Hunza valley one of the most literate districts of Pakistan. Hunza was formerly a princely state. The state was under the mah-raja of Jammu and Kashmir. which continue until 1974. Finally resolved by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Former Prime Minister of Pakistan. He then made this valley part of Pakistan.
Karimabad is the capital of this District. The people of Hunza are so much fit and healthy. The best weather conditions, pure food, and delicious fruits are the reason for good health. That’s the reason that the health of Hunzians is much better among the Gilgit-Baltistani’s. Similarly, the ages of people in Hunza are also higher than the others.
Due to the peaceful environment, women also work together with men. Their work shows how confident they are. Likewise, women make different clothing items with their own hands. These products have an attraction for tourists in different places in the markets. In the markets of Hunza hand-carved utensils, jewelry, and weapons made from mountains are present. Along with Handicrafts and different clothing products, different products for the tourists come for trekking and mountaineering, all kinds of goods are available.
In the market’s variety of dried apricots are also available. 24 different kinds of apricots are present in the Hunza valley. These apricots are famous due to their good taste and odor. Apricot gardens are spread all over the valley. The local women put those on the roofs of their houses for drying. These dried delicious apricots are then also sent to other regions.
Apart from apricots, several other fruits are also present. Among them, Cherry, Apples, Almond, and Grapes are also in the gardens.
The homes of people here are as connected strongly as the hearts of people here. That’s the proof of love for peace and ancient traditions. On the top of these strong homes, almost 800 years old Baltit Fort is also present like a crown. Looking at it wants to appreciate the wonderful building style of this Fort. There is also an ancient cannon outside the Fort. Which shows the protective measures to protect the Fort and valley. The Baltit Fort build on a solid foundation of strong stones and wood was the palace of rulers of Hunza. I will share more details about this Fort in another post.
Altit Fort is present at almost 3 kilometers away from Karimabad on the bank of the Hunza River. Like other Forts, this is also made of strong stones and wood. This Fort is almost 900 years old and builds on the top of a difficult mountain. Below it, the Hunza river looks like bowing in front of Fort. Seeing its construction we can imagine how hard-working people they are. A few miles below the Altit fort the Hunza river meets with the Nagar river.