythm as Alghani.
During Departure of bride
and groom from house this
rhythm is played
Dani is the name of a
traditional music mostly
played in Hunza and Ghizer.
Approximately 17 different languages are spoken in Gilgit Baltistan and every
language is totally different from other languages.
English is official language in Pakistan including Gilgit Baltistan. Mostly official
work is conducted in English while Urdu is Pakistan’s national language so its
also spoken in Gilgit.
Apart from these two below are the important and regional languages which are
spoken in Gilgit.
Shina: Shina is the largest and comprehensive language in Gilgit Baltistan.
Books on both proses as well as poetry are being written in this language. Shina
is spoken in Gilgit, Skardu, Diamer, Chilas, Ghizer and Gupis.
Burushaski: It is a unique language which means it is not found in any other language in
The speakers of this language can be found in Hunza, Nagar, Yasin, Gilgit and some of them
are in Gupis valley.
Khowar : Khowar is spoken in Gupis, Yasin, Phander and all over Chitral. In this language
books are being written and published and the speakers of khowar are committed to their
Balti: Speakers of this language can be found in Skardu, Khaplu and Kharmang District. It is
the only language of Chinese Tibetan family spoken in Pakistan.
Wakhi: It is spoken In some areas of Ghizer district and
Gojal(Upper Hunza). It is written in Arabic script but writings are
Other languages are:
Famous Places and
Gilgit strategically the most important region in the Karakorum and the trade center and capital
town. It is the land of mountains, glaciers, organic hidden valleys, lakes and mountain Rivers
and stream flows here are full of Himalayan trout. Fishing is the most favorite and famous
hobby of the people who visit here.
Gilgit Baltistan is a hot spot and dreamland for adventure and nature lovers. The natural beauty
of landscape hidden valleys and gardens of beautiful flowers vast plains of vivid green meadow
and medicinal plants.
Gilgit Baltistan is the home of some of the worlds highest mountains K2 and Nanga Parbat are
on the top
Famous places in Gilgit are as follow:
Shandoor and Langar National Park
Altit and Baltit Fort Hunza
Khunjurab National Park
Daosai National Park
Cold Desert Skardu
Khalti lake Gupis
Attabad lake Hunza
Tourism in Gilgit Baltistan
What does the GB Offer ? Unique Landscape and Pristine Nature
Worlds Most Famous Mountain Ranges
The Himalayas, Karakorum & Hindukush.
K2 World’s Second Highest Peak.
Five over 8000 Meters Peaks.
101 Peaks over 7000 Meters.
2200 Sq. Miles of Snow Covered Area.
What does the GB Offer ? Biodiversity
in Wildlife and High Altitude Forests
4 National Parks
09 Game Reserves
3 wildlife sanctuaries
230 species of Birds
54 Species of mammals
20 species of fresh water fish
23 species of reptiles
6 of amphibians
6592 Sq. KM of Forests, which constitutes 9.1 % of
the total area
Reasons for Poor Inflow
Negative perception of security due to the label of
Travel advisories suggesting against travelling on
Poor condition of KKH often blocked by land slides.
Lack of alternate to KKH.
Unpredictable flight scheduling and the woes of PIA
Absence of International airports.
Centralized issuance of permits and conduct of
briefing and debriefing in Islamabad.
Lack of tourist facilities at the tourist attractions.