Gilgit

Gilgit-Baltistan, formerly known as the Northern Areas, is the northernmost administrative territory of Pakistan.

It was an important city on the Silk Road, along which Buddhism was spread from South Asia to the rest of Asia. It is considered as a Buddhism corridor from which many Chinese monks came to Kashmir to learn and preach Buddhism.

Brogpas trace their settlement from Gilgit into the fertile villages of Ladakh through a rich corpus of hymns, songs, and folklore that have been passed down through generations. The Dards and Shinas appear in many of the old Pauranic lists of peoples who lived in the region, with the former also mentioned in Ptolemy‘s accounts of the region. Two famous travellers, Faxian and Xuanzang, traversed Gilgit according to their accounts.

Famous places to visit:

  • Naltar valley
  • Hunza
  • Nagar Valley
  • Kargah Budda

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