The Serene Va...

The Serene Valleys Of Gojal – The Forgotten Edge Of Pakistan

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Gojal is where Pakistan begins. Featuring the cluster of tiny and large valleys, Gojal, the upper Hunza, is in the north of Gilgit, right at the edge of Pakistan. Gojal is the largest tehsil (sub-district) of Gilgit-Baltistan sharing borders with Afghanistan and China.

It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places of Pakistan. Surprisingly, not many Pakistanis have seen it or even heard of it. Let’s have a look at the gorgeous valleys that house lofty peaks, striking glaciers, frozen lakes and eye catching scenery.

1. A breathtakingly beautiful aerial view of Gojal district.

1. A breathtakingly beautiful aerial view of Gojal district.
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2. Gulmit Village – Founded centuries ago, the village is the headquarters of Gojal renowned for its panoramic views and glaciers.

2. Gulmit Village - Founded centuries ago, the village is the headquarters of Gojal renowned for its panoramic views and glaciers.
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3. Gulmit Village is surrounded by Passu Cones. It is a popular tourist destination featuring a number of hotels, museums and shops.

3. Gulmit Village is surrounded by Passu Cones. It is a popular tourist destination featuring a number of hotels, museums and shops.
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4. The valleys of Gojal are easily visible from Karakoram Highway. All the villages are culturally diverse.

4. The valleys of Gojal are easily visible from Karakoram Highway. All the villages are culturally diverse.
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5. The gorgeous Hunza River passing through Gojal.

5. The gorgeous Hunza River passing through Gojal.
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6. The Glacial Lake fed by Batura Glacier – If there is one thing that Gojal doesn’t lack, it’s glacial lakes.

6. The Glacial Lake fed by Batura Glacier - If there is one thing that Gojal doesn't lack, its glacial lakes.
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7. The valley is home to the ethnic groups of Wakhi, Burushaski and Domaki. They are hospitable, liberal and believe in education.

7. The valley is home to the ethnic groups of Wakhi, Burushaski and Domaki. They are hospitable, liberal and believe in education.
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8. Borith Lake – A silvery grey lake about 2,600 meters above sea level.

8. Borith Lake - A silvery grey lake about 2,600 meters above sea level.
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9. Attabad Lake was created in 2010 after a landslide. It majorly affected the economy of the Gojal Valley as it blocked the Karakorum Highway. The people now travel through boats.

9. Attabad Lake was created in 2010 after a landslide. It majorly affected the economy of the Gojal Valley as it blocked the KKH. The people now travel through boats.
S.M. Bukhari

10. The world has almost forgotten that Gojal exists.

10. The world has almost forgotten that Gojal exists.
S.M. Bukhari

But across the rocks, glaciers and lakes, the valleys lie serenely along the mountains.

All of the amazing pictures in the post are courtesy of S.M. Bukhari. You can reach him on his Facebook page.