Gahkuch Ghizer, Gilgit Baltistan
Gahkuch, the capital city of Ghizer District, Gilgit-Baltistan, is surrounded by mountains and is 72 km north-west of Gilgit, the provincial capital. The town has a population of about 20,000 and is home to many ethnic groups.
In addition, Gahkuch is the administrative center of the Ghizer District in Gilgit Baltistan, and is a multiethnic region. It is the crossroads between Gilgit and Chitral and the border with China and Tajikistan. Among the languages spoken in Gahkuch are Shina, Wakhi, and Khowar.
The Gahkuch bala also known as Ayeshi is a very beautiful village and it takes 30 minutes to reach Ayeshi. The Gahkuch bala(Ayeshi) is famous for its fruit, which includes Gunnair, Faice, and Showttor.
The region has a long history. During the 6th century, it was ruled by an dogra Raj.It borders the states of Azad Kashmir to the south and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Afghanistan to the north. The Xinjiang region of China is to the east.
Upper Gahkuch Fort
Upper Gahkuch Fort is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Gilgit Baltistan. It is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and opens up to a wide riverbed. The area is easily accessible by road and can be visited throughout the year. However, the best time to visit is between April and September. Visitors should be prepared to deal with rain in the area, especially around the off-road tracks.
The Upper Gahkuch Fort is an ancient fort that was a retreat for the local Raja. The fort features a secret tunnel to a water fountain on a steep rock face. This kept enemies from discovering the water source. Local legend has it that kids who were infected with polio were left to die in the spring water cave, since they were unable to live productive lives.
Villages near Gahkuch
You can visit Golodass and Ishkoman because these are the near villages to Gahkuch by driving along the Ghizer Ishkoman road. The region is home to magnificent scenic beauty and has year-round tourism. In summer, the temperature may rise to maximum 35C. The region is also the gateway to Central Asia, just a short distance from Tajikistan. Moreover, Ghizer has a diverse cultural and language landscape. Currently, the district is open to tourists and the tourist facilities are being developed.
One of the main tourist points near Gahkuch is the Phander Valley, which is about 64 km away from the town center. It is the site of a plane river that used to attract the local and international tourist. The local people speak a variety of languages and are of varying ethnic backgrounds. Another tourist attraction is the yasin Valley, 65 km from Gahkuch and about a two andhalf-hour drive from the the Gahkuch headquarter. This beautiful valley offers a great spot for picnics like Modori Fort,Darkut,Taus ,Gojalti,sandi and Silgan
Government offices in Gahkuch
There are the following government offices in Gahkuch headquarter
- DC office
- SP office
- DHO offiice
- Forest protection district office
- NADRA Office
- Exise and taxation office
- National Bank of Pakistan
- District Education office
Things to you can buy in Gahkuch bazar
You can buy dry fruits,fruits ,organic vegitables,grapes,electronics and all the needs of life are available in Gahkuch bazar.People from Yasin,Gupis,Ishkoman and Phander make their way to Gahkuch if the have to make shopping.Also people from these side areas have established their businesses.
Weather in Gahkuch Valley
The weather in Gahkuch touch to maximum 35 degree centigrade and on average it remains 30 degree centigrade which is a pleasant weather. In winter Gahkuch headquarter has cold weather and you have proper heating system is mandatory for survival. Autumn and spring are are among pleasant weathers.
Best hotels for tourists
The following are the best hotels for tourist in Gahkuch city
- Hotel Green Palace Gahkuch
- Royal Guest House
- Metropolitan Hotel Gahkuch
- Travelers stay and dine hotel Gahkuch