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Nagar Valley — the lakeside paradise of Gilgit Baltistan

Nagar Valley

Nagar Valley also known as Nagar Khas and previously known as Broshal is a valley in Nagar District of Gilgit Baltistan. The valley is at a distance of 15 kilometers from the Hunza Valley and is about 105 kilometers from Gilgit City which lies to the southwest of the district.

The District Nagar was established by the division of Hunza Nagar District in 2015, and now Hunza and Nagar are parted by the Hunza River which marks the border between the two valleys. The main villages of the Nagar Valley are Sikardarabad, Gulmit, Hispar, Chalt Valley, and Hooper. The main languages of the region are Burushaski and Shina. The sixty percent of the total population of Brusho belongs to Nagar.

The lakeside paradise is home to many famous mountain peaks like Rakaposhi, Rush Peak, Diran Peak, and Golden Peak (Spantik Peak). It has the highest alpine peak of Pakistan called Rush Lake and it ranks 27th highest lake in the world. The mountains of Nagar are home to endangered species like Marco Polo sheep, brown bear, wolves, and snow leopard.

Gulmit is a famous tourist destination in Nagar because it is home to the majestic scenery of mountains like Rakaposhi and Diran. Rakaposhi is also ranked 27th highest mountain in the country. The majestic Rakaposhi is visible from the Karakoram Highway.

Entering the region by traveling on the Karakoram Highway, one first sees the luscious green meadows surrounding the Golden Peak. Moving ahead the village of Nagar Khas starts appearing and the region is famous for its serene village life, with animals grazing in the grassland. From the Nagar Khas Bazar, the center of Nagar District, the road to the north leads to Hispar village and another one towards Hooper. The area can be spotted with its fruit trees of apricots, apples, and cherries.

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