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The Northern area of Pakistan, which is recently known as Gilgit Baltistan is a world of wonderful people and rugged beauty. Came and be surrounded by a landscape of the world’s tallest mountains and the longest glaciers. The people of these lands have added touches of more gently of their beauty to their environment by harnessing glacial water through intricate channels to terrace inhospitable mountain slopes. Their superhuman efforts have transformed rocks and dry sand into rich emerald green oasis. The white water of Gilgit, Hunza and Indus rivers add further credence to this serene environment.

Step through the gate of Hunza Marcopolo Inn Gulmit and you will be walking into a unique way of mountains life that has evolved in relative isolation from the rest of the world. Inside the old wing rooms of Hunza Marcopolo Inn, made from natural materials such as stone, mud and wood, you will fell your needs are considered. Fresh towels, hot water, clean environment, different verity of traditional and international dishes provided within a tradition of hospitality that has greeted travelers on the ancient Silk Route since the 2nd century B.C.

Historically, the area being on being on the crossroad of central, south and East Asia, traders and invaders of different of different cultures and religions have left their traces. Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet marked the area during their occupations between the 5th and 7th centuries B.C while giving birth to Tantric Buddhism. Marco Polo traveled eastward into China from here during the 13th century. These small mountain kingdoms were invaded by the Kashmiris in the 19th century who brought their own culture to this land. The first European explorers reached this area in 1847, and for next 100 years it became the flash point of Asia during the era of the “Great Game” between Russia and the British Empire.

Currently the area forms Pakistan’s northern frontier with China and the recently liberated central Asian republics, across the Wakhan Corridor. Hunza, legendary for the inspiration it provided for the land of Shangri-La, is part of the amazing land, where the people claim descent from the soldiers of Alexander’s army. This complex history has resulted in a variety of ethnic origins – the mix of Caucasians, Mongoloid and Indian features on the faces of the men, women and children are striking. Several distinct local languages- Shina, Wakhi, Broshuski, Khowar and Balti coexist to this day.

While you are here you can use the Hunza Marcopolo Inn Gulmit as your base for trekking. You can walk out into the scenic beauty take photographs, visit historical sites, or just sit under the canopy of stars and listen to the sounds of nature.

 


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