Mutabiat Shah: member of the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly from Hunza

by Zulfiqar Ali Khan HUNZA, December 8: “Peace and harmony is the key prerequisite for equitable and sustainable development of Gilgit-Baltistan,” said Mutabiat Shah, the newly selected technocrat member of the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA), from Hunza, while talking to media persons in Gilgit. He stressed the need to promote inter faith and cultural harmony…

Article: Retrospective Glimpses of Hunza

By Karim Imamdad Hunzai The princely state of Hunza was a cause of great trouble and nuisance in the end of the 19th century for the Political Agent of Gilgit Coloel. Aiglernon Durand ,who was a representative of the British Empire. The Hunza state possessed of the important mountain passes Mintak pass and Kilik pass,…

400-year-old house in Hunza to get UNESCO award

HUNZA, Oct 1: An ancient house in Hunza has received the Unesco’s Heritage Award for 2009. Ali Gohar House, a 400-year-old architectural masterpiece, formerly used by envoy of Mir of Hunza to Kashgar, Sinkiang, was selected by a panel of international conservation experts in architecture, urban planning, heritage conservation and landscape design from among the…

Baba Ghundi Festival held in Hunza

By Zulfiqar Ali Khan Photographs by Asghar Khan / pamirtimes.net HUNZA, Sept 28: The first-ever Baba Ghundi Festival was held in the Chipurson valley of upper Hunza on Sunday in connection with the World Tourism Day. The main event was held in the Ispenj village of Chipurson, where traditional songs and games like polo, buz…

Women of Hunza

The women who would restore a symbol of Hunza’s history By Noor and Asghar Khan at Pamirtimes.net As the nine hundred years old Altit Fort gets completely restored in the year 2010, not only would facade of the ancient fort have changed in the middle of Hunza valley, a deeper social change would also have…

Cooking in Hunza

Taste has a strong effect on our sense of well-being and our social identity. Food informs us who we are, how well we are, and even how far we are from home. Few things are more intimately linked, more closely implicated, and more sweetly (or bitterly) sensed in our life’s journey than food. Just how…

Hidden Kingdom – article by Hira Tajwar

Despite its struggling economy, progress and hope abound in the ethereal valley of Hunza. HIRA TAJWAR –snip– One of the evenings, I sat with the locals. Gulbaaz told me that despite the gloomy times, the spirit of the Hunza people was still alive and kicking. In fluent English, he said he was optimistic that the…

Musicians from Hunza Valley captivate audience at PNCA

-Play native Ghalawaar music as artists perform traditional dance -PNCA ED says efforts are being made to promote culture of valley -Most of the people of Hunza are Ismaili Muslims, the followers of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan. The local language is Burushaski. English and Urdu are also spoken and understood by the most…

The Ismaili community of Hunza celebrated October 23 with traditional fervour

Hunza, October 24: The Ismaili community of Hunza celebrated October 23 with great zeal and fervour to mark the first visit of the Ismaili Iman (spiritual leader) to Hunza on October 23, 1960. In this regard different programmes were organised in all villages of Hunza. Major events in Upper Hunza (Gojal) were organised on October…

Chipurson Valley

At Pamir Times A distant valley of Hunza that rises from 3000 to 4925 meters high above sea level and 72 kilometers in length along a narrow jeep road from the Karakorum Highway to Baba Ghundi (Shrine) in Pakistan Northern Areas. It starts from Sost and ends on the Irshad Pass which links Pakistan to…

Top of the world

SHANGRI-LA is closer than you might imagine. With clear weather and a measure of luck, the valley that helped inspire the utopian hideaway in James Hilton’s novel Lost Horizon can be reached from London in just 12 hours. Once it was a hidden kingdom, visited only by the hardiest travellers. In recent years it has…

Hunza an inspiration worldwide

Legend suggests that the only religions that flourish in high mountains are Buddhism and Hinduism. Actually, Islam flourishes in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, in the coastal ranges of Yemen and Oman, among the peaks of northern and southern Turkey, in the Pamirs of Afghanistan and Russia and, above all, in the very highest reaches…

Pakistan: Federal Minister appreciated the efforts of Aga Khan Development Network

In-depth reporting by Pamir Times Naveed opens hydro-power project in Hunza valley Govt to replicate PPAF model of development: Naveed Qamar Hunza village produces its own electricity GILGIT, July 19 (APP): The federal minister for Finance, Privatization and Investment Syed Naveed Qamar, here on Saturday, inaugurated a micro hydro-power unit in remote valley of Ahmed…

Village life in Hunza

Interesting blog post from George’s VSO adventures. Visit Flickr page as well for photos from Hunza –snip– There were two major festivals that she told me about – Tahum and Cheneer, and both were based around the agricultural cycle. Tahum celebrated the beginning of spring. People cleaned their house and made traditional food, which was…

“Taare Zameen Par” shown to Students and Teachers in Gulmit

From Pamir Times Blog Hunza, June 22: The famous film “Taare Zameen Par”, produced by Aamir Khan was shown to the students of Al-Amyn Model School, F.G Boys and Girls High Schools, Gulmit. The show was organised by Cultural Activities Committee of F.G Boys High School, Gulmit in collaboration with gojal.net and Pamir Times. A…

Scouts begins walk along historical pony track

Hunza, May 31: The Ismaili Boy Scouts have started a 6-days Adventure and Environment walk from Gulmit, Gojal to Gilgit city along the historical pony track. The walk is organized by Gulmit Boy Scouts Group, to celebrate the 100 years of world scouting and commemorate the Golden Jubilee celebrations of His Highness, Prince Karim Aga…

In this remote Shangri-La, elders live to be well over 100

KARIMABAD, Pakistan–In winter, chilly winds blow down from the Karakoram mountain range that spans the borders with China and India through the Hunza region of northern Pakistan. In spring, however, this highland area, which sits about 2,400 meters above sea level, is a vast sea of apricot and cherry blossoms. This is Shangri-La, the mysterious…