Pakistan's Gilgit-Baltistan featured among Forbes 10 coolest places list
LAHORE — Three cities of northern Pakistan's Gilgit–Baltistan region have made it to the Forbes list of 10 Coolest Places to Visit in 2019.
Hunza, Shigar and Khaplu have claimed a spot in the American business magazine’s travel list, which was compiled by travel blogger Ann Abel and includes the names of must-visit places around the globe.
Khaplu is a base for trekking into the Hushe valley which leads to Masherbrum mountains. Many famous mountains, such as Masherbrum, K-6, K-7, Sherpi Kangh, Sia Kangri, Saltoro Kangri, and Siachen etc. are located there.
“This little-visited region in the far northeast of the country offers the kind of startlingly striking scenery that compels you to gaze from the window of your 4WD without blinking, for fear of missing a moment of the majesty of the landscape—or one of the astounding suspension bridges that cross the surging rivers filled with snowmelt,” she added.
Barbieri adds that the warm welcome of the people, the glacial blue of Attabad lake, the centuries of history, the juxtaposition of granite to greenery, the chance to walk through an age old-apricot orchard along water channels cut by hand, and the blazing snow-covered glory of Rakiposhi, and you must acknowledge there is a grand adventure to be had.
Other places/countries that made it to the list are:
- The Azores in Portugal
- Eastern Bhutan
- Los Cabos in Mexico
- Turkish Riviera
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