Apna Ganish Team has tried giving brief information about travel and tourism in
All you to do is to contact Pakistani Embassy/Consulate in your respective country to apply for a VISA, in some countries Pakistani embassies ask for an invitation letter from someone in Pakistan who you know, or wishes to invite you. In that case you have to contact any of your family member or a friend in
Once you have a valid visa you can fly directly to
Here are a few names which are reliable and affordable to travel to
NATCO ( Northern Areas Transport Corporation ) is owned by Government of Pakistan the oldest and most reliable travel service for Gilgit-Baltistan, There is no need to book a ticket in advance but its highly recommended to call the NATCO offices a day before you plan to travel, buses are comfortable, and operate 24/7.
Mashaburum. This bus service is only for Gilgit and Balistan they do not have any direct service to Hunza Valley, but if you have time and are unable to buy a ticket to Hunza from NATCO then you can go to Gilgit in Mahsaburum and from Gilgit to Hunza you can travel by public transport .
Some of small travel companies Sargan Travels, K-2 Travels, also operate from Peerwadai.
How much is the fare ?
Here is a details fare list for all the transport companies.
Price in $
*please note prices may be changed, you should confirm with respective company.
No there is no direct flight to Hunza but one can fly from Islamabad to Gilgit and travel by road to Hunza, PIA has 2 scheduled flights daily from Islamabad to Gilgit , this is very important to note that all the flights are subjected to weather, and we urge you to reserve your seat 5 days in advance. There are Two main PIA offices in
One can easily travel alone in Hunza, in this portion we will try to provide you every bit of information. E.g, where can? I go?, what can I see,? how much I have to spend ?
Once you reach Hunza your aim is find a cheap hotel, most of the hotels in Hunza are cheap, clean and full of professional staff , a Nominal Hotel starts from 100 PKR to 500 PKR per or $ 2 USD to $ 5 USD per day. Some of the famous hotels are as follows
Old Hunza Inn, Haider Inn, Khusho Sun Guest House, Karim Hotel,
In Hunza you can also stay in a Two Star Hotel the rough estimate for prices are as follows, a normal Two start Hotel cost you from 500 PKR to 2000 PKR or $ 6 USD to $ 25 USD. Some of the famous names are , Hunza View Hotel, Park Hotel, Hill Top Hotel, Hunza Embassy Inn, Baltit Inn, Darbar Hotel.
One should travel between April and October, weather is warm in this season, the famous fruits of Hunza Valley like, Apricots, Peach, Grapes, Cherry, Almonds, Nuts, Apples, and figs can be enjoyed during the summer season, if you are being hosted by some local family you can have them for free else these can be purchased on nominal price.
Like we have mentioned up there that Hunza valley is rich in its culture, there are so many events which take place through out the year, some of them are as follows :-
Navroz (Persian New Year), Navroze on the 21st of March, is a cultural festival. There are dances and festive gatherings to welcome spring. Prayers are offered for a good harvest season. Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in Persian calendar. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, which usually occurs on March 21 or the previous/following day depending on where it is observed. People gather at the villages to celebrate and pray for a happy new year. The celebrations take place in theoutdoors.
Nowruz is celebrated and observed by Persian people and the related cultural continent and has spread in many other parts of the world, including parts of Central Asia,Gilgit Baltistan in Pakistan, Northwestern China, the Crimea and some ethnic groups in Albania, Bosnia, Serbia and the Republic of Macedonia.
Boophao ( Means the wheat growing season ), This usually comes in winter in the early march when people starting cultivating wheat in fields, people celebrate this with joy as this would be the start of new crop season.
Ginani ( Start of Spring ),. Old harvest festival of Hunza called “Ginani” between June 21st to July 7th every year at the Baltit Fort. Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan, other members of the royal family of Hunza and nobles of this state, grace these ceremonies. And a large number of public, distinguished guests from all over the world are participating to enjoy the local music and food served at the Fort.
Thumushalin ( the start of winter ), People from this part of world tribute Allah for his blessing by all means and respecting His blessed seasons, like the spring Hunza people also enjoy the start of winter, People do not dance though but they cook traditional food and local cakes ( diram fiti ), They also store meat for summer on this occasion.
14th August , Hunza people are patriots and they celebrate 14th August
Ashura :- ( 10th Muharram ) Though Shiites are less in number but they pay their respect on 10th Muharram in the procession of Karbala’s Historic Islamic Battle, in which Hazrat Imam Hussain ( AS ) sacrificed his whole family for the humanity and protecting Islam. Hazrat Imam Hussain ( AS ) fought a battle with 72 soldiers in Karabala with the Yazid ( Lanatullah )’s army, Hazrat Imam and his soldiers including 6 months son of Imam Hazrat Ali Asghar ( AS ) were martyred, Shia community protest against Yazeed on this day to tell world that we condemn terrorism, and we love peace and Islam.
Salgirah ( the birth of Prince Karim Agha Khan ), Ismalies in Hunza celebrate the birth of their spiritual leader Prince Karim Agha Khan on 11th July, this is one of the famous festivals in Hunza where one can not miss the celebrations.