July 2021


 

Yaseen Valley Ghizer

Ghizer valley is the most beautiful valley of Gilgit Baltistan. It is paradise on earth and is a land of colorful water, dotted with trees, deep blue sky, and green fields. The people of Ghizer valley are peaceful, hospitable, and polite. It is a multi-ethnic district, and three major languages are spoken: Shina, Khowar, and Broshaski. Apples, apricots, and grapes are grown abundant. A snowfall is higher in winter. It is proposed to divide into two districts:

  • ·         The actual Ghizer district includes Phander, Gupis, and Yasin.
  • ·         Punial and Ishkoman district.    

Ghakuch is its capital. It shares its border with Kpk. Numerous small and large valleys are spread over this region.

 Gupis valley

Gupis Valley is a junction between Yasin and Phundar valley and is a crossroad between Gilgit and Chitral via the Shandur Pass. It lies in the southern part of the Gupis Yasin. There is heavy rainfall which takes place from January to the end of February. Major tourist attractions include Gupis fort, Khalti lake, stone circles of megaliths, and Shingalote village. Khalti lake is a 20-30 min drive from Gupis. This lake was formed when the river water stopped at the plain. This lake is famous for being the habitat of trout fish. The military once used the Gupis fort for defense purposes. Two major languages are spoken here Khowar and Shina. There are many villages in Gupis valley like Yungal, Sumal, Hakkis, Jindrote, Dahimal, pingaal, and Khasundar.

 Punial valley

Yaseen Ghizer

It lies in the southern part of district Ghizer. It produces most grapes in the region. Villages of the Punial valley are Gulapur, Sherqilla, Dalnati Gitch, Ghakuch Bala, Ghakuch pine, Silpi, Hopper, Hatton, Hasis, Damas, and Bubur. Punial is a mountainous valley, and Ghakuch is the main town. Sherqilla is the second largest village in the Punial valley. Shina is spoken here.

Phander valley

 Phander valley is a paradise on earth. It is well known for being a trout fish. The natural beauty of the different places of Phander attract peoples towards itself. It is located in the northwest of Gilgit city. And on the main Gilgit Chitral route. Gilgit river has beautiful turquoise blue water in this area. Surrounding mountains are high. There are four lakes, of which phander lake is the largest. As the river enters the valley, it is divided into several pieces and finally merges as it exits the valley. Phander includes Shamarn, Chachi, Dalimal, Gulagmuli, andTeru. The primary language of the people of the Phander valley is Khowar.

Umelsat Yaseen Ghizer

Ishkoman Valley

It is located north of the district Ghizer and shares its border with Afganistan and Pamir Wakhan Corridor. It is a stunning valley having glaciers and mountains .it is also famous for trout fish. It consists of more than 30 villages, including Chatorkhand, Ghotolti, with 30,000 inhabitants. Four major languages are spoken here, Wakhi, Khowar, Shana, and Burushaski.

 Yasin Valley  

Yasin Valley is also called a land of martyred, situated in the northern part of Gupis Yasin district. This valley is about 148 km from Gilgit city. The people of Yasin are honest, brave, straightforward, hospitable, and hardworking. Two major languages are spoken here, Burushaski and Khowar. Hawaldar Lalak Jan Shaheed, given the Pakistani military’s highest award Nishan-e-Haider for his bravery in the Kargil war, belonged to Hundur Yasin. Villages of the Yasin Valley are Gindai , Bajyot, Chaliharang, Thodas, Manich, Taus, Sultanabad, Huwalti, Thoi, Barkolti, Sandi, Darkot, Hundur, Qurqalti, and Gojalti.

Darkot Pass connects Yasin with Chitral and Wakhan. The major attraction includes points such as Mudori fort, Darkut, and Makkoli. Apricots, Cheery, and Apples are grown abundant in this valley. The people of Yasin are brusho original; however, here are migrants from different parts of the country.


Darkut Yaseen Ghizer

 Ghizer valley is not only the most beautiful valley in Gilgit Baltistan but also in Pakistan. This region is known for its lakes and landscapes.


 

Beautiful picture of phander lake-Ghizer

Summer does not comes here, because this beautiful valley(phander) is 9855 feet above sea level. Understand that every summer is a beautiful place, so every part of the country is beautiful.

From the blue waters of the beach to the snow-capped mountains of Gilgit and Chitral and the Phander lake, every scene invites you, but the northern regions of Pakistan are a great attraction for tourists from all over the world because of their unparalleled beauty. Enjoying the serene atmosphere of these areas every summer has been part of our routine for years and so far 42 such trips have become part of our past.


 
The people here are very peaceful, hospitable and polite. Numerous small and large valleys are spread over this region of the earth. Each valley has its own unique place and identity. Some valleys are higher than the sea level. Some are lower, so apples are grown more, grapes and apricots are abundant, and snowfall is higher in winter.
Mention is made here of Phandar valley where the beautiful color lake Phandar invites you. Phandar Valley is an area of ​​Gopis Tehsil, Ghazar District, Gilgit. To reach the Phinder Valley, you must first reach the city of Gilgit.


Watch the above video of Phander Lake



From Rawalpindi via Abbottabad and Hazara, you will travel on the Silk Road, where the Lion River (Indus) flowing between the highest mountains of the world will be your companion. You reach Gilgit, the largest city in the northern region, via Besham, Kohistan Waso and Chilas. Before reaching the city of Gilgit, you can see the unique place where the highest mountain ranges of the world meet, here the Hindu Kush, the Karakoram Mountains and the great mountain ranges of the Himalayas stand side by side.

The high mountains of Karakoram are standing around the city of Gilgit. There is no heat in the plains here, but the weather is very pleasant. When we reached Gilgit, grapes, apples and pomegranates were selling very cheaply in the market. The markets were bustling. The city of Gilgit is very beautiful. The river Gilgit is flowing along with the city and now there is a lot of population across the river. Assume that the river is now almost in the middle of Gilgit city and there are old wooden swinging bridges and modern bridges to cross.

All types of transport are available from Gilgit to Phandar Valley. Taxis are available for travel at any time and can reach the destination in less time. Wagons also go to almost all valleys. Funder got into the wagon and the wagon left. From Gilgit to Phandar, you will pass through the beautiful valleys of Ghizr, Ponial and Gopis. In Gopis, drivers usually park the car.

We had lunch at a hotel in Gopis, then drank tea and left for the charming valley of Phinder. It takes about 6 hours by wagon from Gilgit to Phinder. However, if you have your own car, obviously the journey is cut short. Phinder is located on Chitral Road. The same road passes through Shandor Top and enters the Chitral Valley.

Shandor Top is located at an altitude of 12,500 feet and this is the beautiful valley where there is a lot of open space. Glaciers are spread on one side, there is a small beautiful lake with blue water glistening. It is also the highest polo ground in the world where the Shandor Festival is held every summer. Polo teams from all over the country come here, especially the Gilgit and Chitral teams. The borders of Chitral and Gilgit meet at the same Shandor Top.



When Phandar arrived, it was September, and winter had begun. The wheat had been cut. Thrashers were engaged in separating the wheat from the straw. Wheat fields looked like gray stripes from afar. Sometimes small groups of people were digging potatoes in the lush fields. The corn crop was also seen in some places, indicating that the autumn season was about to begin.

Center Phander is spread over about 5/6 km. My local friends were waiting in the Phander Valley. During the journey, every 15/20 minutes, the phone would ask, "Where did the wagon arrive?" The P.T.D.C Hotel is located on a hill very close to Lake Phinder, and this is where the Center Phinder begins. In some places, people park their wagons near their homes and get off.

At one place, the wagon stopped and two boys started asking the driver in the local language if there was any guest from Punjab. Before the driver could speak, I immediately replied, "Yes, I am." The boys' faces lit up with joy, saying, "I've checked enough wagons waiting for you." '

I met him very warmly and happily. His parents were waiting for me near his house. My room was well decorated and every pillow was hand embroidered on the bed seat and curtains. After the evening prayers, the cold began to grow. First the door is closed then the blanket is covered, the day is pleasant but at night it gets colder. My hosts also put a new quilt with the blanket. Probably needed at night. At one o'clock in the morning, my eyes were opened due to cold. My body was shivering with cold.

The people here are very friendly and hospitable. People from Gilgit, Baltistan, Chitral and other hilly areas are generally friendly and hospitable. Tourists coming to these valleys from outside are called by the name of guest. After breakfast the next day my host told me that his cousins ​​and some other relatives were coming to visit. ا



1999 was an unfortunate year for Pakistan in general and Gilgit-Baltistan in particular. This year, Gilgit-Baltistan was witnessing spring and autumn. The Kargil War had broken out and the children of the Mother Earth were being martyred in the line of duty. The period from May to August was very difficult. There was sadness in the area. Mothers waited frantically to hear the news of the well-being of their livers. Fathers would either go to a post office to look for letters of their livers, or they would always be in a central bazaar. Sisters and brothers never tire of praying for their brothers. Wives were eager for their husbands to come. There was no special means of communication in Ghazir district, especially in Yassin Valley in those days. Rumors were spreading and even seeing a small crowd, people were afraid that some bad news might come to them. From the end of May to the first week of August, the young men of our land sacrificed their lives for their country.

Among the mothers and sisters who were going through this difficult phase was my mother, whose cousin Ibrahim Khan was martyred in Kargil and my mother's younger brother Lalak Jan was also present in their unit. During this time I always saw my mother in a state of anxiety. Whenever I inquired about the cause of my mother's distress, she either avoided me or told me that your uncles Lalak Jan and your cousin Wali Khan were in Kargil and no letter came from them. Also pray for their well-being. There were days of my childhood, I was in a bad mood, sometimes I prayed and sometimes I ran to see all the army vehicles in which the corpses of our beloved martyrs were being brought.

The moon came out that night too, but its existence

There was so much blood, like the corpse of an innocent

It was July 7. Lalak Jan was alone in the mountains of Kargil, the high Tiger Hill and one of his posts. His other comrades and friends were martyred. The sounds of ammunition and heavy weapons echoed in the Kargil Valley. He did not care to return until he had done his duty well. According to the Pakistan Army, they defeated hundreds of enemies. A lone brave Sput surprised and disturbed his opponents. Despite two to three days of continuous attacks, it was not possible for the opposition to capture Lalak Jan's post. Eventually, with the help of heavy weapons and helicopters, the Indian Army martyred these spies of Gilgit-Baltistan and by then they had made a lasting story of bravery. In recognition of his bravery, the Government of Pakistan awarded him the Haider Award.

Lalak Jan Shaheed, the great hero of Kargil, opened his eyes on February 19, 1967 in the remote village of Hondor Morang in the Yasin Valley. He got his primary education from the village and after that he started helping his parents. My mother says that her younger brother Lalak Jan was also very interested in studies and used to come back and teach his sisters what he used to do in school. But due to limited resources, he dropped out of school and started helping his parents in farming and raising livestock. Later in the army, he studied up to Matriculation and FA. Lalak Jan Shaheed's uncle Kharwar Khan took part in the 1948 war and his uncle Panin Jan took part in the 65 and 71 wars. After hearing stories of military life from his mouth, one day he reached Bunji Gilgit and joined the army. From 1985 to 1999, he was promoted from soldier to hawaldar, making the Kargil Hills the last place of his military duty, and after his martyrdom became Pakistan's highest military honor.

He earned a lot of respect in front of his village and relatives for his social service, philanthropy, and caring for relatives. It took a lot of hard work to get everyone to like him. Whenever he came home, he would see the happiness on my uncle's face. He would slaughter the most special rooster in his stock and arrange food for him. All the relatives heard stories from him. He is also credited with teaching me spelling and encouraging me to study. He was a fourth grader at the time of his last visit. As usual, he insisted on better reading.

In his hometown of Hundur Yaseen, he, along with other like-minded people, founded the Al-Muddad Welfare Organization, which helped the poor. He also worked with high school students in Hundur to facilitate the post office in the area.

He wanted to do a lot for his area but due to limited resources his dreams were not coming true, but his passion was young and his determination was strong that he performed his duty well and won the highest honor of the army. After which a lot of development work took place in the area. The paved road from Ga Hokoch to Hondur was built, schools and colleges were built, various free medical camps were organized in the area and thus much work was done in recognition of the bravery of Lalak Jan Shaheed for the improvement of education, health and communication system. Dedicated to the spirit of social service, Lalak Jan Shaheed is fast asleep in his native village of Hondur. People from all over the country come to Honduras to see his final resting place and to pray at his shrine and to salute his bravery. 

Naveed Hussain