My beautiful Pakistan: Gilgit-Baltistan

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 Shangrila, a heaven on earth, is situated in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. The region has some of the finest tourism attractions in the world, like K-2 (8, 611.M ) the 2nd highest peak on earth. Deosai Plains the longest, widest and highest plateau in the world, the fast flowing River Indus which starts from Ladakh and snakes its way through the Karakoram and Himalayan ranges, along picturesque valleys, glaciers, natural wild life, forests and historical monuments, dating back thousands of years and across the country into the Arabian Sea.
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THE SHANGRI LA 

[NORTHERN AREAS]

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WoP research desk

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Besides Murree, there are a number of other hill stations, resorts and skiing areas for those who dare go some extra miles. These include, Malam Jabba, Kalam, Chitral and Naltar besides the resorts amid the mighty northern mountains of Pakistan.

Starting from Abbotabad, you have many options – choose to go to Galyat and Murree or go towards Manshera, Balakot and onwards to Kaghan and Naran. For Swat, Malam Jabba and Kalam start from Nowshera – Mardan and onwards through Dargai Pass. Naltar and Hunza are approachable from Gilgit. Though most of the resorts abound in areas adjacent to Murree and Abottabad, however, if you can fly to Skardu, the picturesque Shangri’la tourist resort and Deosai plains are within your easy reach.

Shangrila, a heaven on earth, is situated in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. The region has some of the finest tourism attractions in the world, like K-2 (8,611.M ) the 2nd highest peak on earth. Deosai Plains the longest, widest and highest plateau in the world, the fast flowing River Indus which starts from Ladakh and snakes its way through the Karakoram and Himalayan ranges, along picturesque valleys, glaciers, natural wild life, forests and historical monuments, dating back thousands of years and across the country into the Arabian Sea.

To reach Shangi La, a daily Boeing 737 flight from Islamabad is available, it takes 45 minutes, flying over the most spectacular Himalayan and Karakoram ranges from where you can see the tallest peaks in the world. Flying over the Kaghan valley, Chilas and then following the mighty Indus river, skimming past Nanga Parbat the 9th highest peak in the world, which is called the killer mountain at a height of 26, 660 feet, flying north and entering the valley of Skardu which is the capital of Baltistan.

You can also travel by road via the famous Karakoram Highway, also known as the Eighth Wonder of the world. A new road has also opened through the Kaghan valley over the lush green meadows and streams, over the Babusar pass to chilas.

 Due to heavy snowfalls the highway is closed for traffic a few months in winters.

Shangrila, also known as “Heaven on Earth”, is nestled amongst some of the world’s highest peaks. It encircles the heart shaped “Kachura Lake” surrounded by fruit laden orchards and flower laden gardens.

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  1. Baltistan is really a romantic place.

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