Hunza Valley of Gilgit Baltistan is nested in the mountains of the Karakoram and the Himalayas. National Geographic during 1980 published its title page cover with a girl holding a wooden cart in her hands having Mighty Rackaposhi in her backdrop. The name of the Page cover was “Hight Road to Hunza” it was my first introduction to the extreme beauty of Hunza Valley.
Hunza Valley is 100 Kilometer away from the City of Gilgit. The beauty of Hunza cast spell on visitors. If we rewind history we get some interesting facts about Hunza and the people of Hunza Valley. By 1890 Britishers were drinking wine and eating boiled potatoes in Gilgit City. They thought people of Hunza who were only 60 miles away from Gilgit, had been ignorant and wild yet they were beautiful who looted convoys leading towards Kashghar and Kandahar. Same year Russian officer named “Grompje Pki” along with his soldiers entered Hunza. He wanted to deploy a contingent in the Valley of Hunza. It was a setback to English soldiers who were having lavishing life in Gilgit. British Army had a formal understanding with Mir of Hunza “Mir Safdar Ali” that he would let the Postal mail go to Kashgar and in return, he was awarded a notable amount. The presence of Russians alerted the British Army so they start thinking to capture NILT Fort.
In 1890, under command of Colonel Durand, British Army attacked NILT Fort and captured it. They faced huge inconvenience from the people of Hunza, who had a small number of Guns and firepower. The huge of British Army was so huge that few soldiers were awarded Victoria Cross just for capturing the NILT fort. After NILT fort they laid siege on Baltit Fort after a great fight from Hunza people. Mir Safdar of Hunza fled to china along with his family. British Army destroyed BALTIT fort in search of Royal Treasure but could only find handful amount of abandoned gun powder.
Mir Safdar’s Brother was then awarded as New MIR(king) of Hunza. From now then the Hunza was ruled by the Maharaja of Kashmir but Hunza was too far away from Kashmir which did not become a hassle for Hunza people as they were only ruled by Mir of Hunza. Hunza also got freedom during the subcontinent Freedom Movement in 1947.
In the past time and even now people go there to gain physical health in Hunza valley. My problem is not physical but also mental as I go to Hunza again and again. Such is the love of Hunza for the visitors that you can not forget it. Currently, the Winter season is leading into the Spring season. The weather is changing and April is fast approaching. Spring season is the most amazing season for Hunza valley. The Spring season is the season of flowers and colors. I still remember my first visit to Hunza it was Spring season.
When I was 22 years old, in April 1998 I left for Hunza. It was spring season. The weather had changed in Punjab. I approached the bus which was going to Gilgit. My family was not happy that I was going to such a remote area of Pakistan as by then people had less awareness about the Northern Areas of Pakistan. No media were reporting on Hunza valley so people did not visit such beautiful valleys then. I sat in Bus having 5000 Pak rupees in my pocket. I reached Gilgit and spent few days in Gilgit which was good but I was not happy as Gilgit was not that much beautiful as you could imagine being a busy city even by then. My money start diminishing fast and I was about to return home when I heard a “Shimshalli” boy chanting Hunza!! Hunza!! . I had heard the name of Hunza so I sat on the bus en route to Hunza.
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