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Forts in Hunza Valley

Forts in Hunza Valley
Forts in Hunza Valley - If you have never been to Hunza Valley, you are missing out on an adventure. Hunza is full of beauty and thus attracts a large number of tourists from home and abroad. Valley is situated on Karakurum highway.
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  • If you have never been to Hunza Valley, you are missing out on an adventure. Hunza is full of beauty and thus attracts a large number of tourists from home and abroad. Valley is situated on Karakurum highway.

  • Rulers of Hunza state, known as Mirs and they built various strongholds to express their power. According to historical facts, the Mir of Hunza at first resided in the Altit Fort, but later a conflict arise between two brothers Shah Abbas and Ali Khan, sons of ruler Sultan. As a result Shah Abbas shifted to Baltit Fort to make it the capital of Hunza. The power struggle between two brothers ended on death of younger one, so Ali khan established Baltit Fort as the prime seat of power in the valley.

  • Altit Fort

  • Altit Fort is one of the most beautiful and oldest fort in northern areas of Pakistan. This fort was established some 900 years ago. The fort is located at a distance of 3 km from Karimabad in Altit village. Its architectural design and strategic location makes it an attraction for tourists. This fort has been built on a steep rock of a mountain which is 1000 feet high from Hunza River, which flows at the back side of the fort.

  • The wife of Mir Ayasho II started the construction of this fort in six stages by using various natural levels of rock in 1540s A.D as a palace. The design was modified later and the place converted into a fort for defensive purpose. This fort mesmerizes modern engineers because its skillful architecture and design. 

  • Baltit Fort

  • Nestled in the rugged arrivals the Baltit Fort. Baltit is one of the beautiful forts in Hunza Valley. Located on top of Karimabad. According to historians, foundation of the fort is dated back around 700 years. In 16th century (some said in the early 15th century) Mir of Hunza married a princess of Baltistan. She brought in Baltit masons, carpenters and craftsman to renovate the building, and she gave the fort a new look.

  • The imposing fort which stands high above gives you a panoramic view of the valley; in front of you can see floating Hunza River, princess of mountains Rakhaposhi, and at a distance behind Golden peak. The fort was the property of the Mir of Hunza for several centuries. With no proper care, the fort was losing its beauty, so in 1996 Mir of Hunza "Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan" donated this historical fort to Baltit Heritage Trust for renovations. The fort reopened in 1997 and now refurbished into a museum and cultural center which have preserved a few from the antique collections that bring back the memories of the glorious Mir family. Moreover, the medieval ambiance and charm still linger on every nook and corner of the fort.

  • Life inside the fort was organized according to the well-ordered rooms. The oldest rooms such as the queen’s room, the storage room, prison room and kitchen are on the ground floor. The first and second floors consist with additional rooms in a large size with better lighting and more facilities to provide a more comfortable living for the royal family.

  • Baltit Fort is the world’s one of the beautiful forts, it won internationally recognized awards. In 2000 it got Tourism of Tomorrow Award, in 2004 UNESCO awarded by Asia-Pacific Heritage for Cultural Conservation- Award of Excellence. The Time Magazine gave it space on the title and nominates Best of Asia Award in 2005.

  • History comes home to you in the forts where they were created. The squares and rectangular platforms, bastions and domes remind one of the glory- the fort enjoyed over centuries. The monuments speak a lot. None of better understands than the oriental architect about the change or variety as much as a necessity to the human heart and brain in building these forts. It is in these noble and illustrious places and monuments that one can see the invisible hands of artists and artisans of that age. These are exquisite examples of craftsmanship and skill in building of the luxuriance of their imagination.

  • One is really taken to and lost in another world when one witnesses a splendor of the architectural possessions of these forts. Reading of any aspect of these forts would be a virtuous and true effort to look into our own past as monuments stand only a witness to our history, which was made and unmade over centuries.

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