Gilgit region is strategically the most important region falls in the Karakorum range and it is the trade center of the region for centuries.
It is the capital town administrative center of the province of Gilgit-Baltistan. The area is feed by waters of Hunza, Ghizer and Indus rivers.
Gilgit has also been a very important city due to the historical Silk Route, facilitating religions to spread across trans-boundaries. Shina is the local language spoken in Gilgit while English and Urdu is widely spoken in the region. Of particular note, Naltar is a picturesque green land surrounded by high peaks with accessible glacial lakes, perfect resorts for winter skating. Furthermore, Kargah Valley is only at 10km distance from Gilgit with a rock wall carved Buddha dating back to 8th century AD and ruins of a Buddhist monastery and Stupa. Other touristic valleys include Danyore, Bagrot, Nomal, Jagloat, and Oshikhandas.
Naltar is dense pine forest valley with magnificent landscapes, green vegetation, wildlife, flowers, snow-covered mountains, lakes, streams and echoing with the chirping of numerous birds. Naltar is 40 km from Gilgit city and can be reached by jeeps and also famous for skiing activities in the winter.
Present day Gilgit-Baltistan has been at the cross-roads of cultures, religions and civilizations for centuries. Long before Islam was introduced in the region, the people used to practice Budhism or multiple forms of local pagan religions, including Shamanism.
One important symbol of the ancient Budhist era is the Buddha statue carved on a mountain very close to Gilgit city, in the Kargah Valley. The sculpture of Budha is believed to have been sculpted in the 3rd or 4th century A.D. Many similar symbols are scattered in different valleys, including Skardu and Diamer.
The sculpture is known as Yaṣ̌eni, in the local Shina language.
The Kargah Buddha, as it is famously known, needs attention of the authorities for preservation and safeguarding. The sculpture has remained intact so far, and should continue to remain for the future generations, as an important symbol of our shared human heritage.
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